|Weekly News Digest
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Bibliotheca Alexandrina Offers Open Source Digitization System
Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA; www.bibalex.org) announced the release of the Digital Assets Factory (DAF) version 2.0. It is available for download at http://wiki.bibalex.org/DAFWiki and is offered under the General Public License (GPL) as an open source application. DAF v 2.0 can be considered to provide an all-in-one solution for any digitization system.
DAF v 2.0 is designed to provide all the necessary tools required to manage the whole process of a digitization workflow, including its various phases, user management, file movement, and archiving. It provides the flexibility to manage multiple simultaneous projects with a diversity of materials such as books, journals, newspapers, manuscripts, unbound materials, audio, video, and slides. DAF v 2.0 can be integrated with the current tools used at an organization and can be configured for large and challenging digitization projects. The system is fully deployed in the BA digitization laboratory and has been working smoothly for more than a year.Source: Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Business Objects Turns Text Into Insight
Business Objects (www.businessobjects.com) announced the launch of BusinessObjects Text Analysis and BusinessObjects Intelligent Search, integrated solutions that allow customers to unlock the value in unstructured text, such as emails, documents, notes, and Web content. These new capabilities are based on technology from the company’s recent acquisition of Inxight Software, Inc. The new capabilities are designed to give customers the power to combine the value found in text sources with their existing business intelligence (BI) and data integration deployments.
BusinessObjects Intelligent Search allows users to search external and internal resources such as the Web, subscription services, company content, search engines, and BI systems with one secure search box. Intelligent Search’s extraction capability clusters and enables users to filter the results by the most relevant people, places, events, and concepts, making it easier to find relevant documents buried in search results and to turn that data into meaningful business information.
BusinessObjects Text Analysis is designed to unlock the information in text sources to provide
a more complete view of a company’s customers, markets, and potential risks. Powered by an understanding of more than 220 text formats and more than 30 languages, Text Analysis provides an automated way to extract, categorize, and summarize vast amounts of text information. These text analysis capabilities are designed specifically to complement and integrate with BusinessObjects Enterprise and BusinessObjects Data Integrator deployments ensuring unified trust and administration across all data assets.Source: Business Objects
U.S. Department of Energy Launches New Patent Web Site
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the launch of a Web site, DOepatents, which allows search and retrieval of information from a collection of more than 20,000 patent records (www.osti.gov/doepatents). The database represents a growing collection of patents resulting from R&D supported by DOE. DOepatents consists of bibliographic records, with full text where available via either a PDF file or an HTML link to the record at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
The DOepatents database is updated quarterly with new patent records. The site is updated regularly with news and information about significant and recent inventions. Resource links for inventors are included at the site, as well as Recent Inventions and Patent News pages. DOepatents was developed by the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI). OSTI, a part of the DOE Office of Science, accelerates discovery by making research results rapidly available to scientists and to the public. The Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the nation.
Highlighted at DOepatents is a compilation of noteworthy DOE innovations from the past few decades. These technologies have improved quality of life and provided national economic, health, and environmental benefits. One such invention is the Artificial Retina, a collaborative research project between DOE national laboratories, universities, and the private sector aimed at restoring vision to millions of people blinded by retinal disease. Another invention is the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s pioneering multijunction solar cell. A cell based on this design set a world efficiency record in converting sunlight to electricity. The DOepatents database also includes inventions of Nobel Laureates associated with DOE or its predecessors such as Enrico Fermi, Glenn Seaborg, and Luis Alvarez, along with other distinguished scientists.Source: U.S. Department of Energy
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