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December 26, 2007 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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New Sajara Offers Web-Based Geographic Digital Asset Management

Avencia, Inc. (www.avencia.com), a Philadelphia-based geographic analysis and software development company, has announced a new edition of its Sajara web-based geographic digital asset management (DAM) for georeferencing, managing, searching, and displaying an organization’s digital assets from anywhere in the world. 

Unlike some DAM solutions that only manage structured content or others that use maps as the basis for the assets’ searches, Sajara’s uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology. It is able to retrieve assets by enabling users to type an address, street intersection, or neighborhood. The location-based searches return all assets at that address and its vicinity and display them on a map. Sajara is also able to support Avencia’s Esphero global geocoding engine, enabling literally any address search in the world. Sajara offers other search functions such as keyword, date range, tag, author/photographer name, collection ID, or any combination of these, and it can accommodate a broad base of digital content such as photos, maps, audio, and video. 

The display of assets includes descriptive information, map location, thumbnail images, and video and audio streams. Because Sajara supports RSS and GeoRSS standards, users are able to see the returns of their queries in Google Maps. Further, the latest version of Sajara now supports KML (Keyhole Markup Language), enabling integration with the 3D environment of Google Earth. With its m obile module, an organization’s assets can be accessed from most cell phones, hand-held computers, and other internet-connected mobile devices.

The company claims Sajara is ideal for organizations, businesses, and agencies that have extensive repositories that need to be accessed by the public and/or staff members located anywhere in the world. Such organizations include archives, museums, heritage tourism organizations, historical societies, municipalities, the restaurant/tourism industry, real estate companies, and environmental agencies.

Source: Avencia, Inc.

Business Periodicals Index Retrospective Makes Debut on WilsonWeb

H.W. Wilson (www.hwwilson.com) announced the debut of the new WilsonWeb reference database Business Periodicals Index Retrospective: 1913–1982, a detailed index of the contents of more than 1,000 business periodicals dating from World War I. Business Periodicals Index Retrospective searches seamlessly with Wilson Business Full Text, offering nearly a century of data combined.

Access to facts and statistics from a multitude of sources, opinion pieces from diverse observers and interests, forecasts from respected prognosticators, and other journalistic insights make this resource of use to students as well as researchers in a wide range of disciplines. This is a practical tool for study in business, history, sociology, economics, politics, law, and other fields.

The new database covers the full range of business specialties—accounting to advertising, computers to cosmetics, economics to entertainment, taxes to transportation. Updated subject headings are employed to make finding information easy, though historical subject headings are provided (and are searchable) for insight into the evolution of methods and technology. Personal and corporate names used as subject headings are standardized to ensure retrieval of all records about an individual or a company.

Source: H.W. Wilson

IBM Offers Free Email Search Tool

IBM (www.ibm.com) unveiled "smart" search software designed to help people find information buried in email. The software is powered by advanced algorithms that can interpret incomplete queries and find information such as phone numbers, people, meetings, presentations, documents, images, and more. Called IBM OmniFind Personal E-mail Search (IOPES), the semantic search tool is available at no charge on IBM alphaWorks (www.alphaworks.ibm.com/tech/emailsearch).

The email search tool is available as plug-ins for IBM Lotus Notes and Microsoft Outlook. Common search concepts, such as dates, times, and phone numbers, are built into the software; additional search parameters, such as meeting requests or specific locations, can be defined and used on-the-fly without any programming expertise. Such user-defined concepts can be shared between individuals and can be used to build a more personalized search system.

IOPES was created through a collaborative effort spanning IBM Research Labs in Almaden (Calif.), Haifa (Israel) and Delhi (India). The software uses the Unstructured Information Management Architecture (UIMA), an open source software framework that helps organizations build new analysis technologies. Originally developed by IBM, UIMA is now an open source project at the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). UIMA is already used extensively to enable text analysis, extraction, and concept-search capabilities in other parts of the IBM OmniFind enterprise search portfolio, including OmniFind Enterprise Edition, OmniFind Analytics Edition, and OmniFind Yahoo! Edition.

Source: IBM



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