|Weekly News Digest
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Google Health Now Available in Public Beta
Google made its Google Health (www.google.com/health) publicly available in beta. It offers users a safe and secure way to collect, store, and manage their medical records and health information online. The company also announced that Walgreens, Quest Diagnostics, and Longs Drugs—among others—are flagship partners in the program. A number of third-party personal health services are also integrated (see the available list at www.google.com/health/directory?cat=healthservices).
The company says it put strong privacy policies in place to keep users’ information safe and private. Google Health is a free service that will not carry advertisements. Google Health will provide content about health issues, as well. Those interested in using Google Health must have an account for one of Google’s free services, such as Gmail.
Convera and YellowBrix to Deliver Vertical Content Solutions
Convera Corp. (www.convera.com), a provider of vertical search services for publishers, and YellowBrix, Inc. (www.yellowbrix.com), a provider of syndicated, real-time industry news and content analytics services, announced a joint vertical news and search solution for finance, medicine, media and publishing, energy, and environment industries. The joint vertical content solution enables enterprises and publishers to leverage Convera’s monetization platform for targeted search and contextual advertising.
The joint vertical content solution is designed to deliver highly targeted, high-value information services. The partnership extends the companies’ services to publishers while creating new opportunities in enterprise markets. Clients will also have immediate access to a single-source solution of reliable and respected premium news sources, industry-specific trades, and critical business and financial information customized—in real time—for their end users, including integrated, robust vertical web search solutions.
Source: Convera Corp. and YellowBrix, Inc.
WebLib Launches Universal Meta-Search and Discovery Engine
AllPlus, the web’s first universal metasearch and clustering engine has been released by WebLib (www.weblib.com). AllPlus simultaneously searches the major U.S. search engines (Google, Yahoo!, MSN, and Ask.com) for webpages, news, videos, images, and blogs, and it presents all the results in an intuitive and clearly organized way through its Web 2.0 interface.
The AllPlus universal metasearch engine integrates powerful natural language processing (NLP) algorithms in query analysis and refinement, intelligent search strategy, relevancy ranking, focused drill-down, and the exploration of multidimensional information spaces. AllPlus also offers spelling suggestions based on its comprehensive English, Web, Medical, and Scientific Dictionaries.
AllPlus utilizes sophisticated statistical, lexical/morphological, syntactic, and semantic analysis techniques. For instance, health related queries are automatically mapped to Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) for more relevant and more precise search results. The AllPlus universal meta-search engine dynamically generates Topic Clusters and visualizes the search results in the form of Cluster Graphs.
The AllPlus.com universal metasearch and clustering engine is a demonstration showcase for PolyMeta search, a metasearch and search result clustering technology developed by WebLib. WebLib provides specialized search technologies and natural language processing tools to its international clients in the U.S. and Europe. Customers include government agencies, universities, and major content providers. WebLib created the National Library of Medicine’s ToxSeek system (http://toxseek.nlm.nih.gov). WebLib’s headquarters are in Budapest, Hungary, and its natural language processing team works in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
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