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August 28, 2008 — 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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Google Suggest Feature Is Extended to Google.com

Google has added a feature called Google Suggest that supplies real-time suggestions as a user types. Google Suggest has been available in Google Labs and will now be available by default on the Google.com homepage. This is similar to Google’s "Did you mean?" feature that offers alternative spellings for a query after you search, except that Google Suggest works in real time. By providing suggestions upfront, Google hopes to help people search more efficiently and conveniently.

The feature can help users formulate queries by providing location information, titles, people’s names, etc. It can help reduce spelling errors—misspellings and typos can be corrected ahead of time. It can also help save keystrokes—just type in "san f" and choose among the San Francisco choices such as chronicle, giants, airport, zoo, state university, etc.

The Google Suggest feature originally started as a 20% project in 2004, and it has since expanded to Google Labs, Google Toolbar, Google Firefox search box, Maps, and Web Search for select countries, the iPhone, BlackBerry, YouTube, and now Google.com.

Source: Google (http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/08/at-loss-for-words.html)

Northern Light Launches Government Procurement Resource

Northern Light (www.northernlight.com) launched the first hosted market research portal specifically geared to help companies identify sales opportunities with federal, state, and local governments throughout the U.S. The SinglePoint Government Opportunities Edition indexes a broad array of government buying intention announcements, reports, and news stories from authoritative research sources specializing in government procurement. Government specific sources include Centurion Research Solutions, EagleEye, Infobase Publishers, and FedBizOps.gov.

Powered by Northern Light’s search engine, SinglePoint Government Opportunities Edition provides a unified search index of targeted government RFIs, RFPs, and contract awards. Also included in the unified search index are 85,000 reports from 20 information technology (IT) market research firms such as Datamonitor, Forrester, and Frost & Sullivan, and 20,000 stories daily from 6,000 Northern Light Business News sources such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. When users find opportunities or documents that they wish to explore, they can click through directly to the opportunity and associated research at the provider’s site (if they are subscribers to the services) or directly to the document on the publication’s site if the desired material is from Northern Light Business News.

SinglePoint is a turnkey enterprise search application that provides centralized search, analysis, and access for diverse sources of internal, external, and licensed market intelligence. Offered in a secure, hosted, user self-service portal environment, SinglePoint is customized to the precise market research and competitive intelligence purposes of each of Northern Light’s enterprise clients.

SinglePoint Government Opportunities Edition is available immediately from Northern Light. Pricing starts at $96,000 per year.

Source: Northern Light

Interwoven and LexisNexis Introduce Integrated Solution

Interwoven, Inc. (www.interwoven.com), provider of content management solutions, announced it has entered into an agreement with LexisNexis (www.lexisnexis.com), the global business information solutions provider, to integrate and launch Lexis Search Advantage, a new search enrichment offering, with Interwoven Universal Search. It is designed to provide law firm attorneys a single destination to efficiently find and leverage internal work product and content from LexisNexis. (Interwoven Universal Search—Professional Services Edition is powered by Vivísimo Velocity.)

The agreement supports a growing demand in the legal industry for technology providers to combine expertise to offer more integrated and powerful solutions to help attorneys streamline workflow and productivity. The benefits of the integrated solution to law firms include the following:

  • Streamlined workflow is more intuitive and efficient, driving higher levels of client service and improved profitability.
  • Richer contextual search capability is available with simultaneous searching of all internal documents and LexisNexis services at www.lexis.com. LexisNexis research solutions are used daily by lawyers and relied on as an authoritative, comprehensive collection of legal, news and business, and risk and analytics content.
  • Integration of real time Shepard’s Signal indicators in internal documents instantly allow attorneys to confirm if a case law citation is strong, accurate, and on point. This eliminates several manual steps that lawyers must take to examine current legal validity of a citation.
  • Powerful enterprise search technology and Web 2.0-based user experience and navigation drives a tailored and comprehensive search experience.
  • Documents within a firm’s content repositories are enriched with additional metadata to enable enhanced identification and improved access to relevant external documents.

Lexis Search Advantage is available immediately in the U.S. market by LexisNexis. A company spokesperson says that the solution is "agnostic" and will integrate with other search engines.
"Interwoven is the first search engine LexisNexis is integrating with, and by summer 2009 our objective is to integrate with additional search engines."

Sources: Interwoven, Inc. and LexisNexis

OverDrive Now Offers Penguin Group Audiobooks and eBooks to Public Libraries

Public libraries can now lend downloaded audiobooks and ebooks by authors such as Stephen King and Nick Hornby to their patrons. OverDrive, Inc. (www.overdrive.com), a digital book distributor to public libraries, now offers Penguin Group titles in audiobook and ebook formats to its network of library partners. Hundreds of titles will be added to OverDrive’s e-warehouse, supplementing OverDrive’s collection of more than 150,000 ebook, audiobook, music, and video titles. Libraries can add Penguin Group to their OverDrive-powered collection by logging into OverDrive’s collection development portal at www.contentreserve.com.

Consumers can see if their library is a member of OverDrive’s network and find titles of ebooks, audiobooks, music, and videos available from public libraries by visiting http://search.overdrive.com.

OverDrive is full-service digital distributor and supplier of ebooks, audio books, music, and video. It delivers secure management, DRM protection, and download fulfillment services for hundreds of publishers and institutions (rights holders) and thousands of libraries, schools, retailers, and aggregators serving millions of end users. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland. The Penguin Group (www.penguin.com) is part of Pearson plc, the international media company.

Source: OverDrive, Inc.

Zoho Share Provides Central Content Repository

Zoho (www.zoho.com) announced Zoho Share, a central repository that aggregates and lists all business and personal user content published in Zoho Show presentations, Zoho Sheet spreadsheets, and Zoho Writer documents and PDFs. A video tour of Zoho Share is available at www.viddler.com/explore/raju/videos/24. Users do not need a Zoho account to view published content on Zoho Share. Publishing content, however, requires a Zoho account, as does posting messages and adding comments.

For personal users, Zoho Share makes published content available to anybody. Zoho Business users will be able to restrict access, so published content is available only to users in their respective organizations. The company plans to integrate Zoho Share with other Zoho products, so for example, all the content a marketing department publishes in Zoho Share will be visible under Zoho CRM.

Zoho Writer, Zoho Sheet, and Zoho Show give users several options to share and publish their content, including sharing it with select users, embedding it in a blog, or making it public and accessible to anyone online. Published content, however, remains in the individual Zoho applications, with no single point of access to all published content, regardless of type or author. Zoho Share gathers all the Zoho users’ content published in the individual Zoho applications and makes it available from a central interface. When Zoho Business moves out of private beta, Zoho Share will serve as the dashboard for all published content within an organization.

Zoho is creating a comprehensive suite of affordable, online collaborative productivity applications and business applications for today’s knowledge workers. To date, Zoho has launched 17 different applications and more are in the works. Zoho is a division of AdventNet, in business since 1996 providing software products and serving more than 40,000 customers worldwide. For more information on AdventNet, visit www.adventnet.com.

Source: Zoho

Bibliotheca Introduces New Hybrid Security and Self-Check Solutions

Bibliotheca RFID Library Systems (www.bibliotheca-rfid.com), an open RFID (radio frequency identification) solutions provider, has introduced new BiblioHybrid solutions for security and patron self-service. BiblioHybrid solutions, with BiblioChip RFID technology, work seamlessly with current electromagnetic (EM) bar code and RFID systems to make the transition to RFID as easy and affordable as possible, while integrating tightly with ILS systems to enhance efficiency for library staff. BiblioHybrid solutions also offer sleek, user-friendly designs that library management and patrons will find visually appealing. BiblioHybrid security and self-check solutions are immediately available for order by libraries in North America and around the globe.

BiblioGate Hybrid security gates not only trigger acoustic and visual signals when patrons attempt to exit without properly checking out materials, but they simultaneously detect library materials fitted with electromagnetic (EM) bar codes and RFID. The new BiblioGate Hybrid is designed to offer the perfect solution for libraries in the process of transitioning to RFID but need a security gate that will, in the meantime, safeguard their mixed-media collections.

Bibliotheca’s new Biblio SelfCheck Hybrid solution supports patron self-service for checking materials out and in, paying fines, extending due dates, and more for library collections that include materials fitted with both electromagnetic strips and RFID chips.

Bibliotheca, Inc. has global headquarters in Switzerland and operations in the Americas and Asia-Pacific.

Source: Bibliotheca RFID Library Systems



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