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December 8, 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 ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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New Open Source Translation Management System

The forthcoming GlobalSight open source translation management system (TMS), sponsored by Welocalize (www.welocalize.com), will provide support for Clay Tablet 2.0 to enable connectivity to a wide variety of content management systems (CMS) or content repositories. This approach ensures "out of the box" connectivity to a wide range of CMS and integration possibilities with most others.

GlobalSight will launch on Jan. 5, 2009, as the first open source TMS product that provides a scalable translation management platform for companies to manage, translate, and deliver global content. Current development efforts have focused on transitioning the product to open source by replacing several third-party software components with open source equivalents.

Clay Tablet 2.0 from Clay Tablet Technologies (www.clay-tablet.com) provides a neutral and prevalent platform to connect with a wide variety of content repositories. By using the Clay Tablet SDK, GlobalSight users will be able to connect quickly and easily to their CMS of choice.

GlobalSight is a collaborative, open source initiative to develop a flexible and sustainable TMS that leverages the best ideas and addresses the true needs of the industry. In this noncaptive community, participants are free to discuss, discover, and build upon a translation process automation tool that provides choice and flexibility and can be shared by all. The direction and development of the GlobalSight Open Source Initiative is dictated by community members. For more information and to join the community, visit www.globalsight.com.

Source: Clay Tablet Technologies

Morningstar, Inc. Acquires 10KWizard

Morningstar, Inc. (http://corporate.morningstar.com), a provider of independent investment research, announced it has acquired 10KWizard (www.10kwizard.com), a provider of SEC EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval) filing research and alert services, for $12.5 million subject to working capital adjustments. Morningstar says the acquisition of 10KWizard aligns with its goal of bringing greater transparency to equity investments. For 10KWizard, the acquisition means it will have access to an array of additional data and resources that will allow it to enhance its products for all of the market segments it serves.

Founded in 1999, 10KWizard offers full-text searching capabilities for real-time and historical SEC EDGAR filings. Available via a subscription service or custom data feed, 10KWizard also provides global company profiles that contain hyperlinks to annual reports and peer companies as well as stock quotes, news, and charts. The full-text search capabilities allow users to research and track corporate information by ticker symbol, company name, industry type, SIC code, financial form type, or specific industry keywords contained within the filings themselves. Based in Dallas, Texas, 10KWizard has about 25 employees and currently has more than 30,000 licensed users across 1,400 firms. 10KWizard received the 2008 AIIP Technology Award in October (www.aiip.org).

Morningstar, Inc. is a leading provider of independent investment research in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. The company offers an extensive line of internet, software, and print-based products and services for individuals, financial advisors, and institutions. Morningstar provides data on more than 290,000 investment offerings, including stocks, mutual funds, and similar vehicles. The company has operations in 18 countries and minority ownership positions in companies based in three other countries.

Source: Morningstar, Inc.

Quintura Offers Customizable Options for Web Publishers

Quintura (www.affiliates.quintura.com), provider of a visual-based site search solution for online content publishers, announced new features for its publishing affiliates. These customizable options, which include the incorporation of icons and banners into the search cloud and the addition of three new "morphology" dictionaries, are designed to offer an enhanced user experience and higher click-through rate for advertisers.

Quintura’s site search solution, which offers web publishers a patented, site search platform with intuitive, visual search and navigation based on neural networks, has been enhanced with new customizable options including the following: 

  • Cloud Images—A new interface enables publishers to embed images and banners (i.e., brand logos and advertisements) in the search cloud. When users mouse over an icon or search term, it expands into a banner, dramatically increasing the click-through rate in tests.
  • Icon Blink—To attract users to images within the search cloud, Quintura now offers publishers customizable special effects, including blinking icons to help boost click-through rates. 
  • Stand-alone Search Bar Option—The stand-alone search bar enables publishers to link Quintura Site Search to a separate webpage so that when search terms are entered, a new window opens, displaying the full-range of search results. 
  • Color Customization¬—Additional color options allow publishers to customize all aspects of the site search display to match their website. 
  • Language Localization—A semantic search engine, Quintura has added French, Italian, and Spanish morphology engines, in addition to the existing English, German, Portuguese, and Russian systems, producing more contextually accurate search results in a variety of languages and locations.

Quintura has developed a unique monetization model that will soon be available for digital publishers. The site search is free for web publishers through an advertising revenue-sharing agreement and is also available on a subscription basis. Quintura, Inc., founded in 2005, is a U.S. company with research and development offices near Moscow.

Source: Quintura, Inc.

Academic.edu Provides a ‘Tree’ of Academics Around the World

Academia.edu is a recently launched website that enables graduate students and academics to create academic webpages and to find other academics around the world with the same research interests. The new collaborative site (www.academia.edu) does two things: It shows academics around the world structured in a "tree" format, displayed according to their departmental and institutional affiliations, and it enables academics to see news on the latest research in their area—the latest people, papers, and talks. The service is free at this time.

The team behind the new site comprises graduates of Oxford, Cambridge, and Stanford universities and a current student at the Art Institute of California–San Francisco. The team hopes that Academia.edu will eventually list every academic in the world—faculty members, postdocs, graduate students, and independent researchers (http://independent.academia.edu). Academics can add their departments, and themselves, to the tree by clicking on the boxes. Academic librarians are encouraged to participate. Academics are joining the tree rapidly. More than 15,000 academics have added themselves in the last 2 months.

Source: Academic.edu

Serials Solutions Launches Online Community

Serials Solutions (www.serialssolutions.com) announced the launch of the Serials Solutions Online Community. The new web-based service provides clients of Serials Solutions e-resource access and management services with a community they can use to interact with other Serials Solutions customers, collaborate on projects, share best practices, exchange thoughts, and suggest development ideas. The community features forums, discussion boards, private messaging, RSS feeds, and more.

The Online Community enables Serials Solutions subscribers to participate directly in the development process and provides a vehicle to offer instant feedback on service enhancements. It also enables Serials Solutions Library Services staff members to directly engage with customers regarding planned developments, updates, and future enhancements. Current subscribers can access the Serials Solutions Online Community through the Support Center by clicking on Online Community.

Founded in 2000 by a librarian for librarians, Serials Solutions provides e-resource access and management services (ERAMS) that serve more than 2,000 libraries of all sizes and types. Serials Solutions KnowledgeWorks, the e-resource knowledgebase, is the foundation for Serials Solutions 360, an integrated e-resource access and management solution. Serials Solutions is a business unit of ProQuest, LLC (www.proquest.com).

Source: Serials Solutions

Jigsaw Launches Research Tab for Improved Business Intelligence

Jigsaw (www.jigsaw.com), a provider of business information and data services that leverage user-generated content contributed by its global business-to-business (B-to-B) community, has launched Research Tab, a free resource for an improved approach to investigating companies online. With all the resources and functionality of the web, often the most relevant and important information does not rise to the top and instead becomes lost in the web clutter. Research Tab is designed to equip individuals with automatic, detailed information.

Jigsaw Research Tab harnesses the power of Web 2.0 tools, including RSS and social network sites, to deliver relevant, aggregated business intelligence. In one view, individuals now have instant access to a company’s recent news and announcements, web analytic details, job listings, financial information, maps, and more. Used in conjunction with Jigsaw Unlimited, a newly released subscription model that gives users full and unrestricted access to Jigsaw’s database of 10 million business contacts, Jigsaw provides a one-stop shop for comprehensive business intelligence.

Along with Jigsaw’s 1.5 million business contact records and its recently announced Company Wiki—an open source resource in which any company or individual can promote basic business information—Research Tab is an integral addition to Jigsaw’s platform for B-to-B professionals. Founded in 2004, Jigsaw is located in San Mateo, Calif., and is funded by Austin Ventures, El Dorado Ventures, and Norwest Venture Partners.

Source: Jigsaw Data Corp.



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