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March 19, 2009 — 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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ShareSpaces Combines Social Networking With Content Collaboration

ShareMethods (www.sharemethods.com), a privately held company based in New Jersey, announced the release of ShareSpaces, the latest addition to the company's flagship on-demand collaborative document management service. ShareSpaces are private, interactive workspaces for creating, managing, and sharing content and files with individuals and partners throughout an organization's ecosystem in a controlled and secure environment.

ShareSpaces combines the invitation capabilities of social networks with a content-sharing and collaboration platform in a secure business environment. ShareSpaces allows companies to set up invitation-only workspaces called ShareSpaces that manage collaboration and workflow between companies, customers, and partners in private, secure online environments.

ShareSpaces enable companies to connect everyone in the sales and marketing value chain-prospects, customers, salespeople, partners, and marketing and advertising teams-into social workspaces where they can collaborate and close more deals, faster. ShareSpaces' three-step wizard makes it easy to set up fully brand-specific ShareSpaces by creating document categories and inviting users with defined roles for collaboration. Content can be easily copied and distributed between ShareSpaces, allowing companies and partners to create hierarchical and interconnected networks of social workspaces. ShareSpaces also include support for document versioning, workflow, and community features such as rating, reviews, and tagging.

ShareSpaces work in association with ShareMethods' flagship collaborative document management technology and is fully integrated with Salesforce.com and Oracle CRM On-Demand. ShareSpaces are also integrated with EchoSign, an e-contract service, so that any document in a ShareSpace can be automated for electronic signature. The ShareSpaces application will be publicly available this month and is coming soon in the Salesforce.com AppExchange. Companies can create an unlimited number of ShareSpaces, and they are variably priced based on per user, per month usage.

Source: ShareMethods

Nstein to Integrate Imprezzeo’s Visual Search Tool

Imprezzeo, an image search software company (www.imprezzeo.com), announced a partnership with Nstein Technologies, Inc. (www.nstein.com), a supplier of digital publishing solutions for media and content-driven organizations. Nstein will integrate Imprezzeo’s image-based search engine with its text mining and search products to allow its customers to conduct faster, more accurate image searches. With this partnership, Imprezzeo offers a software development kit (SDK), access to Imprezzeo developer resources, and dedicated technical support. This allows Nstein to rapidly and seamlessly integrate and deploy Imprezzeo’s Image Search technology within digital publishing networks and into broader business processes and workflows.

 

Imprezzeo Image Search is the first image recognition and search product to use both content-based image retrieval (CBIR) and facial recognition (FR), allowing customers to use images to search for images rather than textual search terms. The technology generates image search results that closely match a sample image chosen either by the user from an initial set of search results that can then be refined or from an image uploaded by the user. Imprezzeo is capable of searching millions of images in seconds. By focusing on the centralization, management, and automated indexing of digital assets, Nstein enables its content-driven customer base to reduce operational costs and identify new revenue streams.

 

Imprezzeo is an image-based search software company headquartered in London with a development center located in Sydney, Australia. Imprezzeo Image Search utilizes cutting-edge visual search technologies to help users quickly search through vast image databases to find similar images of content and people. Designed to easily integrate with leading enterprise search, content management, and digital asset management systems, Imprezzeo provides a total image search solution. Imprezzeo is privately held, and investment capital comes from Independent News & Media (INM). To view a demonstration of Imprezzeo Image Search, visit www.imprezzeo.com/demos.

 

Source: Imprezzeo

Project MUSE Expands Author Discovery Feature

Project MUSE (http://muse.jhu.edu) announced the addition of a new search feature that quickly connects users to more articles by an author. Look for the new "More By" feature on each article. The More By feature appears for each author listed as contributing to the article. Users can simply click on the linked author name to find additional articles in MUSE by the author.

In addition to providing quick access to more MUSE articles by the author, MUSE expanded the search to include links to more works by the author in Google Scholar (http://scholar.google.com) and OCLC WorldCat (www.worldcat.org). Google Scholar indexes peer-reviewed articles, books, theses, papers, and abstracts from a wide variety of sources across many disciplines. Linking to the author's works in WorldCat using the "Find in a library" link adds depth to a user's research, as the WorldCat record provides information about access to all formats of the author's work. WorldCat allows users to search the collections of libraries in their communities, as well as many others around the world, for both physical items and digital content.

The More By This Author feature in MUSE continues MUSE's efforts to provide users with tools to enhance their research and discovery. Project MUSE is managed by the Johns Hopkins University Press, in collaboration with the participating publishers and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library at Johns Hopkins University. Project MUSE offers full-text, affordable subscription access for institutions to current content from prestigious humanities and social sciences journals.

Source: Project MUSE

Flickr Collection Debuts on GettyImages.com

Getty Images and Flickr, a Yahoo!, Inc. service and one of the world’s largest photo sharing communities (www.flickr.com), announced the launch of the Flickr Collection, a creative imagery collection now available exclusively on gettyimages.com for commercial licensing. Getty and Flickr first announced their partnership in July 2008.

 

Photographs for the Flickr Collection were selected by Getty Images’ editors based on their expertise in licensing digital content and insights into customers’ needs. The collection features a variety of conceptual imagery, such as everyday scenes and believable subjects, and original and regionally relevant content. It is a living collection, with thousands of new images added each month to meet the evolving needs of Getty Images’ customers. Images from the Flickr Collection are available in both royalty-free and rights-managed licensing models.

 

Getty Images will continue to build this collection over time by inviting select Flickr members to participate. Members who choose to participate will benefit from the global reach and distribution power of Getty Images to help market their images, as well as its expertise and experience in rights and clearances of digital media. The collection is available at www.gettyimages.com/flickr.

 

Source: Getty Images

CCC Adds Academic Licensing Rights to 9 Million Works

Copyright Clearance Center (CCC; www.copyright.com), a provider of copyright licensing solutions, has added more than 9 million rights to its licensing services for academic institutions. The company added more than1 million rights for leading foreign and domestic books, scholarly journals, newspapers, and magazines under its Annual Copyright License for Academic Institutions. It also added photocopy rights for more than 8 million foreign works under its pay-per-use service.

 

Since introducing the Annual Copyright License in summer 2007, CCC has worked with academic librarians, key rightsholders, and organizations around the world to secure the necessary rights to a total of 1.5 million leading titles under the annual subscription service, and more rights are being added daily.

 

Among the rightsholders to most recently join the program are Taylor & Francis Journals, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the University of Chicago Press, and Westminster John Knox Press.

 

The 8 million additional foreign works in CCC’s pay-per-use service are primarily books from Spain, Germany, and France. These works are available to license for photocopy use in coursepacks, classroom handouts, and interlibrary loan. CCC’s pay-per-use service, currently used by more than 1,000 colleges and universities, is available 24/7 at copyright.com.

 

Source: Copyright Clearance Center

New Release of dtSearch Product Line

dtSearch Corp. (www.dtsearch.com), a supplier of enterprise and developer text-retrieval software, announced extensions to its 64-bit developer product line. The new release covers both dtSearch's enterprise and developer products, including native 64-bit versions. For the developer products, the new release provides expanded sample code for use with Microsoft's most recent Visual Studio version. For the enterprise products, the new release updates the user interface, providing a greater selection of "look and feel" options for users.

The dtSearch product line generally shares the same core feature set. dtSearch products can index more than a terabyte of text in a single index. They can also create and simultaneously search an unlimited number of indexes. Indexed search time is typically less than a second, even across terabytes of data. dtSearch products include integrated file parsers and converters for a wide range of popular file types. 

The dtSearch Spider adds local or remote website content to a searchable data collection. The Spider supports public sites, intranets, HTTPS, password-accessible sites, and forms-based authentication sites. The Spider supports both static and dynamic (ASP.NET, PHP, MS CMS, SharePoint, etc.) web-based content, indexing to any level of vertical or horizontal depth. dtSearch products support integrated searches of local and remote content, including WYSIWYG hit highlighted display of web-ready data.

The following dtSearch products are all included in the new version 7.6 release:

  • dtSearch Desktop with Spider instantly searches files on a PC. dtSearch Network with Spider searches across a network. Both instantly search and display, with highlighted hits, a wide variety of file types, including email messages along with the full text of email attachments. Through the Spider, both applications can also add web content to a local or network search.
  • dtSearch Web with Spider quickly publishes a large volume of instantly searchable data to an IIS Internet or Intranet site. dtSearch Web works as a "point and click" solution, with no programming required. The Spider provides integrated support for local and remote website data.
  • dtSearch Publish enables users to easily publish instantly searchable document collections or website content to portable media (CDs, DVDs, external hard drives, etc.).

 Source: dtSearch Corp.



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