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February 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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Convera Launches Publisher Control Panel

Convera Corp. (, a provider of search technologies for publishers, launched the beta phase of Convera Publisher Control Panel. The new service enables print and online publishers to add, manage, and refine vertical search capabilities so they can develop search-based revenues for their Web sites. Convera Publisher Control Panel is available for customers of Convera's hosted vertical search service, which provides a customized search engine for content publishers serving professional markets.

The solution's features include the following:

  • White-list management: Publishers can apply their industry and editorial expertise to define a list of relevant sites to improve the relevancy of search results. Convera also provides publishers with appropriate white lists based on exhaustive industry-specific taxonomies.
  • Indexing proprietary content: Publishers can manage the indexing of their own content and provide highly refined search access to it.
  • Relevancy tools: Publishers can rank Web sites to refine the relevancy of search results and determine the depth and frequency at which specific Web sites can be crawled.
  • Measurement reports: Through crawl and traffic reports, publishers can continually monitor the relevance of specific Web content and refine search capabilities based on actual search usage.

Forthc oming features will offer publishers the ability to manage site advertising; the capability to boost the ranking of the content based on time, popularity, authority, and the relevance of individual sites; site and search analytics tools; and the capability to customize the look and feel of the user interface to best fit the needs of the online communities they serve.

Source: Convera Corp.

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