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April 18, 2005 — 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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Innovative Interfaces to Offer Institutional Repository System

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. ( announced its plans to offer a full-featured institutional repository system. Called Symposia, the company says this Open Archives Initiative (OAI)-compliant solution provides all that a community needs to collect, manage, and promote its knowledge assets more effectively than ever before.

Innovative's institutional repository initiative began in 2004. As with all Innovative products, Symposia was developed with direct input from libraries. Development partner Northeastern University Libraries is currently using Symposia to build its digital institutional repository, IRis.

Innovative's product will support content creators, such as academic faculty or public officials, who desire to or are mandated to make their work available to the widest group possible. It will also help library professionals embrace a new opportunity for community engagement. Symposia is designed specifically for users involved in day-to-day knowledge managementóthe actual creators, managers, and consumers of contentórather than IT specialists. Content creators will find that Symposia allows them to submit both "born-digital" and converted documents, such as word-processing files, scans, image files, Web pages, and more to the repository with the same ease as sending e-mail. Users of Symposia will be able to create communities in cyberspace that closely mirror the departments, committees, and outreach partnerships to which they belong.

Metadata will be stored in XML and will be made available for harvesting via the OAI Protocol for Metadata Harvesting as a data provider. This will facilitate indexing by search engine crawlers and harvesting by other information managers.

Source: Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

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