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November 10, 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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New SemantiFind Browser Plug-In for All Major Search Engines

Semanti Corp., a web services provider offering "find" technology to enhance search engine results, announced a new version of its browser plug-in that now works with Yahoo! and Microsoft Live Search, in addition to Google. The upgrade has a new, easier-to-use, more intuitive user interface that was implemented in response to early adopters’ feedback. SemantiFind leverages a unique ontology and semantic search capability to help users find more relevant results of search inquiries faster than traditional solutions, all while using their preferred search engines and methodologies. SemantiFind is available for the Firefox browser; development of an Internet Explorer version is underway and will be available soon.

Consumers can download and install the free browser plug-in at and go to the search engine of their choice. Users simply type in their search queries as usual with one noticeable difference: SemantiFind helps users to specify the exact meaning of their search terms. As a result, users receive results that match what they mean rather than what they say, without needing to dramatically alter their typical search behavior. Additionally, SemantiFind results are displayed alongside native search engine results, offering customers an array of well-organized and easy-to-peruse options.

SemantiFind offers a semantic approach to finding information as it understands the meaning and relationship of words. It further builds a repository of webpages people find useful. As users begin typing into the search bar, they can predefine exactly what information they want to retrieve through SemantiFind’s drop-down list, which contains more than 8 million terms and their definitions. Once people find pages they like, they can indicate quality results with a simple click of the "Semantify" button. People can further choose to automatically Semantify their most popular webpages, like a virtual bookmark. Semantified pages are included as part of the user’s future searches, making it easy to find valuable information again.

Each Semantified page also becomes available to the SemantiFind community, enriching everyone’s search experience. SemantiFind prioritizes pages that were Semantified by a user’s invited friends above those of the rest of the community because they are likely to be more relevant. This approach uses the "wisdom of the crowds" to sort out the relevant pages from the inappropriate.

Source: Semanti Corp.

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