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Day: February 1, 2005

Convera’s Web Initiative Achieves 1 Billion Page Web Index

Convera Corporation announced that it has completed the second stage of its development initiative aimed at applying portions of the Company’s existing technology to searching and indexing contextually relevant information on the World Wide Web. As the Company has previously disclosed, this next-generation search technology achieved its initial development milestone in October 2004 by creating an “Alpha” stage, search platform for open-source Web content. The Company has now advanced its efforts as the technology presently contains more than 1 billion documents in the index. The Company expects to launch a service offering during the next two quarters. Convera’s web indexing technology has been developed to add structure to the Web through the use of proprietary taxonomies and ontologies, semantic analysis and deep knowledge resources capable of providing end-users with more relevant search results. The technology also supports complex queries, offers built in video and image search, and provides geo-locational data. The offering may be used in concert with RetrievalWare, Convera’s internal search solution, or with an organizations existing internal application to create an integrated portal offering “blended” results from both Intranet and open-source searches.

Gilbane Content Management Conference to Offer Attendees Hype-Free Insights

Opening Day Keynotes: Microsoft & Sun Debate; Forrester, CMS Watch, Yankee Group, Patricia Seybold Group and InfoTrends Analysts Discuss Content Management Trends

Evan Weisel
Welz & Weisel Communications
Jeffrey Arcuri
Lighthouse Seminars

Cambridge, MA, February 1, 2005. The Gilbane Report and Lighthouse Seminars today announced that the Gilbane Conference on Content Management will take place April 11-13 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, California. This event brings together 750 thought leaders and practitioners to provide attendees with actionable advice, techniques, best practices, and case studies to help understand and successfully implement content technologies critical to their businesses.

The Gilbane Conference on Content Management is unique in that the majority of its conference sessions are delivered by industry analysts and researchers to offer attendees a neutral and balanced market perspective related to content technologies and trends. The program is organized into five technology-specific areas: Content Management, Enterprise Search & Knowledge Management, Content Technology Works (case studies), Document & Records Management & Compliance, and Enterprise Information Integration.

The conference has three dynamic keynote addresses: 

— The opening keynote address is an industry analyst panel discussion comprised of experts from Forrester Research, CMS Watch, The Yankee Group, Patricia Seybold Group and InfoTrends/CAP Ventures. This panel will discuss the big issues affecting content management strategies, including market trends, technology, and best practices. The panel will discus the current market environment, but importantly, offer predictions about what to expect in the next 12-18 months.

— The second keynote is titled, “Microsoft & Sun: What is the Right XML Strategy for Information Interchange?” At one level this can be framed as a debate between Microsoft and Sun/ – and that is a choice organizations will have to make, but it is more complicated than that. Attendees will learn what XML experts consider the best strategy for preserving and protecting critical business content in electronic documents.

— The day two keynote address complements the opening keynote on technology and trends by having end-users share their real-world implementations of content technologies.

In addition, there are four half-day intensive sessions on “Web Content Management Systems: Architectures & Products,” “Using XML in Enterprise Content Management: Technologies & Case Studies,” “Enterprise Search: Principles, Players, Practices & Pitfalls,” and “Taxonomies & Metadata for Business Impact.”

“We are focused on hosting an educational conference that includes everything IT Strategists and project teams needs to know in a hype-free environment that offers insights into existing and upcoming technologies necessary to implement content management applications,” said Frank Gilbane, Conference Chair. “Nothing can compare with the rich in-depth learning experience of being surrounded by subject matter experts and industry colleagues in a vendor-neutral environment who are at various stages of implementing initial, or second or third projects that you can learn from. Our event fosters interaction between all stakeholders in the content technology community, with the ultimate goal of increasing the successful implementation and deployment of content technology.”

Full event details can be found at:

About Bluebill Advisors, The Gilbane Report
Bluebill Advisors, Inc. serves the content management community with publications, conferences and consulting services. The Gilbane Report administers the Content Technology Works(TM) program disseminating best practices with partners Software AG (TECdax:SOW), Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ:SUNW), Artesia Technologies, Atomz, Astoria Software, ClearStory Systems (OTCBB:INCC), Context Media, Convera (NASDAQ:CNVR), IBM (NYSE:IBM), Open Text (NASDAQ:OTEX), Trados, Vasont, and Vignette (NASDAQ:VIGN).

About Lighthouse Seminars
Lighthouse Seminars’ events cover information technologies and “content technologies” in particular. These include content management of all types, digital asset management, document management, web content management, enterprise portals, enterprise search, web and multi-channel publishing, electronic forms, authoring, content and information integration, information architecture, and e-catalogs.

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