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Day: March 13, 2005 (Page 1 of 2)

Metadot Announces Subscription Version of Open Source Portal Server

Metadot Corporation announced the availability of the Metadot Portal Server Business Edition. With subscriptions starting at $2,000 per year for varying levels of customer support, the Metadot Business Edition enables individuals to easily create and maintain extranets, intranets, corporate Web sites, project and community portals. The Metadot Business Edition user interface is browser-based, enabling authorized content editors to update Web pages from any location. Anyone who can type can create Web pages and edit content, which eliminates the need to call the IT department to correct typos or add information to a page. The application allows users to manage files, calendars, to-do lists, online forums, documents, online discussions, database queries, customer surveys and newsletter mailing lists from a Web interface. The Metadot Business Edition also includes login support, where Metadot engineers can log in to a customer’s system and fix problems. Annual subscription fees for the Metadot Business Edition start at $2,000, which includes the Metadot Portal Server, installation support, software updates, professional customer support, access to Metadots online training center and optional managed hosting. The Metadot Portal Server runs on Linux, Apache, MySQL and Perl, although it also runs in commercial environments such as Sun Solaris, Microsoft Windows, Oracle and more.

OASIS Approve SAML v2.0 as Standard

OASIS announced that its members have approved the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) version 2.0 as an OASIS Standard, a status that signifies the highest level of ratification. SAML v2.0 enables the secure exchange of authentication, attribute, and authorization information between disparate security domains, making vendor-independent Web single sign-on and secure e-business transactions possible. Version 2.0 adds key functions to create and manage federated networks that combine and appropriately share pre-existing repositories of identity information. SAML leverages core Web services standards including XML, SOAP, Transport Layer Security (TLS), XML Signature (XMLSIG), and XML Encryption (XMLENC). Over 27 member organizations globally participate in this ongoing work, including representatives of AOL, BEA Systems, Boeing, Booz Allen Hamilton, Computer Associates, Entrust, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Neustar, Nokia, Novell, Oracle, RSA Security, SAP, and Sun Microsystems. Participation remains open to all. OASIS hosts an open mail list for public comment and the saml-dev mailing list for exchanging information on implementing the standard.

FAST Unveils Fast mSearch

Fast Search & Transfer (FAST) unveiled FAST mSearch, a mobile search solution to collectively integrate content such as music, games, ring tones, and images with highly relevant content from the mobile Web, providing users with an optimized and more personal search experience on their mobile devices. FAST mSearch, the latest Search Derivative Application (SDA) to leverage the FAST Enterprise Search Platform (FAST ESP), enables carriers to provide integration of their own content with relevant results from content providers and the Mobile Web. FAST mSearch allows revenue opportunities for carriers and content providers by powering a number of business models, such as personalized local search, targeted mobile commerce and advertising services, and multimedia search.

ebrary Launches New Collections for Government Market; Announces Server Pilot Program

ebrary announced that several new collections specifically for government and military libraries are now available through the ebrary Dynamic Content Platform (DCP). ebrary’s DCP is a hosted content delivery service that combines software with full-text books, reports, and other authoritative content from STM, academic, and professional publishers. The new collections include Business, Management & Leadership, Computers, Technology & Engineering, International Relations & Military Affairs, Government Affairs, and Science & Environmental Studies. Additionally, ebrary announced that it is seeking pilot customers for its new, server-based technology, which will ship in Q3 2005. Code named “Isaac,” this technology will change how PDF content can be distributed, shared, and managed from behind an institution’s firewall. Both the ebrary DCP and Isaac include the ebrary Reader and InfoTools. The ebrary Reader optimizes page-by-page delivery of PDF documents. InfoTools links search queries to multiple online databases, as well as information on the Web.

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