The Plone Foundation recently released the 2.1 version of Plone, a Content Management System for the Zope application server. Plone runs on all major operating systems including Linux, Windows, Solaris, FreeBSD and Mac OS X. Plone is available in more than 50 languages. Notable features include time-based content deployment and role-based authoring and publishing. Plone 2.1’s new set of features provide users with tools to enhance their productivity while maintaining an optimal user experience. The new version also gives content managers and end users sophisticated, yet simple, ways to more effectively search and organize their content. “LiveSearch” provides an instant preview of search results when typing, while “Smart Folders” allow content managers to arrange content according to usage. Available add-on products allow Windows desktop integration, handling of multilingual content, rapid deployment into existing IT infrastructure, and a host of other features from blogs to enterprise authentication. A number of entities offer Plone products, training, support, hosting, and consulting services. http://plone.org/
KnowledgeLake, Inc. announced that its next major product release will extend the new ECM feature set in the upcoming Microsoft Office release, Office “12”. Microsoft’s new Office 12 Server will provide a server platform with core features such as records management, workflow, and content archiving. KnowledgeLake products are specifically designed to add application functionality to the Microsoft Office 12 platform and to have a product set that competes in the ECM market. Microsoft’s announcement of new platform technologies such as the Windows Workflow Foundation (WWF), XML Paper Specification (XPS), and support for Official Documents (records management) now allows KnowledgeLake to focus on bringing these platform functions together in a natural user workspace that supports various forms of content capture. KnowledgeLake Capture currently brings scanning functionality to the desktop and integrates with Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies. The next version planned for concurrent release with Office 12 will bring increases in functionality and support for new document formats. This along with enhanced workflow functionality based on WWF is the primary focus of the next product release.
Autonomy Corporation plc (LSE: AU.; LSE: AU.L) announced a conceptual index of the World Wide Web. The index currently contains approximately one billion items, including web pages, audio, video and image files, and expansion continues rapidly. The index is available so consumer facing companies can offer their customers new search technologies across the Web. Also, enterprise users will be able to integrate retrieval, from the desktop to enterprise content to Internet content, based on the understanding of the meaning of the information, all on a private basis. Autonomy’s Intelligent Data Operating Layer (IDOL) is able to understand the meaning of any type of content, including text, audio and video. The index was built on IDOL technology and brings additional retrieval features to the web, including conceptual clustering, implicit query, video search and Autonomy’s unique Automatic Query Guidance (AQG). Autonomy’s AQG automatically returns categories of results based on the meaning of the query, directing users to the results they require based on a conceptual and contextual understanding of their query. AQG uses conceptual clustering to determine the context of a user’s search. http://www.autonomy.com
SiberLogic announced the addition of semantic knowledge modeling to the S1000D support already provided in its content management solution, SiberSafe. S1000D, an international specification for the procurement and production of technical publications, is used worldwide by a variety of commercial and government entities for the development of technical documentation. SiberSafe’s semantic enablement platform takes S1000D support beyond the authoring process to the entire knowledge management lifecycle. Because S1000D is used to document complex technology products and equipment, upfront semantic modeling efficiently ensures accuracy and completeness in content development. It also enables that content to be retrieved and consumed in new and flexible ways. SiberSafe’s modeling technology is built on the open W3C Semantic Web standards RDF and OWL, so organizations are not locked into a proprietary solution once a significant volume of knowledge has been captured.