Convera Corporation (NASDAQ: CNVR) announced that its Excalibur Web search technology is set to launch as the index now contains more than 4 billion pages. In addition to reaching 4 billion pages of textual Web content, the Excalibur technology also comprises approximately 500 million images, 20 million audio components and 5 million videos. The Company also disclosed that it has completed the build-out of its second data center located in Dallas, Texas. This site, in conjunction with the Company’s San Diego data center now affords prospective customers a fully redundant hosting environment. With the attainment of these operational and technology milestones, Convera is positioned to begin accepting customers for Excalibur, presently a private label search offering. The Excalibur Web search technology, while a newly developed search platform, leverages Convera’s experience over the past 15 years in creating “deep search” products for law enforcement, national security and intelligence agencies. http://www.convera.com
XyEnterprise and Blast Radius Inc. announced a partnership that integrates Blast Radius XMetaL DITA Edition into XyEnterprise’s content management system, Content@ to support both content creation and management using the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA), the OASIS standard for authoring topic-oriented content in XML. XMetaL Author DITA Edition is a solution for authoring and publishing content using DITA. The new product includes Natural Structured Authoring, a user environment designed to reduce time-consuming authoring tasks into simple steps, as well as a visual map editor, reusable components, and support for single-source publishing. Content@ 3.2 is a content management system that gives content authors the ability to manage extensive repositories of topics. Content creators can find related topics that they want to reuse or refer to in their writing, track and review changes in progress, shield changes from those who want to see only approved and published data, and participate in an automated workflow based on their role and responsibility. , http://www.blastradius.com
Justsystems Corporation (JASDAQ: 4686), an enterprise software provider in Japan, announced that xfy Basic Edition 1.0 will be available starting October 31 for the U.S. market. xfy Basic Edition 1.0, an integrated XML application development and runtime environment, along with the xfy Developer’s Toolkit 1.0, which enables the generation of XVCDs (XML data processing sequence programs), can be downloaded free of charge. xfy Basic Edition 1.0, serves as a tool for creating and editing XML documents. It also provides in integrated fashion, a runtime environment for programs that contain XML data processing sequences, and an application development environment. Compound XML documents that include text, pictures, and tables can be displayed in xfy as a single seamless document, making it easy to create, edit, and view new documents. The scalable design concept of xfy helps ensure that, with this environment, future kinds of XML documents can also be edited. xfy Basic Edition 1.0 is written in Java, and runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac. To allow more businesses the opportunity to utilize xfy, “xfy Basic Edition 1.0” and “xfy Developer’s Toolkit 1.0” will be available free for non-commercial individual use, for academic research, and for enterprise use. Starting October 31, 2005 download xfy Basic Edition 1.0 at
The ASIS&T annual meeting, which starts tomorrow in Charlotte, North Carolina, has launched both an event blog and an event wiki These should both be worth following as the meeting continues through next Wednesday.
If you haven’t yet visited KeyContent.org, check it out. It is quickly becoming an incredibly useful wiki on issues related to technical communication, information architecture, and web design. Directors Bill Albing, Rick Sapir, and Sherry Steward got the ball rolling.
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/
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.