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Autonomy and NetLibrary to Provide Libraries with an Improved Learning Environment

.: Interesting news item from a couple weeks ago:

DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 19 August 2005— The NetLibrary division of OCLC Online Computer Library Center today announced that it has partnered with Autonomy Corporation plc (LSE: AU. or AUTN.L), a global leader in infrastructure software for the enterprise, to provide academic, public, corporate and special libraries with improved search and retrieval functionality.

NetLibrary provides electronic content and technical delivery solutions to more than 13,000 institutional libraries, corporations and government agencies worldwide that provide research, reference, digital learning, and general interest content to their constituents via web-based technologies.

"Improving and enhancing our technical platform remains a critical priority for us. After several months of research, Autonomy stood out among the 13 software providers we reviewed" said Tom Whitcomb, Senior Director of Information Technology. "We wanted to add additional functionality for our patrons as well as improve upon the ability of library patrons to find relevant content more quickly. Autonomy stood out as offering the technology that could fulfill these requirements.

Autonomy's technology allows NetLibrary to index eBooks, eJournals, and other popular eContent types regardless of format and/or location. These resources can be made up of multiple file types from different repositories including internal pdf and html documents, external Web sites, and databases such as SQL and Oracle. This can all then be aggregated together and made available through a single search interface. Additionally, NetLibrary will employ several other Autonomy features, such as: cross-linking of files, content summarization, content suggestions, spell checking, and other features that enable users to find the materials they are looking for more quickly and comprehensively.

Read the full press release here.

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