PROVO, Utah – August 4, 2003 – Dynix, the world's leading provider of automation solutions and services for libraries, announced today the upcoming release Horizon Digital Library 1.1, an enhancement to the company's comprehensive digital library solution. The release will provide users with multiple new features, including additional language support. The product, which will be in general release by the end of 2003, will enable cross-language searching in English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch, and Italian.
“Release 1.1 reaffirms Horizon Digital Library's status as the industry leader for creating, managing, and searching digital content,” said Dynix President and CEO Jack Blount. “We offer the only complete end-to-end solution that enables libraries to choose the components they need in order to create a comprehensive digital library and deliver the most advanced search capability ever offered to library users.”
A powerful feature in Horizon Digital Library called concept searching expands user searches to include all words that are synonyms and semantic expansions to the words entered in the search. For example, a search on the words “foreign trade” will also bring up digital objects with scanned text or metadata that also match “international commerce.” The new 1.1 release delivers the powerful concept searching capability to German, French, Spanish, Dutch, and Italian. In addition, a concept search done in one of the languages gets extended to the other five. Entering the word “water,” for example, will also concurrently search the German word “wasser” and the Spanish word “agua.”
In addition to European language support, Horizon Digital Library 1.1 delivers multiple-image support for archived documents. The new release provides users with both thumbnail and full screen JPG images, along with an archival or working copy of each digital document, in either TIFF or PDF format. Users have the ability to link from one version of an image to another while using the record.
Horizon Digital Library 1.1 also introduces hierarchical browsing, a feature that enables users to locate documents by opening a nested set of folders or containers and search parent, child, and sibling documents. The hierarchical arrangements can be set up either manually or automatically within the file system, according to the library's preference.
Significant enhancements to the Digital Library Web Editor feature have been made in release 1.1, now providing the ability to create templates for metadata entry and enable drop-down pick lists for metadata elements. The new Web Editor allows users to create and modify an entire hierarchy of metadata records and to merge multiple items into a single record.
Functionality for basic reporting and statistics has also been improved. Usage and search statistics can be generated by index and by source, and users can produce reports that show the frequency of all search terms submitted.
About Horizon Digital Library
Horizon Digital Library makes it easy to create and manage digital content while also providing users with the most robust search and retrieval tool in the library community. More than just software, Horizon Digital Library is comprised of a comprehensive suite of software, hardware, and services, including digitization and data migration services. A chief benefit of the solution is modularity, which gives libraries the flexibility necessary to pick and choose the components they need in order to meet their varied individual needs.
Celebrating its twentieth year of service to the library community, Dynix is the world's pioneer provider of library information management systems. As a committed advocate of the library community, Dynix serves academic, special, school, public, and consortium libraries in over 40 countries. With more than 100 professional librarians on staff and proven experience in software leadership, Dynix is focused on providing customers visionary technology solutions that support the latest industry standards and offer intuitive functionality. For complete corporate information and a guide to Dynix products and services, visit www.dynix.com.