Old Brookville, NY, August 17, 2007— CARE Affiliates, Inc. today announced a partnership with WebFeat, enabling CARE to offer WebFeat translators, as well as other technology, in conjunction with the open source solutions that CARE provides. The initial offering will be to use WebFeat translators in conjunction with MasterKey, a federated search solution, so that it can simultaneously search databases that require proprietary search interfaces.
"CARE Affiliates is pleased to create a partnership with WebFeat, a world leader in federated search technologies, that will allow us to provide our customers with a very cost effective solution to meet their federated search needs," said Carl Grant, President of CARE Affiliates. "WebFeat understood our needs and moved quickly to address them. We believe that responsiveness is a good indicator of the kind of partnership we're creating."
Todd Miller, President of WebFeat commented, "We are very pleased to welcome CARE Affiliates into our growing family of WebFeat partners. WebFeat now powers most federated search offerings currently available on the market. The combination of WebFeat and CARE's solutions is a tremendous offering for libraries and information centers."
The Masterkey federated search will submit queries into the WebFeat API, which responds with parsed XML citations from its translator library, supporting over 9,000 databases. WebFeat's translators structure and parse citations from all databases, adding value to the over 80% of databases that do not offer APIs or standards-based offerings. WebFeat's translator library is currently the world's largest.
About CARE Affiliates, Inc.
CARE Affiliates provides services and products based on open source software to libraries and information centers around the world. These services include consulting, selection, packaging, integration, installation, support, hosting (SaaS), maintenance and continued development. Products include repositories, federated search tools, preservation and archiving solutions. CARE Affiliates is an international organization with offices in Chicago, Illinois, Blacksburg, Virginia and Toronto, Canada. Learn more about CARE at http://www.care-affiliates.com
WebFeat (U.S. patent #6,807,539) is the developer of the WebFeat and WebFeat Express Search Solutions, used by over 8,000 leading public, academic, government and Global 1000 libraries and information centers—including 7 of the 10 largest U.S. public libraries, 17 statewide library systems, and 2 out of every 10 Association of Research Libraries (ARL) institutions.
WebFeat offers next-generation federated search and e-resource management tools to meet the needs of any library. Products include: the WebFeat Express federated search solution, WebFeat Enterprise Edition for multi-library networks, WebFeat Custom API service and SMART, WebFeat's usage tracker. WebFeat Menu Manager and WebFeat Proxy provide tools for access and management of e-resource collections. WebFeat provides multi-language support. Originally founded in 1992 as an information technology consultancy, WebFeat has earned industry recognition from leading organizations such as Library Journal and the Gartner Group. Learn more about WebFeat at http://www .webfeat.org.