DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, Jan. 24, 2003: Endeavor Information Systems and Fast Search & Transfer (FAST), a leading developer of search and real time alerting technologies, announced today a plan to integrate FAST Data Search into the ENCompass digital system for managing, searching and linking collections. Libraries will benefit from the power and scalability of a new technology search engine to expand the capabilities of Endeavor's digital library system.
With the sub-second response times of FAST Data Search, the integration into ENCompass will increase the speed and performance of searches. As libraries create larger and larger digital collections of local and commercial resources, they need a system that can search and sort large volumes of data. The FAST engine has proven that it outperforms alternative engines and delivers quick responses to end-users. More importantly, using FAST Data Search, Endeavor will bring sophisticated new features to ENCompass. Not only will Endeavor continue to offer unique relevance ranking powers, but the relevancy ranking will also grow in sophistication with newer capabilities such as inverse document frequency, weighted metadata, and link/citation cardinality and anchor text. Additionally, with FAST Data Search, Endeavor's systems will incorporate features heretofore unavailable to library systems. These include:
- All query forms
- words, phrases, proximity, wildcards
- boolean expressions spanning multiple fields and with unlimited nesting
- Advanced linguistic capabilities
- lemmatization (expert stemming)
- adaptive spell checking
- thesaurus support
- Automatic classification/indexing
- taxonomy editing
- term extraction
- rule specification
"Librarians struggle to provide users easy access to information. Users make library content compete against commercial search engines. Integrating FAST Data Search with ENCompass means libraries will see commercial-level search engine quality in our digital library system," said Roland Dietz, Endeavor President and CEO.
"FAST is a solid advanced technology provider that has had a strong working relationship with Elsevier for some time in our development of deep searching technologies found in Elsevier's Scirus and Engineering Village products. A strong company with a significant and well-known corporate customer base, FAST technologies are integral to libraries who understand the methods their users employ to search and retrieve valuable information," said Marc Krellenstein, Elsevier Vice President of Search and Discovery Technology.
Fast Search & Transfer ASA (FAST) creates the real-time search and filter technology solutions that are behind the scenes at some of the world's best known companies with the most demanding search problems. FAST's flexible and scalable integrated technology platform spans both Internet and enterprise customers, and elevates search to unprecedented levels. FAST closes the gap between information and action, connecting people to the relevant information they seek regardless of medium, in turn driving revenue and reducing total cost of ownership by effectively leveraging IT infrastructure for our clients and world-class partners. FAST search technology is currently deployed by a wide range of global customers and partners including AT&T, BroadVision, CareerBuilder, Chordiant, Dell, Freeserve, IBM, InfoSpace, Reed Elsevier (Scirus.com), Reuters, T-Online, Terra Lycos, and Tiscali.
FAST has operations in the United States, Europe (Norway, Germany, UK), and Japan, and is publicly traded under the ticker symbol 'FAST' on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Please visit www.fastsearch.com for more information or see FAST in action at our technology showcase www.alltheweb.com.
About Endeavor Information Systems
Endeavor Information Systems, based in Des Plaines, IL, was founded in September of 1994. A wholly owned subsidiary of Elsevier, Endeavor offers a complete line of library solutions for traditional and digital collections. Visit Endeavor at www.endinfosys.com for more information about Voyager, ENCompass or LinkFinderPlus.
Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. Working in partnership with the global science and health communities, the company publishes more than 1,800 journals and 2,200 new books per year, in addition to offering a suite of innovative electronic products, bibliographic databases, online reference works and subject specific portals.
Elsevier (www.elsevier.com) is a global company headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and has offices worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc (www.reedelsevier.com), a world-leading publisher and information provider. Operating in the science and medical, legal, education and business-to-business sectors, Reed Elsevier provides high-quality and flexible information solutions to users, with increasing emphasis on the Internet as a means of delivery. Reed Elsevier's ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).