POMONA, CA. — May 15, 2003 — Auto-Graphics, Inc. announces the signing of a contract with the National Geographic Society to license AGent, Auto-Graphics' premiere portal broadcast search tool. AGent allows users to simultaneously search multiple databases, full-text repositories, the web and local catalogs through a single search interface.
AGentTM will be set up to access a variety of local resources and databases as well as subscription-based applications used by National Geographic researchers and content creators. This intuitive information discovery system retrieves results from selected resources and presents them in an orderly and easily understood format. AGentTM also enables users to launch a search across disparate databases and other reference resources, yet view results in their native result screen and format, ensuring copyright compliance. National Geographic will use the system as a timesaving comprehensive database research tool.
“In our search for a federated search tool, we found that no other system offered what AGentTM does,” said Susan Fifer Canby, vice president for Libraries & Information Services, National Geographic Society. “During our trials, AGentTM was able to handle everything we asked of it, and more.”
Albert Flores, vice president of Library Services, Auto-Graphics said, “We are very pleased to add the National Geographic Society to our growing list of AGentTM users. National Geographic has a global need for intuitive information discovery. We are proud that AGentTM fulfills these needs and we look forward to a positive and long partnership with the Society.”
The National Geographic Society is one of the world's largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Its mission is to increase and diffuse geographic knowledge while promoting conservation of the world's cultural, historical and natural resources. It reaches more than 250 million people worldwide each month through its five magazines, the National Geographic Channel, television documentaries, books, videos and DVDs, maps and interactive media. National Geographic has funded more than 7,000 scientific research projects and supports an education program combating geographic illiteracy. To learn more about National Geographic, log onto www.nationalgeographic.com.
Auto-Graphics provides resource sharing and portal software services to clients who create, manage, publish and access information using the Internet. Since the 1970's, Auto-Graphics has played a leading role in translating the rapid developments in computer and data processing technology into advanced products and services used by more than 10,000 libraries in North America. The Company's web site is located at www.auto-graphics.com.