Minneapolis, Minn, April 1, 2003-iXmatch Inc., a leading provider of matching, searching, and analytics software, today announced an agreement with Sagebrush Corporation, a leading provider of technologies and information resources for K-12 districts and schools, to license and distribute iXmatch software including iXmetafind, its advanced metasearch software. iXmetafind is a key component of Sagebrush's new integrated research tool, Pinpoint, which enables K-12 students to find the best information they need for learning.
iXmetafind extends iXmatch's state-of-the-art search technology beyond internal databases to external databases and the Internet. The metasearch engine incorporates innovative search methods to gather, evaluate, rank, and report the most relevant results from multiple sources, including library catalogs, proprietary databases, intranets, and Web search engines. It can be used within a library portal, virtual union catalog, or an online public access catalog.
Sagebrush Pinpoint with iXmetafind puts content into context by dynamically clustering search results into groups of similar documents. With Pinpoint, students can better manage information overload and more easily navigate through search results by selecting relevant content groups. For example, a search for “mercury” returns thousands of results that are clustered into sub-groups based on context, such as the planet, the element, the Greek god and others. By choosing the planet cluster, other results are removed from view and the student is left with results primarily related to the planet Mercury.
iXmetafind will allow Sagebrush to provide advanced search functionality for its K-12 customers. "Giving students, teachers, librarians, administrators, and parents access to vast amounts of dynamically changing information is only the first step," said Prakash Puram, iXmatch President and CEO. "Sagebrush Pinpoint with iXmetafind offers these users a powerful new way to manage knowledge by giving them the ability to easily navigate through that information to find exactly what they're looking for. We're excited to offer new products that can help every student, educator, librarian or administrator in all 110,000 North American K-12 schools improve the quality of their research and knowledge management.”
Sagebrush Pinpoint provides schools with the most advanced solution available for retrieving information from their library collections, as well as external databases and the Internet. "Sagebrush provides software that helps schools develop more knowledgeable and effective students," said Jim Zicarelli, Sagebrush CEO. "Sagebrush Pinpoint with iXmetafind will enable all of our users to search more productively for information from any source, any time, any place-well beyond the walls of a school or library.”
"Sagebrush understands that providing best-in-class search functionality is critical to the success of any system," said Dr. Sam Han, iXmatch Senior Scientist. "To support this effort, iXmatch is continually adding new features and functionality to our software, staying focused on what will best help people find exactly what they are looking for."
About Sagebrush Corporation
Sagebrush Corporation is a fast-growing leader serving K-12 libraries in their efforts to provide access to information, stimulate interest in reading, improve performance, and manage information across the education process. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Sagebrush features the Accent™, Athena™, and Winnebago Spectrum® library automation systems, Pinpoint, Sagebrush Econo-Clad Books™, and Sagebrush Library Services.
About iXmatch Inc.
iXmatch provides the world's best searching and matching software products for knowledge management, business intelligence, e-commerce, supply chain management, and human capital management. The company's patented software products maximize profitability and customer satisfaction by accurately matching people to information, customers to products, order loads to trucks, buyers to suppliers, and candidates to jobs. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, iXmatch's customers include: Carlson Companies; Broward County, Florida; Thomas Publishing; Sagebrush Corporation; Pro Staff; HighJump Software; and the F.W. Webb Company. iXmatch is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner for Software Products.