Jan 2, 2004 - Copenhagen, London and Middletown, CT - Index Data has initiated two new product lines: Keystone, a suite of federated search products and services; and YakPac, a multi-lingual catalog client for young library users.
Keystone will consist of open source software based on international standards and communication protocols, as well as support and development services to augment that software. “We believe the time is right for Index Data to launch a major open source software development effort to bring sophisticated digital library meta-search services within reach of all the world's libraries, whatever the level of their resources,” says Sebastian Hammer, co-founder of the company. “Our goal is to develop and sustain the highest quality information discovery software that, by virtue of its being open source, becomes part of the shared intellectual capital of the world-wide library community. We are now actively seeking partners among both libraries and vendors to achieve that goal.”
YakPac is a multi-lingual extension of a youth-oriented catalog client/Z39.50 gateway that Index Data developed for the Danish public library market. It uses Macromedia Flash and XML technologies to achieve fun and functionality that go well beyond any other youth-oriented library catalog interface currently available. The company plans a world-wide general release of YakPac at the ALA 2004 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.
About Index Data
Index Data has grown from small beginnings in Copenhagen a decade ago into one of the world's most respected software houses in the area of networked information retrieval. With offices in Copenhagen, London and Middletown, CT USA, Index Data works with partners throughout Europe and the US to meet the networked searching needs of library users everywhere. All Index Data software products support multi-lingual functionality through UNICODE implementation. To the greatest extent possible, Index Data software products are based on open source, open standards, and modular architecture. The company's free and open source products, as well as its development and support services, are used by the Library of Congress, the State of Texas, major library system vendors, and numerous academic libraries around the world. For additional information, visit our Web Site at www.indexdata.com or call David Dorman, US Marketing Manager, at 860-389-1568.