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Innovative to bring next-generation federated search product to market

Press Release: Innovative Interfaces, Inc. [June 15, 2006]

Copyright (c) 2006 Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

Abstract: Innovative announced that Research Pro, its next-generation federated-search tool, will become available in the third quarter of 2006. Research Pro uses sophisticated technologies to provide a rich and highly usable environment for searching across library-selected resources. This powerful new tool provides a tabbed-browse display that groups results by target resource, harnesses AJAX for increased fluidity and continuity of search sessions, and employs Innovative''s smart-search algorithm for efficient delivery of information from subscription databases.


Emeryville, CA—Innovative announced today that Research Pro, its next-generation federated-search tool, will become available in the third quarter of 2006. Research Pro uses sophisticated technologies to provide a rich and highly usable environment for searching across library-selected resources. This powerful new tool provides a tabbed-browse display that groups results by target resource, harnesses AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) for increased fluidity and continuity of search sessions, and employs Innovative's smart-search algorithm for efficient delivery of information from subscription databases.

Enhanced Usability, Tabbed Browse Display

Research Pro makes searching easier by eliminating the need for user search-expertise. The new interface provides a clean look and easy type-and-go functionality offered by popular Web search engines. Libraries can also select a set of default search targets so users won't have to decide which are best to search in a given context.

Research Pro presents results grouped by target resource in a clean and easy-to-navigate display. This tabbed-browse display shows the search status and number of hits returned from each resource. This allows Research Pro users to access any resource immediately and focus in on the most fruitful destinations for their search. The tabbed-browse display lets users move between resources without losing their place in a set of search results. Research Pro also makes it easy for users to toggle between the tabbed display and an integrated list of search results.

Research Pro allows users to search a group of resources repeatedly without the need to re-select them, for a continuous and uninterrupted experience. Library users can also extend this continuity by saving one or more target resources for future use in the My Millennium personalization suite.

AJAX Technology

AJAX is a new Web technology that separates data transfer from presentation. This makes Research Pro more visually pleasing, responsive, and immediate than competing solutions. Research Pro can present new information exactly when a user wants it, neither slowing retrieval with unnecessary operations nor distracting users by refreshing a webpage.

Innovative's Smart-Search Algorithm

Innovative's smart-search algorithm determines precisely how much information to load from target resources. Because Research Pro makes this calculation, users don't have to guess how many results they might need from a given resource. The algorithm provides for efficient allocation of system resources so there are no roadblocks when navigating within search results or to another list of results.

The Right Choice for Library Staff

Research Pro offers a clean and highly usable interface right out of the box. It also offers an improved and expanded set of customization features. Library staff can easily change Research Pro's "look and feel" with Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) technology, customizable forms, Web options, and tokens. These same features have made Millennium's online catalog the most fully customizable online catalog on the market.

Library staff can easily identify which resources should be searched by default. This flexibility allows library staff to organize resources by subject or material type, with the option to adjust groupings as needs change.

"Research Pro is an entirely new approach to federated search," says Product Manager Sarah Hickman. "We encourage all of our customers to take a look at what these new technologies and interface enhancements can do for their libraries and their Web users."

MetaFind, Innovative's existing federated-search product, will continue to be fully-supported and marketed by the company. Current users of MetaFind will have the option to upgrade to Research Pro free of charge.

About Innovative Interfaces

For over 25 years, Innovative Interfaces has dedicated its energies to meeting the needs of libraries and the challenges of library automation. Core to this mission are trusted products including the Millennium integrated library technology platform, INN-Reach next-generation resource sharing, the Symposia digital repository, and Electronic Resource Management. Today, thousands of libraries of all types in over 40 countries rely on Innovative's products, services, and support. The company is located in Emeryville, California with offices around the world.

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Publication Year:2006
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:June 15, 2006
Publisher:Innovative Interfaces, Inc.
Place of Publication:Emeryville, CA
Company: Innovative Interfaces, Inc.
Products: Research Pro
Subject: Product announcements
Record Number:12032
Last Update:2012-12-29 14:06:47
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