June 22, 2006 - West Hartford, CT -- In conjunction with the ALA 2006 Annual Conference in New Orleans, Index Data is introducing Metaproxy, the world's first front end server with built-in metasearch functionality.
Metaproxy receives search requests from a clients, broadcasts them to multiple databases within an organization, and presents the combined results of each search to the client as if the merged result set were coming from a single source. It is an ideal technology for integrating access to multiple searchable resources within your organization. In addition to built-in metasearch functionality, this elegantly designed proxy server combines caching, load-balancing, result set merging, and other performance-enhancing mechanisms that speed up retrieval.
Metaproxy can serve as a stand-alone front end proxy server to search, retrieve, and integrate data from multiple Z39.50-compatible back end databases within your organization, or it can be used in conjunction with Index Data's custom-built gateways that translate Z39.50 requests into your server's proprietary protocols.
About Index Data
Index Data has been developing standards-based information retrieval technology since 1994. Publishers, software vendors and libraries around the world use the company's technology and services to meet demanding and sophisticated information retrieval challenges. We distribute most of our software under an open source license and our solutions are completely standards-based.
Index Data has been providing metasearch services for libraries even before the term was invented. Content providers such as the Library of Congress, Paratext, Scholastic and the Taylor and Francis Group use our custom gateway and server services to help them be better targets for all metasearch services. Content providers turn to Index Data for these services because we understand metasearch technology at its deepest level.