Pittsburgh, PA, 23 January 2006 — Vivísimo (vivisimo.com), the creator of innovative software to access and cluster the world's information for better search and discovery, and Serials Solutions, a business unit of ProQuest Information and Learning, today announced that the two companies have entered into an OEM agreement. Under terms of the agreement, Serials Solutions is licensing Vivísimo's Clustering Engine for integration into its federated search product, Central Search. The combined federated search and clustering solution will dramatically streamline the information retrieval and presentation process for librarians and patrons alike.
"Vivísimo's brilliant clustering technology is a perfect addition to Central Search. The on-the-fly subject clusters will provide librarians and patrons with a powerful way to explore the high-quality result sets that Central Search returns from a wide variety of resources," said JR Jenkins, MLIS, group product manager at Serials Solutions. "The combination of Central Search with Vivísimo's Clustering Engine will take our existing and future clients into the next generation of federated searching."
Central Search allows patrons to search a wide variety of resources from a single, easy-to-use interface. The application combines industry-leading search technology with robust results handling to provide a clear starting point for research at a library.
"Serials Solutions and Vivísimo share the belief that clustering technology allows users to harness the full power of federated search without getting overwhelmed with an avalanche of information," said Frank Bilotto, senior director of publishing solutions at Vivísimo. "The relationship with Serials Solutions has the potential to open the door to nearly 100 organizations and expand Vivísimo's presence within the publishing, content aggregation and library markets."
Vivísimo's award-winning Clustering Engine is part of the Vivísimo Velocity Enterprise Search Platform, the only enterprise software that combines search, federate search and dynamic clustering. More than 100 organizations use the Clustering Engine as part of their Velocity deployments or to overlay and improve their existing enterprise search investments.
Serials Solutions is introducing the updated version of Central Search which incorporates Vivísimo's Clustering Engine at the 2006 ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio, Texas taking place January 20-23.
About Serials Solutions
Serials Solutions, part of ProQuest Information and Learning, provides complete solutions for today's electronic collections. Founded by a librarian for librarians, Serials Solutions helps librarians and patrons at over 1600 libraries worldwide find and use electronic content through its Access & Management Suite (AMS), Full MARC Records service for e-journals, Article Linker—Serials Solutions' comprehensive OpenURL link resolver, Central Search—a powerful federated search engine, and its newest product ERMS—a lifecycle manager for electronic subscriptions. For more information, please visit www.serialssolutions.com or call 1-866 SERIALS.
About ProQuest Information and Learning
ProQuest Information and Learning is a world leader in collecting, organizing, and publishing information worldwide for researchers, faculty, and students in libraries and schools. Known widely for its strength in business and economics, general reference, humanities, social sciences, and STM content, the company develops premium databases comprising periodicals, newspapers, dissertations, out-of-print books, and other scholarly information from more than 8,500 publishers worldwide. Users access the information through the ProQuest Web-based online information system, Chadwyck-Healey electronic and microform resources, UMI microform and print reference products, eLibrary, SIRS and Voyager Expanded Learning educational resources. For more information about ProQuest Information and Learning, visit www.li.proquest.com.
ProQuest Information and Learning is a business unit of ProQuest Company (www.proquestcompany.com), which has twice been named one of the top 100 fastest growing technology companies in the United States by Business 2.0 as well as one of the 200 best small companies by Forbes Magazine.
Vivísimo does search right by combining the simplicity and innovation of consumer search with the flexibility and control of enterprise software. The company works with customers to understand their goals and quickly deploy solutions that maximize the business value of information—with an interface users love. Vivisimo serves its global client base through headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA, and Paris, France, and partners throughout the world. Please visit vivisimo.com to learn more.