Woburn, MA--Inmagic, Inc., leading developer of library automation and information retrieval software for the Web, intranets, CD-ROM and LANs, today announced the release of its DB/Text Interactive WebPublisher Library Suite. Updating textbases via the web interface is a major new feature, made possible by the suite's ability to capture data through HTML forms and automatically add it to the textbase.
Enabling the interactivity is Inmagic's new DB/Text PowerPack for Windows NT, one of the products in the suite which is designed to automatically populate knowledgebases by capturing information from a variety of data sources, including the Web. With the suite, searchers of corporate knowledgebases can interact immediately with the information at hand, adding their own comments, insights and feedback. This new information automatically flows back into the knowledgebase, where it is fully searchable transforming knowledgebases into dynamic, evolving resources.
"Many librarians we're working with are at the point of moving their library catalogs and perhaps other databases over to the corporate intranet," says Inmagic president and CEO Phillip Green. "Taking it a step further, it makes sense in terms of information flow to let people interact with this information using the web interface, either by requesting items or by giving feedback. It all becomes integrated," says Green.
A variety of applications can be implemented with the DB/Text Interactive WebPublisher Library Suite:
- The library publishes its OPAC on the corporate intranet, providing access to employees throughout the corporation. Integral to the system is the ability for employees to request items, without the need for a separate email. Since requests can be stored in the catalog database, or in a linked "requests" database, the frequency and nature of requests can be tracked. Employees can also rank the usefulness of selected resources, providing the librarian with a measure of the collection's value as perceived by patrons.
- The library maintains the company's competitive intelligence knowledgebase. Publishing it on the intranet and enabling staff feedback provides the opportunity for quick dissemination of new information. Field sales reps can provide feedback on how customers respond to messages comparing the company's products with those of competitors'. This information is automatically added to the knowledgebase, where it's immediately searchable by other staff.
- Engineers in a manufacturing company access a "lessons learned" knowledgebase on the corporate intranet. With each new project, this valuable resource allows them to tap into colleagues' expertise from past projects, as well as to continually add new insights.
At Spar Aerospace Ltd., in Ontario, Canada, Library Supervisor Tim Tripp says that the ability to edit via the web heavily influenced him. "The nice thing about Inmagic's expanding the software's capabilities within the web paradigm is that, increasingly, it's a model people recognize and are becoming more and more familiar with," says Tripp. "The ability for people to add new information and submit comments directly to a database they're searching via a web interface should be an important factor in pushing Inmagic's software beyond the typical library applications," says Tripp.
DB/Text Interactive WebPublisher Library Suite
The DB/Text Interactive WebPublisher Library Suite is a comprehensive solution that enables libraries to publish information including OPACs, technical reports, competitive intelligence and other data on a corporate intranet or the Internet, as well as to make updates or gather new information via the web interface. The suite includes Inmagic's DB/Text PowerPack, DB/TextWorks, DB/Text WebPublisher, DB/TextWorks Library Guide, MARC Transformer, and Inmagic Product Support.
Inmagic products are available through the company's direct sales force and worldwide network of value-added resellers, systems integrators and Web content developers. Free trial versions of Inmagic products, pricing, and a listing of local resellers are available from the company's web site, www.inmagic.com. Contact Inmagic at 800-229-8398/781-9384442 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inmagic, Inc. is a leading developer of library automation and information retrieval software used on networks, the Web, intranets, and stand alone PCs. Information professionals choose Inmagic software for traditional applications, such as online catalogs, serials management, loans and orders, as well as for the management of diverse types of information, including competitive intelligence, technical reports, annual reports and photo archives. Inmagic's information management solutions are installed in more than 15,000 special libraries and information centers in over 50 countries.