Santa Fe, NM, December 5, 2001. MuseGlobal, Inc. announced today the availability of Muse 1.2, the third release of Muse, an innovative software product which creates an advanced search environment, increasing productivity and adding enormous value to library users and researchers. Commercially released in March 2001, Muse is the first system to use multi-protocol broadcast searching across web, standards-based and proprietary databases, with advanced post-processing capabilities, and integration with third-party library, publishing and e-commerce systems.
Selected by 6 libraries, 4 library automation vendors and 5 publishing companies in the United States & Europe, Muse is used to deliver better, more effective ways to search, retrieve and use information from multiple sources. Muse is a search environment, not a search engine. Muse searches across any type of database or search engine, and utilizes the individual power and specialization of each to provide access to a wider range of sources than any single engine service. There is no limit to the numbers or types of sources that can be searched at one time through Muse, and results through Muse are optimized, refined and consistent.
Muse 1.2 delivers expanded options for researchers to link from record metadata to more information, using LYNX. Muse's "Focused Linking" or LYNX enables use to retrieve additional, related information that is organized by function. For example, LYNX are offered in Muse to Availability (options for borrowing or purchasing the item retrieved), Category Indexes (navigation to more information from author, subject, keyword, description and other indexes), Enrichment (tables of content, book reviews, jacket art), Content (full text of newspaper and journal articles, e-books) and Reference (suggestions for additional, related information to research).
The new release also advances MuseGlobal's underlying system architecture, which is multi-protocol search by design. "There are many search and portal solutions that are designed to broadcast search against information sources using one protocol, such as Z39.50. There are very few solutions that broadcast search using multiple protocols, such as Native Mode or Proprietary, SQL, HTTP and of course, Z39.50," stated Dr. Peter Noerr, Chief Technology Officer of MuseGlobal. "To search several sources using one protocol, you must force each source to speak your search language. Searching using multiple protocols means you speak their language," continued Dr. Noerr, "and this means a much broader range of information sources can be searched and thus the results are more meaningful."
About MuseGlobal, Inc.
MuseGlobal, Inc. is a newly established company founded by Kate and Peter Noerr, veterans of the library and information industry with over 40 combined years of experience in information management, retrieval and processing. MuseGlobal's corporate mission is to provide advanced information searching, retrieval and delivery services to libraries. The company's flagship product, Muse, is a next generation, web enabled integrated information processing environment that provides the link between users' browsers and vast collections of information, making it possible to deliver optimized access to and delivery of information internally and externally to user communities.