|WAX info, Ltd. has announced the release of activelibrary, a
distributed content-management solution that incorporates secure peer-to-peer
push technology for use in highly collaborative and extended organizations.
Expanding the paradigms of documents, books, libraries, and delivery into
the e-collaboration space, activelibrary allows users to read, annotate,
edit, and collaborate with colleagues online. Any changes are synchronized
automatically each time a user connects.
According to the announcement, activelibrary's cross-platform,
Java-based server environment provides the highest standards of reliability
and scalability. Its activepush technology detects and transmits
only changes and guarantees instantaneous updates through even the smallest
bandwidth (intranet or extranet). This ensures that information is always
up-to-date throughout the activelibrary network of interconnected
The activelibrary solution lets users convert documents or publish
from databases into the XML-based Open eBook (OeB) format, while maintaining
or creating important metadata tags. The process transforms a document
written with single-user software into collaborative information, enabling
teams to find, read, annotate, and edit documents in a version that's always
up-to-date and accurate.
Based on technology developed at Cambridge University since 1993, and
in daily use in the U.K.'s National Health Service, activelibrary
has applications wherever users require fast access to volatile and mission-critical
reference information, according to the announcement. Some of activelibrary's
key application areas include financial services, government, research,
activelibrary offers new delivery options for the reference publishing
industry. For publishers, it can provide a solution platform for delivery
of up-to-date reference journals. It can also replace traditional loose-leaf
updates or CD-ROM distribution with XML/OeB-based online and locally cached
products. Analysis of the activelibrary audit trail can offer feedback
and enable the publisher to evaluate the quality and relevance of its content.
For education, activelibrary can provide a robust and scalable
environment for authoring and delivery of distance-learning materials.
Students can use synchronized local content that enables them to work off-line.
Source: WAX info, Ltd., Cambridge, U.K., 011-44-1223-422-026; http://www.waxinfo.com.