Information Today
Volume 19, Issue 9 October 2002
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Applied Semantics Launches News Series

Applied Semantics, Inc., a software tools and applications provider for unstructured information management, has announced the availability of Applied Semantics News Series, an integrated content-processing solution developed specifically for online and print publishers. News Series offers content categorization, summarization, event-identification, and concept-tagging software that streamlines news wire, editorial, archiving, and syndication processes. The publishing-focused solution comes bundled with industry-standard taxonomies, such as International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC) Subject Codes and SIC Codes, and works with XML standards like NITF, NewsML, ANPA, and PRISM.

According to the announcement, News Series automates the process of applying many kinds of metadata to news content, resulting in significant time savings for editors, writers, librarians, and indexers who are currently producing this information manually. The software also automates the process of adding valuable metadata to content that's delivered to syndication and aggregation partners. In addition, News Series categorizes, summarizes, and routes incoming news wire stories to ensure the most relevant articles reach interested editors and reporters in real time. Event Identification can also flag articles that contain newsworthy information.

According to the announcement, News Series enhances the content published into an archive and the subsequent search experience by automatically arranging articles in granular categories and creating article abstracts. This gives reporters and editors more time to use rather than search for archived information.

Applied Semantics News Series is powered by CIRCA Technology, a proprietary semantic engine that uses an ontology (a database of millions of concepts and relationships between concepts) to read and assign meaning to any piece of unstructured content. The ontology covers millions of broad and deep concepts and terms and is compatible with the wide range of news content that's handled by publishers.

Source: Applied Semantics, Inc., Los Angeles, 310/446-8162; http://www.appliedsemantics.com.

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