Information Today
Volume 19, Issue 8 September 2002
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Fretwell-Downing Releases CPORTAL

Fretwell-Downing, Inc. (FD) has announced the launch of CPORTAL, a new community information network solution that improves the precision, relevance, and user-friendliness of current Web-based searching. It allows online library catalogs and other Web sites to integrate with pre-existing internal databases, giving the public access to previously inaccessible information.

According to the company, CPORTAL is revolutionary because it makes it easy for libraries; state, county, or city government agencies; and other organizations to connect their existing databases and services and integrate them with Web-based information resources. The end result is a state-of-the-art, fully unified information service for all patrons within the community.

With CPORTAL software, libraries can do the following:

  • Allow patrons to simultaneously research a wide range of both internal and online Web sites and databases to receive a single set of results
  • Select which information resources are the most appropriate and reliable sources for their community, and whether they are maintained by the library or government agency, or within the community
  • Offer patrons access to geographic information systems that enable valuable place-name searching
  • Provide a searching solution that complies with internationally recognized e-government standards
Source: Fretwell-Downing, Inc., Overland Park, KS, 919/239-1200; http://www.fdusa.com.
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