Blog Exclusive News: Ovid Allies with MuseGlobal on Federated Search

Ovid Technologies announced in London today a first-of-its-kind partnership between a federated search technology vendor and an information aggregator.

Joining me in the Ovid stand at the London Online Information trade show just after the official press release was approved for release this afternoon, were, pictured left to right, Kate Noerr, CEO of MuseGlobal (the technology partner in this deal); and representatives from Ovid Rossella Proscia, Connie Hughes, and Pedja Pavlicic.

Pavlicic, Ovid’s director of software product management, said, "This is the first time a federated search solution will be applied by a non-library system vendor."

Kate Noerr referred to this development as "the commoditization of a new technology." MuseGlobal, she said, currently makes its federated search technology available to library system vendors, but with this first publicly announced cooperative deal with an aggregator, she is confident the benefits of federated searching will soon be enjoyed in many new markets.

"MuseGlobal’s knowledgebase was selected, because it satisfies 95% of the needs of our customers, right out of the box," said Rossella Proscia, Ovid’s director of marketing and international customer development.

The service will be released as an ASP (application service provider) packaged solution and will be fully customizable, according to Ovid’s Connie Hughes.

The new service is scheduled to be released in the first quarter of 2005. Watch ITI’s publications for news of further developments.

Dick Kaser
ITI VP Content

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