Monday, October 25, 2004

Autonomy Powers Information360's DORIS Real-Time News Tool, Interpreting Relevance from Desktop Content

The Autonomy announcement of its support for Information360's new desktop real-time information tool should not go unnoticed in your rounds. While news wire veterans such as Dow Jones and may find the press release's claim of offering the "first" real-time information exchange to be somewhat laughable, the focus and backing for this effort are hardly a chuckle in terms of their concept and apparent execution. Recognizing the explosion in unstructured Web and desktop content as a key driving force in determining content relevance, Information360 has leveraged Autonomy technology to develop what they term DORIS, the Direct On line Real-time Information System. In a nutshell, DORIS looks at a user's desktop content and determines when relevant content from suppliers that will include the UK's Government News Network (GNN) and London Stock Exchange Regulated News Service (RNS)as well as other sources match current needs and interests. This works in theory in two directions. Users such as journalists and other news-intensive professionals such as securities traders will in theory be receiving "self-breaking" news that comes to their focused attention naturally as DORIS interprets formal and informal news sources anonymously to identify contextually relevant sources being updated in real-time. At the same time news suppliers can better identify journalists and others who are within a community of users who are interested in their news and should be priority targets for further information. The communal and desktop evaluation aspects of this product are particularly intriguing, providing an angle on desktop news relevance that at first blush seems like a more advanced take on Relegence's real-time news and information relevance management capabilities. We'll report back as we learn more, but yet again individuals are being empowered as news gathering and interpreting agents who are changing the face of the publishing world.
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