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Dialog Unveils PowerPortal and K-Working Software Suite

Magazine article Information Today

Dialog Unveils PowerPortal and K-Working Software Suite

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The Dialog Corp.'s Information Services Division (http://www.dialog.com) has launched two services--PowerPortal and the k-working suite--that are designed to improve its intranet and Web offerings.

PowerPortal lets users tailor a personal, customized gateway to DialogSelect content, merged with access to non-Dialog Web-based resources. It uses the pre-formatted search forms from DialogSelect. The k-working suite (knowledge-management software) includes k-discovery (a search, retrieval, and automatic categorization tool that accesses both internal and external data), k-alerts (a current-awareness intelligent agent), and k-InfoSort (an unbundled version of the data-extraction and database-building proprietary tool). With the k-working launch, Dialog introduces itself as a major software provider to enterprise systems.

PowerPortal

With PowerPortal (http://powerportal.dialog.com), organizations and individuals can develop customized search forms for reaching specific information sources. A "wizard" walks users through the process of creating a PowerPortal interface. Information professionals may specify search forms and design elements to satisfy the specific information needs of individual or groups of clients. They may even brand the PowerPortal they create with a company logo or relevant institutional information. Users may then further personalize the interface by adding links to other internal (intranet) and external (Web) URLs.

Users can access PowerPortal directly from the Internet or via a corporate network. Domain access provides seamless intranet integration, allowing users to connect from a desktop via the corporate intranet without requiring a password. Personal selections display each time the user accesses the site, and a Dialog subscription enables the user to retrieve information from the DIALOG databases.

DialogSelect supplies the over 200 search forms offered in PowerPortal, which reaches over 300 business, legal, scientific, and technical databases. The user-friendly forms eliminate the need to learn expert search commands. Once a user specifies key concepts or areas of interest, the system selects the relevant databases, formulates a multi-file search strategy, and automatically eliminates duplicate results. Users can also save searches as Dialog Alerts to receive title lists of new entries via e-mail.

Dialog describes PowerPortal as "a simple, no-cost alternative to the Dialog Intranet Toolkit, which is more suitable for organizations requiring enhanced flexibility to customize search forms and other aspects of the portal site."

Although users pay no extra charge for building a site using PowerPortal, they still have the usual costs to pay as Dialog subscribers of Dialog data content.

K-Working Suite

To break into the U.S. knowledge-management arena, Dialog has launched a suite of knowledge-working or "k-working" software packages designed to integrate internal and external information sources. …

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