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Thursday, 14th February 2008

Federated Search: ProQuest Acquires WebFeat, WebFeat to merge with Serial Solutions

ProQuest Acquires Web Feat, WebFeat to merge with Serial Solutions.
Got all that? :-) With all of the mergers and acquisitions taking place in 2007 and now in 2008, we're beginning to need a scorecard to keep them all straight.

Here's the 1 page news release. (PDF)

Highlights:

+ ProQuest plans to merge WebFeat with Serials Solutions, its Seattle-based business unit and developer of e-resource access and management tools for libraries.

+ Under the leadership of Serials Solutions’ general manager, Jane Burke, the strengths of WebFeat’s and Serials Solutions’ federated search platforms will be combined to create a single, market-leading solution. The new platform will debut in early 2009, providing libraries with more power and efficiency in accessing their data pools. The current search platforms from both Serials Solutions and WebFeat will continue to be supported as this development proceeds

+ Mr. Miller, who holds four patents in the field of federated search, will remain with WebFeat throughout February as a consultant. Then, WebFeat employees will be aligned functionally within Serials Solutions’ current organizational structure. While WebFeat staff will become part of Serials Solutions, its customer support and all development activities will continue uninterrupted.


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