Internet technology enables us to access more information than ever
before, making the servers on corporate networks information gold mines.
But how do corporate prospectors mine the gold? As gigabytes of information
become available online, managing information is among the chief corporate
Netscape Catalog Server is an automated information search and discovery
server for creating, managing, and keeping current an online catalog of
documents residing on corporate intranets and the Internet.
No longer do organizations need to struggle with how best to sort and
catalog the massive amount of information available to them on their
intranets and the Internet. With Netscape Catalog Server, companies can
easily deploy Yahoo-style search and discovery services for an intranet or
Internet site across multiple operating systems and Web servers.
Netscape Catalog Server was designed to be easy to manage and
automatically maintains and updates catalogs, making timely information
readily available to individuals using Netscape Navigator and other
standards-based Internet browsers. Catalog designers can
customize Catalog Server using out-of-the-box tools to define information
taxonomies, taxonomy layout, categorization rules, and other features
without programming. End users can customize queries and search results
Netscape Catalog Server uses Verity's powerful search engine to
provide sophisticated text search facilities. It supports a wide
variety of query types, including Boolean, wild card, phrase, free text,
sentence, and attribute (title, author, date, other). The server can index
multiple document types, including HTML, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF,
These robots index documents from a variety of primary sources such as Web
servers, end users, and archivists. The robots communicate
indexing information to one or more Catalog Servers via an open protocol,
called Resource Description Messaging (RDM), based on the Harvest project.
The server itself receives information from one or more catalog robots,
organizes that information, then presents it to clients.
Netscape Catalog Server's architecture consists of two primary
The primary benefits of this two-tiered architecture are that it is highly
scalable and requires significantly less network bandwidth than
centralized Web-crawler solutions, which typically copy all documents to a
centralized server. In contrast, Catalog Robots transmit summarized
indexing information across the network, reducing network bandwidth and
improving overall performance.
Organizations can get up and running quickly with Netscape Catalog
Server. Once Catalog Server is installed, an administrator can easily
specify Web servers to be cataloged. Once the cataloging process is
complete, users are provided with turnkey services such as
What's New and What's Popular queries, and query result sorting by
category, date, and author.
Maintains and updates catalogs automatically via Catalog Robots.
Makes the latest information available to Netscape Navigator or other
Internet client software packages.
Employs user-defined filters to customize resource collection.
Integrates with Netscape Navigator for installation, configuration,
Supports SSL 3.0.
Supports user/password security control.
Catalog Robots respect file system access controls.
Provides sophisticated text search facilities with Verity's
Supports Boolean, wild card, phrase, free-text, sentence, sounds-like
and document-attribute (title, author, date) query searches.
Provides Yahoo-style browsing capabilities on user-defined categories
Provides automated information collection via Robots.
Author submission lets the author describe his or her resource and
submit it to the Catalog Server.
Integrated collection with Netscape Enterprise Server through the
Creates local indexes for remote Web servers and uses lightweight
bulk-transfer protocol RDM to efficiently transfer catalog information.
Transmits only summarized indexing information across the network,
reducing network costs.
Creates categories automatically for What's New and What's Popular.
Automatically sorts documents by date, title, and author.
Lets users define information taxonomy, taxonomy layout,
categorization rules, and other features without programming.
Provides tools to define resource collection and filtering rules via
Allows users to control the depth and source of catalog information.
Allows users to create custom queries and searches via RDM.
Employs SOIF/RDM, an open protocol based on Harvest to efficiently
transfer catalog information.
Provides client access via HTTP and HTML, making the service
accessible by any World Wide Web browser.
Works with any Web server.
Supports HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, and Gopher protocols.
Catalog Server can index files in HTML as well as non-Web file formats
such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe PDF, FrameMaker,
Interleaf, and Ami Pro.
An automated, open solution for finding, organizing, and retrieving
information on intranets and the Internet.
With Netscape Catalog Server, corporations can offer their
employees a single point of access to the vast wealth of information and
business knowledge scattered throughout the enterprise. Providing both
full-text search and information taxonomy browsing capabilities, Catalog
Server gives users the tools they need to unearth those previously buried
nuggets of information.
Provides an automated solution that is easy to manage and customize.
Offers users rich-text search and information taxonomy browsing capabilities.
Catalogs multiple file formats, including HTML, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF.
Is an open, cross-platform solution that works with any World Wide Web server that uses Internet protocols (HTTP, FTP, and Gopher).
Uses an open, scalable architecture that reduces network bandwidth requirements.
Provides out-of-the-box What's New and What's Popular queries.