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NETSCAPE CATALOG SERVER 1.0

AN AUTOMATED INFORMATION SEARCH AND DISCOVERY SERVER


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 computing challenges.

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.


AUTOMATED SOLUTION
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.

MANAGEABLE AND CUSTOMIZABLE
Netscape Catalog Server was designed to be easy to manage and customize. It 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 using an intuitive Java and JavaScript graphical user interface.

RICH SEARCH SERVICES
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, among others.

OPEN, SCALABLE ARCHITECTURE
Netscape Catalog Server's architecture consists of two primary components:

  • Catalog Robots. 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.
  • Catalog Server. The server itself receives information from one or more catalog robots, organizes that information, then presents it to clients.

    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.

    QUICK START
    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.

    EASY MANAGEMENT AND CUSTOMIZATION

  • Maintains and updates catalogs automatically via Catalog Robots.
  • Makes the latest information available to Netscape Navigator or other standards-based Internet client software packages.
  • Employs user-defined filters to customize resource collection.
  • Integrates with Netscape Navigator for installation, configuration, and management.

    SECURITY

  • Supports SSL 3.0.
  • Supports user/password security control.
  • Catalog Robots respect file system access controls.

    POWERFUL SEARCH CAPABILITIES

  • Provides sophisticated text search facilities with Verity's search engine.
  • 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 and topics.

    VERSATILE COLLECTION METHODS

  • 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 Auto-Catalog feature.

    EFFICIENT NETWORK TRAFFIC HANDLING

  • 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.

    TURNKEY SOLUTIONS

  • Creates categories automatically for What's New and What's Popular.
  • Automatically sorts documents by date, title, and author.

    CUSTOMIZATION

  • Lets users define information taxonomy, taxonomy layout, categorization rules, and other features without programming.
  • Provides tools to define resource collection and filtering rules via the Robot.
  • Allows users to control the depth and source of catalog information.
  • Allows users to create custom queries and searches via RDM.

    OPEN STANDARDS SUPPORT

  • 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.

    SUPPORTS MULTIPLE FILE FORMATS

  • 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.

    FEATURES OVERVIEW

  • 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.