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New Release of the Industry’s Leading XML Server Adds Geospatial Support, Entity Enrichment, Large-Scale Alerting and More

SAN CARLOS, Calif. – October 7, 2008 – MarkLogic Corporation, a leading provider of infrastructure software for information applications, today celebrated the launch of MarkLogic Sever 4.0, the newest version of its industry-leading XML server. MarkLogic 4.0 includes ground-breaking new features that provide dynamic geospatial support to build location-based applications, alerting capabilities to push content to users based on saved profiles, and entity enrichment for more precise search and navigation.

“As today’s knowledge workers struggle to keep up with the overwhelming flood of incoming content, organizations are aggressively looking for innovative technologies to improve search and delivery of unstructured and semi-structured data,” said Susan Feldman, IDC’s research vice president for Search and Discovery Technologies. “Widely adopted standards like XML have the potential to truly change the way information flows based on a user’s role in the organization and the task at hand. MarkLogic capitalizes on their XML roots and expands their capabilities by adding geospatial capabilities, real-time alerting and visual discovery and analysis functionality to their XML server.”

“In our market the timeliness of information is critical. As the nation’s leader in political and legislative journalism since 1945, our customers rely on Congressional Quarterly’s staff of more than 150 reporters, editors and researchers to keep them up-to-the second with the news and movements on Capitol Hill,” said Larry B. Tunks, chief information officer at Congressional Quarterly. “Serving as the technology foundation for several of our editorial products – including CQ LawTrack and CQ Floor Video – MarkLogic Server’s ability to search, analyze and deliver content allows us to continue to stay well ahead of the competition. The latest version of their XML-based platform is an exciting leap forward with the new sophisticated alerting capabilities helping us enhance our push capabilities, a critical key to keeping the relevant information in the hands of our readers on the devices of their choice.”

MarkLogic Server 4.0 New Features

Geospatial Support – MarkLogic Server 4.0 adds new geospatial capabilities that enable organizations to build location-based applications that search and analyze content enhanced with geospatial markup. Optimized for high performance and scalability, MarkLogic 4.0 provides built-in support for popular geospatial data tagging formats like GML, KML, and GeoRSS/Simple, as well as new geospatial query functions for point, radius, bounding box and polygon constraints. As information consumers become increasingly mobile, the delivery of information in the context of their physical location presents limitless possibilities for organizations to improve the relevance – and therefore value – of content they deliver. For example, military personnel operating directly in the battlefield could search for background information germane to their next mission.

Entity Enrichment – – MarkLogic 4.0 includes built-in support for entity identification and inline markup. Based on technology licensed from Basis Technology Corporation, this new text mining feature works in 11 languages and identifies 18 different types of entities, including person, organization, location, credit card number, email address, latitude/longitude, date, and time. Customers can enrich content automatically, in order to develop powerful applications that rely on more sophisticated, structured queries. For example, one query might be to find all documents that have the name “George Washington” in the title and the organization “George Washington University” in the summary, without having the results include extraneous mentions of the “George Washington Bridge.”

MarkLogic is also introducing the Open Enrichment Framework, an initiative created to speed integration with third-party entity extraction engines and other content enrichment tools. In addition, several partners have already completed integration using the framework and will provide pre-built pipelines that deliver out-of-the-box integration with advanced entity extraction engine technologies. Pipelines that will be available with MarkLogic Server 4.0 include: Access Innovations’ Data Harmony, Semantex™ by Janya and TEMIS’ Luxid®.

Large-Scale Alerting – MarkLogic 4.0 enables users to create alerts so that as new content arrives – or existing content is updated – they can be immediately notified by their preferred method. Sometimes referred to as profiling, this functionally scales to millions of different rules, pushing the latest relevant information out to users faster and saving time by eliminating repeated searching for content of interest. Furthermore, the new alerting features work in conjunction with existing full-text and structured search, as well as the new entity enrichment and geospatial capabilities allowing for very precise content delivery. For example, a physician running a clinical trial would be notified of a patient matching the criteria within 50 miles of a research hospital.

Enhanced Content Analytics – In addition, MarkLogic 4.0 includes several new content analytics features, providing users with interfaces for exploring content to assist with the discovery process.

  • Co-occurrence analytics finds and counts pairs of entities in content, exposing previously unknown relationships and providing valuable insight.
  • The system provides more faceted navigation options and improved usability by grouping content based on parameters, including ranges of values, set at query time.

Operating against geospatial information, this new analytic output can be viewed using heat-map visualization, allowing users to quickly understand and traverse geospatially marked-up content. Co-occurrence would allow, for example, a medical researcher to determine the common instances of pharmaceuticals and side-effects and then display the results graphically on a map based on frequency.

Full XQuery 1.0 Support – MarkLogic Server 4.0 is now in full compliance with the W3C XQuery 1.0 recommendation. MarkLogic has hundreds of active XQuery-based deployments and has been an avid participant of the process to reach agreement on XQuery standards. To smooth migration to XQuery 1.0, this new release provides compatibility modes to ensure interoperability with applications developed with all previous versions.

Simplified Development and Administration – MarkLogic 4.0 also includes a variety of other features and enhancements, including:

  • Automation of key management activities, through scriptable administration and scheduled back-ups;
  • Event logging and auditing support; and
  • The ability to create modular documents for more efficient information reuse, with support for XPointer and XInclude, mechanisms for merging XML documents.

“With MarkLogic 4.0, we define the state-of-the-art for XML servers,” said Dave Kellogg, chief executive officer of MarkLogic Corporation. “No other product comes close to matching our combination of performance, functionality, and scalability. MarkLogic Server is simply the world’s best place to put XML content.”