CAMBRIDGE, England and SAN FRANCISCO , March 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autonomy Corporation plc (LSE: AU. or AU.L), a global leader in infrastructure software for the enterprise, today announced that the Institute for Psychology Information (ZPID) at Trier University has extended its license to include Parametric Search on PsychSpider, a free-of-charge search engine.
ZPID's PsychSpider helps keep psychology students, academics and professionals abreast of new developments in the sector by assisting users to swiftly and effortlessly locate relevant content. The clever search engine searches over 800,000 documents and indexes a wide range of psychology resources including specialized libraries, websites and publications, providing an invaluable reference point for students, psychologists, pedagogical information centres, research and educational organizations. Users are now benefiting from Autonomy's Parametric functionality to instantly locate sought-after content by selecting its document type, language or theme from a drop-down menu. Autonomy's next-generation technology also automatically groups conceptually similar content in thematic clusters enabling users to effortlessly browse the extensive ZPID database, boosting efficiency and encouraging repeat visits.
PsychSpider identifies and classifies conceptually similar documents featuring difficult psychology terminology. For example, PsychSpider would infer that a psychology student searching for 'anorexia' might also be interested to see materials covering topics such as 'bulimia', 'eating disorder', 'identity crisis' or 'depression'.
"ZPID constantly strives to keep its content-hungry audience abreast of new developments in the field of psychology," said Dr. Erich Weichselgartner , Deputy Scientific Director at ZPID. "PsychSpider, powered by Autonomy, allows ZPID to provide the psychology community with up-to-date, specialist knowledge thus intelligently addressing the challenge of information overload. What's more, contrary to legacy search engines, there are no bought hits or commercial ranking manipulations on our search engine. Only the very relevant information sources of first-rate scientific quality are included in the index, which guarantees that the highest standards of scientific research are observed."
PsychSpider's impressive index of over 800,000 documents is expected to double in the next few years, and with 10,000 subscribers every month ZPID is becoming a key resource for the psychology community worldwide. Future plans include the implementation of federated search to bring together distinct search engines and the automation of the selection of content for the scientific search index.
"Spearheading the Meaning Based Computing movement, Autonomy enables proactive organizations like ZPID to harness the true value of digitalized information assets," said Victor Cohen , Autonomy's Regional Manager for Northern Europe . "Innovative projects like ZPID's PsychSpider search engine unambiguously demonstrate the significance of meaning-based technologies for modern scientific research."
About the ZPID
The 'Zentrum fur Psychologische Information und Dokumentation' (ZPID) is the national institution for documentation and information for psychology in the German-speaking countries. It comprehensively informs academics and practitioners on a daily basis about psychology relevant literature, test procedures, audiovisual media and good resources in the internet. The ZPID is part of the University of Trier and is also a Leibniz Institute. Please visit www.zpid.de for more information.