American Water Works Association to Preview Online Research Service at Access Innovations’ Data Harmony Users Group Conference


Albuquerque, NM (February 1, 2005) – Access Innovations’ upcoming Data Harmony Users Group conference (Albuquerque, February 6-8, 2005) will feature presentations by representatives of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) regarding its future online service, to share research with its members and others around the world.

AWWA is employing the Data Harmony line of content indexing and categorization software products, offered by Access Innovations, Inc., in order to build and structure the databases of research to be made available through the new online service. Access Innovations has also digitized AWWA/U.S. Bureau of Reclamation documents for its databases, previously available only in print.

Access Innovations is a leading global provider of information management and database construction services for content and document management. AWWA is one of scores of businesses, governmental agencies and other organizations worldwide that have relied on Access Innovations to create and manage collections of electronic content.

When launched, AWWA expects its service to have more than 15,000 separate documents available for searching and retrieval, with more added continuously as new research is published.

The Denver, Colorado-based American Water Works Association is the largest organization of water professionals in the world. With more than 57,000 members in 108 countries, AWWA is an influential publisher of standards and research related to water quality issues. The group has five monthly publications, more than 600 technical manuals available and releases about 100 new books each year. AWWA also has 140 technical standards used by drinking water authorities across the U.S. and beyond.

Grant Slade, AWWA senior Technical Information Specialist, said that “Data Harmony is a solid piece of software and we are finding innovative ways to deploy it as we gear up to make our research available to constituents around the world.”

AWWA is using three Data Harmony modules: M.A.I. (“Machine-Aided Indexing”), an advanced software tool to index text; the XML Intranet System (XIS) for content categorization; and Thesaurus Master to manage the taxonomy (a thesaurus of technical terms).

AWWA has also integrated Data Harmony’s XML Intranet System (XIS) with other systems, including Opentext Corp.’s LiveLink and Cold Fusion on the Web from Hotcentric.

“Working with AWWA has been a great assignment for us,” said Marjorie M.K. Hlava, Access Innovations’ chairman and president. “They are constantly pushing the edges of software with ingenious new applications, and that is helping us broaden its appeal to a wider group of potential users.”

Added Hlava, “We’re delighted that AWWA will preview its new online service at our conference. For any organization that needs to leverage its intellectual assets, the AWWA’s program is a wonderful example of what can be done.”

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