The board of directors of the Associated Press has announced plans to develop tools designed to enhance the news industry's search capabilities and licensing protection. The board approved plans to develop tools and technical standards for news providers that will be used to make their content easier to search online. The board also agreed to take steps to protect news content from unlicensed uses online. AP President and CEO Tom Curley said the AP expects to offer news search solutions for its members this year. He said other services being developed by AP would enable member news providers to capture more online traffic, track usage of their content and protect their assets from misappropriation by unlicensed users. The move into the expanding search field came Thursday at the board's July meeting held in Beaver Creek, CO. AP, founded in 1848 and headquartered in New York, is a source of print news, photos, graphics, audio, and video.