The Associated Press has announced that it will debut its first blog at the political conventions in Boston and New York and that it has chosen Convera Corporation for it's eAP initiative.
The AP's firstname.lastname@example.org will offer commentary from Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Walter R. Mears. Mears will pair with Washington reporter Nancy Benac to provide information, insight, and news from the Democratic and Republican conventions. Mears has reported from every convention since 1964 and Benac has covered 10 conventions. They will be assisted by political databank editor Sam Hananel. email@example.com will be available to subscribers to AP's premium election services, AP Politics and AP Election Online. firstname.lastname@example.org will open the Sunday before the conventions open and will run through the final balloon drop on Thursday night. In Boston, the blog will run July 25-29. In New York, Aug. 29-Sept 2.
The Associated Press and Convera have also announced a strategic agreement whereby Convera's RetrievalWare will be used for categorizing, searching, and distributing multimedia content within the AP's "electronic AP" (eAP) initiative. Under the agreement, the AP and Convera will also work together to tailor RetrievalWare to address broader application requirements of the news industry. The AP's eAP initiative, a new generation of content management and distribution systems for newspaper publishers and other AP subscribers, is intended to enhance the way the AP provides multimedia content in an interactive form to its base of daily newspaper, radio, television, and online customers. Using Convera's RetrievalWare, AP subscribers will be able to more easily specify the personalized news products they want to receive, access a Web-based delivery network, and receive more robust value-added content that is relevant to customers' interests. Convera is supplying the AP with its RetrievalWare 8 search and categorization platform, a range of taxonomies, personalization capabilities, and its Taxonomy Workbench for the purpose of building and deploying a complete suite of taxonomy assets to support the eAP initiative and the news industry. The AP and Convera will also cooperate on marketing and distribution of the resultant solution within the news industry.