FAST and the University of Bielefeld Form Strategic Partnership

Aug 19, 2003

Fast Search & Transfer (FAST), a developer of enterprise search and real-time alerting technologies, and the University of Bielefeld represented by the University Library have agreed to collaborate in further promoting the development and implementation of search technology for the benefit of the online academic information landscape. The collaboration will include the deployment of FAST Data Search at Bielefeld University Library and a partnership with FAST to further educate academic libraries worldwide on the benefits of online information access.

Funded by the North Rhine-Westphalia State Ministry for Education and Science, the Federal Ministry, and the German Research Council ("Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft"), Bielefeld University Library is promoting and running projects to explore and develop tools and systems that improve access to the increasing number of electronic resources. One major project driven by Bielefeld University Library is the development of the "Digital Library North Rhine-Westphalia," which offers integrated access to electronic resources recorded in local and remote online library catalogues, as well as to licensed electronic resources such as electronic journals and databases and to document delivery services.

FAST Data Search is designed to enable organizations to develop information transparency and utilization across organizational units and geographical areas. The FAST Data Search product suite supplies an information retrieval solution ideal for vertical markets including Financial Services; Government; Media and Publishing; Life Sciences and Pharmaceuticals; and Ecommerce applications.