Factiva, a Dow Jones and Reuters Company, has announced the release of enhanced features to its Web Service application-programming interface (API), enabling developers to take advantage of automated programming tools to develop and deploy new content applications more quickly and cost-effectively. Factiva Developer's Kit, offering an XML-based application-programming interface (API), provides developers with tools to integrate new content into business applications, such as intranets, portals, and customer relationship management (CRM) systems, delivering knowledge to the point of decision within a user's workflow. This reduces the time that end users spend looking for information, allowing them to focus on their specific tasks, and improves decision making. This new release includes new Factiva Developer's Kit transactions that provide developers with access to additional content and functionality in the Factiva Platform. The addition of Web Services Description Language (WSDL), a language used for standardizing the description of Web Services, allows developers to use widely available Web Service tools to add a high level of automation to the production of programming objects. The Factiva Developer's Kit is built on Factiva's XML product platform, launched two years ago to support a Factiva product portfolio. The enhanced version of the Factiva Developer's Kit will be commercially available later this month.
Factiva has also announced a content agreement with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung GmbH. Factiva customers will now have access to the daily newspaper, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (F.A.Z.), as well as the Sunday edition, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. Over 350 editors and a large network of correspondents worldwide provide up-to-date exclusive content. The F.A.Z. has one million daily readers in 150 countries. The addition of this content places Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung amongst other global newspapers including The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times.