Google Inc. has announced Google Desktop Search for Enterprise. This free downloadable application is designed to enable companies to provide employees with the ability to search for information on their computers in a similar manner to Google.com. Also, Innovative Interfaces has entered a development partnership with Michigan State University Libraries to allow enhanced access to their subscription resources through Google Scholar.
Based on Google's desktop search application for consumers, Google Desktop Search for Enterprise adds enterprise-level security, configuration, and deployment controls, as well as the ability to search the full text of IBM Lotus Notes messages. Through a collaborative effort between Google and IBM, the Google Desktop Search for Enterprise also provides search across Lotus Notes messages. In addition to Lotus Notes, Google Desktop Search can access the full text of a user's Web page history and AOL instant messages. Google works with most email clients, most file types (including text, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, MP3, image, audio, and video files) and Web pages viewed using Internet Explorer, Firefox, Mozilla, and Netscape browsers.
Integration with Google Search Appliance Google Desktop Search for Enterprise also offers integration with the Google Search Appliance and Google Mini to deliver search results and searching from the desktop, intranet, and Google.com. Google Desktop Search for Enterprise is free and available at http://desktop.google.com/enterprise. An optional premium support package is available, which includes access to information and assistance from Google experts, guaranteed response time on requests, and escalation for critical issues.
Innovative Interfaces has entered a development partnership with Michigan State University Libraries to allow enhanced access to their subscription resources through Google Scholar. Millennium, Innovative's integrated library management system, will automatically create the institutional holdings data that will inform Google Scholar of the Libraries' resources. When users search Google Scholar, the results set will provide the searcher with a WebBridge link to those resources available through Michigan State University Libraries. Michigan State Libraries have a long relationship with Innovative. One of Innovative's first customers, the library ran the company's legacy system and went live with Millennium in 1998.
WebBridge allows library patrons to move between electronic search results and appropriate full text or other enhanced content—including the online library catalog. When a patron selects the WebBridge button, the library's coverage database is consulted to uncover the resources that will best fulfill the patron query. The partnership with Michigan State is intended to ensure that Google Scholar can perform a similar function before the WebBridge button is even displayed for their library users. In this way, the button will appear more prominently if there is a resource available which matches one of the items in the Google Scholar database. The first step to make this possible will be the typical designation of Google Scholar as a WebBridge target and origin. The development partnership provides the second step of sharing the data in a form that can be accepted and crawled by Google.