Features of eBridge Databases

eBridge is a platform for publishing electronic databases with an extremely powerful information retrieval engine that is capable of managing very large full text, structured data, and hypertext. It is an industrial strength platform that combines natural language and Boolean queries with the document relevance ranking.

Base Features

eBridge provides sophisticated search functions and many other features which reveal information or relationships that otherwise might go undiscovered. These features include:

 Natural Language and Boolean Searching
Searchers can enter queries in plain language, describing desired information in the same terms they would use when speaking naturally. In addition, eBridge provides an extensive, user-friendly language of query operators. For users who wish to conduct narrowly focused, logically precise searches, Boolean operations are fully supported.

 Relevance Ranking
Relevance ranking relieves users of constructing complex query syntax. Retrieved documents are automatically ordered by degree of likely relevance to the searcher's query. Because users are exposed first to records that most closely satisfy their queries, the need to minimize the number of retrieved records is eliminated. Freed of the burden of having to formulate tightly-focused, exclusive search strategies, users can find vital information more quickly and with less effort.

 Field-Restricted Searching
Users can formulate a query that considers only a field or range of fields within each record. Moreover, the user can search particular fields for terms that match a specified alphanumeric value or fall within a specified range of values.

 Word Stemming
eBridge automatically strips query terms of common suffixes that indicate plurality, verb tense, etc. and searches for variants of the resulting root words. This compensates for the variety and imprecision of language used in queries, and allows eBridge to retrieve desirable information that would be excluded by a strict query interpretation. Automatic stemming can be disabled globally or for individual databases or queries.

 Cross Database Searching
eBridge can search multiple databases simultaneously. Moreover, it normalizes and merges the relevance ranking scores, so the most relevant documents from all open databases appear at the top of a single hit list. Users can search across multiple databases with a single query, and administrators have more flexibility in constructing data collections that may exceed a platform's file size limitations

 Custom Thesaurus Support
While most eBridge customers prefer the performance of its dynamic term expansion and concept searching features to the static nature and administrative demands of using thesauri, there are circumstances that warrant the use of a specially developed thesaurus. For this reason, eBridge supports the addition of custom thesauri.

 Multilingual Support
Because global markets mean a multilingual customer base, eBridge provides facilities for handling a wide variety of languages and character sets.

 Multi-format Support
eBridge supports ASCII, HTML, Adobe Acrobat, news/mail, etc.

 Information Management Tool
Users can Save, Print, and email article easily without additional software.

 eBridge supports Citation and Cited reference linking

 eBridge supports fulltext linking and document delivery

For more information

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