Exalead joins ACAP pilot project

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French search software provider, Exalead, has joined the Automated Content Access Protocol (ACAP) Pilot project to validate the initiative. Validation should be complete by November 2007 at which point a working proposal will be presented at the project’s final conference.

Gavin O’Reilly, president of WAN, one of the pilot’s sponsors says: 'The involvement of Exalead is a vital and exciting development for ACAP, which is now well on track to fulfil its original objectives.'

ACAP itself aims to create a new, open standard to enable owners of content to speed machine-interpretable permissions.

The project is developing a system that allows the owners of content published on the internet to provide information relating to access and use of their content in a form that can be recognised and interpreted by a search engine ‘spider’. This should enable the search engine operator to systematically comply with the content owner’s policy or licence.

Software business Exalead has developed a unified search technology platform featuring a navigation system that adapts to user habits. According to Francois Bourdoncle, Exalead’s co-founder and chief executive officer: 'This collaboration will benefit the online publishing and media industries. Being a part of this project allows us to help finalise this critical standard.'