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Oracle has announced an endorsement and a continued market adoption of
ConText Option to Oracle Data Server by Oracle Alliance members across
Europe. By integrating ConText into their Oracle Universal Server-based
products, Oracle partners are offering new text-enabled applications
previously unfeasible with standalone text-only search engines or
traditional relational databases. These Oracle Alliance members include
Webdevelopment, Q-Ray, VDA , Digital Collections and PROLIN.

This new generation of text-intensive applications now being delivered by
Oracle Alliance partners include help desk, Web-based human resource
management, document imaging and management systems, multimedia archives,
web publishing solutions and library documentation systems. A new ConText
Alliance Catalogue with solutions for different types of applications and
industries will be available within the next two weeks on the Oracle Web site.

Oracle ConText Option, first released in July 1996 and one of the key
components of Oracle Universal Server, integrates full-text retrieval and
advanced linguistic services with Oracle Universal Server, allowing seamless
integration of business-critical text management with relational data. Third
parties are able to take advantage of business-critical text information
stored directly in the Oracle database, operating system files or anywhere
on the Web, to build new applications using familiar SQL. This dramatically
simplifies the deployment of mission-critical text applications by
eliminating the need for cumbersome integration of standalone text-only
search engines in Oracle Universal Server-based applications.

"With the explosion of the Web and a tremendous amount of textual
information, the number of organisations developing third party products
utilising Oracle Universal Server is dramatically increasing. It is a
natural fit for our partners to exploit the integrated text capabilities of
ConText Option to add value to their product offerings, without the
necessity to add a different non-standard system with another programming
language to be experienced," said Oscar Rook, Head of Marketing for
Alliances, Oracle UK.

"ConText offers the kind of functionality no-one in the industry expected to
see evolve until the object/relational database came to the mainstream. It
allows heavy users of text to get started on next century applications
today, giving our partners and their customers a significant competitive
advantage, " added Rook.

In Europe, several Oracle Alliances Members already integrated the new
capabilities of ConText Option.

Webdevelopment in London, for example, utilises ConText Option for navigating
and searching large bodies of information on Internet/Intranet systems via a
Web browser. Ben Hayman, Managing Director of Webdevelopment, said: "Our
Inter/Intranet publishing environment Mediasurface provides clearly
structured access to large bodies of content via the web for a range of
international customers. Through integrating the ConText Option we provide
a more ad hoc and unstructured way to access the same data. By combining
these two approaches into our product, end users gain highly effective
search and navigation functionality."

Q-Ray in the Netherlands is specialised in the development of software and
Internet solutions for libraries. One of their products is OLIB, an
international multimedia library and documentation system, which contains
documents like texts, images, videos and audios. A catalogue is the heart
of the system which contains all bibliographic records of the material. The
individual records can be linked to other records and point to one or more
attached documents. The records can be located in the database, on the
network, on CD-Rom or on the Web. Oscar Sijtsma, Manager Q-Ray Documents,
said: "Thanks to ConText Option, OLIB's visitors can easily find the best
documents through usage of the best search terms."

VDA is a software house that focuses on the Dutch media-market (i.e.
broadcasting and publishing companies). The TROS - one of the largest
public broadcasting companies for television and radio in the Netherlands -
uses VDA's new DAS product. DAS is a unique and innovative intelligent
document management system. The TROS documentation department archives all
OCR-ed material, such as documents, audio and video. By combining the Oracle
engine with localised Dutch search linguistics, the quality of the search
results have increased dramatically compared to previously used document
systems. Jan Boelens, IT-Manager at the TROS said: "ConText is another step
forward in our digitising and integration strategy. We can store our
multi-media material (documents, audio, video) and easily re-use them for
different media such as television, radio, CD-i and Internet."

Digital Collections GmbH in Germany, markets a powerful multimedia information
system for the publishing industry worldwide. It handles all forms of
digital content, including text, photos, graphics and full-page images
within one database. A wide range of interfaces, data filters and gateways
smoothen the information capture, storage and retrieval. "ConText Option is
successfully used as our retrieval machine for full text searches," says Ole
Olsen, Chief Executive Officer.

PROLIN, in the Netherlands, is the leading provider of IT Service Management
solutions for business-driven IT organisations managing and supporting
extensive, complex and/or critical IT infrastructures. Michel N'guettla,
Product Marketing Manager said: "ConText Option is used to enhance our IT
Service Management solution PROLIN ITSM with advanced search capabilities
and knowledge retrieval in Help Desk Manager, Problem Manager and PROLIN WEB
Connect. Thanks to ConText Option the user has quick, easy and
sophisticated access to data when searching for solutions or descriptions of
known service-requests or problems."

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