Globes - Israel business news - Launches New e-Commerce Solution for English Website

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The upgrade project is based on the NetIS online publishing platform from CDI Systems of Jerusalem. Among other things, the platform will enable Globes to charge for access to its English archive. The English-language archive of Globes - Israel's business newspaper - extends back to 1996, and contains over 70,000 articles.

Rishon Le-Zion, Israel Israeli business daily "Globes" today announced the launch of a new e-commerce solution for its English language online archive. The new solution includes a sophisticated search engine that enables items in the archive to be searched rapidly and with high precision. The archive extends back to 1996 and contains over 70,000 articles on Israeli business and the Israeli economy.

The archive of Globes Online in English is an invaluable repository of information for English-speaking business people, investors, market analysts, government agencies, as well as for those who simply have a general interest in Israeli news and current affairs. It makes the unrivalled breadth and depth of Globes' coverage accessible to an international readership.

With the new search engine embedded in NetIS, searches can be carried out using free text, author name, and subject classification as search terms, either separately or in combination. Response times are very swift. Other search tools include Boolean connectors and word proximity settings.

The upgrade project was carried out by CDI Systems of Jerusalem. The new archive search uses C.D.I. Systems' NetIS™ - the world's first online publishing platform that integrates DRM, WCM, information retrieval and e-commerce tools into a single, seamless platform for the secure distribution and sale of premium content.

This platform will enable Globes to charge for access to its English-language archive, scheduled for August this year. Until then, access to the archive remains free of charge.

Thanks to CDI's technology, readers will be able to see brief previews of entire articles before deciding whether to purchase, so that they can be sure that the information they buy is exactly what they need.

"This is an exciting development that will help the thousands of users of our English-language website derive even greater benefit from the wealth of material in our English archive, while the content is secured from infringement of rights by CDI's NetIS technology." commented Guy Saad, VP business development at Globes.

"We believe our readers will appreciate the value of the service we offer. The move to start charging for access to the English online archive brings it into line with our Hebrew archive, and with other leading web publications in Israel and around the world," Saad added.    

Globes Online editor David Gillis said, "We strive to bring all the most important news stories and the best features in Globes to our English-speaking readership. Overseas interest in events in Israel is always intense, but now that the Israeli economy and the global high-tech industry on which it so much depends are on an upswing, we are seeing more and more interest in the business story here too. There couldn't be a better time to launch this excellent search tool.

“We were surprised at the simple, fast, and seamless integration of NetIS with our existing archive and web site. Although we had some concerns about the restrictions that NetIS DRM places on our readers, we were pleased to find the security module was almost transparent to them.” adds Gillis.

“NetIS Retrieval, DRM and e-commerce capabilities are used by leading publishers in Israel, including Dun and Bradstreet, Ronen Publishing and Or Ha’Chochma publishing”, says C.D.I. Systems’ CEO, Mr. Itzhak Levit, “Globes is a seal of approval that NetIS is also suitable for the different business models of newspapers. In fact, NetIS is so flexible it accommodates any model and need content holders may wenvisage for themselves and for their customers. Following Globes release, we have already been approached by similar news publishers with the desire to expand their income channels”.

NetIS DRM (Digital Rights Management) and e-commerce capabilities guarantee undaunted nights to Globes publishers and copyright holders, as they are assured of the security included in the mass-distribution of their content. Content licensing options include much more then the old subscription based model, as usage can be limited according to specific customer’s privileges (e.g. the right for view content only, the distortion of content for free-surfers without the ability to print, save, or select for copy and paste). It also allows authorized users to download relevant information to their PDA, or export it to various formats.

About "Globes"

"Globes" is Israel's financial daily, covering all aspects of business, capital markets, technology, law, accounting, marketing, and the economy in Israel, as well as international business and economic news. The newspaper is delivered each weekday evening to some 45,000 subscribers. They include the top decision makers in business, government, and the professions. Globes maintains websites in Hebrew and English. The Hebrew website provides Israeli readers with 24/7 up-to-the minute coverage of business, market, and economic developments in Israel and around the world. The English website is constantly updated during the Israeli business day, and makes available in English the content from Globes most important to an international readership. Globes is published by Globes Publisher (1983) Ltd., part of the Monitin group. Contact: Globes public relations: Anat Weiss 972 3 953 8912 Globes Online: David Gillis 972 3 953 8696

About C.D.I. Systems

Founded in 1992, C.D.I. Systems is a privately owned software house, headquartered in Israel. The Company's online publishing solutions have been deployed throughout the world as part of interactive legal productions on CD-ROM, dynamic professional databases (on-line and handheld), newspapers, phone directories, electoral registers and encyclopedias. C.D.I. Systems is the leading e-publisher of legal content in Israel and is a principal technology provider to the legal market in Germany, with a multitude of applications and customers, including high profile applications such as the Dun and Bradstreet - Market analyzer and IDC Israel - Pay per view site.

Contact: Liza Val, Marketing Manager, 972-2-587-0112


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