Search Engine Exalead Joins ACAP Pilot Project

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Effort on track for November presentation of working proposal in New York.

The Automated Content Access Protocol (ACAP) Pilot Project, established to create a new, open standard to enable owners of content to speed machine-interpretable permissions, today announced that Exalead, a global provider of search software for business and the Web, has joined the initiative and will undertake the necessary technical implementation to provide concept validation by November 2007, when a working proposal will be presented at the project’s final conference.

“Exalead offers the technical capacity, capability and enthusiasm to ensure the pilot project succeeds and to enable ACAP to demonstrate a fully workable proposal by the final project conference, which is to be held on 29 November in New York,” said Gavin O’Reilly, president of WAN, one of the pilot’s sponsors. “The involvement of Exalead is a vital and exciting development for ACAP, which is now well on track to fulfill its original objectives.”

Exalead, headquartered in Paris, offers the first and only unified search technology platform that features its patented Search by Serendipity® navigation system – exalead one:search™ – that adapts to user habits for a less frustrating and uniquely satisfying search experience. Exalead has also recently expanded its vertical search offerings to allow users to search their favorite images and videos, as well as the popular Wikipedia™ database. This series of innovations underscores Exalead’s commitment to continuously provide new and improved search options for Internet user.

ACAP, which has been endorsed by the European Commission, will provide permissions information in a form that can be recognized and interpreted by a search engine spider so that the search engine operator is enabled systematically to comply with the permissions granted by the owner. The new standard will remove the need for proprietary mechanisms that would oblige every publisher or content owner to negotiate their own agreement with each different online relationship. Publishers and other content providers invest huge sums in their content. ACAP gives them control over who gets to use that content, and under what condition.

“We are excited to participate as the search engine partner in this important initiative,” said François Bourdoncle, Exalead’s co-founder and chief executive officer. “It is our belief that this collaboration will benefit the online publishing and media industries. Being a part of this project allows us to apply our deep expertise in Web search to the ACAP to help finalize this critical standard.”

For more information on ACAP’s final conference on November 29, 2007 in New York, please contact Tessa Thier at Rightscom Limited at +44 (0) 207 620-4433 or e-mail tessa.thier @ rightscom.com.

About Exalead

Founded in 2000 by search-engine pioneers, Exalead is a global provider of search software for business and the Web. Based on the first and only unified search technology platform for desktop, intranet or Web search, Exalead’s products provide users with a single access point to information, regardless of format or location. Its patented Search by Serendipity® navigation system adapts to user habits for a less frustrating and uniquely satisfying search experience.

The exalead one:search™ line of software products – designed for desktop, workgroup, enterprise, datacenter and Web environments – are in use by leading banking and financial services, media, consumer packaged goods, research, retailing and telecommunications companies around the world. Exalead is an operating unit of Qualis, an international holding company, with offices in Paris, New York, San Francisco, Frankfurt, Glasgow and Milan. For more information, please visit http://corporate.exalead.com.

Media Contacts:

Mark Bide, Project Co-ordinator, ACAP, Rightscom Limited

Tel: 44 (0)20 7620 4445

mark.bide @ rightscom.com

Heidi Lambert, ACAP PR

Tel: +44 1245 476 265

Jessica Grutkowski

Euro RSCG Magnet for Exalead

Tel: 212 367 6804

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