August 22, 2007 - Blacksburg, VA. - CARE Affiliates announced today the general release and availability of MasterKey, the metasearch service based on open source software. MasterKey is a new service for those libraries wanting a very affordable and extremely fast search tool, with a very user-friendly interface that instantly retrieves results from hundreds of databases. It offers users greater satisfaction through ranked, merged results and faceted manipulation of the search results. Offered as a service, it is easy for libraries to sign up and start offering their users meta-searching, all without buying additional hardware, costly software or investing in extensive staff training.
MasterKey can search both standards enabled databases and, through a partnership with WebFeat, proprietary databases using WebFeat translators. The result is the capability to select and search thousands of databases. The service can offer, for an additional fee, customized interfaces for each library.
The MasterKey service is based on open source software developed by Index Data, CARE's strategic partner. The code is distributed under a GPL license and is available for download. This means low cost support is available from multiple open source companies; enhancements are driven by the community of users which are then incorporated into the product for all and the assurance that as a user of the product and service, libraries are not subject to vendor lock-in.
A free trial version of MasterKey, searching open content, is available from the CARE website, 'Product' page at www.care-affiliates.com
"MasterKey is a powerful new option for all libraries, particularly those that have not yet provided meta-searching to their users due to cost, hardware or staffing limitations." said Lou Leuzzi, Co-Founder and COO of CARE, "It's time for those libraries to unlock the vast resources their users want to search. MasterKey is the answer and provides all the advantages of open source solutions and software as a service (SaaS). It's available now and we look forward to talking with libraries about their adoption of this new product and service"
About CARE Affiliates, Inc.
CARE Affiliates provides services and products based on open source software to libraries and information centers around the world. These services include consulting, selection, packaging, integration, installation, support, hosting (SaaS), maintenance and continued development. Products include repositories, federated search tools, preservation and archiving solutions. CARE Affiliates is an international organization with offices in Chicago, Illinois, Blacksburg, Virginia and Toronto, Canada. Learn more about CARE at http://www.care-affiliates.com .