December 5th, 2002

Product Report: Blue Angel MetaStar

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Blue Angel MetaStar

Product Information

Platform: Java Servlet
Price: seems to range from $995 to $10,995


  • Gathers information from external sources
  • Distributed search supports Z39.50 and US Government ASF standards.
  • Combines external and internal content for searching
  • MetaStar Harvester robot can crawl web sites to gather pages for indexing.
  • Recognizes metadata tags.
  • Converts documents or records to XML for storage.
  • Server-side application framework in Java
  • Java Servlet works with IIS, Netscape and Apache, Tomcat and JRun
  • Requires a database back end such as Oracle or MS SQL server
  • Often used in GILS (Government Information Locator Systems)