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AGI selects Expert System for Improved News Categorization and Distribution

21 July 2010

22 July 2010


Expert System, the leading provider of semantic software that searches, discovers, classifies and interprets text information, today announced that Agenzia Giornalistica Italia (AGI) has selected Cogito® to more efficiently manage AGI’s news content.


Expert System’s Cogito semantic platform enables AGI to reduce the workload of its newsroom by automatically classifying the more than 1000 daily news items, in real time, allowing it to quickly and accurately distribute news to readers worldwide. COGITO provides precise and reliable classification of the news content, while also meeting the specific criteria defined by the IPTC. This is the standard used by the leading international news agencies for transmission and categorization of editorial content.


“Using the Expert System semantic platform, we have reached a new and important frontier in technology,” said Daniela Viglione, president and CEO of AGI. “Among the new tools now available is the interactive graphic in the ‘Topics of the Day’ section of our portal. Here, our readers can immediately establish logical connections between the events inside a neutral net of information.”


Cogito is designed to understand the significance of words and phrases, allowing AGI to:

  • Identify the topics in each article and to precisely assign one or more categories to every type of text, selecting the most relevant between the 1200 categories of the IPTC;
  • Automatically identify the most relevant concepts and specific information used for analysis (semantic tagging) inside each news item, extracting from the text names of people, companies, places, etc. and principal data, in any mode that they are expressed;
  • Automatically associate news items on similar topics with correlating algorithms, to be able to use semantically similar information (categories, entities, opinions, etc.); and,
  • Visualize the contents of the most recent news using an interactive graphic that links names of people, places, organizations and relevant discussions in the same news item.

Expert System allows AGI to optimize both the general organization of the contents and the recovery of the information in the next phases. For example, Cogito can retrieve all of the articles that talk about basketball, and cite Lebron James and the city of Miami. As a result, AGI now has the ability to quickly and efficiently classify the news in real time.


“The publishing industry has a huge challenge of efficiently and universally categorizing massive amounts of content,” said Brooke Aker, CEO at Expert System, USA. “Expert System alleviates the bottlenecks created by several different systems working together with competing categorization methods—automatically eliminating this as a separate step and increasing the flow of information. As a result, AGI can make it even easier for its readers to access the latest news and information.”


AGI will attend the Online Information Conference 2010, in London from November 30-December 2, 2010.  In addition, they will be presenting on the topic of “real-time management of news using semantic web applications” as part of the series of workshops and seminars dedicated to innovation in the publishing sector.


To learn more about Expert System’s work with AGI, please visit: http://www.expertsystem.net/clienti_dettaglio.asp?lang=1&id=1527&idd=231


AGI – Agenzia Giornalistica Italia, established in 1950, is one of the Italian leading press agencies. AGI is headquartered in Rome, with 16 bureaus around Italy. AGI works with prestigious partners such as Reuters, ITAR-TASS, France Presse and EFE. AGI products and services range from AGI NOTIZIARI, which are vital information tools for the media and industry, with more than 1,000 daily news from Italy and the world, to AGI WEB – news services tailored for the Internet world.http://www.agi.it