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Blue Angel's New Tool Harvests Meta-Tags

Blue Angel Technologies released a new software tool that collects HTML tag and meta-tag information and stores it in a relational database.

The new tool--the MetaStar Harvester component of the MetaStar suite--can be used straight out of the box, with easy configuration to define which sites it should crawl.

"The MetaStar Harvester was developed to provide organizations with a tool that can make more effective use of information maintained on numerous web sites. There are an increasing number of Web sites that have information stored in meta-tags, but until today there have been few tools to make effective use of this information," said Jim Restivo, Blue Angel's president.

Many organizations include additional information within meta-tags--such as names, keywords, dates and titles--that is not displayed by a browser. This information is provided for the benefit of Internet search engines, usually to ensure a higher position in the ranked results that engines return in response to a query.

MetaStar Harvester not only extracts the meta-tagged information, but stores it within a structured format.

Blue Angel Technologies specializes in products for managing meta-data. Its MetaStar Repository is a powerful application for manipulating and publishing data without the need for programming support. Others include MetaStar Search, MetaStar Server, and MetaStar Gateway.

MetaStar Harvester is available immediately. For further information visit the vendor's Web site.