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Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology Selects Connotate

Originally published July 9, 2009

Connotate, a provider of solutions which transform information from the Web and enterprise into user–empowered on–demand applications and actionable intelligence, recently announced the use of their SaaS environment as an integral part of the capstone IST 440W course offered at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST). The capstone course is a senior–level curriculum that requires students to work collaboratively in teams to identify research and communicate the technical and social context of a significant global challenge.

Integrated into the course syllabus as one of the key technologies for automating and monitoring clue detection tasks, the Connotate solution was often deployed as the primary technology to extract and illustrate data from Web sources.  Connotate equipped the students with an educational subscription to their SaaS offering and online training, helped the students identify and select relevant sources for intelligence gathering, and delivered guest lectures and guidance on automating data collection for research projects. By analyzing the data delivered by Connotate software Agents and through other research – students discovered trends and identified potential inflection points for a variety of global challenges. 

 “This has been a good experience for Penn State and the College of IST and I am proud of the students and projects they delivered,” says Shawn Clark, Professor of Practice at the College of IST.  “Even basic Agents created by the students alleviated large amounts of work, allowing students to focus their efforts on the more important analysis efforts.  We look forward to offering the Connotate solution as a key technology in the future sessions of this course and in our research efforts.”

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