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SAE Launches First 'TechKnowledge Center'

Warrendale, PA, March 13, 2003 - SAE International (Society of Automotive Engineers) has established the SAE TechKnowledge Center, the first of several planned enterprise technical publications that help to shorten the gap between information and knowledge.

The "SAE TechKnowledge Center on Safety" provides complete access to topically-focused, full-text SAE documents located in the Crash Avoidance and Occupant Protection collections. The information is seamlessly integrated with supplemental relevant content from internal and external sources, and is combined with editorial content, interpretation, and analysis.

"The individual engineer is inundated with information, which he/she then has to sift through to extract information that's pertinent to their current project," said Ray Morris, SAE Executive Vice President. "The SAE TechKnowledge Centers eliminate the often-tedious process of sorting, filtering, and analyzing that an engineer must do with mountains of data and delivers relevant information in a user-friendly format, directly to the user's desktop via the Internet."

Customization is one of the key values in this product line. Driven by leading-edge portal technology, the SAE TechKnowledge Centers include personalization features, alert services, browsing capabilities, regular content updates, and extensively linked bibliographic records. The search interface - a key component of the product - offers precision retrieval of information, the ability to save and revise search criteria, and sort and save results.

Each Center will have unique editorial content including articles that examine a critical topic or a prevailing issue that will be extremely relevant to various types of subscribers. Further value is provided through embedded links that go directly to SAE documents (Standards, Papers, Magazines) that support or expand on the article's topic. The editor shapes and filters the content, monitors hundreds of websites for additional relevant information, and alerts the user to important news. This type of associative, context-rich environment helps the user efficiently find and utilize the available content and creates on-the-spot concept relationships and building blocks of knowledge.

To learn more about the SAE TechKnowledge Center or for information about SAE's other Knowledge Products initiatives, please contact Theresa Wertz at 724.772.8500 or via email at wertz@sae.org.