Italian Publisher Expands Online

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Italian business-to-business publisher Agepe relaunched BTB portal 01net yesterday with new features designed to allow quicker updating of news and easier navigation for readers.

Agepe has 13 publications covering business sectors including technology; hotel, restaurant and catering; retail; and home and office. Most of the publications have Web sites, and the company publishes three online directories.

Agepe used software from Vignette Corp., Austin, TX, for the relaunch. Etnoteam, a Vignette partner, developed a presentation framework for the new site that lets editors post content without the need for an IT specialist. Agepe is also using Vignette software to automatically manage the production and mailing of newsletters and discussion forums on its site.

"All the information which was previously split into different sites and repositories has been included in a single, large-scale dynamic portal -- 01net," said Mauro Bellini, portal manager and chief editor of Agepe's IT publications. "Our portal framework, built using Vignette software, makes it possible for all our writers, including those with no particular IT skills, to post their articles to the Web ... enabling our readers to benefit from more timely information."

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