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OwnerNews Corp
ParentDow Jones & Company

Factiva is a business information and research tool owned by Dow Jones & Company. Factiva aggregates content from both licensed and free sources. Providing organizations with search, alerting, dissemination, and other information management capabilities. Factiva products claim to provide access to more than 32,000 sources such as newspapers, journals, magazines, television and radio transcripts, photos, etc. These are sourced from nearly every country in the world in 28 languages, including more than 600 continuously updated newswires.[citation needed]


The company was founded as a joint-venture between Reuters and Dow Jones & Company in May 1999 under the Dow Jones Reuters Business Interactive name,[1] and renamed Factiva six months later. Timothy M. Andrews, a longtime Dow Jones executive, was founding president and chief executive of the venture.[2]

Mr. Andrews was succeeded by Clare Hart in January 2000, another longtime Dow Jones executive, who was serving as Factiva's vice president and director of global sales.

It developed modules with Microsoft, Oracle Corp., IBM and Yahoo!. Factiva has also partnered with EuroSpider, Comintelli, PeopleSoft, Media Map, Biz360, Choice Point, BTRadianz, AtHoc, and Reuters. Factiva has also been included as of March 2003 in Microsoft's Office 2003 program as one of the News research options within the Research Pane.

In 2005, Factiva acquired two private companies: London-based 2B Reputation Intelligence Ltd. and Denver, Colorado-based taxonomy services and software firm, Synapse, the Knowledge Link Corporation. 2B was a technology and consulting business, specializing in media monitoring and reputation management. Synapse provided taxonomy management software, pre-built taxonomies and taxonomy-building and indexing services.

This acquisition brought with it Synaptica, the taxonomy management software tool developed by Synapse, and Taxonomy Warehouse, a website developed by Synapse. Both Synaptica and Taxonomy Warehouse were developed by Factiva after the acquisition and are now owned by Dow Jones.

In 2006, Reuters sold its 50 percent share of Factiva to Dow Jones. Factiva was integrated into the Enterprise Media Group within Dow Jones.[3] Clare Hart was the executive vice president of this operating group.

In 2007, Factiva was included as a Dow Jones company sold to Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.[4]

Factiva provides searching by free-text, as well as region, subject, author, industry and company metadata. Searches can be further filtered by publication, language and date range.

Factiva offers a number of enterprise integration options,[5] including a fully comprehensive web services API, the Factiva Developers Kit. This toolkit allows organizations to embed Factiva content and services within enterprise workflow applications.

In 2008 Dow Jones launched the website Synaptica Central to highlight the Synaptica tool and to discuss controlled vocabularies and semantic technologies.

In 2012, Dow Jones announced[6] a new search platform for its digital network based on technology licensed from MarkLogic® Corporation.


Factiva global competitors include Dun & Bradstreet, InsideView, LexisNexis, NewsEdge, Semantic Visions, LexisNexis Corporate Affiliations,, Zoominfo and ISI Emerging Markets.

There are local competitors, specialized in European and Asian languages, with better coverage in some geographies (French-speaking countries, Russian-speaking countries, Chinese-speaking countries...)

  • French-speaking countries: CEDROM-SNI/Europresse,[7] L'Argus de la Presse
  • Russian-speaking countries: Medialogia,[8] RussoScopie/Integrum WW,[9] Eastview,[10] SCAN[11] (Interfax)
  • Chinese-speaking countries: Wisers

See also


  1. ^ "Dow Jones Interactive, Reuters Business Briefing Merged into Dow Jones Reuters Business Interactive". Information Today, Inc. 17 May 1999. Retrieved 15 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Factiva: The New Name for Dow Jones Reuters Business Interactive". Information Today, Inc. 8 November 1999. Retrieved 15 May 2010.
  3. ^ "Dow Jones to buy rest of Factiva for $160 MLN | FinancialContent Business Page". Archived from the original on 2014-05-28. Retrieved 2014-05-27.
  4. ^ " - Thumbnails of Dow Jones and News Corp. - Business And Money - Business News - Financial News". Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Product Review of (Value - Competitors, Development & Pricing)". Jinfo. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  6. ^ DOW JONES & COMPANY CHAMPIONS NEW GENERATION OF USER EXPERIENCE FOR FACTIVA CUSTOMERS Archived 2014-03-20 at the Wayback Machine. Dow Jones Press Release, December 4, 2012
  7. ^ "Veille et analyse d'informations stratégiques avec Europresse". Europresse.
  8. ^ "Медиалогия – мониторинг СМИ и СОЦМЕДИА". Медиалогия - система мониторинга СМИ.
  9. ^ ""Russia/integrum" – NamSor Blog". russoscopie.
  10. ^ "East View Information Services Home Page".
  11. ^ "СКАН - система мониторинга СМИ от Интерфакса".
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