COLUMNS & NEWS
Emerald Acquires ECAM Journal
Emerald, a management information publisher, announced
the acquisition of the Engineering, Construction,
and Architectural Management (ECAM) journal
from Blackwell Publishing, Ltd. According to the announcement,
the move will strengthen the Emerald publishing portfolio
in the construction and property management market.
It will also include a number of new benefits for subscribers.
A new online delivery feature will offer an alert
service that outlines the content of a journal. There
will be a reference-linking system, where every article
will have been analyzed to guide users to the most
significant supporting literature. Subscribers will
be able to move seamlessly from article to article.
ECAM will also offer Key Readings, which features
abstracts from other journals in the same field relating
to the keywords chosen by journal editors. An Internet
Research Register will be available, providing a highly
visible platform for promoting upcoming research projects
and for identifying research in the pipeline.
Source: Emerald, Bradford, U.K., 011-44-274-777700; http://www.emeraldinsight.com.
FindLaw to Provide Content to latimes.com
FindLaw, a legal Web site, announced an agreement
to provide a comprehensive collection of legal content
and resources to latimes.com, the Web site of the Los
Under the agreement, FindLaw will supply latimes.com
with resources that include the following:
FindLaw Breaking DocumentsFull
text of original legal and government documents,
such as court opinions and government reports, that
are available in connection with breaking-news stories
FindLaw Legal Research CentersComprehensive
information resources for researching common personal
and business legal matters, such as employment law,
estate planning, family law, intellectual property,
and real estate law
U.S. Supreme Court Resources An
extensive collection of materials pertaining to the
20022003 term of the U.S. Supreme Court, including
a co-branded Supreme Court Center that features a
docket, topical case index, and court calendar
FindLaw is the most-visited legal Web site, according
to netScore, an independent online traffic-measurement
service from comScore Networks.
Source: FindLaw, Mountain View, CA, 650/210-1900; http://www.findlaw.com.
Innodata, ProQuest Agree on Outsourcing Deal
Innodata Corp., a provider of digital content services,
announced that it has been selected by ProQuest Information
and Learning to provide ongoing content product manufacturing
services on an extensive portfolio of periodical titles.
In principle, under the agreement, Innodata will
deliver a full range of product manufacturing services
to ProQuest, including XML conversion and transformation,
digitization and imaging, professional services, and
outsourced editorial services such as indexing and
Innodata estimates that a finalized agreement should
generate approximately $2 million in ongoing revenues
annually based on ProQuest's present requirements.
The company expects the agreement to be finalized shortly.
Source: Innodata Corp., Hackensack, NJ, 201/488-1200; http://www.innodata.com.
LC Introduces Digital Preservation Plan
The Library of Congress (LC) announced that it has
received approval from the U.S. Congress for its "Plan
for the National Digital Information Infrastructure
and Preservation Program" (NDIIPP), which will enable
the LC to launch the initial phase of building a national
infrastructure for the collection and long-term preservation
of digital content.
Congressional approval of the "Plan for the National
Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation
Program" means the LC can move forward with developing
the details of the project and Congress will release
funds for the next phase of NDIIPP. The NDIIPP legislation
asks the LC to raise up to $75 million in private funds
and in-kind contributions, which Congress will match
dollar for dollar.
Source: Library of Congress, Public Affairs Office,
Washington, DC, 202/707-2905; http://www.loc.gov.
Publishers Announce Copyright Settlement
Copyright Clearance Center announced that Elsevier,
Inc., The MIT Press, Sage Publications, Inc., and Wiley
Periodicals, Inc. have settled their pending copyright
infringement litigation against Los Angeles-based Westwood
Copies and its owner, Elias Negash. The defendants
haveagreed to pay an undisclosed amount in damages
for past unauthorized copying of publications from
the plaintiffs. In addition, they have agreed that
in the future they will honor and comply with all copyrights
owned by the plaintiffs and will promptly pay associated
The original claim filed by the publishers was coordinated
by Copyright Clearance Center, a licenser of text-reproduction
rights. It charged that the defendants produced unauthorized
coursepacksfor classes taught at the University of
Los Angeles. Westwood Copies will now use Copyright
Clearance Center's Transactional Reporting Service
to meet the obligations of copyright compliance and
pay all required royalty fees.
[Editor's Note: See p. 3 of the March issue
for the original story.]
Source: Copyright Clearance Center, Danvers, MA,
Site Licensing Project to Offer ScienceDirect
Elsevier announced that the Canadian National Site
Licensing Project (CNSLP) has acquired a license agreement
to provide online access to STM full-text articles
and content through its ScienceDirect platform.
Deb deBruijn, executive director of CNSLP, announced
news of the agreement, which will open access to more
than 1,500 Elsevier STM journals. Previously, 11 of
the CNSLP member institutions had access to ScienceDirect,
some dating back as early as 1997. This agreement expands
access to 61 institutions.
The agreement, which went into effect in January,
is a fulfillment of the CNSLP's mission to expand the
amount of digital research available to Canada's academic
research community through the coordinated services
and expertise of academic libraries.
Source: Elsevier, New York, 212/633-3730; http://www.elsevier.com.
knovel Adds Content, Partners with OCLC
knovel Corp., a Web-based reference publisher that
delivers scientific and technical books and databases
to engineers, scientists, and students, has released
six new chemistry references from major publishers.
knovel also announced that it has partnered with OCLC
to provide MARC records for titles on knovel to libraries
throughout the world. MARC records are supplied by
knovel and loaded by OCLC into WorldCat (the OCLC Online
The six titles added to knovel are International
Critical Tables of Numeric Data, Physics, Chemistry
and Technology; knovel Critical Tables; knovel
SolventsA Properties Database; Thermochemistry
of the Chemical Substances; Smithsonian Physical
Tables (ninth revised edition); and Yaws'
Handbook of Thermodynamic and Physical Properties
of Chemical Compounds.
The MARC records are accessible via WorldCat and
are also available through OCLC's WorldCat Collection
Sets for libraries that are interested in loading the
records into their local online catalogs. For more
information about Collection Sets, see http://www.stats.oclc.org/wcs_list.html.
Source: knovel Corp., Norwich, NY, 607/648-4770; http://www.knovel.com.
TDNet to Take Over JournalWebCite Service
TDNet, Inc., a supplier of electronic journals and
electronic content management solutions, announced
that it has reached an agreement with JournalWebCite
to take over service for all JournalWebCite subscriber
According to the agreement, TDNet will continue service
to all libraries until the end of their current subscriptions
at no additional charge. Payments made to JournalWebCite
will not be lost and service will continue under similar
terms. Furthermore, JournalWebCite customers will be
offered a variety of upgraded renewal options and the
opportunity to maintain their current service levels.
"JournalWebCite has recently decided to pursue other
business opportunities apart from the library marketplace," said
Michael Markwith, president of TDNet, Inc. "Both companies
believe libraries that have signed service contracts
with the JournalWebCite system will be pleased to know
their patrons will continue to receive uninterrupted
quality service. TDNet, with its management of over
50,000 electronic journals and 400 aggregated databases,
also provides an advanced service with enhanced application
features, such as subject and keyword searching, automatic
TOC alerts, usage statistics, document delivery, and
article-level searching and linking."
Source: TDNet, Inc., West Chester, PA, 610/738-0280; http://www.tdnet.com.
EBSCO Makes 100 Million Records Available
EBSCO Publishing has announced that, through EBSCO
SmartLinks, it has made available to EBSCOhost database
subscribers more than 100 million records with access
to full text.
EBSCO SmartLinks allows users to gain seamless access
from a citation in anEBSCOhost proprietary or
secondary database result list to the corresponding
full text located in a variety of electronic resources.
In addition to linking to the full text available within
EBSCOhost databases, users may also link to
their library's collection of electronic journals available
through EBSCOhost Electronic Journals service
and publishers that contribute to CrossRef.
Source: EBSCO Publishing, Ipswich, MA, 800/653-2726; http://www.epnet.com.
FluentMedia Partners with Financial Times
FluentMedia, a content-licensing agency of Tribune
Co., has broadened its supply of international news
and commentary with the addition of the Financial
Times to its list of information providers. Effective
immediately, FluentMedia customers will receive articles
from the Financial Times as part of their premium
daily filtered-news feeds.
FluentMedia licenses editorial content to corporate
clients for use on their intranets, extranets, and
public marketing sites. Its daily premium feeds will
now feature custom-filtered full-text articles from
all worldwide editions of the Financial Times.
This represents more than 300 articles a day from the
newspaper's London, U.S., European, and Asian-based
As an added value, FluentMedia customers will receive
content posted throughout the day on the FT.com Web
site, including Web-only features and articles published
between editions of the newspaper. This online feed
includes more than 100 stories, bringing the daily
collection of FT articles to approximately 400.
Source: FluentMedia, Chicago, 312/527-8170; http://www.fluentmediainfo.com.
NHS Research Now Accessible to All for Free
BioMed Central announced that it has signed an Institutional
Membership contract with the U.K.'s National Health
Service (NHS) for the whole of NHS England. The membership
will start this month and is a first step in NHS's
commitment to ensure the widest possible dissemination
of the research that it funds.
Founded in 1948, the National Health Service is the
largest health organization in Europe. Along with providing
free healthcare for everyone who needs it in the U.K.,
the NHS also has a commitment to investing in future
treatments and expanding medical knowledge. Between
2002 and 2003, the Department of Health will spend
approximately $867 million on its Policy Research Programme
and Research and Development in the NHS.
Source: BioMed Central, London, 011-44-20-7631-9131; http://www.biomedcentral.com.
Open Text Corp. Acquires Corechange
Open Text Corp., the provider of Livelink collaboration
and knowledge management software for the global enterprise,
announced that its acquisition of Corechange is a major
step in the company's end-to-end integration strategy
for Livelink. The acquisition allows Open Text to offer
a complete array of integration options with Livelink.
According to the announcement, this comes at a critical
time when customers are focused on gaining greater
ROI from existing systems through improved integration.
Corechange allows Open Text to offer a portal solution
that will enhance both front-end and back-end integration
for Livelink. At the front end, Corechange's portal
will provide end users with a role-based interface
to access the content that each user needs. At the
back end, the portal solution will bring together content
and information from Livelink and other repositories,
such as Microsoft, and a wide range of other systems,
including SAP, Siebel, and Peoplesoft.
Source: Open Text Corp., Chicago, 847/267-9330; http://www.opentext.com.
WilsonWeb Allows Free OpenURL Linking
H.W. Wilson announced that sharing resources is now
simple and cost-effective with WilsonLink SFX technology.
Easy to use and free with a subscription to the new
WilsonWeb database service, WilsonLink provides extensive
linking features with other online database vendors.
Powered by Ex Libris'SFX technology, WilsonLink enables
researchers to click from citations on WilsonWeb databases
to the full text of articles and related material from
many sources. Besides making research easier with access
to a wider range of data, WilsonLink can save libraries
money by linking to other OpenURL sources without the
need for the library to invest in its own link server,
according to the announcement.
The new WilsonWeb (a complete redesign of the database
service that was first introduced in 1997) debuted
in November 2002, with more intuitive navigation, detailed
user statistics, natural language searching, full-text
searching, relevancy-ranked results (based on Wilson's
indexing metadata), more administrative control, customization
options, and other advancements. It hosts more than
50 H.W. Wilson reference databases.
Source: H.W. Wilson, New York, 718/588-8400; http://www.hwwilson.com.
IFLA Renames Library Conference
The International Federation of Library Associations
and Institutions (IFLA)announced that the biggest annual
international gathering of librarians, the IFLA Conference,
is to be known in the future as the "World Library
and Information Congress."
IFLA's governing board decided on the new title last
year. It was expected to take effect with the 2004
event, which will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
However, IFLA decided that the new name will be adopted
this year for the meeting that will take place in Berlin
from Aug. 1 to 9, 2003.
The new title is designed to ensure that the event
has a greater impact outside the profession and in
the city in which it is held.
"Although IFLA is very well-known within the profession,
the people in the street and the media have no idea
who we are," said Ross Shimmon, IFLA's secretary general. "But
everyone will understand what is going on when they
see a banner proclaiming the World Library and Information
Source: IFLA, The Hague, Netherlands, 011-31-70-3140884; http://www.ifla.org.
BioMed Central, ISI ResearchSoft Offer Way to Speed
BioMed Central and ISI ResearchSoft announced a new
way for authors to speed submissions and increase accuracy.
Authors who submit articles to BioMed Central's online
publishing system using ISI ResearchSoft's Reference
Manager 10 will automatically be entitled to a discounted
Manuscripts formatted with Reference Manager 10 will
be processed automatically into BioMed Central's online
full-text format. This speeds the processing time for
the author's manuscript and reduces the amount of proofreading
required to deliver the final published article. Details
about BioMed Central's discounted processing charge
for Reference Manager 10 users are available at http://www.biomedcentral.com/info/refman.asp.
Source: ISI ResearchSoft, Carlsbad, CA, 760/438-5526; http://www.isiresearchsoft.com.
askSam Systems Releases askSam 5.1
askSam Systems announced the release of askSam 5.1.
This resource allows users to turn different types
of information into searchable full-text databases.
It can create databases from unstructured information
such as e-mail, resumes, legal texts, government regulations,
research notes, and correspondence, as well as from
structured information such as spreadsheets and databases.
According to the announcement, askSam 5.1 improves
upon the product's ability to create searchable archives
of e-mail messages. In addition, it searches the text
of e-mail messages and attachments (including files
from Word, WordPerfect, HTML, and Adobe Acrobat).
askSam 5.1 also has improved import features that
integrate with TextPipe. This utility lets users process
and structure texts and HTML files that are imported
into askSam. For example, users can bring in files
from LexisNexis, Dialog, or Web pages and turn them
into searchable databases. TextPipe is an add-on to
Source: askSam Systems, Perry, FL, 850/584-6590; http://www.asksam.com.
Context Launches Online Construction-Law Service
Electronic publisher Context, Ltd. has launched the
Building Law Information Subscriber Service (BLISS),
an online tool that provides building-law information
for the construction industry.
BLISS is a fully searchable information resource
that offers case summaries, legislation, standards,
contracts, and books. The service reports relevant
cases concisely, summarizing judgments and extracting
the main legal points. Cases relating to environmental
pollution, health and safety, and the environment are
also covered. In addition, the service reviews the
contents of more than 100 international journals.
BLISS is published by construction consultancy James
R. Knowles and is now available exclusively on Justis.com,
Context's online legal research service. It can be
searched in conjunction with other Justis databases
to link to related U.K. and European Union case law
and legislation. Subscribers can also choose to receive
the BLISS weekly update service, which contains links
to all material added to BLISS over the previous 7
days, at no extra charge.
Source: Context, Ltd., London, 011-44-20-7267-8989; http://www.context.co.uk.