Product News and Reviews
Nexcerpt Announces Product Enhancements
Nexcerpt, Inc., a provider of media-monitoring and media-report publishing
products, announced several product enhancements that are designed to reduce
the time spent managing media clippings and distributing this information to
internal and external sources.
Nexcerpt's solution uses proprietary text analysis technology to monitor
thousands of media sources and highlight a user's most relevant information
in a digestible article excerpt. Nexcerpt then allows users to distribute this
information to their relevant audiences with a publishing tool that can be
configured for either manual or automatic delivery. Enhancements to this core
functionality include the following:
Improved text analysis that increases the accuracy of clippings,
reduces the occurrence of nonrelevant articles, and optimizes the media-monitoring
Enhanced publishing capabilities, which now allow Nexcerpt
customers to use XML when publishing to a database or use FTP when publishing
to a company intranet site
Expanded sources, which now include more than 3,800 daily and
weekly newspapers; magazines; trade journals; Web sites; wire services;
professional, technical, and governmental databases; corporate notices; and
Expanded user functionality, which now includes the ability
to archive and display past issues
Source: Nexcerpt, Inc., Kalamazoo, MI, 269/226-9550; http://www.nexcerpt.com.
ebrary, Society of Manufacturing Engineers Launch Manufacturing Engineering
ebrary and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers announced the availability
of SME Source, an interactive, full-text database that contains more than 4,000
individual book chapters, journal articles, and technical papers.
Key features of SME Source include the following:
Simultaneous, multiuser access to each publication with no
seat or checkout limitations
New books, journal issues, and technical papers added quarterly
at no additional cost during the subscription term
Bibliographic and full-text searching within a publication
or all publications
A browse menu for viewing publications by title, author, or
ebrary's streaming Adobe PDF technology, which enables instant,
dynamic access to all pages of the selected publication while maintaining
the exact appearance of the document's printed version
InfoTools and other interaction features that facilitate online
reading, including dynamic cross-referencing with other networked reference
resources, text highlighting, annotating, and bookmarking
Source: ebrary, Palo Alto, CA, 650/475-8700; http://www.ebrary.com and Society
of Manufacturing Engineers, Dearborn, MI, 313/271-1500; http://www.sme.org.
Dialog Offers New Content, Portal Service
Dialog Corp. announced that it has added three files of epidemiological data
to the collection of medical information available through its online service.
The company also announced the launch of Dialog Portals, a service that allows
business news, research, and competitive intelligence to be integrated into
The three new files now available exclusively through the Dialog services
are Hospital Inpatient Profiles (File 462), Hospital Outpatient Profiles (File
463), and Emergency Room (File 454). Each is composed of data compiled in the
Hospital Inpatient Profiles provides information on more than 7,000 diseases
afflicting U.S. hospital inpatients. The data covers approximately 270,000
records from about 500 hospitals. Hospital Outpatient Profiles delivers data
on more than 2,400 diseases afflicting outpatients. Information available includes
drugs prescribed, diagnostics provided, and visit characteristics. The Emergency
Room file covers 2,600 diseases. Its data includes patient characteristics,
visit characteristics, and diagnostics.
Dialog Portals is compatible with the systems offered by nine leading portal
software and applications providers. According to the announcement, Dialog's
objective is to offer the deepest and richest set of content choices and information
services for integration into industry-standard portal implementations. Content
categories include news, market research, business and financial information,
STM information, and intellectual property records gathered from around the
Source: Dialog Corp., Cary, NC, 919/462-8600; http://www.dialog.com.
ProQuest Unveils eLibrary Curriculum Edition,
Teams Up with Project MUSE
ProQuest Information and Learning announced the release of eLibrary Curriculum
Edition, a collection of periodical and digital media content designed specifically
for secondary schools and libraries. The company also announced that it will
link abstract and index records from its online databases with the full text
of the scholarly journals in Project MUSE.
eLibrary Curriculum Edition
The eLibrary Curriculum Edition includes the following:
ProQuest Learning: LiteratureThis feature offers a comprehensive,
integrated literary resource for 150,000-plus original full-text works of poetry,
prose, and drama; more than 1,300 author biographies; and more than 11,000
articles, essays, and reviews.
History Study CenterThis provides more than 25,000 historical
sources, both primary and secondary, covering ancient to modern U.S. and world
eLibrary general referenceThis resource holds more than
1,600 full-text periodicals and 230-plus newspapers and news wires, 5,000 historic
and modern maps, 500,000 images, and 17,000 audio/video clips.
Project MUSE Partnership
Project MUSE is a collection of 220 peer-reviewed scholarly journals from
36 humanities and social sciences publishers. It's managed by The Johns Hopkins
University Press in cooperation with the Milton S. Eisenhower Library.
Included are key titles such as Language, American Literature, Callaloo, American
Literary History, PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, The
Opera Quarterly, Shakespeare Quarterly, TDR/The Drama Review, Victorian
Studies, and Modern Fiction Studies.
Source: ProQuest Information and Learning, Ann Arbor, MI, 734/761-4700; http://www.il.proquest.com.
Cymfony Adds FluentMedia Sources to Brand Dashboard
FluentMedia, a content-licensing agency of Tribune Co., announced that it
will augment Cymfony, Inc.'s Brand Dashboard by providing business and consumer
news sources. Brand Dashboard is a media measurement and analysis solution
that delivers business intelligence to marketing and communications executives.
Cymfony Brand Dashboard offers automated brand intelligence, message analysis,
visibility metrics, and competitive comparisons across thousands of media sources.
This information enables companies to quantify the ROI of their media strategies.
FluentMedia will provide content from premium sources, including The Wall
Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, Los
Angeles Times, and the Economist Intelligence Unit ViewsWire.
Source: FluentMedia, Chicago, 312/527-8170; http://www.fluentmediainfo.com.
LexisNexis to Provide Free Legal
Research Option to Microsoft Office 2003
LexisNexis announced it would provide free legal research to users of Microsoft
Office. The company will offer a legal research option on Microsoft Corp.'s
new Research Task Pane featured in Microsoft Office Word 2003, Microsoft Office
Excel 2003, and Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003.
The Research Task Pane allows users to highlight a word or phrase in a document
and research that term from directly within the program. They can choose from
a list of resources from third-party content providers, including encyclopedias,
dictionaries, news sources, and LexisNexis legal research.
Users who select LexisNexis will be able to match their search terms against
the company's free database of court decisions found on its lexisONE legal
portal. For a fee, they can then expand their research using the LexisNexis
Shepard's Citation Service to determine the validity of a case. Users can also
conduct a free search against approximately 3,400 titles in the LexisNexis
Source: LexisNexis, Dayton, OH, 937/865-6800; http://www.lexisnexis.com.
CSA Adds Database to IDS
Cambridge Scientific Abstracts announced that the Institute of Management
International Database, published by the Chartered Management Institute, is
now available on its Internet Database Service.
According to the announcement, the Institute of Management International
Database provides access to high-quality, practitioner-oriented management
material. It's designed to assist users in finding the best solution to everyday
problems and queries. More than 300 journals published worldwide are regularly
indexed and abstracted for the database. Also included are books, audiovisual
materials and training packages, management working papers, and company practices.
Source: Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Bethesda, MD, 301/961-6700; http://www.csa.com.
MuseGlobal Launches MuseSeek for Consumers
MuseGlobal, Inc. has announced the release of MuseSeek, a new consumer-oriented
version of its metasearching technology. With its intuitive interface, MuseSeek
will allow Internet users to perform simultaneous searches of an unlimited
number of information sources.
By clicking on check boxes, users can select specific sources they want to
search from hundreds of different information collections. These are arranged
within topical categories such as Web Engines, Business, News, Entertainment,
Booksellers, Sports, and Reference. An Advanced Search option allows more sophisticated
searching using Boolean logic and by specifying keyword, title, author, subject,
or description. Search rules can be changed to alter the number of results
per page or per source, or to order retrieved results by relevance or date.
Results can be de-duplicated, sorted, and filtered to produce a highly targeted,
relevant group of items.
Source: MuseGlobal, Inc., Salt Lake City, 801/208-1880; http://www.museglobal.com.
Marcel Dekker Unveils E-Book Sites
Publisher Marcel Dekker, Inc., along with its technology partner OverDrive,
Inc., an e-book distributor, has launched two e-book sites. The institutional
site, http://www.ebooks.lib.dekker.com, allows libraries to purchase titles
for perpetual access. The other, http://www.ebooks.dekker.com, serves the individual
The institutional site lets librarians buy titles instead of just licensing
access. This perpetual access also includes multiple and concurrent viewing,
which means that no patron will ever be turned away from a Dekker title. Dekker
offers 500 e-books, with new titles added every week.
Discounts on bulk purchases of e-book titles are automatically applied to
institutions that select six or more, with free trial access offered. Special
terms are available for consortia. All Dekker e-books can be viewed through
the free Adobe Reader 6.0, which manages the digital rights.
Source: Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York, 212/696-9000; http://www.dekker.com.
Copernic Releases Copernic Enterprise Search
Copernic, an information technology provider, announced the launch of Copernic
Enterprise Search. This offering is specifically designed to meet the needs
of the small-to-medium-sized enterprise and departments of larger enterprises.
Unlike competing products, which scale down pre-existing enterprise search
solutions to fit the needs of the smaller enterprise, Copernic Enterprise Search
was created to directly address the deployment, complexity, and cost issues
that accompany larger, enterprisewide search solutions, according to the announcement.
With Copernic Enterprise Search, users are able to navigate through enterprise
data to find the precise, highly relevant document or piece of information
Source: Copernic, Sainte-Foy, PQ, 418/527-0528; http://www.copernic.com.
H.W. Wilson Expands Legal Database
H.W. Wilson announced that 25 select journals have been added to its Index
to Legal Periodicals Full Text database. This brings the total to more than
1,000. The new journals expand the database's international scope and focus
on a range of key subjects in law. Coverage of the new journals will start
with their January 2004 issues.
Index to Legal Periodicals Full Text brings users complete articles from
nearly 200 titles (in full text and Adobe PDF page images), along with detailed
indexing of more than 1,000 sources. Some 1,400 monographs per year are also
indexed. Entries date back more than 2 decades, and records are added in daily
This resource offers international coverage from law journals; law reviews;
yearbooks; and bar association, university, and government publications, including
sources from the U.S., the U.K., Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
Source: H.W. Wilson, New York, 718/588-8400; http://www.hwwilson.com.
Convera, Nexidia Add Integrated Audio
Search Component into RetrievalWare Platform
Convera, a provider of search and categorization software for enterprises
and government agencies, and Nexidia, developer of a solution for audio/video
searching and intelligent mining, announced a partnership that will add phonetic
audio search as an optional component to Convera's RetrievalWare search and
Nexidia's technology, embedded within Convera's search platform, will allow
RetrievalWare to search the equivalent of 30 hours of audio information in
less than 1 second100,000 times faster than normal playback speed. Nexidia's
phonetic searching pinpoints spoken words in word or phrase formats by analyzing
the phonetic content of indexed audio or video files based on the similarity
RetrievalWare's new audio search feature will enable customers to search
for spoken words without converting the audio to text through speech-to-text
software or human transcription. The phonetic audio search can be used by commercial
and government organizations to address a range of applications, particularly
Source: Convera, Vienna, VA, 703/761-3700; http://www.convera.com and Nexidia,
Atlanta, 404/495-7220; http://www.nexidia.com.
EDGAR Online, Inc. Releases a New
Version of Its Premium Subscription Service
EDGAR Online, Inc. announced the release of a new version of its premium
EDGAR Online Pro service. The company also outlined a new strategic focus on
selling EDGAR Online Pro to clients in financial services companies, including
investment bankers, asset managers, credit-risk managers, compliance officers,
hedge-fund managers, and market data professionals.
Fundamental, ownership, initial public offering, and secondary offering data
sets as well as advanced search toolsall of which EDGAR Online previously
offered only to large enterprises as part of its EDGAR Online Explorer product
(via XML API data feeds for intranet integration)are now available to
more than 8,000 subscribers to the company's existing EDGAR Online Pro service.
Susan Strausberg, CEO and president of EDGAR Online, said the new focus on
the financial services market will streamline the company's operations, increase
product development efficiencies, and allow for more targeted marketing. The
company also expects to add staff to its existing subscription sales force.
Source: EDGAR Online, Inc., Norwalk, CT, 203/852-5666;
OverDrive Adds New Publishers to Its Digital Library
OverDrive, Inc. has announced that more than 150 publishers have been added
to its Digital Library Reserve. Best-selling titles from Microsoft Press, Merriam-Webster,
Barnes & Noble Digital Publishing, Tyndale House, Zondervan, Multnomah,
Rough Guides, RosettaBooks, Peanut Press, and others will join e-book collections
from Time Warner, HarperCollins Perfectbound, John Wiley & Sons, McGraw-Hill,
Using the OverDrive system, patrons can select and download e-books from
the library's Web site for offline reading on PCs and virtually all PDA devices.
The collection includes contemporary fiction, thrillers, romance novels, classic
literature, how-to guides, business and finance titles, children's works, study
and reference guides, and more. OverDrive provides libraries with custom integration
services, including MARC records for their e-book titles from OCLC.
Source: OverDrive, Inc., Cleveland, 216/573-6886; http://www.overdrive.com
EBSCO Publishing Adds Databases to EBSCOhost
EBSCO Publishing announced that it has added the Avery Index to Architectural
Periodicals, Biological & Agricultural Index, and Essay and General Literature
Index to its EBSCOhost service.
Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals, produced at Columbia University's
Avery & Fine Arts Library since 1934 and published by the J. Paul Getty
Trust and Columbia University, is a comprehensive American guide to current
architecture and design literature. It covers international, scholarly, and
popular periodical literature, including publications of professional associations;
U.S. state and regional periodicals; and major serial publications on the architecture
and design of Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia.
Biological & Agricultural Index
Biological & Agricultural Index provides access to more than 1 million
citations from agricultural and biological literature. It indexes articles,
meeting reports, review articles, special supplements, and book reviews, dating
from 1983 to the present. The database offers coverage of more than 350 periodicals
and a wide range of scientific journals.
Essay and General Literature Index
Essay and General Literature Index cites records contained in collections
of essays and miscellaneous works published in the U.S., Great Britain, and
Canada. More than 320 single and multi-authored volumes are indexed each year,
with more than 20 selected annuals and serial publications.
Source: EBSCO Publishing, Ipswich, MA, 978/356-6500; http://www.epnet.com.
Line & the Executive Profile
Swets Blackwell U.K. has announced that Sjoerd Vogt is its new managing
Most recently, Vogt was vice president and general manager of Dialog's OnDisc/@Site
division. Vogt began his career as Dialog's head of training and customer services
in Europe. After that, he ran the Information Services Division of the Kuwait
Institute for Scientific Research. Back at Dialog, he took over the CD-ROM
operations in Europe.
Source: Swets Blackwell, Lisse, Netherlands, 011-31-252-435-584; http://www.swetsblackwell.com.
Ingenta has announced four new appointments to lead its programs in the U.S.
and the U.K.
Anne Orens will be the new director of business development for North
America. Most recently, she was the American Mathematical Society's director
of marketing. She has also held positions at the University of Chicago Press,
the management consulting firm Mitchell Madison Group, and eMaven, an e-strategy
Janet Fisher is the new director of U.S. client management. She is
responsible for the existing U.S. client management team and for overseeing
the service needs of the publisher customers. Prior to this, she was associate
director of journal publishing at MIT University Press.
Patrick Cooke is the director of European new business. He will manage
the current European new-business team and develop sales and new product strategies.
Previously, he was the managing director of eMeta's European subsidiary. He
also worked at Oracle and Documentum in business-development roles.
Huon Butterworth is the company's new business-development manager
and as such will provide technical and project management support to sales
opportunities. Most recently, he served as European IT director at eMeta.
Source: Ingenta, Cambridge, MA, 401/331-2014; http://www.ingenta.com.
FIND/SVP, Inc. has announced that Richard Longenecker is its new executive
vice president of business development. He will oversee sales and corporate
business development efforts throughout the company. He will also be a member
of its Operating Management Group.
Most recently, Longenecker was vice president of Metrus Group, a management-consulting
firm. He has also held positions in sales and management at such companies
as Sears, Roebuck & Co., Cargill, Inc., and Public Service Electric & Gas
Source: FIND/SVP, Inc., New York, 212/463-6350; http://www.findsvp.com.
ProQuest Information and Learning has announced that Carolyn Dyer,
its senior vice president of content operations, has been named Top Michigan
Woman in Computing by the Association of Women in Computing. According to the
announcement, this award honors scientific and technical achievement and service
to the computing community through accomplishments and contributions on behalf
of women in computing.
Currently, Dyer is responsible for the receipt and manufacture of content
in all formats, including metadata and access tools. Previously, she held various
positions with UMI, including senior vice president and general manager, vice
president of content development, and director of electronic product management.
Dyer has a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and has attended
the executive M.B.A. program at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of
Source: ProQuest Information and Learning, Ann Arbor, MI, 734/761-4700; http://www.il.proquest.com.
EBSCO Industries, Inc. announced that James T. Stephens, its president
and CEO, has been inducted into the University of Alabama's Communication Hall
of Fame. According to the announcement, this award, created by the Communication
and Information Sciences Board of Visitors in 1998, was meant to honor, preserve,
and perpetuate the names and accomplishments of communication personalities
who have brought lasting fame to the state of Alabama.
Stephens is a member of the board of trustees of Birmingham-Southern College
and a member of ALA. He has an undergraduate degree from Yale and an M.B.A.
Source: EBSCO Industries, Inc., Birmingham, AL, 205/980-6794; http://www.ebsco.com.
Robert Granader, CEO of MarketResearch.com
Before his current position as MarketResearch.com's CEO, Robert Granader
covered Capitol Hill and the White House as a reporter for a number of print
news outlets. From 1994 to 1998, he reported from Washington, D.C., for several
newspapers, including the Jacksonville Times Union, The Gainesville
Sun, The Sarasota Herald Tribune, and the Wisconsin State Journal.
During Granader's years as a journalist, more than 350 of his articles and
essays appeared in 50-plus publications, such as The Washington Post, Legal
Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Miami Herald.
In 1998, Granader purchased FIND/SVP's Published Products division and FINDEX,
the worldwide directory of market research reports. The company went on to
raise additional venture capital funding in 2000, allowing him to expand the
distribution side of the business, growing it from a handful of reports to
the largest collection of current market research products. During the same
year, Granader led the acquisition of Newsletters.com, a move that would provide
the technical and operational backbone of MarketResearch.com.
MarketResearch.com was launched in December 2000, with the goal of opening
the previously closed and expensive world of market research to small and medium-sized
companies. MarketResearch.com now allows customers to "buy by the slice," search
for specific terms inside each report, and opt for instant online delivery.
In the 3 years since its launch, the company has enjoyed triple-digit growth,
and its database now has more than 60,000 reports from 350 research providers
around the world.
In the past year, MarketResearch.com has been named "Best Information Service" by
the Web Marketing Association and was selected by its peers as one of the three "Most
Admired Companies in Business Intelligence." In addition, its customer-care
module was a finalist for "Best New Product" at the American Business Awards.
Granader received a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan and a
J.D. from George Washington University. He is a member of the Washington, D.C.,
and Maryland bar associations.