COLUMNS & NEWS
ITI Acquires Streaming Media
Information Today, Inc. (ITI) announced that it has completed the acquisition
of Streaming Media, Inc. from Penton Media, Inc., a Cleveland-based publisher
and trade-show company.
Streaming Media produces conferences and exhibitions in the streaming media
field and also hosts the StreamingMedia.com Web site and e-mail newsletter.
In addition, the company publishes a series of in-depth reports on various
aspects of streaming media technology and applications.
The first Streaming Media conference and exhibition was held in San Francisco
in 1998. More than 10 such events have been held since. The most recent exhibition,
Streaming Media Europe, was held in London in December 2002 and featured more
than 20 of the leading streaming media companies in Europe, including RealNetworks,
Envivio, Network Appliance, and Groovy Gecko.
The StreamingMedia.com Web site, e-mail newsletter, and other related products
will be produced and directed by Adam Pemberton, publisher of ITI's EMedia magazine
and EMedia Xtra e-mail newsletter. Future Streaming Media conferences and other
live events will fall under the direction of Dick Kaser, ITI's vice president
Source: Information Today, Inc., Medford, NJ, 609/654-6266; http://www.infotoday.com.
Cambridge University Selects MARC Link, OCLC
MARC Link announced that it and OCLC have been awarded a joint contract for
the retrospective conversion of Cambridge University Library's guardbook
catalog. The guardbook contains an estimated 1.3 million records that cover
books and periodicals published between 1500 and 1978.
The library's Greensleeves Project has been working on the guardbook conversion
for 5 years, but more than 60 percent of the pre-1978 General Catalogue still
remains. According to the announcement, grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
and the Isaac Newton Trust will allow this work to be contracted out to a commercial
conversion company and thus completed more quickly than would be possible in-house.
MARC Link staff will search the CURL database, OCLC WorldCat, and the RLIN
database to increase their hit rates.According to the announcement, these records
will considerably improve subject access to material listed in the guardbook
catalog. OCLC will then provide authority-control processing to further improve
Source: MARC Link, Orem, UT, 801/356-1852; http://www.marclink.com.
NISO Publishes Standards Guide for Library Systems
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announced the publication
of The RFP Writer's Guide to Standards for Library Systems, by Cynthia
Hodgson. This manual is intended to aid library system request for proposal
(RFP) writers and evaluators in understanding the relevant standards and
determining a software product's compliance with them.
According to the announcement, the widespread use of integrated library systems,
global communications via the Internet, and growing numbers of digital library
initiatives have made the need for compliance with standards more critical
The RFP Writer's Guide to Standards for Library Systems identifies
critical standards in the areas of bibliographic formats, record structure,
character sets, exchange media, serials identifiers, binding, circulation protocols,
bar codes, interlibrary loan, electronic documents, electronic data interchange,
information retrieval, metadata, and Web access. For each standard, the guide
talks about its applicability to libraries, provides sample RFP language, and
discusses compliance-assessment issues.
Copies of the guide are available in print from NISO Press or for free download
from NISO's Web site
Source: National Information Standards Organization, Bethesda, MD, 301/654-2512; http://www.niso.org.
WilsonWeb Databases Now Link to SwetsWise E-Journals
H.W. Wilson announced that SwetsWise will be added to the list ofWilsonWeb's
WilsonLink full-text sources. This integration is part of a reciprocal agreement
that will also make WilsonWeb an information source for SwetsWise databases.
Customers who subscribe to both WilsonWeb and SwetsWise will be able to access
full text, where available, on either server. WilsonWeb subscribers will
also be able to link to tables of contents for journals carried on SwetsWise.
WilsonLink open-URL technology, a feature of the new WilsonWeb interface,
facilitates linking to SwetsWise. It allows libraries to integrate open-URL-compatible
resources without installing their ownlink server, and at no additional cost
to their WilsonWeb subscription.
With more than 7,000 titles in full text,SwetsWise offers access to more
scholarly and research journals than any other e-journal service, according
to the announcement. SwetsWise is just one of many electronic publishers and
other information providers that, via WilsonLink SFX-powered software, seamlessly
integrates with databases on the new WilsonWeb.
More than 50 H.W. Wilson reference databases are available via WilsonWeb.
The new interface, which debuted in 2002, offers more intuitive navigation,
detailed user statistics, natural language searching, full-text searching,
relevancy-rankedresults, customization options, WilsonLink SFX technology,
and more administrative control.
Source: H.W. Wilson, New York, 800/367-6770; http://www.hwwilson.com.
World Chambers Network Teams with Dialog
World Chambers Network (WCN), a Paris-based trade service for chambers of commerce,
has announced a deal with Dialog to launch an online search engine that will
help businesses research international markets.
Companies can now receive foreign market intelligence for new business ventures
by visiting WCN's Web site (http://www
.worldchambers.com). After completing a customized search form, they can access
the Dialog database of articles, reports, and documents that are published
from dozens of sources worldwide.
The initial Dialog content available to WCN users includes industry and business
news, company profiles, and market research. Additional categories will be
added soon. Searching is free, and users may purchase the full text of desired
documents online with a credit card.
According to the announcement, World Chambers Network, the Web's only official
global network of chambers of commerce, links more than 12,000 chambers worldwide
and attracts about 60,000 visitors per month. It offers a comprehensive directory
of chambers, their services, and supporting organizations, and a validated
database of international business opportunities.
Source: World Chambers Network, Paris, 011-33-1-49-53-29-67; http://www.worldchambers.com.
IEEE Announces Service Upgrades, Partnership
IEEE announced that it will add content and open universal access to its online
archive. The organization also announced that it has entered into a linking
agreement with ISI.
IEEE will add more than 85,000 technical papers from selected IEEE journals
and conference proceedings to the 850,000 papers that are currently in its
online digital archive. The new content, which extends from 1950 to 1987, will
be available to researchers at subscribing institutions at no additional cost
and to those buying individual articles through the IEEEXplore online delivery
IEEE now allows anyone to view, download, and print technical articles from
its online archive on a pay-per-view basis. This service lets researchers read
full-text technical papers from IEEE periodicals and conference proceedings.
The new offering provides articles through IEEE Xplore. This platform allows
anyone to browse tables of contents of IEEE publications and permits IEEE members
and subscribers to search for and read abstracts. One-time article purchases
cost $13 for IEEE members and $35 for nonmembers.
The partnership with ISI will provide ISI Web of Knowledge and IEEE subscribers
with links to the full text of articles from IEEE journals and conference proceedings.
Once the links are in place, subscribers to IEEE publications online and
ISI Web of Knowledge will be able to link from ISI Web of Science and ISI Current
Contents Connect to the IEEE engineering and computer science journal literature
and to the proceedings information from IEEE-sponsored conferences.
Source: IEEE, Piscataway, NJ, 732/981-3449; http://www.ieee.org.
ProQuest Adds New Content
ProQuest Information and Learning announced that its acquisition of Norman
Ross Publishing will expand its international content in microform. Thecompany
also announced an agreement with Massachusetts Institute of Technology that
will bring the full text of MIT Sloan Management Review to ProQuest's
New International Information
Founded in 1972, Norman Ross Publishing produces microfilm collections,books,
and CD-ROM information products. With the acquisition, ProQuest will provide
the following Norman Ross offerings:
More than 300 newspapers from more than 50 countries
Nearly 2,000 newspaper backfiles from Eastern and Central Europe,
Central Asia, and elsewhere
Special collections of primary-source materials that support
Slavic, East-Asian, Jewish, and European studies
Government documents from dozens of countries, covering census
data, foreign-affairs reports, labor reports, legal information, and more
The Official Journal of the European Communities, the
main publication of the European Union, published every workday
MIT Sloan Management Review
ProQuest will distribute MIT Sloan Management Review content to educational
institutions, libraries, and other markets around the world. According to the
announcement, the journal is a quarterly, peer-reviewed business publication
that bridges the gap between management research and practice, presenting the
best in new research to help readers identify and understand significant management
Source: ProQuest Information and Learning, Ann Arbor, MI, 734/761-4700; http://www.il.proquest.com.
Survey Shows Public Opinion on Biometric Identifiers
Privacy &American Business (P&AB) announced the results of a survey
commissioned by SEARCH, funded by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, and
developed by Alan Westin, P&AB's president and publisher.
The survey found that 56 to 91 percent of the U.S. public believes that it's
acceptable for the private sector to use biometric technologies. However, public
support for biometrics hinges on privacy safeguards set in place by legislators
and adopted voluntarily by companies themselves. This is to protect consumers
from potential misuse of their biometric identifiers and to gain consumer trust.
The results also show a strong link between public concerns over identity
fraud and support for the uses of biometrics by both the public and private
sectors. Eight of 10 respondents say they have heard or read about some form
of identity theft.
Source: Privacy & American Business, Hackensack, NJ, 201/966-1154; http://www.pandab.org.
Nstein, Gale Announce Partnership Agreement
Nstein Technologies, Inc. announced an agreement to provide Gale's subject
taxonomy through its flagship automated indexing software. According to the
announcement, this partnership will enhance content search-and-retrieval
services and extend market research for both companies in many domains, including
business/financial services, law, medicine and health, technology, and social
Gale's 70,000-node subject taxonomy will be prepackaged within Nstein's Intelligent
Categorizer and Nfinder automated indexing and search tools. This will enable
Gale, Nstein, and their partners to license and deploy a hybrid product to
enterprises around the world. Business analysts, financial researchers, product
managers, and information professionals will now be able to automatically index
and retrieve information from their databases.
Source: Nstein Technologies, Inc., Montreal, 514/908-5406; http://www.nstein.com and
Gale, Farmington Hills, MI, 248/699-8554; http://www.gale.com.
CAS Announces Product Enhancement, New Finding
Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) announced that STN International has enhanced
STN Easy for Intranets. The company also announced a new finding based on
data from its Chemical Registry system.
STN Easy for Intranets
According to CAS, the new capabilities in STN Easy for Intranets will enable
information professionals to deliver additional value to their end users through
new options that support a wide range of user preferences and expertise. These
include predefined search strategies from more than 80 databases on STN Easy
and the ability to post search results from STN's more than 200 sci-tech databases.
CAS reports that more than 50 percent of the organic and inorganic chemical
substances recorded in the CAS Chemical Registry system during 2002 were derived
from patent documents as opposed to journal literature and other publications.
This finding highlights a trend evident since at least 1998 in which an increasing
percentage of substances of this type have been reported for the first time
CAS registers substances of all types as they are newly reported and come
to the attention of the organization's scientists. These experts analyze and
index patents from 37 issuing authorities as well as articles from more than
9,000 scientific journals, books, and other documents published around the
Source: Chemical Abstracts Service, Columbus, OH, 614/447-3600; http://www.cas.org.
MetaPress Will Host Taylor & Francis Journals
MetaPress, a service of EBSCO Industries' Publisher Promotion & Fulfillment
division, announced that it will produce and host online editions of all journals
published by Taylor & Francis Group.
In an extension of an agreement begun in 2001originally initiated to
host 140 titles acquired from Gordon & BreachTaylor & Francis
has decided to migrate the primary hosting responsibilities for all of its
journals to MetaPress.
MetaPress provides access to articles from thousands of journals, newsletters,
and other professional and academic publications. The functionality of the
MetaPress system has been integrated into the Taylor & Francis Web site (http://taylorandfrancis.metapress.com) so
that tables of contents and abstracts are available to users regardless of
subscription status. Alerting and persistent searching services are provided
to all registered users at no charge.
Source: MetaPress, Birmingham, AL, 205/991-1176; http://www.metapress.com.