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Information Today

Vol. 21 No. 7 — July/August 2004

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LexisNexis, Biz360 Form Alliance

LexisNexis announced that joint customers of LexisNexis U.S. and Biz360, Inc., a technology-based analytic service for managing global reputations and brands, will now have access to continuous analysis of the more than 13,000 news and business sources in the LexisNexis service through Market360, a market-intelligence application.

According to the announcement, many corporate communications and marketing executives rely on LexisNexis and Biz360 to gain up-to-the-minute insight into the market's perception of their company, brands, products, and competitors. This active market intelligence helps them manage corporate reputation, outflank competitors, leverage emerging industry trends, and build lasting brands.

Source: LexisNexis, Dayton, OH, 415/962-8200; http://www.lexisnexis.com.

Marketresearch.com Opens London Office

Marketresearch.com, an online aggregator of market research reports, announced the opening of its first European office in London. According to the announcement, the move addresses one of the company's top priorities: to extend high-level, real-time customer service and sales support to its clients worldwide.

Managed by PowerInfo, Ltd. of London, a European business development and marketing agency, the London office will focus on supporting Marketresearch.com's European customers with answers to report questions, customer-service inquiries, and unbiased report recommendations during European business hours.

MarketResearch.com provides market research reports—many available in chapter-level sections—in hard copy and Adobe PDF that can be purchased and downloaded instantly to secure client reading rooms on the site. Markets covered include consumer goods and retailing, demographics, financial services, heavy industry, life sciences, and the public sector.

Source: Marketresearch.com, New York, 212/807-2629; http://www.marketresearch.com.

Ohio Academic Libraries Support PloS

The Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK) announced that it will fund half of the publication fee for all faculty and researchers at OhioLINK member institutions whose articles are published in the Public Library of Science's (PLoS) open-access journals.

According to the announcement, this commitment demonstrates OhioLINK's strong support of PLoS both in its role as an advocate for open-access publishing and as a publisher of peer-reviewed journals whose content is freely accessible online.

The Public Library of Science is a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians who are committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a public resource that's freely available to all. PLoS publishes peer-reviewed, open-access journals, including PLoS Biology and the forthcoming PLoS Medicine.

OhioLINK, a consortium of 84 Ohio college and university libraries plus the State Library of Ohio, supports PLoS to help address the difficulties that many academic libraries face in maintaining journal collections that have been negatively impacted by a combination of financial constraints and the continued rising costs of traditional journal subscriptions.

Source: OhioLINK, Columbus, OH, 614/728-3600; http://www.ohiolink.edu.

ABC-CLIO, Ingenta Announce Linking Partnership

ABC-CLIO announced that it now links its abstracting-and-indexing databases, Historical Abstracts and America: History and Life, to online journals from Ingenta.

With this new agreement, ABC-CLIO history database users will be able to search article titles and abstracts and follow direct links to full-text articles in the 6,000-plus journals in Ingenta's collection. The new linking partnership also complements ABC-CLIO's recent agreement with Oxford University Press by allowing nonsubscribers to purchase individual OUP articles on Ingenta.

ABC-CLIO already has linking partnerships with organizations such as JSTOR, Project MUSE, History Cooperative, and H-Net, as well as a number of free online journals. According to the announcement, these partnerships are instrumental in making researching easier and information more accessible for the user.

Historical Abstracts and America: History and Life, established in 1955 and 1964, respectively, are research tools for students, scholars, and historians. They contain abstracts of journal articles and book reviews pertaining to the history of the world, with more than 16,000 new entries added to each database every year. Both are available in print, on CD-ROM, and online.

Source: ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, CA, 800/368-6868; http://www.abc-clio.com.

IEEE Adds New Members to Advisory Council

IEEE announced that seven new members from around the world have joined the IEEE Library Advisory Council (LAC).

Representatives of corporate, academic, and government libraries worldwide serve on LAC for 2-year terms. IEEE established LAC in 1999 to get ongoing feedback about its products and policies.

The following are the new IEEE LAC members:

  • Susan Ardis (University of Texas­Austin, U.S.)
  • Rudi G. Bakker (Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands)
  • Beth L. Brin (Boise State University, U.S.)
  • Cheryl Cohen (Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information)
  • Mariann Cyr (3M, U.S.)
  • Bradley E. Gernand (Institute for Defense Analyses, U.S.)
  • Orlando Hugo Levato (Secretaria de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Productiva, Argentina)

Source: IEEE, Piscataway, NJ, 732/981-0060; http://www.ieee.org.

Dialog Profound Now Features Aroq Research

Dialog Corp. announced that market reports prepared by Aroq, a British online publisher specializing in business research, are now available through the Dialog Profound service.

According to the announcement, Dialog Profound is the professional information market's most comprehensive source of market research, with a continuously updated collection of more than 200,000 market research reports contributed by some 130 top research firms that cover industries and companies worldwide.

Aroq research reports are now available through Dialog Profound for electronic searching and purchase. They cover the global automotive, beverage/drinks, clothing, and food industries. Research is conducted and reports are written by Aroq's network of industry specialists, who are based throughout the world.

Source: Dialog Corp., Cary, NC, 919/462-8600; http://www.dialog.com.

ProQuest Offers New York Times Archive

ProQuest Information and Learning announced an agreement with NYTimes.com to offer the consumer market a historical digital archive of The New York Times dating to 1851, when it was first published. The New York Times Archive will be available on NYTimes.com, the Web site of The New York Times, on a pay-per-view basis.

ProQuest has digitized all of the issues of The New York Times between 1851 and 1995. These issues of The Times contain more than 15 million articles. NYTimes.com has now integrated these articles into its search tools and pages at http://www.nytimes.com/1851archive.

Source: ProQuest Information and Learning, Ann Arbor, MI, 734/761-4700; http://il.proquest.com.

EBSCOhost Signs Agreement with University of California Press

EBSCOhost Electronic Journals Service (EJS) announced that it has signed an agreement to index content from the University of California Press.

"As scholarly information proliferates within the electronic marketplace, it has become very important for us not only to establish greater visibility for our journals, but also to streamline access to our online content," said Rebecca Simon, assistant director for journals publishing at the University of California Press. "With the EJS gateway, we'll be able to accomplish these goals and be backed by one of the best-known resources in the industry."

According to the announcement, EJS Enhanced offers extensive features that help with e-journal management tasks such as tracking the registration status, authentication assistance to facilitate both on-campus and remote access to content, automatic management of URLs, and more. EBSCO provides durable URLs for every journal, table of contents, and article in EJS Enhanced. No URL maintenance by the library is required. A basic version of this service is also offered to provide a library with a single site for accessing those e-journals to which they subscribe through EBSCO.

Source: EBSCO, Birmingham, AL, 205/991-6600; http://www.ebsco.com.

Thomson Gale Acquires WEB FEET Database

Thomson Gale has acquired WEB FEET, a database of cross-curricular Web sites selected and reviewed by librarians, educators, and subject specialists.

Established in 1996 by RockHill Communications, Inc., WEB FEET was the first company in the industry to publish subject guides to the Internet. According to the announcement, it has set the standard for Web site selection and description, with sites chosen on hundreds of topics. WEB FEET is available electronically as a Web database and as MARC records for library catalogs.

WEB FEET uses an advisory board of selected experts to direct the editorial selection and evaluation process. It is fully annotated. New topics are added on a monthly basis, while previous topics are reviewed to ensure their viability.

Source: Thomson Gale, Farmington Hills, MI, 248/699-4253; http://www.gale.com.

Thomson Derwent Announces Faster Patent Information

Thomson Derwent announced faster access to patent information via Derwent World Patents Index (DWPI) and DWPI First View, which are designed to deliver comprehensive and value-added patent information to customers as quickly as possible.

Containing approximately 13 million unique patent family records and with more than 1.5 million added each year from 40 patent-issuing authorities, DWPI is Thomson Derwent's flagship information solution. In response to customers' need for faster patent information, the timeliness of the full value-add content for major authorities within DWPI has now been greatly improved over previous years, according to the announcement.

By September, Thomson Derwent aims to load full value-added records for all patents from the key major patenting authorities to DWPI within 30 days of the date the patent is published. To view the improvements, visit
http://www.thomsonderwent.com/coverage/timeliness.

Source: Thomson Derwent, Philadelphia, 215/386-0100; http://thomsonderwent.com.

ITI Acquires Faulkner Information Services, Newsletter

Information Today, Inc. (ITI) announced that it has acquired the publishing assets of Faulkner Technical Reports, Inc., a diverse line of information products known as Faulkner Information Services. No terms of the deal have been announced. ITI also announced the acquisition of The Information Advisor newsletter from FIND/SVP, Inc.

Faulkner Information Services

Faulkner provides Web-based information in the fields of information technology, communications, and security. Its flagship service, the Faulkner Advisory on Computer and Communications Technologies, is a continuously updated and searchable library of hundreds of research reports written for IT and communications managers, users, and suppliers.

The Faulkner Information Services management team will continue to run the new ITI subsidiary at its present location in Pennsauken, N.J. Marty Murphy, the former Faulkner president and principal shareholder, has left to pursue other interests but retains a strong interest in the success of the company.

The Information Advisor

The Information Advisor, edited by information industry guru Robert Berkman, is now in its 16th year of continuous publication. Berkman will continue as editor under the new ownership.

The Information Advisor specializes in reviews and side-by-side comparisons of business information services and resources. It is delivered monthly in Adobe PDF and has a subscriber base of approximately 600 information specialists, competitive intelligence professionals, and market researchers. In addition to the 12 monthly issues, subscribers receive quarterly supplements in the field of knowledge management.

Source: Information Today, Inc., Medford, NJ, 609/654-6266; http://www.infotoday.com.

CSA Adds ASCE Content to Databases

Cambridge Scientific Abstracts announced that it has added records and thesaurus terms provided by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to its technology databases.

The agreement will expand CSA's technology thesauri by approximately 4,000 terms and its databases by about 100,000 records. The new records will appear primarily in CSA Civil Engineering Abstracts as well as in CSA Engineering Research Database and CSA Technology Research Database.

Founded in 1852, ASCE represents more than 133,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide and is America's oldest national engineering society.

Source: Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Bethesda, MD, 301/961-6700; http://www.csa.com.

Free Expression Policy Project Releases The Information Commons

The Free Expression Policy Project announced that it has released The Information Commons, a groundbreaking report to link the vitality of 21st-century democracy to the creation of online communities dedicated to producing and sharing information. Nancy Kranich, a former president of ALA, is the report's author.

The Information Commons begins: "For democracy to flourish, citizens need free and open access to information. In today's digital age, this means access to information online." The information commons movement promoted by the report advocates that public access to online information is being damaged by a combination of restrictive technology, unbalanced changes to intellectual property law, onerous licenses, and media industry consolidation. Essential ingredients for a healthy democracy—political discourse, free speech, civic participation, and creativity—all suffer as a result.

For more information, go to http://www.fepproject.org/policyreports/InformationCommons.pdf.

Source: Free Expression Policy Project, Brennan Center for Justice, New York, 212/998-6730; http://www.brennancenter.org.

Elsevier Announces Partnership with Tsinghua University

Elsevier and Tsinghua University have announced a new publishing partnership that will help encourage scientific and technical growth in China and improve the ways in which Chinese scientific and engineering advances are disseminated and communicated to the international research communities.

According to the announcement, by contributing to China's scientific growth via collaboration with Tsinghua and other top institutions in China, Elsevier will be a useful partner in the drive to build prosperity and contribute to the quality of life in the region and internationally.

Launched in May, the initial phase of this partnership will involve 20 of Elsevier's international scientific journals. Each journal will appoint associate editors from among the most distinguished scientists and engineers within Tsinghua University who will assist in the management of input and ensure that the best of Chinese science can be made available globally.

Elsevier also plans to extend this program to include leading researchers at other institutes within China. In this new partnership, Elsevier will hand first editorial responsibility for assessing Chinese submissions to the Tsinghua University board members prior to the full international review process.

Source: Elsevier, Beijing, 011-86-10-851-85800; http://www.elsevier.com.


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