COLUMNS & NEWS
Analyst Reports on Search Market Revenues
U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray announced that, over the
past 18 months, the prominence of search as the most
effective online marketing tool has risen dramatically,
while ways to monetize the search age have been expanding
Safa Rashtchy, senior analyst for U.S. Bancorp Piper
Jaffray, has written an in-depth research report on
the online searchindustry titled "The Golden Search." Rashtchy
says that the industry represents a major growth market,
which he expects will reach nearly $7 billion in worldwide
revenues by 2007, growing at a compounded annual rate
of 35 percent. He believes that the key driver of growth
is "the increased popularity of search as the most
efficient way to find products and information, and
simultaneously, the rise of search as the best way
for advertisers to find and acquire customers."
To receive a copy of"The Golden Search," contact
Dana Wade at email@example.com or
Source: U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray, Minneapolis,
NISO Announces Two Initiatives
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO)
has announced an initiative to develop guidelines and
standards for the metasearching environment. Across-section
of content providers agreed that metasearchingalso
referred to as cross-database searching, parallel searching,
broadcast searching, and federated searchingis
a high growth area with many unresolved issues. The
NISO Initiative will identify and address these issues
while implementations are still in their early stages.
Details are available at
NISO also announced a new initiative to revise the
leading standard for thesaurus construction, Guidelines
for the Construction, Format, and Management of Monolingual
Thesauri (ANSI/NISO Z39.19). News on this activity
is featured at http://www.niso.org/committees/MT-info.html.
Source: NISO, Bethesda, MD, 301/654-2512; http://www.niso.org.
GPO Announces Major Reorganization Plan
The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has announced
a major reorganization plan to streamline management
and bring the agency in line with current business
The plan was created through a participative process
involving GPO's 39 senior managers, who considered
and debated a wide range of options.Among other things,
the reorganization formalizes a model that's widely
used in industry, with the Public Printer as a CEO
who focuses on organizational policy and long-range
planning, while the Deputy Public Printer serves as
chief operating officer focusing on the day-to-day
operations of the business.
The plan also significantly reduces the number of
organizations reporting to the Public Printer and regroups
the organizational elements for customer service, printing,
and printing procurement.
Source: U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington,
DC, 202/512-1991; http://www.gpo.gov.
Thomson to Acquire Elite Information Group
Thomson Corp. has announced that it will acquire
Elite Information Group, Inc., a provider of integrated
practice and financial management applications for
legal and professional services markets.
Under the terms of the agreement, a newly formed
Thomson subsidiary will make a cash tender offer for
all of the outstanding shares of Elite common stock,
at a price of $14 per share, or approximately $122
million. The Elite board of directors has unanimously
approved the agreement, and the transition is expected
to close in the second quarter.
Elite will join West, a provider of integrated information
solutions to legal professionals in the U.S., as part
of the Thomson Legal & Regulatory market group.
Elite's management team, led by chairman and CEO Christopher
K. Poole, will continue to lead the business from the
company's Los Angeles headquarters.
Source: Thomson Corp., Stamford, CT, 203/969-8700; http://www.thomson.com.
Wiley, The Cochrane Collaboration Form Publishing
John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. and The Cochrane Collaboration
have announced an agreement that names Wiley as the
new partner for The Cochrane Collaboration's publishing
The Cochrane Collaboration encompasses an established
network of 50 research groups worldwide that cover
a range of medical specialties, through which the organization
designs, creates, and continually updates The Cochrane
Database of Systematic Reviews. By providing up-to-date
structured reviews of research studies, The Cochrane
Database of Systematic Reviews helps healthcare professionals
and others to evaluate and access the relevant information
needed to make well-informed, evidence-based decisions.
Wiley will deliver The Cochrane Library through Wiley
InterScience, the company's online publishing platform
for professionals in the sciences, technology, and
medicine. Wiley will also continue to make the product
available on CD-ROM.
Source: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., Chichester,
U.K., 011-44-1243-779777; http://www.wiley.com.
TDNet Teams Up with Harrassowitz
TDNet, Inc., a supplier of electronic resource management
solutions, and Harrassowitz, a periodicals subscription
agent, will collaborate to provide complete and consolidated
access to electronic content for libraries in the U.S.
and Canada. The partnership began in April.
Through this agreement, Harrassowitz will act as
an agent to supply TDNet services in the U.S. and Canada,
making it possible for libraries to manage their electronic
resources through one source. In addition, subscription
information from e-journals purchased through Harrassowitz
will automatically be included in a library's TDNet
As a result, libraries will gain consolidated access
to all of the e-journals that they're licensed to use,
including their individual subscriptions supplied by
Harrassowitz as well as those licensed via aggregator
or gateway systems. TDNet provides complete e-content
management services, such as A-to-Z title lists, searchable
tables of contents, links to full text, TOC alerts,
usage statistics, and MARC cataloging data.
Source: TDNet, Inc., West Chester, PA, 610/738-0280; http://www.tdnet.com and
Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden, Germany, 011-49-611-530-200; http://www.harrassowitz.com.
Jupiter Research Makes Content Forecast
Jupiter Research, a division of Jupitermedia Corp.,
announced that consumer spending on paid content will
grow from $1.6 billion in 2002 to $2 billion in 2003.
However, online advertising remains the best opportunity
for most online media businesses, according to the
According to the report, "Content Revenue Streams:
Market Opportunity and Revenue Diversification," paid
content will continue to grow at an annual rate of
over 20 percent until 2007, when it will reach $5.4
billion. Syndication revenues for consumer content
will grow from a very small base in 2003 to $1.4 billion
in 2007, but that revenue stream will not reach its
full potential without industry consolidation. At the
same time, online advertising spending will reach nearly
$14 billion in 2007, up from $6.2 billion in 2003.
The complete findings of this report are available
to Jupiter Research clients online. For more information,
contact Kieran Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Source: Jupitermedia Corp., Darien, CT, 203/662-2800; http://www.jupitermedia.com.
Eliyon Expands into Canada
Eliyon Technologies announced that increasing customer
demand has prompted it to incorporate information taken
from Canadian Web sites into its database of business
Eliyon's database already contains information on
more than 13 million business professionals in the
U.S., with more than 450,000 new executive profiles
added monthly. The company has begun accessing some
125,000 Web sites with .ca suffixes.
Eliyon's technology continually scans in excess of7
million individual Web sites, as well as all major
press release and electronic news services, SEC filings,
and other online sources. From this material, Eliyon
automatically extracts biographical and other data
from disparate published sources, reassembling it all
into single, easy-to-read, and detailed profiles. Data
found on executives already in Eliyon's database automatically
updates and supplements existing profiles. Additional
individual profiles are created and included at an
average rate of 15,000 per day as new professionals
Source: Eliyon Technologies, Cambridge, MA, 617/588-7505; http://www.eliyon.com.
FIND/SVP, Strategic Creativity Corp. Form Joint
FIND/SVP, Inc., a provider of business advisory,
research, and consultancy services, and Strategic Creativity
Corp., a consulting and innovation services company,
announced the formation of The Center for Rapid Innovation,
a joint venture to help companies quickly identify
and navigate strategic business options for accelerating
The Center for Rapid Innovation's mission is to assist
companies in improving business results across areas
of significance by identifying and creating breakthrough
solutions for achieving competitive advantage and market
leadership; building smarter, results-driven teams;
and providing the ongoing business intelligence and
processes to navigate issues, select alternatives,
and quickly create results.
FIND/SVP, Inc. is a knowledge services company that
offers a full suite of custom business intelligence,
advisory, and consulting solutions to address clients'
critical business issues. The company helps executives
enhance their business performance and profit from
opportunities through targeted research and advisory
work, providing its nearly 2,000 member clients with
a competitive business advantage.
Source: FIND/SVP, Inc., New York, 212/645-4500; http://www.findsvp.com.
FindLaw to Provide Belo Interactive with Content
FindLaw announced an agreement to provide a comprehensive
collection of legal content and resources to Belo Interactive,
the Internet subsidiary of Belo.
Under the agreement, FindLaw will supply Belo Interactive
consumers with a complete online resource for personal
and business legal topics, including employment law,
estate planning, family law, intellectual property,
and real estate law.
FindLaw is the most visited legal Web site, according
to the announcement. Belo Interactive's Web sites KING5.com,
affiliated with KING 5 TV in Seattle, and NWCN.com,
which is affiliated with North West Cable News, were
the first to introduce the new FindLaw service to users.
Source: FindLaw, Mountain View, CA, 650/210-1900; http://www.findlaw.com.
CrossRef Signs More Than 200 Members
CrossRef, a publisher collaborative that enables
researchers to navigate online content via DOI-based
citation links, announced that it has surpassed the
200-member markan increase of 100 publishers
in a little more than a year. In addition, several
hundred thousand non-journal DOIs, including books
and conference proceedings, have been integrated into
its extensive linking network. With these new sources,
the CrossRef system now covers over 7,600 journals
and books, and 7.5 million individual content items.
Unlike URLs, which become obsolete when an online
entity changes location, the DOI provides a permanent
name associated with an object's location in a directory
that can be easily updated. According to the announcement,
most libraries today are implementing local link servers
and recognize that DOIs enhance their linking capabilities.
Source: CrossRef, Lynnfield, MA, 781/295-0072; http://www.crossref.org.
ATLA to Preserve African-American Religious Serials
The American Theological Library Association (ATLA)
has announced an initiative to preserve more than 152
journalspublished between 1850 and 1950 that are representative
of African-American religious experiences.
With more than $265,300 in funding from the National
Endowment for the Humanities, ATLA will ensure access
to more than 152 endangered journals (approximately
1,520 volumes) exploring the African-American church
through preservation microfilming and the creation
and dissemination of bibliographic records of these
Titles will be provided by 21 ATLA member libraries
and 53 non-ATLA libraries, many holding just one of
the titles included in the project.
Source: American Theological Library Association,
Chicago, 312/454-5100; http://www.atla.com.
Imark Communications Launches New Conference
Imark Communications has announced the launch of
the Content Management Europe conference and exhibition.
Content Management Europe will take place in London
Dec. 24, 2003, at Olympia's Grand Hall. It will
run within Online Information, the world's largest
event for information content, management, and delivery.
Content Management Europe will consist of an exhibition,
a VIP conference designed for senior business sponsors
and focusing on the business benefits of content management,
plus an educational program of seminars and master
classes that focus on selecting and implementing content
"Recent research has shown that content management
is right at the top of the corporate agenda," said
Katherine Allen, business development director at Imark
Communications. "Content Management Europe will demonstrate
the significant business benefits to be gained by creating
and reusing content efficiently, and by effectively
integrating internal and external content to support
decision-making and business processes."
For more information about Content Management Europe,
Source: Imark Communications, Middlesex, U.K., 011-44-1932-730700; http://www.imark.co.uk.
Nstein Technologies Announces Agreement
Nstein Technologies, Inc., a provider of software
applications for managing unstructured data on the
Internet and enterprise networks, announced a partnership
agreement with IXIASOFT, a provider of XML content
servers. This first agreement is a direct result of
Nstein's global enterprise strategy, which was announced
The IXIASOFT partnership was sparked by the high-growth
demand of the European publishing market to have a
complete XML solution that fully enables archiving
and precise retrieval functionalities. According to
the announcement, the agreement now allows IXIASOFT
to offer automated categorization as an added feature
to TEXTML and provides a lucrative sales and marketing
channel for Nstein.
Source: Nstein Technologies, Inc., Montreal, 514/908-5406; http://www.nstein.com.
West Acquires Andrews Publications
West, a Thomson business, has announced that it has
acquired Andrews Publications from Haights Cross Communications.
Located near Philadelphia, Andrews is a 30-year-old
publisher of litigation reporters, newsletters, special
reports, and online services dedicated to assisting
attorneys, paralegals, law librarians, and executives
track important developments nationwide in specific
areas of litigation. Terms of the transaction were
According to the announcement, the acquisition will
support West's strategy to provide litigators with
the most authoritative and comprehensive information
and solutions to support their practice. This strategy
was first announced in February with the launch of
Westlaw Litigator, a collection of Westlaw resources
that enables litigators to evaluate and prepare cases
for trial. The acquisition of Andrews allows West to
develop even more robust current-awareness offerings
to help litigators keep informed on important litigation
West will maintain Andrews' office in Wayne, Pa.
Source: West, Eagan, MN, 651/687-7000; http://www.westgroup.com.
RILM Now Available on IDS
Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA) has announced
that RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, published
by Répertoire International de Littérature
Musicale (RILM), is now available via CSA's Internet
Database Service (IDS).
According to the announcement, RILM covers all areas
of music research, including interdisciplinary studies
of music in its relation to various other fields. All
types of mediasuch as books, periodicals, articles
in collections, and electronic mediaare abstracted
and indexed in RILM. The database now contains more
than a quarter-million records, with coverage dating
to 1967; it continues to grow by more than 20,000 references
Established in 1966 under the joint sponsorship of
the International Musicological Society and the International
Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation
Centers, RILM was the pilot project of the interdisciplinary
Bibliographic Center, planned by the American Council
of Learned Societies. RILM's Commission Internationale
Mixteis composed of distinguished scholars and librarians
who represent RILM's sponsoring societies.
Source: Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Bethesda,
MD, 301/961-6700; http://www.csa.com.
Vendors Announce Compliance with COUNTER Code of
COUNTER announced that the online usage reports that
Blackwell Publishing, ISI, and Oxford University Press
(OUP) supply to customers now comply with release 1
of the COUNTER Code of Practice. All three companies
have signed formal declarations of compliance. The
list of usage reports covered by each publisher can
be found at http://www.projectcounter.org.
Martin Richardson, publishing director of Oxford
University Press Journals, said: "As a pioneer of the
COUNTER initiative, OUP is proud and delighted to be
one of the first publishers to make COUNTER-compliant
usage statistics available for its online journals.
The COUNTER initiative fits well with our goal of providing
the library community with the functionality and feedback
they tell us they need, and we look forward to supporting
the continuing development of the COUNTER Code of Practice
over the coming years."
As of this month, a definitive list of COUNTER-compliant
vendors will be maintained on the COUNTER Web site.
Only vendors and usage reports included on this list
should be regarded as being COUNTER-compliant.
Source: COUNTER, Edinburgh, U.K.; Fax: 011-44-131-558-8478; http://www.projectcounter.org.