|LexisNexis has announced the launch of its new corporate Web site,
which now includes detailed product information and a streamlined purchase
process. The company has also announced the release of its Current Issues
Universe (CIU) product; the introduction of navigational tools and orientation
information to assist visually impaired federal government customers and
other users with disabilities; and that it will be awarded a General Services
Administration (GSA) schedule, which will enable federal agencies to purchase
LexisNexis products directly through GSA.
New Corporate Web Site
According to the announcement, the customer-inspired corporate Web
guides visitors to personalized knowledge solutions designed to help them
succeed in their jobs and gives customers a unified view of all the company's
U.S. products and services.
LexisNexis has consolidated the information contained in the many Web
sites thatformerly showcased its products and services—such as Matthew
Bender, Shepard's, Academic and Library Solutions, and the National Fraud
Center—and has created a single e-commerce channel through which all LexisNexis
brands, products, and services are offered.
"The idea for the new corporate Web site came from customer feedback.
Our customers use LexisNexis products to cut through information overload
and find answers to support major decisions. Our prospective customers,
deciding which LexisNexis solution provides the best fit for their individual
needs, deserve the same easy experience," said Larry Thompson, LexisNexis'
senior vice president and chief marketing officer. "We believe the best
way to demonstrate the superiority and simplicity of our Web-based products
is through our new corporate site, lexisnexis.com. This site not only informs
customers of the many products and services LexisNexis offers, but also
allows them to purchase on the spot or to easily forward purchasing information
to a purchasing agent in their organization."
The site includes the following new features:
Browsing by name of product, occupation, industry, or task to access a
targeted list of products and services
A comprehensive customer-service center
A unified view of all LexisNexis products and services
Increased access to detailed product information
A streamlined purchase process
An easy way to e-mail product information to colleagues
A clean, printer-friendly printout of product information
Current Issues Universe
Current Issues Universe is a Web-based research solution designed to
provide students with access to documents that offer multiple perspectives
on the issues facing today's society.
According to the announcement, academic assignments often require students
to research an issue from a particular viewpoint or to prepare multi-perspective
arguments on current issues. CIU addresses these needs with its Current
Issues List, a growing collection of more than 2,000 questions focused
on key areas of interest and controversy. Questions are arranged by subject
According to the announcement, the release of CIU marks the first time
students will have online access to these important documents through one
research solution. CIU delivers access to the complete text of documents
from more than 8,000 gray literature sources—such as reports, theses, conference
proceedings, and official documents—that are not commercially published
and are typically difficult to locate and acquire. The documents are produced
by hundreds of advocacy groups, private think tanks, professional and trade
associations, congressional offices, university research centers, and international
In addition to these sources, a student can also search for relevant
editorials, newspaper articles, and public-opinion polls from other LexisNexis
CIU is continually updated. Documents are added every 2 weeks, while
issues are updated based on current events.
Beverly R. Parker, general manager of sales and corporate and public
records services for LexisNexis Federal Markets, said: "As a world-leading
electronic content provider of enhanced information solutions and information
management tools, LexisNexis recognizes its responsibility to develop services
and information technologies that are accessible and usable by our federal
government customers with disabilities. As part of our company policy,
LexisNexis plans to address the needs of people with disabilities during
all the phases of product planning, development, and support."
LexisNexis user interfaces are being enhanced to work with several assistive
technologies, including IBM's Home Page Reader, a talking browser, and
Freedom Scientific's JAWS (Job Access With Speech) screen reader. For instance,
JAWS software can be loaded on a computer with another program, such as
a word processor, to capture data as it appears on the screen and convert
it to the spoken word.
Similarly, a blind or visually impaired user of IBM Home Page Reader
first hears a full range of Web page content—such as text, frames, and
images—and navigatesthrough it using a keyboard to access alternate text
LexisNexis has worked to ensure that its most popular information services
that are sold to federal government customers can be configured to comply
with the final regulations of Section 508 of the Federal Rehabilitation
Act of 1973, as amended in 1998.
Under the act, federal agencies are required to procure electronic and
information technology that's accessible to people with disabilities in
a way that's comparable to the access and use by others who don't have
The new contract allows customers from government agencies to obtain
information services and solutions in a streamlined manner. Agencies can
now gain access to more than 31,000 information sources online by contacting
GSA directly to purchase LexisNexis products and services.
"Government agencies are now able to obtain all the information sources
and services they require without having to go through a lengthy bidding
process," said Parker. "The GSA schedule allows them to procure the LexisNexis
solutions that they need quickly and efficiently in order to fulfill their
The LexisNexis information collection available through GSA includes
Source: LexisNexis, Dayton, OH, 937/865-6800; http://www.lexisnexis.com.
Legal Information—Federal and state case law, regulations, attorney general
opinions, rulings, citation services, and secondary legal sources
News Sources—Newspapers, newsletters, magazines, trade journals, wire services,
Business and Financial Information—SEC documents, corporate profiles, market
research reports, financial analyst reports, demographic/geodemographic
statistics, and mergers and acquisitions information
Public Records—Names, addresses, property information, voter records, asset
information, and fraud-detection and -prevention data
International Information—World news, public records, country profiles,
business analysis and country information, international company profiles,
and legal and regulatory information