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Information Today
Vol. 20 No. 8 — September 2003
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Nstein Announces Partnerships

Nstein Technologies, Inc. announced that it has been engaged by Wiley InterScience to construct a working prototype using Nstein software. Nstein also announced the integration of its Nserver software suite with Context Media Interchange Suite, an enterprise content integration solution from Context Media, Inc.

Wiley InterScience

According to the announcement, the new prototype is expected to greatly enhance the search-and-retrieval experience ofWiley InterScience's customer base.

Wiley InterScience is the online content service of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. For more information, go to http://www3.interscience.wiley.com.

Context Media, Inc.

Together, the Nserver and Context Media Interchange suites will allow organizations to manage, distribute, and access digital content stored in disparate content management, document management, and digital asset management systems across an enterprise.

Context Media unifies, organizes, and optimizes enterprise content utilizing its open XML-based Web services product suite. The company's software and solutions provide stand-alone value or complement existing content management investments to leverage content across the extended enterprise.

Source: Nstein Technologies, Inc., Montreal, 514/908-5406; http://www.nstein.com.

Snapshots' Athens Authentication Goes Live

Snapshots International, Ltd., a publisher of market research overviews, and EduServ, a U.K.-registered charity established with the support of the U.K. Higher Education funding bodies, have announced that the Snapshots Series is now available through Athens, an authentication process adopted by all U.K. higher education institutions that streamlines access to a range of services via single password sign-on.

Debra Curtis, Snapshots International CEO, said: "We are delighted that we can now offer our academic clients convenient, integrated access to the Snapshots Reports. With its leading position in the academic marketplace, Athens will both provide a new delivery solution to our existing clients and bring the Snapshots solution to all U.K. and Ireland higher education institutions needing easy-to-use, top-line market data for business projects."

Snapshots Reports cover a broad range of industries in 23 countries. Each report provides an instant overview of a market, with data supplied in both graphical and tabular format. All Snapshots data is compiled in-house by the Snapdata Research Department, a team of multilingual research experts who check original sources and interview industry experts all over the world.

Source: Snapshots International, Ltd.,London, 011-44-20-7829-8408; http://www.snapdata.com.

CSA, BioOne Announce New Affiliation

CSA (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts) and BioOne have announced an agreement for CSA to create a bibliographic database that will index research papers in the journals available through BioOne's full-text service. CSA will also function as BioOne's exclusive distribution agent in all areas outside the U.S. and Canada.

BioOne offers an aggregation of high-impact bioscience research journals. The service, launched 2 years ago, provides electronic access to 66 peer-reviewed journals from 53 publishers. BioOne's titles are published by societies and noncommercial publishers, and a majority were previously available only in printed form.

According to the announcement, BioOne is committed to a nonprofit objective of disseminating important, scholarly information focused on the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences.

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

BioMed Announces National Open Access Archive for Germany

BioMed Central, the open access publisher, and the University of Potsdam in Germany have joined to create a new archive of open access research. Potsdam will mirror all of BioMed Central's open access research articles, making use of the publisher's Open Archives
interface to keep the mirror site up-to-date.

According to the announcement, this partnership is an example of how BioMed Central's open access policy allows the peer-reviewed articles it publishes to receive maximum visibility.

The mirror site and all of its content are freely available at bmc.ub.uni-potsdam.de. The site offers browsing, metadata search, and full-text search of more than 2,400 articles. Articles are available in HTML or Adobe PDFs, and users can also access high-resolution graphics and videos.

Source: BioMed Central, London, 011-44-20-7631-9131; http://www.biomedcentral.com.

GPO Access Now Offers More Than 250,000 Titles

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) announced that the number of document titles available through its GPO Access (http://www.gpoaccess.gov) site has grown to more than 250,000. This marks a milestone in the GPO's ongoing effort to expand public access to government information through online technology.

Begun in 1994 as home to the online editions of the Federal Register and Congressional Record, GPO Access today is a leading online source of free, official information from all three branches of the federal government. According to the announcement, the site is transforming the way Americans access information by and about their government. Since beginning operations, document retrievals from GPO Access have exceeded 1.6 billion. Today, more than 32 million retrievals are made every month.

Source: U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 202/512-1991; http://www.gpo.gov.

Swets Blackwell, Gale Partner in Australia and New Zealand

Swets Blackwell announced the formation of a special distribution agreement across Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). Under the terms of the partnership, Melbourne-based Swets Blackwell Australia will provide Gale electronic databases for the ANZ corporate, health, and special library markets. This distribution agreement is effective from May 2003.

Individual and consortia sales of Gale databases will be Swets Blackwell Australia's focus for the new partnership, and it will specifically target corporate, health, and special libraries. It will organize trials and demonstrations of Gale products, and handle subscriptions and renewals.

According to the announcement, SwetsBlackwell customers in the ANZ region will see their offerings enriched significantly through subscriptions to such databases as the Health and Wellness Resource Center, Custom Journals, and the (London) Times Digital Archive.

Source: Swets Blackwell, Lisse, Netherlands, 011-31-252-435-584; http://www.swetsblackwell.com.

ProQuest Acquires SIRS Publishing

ProQuest Information and Learning announced that it has acquired SIRS Publishing, Inc., the publisher of SIRS Researcher, SIRS Discoverer, SIRS Enduring Issues, and other databases. ProQuest Information and Learning, a unit of ProQuest Co., is a provider of online information services to libraries and educational institutions worldwide.

SIRS, based in Boca Raton, Fla., provides online, CD-ROM, and print reference databases to more than 50,000 libraries worldwide. SIRS' proprietary published products are designed to address curriculum-oriented, research-based information needs that arise as students study social problems, science, health, controversial current issues, legal issues, ethics,and more. According to the announcement, SIRS' databases place their editorial emphasis on balanced coverage of both current and enduring social topics.

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

ATLA Signs Database Agreement with NISC

The American Theological Library Association (ATLA) has announced an agreement with the National Information Services Corp. (NISC) that allows NISC to produce its own version of the ATLA Religion Database in both CD-ROM and online versions.

According to the announcement, the ATLA Religion Database is an essential tool for the study of religion. It is the premier index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion. The fact that many publishers solicit the inclusion of their journals in the ATLA Religion Database is indicative of the stature it has achieved in the community of religion scholars.

Source: American Theological Library Association, Chicago, 312/454-5100; http://www.atla.com.

Libraries for the Future Wins Grant

Libraries for the Future, a national nonprofit organization that champions the role of libraries in American life, has been awarded a 3-year, $1 million challenge grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to establish a network of EqualAccess Libraries in 10 states by 2005. EqualAccess Libraries is a new initiative designed to transform libraries into information and education centers, based on the needs of their communities.

A key component of EqualAccess Libraries is Access Skills, a curriculum developed by Libraries for the Future to strengthen librarians' capacities for community outreach, coalition building, public awareness, and advocacy. These skills will better connect libraries to their communities, bring new users to libraries, and integrate programming into ongoing library operations.

The EqualAccess Library model addresses challenges by offering librarian training and introducing specific Access Programs to the community. It also provides a framework for building community partnerships and connections between libraries and local organizations, agencies, and schools, with the goal of accessing library resources and programming. A further goal is developing the support necessary to sustain and expand technology-based programming in libraries.

Source: Libraries for the Future, New York, 646/336-6236; http://www.lff.org.

Content Management Is Key Theme at Online Information 2003

Imark Communications Europe announced that content management will be one of the key themes at the upcoming London Online Information 2003 conference, the world's largest exhibition for information content, management, and delivery. Bob Boiko, a leading commentator on content management, will present a keynote entitled "What Content Management Is—and What It Ought to Be."

Also speaking on content management will be Tony Byrne, founder and editor of the internationally respected online community CMSWatch USA. According to the announcement, Byrne, a 12-year industry veteran, is known as the "industry voice" of CM and will provide the latest on open source content management.

Online Information 2003 will be held Dec. 2­4, 2003, at Olympia, London. Each day of the conference features a different keynote speaker who has been chosen to share specific insights and experience with the event's international audience of information professionals. For the full conference program, go to http://www.online-information.co.uk.

Source: Imark Communications Europe, Middlesex, U.K., 011-44-1932-730-700; http://www.imark.co.uk.

ProLaw Improves Legal Research Cost Recovery

ProLaw Software, a division of West and a business within The Thomson Corp., announced full integration of QuickView+ for Westlaw from within ProLaw.

According to the announcement, the integration streamlines and automates how law firms capture, bill, and report online legal research costs to clients. Helping firms manage their cost-recovery initiatives provides a new dimension to the one-office approach that enables law firms to be more productive by managing their practices and work flow more efficiently.

QuickView+, an electronic cost-recovery and reporting tool designed for Westlaw, allows firms to more easily and efficiently capture and recover legal research costs. ProLaw now automatically imports legal research usage and converts these costs to billable transactions, eliminating the often difficult task of matching research performed to matters, then entering transactions during the billing process. The feature in ProLaw lets firms choose how frequently Westlaw usage reports are automatically updated.

Source: ProLaw Software, Albuquerque, NM, 800/977-6529; http://www.prolaw.com.

Wilson Announces Database Upgrades

H.W. Wilson announced that it has enhanced its Humanities Full Text database with greater coverage of key specialties and wider international focus. The company also announced that the Bibliographic Index reference resource will be searchable for the first time electronically on WilsonWeb.

Humanities Full Text

Fifty-five new journals have been added to Humanities Full Text, with emphasis on women's studies, religion (especially Asian belief systems), philosophy, history, cultural studies, and literature. New journals also focus on Africa, the Middle East, Australia, Germany, India, and the Pacific Rim. Coverage of the new titles will begin with their January 2004 issues. Some 3,500 additional citations per year are anticipated.

Bibliographic Index

Bibliographic Index guides users to bibliographies from books, pamphlets, and more than 2,800 periodicals.

On WilsonWeb, Bibliographic Index offers digital searching by subject headings, keyword, source publication, author, data, and much more. Students, educators, acquisitions specialists, and researchers will be able to search more than 272,000 bibliographies published in English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian,French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Polish, Czech, and other languages inthe Roman alphabet. Bibliographic essays, literature reviews, and serial bibliographies are included.

Source: H.W. Wilson, New York, 718/588-8400; http://www.hwwilson.com.

OverDrive, Inc. Joins OCLC Program

OverDrive, Inc., a provider of library e-book solutions, announced that it has been added to the OCLC Cataloging Partners Program. OverDrive's participation in the program has led to the creation of a new MARC record for e-books that contains rich full-text bibliographic information pertaining to digital media and helps librarians save budget dollars in the collection development process. According to the announcement, libraries can now cost-effectively add best-selling e-books into their catalogs by utilizing customized MARC records from OCLC for titles purchased from OverDrive.

As part of the program, OCLC is also adding OverDrive's Content Reserve collection of e-books to WorldCat, the world'slargest database of bibliographic information. In addition, OverDrive is providing OCLC with critical catalog data on tens of thousands of e-books in several formats, including Adobe Reader (PDF), Microsoft Reader, and Palm Digital Media.

Source: OverDrive, Inc., Cleveland, 216/573-6886; http://www.overdrive.com.

Elsevier, ACS to Link Science Services

Elsevier and two divisions of the American Chemical Society (ACS)—Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) and Publications—announced that they have agreed to provide linking between their services for scientists. Links between these publishers will be completed before the end of this year, making it possible for scientists to navigate the information seamlessly, no matter where they begin their research.

Under the agreement, the following will be available:

• Users of Elsevier products and services (such as ScienceDirect, MDL databases, and ChemWeb) will be able to link directly to ACS scientific journals.

• Users of CAS products and services (SciFinder, STN, and others) will be able to link, via ChemPort, directly to Elsevier scientific journals.

• Elsevier journals will join ChemPort Reference Linking, enabling users of Elsevier journals access to ACS scientific journals and CAS database records.

Source: Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 011-31-20-485-3757; http://www.elsevier.com and American Chemical Society, Washington, DC, 202/872-4600; http://www.acs.org.

 

 


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