Product News and Reviews
Questel·Orbit Introduces PatentExaminer
Questel·Orbit announced the release of PatentExaminer, a patent
portfolio management system that analyzes patents and enhances the collaboration
between search engines, engineers, and patent attorneys. PatentExaminer facilitates
the examination process by displaying the full-text patents and original facsimile
patents side-by-side. The management system allows users to create and name
an unlimited number of workfiles as well as to copy, move, and delete results
from one workfile to another. Records can be filtered and sorted based on a
number of criteria, and reader access to the directories and workfiles is set
by the administrator.
Source: Questel·Orbit, Inc., Washington, DC, 703/873-4700; http://www.questel.orbit.com.
Cuadra Associates Unveils STAR/Archives Version 2.0
Cuadra Associates, Inc. introduced version 2.0 of STAR/Archives, its archives
collections management system. The new version, now available to customers,
features both browser-based retrieval across collections and dynamic generation
of finding aids from within the public access catalog. Included in the generation
of finding aids is the most up-to-date information about the collection and
its scope, history, creators, and inventory. Version 2.0 allows archivists
to create a catalog, develop and maintain finding aids, and provide public
access to their collections.
Source: Cuadra Associates, Inc., Los Angeles, 310/478-0066; http://www.cuadra.com.
TFPL, Dialog Publish Executive Report
TFPL, Ltd. and Dialog have published "Joined-up Knowledge Strategies," the
executive report of TFPL's Chief Knowledge Officer's Summit for the public
sector that took place in April.
The CKO Summit is an event where 20 of the leading knowledge executives from
the public sector spend 2 days debating key issues and working together to
formulate new knowledge strategies.
The executive report distills the group's discussions and learnings, and
is published with the intent to help others develop their own thinking and
learn from the outcomes. The report is available in printed format or as a
PDF download free of charge from http://www.tfpl.com/thought_leadership/cko_summits.cfm.
Source: TFPL, Ltd., London, 011-44-020-7251-5522; http://www.tfpl.com.
xreferplus Adds Collins World Atlas Gazetteer
xrefer announced that it has integrated the Collins World Atlas Gazetteer
into its xreferplus subscription service.
The Collins World Atlas Gazetteer in xreferplus contains 90,000 places and
geographic features, with a 1:5,000,000 scale. Users can search and browse
by location, or by any of 28 geographic featuresfrom atolls to mountains
and national parks to waterfalls. By combining the content of the Collins World
Atlas Gazetteer with xrefer's cross-referencing technology, users can move
between the atlas entries to any related entries in the dictionaries, encyclopedias,
and other reference books in xreferplus.
Source: xrefer, Ltd., Boston, 617/426-5202; http://www.xrefer.com.
STN International Adds CSA Databases
FIZ Karlsruhe announced that it made seven new databases from Cambridge Scientific
Abstracts (CSA) available on STN International. The new databases include Ante,
Civileng, Mecheng, Enviroeng, Water, Aqualine, and Bioeng. Coverage focuses
on life sciences, environmental and aquatic sciences, computer sciences, materials
science, engineering, and aerospace. With these new files, STN now offers a
total of 26 CSA databases and remains the largest independent online provider
of CSA databases.
Another CSA database designed for library professionals and other information
scientists, covering librarianship, information science, and their related
areas, will soon be available on STN.
Source: FIZ Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany, 011-49-7247-808-555; http://www.fiz-karlsruhe.de.
LexisNexis Announces BlackBerry Update, Total Search Enhancements
LexisNexis announced the second phase of its wireless delivery option for
the BlackBerry platform. The company also released an enhanced version of LexisNexis
According to the announcement, business professionals can now search, refine,
and edit results sets from more than 14,000 information sources in the LexisNexis
online service via BlackBerry. This simplified search makes it easy to view
and search comprehensive full-text news; business, legal, and public records;
and regulatory and legislative information sources while on the go.
Total Search v.2
In order to provide greater flexibility of knowledge-sharing capabilities
to its customers, LexisNexis announced Total Search v.2, an enhanced release
of the company's Web browser-based application that allows legal professionals
to search the lexis.com service and a law firm's internal work product simultaneously.
The features of Total Search v.2 have been enhanced, and the application
has been made more scalable for large installations. Features include the following:
The ability to pull documents from multiple document management
system sources as well as flat-file systems, such as a shared drive
Support of Hummingbird DM5 as a document management source
with the ability to retrieve documents directly from the network-shared drive
The ability to search internal firm documents within specific
areas of law using the "Search Advisor" taxonomy on lexis.com
Source: LexisNexis, Dayton, OH, 937/865-6800; http://www.lexisnexis.com.
IEEE Releases IEEE Enterprise
IEEE announced that businesses may now access technology research in electrical
engineering, computer science, telecommunications, imaging, robotics, and related
fields through a new IEEE online product called IEEE Enterprise.
Subscribers to IEEE Enterprise choose from three levels of access, ranging
from 350 to 1,750 full-text article downloads. Subscribers can search more
than 1 million technical documents available through the IEEE Xplore online
delivery system, and download full-text documents from IEEE journals and conference
proceedings. Subscriptions may be renewed through an online form.
Subscribers to IEEE Enterprise will be able to do the following:
View extended abstracts
Subscribe to e-mail alerts for their key publications
Receive free training and technical support
Have up to five simultaneous users access the collection
IEEE Enterprise also includes an online collaboration tool, allowing all
users at a subscribing company to share their downloaded articles and compare
Source: IEEE, Piscataway, NJ, 732/981-0068; http://www.ieee.org.
Factiva Adds Three Newspapers from Axel Springer AG
Factiva announced an agreement with Axel Springer AG, Germany's largest newspaper
publisher, to add three leading German newspapers to Factiva's collection of
Factiva's customers will be able to access German-language news and business
information from Die Welt, Hamburger Abendblatt, and Die Welt am Sonntag. Die
Welt offers comprehensive coverage of politics, business, finance, culture,
the sciences, and sport. According to the announcement, Hamburger Abendblatt
is the most-read newspaper in Northern Germany, and Die Welt am Sonntag is
the sister Sunday newspaper of Die Welt, which offers more in-depth coverage
of the week's events and issues.
Source: Factiva, Princeton, NJ, 609/627-2000; http://www.factiva.com.
Hoover's Unveils Hoover's Pro Premium
Hoover's, Inc. announced the release of Hoover's Pro Premium, a new subscription-based
business information service designed to help small and midsized businesses
more efficiently identify sales and marketing opportunities, and achieve business
goals more rapidly.
According to the announcement, Hoover's Pro Premium will provide subscribers
with access to three of the most powerful business databases available. Subscribers
will be able to build prospect lists from more than 2.5 million U.S. and international
businesses, as well as access and review information about more than 12 million
U.S. and international businesses.
The new tools from which Pro Premium subscribers will benefit include the
Family Tree Viewer and the Build Company List tool. Family Tree Viewer provides
subscribers with the ability to view the total revenue generated from an entire
corporate family, helping to identify cross-sell and up-sell opportunities.
The Build Company List tool provides users with the ability to compile lists
of companies from the three different databases using up to 29 different search
parameters. These lists can then be downloaded to spreadsheets for importing
into applications such as contact management programs.
Source: Hoover's, Inc., Austin, TX, 512/374-4500; http://www.hoovers.com.
Techstreet Launches Web Site Upgrades
Techstreet, a division of Thomson Scientific, has announced new upgrades
to the Techstreet Web site. With the goal of helping customers find and obtain
information faster, the Techstreet Web site includes new vertical industry
stores, more options for browsing industry standards, and an updated graphical
Gregg Hammerman, director of operations and technology at Techstreet, said: "Our
redesigned Web site gives customers two new ways to browse for standards. Six
new industry stores are listed in an easy-to-use tab format across the top
of the page, and a new Browse Catalogs drop-down box is conveniently located
on the left. Industry stores contain the most important standards for any given
industry, including regularly updated standards, new releases, newly revised
documents, pre-published versions, and related industry content. The new drop-down
box provides super-fast browsing of over 70 different catalogs from standards-developing
organizations around the world."
Source: Thomson Scientific, Philadelphia, 215/386-0100; http://www.thomsonscientific.com.
Digital Preservation Program Launches Research Grants Initiative
The National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program
of the Library of Congress (NDIIPP) is partnering with the National Science
Foundation (NSF) to establish the first research grants program to specifically
address the preservation of digital materials. NSF will administer the program,
which will fund cutting-edge research to support the long-term management of
digital information. This effort is part of the library's collaborative program
to implement a national digital preservation strategy.
The new Digital Archiving and Long-Term Preservation research program, which
expects to make approximately $2 million in initial awards using NDIIPP funds,
has three main focus areas for which proposals are sought:
Digital repository models
Tools, technologies, and processes
Organizational, economic, and policy issues
The NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering,
Division of Information and Intelligent Systems, will issue a call for proposals
shortly. Check the NSF Web site at http://www.cise.nsf.gov/div/index.cfm?div=iis for current information.
Source: Library of Congress, Washington, DC, 202/707-2905; http://www.loc.gov.
Access Innovations Offers MAI-Chem
Access Innovations is now offering its proprietary MAI-Chem chemical name
indexing system for chemical research.
MAI-Chem gives researchers and chemical information specialists the ability
to find and index, or tag, documents that contain variations of chemical names
and compounds buried in large collections of electronically stored information,
such as a database of patent documents, collections of in-house technical reports,
or an archive of professional journal articles.
"Because variations in the naming of chemical compounds are virtually unlimited,
identifying documents that contain a specific chemical name or compound has
long been a challenge in chemistry and chemical research," said Marjorie M.
K. Hlava, Access Innovations president and chairman. "Our MAI-Chem program
goes a long way to overcoming that obstacle. It is a boon for chemical researchers,
librarians, archivists, and patent data storage specialists."
Source: Access Innovations, Inc., Albuquerque, NM, 505/988-0800; http://www.accessinn.com.
MicroPatent Launches Command Line Searching
MicroPatent, LLC announced the launch of command line searching within its
PatSearch FullText database.
The new command line interface allows authorized full-text subscribers to
perform many advanced search functions while working directly on top of the
BRS search engine. Users can examine specific fields of interest, stack and
combine queries for targeted research, execute complex strategies with the
use of command prompts, and take advantage of many other command line options.
The following search functions are available within the command line interface:
Narrower years-to-search options
Control of the default Boolean operator
New print options
More flexible sorting
Source: MicroPatent, LLC, East Haven, CT, 203/466-5055; http://www.micropat.com.
ProQuest Announces Two New Resources
ProQuest Information and Learning introduced Ancestry Library Edition. The
company also announced the launch of Digital Commons @.
Ancestry Library Edition
ProQuest and MyFamily.com have teamed to produce a new tool to support genealogy
research in libraries. The Web-based Ancestry Library Edition will replace
and supercede AncestryPlus, which will be phased out over the coming year.
Ancestry Library Edition was scheduled to be available on Aug. 30.
According to the announcement, the Ancestry Library Edition interface will
have a cleaner look with more user-friendly search options. Additionally, the
new database will feature genealogical resources not previously available in
the electronic library market. Exclusive new content available in Ancestry
Library Edition includes the Immigration Collection, which features New York
and San Francisco passenger lists and the New York Petitions for Naturalization
Digital Commons @
According to the announcement, ProQuest Digital Commons @ is an ideal way
to capture, preserve, and disseminate the intellectual output of a university,
consortium, or discipline-specific organization. Libraries that use Digital
Commons @ will be able to offer services such as full-text searching, export
to XML, full support for OAI, and personalized e-mail notification for updates.
Additionally, ProQuest can provide a head start on content for Digital Commons
@ customers by immediately loading an academic library's entire dissertation
contentcreating a critical mass of valuable content.
Source: ProQuest Information and Learning, Ann Arbor, MI, 734/761-4700; http://www.il.proquest.com.
CSA Adds Bibliography, Databases to Internet Database Service
CSA announced the addition of QuikBib to its Internet Database Service (IDS).
CSA also announced the addition of three full-text journals to IDS.
Researchers using IDS from CSA can now use the new QuikBib tool to generate
a bibliography from their search results. QuikBib takes search results from
bibliographic databases and formats the citation information into bibliographies.
QuikBib also gives the user a choice of a number of different bibliographic
styles and output options.
The QuikBib service is available to subscribers at no additional cost.
Full-Text Links to Three Services
Researchers using IDS can now link from their search results to electronic,
full-text journals offered through Blackwell Synergy, Wiley InterScience, and
Oxford University Press. With these additions, IDS subscribers can link search
results to more than 10,000 electronic, full-text journals provided by more
than 30 services.
Source: Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Bethesda, MD, 301/961-6761; http://www.csa.com.
Elsevier Engineering Information Unveils Enhanced ChemVillage
Elsevier Engineering Information announced the latest release of the ChemVillage
discovery platform, enhancing the way users access chemistry content. With
focus on applied chemistry research, ChemVillage offers access to high-quality,
text-based resources, including bibliographic databases Beilstein Abstracts
and Chimic, and Chemical Business NewsBase, a business news source covering
the global chemicals industry.
This latest release enhances the research process through upgrades to the
platform's underlying technology. The FAST search engine has been implemented
to deliver standard-bearing search and retrieval speeds. Intuitive functional
enhancements include multiple database searching with user-controlled deduplication,
personalized searches, and extensive full-text linking options. Unlimited e-mail
alerting offers all users the ability to receive weekly updates on record additions
in their areas of interest.
Source: Elsevier Engineering Information, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 201/356-6800;
PAIS International Now Available on EBSCOhost
EBSCO Publishing now offers the PAIS International database as part of its
suite of subject-specific databases on EBSCOhost. The database includes
references to more than 530,000 journal articles, books, government documents,
statistical directories, gray literature, research reports, policy papers,
Internet documents, Web sites, conference reports, and other sources from more
than 120 countries. Some of the topics covered include affirmative action,
AIDS, climate change, ethnicity, environmental degradation, political persecution,
war and conflict, and women's rights.
Source: EBSCO Publishing, Ipswich, MA, 978/356-6500; http://www.ebsco.com.
Dialog Adds News Reporting from Europe and Hard-to-Monitor Countries
Dialog has added in-depth news covering Europe and hard-to-monitor countries
to its Dialog NewsRoom service.
Dialog NewsRoom is an online database that aggregates news reports from around
the world with editorial materials from more than 8,000 global sources, including
newspapers, news wires, specialty newsletters, trade media, and scholarly journals.
The following are highlights of recent content additions to Dialog NewsRoom:
News reports collected from local media based in such hard-to-monitor
countries as China, Cuba, India, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, and Serbia
Five news wires from ANSA, a leading Italian news agency
Seventy-five to 100 articles added daily from Economist Intelligence
Unit's ViewsWire, a business intelligence service covering developments
in more than 180 countries
Source: Thomson Dialog, Cary, NC, 919/462-8600; http://www.dialog.com.
Aries Systems Updates Editorial Manager
Aries Systems Corp. announced that it now offers Editorial Manager 3.0. Editorial
Manager 3.0 is the first release of the application to provide tracking prior
to author submission. For example, review journals can create manuscript proposals
with target publication schedules. Authors are then invited to submit manuscripts
based on those proposals. Similarly, peer review journals can invite authors
to submit commentaries on existing manuscripts, and the linked submissions
are tracked through peer review to production.
Other major enhancements include greater flexibility in Reviewer and Editor
recommendation forms, ongoing improvements to the user interface, and an expansion
of the acceptable file formats allowed for submitted files. Additionally, Editorial
Manager 3.0 has extended the compatibility of the system with third-party applications.
Source: Aries Systems Corp., North Andover, MA, 978/975-7570; http://www.editorialmanager.com.
Ingenta Introduces RSS Feeds
Ingenta, Inc. announced that RSS feeds are now available as a feature of
the Ingenta service. RSS is a Web syndication protocol that allows publishing
of headlines from any Web site in a machine-readable, XML-based format. A program
known as an RSS aggregator or feed reader can check RSS-enabled Web pages and
display any updated articles that it finds.
With the launch of the second version of the IngentaConnect beta Web site,
users will be able to sign up for RSS feeds of new issues loaded for journals,
showing the latest issue numbers and dates with a link to the full table of
contents on ingentaconnect.com.
Source: Ingenta, Inc., Providence, RI, 401/331-2014; http://www.ingenta.com.
NTIS Begins New Automatic Delivery Service
The National Technical Information Service (NTIS) has developed a new product,
S&T (Science & Technology) on CD, the CD-ROM version of its SRIM (Selective
Research in Microfiche) service. Subscribers to the new S&T on CD get the
full text of every document NTIS acquired during the last 2 weeks in their
preselected subject area.
Highlights of S&T on CD include the following:
Digital documents are stored in PDF that can be viewed using
free Adobe Acrobat reader software.
One or more CDs containing the digital documents related to
selections from some or all 375 subject categories are sent every 2 weeks.
A Cumulative Catalog Index CD-ROM of the digital documents
is sent quarterly and annually.
The Cumulative Catalog Index CD-ROM includes a search engine
that finds information about the digital documents.
Source: National Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA, 703/605-6000;
WebFeat Introduces WebFeat 3
WebFeat announced the arrival of WebFeat 3, which features a suite of new
personalization capabilities called MyWebFeat.
Todd Miller, CEO of WebFeat, said: "WebFeat 3 represents a culmination of
what federated searching is all about: bringing the right capabilities to users
searching for better information and greater results. With MyWebFeat, individual
users can now customize their own WebFeat experience within the parameters
of their libraries' core systems. Specifically, MyWebFeat allows individuals
to organize and display library databases in exactly the way they wish, creating
subject categories to match their research needs. Users can modify the look
and feel of their federated search environment by selecting presentation templates.
And within MyWebFeat, they can manage the way results are returned, opting
to save results of a single search or receive alerts that run at a frequency
Source: WebFeat, Old Brookville, NY, 888/757-9119; http://www.webfeat.org.
Thomson ISI ResearchSoft Releases EndNote 8
Thomson ISI ResearchSoft announced the release of EndNote 8, an upgrade to
the company's bibliographic management software. Known for introducing innovative
features, including the ability to search online bibliographic databases, organize
references and images, and create instant bibliographies, EndNote 8 offers
Unicode support for any language, unlimited library size, new reference types
and fields, and enhanced support for electronic resources.
EndNote 8 allows users to move an EndNote library to any handheld device
running Palm OS 4.1-5.x, and to locate references with the new "find reference" function.
Version 8 provides more than 2,200 ways to connect EndNote with bibliographic
databases and publishing styles.
Source: Thomson ISI ResearchSoft, Carlsbad, CA, 760/438-5526; http://www.isiresearchsoft.com.