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Online Inc. sold its flagship magazine, ONLINE: The Leading Magazine for Information Professionals, to Information Today, Inc. Yes, the magazine you're reading is now owned and published by Information Today, which also publishes Computers in Libraries, Information Today, MultiMedia Schools, Link-Up, Intranet Librarian, Marketing Library Services, and Searcher. Plus, the company produces the trade shows InfoToday 2002 (containing the National Online Meeting, KnowledgeNets, and eLibraries conferences), KMWorld, Internet Librarian, and Computers in Libraries. A set of newly acquired Bowker directory products rounds out Information Today's product line. The acquisition of ONLINE, considered by most to be the journal of record for the online industry, strengthens the company's presence in the library and information marketplace. Editorial changes are not contemplated. Editor Marydee Ojala will remain and take on additional program planning activities for Info Today. Online Inc. continues to publish EContent and EMedia magazines and to produce BtoB conferences. (;

Dun & Bradstreet Acquires Harris InfoSource; Changes Name to D&B

Dun & Bradstreet has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Harris InfoSource International Inc., a privately-held company that produces a database of manufacturers. Harris' information forms a component of OneSource; its Lead Finder is searchable at Hoovers, and its Business Profiler was recently added to Dialog as File 537. Separately, Dun & Bradstreet announced is was changing its name to the eponymous D&B, reflecting common parlance in the business community. (

Factiva Adds Harvard Business Review

Libraries needing the full text of the Harvard Business Review will soon have an option in the form of Factiva. Through an agreement reached with Harvard Business School Publishing, Factiva will add the full text of this very important publication. Currently, Factiva only offers abstracts. Several other publications, these from Hong Kong are now searchable on Factiva, including Hong Kong I-Mail, Sing Tao Daily, HK Economic Journal, and China Intelligence Wire. Changes in Factiva'sDow Jones Interactive Web Center involve navigational simplification and a dismantling of the search functionality. (

Search Engines

RocketNews (Rocketinfo Inc.) is a current news search engine and news distribution service that continuously searches every link on thousands of news sources. The RocketNews Enterprise Server can also search companies' proprietary content, subscription content, databases, email, and nearly any other digital content. (877/402-4636;

CSIRO, Australia's Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, tested search engines and directories and found that the most relevant results for Web users were returned by Google, alltheweb. com, and Rather than compete with these successful Internet search engines, CSIRO's P@noptic search engine, now running across the internal networks of several government departments and Australian universities, is being targeted for businesses for use on intranets. (

Online Services

Dialog has added the full text of ten Australian newspapers and periodicals published by John Fairfax Holdings Limited. New titles include The Australian Financial Review, Business Review Weekly, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sun Herald, The Sunday Age, The Newcastle Herald, and The Illawarra Mercury, and more. The new Fairfax content is available through Profound service's Newsline section, and will be available in early 2002 through the Dialog and DataStar services. (

InfoTrac OneFile (Gale Group) content now exceeds 7,000 periodicals. Released in May 2000, OneFile has experienced a 40% increase in full-text coverage, and a 144% increase in titles with images. More than 3,700 publications are full text and more than 2,000 include images. The service was launched to serve large institutions and library consortia and includes general reference, news, health, business content, and curriculum-related periodicals that support student needs. More than 20 years of back files support extensive research. (248/699-4253;

More than 5,000 journals containing more than 1.6 million articles are now viewable via EBSCO Online. Development began in May 2001 for a new version of EBSCO Online, with planned availability for early 2002. Features will include improved integration with library systems and databases, minimal clicks to access full text, additional linking technologies, and new personalization features. EBSCO Online's pay-per-view service now includes a ghost card feature that permits invoicing at the organizational level for articles purchased by library patrons. (205/980-6794;

The OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online database now provides access to more than 3,500 journals from 60 publishers. OCLC has commingled the OCLC ArticleFirst database with its ContentsFirst database and added bibliographic records from its FirstSearch ECO. The enhanced ArticleFirst database is a single serials-content resource for libraries and their users. These changes involve no increase in price. Electronic Collections Online remains a separate database on FirstSearch and includes other search capabilities not yet available through ArticleFirst. (614/764-6000;

Social Sciences/Humanities

Gale Group has acquired the Internationale Bibliographie der Zeitschriften/International Bibliography of Periodicals (IBZ) list from Zeller Verlag and the biographical directory American Men and Women of Science from Information Today. The IBZ list contains bibliographic databases of over 2.5 million records covering 6,000 international periodicals in 23 languages. American Men and Women of Science is a print resource of 120,000 biographies. Gale will continue the print editions, but also integrate the content into its online Biography Resource Center. (

Historic Events of the 20th Century (Greenwood Electronic Media) is an online version of the print series of the same name initially released in 1997. The reference tool provides Web resources, hyperlinks, timelines, and multimedia links, along with features, such as photos, maps, and biographical profiles. Titles included from the print series are World War I, World War II, Islamic Fundamentalism (coming in 2002), The Holocaust, The Civil Rights Movement, and The Collapse of Communism in the Soviet Union. (800/225-5800;


Wes Crews is the new President and Chief Operating Officer of Infotrieve, moving there from his position as COO of the Gale Group. Empty Picture BoxCatherine De Rosa has been named OCLC Vice President Corporate Marketing, a newly created position that began November 1, 2001. Empty Picture BoxDelphion has added Gordan Petrash, Nigel Davies, Ralph Schroeder, and Rob Williamson to head development of new solutions for intellectual asset management (IAM). Petrash will serve as Chief Intellectual Property Strategist, Davies as Senior Vice President of Development and Operations, Schroeder Director of Consulting Services, and Williamson Director of Product Management. Empty Picture BoxApplied Semantics has appointed Steve Bernstein as General Manager of its Enterprise Solutions. Bernstein was formerly Vice President of Product Marketing for Inxight. Empty Picture BoxAs part of its strategy to focus sales efforts on the U.S. epublishing market, Nstein Technologies Inc. has hired Marty Reiner as Vice President of Sales, and Mark Adrian as Director, Sales. Empty Picture BoxLooksmart has hired the three founders of Web analytics firm Primary Knowledge—Peter Adams, David Sabel, and Matt Gross—and licensed the company's technology platform. Adams will now serve as Looksmart's Chief Technology Officer, Sabel as Vice President of Product Development, and Grosso as Vice President of Technology.


Bio-Terrorism.Info is a new database and weekly report from NewsRx. Publishing of the weekly report began in December 2001. More than five years of NewsRx reporting on chemical and bioterrorism with hundreds of records are available in the Bio-Terrorism.Info database at: www.Bio-Terrorism.Info and Passwords and subscriptions are required for access. Information on weekly report subscriptions and database access are available by emailing:; or calling NewsRx at: 770/507-7777.


West Group and NextPage have announced an alliance that will help NextPage users retrieve and display Westlaw content and services within the NextPage framework and associated applications. Under the alliance, users can retrieve documents from across their enterprise and related content from Westlaw in one seamless operation. The NextPage framework provides access to a wide variety of sources, such as local and remote firm document collections in different formats, plus third-party content. The alliance also permits users in the U.K. to access the same functionality when they use Westlaw U.K. from Sweet and Maxwell. (West Group:; NextPage: 800/NEXT PAGE;; Baker & McKenzie:

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued patent number 6,289,450 for Authentica, Inc.'s Active Rights Management (ARM) technology. This information security technology gives organizations secure content delivery, plus the ability to actively control and manage sensitive business information once recipients have it. Features of the architecture covered by the patent include ability to manage use of secured information from a centralized policy and key server, and to protect the security of the information by uniquely presenting and protecting decryption keys themselves. Each view of protected content requires a separate request for authorization from the policy server, since neither decrypted content nor decryption keysare stored or cached locally on theuser's system. (781/487-2600;

Business & Finance

Under a partnership between SkyMinder (CRIBIS) and Standard & Poor's, SkyMinder will provide access to Standard & Poor's Industry Surveys, Corporation Records, and Stock Reports. S&P's Register of Corporations and the Register of Executives and Directors will also soon be available through SkyMinder. (

Esmerk Information has announced a new investment plan intended to enhance content and significantly grow its sales and marketing capacity in the North American market. The first phase of the plan, backed by parent company Sanoma WSOY, will increase the global workforce about 25% to over 180. In the U.S., Esmerk will expand its existing office in Miami, Florida, which serves as a regional office for Latin America. More U.S. offices are planned. Esmerk intends to improve coverage of North American sources, while also expanding content capabilities in other regions. (+44 (0) 1635 3497;

ProQuest Company's Information and Learning Unit has announced an agreement with, under which ProQuest will deliver the full text of more than 600 key market research studies and MarketLooks reports via ProQuest in a new database called MarketResearch. com Academic. It is estimated that the reports represent more than $1 million of market research studies. The reports are usually released one year from original date of publication and cover a range of business-related subjects. They include graphs, tables, and charts, available in full-page image through ProQuest. MarketLooks summaries of full-length market research reports are accessible via Academic the same month they are published. (800/521-0600; 734/761-4700;;

Under an agreement with Nichols Publishing, publishers of CHILTON auto repair manuals and other automotive information, ProQuest Company's Information and Learning Unit will bring the CHILTON online auto repair database to libraries around the world. The Web- and subscription-based database lets users pinpoint repair and maintenance information for specific automobile models and years. Repair information for each model is organized into categories. Plus, CHILTON's Auto Library provides access to approximately 50,000 technical service bulletins, maintenance schedules and specification charts, wiring diagrams, and labor time estimates. (800/521-0600; 734/761-4700;;

ProQuest Company's Information and Learning Unit has completed an initiative to digitize its collection of Sanborn insurance maps, valuable to users interested in the history, growth, and development of U.S. cities, towns, and neighborhoods. The digital maps date from 1868 to 1970 and encompass 660,000 large-scale maps of 12,000 U.S. cities. Detailed information on buildings, streets, property boundaries, house numbers, and more is provided. Other features shown include pipelines, railroads, wells, dumps, and heavy machinery. The digitized files are available immediately from ProQuest, including free trials. (800/521-0600; 734/761-4700;;

Stockgroup Information Systems Inc. and COMTEX News Network, Inc. have signed an agreement to make Stockgroup's financial tools and content available to COMTEX users reaching over 1,000 distribution points. Stockgroup's financial tools will be integrated into COMTEX' News Solutions. (COMTEX:; Stockgroup:

ContentCompare (The Detwiler Group) is a new service that combines customer research with competitive intelligence to help companies analyze their product offerings against the marketplace. The service was developed based on experience in the health and business information industries. ContentCompare can be used to find under-served niches, identify competitive weaknesses, or determine the value of a current product. (219/749-6534;

Hotel Freedonia (The Freedonia Group) is a Web-based product co-branded and customized for each corporate client to provide unlimited access for employees to the Freedonia studies owned by the organization. As a result, the product helps the client corporation share Freedonia Group industry intelligence with colleagues worldwide. The Hotel Freedonia Web site is available to client company employees via an exclusive link through the client's corporate intranet. The site is maintained and updated by The Freedonia Group and is maintenance-free from the client's perspective. Freedonia client employees may search all Freedonia content by free-text searches or browsing study titles by industry sector. Users may limit search results to content already owned by the employer, thus retrieving only free content. Study searches can be conducted at multiple levels. (440/684-9600;

Alliances & Deals

LexisNexis will acquire CourtLink Corp., subject to, among other things, approval by CourtLink shareholders. CourtLink provides Web-based services for electronically filing legal documents, and for accessing and monitoring court records. (LexisNexis:; CourtLink:

OCLC has made an offer to purchase substantially all the assets of netLibrary and assume certain netLibrary liabilities, subject to the approval of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado. (614/761-5002;

Bankrupt ExciteAtHome Corp. has agreed to sell certain assets related to its portal to Internet and wireless services provider InfoSpace for $10 million. The sale is subject to bankruptcy court approval and a bankruptcy court-supervised overbidding process, where bidders with better offers may emerge. Assets include certain domain names, trademarks, and user traffic, but not physical assets. ExciteAtHome will also provide certain transition services to InfoSpace. (

Intelliseek, Inc. and, Inc. have joined forces to provide intelligence and feedback tools to help businesses strengthen consumer relations and deepen corporate intelligence. The merger combines Intelliseek's business intelligence and enterprise search technology with PlanetFeedback's ability to create easy-to-use tools for consumer-to-company communications and interaction on the Internet. The combined company, Intelliseek Inc., will have two distinctly branded divisions with dedicated products, sales, and marketing teams. (Intelliseek: 513/618-6756;; PlanetFeedback:

TheScientificWorld has acquired and will merge its operations with ScienceWise, Inc. Financial terms were not disclosed. The merger will provide online access to a large aggregation of scientific and medical literature. Users will also receive intelligence alerts on the latest scientific and clinical research findings, news, and research-funding opportunities. TheScientificWorld will link funding proposal applications with scientific information and other resources, and users may publish their research findings for worldwide dissemination in TheScientificWorldJOURNAL. (561/742-0068;

Financial Times Group Pearson, the parent company of The Financial Times,plans to take full control of online financial news site by acquiring 50% stake presently owned by The company will integrate the site into, the online counterpart of The Financial Times. (44-020-7010-2313)

Portals & Intranets Systems Inc. (ASI) has released Visual Net 2.0 and developed a new personal visualization tool. Visual Net provides a unique Graphical User Interface by placing data on visual maps so that users can search and navigate more easily. Version 2.0 features a revised user interface, plus an Advanced Filter that lets users refine records visible on the maps, and Target Landmarks where users may highlight specific records by placing graphical icons (landmarks) on the map which are automatically organized by location and can be personalized with user notes. Personal Visual Net (PVN) is the new personalization visualization tool that is a standalone desktop client for users to use to create their own maps of personal data sets. (604/873-6100;

Interwoven, Inc. has announced integration between the Oracle9i Application Server (Oracle9iAS) and Interwoven TeamSite software, to give users the ability to aggregate, manage, and distribute content for business-critical Web sites. Among the benefits of the integration development, testing, and deployment of Web properties for the Oracle9i Application Server are streamlined, and the solution provides a standard set of integration points that help enterprises manage dynamic Web content. (

New versions of the SemioTaggercategorization engine and the Semio Plumtree Integration Module (Semio Corporation) havebeen released. SemioTagger 4.2 enhancements include support for Oracle databases and the ability to crawl data stored by Documentum, performance improve- ments, and additional source file support. Semio Plumtree Integration Module 2.0 enhancements include relevance ranking and crawl-time indexing. (;

Direct support for the International Press Telecommunications' Council's (IPTC) subject codes has been added to Applied Semantics, Inc.'s Auto-Categorizer enterprise software product. The enhancement helps electronic publishers automate the process of tagging news articles with topic labels for easy routing, archiving, syndication, and retrieval by users, and also helps electronic publishers integrate news content easily with other document collections for presentation in intranet portals. (

Entopia is a new knowledge management company offering the Quantum software suite, which unites advanced semantics with knowledge management and everyday human work patterns. By collecting information and sharing it with others, the software suite helps organizations and individuals leverage knowledge stored throughout the organization. Entopia has received $20 million in VC funding to date from key investors including Vivendi Universal and Entopia Founder and Chairman Kamran Elahian, who also founded CAI Systems Inc., Cirrus Logic, Inc., NeoMagic Corp., Planetweb, Inc., and Centillium Technology Corp. (

eKnowledge Infrastructure (Hyperwave Information Management Inc.) is a suite of modular collaborative knowledge management systems that integrates content and document manage- ment, information search and retrieval, workflow, collaboration, and elearning capabilities. Each module can be used alone or together, giving organizations a flexible information management environment that can be scaled to requirements. Users can contribute, modify, and access information using a wide range of document and content management functions for setting up and deploying intranet and extranet sites. (978/392-4235;


Molecular Biology & Genetics has been added to ISIHighlyCited. com, ISI's free, online gateway to scientific authors. Besides this new category, covers neuroscience, engineering, physics, and chemistry, with the total number of categories planned to reach 21 over the next several months. brings together the publication and achievement records of preeminent researchers. Researchers selected for inclusion comprise less than one half of one percent of the almost five million researchers in the ISI Citation Database. Selection is based on the total number of citations received by a researcher's articles within a given category. (

ISI introduced its Web of Knowledge, a Web-based resource that delivers essential information for all levels of research and scholarship to the desktop. Features include CrossSearch natural language search capability; the ISI Links seamless connection to various content; ISI Journal Citation Reports' Impact Factor tool for managing library journal collections; and ISI Essential Science Indicators for identifying key scientific findings, measuring research performance, and tracking scientific trends. (

New to the Web is Softbase (GUIDE IT LLC), a subscription-based search and display Web application available to research professionals for in-depth IT analysis. Softbase links companies, their products, and markets in a collection of IT events, developments, and organizations. Monthly, quarterly, and annual subscriptions are available, with corresponding record values for each. (

PolyVoc Version 2.4 (FIZ CHEMIE Berlin) has been released with more than 100,000 terms. First published in 1995, the PolyVoc system translates technical terms commonly used in plastics and macromolecular chemistry and related fields. The system is purported to be quick and user-friendly, with required translations obtained immediately. The PolyVoc vocabulary is based on texts contained in the KKF (Kunststoffe Kautschuk Fasern/Plastics Rubber Fibers) literature database, and on the materials database POLYMAT. Optional features include a general dictionary and an editor so that users can generate their own customized versions. PolyVoc Version 2.4 is available in German or English, with a single-user's license starting at Ý180, and multi-user and network versions also available. (+49 (030) 399 77-150,

The scope of the Scirus search engine (Elsevier Science) has been widened in a new release to include searches for patents from the databases of the United States Patent Trademark Office (USPTO). Under the relationship with the USPTO, Scirus now covers more than 650,000 patents, and a new tool is included for searching the USPTO databases of granted patents and published patent applications. Information on U.S. patents issued since 1976 is available. Additional new features include a sort by date function, extra searchable subject areas, and a tool for finding scientific conferences and abstracts. In conjunction, Elsevier has launched an affiliate program, giving Web site owners the chance to add Scirus to their homepages at no charge. (+31 (0)20 485 3851;

TheScientificWorldJOURNAL (, a new multidisciplinary online publication for the life and environmental sciences, has reached agreements with more than 350 scientists to serve as principal editors, associate editors, and editorial board members. These editors will guide the direction of the publication and ensure that submitted work undergoes rigorous peer review. (561/742-0068;

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