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its newest implementation of the immensely popular Office
Suite, as released in beta 2, Microsoft has added research
functionality, drawing on resources from Alacritude's
eLibrary, Factiva's Publications Library, and Gale Group's
Company Profiles. Microsoft Office 2003 customers will
be able to conduct research through the Research Task
Pane on their screen. Searches can be run by right-clicking
on highlighted words and phrases within Office applications,
such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access, or by entering
search terms in a search box. Abstracts from eLibrary
are available free of charge, but credit-card payment
is required for full text. Factiva and Gale also provide
some information free of charge, headlines in the case
of Factiva, and basic company data from Gale. Fulltext
and additional corporate information generally require
a subscription. Other research tools in Office 2003 will
include the Encarta Encyclopedia and translation services.
As a productivity enhancer, adding a research component
to Office empowers individuals, although it has the potential
to destabilize the role of the corporate library. Office
2003 is expected to be released this summer [www.microsoft.com, www.factiva.com, www.alacritude.com, www.gale.com]
Google Acquires Pyra Labs, Creator of
Labs, Inc., San Francisco, has agreed to be acquired
by Google Inc. for an undisclosed amount. Blogging, the
online journal publishing phenomenon, makes information
available from individuals in real time. Pyra's main
product is Blogger, which has a million registered users,
several of them familiar to those in the information
industry. Examples are Gary Price's The Resource Shelf [www.resourceshelf.com],
hosted by Free Pint, and Peter Scott's library blog [http://blog.xrefer.com],
hosted by xrefer. When asked about the intentions of
Google for the future of Blogger, Google CEO Eric Schmidt
was expansive about the potential of the blogging technology.
He never really answered the question as to what Google
would do with Blogger—increase Google's publishing presence,
put its search engine on top of Blogger (thus competing
with Daypop), or something else [www.google.com].
acquisition of Hoover's by D&B became final in
March, based on the shareholders' vote. Austin Ventures
and Marathon Partners withdrew their competing bid.
February, Reuters announced its intention to acquire
Multex, thus giving the financial news company a
research arm. The deal closed the end of March.
announced it would acquire the U.S. operations of
RoweCom Inc., the divine inc. subsidiary that has
declared bankruptcy. EBSCO is also buying divine
RoweCom assets in Europe and Australia.
LoisLaw released LoisLaw
Public Records, an online database that contains
searchable and cross-referenced public information
on approximately 98 percent of the adult population
in the U.S. It enables subscribers to conduct searches
for individuals, property, motor vehicles, and
parties in civil actions [212/597-0381; www.aspenpubl.com].
enhanced QPAT, its online patent search tool.
Users can now create alerts, access full-text patent
applications back to 1978, display results with an
ordering capability toolbar, and display patent families
made available Practice Commentaries from the National
Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA). NITA's Practice
Commentaries for the United States Code assist
practitioners with interpreting the meaning of federal
statutes and litigation strategy development and
are authored by attorneys with significant courtroom
experience. Headquartered at the University of Notre
Dame, NITA is a provider of continuing legal education
programs and materials [937/865-8844; www.lexisnexis.com].
agreed to provide a comprehensive collection of law-related
content and resources to Clear Channel Television
Interactive, the Internet subsidiary of Clear
Channel Television. Under the agreement, FindLaw
will provide law-related material to approximately
40 Clear Channel Web sites, including FindLaw Breaking
Documents, FindLaw Research Centers, and U.S. Supreme
Court Resources [650/210-1900; www.findlaw.com].
Derwent launched the Thomson Patent Store,
offering users the ability to order any patent document
from anywhere in the world through a single interface.
Over 40 million patent documents can be ordered through
the Direct View one-click delivery process, with
documents available in PDF format via e-mail or hard
copy. Additionally, The Thomson Derwent Patent
Focus Report 2002-03 has been released, offering
a review of significant news and events written by
freelance journalist Joff Wild. The report can be
downloaded at no cost from the Derwent Web site [800/336-4474; www.derwent.com].
Social Sciences & Humanities
Publishing announced the addition of over 250
social science and humanities journals to its online
research tool Blackwell Synergy. Many of
the articles are available in full-text HTML and
PDF formats and contain CrosRef links to cited
articles, JSTOR links to back volumes, and references
to the ISI database. Titles include top international
peer-reviewed journals in economics, business,
geography, politics, psychology, philosophy, and
sociology [+44 1865 776868; www.blackwell-synergy.com].
the Modern Language Association's International
Bibliography to its Infotrac search platform.
This literature and humanities reference tool includes
1.5 million citations from 8,000 journals, dating
from 1963 to the present, and is known for its coverage
in English, French, Spanish, German, and Italian.
also unveiled its first Spanish-language Resource
Center, Consulta, as the centerpiece
of a growing line of products for the Spanish-speaking
community. Through a partnership with Barcelona-based Oceana
Grupo Editorial,Consulta includes 60 reference
titles and over 1,600 primary source documents, as
well as an Image Gallery and extensive chronology
records [800/877-4253; www.gale.com].
Wilson enhanced its WilsonWeb databases Art
Full Text and Social Sciences Full Text. The
additions feature peer-reviewed journals and core
sourcebooks in their respective fields, bringing
total content to over 550 periodicals. Art Full Text
users will note increased coverage of crafts, costumes
and textiles, non-Western art, contemporary art,
and feminist art criticism, plus broader coverage
of archeology, architecture, and art history. Social
Sciences Full Text has more than doubled its coverage
of mass media and communications titles while also
increasing coverage of area studies [800/367-6770; www.hwwilson.com].
Derwent announced the development of Derwent
Web of Nanotechnology, the only Web-based resource
that delivers nanotechnology-related patent records
from Derwent, Thomson ISI, and editorially approved
Web sites. Over 35,000 patent records and 185,000
journal records from ISI Web of Science are
included, and the database is equipped with an
alert feature and advanced search capabilities
[+44 (0) 20 7344 2800; www.derwent.com].
Corporation announced the release of six new
chemistry references from major publishers within
their online offerings. Content now includes 66 interactive
cross-searchable books and databases totaling 285,000
records and is growing at a rate of over 3,500 new
records per month. New titles include International
Critical Tables of Numeric Data, Physics, Chemistry
and Technology; knovel Critical Tables; knovel Solvents—A
Properties Database; Thermochemistry of the Chemical
Substances; Smithsonian Physical Tables; and Yaws
Handbook of Thermodynamic and Physical Properties
of Chemical Compounds.
the science and engineering reference areas, nine
new titles have been announced, including Military
Handbook—Composite Materials Handbook, Volumes 14;
Air Pollution and Health; Contaminated Land and Its
Reclamation; Fluoroplastics—Melt Processible Fluoropolymers,
Volume 2; Indexing—A Nuts-and-Bolts Guide for Technical
Writers; and Single Sourcing [607/648-4770; www.knovel.com].
Engineering Information, Inc. will add additional
databases to ChemVillage. Access is now provided
to Bretherick's Reactive Chemical Hazards Database,
Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology Abstracts
(CEABA), Advanced Chemistry Development Labs Database
(ACD/Labs), and OHS Material Safety Data Sheets
Database. With these additions, ChemVillage users
will have access to 19 databases, including Chimica,
a bibliographic database covering 600 chemistry and
chemical engineering journals, Chemical Business
NewsBase, and Beilstein Abstracts [800/221-1044; www.ei.org].
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office
of Environmental Information noted that links to
the Chemical Registry System (CRS) and the Biological
Registry System (BioRS) have been changed to
the Substance Registry System (SRS). Old links www.epa.gov/crs/ and www.epa.gov/biors have
been replaced with www.epa.gov/srs.
Business & Finance
U.S. Census Bureau released the CensusCD Neighborhood
Change Database (NCDB) that presents 4 decades
(1970, 1980, 1990 and 2000) of tract series data.
Information can be presented with either year-specific
boundaries or weighted and normalized to year 2000
boundaries, allowing easy time series analysis with
identical geographic boundaries over time. Built-in
mapping capabilities are available, along with long-
and short-form versions of the product [800/577-6717; www.uscensus.net].
its supply of international news and commentary with
the addition of the Financial Times to its
list of information providers. Financial Times content
will be included as part of FluentMedia's premium
daily filtered news feeds, adding over 400 international
news articles per day [FluentMedia: 323/660-9004; www.fluentmediainfo.com;
Financial Times: 212/641-6417; www.ft.com].
Information Services announced major enhancements
to its Business Browser product line. The
new Find Executives module allows OneSource subscribers
to locate and research prospects and colleagues by
searching a database of over 6 million names and
250,000 biographies at over 1.7 million companies.
The Directory of Corporate Affiliations has also
been updated with 50,000 new companies and 90,00
branch and subsidiary entries [978/318-4343; www.onesource.com].
Reuters and Factiva have
announced an expanded relationship that will increase
customer access to Factiva's content through Reuters'
financial products. The agreement covers two types
of Factiva services: Global Press Watch will be integrated
in Reuters' products aimed at trading and investment
professionals, and Knowledge Worker will be a component
in products offered to research-intensive financial
professionals and investment advisors. Both services
will be added at no additional cost to Reuters customers
[Reuters: 646/223-5224; www.reuters.com;
Factiva: 609/627-2342; www.factiva.com].
Information and Learning announced the addition
of the full text of The Wall Street Journal to
its family of ABI/INFORM business databases.
However, the archive will only be available through
ProQuest directly. Searchers who access ABI/INFORM
through a third-party distributor such as Dialog
or LexisNexis will not see The Wall Street Journal.
ProQuest selected Innodata
Corporation to provide ongoing content product
manufacturing services on an extensive list of periodical
titles. Under the agreement, Innodata will provide
XML conversion and transformation services, digitization
and imaging services, and outsourced indexing and
abstracting. Innodata recently completed the digital
conversion of the entire production runs of The
New York Times and The Washington Post for
ProQuest [ProQuest: 800/521-0600; 734/761-4700; www.il.proquest;
Innodata: 201/488-1200; www.innodata.com].
service is now offering enhanced sharing of resources
through WilsonLink, powered by EX Libris's
SFX technology. Researchers and library patrons
can click from citations on WilsonWeb databases to
the full text of articles and related material that
a library subscribes to. According to Wilson, open-URL
linking continues to be a growth market within the
library community [Wilson: 800/367-6770; www.hwwilson.com;
Ex Libris: 877/527-1689; 773/404-5527; www.exlibris-usa.com].
the availability of a new content selection system
for xreferplus, its digital reference library.
All subscribers will now be able to choose the subscription
option and content selection that best suits their
needs, as well as make changes throughout the life
of their subscription. The new options are based
on extensive consultations with the library and information
community, which directed the company toward a more
customer-led business model [+44 (0) 20 7479 9203; www.xrefer.com].
Portals & Intranets
Psychology Research Ltd (APR) has signed a
product development agreement with Yell.com,
a U.K.-based online classified directory service,
to build a thesaurus management solution, SmartlogikThesBuilder.
Under the agreement, APR will develop tools to
enable text mining, thesaurus creation and management,
and content tagging capabilities. The thesaurus
will be delivered to internal Yell business areas,
online applications, and the Yell.com search function
[APR: +44 (0) 20 7961 3945; www.aprsmartlogik.com;
Yell: +44 (0) 11 8950 6345; www.yell.com].
Corporation, the North American affiliate of
leading chemical company BASF AG, selected EasyAsk to
develop its search and navigation corporate portal.
Of particular interest to BASF were the natural language
query abilities of EasyAsk's technology, with the
goal of reducing duplicate report requests among
its 14,000 employees and increasing access to business
intelligence [BASF: 800/669-2273; 973/426-2800; www.basf.com/static;
EasyAsk: 800/425-8200; www.easyask.com].
a new Web site that provides details on news and
events of interest to the library community. A current
awareness database, monthly newsletter, training
courses, exhibitions, and conferences and library
association meetings are compiled [+46 411 121 70; www.libraryevents.com].
Alliances & Deals
Biz360 and Dialog have
announced a partnership to help corporate executives
manage their company's public perception. The effort
will involve integrating Dialog's NewsEdge services
with active market intelligence provided by Biz360's
media measurement application, Market360,
with corporate communications professionals receiving
measurable results of public perceptions through
quantitative metrics [Biz360: 650/373-3310; www.biz360.com;
Dialog: 919/461-7354; www.dialog.com].
Intelligence Unit (EIU) has commissioned Snapshots
International Ltd, a publisher of top-line market
research overviews, to supply tailored industry data
for its Country Indicator Products and for use in
its Executive Briefings. Industry sectors covered
will include IT, telecom, pharmaceutical, energy,
automotive, and retail for 40 countries [EIU: +44
(0) 20 7830 1007; www.eiu.com;
Snapshots: +44 (0) 20 7829 8408; www.snapdata.com].
Inc., a provider of interactive direct marketing
technologies and services,has acquired ConsumerREVIEW.com,
a producer of online consumer product reviews and
vertical Web communities. ConsumerREVIEW.com will
be run as a separate business unit, combining the
E-centive interactive relationship marketing platform
(IDBM) with the newly acquired product review and
feedback technologies [212/779-7779; www.e-centives.com].
Factiva and divine,
Inc. have announced Factiva's offer of a replacement
product for customers of divine's discontinued Special
Collection service. At no additional charge, qualified
customers will receive access to a special version
of Factiva along with a customized e-learning tool
to ensure a smooth transition [Factiva: 609/627-2342; www.factiva.com;
divine: 773/394-6746; www.divine.com].
Inc., The MIT Press, Sage Publications, and Wiley
Periodicals, Inc. have announced a settlement
in the Westwood Copies copyright infringement
suit. The defendants have agreed to pay an undisclosed
amount in damages for past unauthorized copying of
publications owned by the plaintiffs. The original
claim filed by the publishers was coordinated by
the Copyright Clearance Center and charged the defendants
with producing unauthorized course packs for courses
taught at the University of Los Angeles.
Information Services, partnering with ExLibris,
now provides the invoice data and format specifications
that allow libraries using the ALEPH500 system to
load EDIFACT serials invoices from EBSCO. An interface
between the two systems allows EDIFACT invoice files
to be transmitted to the customer via Internet File
Transfer Protocol (FTP). The University of Minnesota,
Twin Cities, was the first U.S. library to implement
the system and has found it to be a success [EBSCO:
ExLibris: 877/527-1689; 773/404-5527; www.exlibrisgroup.com].
Software LLC has introduced the Thunderstone
Search Appliance that can reportedly handle
10 times the load of other turnkey search solutions.
As a complete Web-search or intranet-search tool,
it serves 1,000 typical searches per minute and
indexes most document formats, including HTML,
files [216/820-2200; www.thunderstone.com].
Atomica released GuruNet
4.0, an advanced version of its Atomica Slingshot
application, which delivers real-time and reference
information by a single click on a word or phrase.
GuruNet operates in any Windows environment, providing
an instant definition, overview, or snapshot description
compiled from over 50 premium content sources [845/818-3988; www.atomica.com].
in visual investigative analysis software, anacubis,
a division of the Washington, D.C.-based i2 Group,
has announced the availability of the anacubis
Viewer for online information portals. As a Web-enabled
visualization product, it enables end users and information
professionals alike to navigate online business information
and uncover hidden relationships and trends within
data, resulting in a pictorial view of a particular
organization, market or area of interest. The anacubis
Viewer has been incorporated into recently announced
partnerships with LexisNexis and Questel•Orbit
Corporation, a provider of library management
software, has announced that MuseGlobal technology
will be incorporated into the release of Sirsi
SingleSearchT, version 2. SingleSearchT allows
users to search multiple network-accessible information
resources simultaneously from a single interface,
and Version 2 includes broadcast search functionality
MuseGlobal: 775/832-6698; www.museglobal.com].
Plosker has left Gale Group to start his own
consulting company, George Plosker and Associates
(650/631-9251), aimed at helping publishers and
libraries develop marketing, product, and service
programs that improve alignment with their customers.
Karlsruhe has named Sabine Brunger-Weilandt as
managing director, succeeding Professor Georg Friedrich
Schultheiss who retired in April 2003. A management
and marketing expert, Ms. Brunger-Weilandt has held
senior management positions and worked as a consultant
for major corporations throughout Germany.
Corporation has named Delores Meglio as editorial
director, overseeing publisher contract negotiations
and content aggregation for corporate and academic
markets. Ms. Meglio has held executive positions
at Ziff-Davis, Thomson Corporation, and the New York
Times. Additionally, Glenn Pagan has been
named vice president of sales at knovel, where he
will be responsible for building and maintaining
the sales force and developing strategic relationships.
Mr. Pagan brings executive experience from Interactive
Advertising Bureau, Time Warner, Sticky Networks,
Inc., and News Alert to his new role.
Julius has been promoted to vice president of
licensing and publishing operations at Cambridge
Scientific Abstracts (CSA). He will be responsible
for managing CSA's relationships with information
industry organizations and leading special projects
in technology development. Mr. Julius has previous
experience with COMTEX News Network and LexisNexis.
LLC has announced the appointment of Rich Kreisman as
vice president of business development, responsible
for all revenue-generating activities. Previously
he held posts with Thomson's Gale Group and Bell & Howell,
as well as editorial positions at Business Week,
Advertising Age, and Inc. magazines. Additionally, Kathleen
Greenler has been named vice president of marketing
and product management for Alacritude. Ms. Greenler
has prior experience with Pinnacor, Office.com, and
was a founding member of AltaVista.
Publishing has named Debbie Monroe, Ph.D.,as
senior vice president/general manager of FindLaw.
She will continue to oversee the strategic direction
and growth of the West Client Development Services
business. Ms. Monroe has led the company's FindLaw
business since it was acquired in January 2001.
Petrash, former Dow Chemical Intellectual Asset
Management (IAM) leader, and Delphion chief IP strategist Rob
Williamson have formed a team of IAM experts
to provide IAM best practices guidance services.
Petrash-Williamson has developed a comprehensive
library and will be working with organizations attempting
to transition their IAM practice from a legal-focused
process to a business-focused process.
Mourad has been promoted to director, global
strategy, for Thomson Legal & Regulatory, the
lead market group of The Thomson Corporation.
Link has named Maritta Coppieters as vice
president, sales, and marketing, filling the position
vacated by retiring Sharon Cline McKay. Ms. Coppieters
will lead a library sales group for worldwide sales
and take responsibility for the company's marketing
International has announced the appointment of former
Microsoft executive, Salvatore Provenza, as
director of sales and marketing for the Americas
and the Asia Pacific regions.
Interfaces has announced the appointment of Sharon
Hurd as director of sales, Digital Solutions.
Ms. Hurd has held senior management positions with
Northern Light Technology and EBSCO.
WebMD executive producer Dominique Walton Brooks,
M.D.,has joined NewsRX as senior medical editor.
In addition, three board-certified life science editors
have joined the team as senior medical writers: Janet
L. Tremaine, Nancy S. Wachter, and Michelle
Company announced the appointment of Ron Klausner as
president, ProQuest Information and Learning.