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Information Today
Vol. 20 No. 7 — July 2003
Product News and Reviews

MicroPatent Unveils Aureka 9.0

MicroPatent announced the release of Aureka 9.0, the latest version of its patent-analysis platform. Aureka now features full-text patent data and upgraded theme maps. In addition, the new version offers an improved user interface that gives customers access to MicroPatent's PatSearch Full Text.

Customers can now search any or all of the PatSearch Full Text databases simultaneously, accessing and exporting new fields of information not previously available in Aureka, such as Agent, Designated States, Patents Cited, and Priority Data. They can also utilize advanced search techniques using Boolean operators, combine queries to expand or narrow their search scope, and search documents using French and German text.

With Aureka 9.0, users can also create theme maps with non-patent data. In addition, they can construct maps in foreign languages, such as French and German, if the document lists are homogeneous. According to the announcement, these improvements extend the functionality of Aureka's mapping tool and improve the analytical comparisons that users can make.

Source: MicroPatent, East Haven, CT, 203/466-5055;

Nstein Introduces Nserver Suite 3.0

Nstein Technologies, Inc. announced the release of Nserver Suite 3.0. This content management platform now includes expanded metadata-generation capabilities and Nretriever, a newly launched guided navigation module.

The following metadata-generation products within the Nserver Suite have been enhanced:

• Nconcept Extractor 3.0 now includes upgraded extraction and ranking algorithms for both simple and complex searches.

• Ncategorizer 3.0 offers improved categorization algorithms as well as a new rule-based layer that allows content managers to define domain-specific indexing and business rules.

• Nfinder 3.0 now extracts (out of the box and in several languages) two new entity types: Dates & Times and Currencies.

• The Nlikethis search-enhancement product has improved accuracy and processing speed.

The Nretriever navigation and retrieval tool uses Nstein's LDNA technology to gather and cluster results into logical, hierarchically displayed groups, allowing users to zero in on what they're looking for.

Source: Nstein Technologies, Inc., Montreal, 514/908-5406;

ITI Publishes Three New Books

Information Today, Inc. has announced the publication of Super Searchers on Competitive Intelligence, by Margaret Metcalf Carr; Business Statistics on the Web, by Paula Berinstein; and the newest edition of American Trade Book Directory.

Super Searchers on Competitive Intelligence

In this latest title in the Super Searchers series, 17 top competitive intelligence researchers reveal their secrets for monitoring competitive forces and keeping on top of the trends, opportunities, and threats within their industries. Author, researcher, and CI pro Metcalf Carr asked experts from 15 CI-savvy organizations to share tips, techniques, and models that can be successfully applied to any business intelligence project.

Business Statistics on the Web

Statistics guru Berinstein shows readers how to use the Net to find statistics about companies, markets, and industries; how to organize and present them; and how to evaluate them for reliability. In addition, dozens of extended and short case studies demonstrate the ins and outs of searching for specific numbers and maneuvering around obstacles to find the data you need.

American Book Trade Directory

According to the announcement, this two-volume comprehensive guide to the library and publishing communities puts users in touch with libraries all across the U.S. and Canada. It provides the statistics and trend analysis that librarians, publishers, and other industry watchers need to keep up with the ever-changing book trade community.

Source: Information Today, Inc., Medford, NJ, 609/654-6266;

Snapshots International Rolls Out Web Delivery Options

Snapshots International, Ltd. announced that it has enhanced its presentation and delivery options.

The company has redesigned its Snapshots reports to give clients all the information they need for purchasing decisions.A new Web site will enable clients to view abstracts and tables of contents for all new reports before purchasing, while the search facility has been further enhanced to enable filtering by industry codes.

In addition, the new reports now include category definitions and more market-specific data. The Western European Overviews now cover more than 10 countries and provide lists of major players.

Source: Snapshots International, Ltd., London, 011-44-20-7829-8408;

Factiva Launches Product Enhancements, Services

Factiva announced the addition of enhanced features to its Factiva Developer's Kit API. The company also announced a content agreement with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and new subscription options for The Wall Street Journal Online.

Factiva Developer's Kit

According to the announcement, the enhancements to Factiva Developer's Kit enable users to take advantage of automated programming tools to develop and deploy new content applications more quickly and cost-effectively. This new release also includes transactions that provide users with access to additional content and functionality in the Factiva platform.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Factiva customers will now have access to the daily and Sunday editions of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The paper has more than 350 editors and a large worldwide network of correspondents who provide up-to-date exclusive content. Subscriptions

Factiva's corporate customers can now subscribe to The Wall Street Journal Online through the following subscription options:

• A site-license subscription to the Online Journal, with direct access from the navigation bar

• A site-license subscription, with direct access from the customer's corporate intranet

• A bulk subscription for a specific department or group

Source: Factiva, Princeton, NJ, 609/627-2342;

Dialog Announces New Content Additions

Dialog announced that it has added World News Connection (WNC), the U.S. government's news-monitoring service, to its information resources. The company also announced the addition of new content channels to DialogPRO and the integration of content from nearly 850 publications to its InSite service.

World News Connection

WNC offers electronic searching of translated and English-language news and information that's compiled daily by the U.S. government's Foreign Broadcast Information Service and published by the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Technical Information Service. According to the announcement, Dialog is the only commercial vendor to offer access to the full WNC file.


The new content channels added to DialogPRO are Energy, Engineering, Patent, and Trademark. Dialog packages the information it gathers from around the world to create the individual DialogPRO content channels. Each is designed to best match the unique information needs of individual DialogPRO subscribers.


The new content added to InSite includes publications focused on topics such as health, the pharmaceutical industry, technology, law, advertising, defense, economics, and general business issues. They represent a cross-section of business research and reporting published worldwide, with sources drawn from Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America.

Source: Dialog, Cary, NC, 919/461-7354;

Context Launches Irish Reports and Digests

Context, Ltd. announced that it has added the Electronic Irish Reports and Digests case law series to its online legal research service.

Electronic Irish Reports and Digests, also available as a Justis CD-ROM, covers more than 80 years of Irish case reports.

The Irish Reports contains the full text of published cases dating to 1919. According to the announcement, it is the most comprehensive series of reports covering important decisions from the superior courts of Ireland. The reports are compiled by practicing barristers and are cited in Irish courts and tribunals.

The Irish Digests provides a summary, including catchwords and headnotes, of each case reported in the Irish Reports, Northern Ireland Reports, Irish Law Reports Monthly, Irish Law Times Reports, Irish Jurist Reports, and Irish Law Journal.

Source: Context, Ltd., London, 011-44-20-7267-8989;

FIZ Karlsruhe Launches TEMA Database on STN

FIZ Karlsruhe announced that it has added the TEMA bibliographic database to STN International. TEMA covers a range of German and international literature in the areas of technology and management, including mechanical engineering and plant construction, electrical engineering and electronics, information technology, materials, textile technology, medical technology, management, and operational organization.

Produced by FIZ Technik, the bilingual TEMA database currently contains more than 1.4 million citations dating to 1990 and increases by about 100,000 records per year. Records comprise bibliographic data, indexing, and an abstract as well as Internet addresses of publishers and full texts, if available.

Source: FIZ Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany, 011-49-7247-808-513;

ProQuest Completes Archive, Expands Database

ProQuest Information and Learning announced that it has completed the full-page-image Washington Postarchive in its ProQuest Historical Newspapers project. The company also announced that it has added PQRA: South East Asia to its ProQuest Reference Asia database.

The Washington Post

The Washington Post archive covers a 110-year period from 1877 to 1987. ProQuest will annually add a year of coverage. The database includes Adobe PDF files of each page from every issue during those 110 years. More than 2.6 million pages of articles comprise the newly digitized archive.

PQRA: South East Asia

PQRA: South East Asia delivers authoritative, comprehensive, and timely geopolitical, economic, social, and business reference information about 10 Southeast Asian nations. Included are news sources, reference materials, statistics, directory content, official policy material, and analytical sources for Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Source: ProQuest Information and Learning, Ann Arbor, MI, 734/761-4700;

Ovid Announces Three New Resources

Ovid announced the release of three new offerings: a centralized administrative interface, support for RefWorks, and two new training resources.

Centralized Interface

Information professionals now have centralized, integrated access to all Ovid applications through one interface. Whether using Ovid's Administration tools or searching and browsing Ovid content, administrators can now log in to one site and navigate freely through all of the company's resources.

Support for RefWorks

Ovid customers, through the Direct Export feature, can now use RefWorks to format bibliographies and manuscripts. According to the announcement, searching personal bibliographic databases created using RefWorks is fast and easy. RefWorks automatically creates author, descriptor, and periodical indexes when importing so users can just click on the word to retrieve the information.

Training Resources

Ovid's two new quick reference cards are designed as training resources for both information professionals and end users. The Basic version covers the fundamentals of searching and offers everything users need to know to get started, including icon descriptions and searching tips. The Advanced version covers features and search techniques for the experienced user, including how to maximize and refine results.

Source: Ovid, Norwood, MA, 781/769-2599;

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