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Information Today
Vol. 20 No. 7 — July 2003

Nstein Partners with BIOSIS, D&B

Nstein Technologies, Inc. announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with BIOSIS, the life sciences abstracting-and-indexing service. Nstein also announced a partnership with D&B in which Nstein's linguistically based entity-extraction software will utilize D&B'smillions of company profiles. This will not only flag corporate entities within documents but also make available links to a repository of detailed company information.


Through this agreement, Nstein will use BIOSIS indexing to provide Ncategorizer and Nfinder software that's designed specifically for the biological, pharmaceutical, and biomedical markets. The combination of Nstein technology and BIOSIS content allows users to incorporate BIOSIS' subject expertise directly into their own information collections.

By using this new version ofNstein's categorization and entity-extraction software, which has been enhanced with BIOSIS indexing, it is now possible for users to move seamlessly from a search on their own collections to one on BIOSIS Previews.


Nstein president Randall Marcinko said: "Through this partnership, we are developing a custom Nfinder, based on D&B's rich list of millions of company names, and coupling it to the most robust entity-extractor technology available in the market today. Our clients, whether primary or secondary publishers, aggregators, or corporate portals, will be able to add to the information at their end-users' fingertips and create new and significant revenue opportunities."

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

Zoological Record Increases Functionality, Availability

BIOSIS announced that it has enhanced the availability, functionality, andcontent of Zoological Record (ZR) to solidify its appeal among animal sciences researchers. According to the announcement, BIOSIS has recently made ZR available through new vendors, bolstered content with more abstracts, and embedded more information in each citation for flexible, powerful searching.

Enhancements to the ZR file format include additional information fields, such as Broad Terms, which adds subject categories to each record and allows users to find records pertaining to a certain topic; Systematics, which contains animals' taxonomic information; Super Taxa, which references the hierarchic taxonomy of each animal and provides a clear context for evaluating related animals; and Taxa Notes, which lists English vernacular names (e.g., primates, insects) for broad groups that are relevant to the current animal. The updated ZR Thesaurus now holds these natural language names along with the controlled terms.

Source: BIOSIS, Philadelphia, 215/587-4800;

Plosker Launches Consulting Group

George Plosker, an information industry veteran, announced that he has launched a consulting group aimed at helping publishers and libraries develop marketing, product, and service programs that improve alignment with their customers. Plosker, who has more than 25 years of experience in online databases and electronic content, is principal of George Plosker and Associates.

Services available include creating and executing customer or user satisfaction surveys and staff training and development. Product development and deployment consultation is available to publishers and other vendors, while libraries will be able to re-engineer their online reference services with support from the new group.

Most recently, Plosker served as vice president of content support for Gale, having spent several years with IAC before its merger with Gale Research. Prior to joining Gale, he spent 14 years at DIALOG Information Services, Inc. (now Dialog Corp.), where he founded and managed the company's Los Angeles office.

Source: George Plosker and Associates, San Carlos, CA, 650/631-9251; E-mail:

General Science Abstracts Now Available via EBSCOhost

EBSCO Publishing has announced that H.W. Wilson's General Science Abstracts is available for customers to try and purchase via EBSCOhost. Because EBSCO has had a long-standing relationship with H.W. Wilson (offering several other databases), it is equipped to handle the data type for this database and plans to release others in rapid succession.

H.W. Wilson's General Science Abstracts indexes articles from more than 240 leading journals and magazines from the U.S. and U.K., including popular science titles and professional journals such as Popular Science, BioScience, Ecology, and International Wildlife.

Designed for students and nonspecialists, General Science Abstracts covers feature articles, reports of symposia and conferences, biographical articles, obituaries,reviews, and selected letters to the editor. Topics include astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, health & medicine, and zoology.

Source: EBSCO Publishing, Ipswich, MA, 978/356-6500;

Ingenta Signs Three Association Publishers

Ingenta, Inc. announced that it has signed three major association publishers, bringing the total number of its publisher accounts to more than 240.

The new signings include the following:

• American Sociological Association (ASA)—ASA will have nine journals on Ingenta in 2004. ASA, founded in 1905, is a nonprofit membership association dedicated to advancing sociology as a scientific discipline.

• American Pharmacists Association (APhA)—Ingenta has been appointed by the American Pharmacists
Association to create an online presence for its industry-leading publication, The Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. APhA is the largest professional association of pharmacists in the U.S.

• National Association of Social Workers (NASW)—NASW has selected Ingenta to create a customized Web site that will both serve existing NASW members and subscribers and increase the international distribution and reach of the association's journals.

Source: Ingenta, Inc., Cambridge, MA, 617/395-4000;

OeBF Announces Program

The Open eBook Forum (OeBF), the trade and standards association for the e-book industry, announced the creation of a Library Special Interest Group. OeBF also announced an industrywide program to collect and publish e-book and e-document sales and publishing statistics on a quarterly basis.

Library Special Interest Group

According to the announcement, the Library Special Interest Group was formed to enable publishers; e-book resellers; andDRM, software, and hardware companies to communicate directly with librarians to better appreciate the opportunities and challenges of services for libraries and their patrons.

The group meets on a weekly basis via conference calls and maintains communication through an e-mail list. Participation is currently open to the public, and more information can be found on the OeBF Web site (

eBook Industry Statistics Program

Publishers and retailers who would like to participate in the program can register at

The program and the survey methodology were developed by the OeBF eBook Industry Special Interest Group with active involvement and support from several publishers.

Source: Open eBook Forum, New York, 212/924-9081;

Emerald Unveils ManagementFirst

Emerald, an international managementinformation publisher, has announced the release of ManagementFirst, its enhanced management portal.

Emerald is highlighting the practical, day-to-day usefulness of informationgleaned from its top research-based titles Management Decision, Strategy & Leadership, The European Journal of Marketing, and The TQM Magazine.

Split into nine virtual communities, ManagementFirst offers robust content from world-class management articles, discussion forums, book reviews, guru interviews in change management, e-business, human resources, innovation, knowledge management, management styles, marketing, quality, and strategy. A host of access options are available, including free services, subscription to one journal, or full access to all ManagementFirst titles.

Source: Emerald, Bradford, U.K., 011-44-1274-785151;

ProQuest Expands Collection, Acquires Rights

ProQuest Information and Learning announced that the Early American Fiction (1789­1875) database will add 25 years of coverage with the integration of dozens of rare early American novels and short stories. The company also announced an agreement with University of California Press that will bring the full text of 30 academic journals to the company's ProQuest online databases.

Early American Fiction

According to the announcement, the collection is the most comprehensive viewof American fiction from the period and the only Web-based resource for most of the works. When complete, it will hold more than 750 full-text first editions, all fully searchable. The Early American Fiction database formerly covered 1789­1850. The source books come from the Special Collections held in the University ofVirginia's Alderman Library.

University of California

The agreement allows ProQuest to distribute the University of California Press journal content electronically to educational institutions, libraries, and other markets around the world. Included are key titles such as Asian Survey, Film Quarterly, Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture, The Journal of Musicology, and more.

The agreement granting current full-text rights will take effect on Jan. 1, 2004. Some content will be subject to a 3-to-6-month embargo. In addition, the agreement grants ProQuest rights to digitize complete backfiles of selected titles as part of the company's PCI Full Text archival database.

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

MetaPress to Provide Exposure for BertelsmannSpringer

MetaPress, a division of EBSCO Industries, Inc., has signed a multiyear contract with BertelsmannSpringer for the development of a totally redesigned SpringerLink Online Content delivery system.

According to the announcement, BertelsmannSpringer's value to the corporate, academic, and medical research community is reflected by the exceptionally high-use data collected on its current site ( MetaPress has offered solutions to SpringerLink that will help with the anticipated growth and use of its content. These solutions include optimized, redundant routing of user traffic across a scalable bandwidth from five worldwide network providers.

This project's goals are to enhance the information user's experience and deliver to Springer better evaluation of use and market expectations. Springer will be ableto provide the most up-to-date features and services by measuring and managing patterns of online content usage deployed by MetaPress.

The new SpringerLink system will offer refined alerting, searching, and linking options that move the user to content contributions with less navigation. SpringerLink functionality will integrate across approximately 500 journals, book series, lecture notes, and subject-specific libraries.

Source: MetaPress, Birmingham, AL;

National Library of the Netherlands, Kluwer Sign Agreement

Peter Hendriks, CEO of Kluwer Academic Publishers, and Wim van Drimmelen, director general of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, the National Library of the Netherlands, signed an agreement on long-term digital archiving of Kluwer Online's electronic publications.

Under the terms of the agreement, Koninklijke Bibliotheek will receive digital copies of all Kluwer journals and books made available on its Web platform, Kluwer Online. The platform now contains 235,000 articles from 670 journals and more than 600 e-books covering the areas of science, technology, and medicine. In 2003 alone, more than 70,000 articles and 400 e-books will be added.

Source: Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, Netherlands, 011-31-78-6576810;

Thomson Financial Partners with Alacra, Inc.

Thomson Financial Corp. announced a partnership with Alacra, Inc., a provider of Public Information Book (PIB) building solutions, to deliver its PIB generator, Alacra Book, via Thomson ONE Banker. Alacra Book is expected to be integrated into Thomson ONE Banker early in the third quarter.

According to the announcement, Alacra Book is a fast, adaptable Web-based publishing platform that facilitates the collection and packaging of business information from multiple sources into a single Adobe PDF document. The combined content and technologies of Alacra Book and Thomson ONE Banker will eliminate the hours of researching and formatting formerly required to produce the PIBs that investment banks use for detailed analysis of a target company or prospective client.

Using Thomson ONE Banker, investment bankers will be able to choose Alacra Book as an add-on work-flow tool to build custom Public Information Books from a multitude of third-party and proprietary sources.

Source: Thomson Financial Corp., New York, 646/822-2000;

CEPIS Membership Grows to 38 Members

The Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) announced that it continues to expand its membership. In April, during the 30th council meeting in Dublin, Ireland, the Computer Society of Malta and Luxembourg's ALI (Association Luxembourgeoise des Ingénieurs) were welcomed as new members.

With the inclusion of Malta and Luxembourg, CEPIS now represents 38 professional IT organizations from 33 countries, among them all 15 member countries and all new applicant countries to the European Union.

CEPIS stimulates the use of ICT technology and advocates best practice in the development of the information society. Currently, one of the most important activities is EUCIP (European Certification of Informatics Professionals), the development of a harmonized certification procedure for the official recognition of vocational qualifications in informatics andother computer technology occupations.

Source: CEPIS, Frankfurt, Germany, 011-49-69-6308-392;

Infotrieve Announces E-Content Agreements

Infotrieve announced that it has signed article-distribution agreements with the publishers of six professional biomedical journals. The new agreements increase the total number of journals to more than 4,600.

Infotrieve says that the number of individual articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings that it now offers for e-delivery is more than 2.8 million. This represents a content pool of professional and peer-reviewed literature that continues to grow as the company enters alliances with additional publishers and other information providers from around the world.

The six publishers now making their articles available for distribution through Infotrieve are the following:

• American College of Physicians (ACP)

• The American Diabetes Association

• American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)

• American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB)

• Annual Reviews

• Current Science, Inc.

Source: Infotrieve, Los Angeles, 310/234-2000;

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