COLUMNS & NEWS
LexisNexis, Biz360 Form Alliance
LexisNexis announced that joint customers of LexisNexis
U.S. and Biz360, Inc., a technology-based analytic
service for managing global reputations and brands,
will now have access to continuous analysis of the
more than 13,000 news and business sources in the LexisNexis
service through Market360, a market-intelligence application.
According to the announcement, many corporate communications
and marketing executives rely on LexisNexis and Biz360
to gain up-to-the-minute insight into the market's
perception of their company, brands, products, and
competitors. This active market intelligence helps
them manage corporate reputation, outflank competitors,
leverage emerging industry trends, and build lasting
Source: LexisNexis, Dayton, OH, 415/962-8200; http://www.lexisnexis.com.
Marketresearch.com Opens London Office
Marketresearch.com, an online aggregator of market
research reports, announced the opening of its first
European office in London. According to the announcement,
the move addresses one of the company's top priorities:
to extend high-level, real-time customer service and
sales support to its clients worldwide.
Managed by PowerInfo, Ltd. of London, a European
business development and marketing agency, the London
office will focus on supporting Marketresearch.com's
European customers with answers to report questions,
customer-service inquiries, and unbiased report recommendations
during European business hours.
MarketResearch.com provides market research reportsmany
available in chapter-level sectionsin hard copy
and Adobe PDF that can be purchased and downloaded
instantly to secure client reading rooms on the site.
Markets covered include consumer goods and retailing,
demographics, financial services, heavy industry, life
sciences, and the public sector.
Source: Marketresearch.com, New York, 212/807-2629;
Ohio Academic Libraries Support PloS
The Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK)
announced that it will fund half of the publication
fee for all faculty and researchers at OhioLINK member
institutions whose articles are published in the Public
Library of Science's (PLoS) open-access journals.
According to the announcement, this commitment demonstrates
OhioLINK's strong support of PLoS both in its role
as an advocate for open-access publishing and as a
publisher of peer-reviewed journals whose content is
freely accessible online.
The Public Library of Science is a nonprofit organization
of scientists and physicians who are committed to making
the world's scientific and medical literature a public
resource that's freely available to all. PLoS publishes
peer-reviewed, open-access journals, including PLoS
Biology and the forthcoming PLoS Medicine.
OhioLINK, a consortium of 84 Ohio college and university
libraries plus the State Library of Ohio, supports
PLoS to help address the difficulties that many academic
libraries face in maintaining journal collections that
have been negatively impacted by a combination of financial
constraints and the continued rising costs of traditional
Source: OhioLINK, Columbus, OH, 614/728-3600; http://www.ohiolink.edu.
ABC-CLIO, Ingenta Announce Linking Partnership
ABC-CLIO announced that it now links its abstracting-and-indexing
databases, Historical Abstracts and America: History
and Life, to online journals from Ingenta.
With this new agreement, ABC-CLIO history database
users will be able to search article titles and abstracts
and follow direct links to full-text articles in the
6,000-plus journals in Ingenta's collection. The new
linking partnership also complements ABC-CLIO's recent
agreement with Oxford University Press by allowing
nonsubscribers to purchase individual OUP articles
ABC-CLIO already has linking partnerships with organizations
such as JSTOR, Project MUSE, History Cooperative, and
H-Net, as well as a number of free online journals.
According to the announcement, these partnerships are
instrumental in making researching easier and information
more accessible for the user.
Historical Abstracts and America: History and Life,
established in 1955 and 1964, respectively, are research
tools for students, scholars, and historians. They
contain abstracts of journal articles and book reviews
pertaining to the history of the world, with more than
16,000 new entries added to each database every year.
Both are available in print, on CD-ROM, and online.
Source: ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, CA, 800/368-6868;
IEEE Adds New Members to Advisory Council
IEEE announced that seven new members from around
the world have joined the IEEE Library Advisory Council
Representatives of corporate, academic, and government
libraries worldwide serve on LAC for 2-year terms.
IEEE established LAC in 1999 to get ongoing feedback
about its products and policies.
The following are the new IEEE LAC members:
- Susan Ardis (University of TexasAustin,
- Rudi G. Bakker (Eindhoven University of
- Beth L. Brin (Boise State University, U.S.)
- Cheryl Cohen (Canada Institute for Scientific
and Technical Information)
- Mariann Cyr (3M, U.S.)
- Bradley E. Gernand (Institute for Defense
- Orlando Hugo Levato (Secretaria de Ciencia,
Tecnología e Innovación Productiva,
Source: IEEE, Piscataway, NJ, 732/981-0060; http://www.ieee.org.
Dialog Profound Now Features Aroq Research
Dialog Corp. announced that market reports prepared
by Aroq, a British online publisher specializing in
business research, are now available through the Dialog
According to the announcement, Dialog Profound is
the professional information market's most comprehensive
source of market research, with a continuously updated
collection of more than 200,000 market research reports
contributed by some 130 top research firms that cover
industries and companies worldwide.
Aroq research reports are now available through Dialog
Profound for electronic searching and purchase. They
cover the global automotive, beverage/drinks, clothing,
and food industries. Research is conducted and reports
are written by Aroq's network of industry specialists,
who are based throughout the world.
Source: Dialog Corp., Cary, NC, 919/462-8600; http://www.dialog.com.
ProQuest Offers New York Times Archive
ProQuest Information and Learning announced an agreement
with NYTimes.com to offer the consumer market a historical
digital archive of The New York Times dating
to 1851, when it was first published. The New York
Times Archive will be available on NYTimes.com, the
Web site of The New York Times, on a pay-per-view
ProQuest has digitized all of the issues of The
New York Times between 1851 and 1995. These issues
of The Times contain more than 15 million
articles. NYTimes.com has now integrated these articles
into its search tools and pages at http://www.nytimes.com/1851archive.
Source: ProQuest Information and Learning, Ann Arbor,
MI, 734/761-4700; http://il.proquest.com.
EBSCOhost Signs Agreement with University
of California Press
EBSCOhost Electronic Journals Service (EJS)
announced that it has signed an agreement to index
content from the University of California Press.
"As scholarly information proliferates within the
electronic marketplace, it has become very important
for us not only to establish greater visibility for
our journals, but also to streamline access to our
online content," said Rebecca Simon, assistant director
for journals publishing at the University of California
Press. "With the EJS gateway, we'll be able to accomplish
these goals and be backed by one of the best-known
resources in the industry."
According to the announcement, EJS Enhanced offers
extensive features that help with e-journal management
tasks such as tracking the registration status, authentication
assistance to facilitate both on-campus and remote
access to content, automatic management of URLs, and
more. EBSCO provides durable URLs for every journal,
table of contents, and article in EJS Enhanced. No
URL maintenance by the library is required. A basic
version of this service is also offered to provide
a library with a single site for accessing those e-journals
to which they subscribe through EBSCO.
Source: EBSCO, Birmingham, AL, 205/991-6600; http://www.ebsco.com.
Thomson Gale Acquires WEB FEET Database
Thomson Gale has acquired WEB FEET, a database of
cross-curricular Web sites selected and reviewed by
librarians, educators, and subject specialists.
Established in 1996 by RockHill Communications, Inc.,
WEB FEET was the first company in the industry to publish
subject guides to the Internet. According to the announcement,
it has set the standard for Web site selection and
description, with sites chosen on hundreds of topics.
WEB FEET is available electronically as a Web database
and as MARC records for library catalogs.
WEB FEET uses an advisory board of selected experts
to direct the editorial selection and evaluation process.
It is fully annotated. New topics are added on a monthly
basis, while previous topics are reviewed to ensure
Source: Thomson Gale, Farmington Hills, MI, 248/699-4253;
Thomson Derwent Announces Faster Patent Information
Thomson Derwent announced faster access to patent
information via Derwent World Patents Index (DWPI)
and DWPI First View, which are designed to deliver
comprehensive and value-added patent information to
customers as quickly as possible.
Containing approximately 13 million unique patent
family records and with more than 1.5 million added
each year from 40 patent-issuing authorities, DWPI
is Thomson Derwent's flagship information solution.
In response to customers' need for faster patent information,
the timeliness of the full value-add content for major
authorities within DWPI has now been greatly improved
over previous years, according to the announcement.
By September, Thomson Derwent aims to load full value-added
records for all patents from the key major patenting
authorities to DWPI within 30 days of the date the
patent is published. To view the improvements, visit
Source: Thomson Derwent, Philadelphia, 215/386-0100;
ITI Acquires Faulkner Information Services, Newsletter
Information Today, Inc. (ITI) announced that it has
acquired the publishing assets of Faulkner Technical
Reports, Inc., a diverse line of information products
known as Faulkner Information Services. No terms of
the deal have been announced. ITI also announced the
acquisition of The Information Advisor newsletter
from FIND/SVP, Inc.
Faulkner Information Services
Faulkner provides Web-based information in the fields
of information technology, communications, and security.
Its flagship service, the Faulkner Advisory on Computer
and Communications Technologies, is a continuously
updated and searchable library of hundreds of research
reports written for IT and communications managers,
users, and suppliers.
The Faulkner Information Services management team
will continue to run the new ITI subsidiary at its
present location in Pennsauken, N.J. Marty Murphy,
the former Faulkner president and principal shareholder,
has left to pursue other interests but retains a strong
interest in the success of the company.
The Information Advisor
The Information Advisor, edited by information
industry guru Robert Berkman, is now in its 16th year
of continuous publication. Berkman will continue as
editor under the new ownership.
The Information Advisor specializes in reviews
and side-by-side comparisons of business information
services and resources. It is delivered monthly in
Adobe PDF and has a subscriber base of approximately
600 information specialists, competitive intelligence
professionals, and market researchers. In addition
to the 12 monthly issues, subscribers receive quarterly
supplements in the field of knowledge management.
Source: Information Today, Inc., Medford, NJ, 609/654-6266;
CSA Adds ASCE Content to Databases
Cambridge Scientific Abstracts announced that it
has added records and thesaurus terms provided by the
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to its technology
The agreement will expand CSA's technology thesauri
by approximately 4,000 terms and its databases by about
100,000 records. The new records will appear primarily
in CSA Civil Engineering Abstracts as well as
in CSA Engineering Research Database and CSA Technology
Founded in 1852, ASCE represents more than 133,000
members of the civil engineering profession worldwide
and is America's oldest national engineering society.
Source: Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Bethesda,
MD, 301/961-6700; http://www.csa.com.
Free Expression Policy Project Releases The Information
The Free Expression Policy Project announced that
it has released The Information Commons, a groundbreaking
report to link the vitality of 21st-century democracy
to the creation of online communities dedicated to
producing and sharing information. Nancy Kranich, a
former president of ALA, is the report's author.
The Information Commons begins: "For democracy
to flourish, citizens need free and open access to
information. In today's digital age, this means access
to information online." The information commons movement
promoted by the report advocates that public access
to online information is being damaged by a combination
of restrictive technology, unbalanced changes to intellectual
property law, onerous licenses, and media industry
consolidation. Essential ingredients for a healthy
democracypolitical discourse, free speech, civic
participation, and creativityall suffer as a
For more information, go to http://www.fepproject.org/policyreports/InformationCommons.pdf.
Source: Free Expression Policy Project, Brennan Center
for Justice, New York, 212/998-6730; http://www.brennancenter.org.
Elsevier Announces Partnership with Tsinghua University
Elsevier and Tsinghua University have announced a
new publishing partnership that will help encourage
scientific and technical growth in China and improve
the ways in which Chinese scientific and engineering
advances are disseminated and communicated to the international
According to the announcement, by contributing to
China's scientific growth via collaboration with Tsinghua
and other top institutions in China, Elsevier will
be a useful partner in the drive to build prosperity
and contribute to the quality of life in the region
Launched in May, the initial phase of this partnership
will involve 20 of Elsevier's international scientific
journals. Each journal will appoint associate editors
from among the most distinguished scientists and engineers
within Tsinghua University who will assist in the management
of input and ensure that the best of Chinese science
can be made available globally.
Elsevier also plans to extend this program to include
leading researchers at other institutes within China.
In this new partnership, Elsevier will hand first editorial
responsibility for assessing Chinese submissions to
the Tsinghua University board members prior to the
full international review process.
Source: Elsevier, Beijing, 011-86-10-851-85800; http://www.elsevier.com.