COLUMNS & NEWS
NLII, MERLOT Announce Alliance
EDUCAUSE has announced that the National Learning
Infrastructure Initiative (NLII) program and the Multimedia
Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching
(MERLOT) have formed an alliance to promote discourse
among their constituencies and develop joint programs
that advance online learning.
The alliance will support national and campus-based
initiatives in faculty development, technology use
in teaching and learning, shared learning tools, and
online community facilitation. NLII, formed in 1994
by Educom and expanded by EDUCAUSE, is a coalition
of organizations that work to enhance teaching and
learning environments through technology applications.
Current projects include e-portfolios, learning objects
and design, virtual communities of practice, assessment
systems, and institutional e-learning readiness.
MERLOT, established in 1997, is an international
cooperative that connects institutions, consortia,
academic-discipline associations, and individual members.
Through an online repository and network of peer reviewers,
MERLOT provides a free, open resource of online learning
materials, sample assignments, evaluations of learning
materials, and links to people with common interests.
Source: EDUCAUSE, Washington, DC, 202/872-4200; http://www.educause.edu.
Four Major Publishers Sue for Copyright Infringement
Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. announced that four
major STM publishers have filed suit against Los Angeles-based
Westwood Copies and co-owners Sam and Elias Negash
for copyright infringement. The suitfiled by
Elsevier Science, Inc.; The MIT Press; Sage Publications,
Inc.; and Wiley Periodicals, Inc.charges that
the defendants routinely photocopied materials from
the plaintiffs' publications without their authorization.
The publishers' complaint, filed recently in U.S.
District Court in Los Angeles, alleges that Westwood
Copies produces unauthorized coursepacks for classes
taught at the University of CaliforniaLos Angeles.
Coursepacks are bound collections of copied excerpts
from books and other copyrighted materials selected
by teachers for use by students. Copy shops cannot
reproduce and sell coursepacks without permission from
"Coursepack producers cannot lawfully photocopy others'intellectual
property and then sell those copies without first obtaining
rights and paying royalties to do so," said Mark Seeley,
vice president and general counsel of Elsevier Science. "This
is a clear example of copyright infringement. This
type of practice inflicts harm on rightsholders and
puts law-abiding copy services at a competitive disadvantage
in their markets."
The case is the latest being coordinated by Copyright
Clearance Center, the world's largest licenser of text
reproduction rights and a licensing agent for all four
publishers, according to the announcement.
Source: Copyright Clearance Center, Inc., Danvers,
MA, 978/750-8400; http://www.copyright.com.
EBSCO Streamlines Consortia Purchasing
EBSCO Information Services has announced recent agreements
benefiting the California Digital Library, the Brazilian
academic consortium CAPES, and KESLI, a group of Korean
academic institutions. These deals represent both large
and small publishers.
According to the announcement, collective purchasing
groups value EBSCO's detailed invoicing, payment processing,
ILS integration, and e-journal gateways. Now, in addition,
EBSCO systematically collects member information for
publishers and addresses license issues and common
questions from consortia members while meeting the
objectives of both parties.
"These consortia successes demonstrate EBSCO's commitment
to extend its service role to all aspects of the evolving
subscription business, from guiding the consortia-negotiation
process to providing integrated tools for using electronic
and print resources," said Sid McNeal Jr., EBSCO International's
vice president and general manager, who oversees the
EBSCO regional offices in South America and South Korea. "In
2004, we will build on the experience we have gained
in helping consortia and publishers increase access
and create sustainable business."
Source: EBSCO Information Services, Ipswich, MA,
Ingenta Announces Signings, Will Create OUP
Ingenta, Inc. announced that it continues to experience
significant growth, having signed more than 15 new
publishers and societies since October 2002. These
new publisher accounts bring the company's total number
to almost 250.
In addition to providing an online journal service
via ingenta.com, Ingenta has now built more than 50
publisher-branded Web sites for its clients and hundreds
of journal Web sites, ranging from branded home pages
to highly customized stand-alone sites. Ingenta says
that more than 13,000 libraries worldwide now use its
services and almost 1.8 million articles were delivered
to users in November 2002.
Ingenta also announced that it's been appointed to
build a scholarly books Web site on behalf of Oxford
University Press. According to the announcement, the
site will offer the very best scholarship in the humanities
and social sciences and will be online and cross-searchable
this fall at http://www.oxfordscholarship.com.
Access to all of the abstracts and keywords in Oxford
Scholarship Online will be freely available alongside
journal abstracts through a wide variety of services,
Source: Ingenta, Inc., Cambridge, MA, 617/395-4000; http://www.ingenta.com.
Nstein Signs Agreement with Industry Canada
Nstein Technologies, Inc. announced that it has signed
a contract with Industry Canada to develop its new
A department of the Canadian federal government,
Industry Canada's mandate is to help make Canadians
more productive and competitive in the knowledge-based
economy, thus improving the standard of living and
quality of life in that country.
Catherine Brieger, of Industry Canada's Corporate
Reference Services, said: "Nstein possesses a comprehensive
understanding and tremendous track record in assisting
groups such as Industry Canada in developing world-class
taxonomiesand implementing computer-aided indexing
solutions around these taxonomies."
"Nstein is pleased to be working with Industry Canada
on this taxonomy project," said Charles Alexander,
Nstein's vice president of sales and marketing. "The
Industry Canada Library group is very knowledgeable
regarding the need for a comprehensive, well-structured
taxonomy as a key component of an overall information
Nstein also announced the release of the latest version
(2.2) of its Taxonomy Manager. Nstein introduced the
first version of the product in fall 2002.
Source: Nstein Technologies, Inc., Montreal, 514/908-5406; http://www.nstein.com.
SFX Links to OCLC Services
Ex Libris (USA), Inc. announced that it and OCLC
have successfully implemented linking from the Ex Libris
SFX link server to select OCLC reference and resource-sharing
services. According to the announcement, this further
integrates services for mutual customers and ensures
that libraries' collections are made more visible to
Frank Hermes, vice president of OCLC Cooperative
Discovery Services, said, "The integration of these
services builds on the already successful partnership
between Ex Libris and OCLC, whereby mutual subscribers
to SFX and a variety of OCLC services benefit from
seamless access to journal articles, regardless of
the information resource in which the user begins the
Jenny Walker, director of sales and marketing at
Ex Libris (USA), Inc., said, "OCLC was one of the early
adopters of the OpenURL standard and continues to be
an industry leader in enabling interoperability between
their systems and other library services."
Source: Ex Libris (USA), Inc., Chicago, 773/404-5527; http://www.exlibris-usa.com.
Factiva Unveils Factiva's Membership Circle
Factiva has announced the release of Factiva's Membership
Circle, a new support and account management site designed
to provide all customers with immediate access to comprehensive
support and account management tools.
Available directly from Factiva products, the portal
supplies, in one place, product help, FAQs, learning
modules, customer service contacts, and up-to-date
information on Factiva's content. Further, it enables
administrators to manage their accounts with online
invoices, usage reports, end-user administrative functions,
and product reference documents.
Through Factiva's Membership Circle, site administrators
will be able to save time and manage their accounts
more efficiently. According to the announcement, users
will find self-service support that is quick and more
convenient, along with e-learning training tools available
at the point of need for use at their own individual
pace. The result for the organization is a better return
on investment and more successful implementation of
Source: Factiva, Princeton, NJ, 800/369-8474; http://www.factiva.com.
Biz360, Dialog Form Alliance
Biz360, a provider of active market intelligence,
and Dialog have announced a partnership to help corporate
executives manage their company's public perception.
This alliance will integrate Dialog's NewsEdge services
with the active market intelligence provided by Market360,
Biz360's media-measurement application. According to
the announcement, corporate communications professionals
will benefit from this comprehensive solution, which
is designed to improve strategic planning and execution
as they manage their companies' perceptions in the
Source: Biz360, San Mateo, CA, 866/424-9360; http://www.biz360.com and
Dialog, Cary, NC, 919/462-8600; http://www.dialog.com.
Columbia University's EPIC Awarded $3 Million
Columbia University announced that its Electronic
Publishing Initiative at Columbia (EPIC) has been awarded
a 4-year renewal grant of $3 million from the National
Science Foundation. EPIC is one of three partners that's
building the core integration components of the National
Science Digital Library (NSDL; http://www.nsdl.nsf.gov),
along with Cornell University and the University Corporation
for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).
Led by Kate Wittenberg, director of EPIC, and David
Millman, director of R&D for Academic Computing
Systems, the Columbia team is working with its Cornell
and UCAR partners to build the infrastructure that
will support the entire NSDL.
Source: Columbia University Information Services & University
Libraries, New York, 212/854-0025; http://www.columbia.edu.
EIU Commissions Snapshots International
Snapshots International, Ltd. has announced that
the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has commissioned
it to supply specially tailored industry data for EIU's
Country Indicator products, and for use in Executive
Snapshots International will provide EIU with a range
of market data series for industry sectors, including
IT, Telecom, Pharmaceutical, Energy, Automotive, and
Retail, for 40 different countries. As part of the
agreement, Snapshots is now using EIU socioeconomic
data, such as GDP, population, exchange rates, and
inflation rates in the Snapshots Series.
The Economist Intelligence Unit Country Indicators
allow analysts to construct their own country and industry
comparisons, while the Executive Briefings offer industry
and strategic intelligence for senior executives. A
selection of Snapshots Reports is now available for
purchase from the EIU Online Store
The Snapshots Series, which consists of approximately
1,700 market research reports that cover 35 industries
in 23 countries, is available as a modular solution
for stand-alone, intranet, and global networking solutions.
The full collection of reports is available singly
from the Snapshots International Web site.
Source: Snapshots International, Ltd., London, 011-44-20-7829-8408; http://www.snapdata.com.
Taiwan eBooks Network Has Access to netLibrary
netLibrary, a division of OCLC, announced that the
Taiwan eBooks Network (TEBNET) now has access to more
than 11,000 e-book titles from netLibrary. It is the
first netLibrary e-books consortium in the Asia Pacific
Twenty-one university libraries came together to
form TEBNET under the leadership of Hsianghoo S. Ching,
library director at Feng Chia University in Taichung,
Taiwan. Ching currently serves as chairperson for the
National Committee of Distance Education Evaluation,
a position that's nominated by the Minister of Education
Twelve more university libraries are expected to
join TEBNET in 2003.
Source: netLibrary, Boulder, CO; http://www.netlibrary.com.
BvD Study Shows European Sector More Active
Bureau van Dijk (BvD) announced that it has just
published figures showing that Europe is now the dominant
force in M&A activity. BvD's research demonstrates
that although completed deals with a European target
are nearly double those in the U.S., the U.S. still
leads in overall deal value.
Looking at deals completed by the end of 2002, BvD's
research, which uses data from its M&A database
ZEPHYR, shows 11,149 deals with a European target compared
to 6,271 U.S. deals. In terms of deal value, the U.S.
leads with a total of $658.4 billion compared to $569.6
billion in Europe.
This research forms part of the latest issue of the
M&A Synopsis, which is published quarterly by BvD
in conjunction with Zephus, its wholly owned subsidiary.
Each M&A Synopsis includes an overview of activity
for the quarter, country and sector focus, deal of
the quarter, rumor highlights, advisor analysis, and
a venture capital/private equity review.
You can download the complete M&A Synopsis for
the most recent quarter by clicking "Free M&A Synopsis" at http://zephyr.bvdep.com.
Source: Bureau van Dijk, New York, 212/797-7120; http://www.bvdep.com.
Extenza Marketing Solutions Adds Swets Blackwell
Extenza Marketing Solutions (EMS), a division of
Royal Swets & Zeitlinger and sister company of
Swets Blackwell, has announced that it can help publishers
to mail leaflets, brochures, and/or sample copies to
Swets Blackwell library customers around the world.
The new service complements the established telemarketing
and direct marketing services that EMS provides for
scholarly and professional publishers. Swets Blackwell,
a global subscription and information services company,
first began offering the ability to contact its customers
in response to publishers'demands more than 15 years
ago. Since then, it has become an integral part of
many publishers' promotional campaigns to reach senior
decision makers within the library community.
Source: Extenza Marketing Solutions, Lisse, Netherlands,
Outsell Selects ECNext Commerce Solution
ECNext, a provider of Web marketing and commerce
technology for market research firms and business publishers,
announced that Outsell, Inc., a research and advisory
firm that focuses exclusively on the information content
industry, has selected ECNext to provide its commerce
ECNext's advanced technology will power Outsell's
commerce Web site and enable the company to package,
market, and deliver high-value information to the burgeoning
market of Web-based ad-hoc purchases. ECNext's comprehensive
Web Visibility program will assure that Outsell's site
shows up well in relevant search categories and that
it attracts traffic and delivers sales. In addition,
Outsell will utilize ECNext's site-content-managementtools
to enable timely updates of information and provide
maximum visibility from Web search engines.
Source: ECNext, Columbus, OH, 614/932-0956; http://www.ecnext.com.
Ovid Introduces YourJournals@Ovid
Ovid Technologies, Inc. announced the release of
its new YourJournals@Ovid research tool. YourJournals@Ovid
is a subset of the company's Journals@Ovid database.
It's designed to let information professionals customize
their organization's journal searching to include only
the electronic journal content to which the institution
subscribes. This enables researchers to streamline
access to the information they need. According to the
announcement, YourJournals@Ovid delivers 100-percent
searchability, seamless integration with other Ovid
bibliographic databases, and the ability to browse
content by journal and subject.
Source: Ovid Technologies, Inc., New York, 646/674-6300; http://www.ovid.com.
Dialog Adds Trademark Images to TRADEMARKSCAN
Dialog announced that it has added images to the
TRADEMARKSCAN files from Finland (File 679) and Sweden
(File 675) available through its online services.
TRADEMARKSCAN File 679 contains valid applications
and registrations published since 1891, plus inactive,
unpublished, and published trademarks dating to 1995.
About 36,000 trademarksout of a total of approximately
120,000now have associated images.
TRADEMARKSCAN File 675 contains valid applications
and registrations dating to 1885. It also offers unpublished
applications as well as inactive unpublished and published
trademarks dating to 1987. More than 77,000 trademarks,
which represent one-third of the file, now have associated
Additionally, all European trademark databases, as
well as the International Register database of trademark
information published by the World Intellectual Property
Organization, are now updated on a weekly schedule.
According to the announcement, this increases the frequency
of automatically generated Alerts and gives Dialog
users faster access to accurate and more up-to-date
Source: Dialog, Cary, NC, 919/462-8600; http://www.dialog.com.
Elsevier Launches E-Book Program
Elsevier announced that it is launching its Elsevier
eBooks service. Through an alliance with netLibrary,
Elsevier will make more than 300 titles available in
e-book versions this year.
netLibrary will host Elsevier eBooks, which will
be available to any institution with a netLibrary account.
Titles will come initially from the Science and Technology
division within Elsevier and will cover high-demand
subject areas such as Computer Science, Life Science,
Economics, Business and Management, Engineering, and
netLibrary's e-books provide users with access to
library resources anywhere, anytime. Full-text searches
can be conducted across hundreds of books or within
a specific book to speed research and reference projects.
The books can be viewed online from a library, office,
home, or remote location using an Internet browser,
or they can be downloaded to a laptop. E-books are
available for varying checkout periods and are automatically
checked back into the library collection when the period
Source: Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 011-31-20-485-2994; http://www.elsevier.com.
New York Public Library Digitizes Picture
The New York Public Library announced an initiative
to digitize 30,000 images from its Picture Collection
by the end of 2003. Users can access this resource
Organized into more than 2 dozen subjectsincluding
African American History, Costumes, Fashion Drawings,
New York City, Dragons, and Animalsthe digitized
images date from the 1700s through the first quarter
of the 20th century. They are drawn from the Mid-Manhattan
branch's Picture Collection, which offers vast reference
holdings of images clipped from books, newspapers,
and magazines. The online database also includes digitized
copies of original photographs, prints, and postcards
from the collection.
Source: New York Public Library, New York, 212/340-0878; http://www.nypl.org.