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Information Today
Vol. 20 No. 5 — May 2003
Product News and Reviews

ProQuest Adds The Christian Science Monitor Archive

ProQuest Information and Learning announced that The Christian Science Monitor is now available electronically in full page image, dating from 1908 to 1990. The new archive will be part of the ProQuest Historical Newspapers collection.

Every backfile issue of The Christian Science Monitor has been digitized from cover to cover in Adobe PDF. Included are news stories, editorials, photos, graphics, and advertisements—more than 800,000 pages of articles comprise the newly digitized archive. Searchers can use basic keyword, advanced, guided, and relevancy search techniques to locate information. Or they can browse through issues page by page.

Lists of search results provide bibliographic information, including date, issue, article headline, page number, and byline (where given). Users may choose to display either the full image of any page in any issue or just an individual article. Indexing and abstracts of The Christian Science Monitor dating from 1988 forward are also available electronically from ProQuest.

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

FIZ Karlsruhe Launches New Patent Database

FIZ Karlsruhe announced the addition of PATDPAFULL to the STN International service. This new resource is a full-text patent database that provides German-language access to German patent and utility documents in all technologies.

Jointly produced by FIZ Karlsruhe and the German Patent & Trademark Office (DPMA), PATDPAFULL includes German patent applications and granted patents, translations of European patent documents, and German utility models. Database records feature bibliographic data, International Patent Classification codes, abstracts, claims, and the full text of the patent's description.

PATDPAFULL contains more than 350,000 records and is supplemented by a rolling program of backfile enhancement. The file also includes the full text of German-published patent applications since 1987, granted patents from 1990, translations of European patent documents from 1998, and German utility models from 1999. Front-page images will be added at a later date.

PATDPAFULL will be updated weekly, with updates available within 2 to 3 days after their publication by DPMA. Automatic current-awareness searches (SDIs) are also scheduled to run weekly.

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

Publishers Provide New Content to SwetsWise

Swets Blackwell announced that it has signed agreements with the following publishers to provide access to their online journal content via SwetsWise, the company's Web-based, modular service for the procurement, access, and management of subscriptions and online information:

• Australian Academic Press—An independent publisher for the behavioral sciences. Three of its legal and medical titles have been added to SwetsWise.

• Boom Publishers—An Amsterdam, Netherlands-based company that's active in the general, scientific, and professional market. Two of its Dutch-language social science titles will be added to SwetsWise.

• Central European Science Journals—A publisher that provides information products and services to academic and corporate researchers. Three of its titles are now available in SwetsWise.

• Radcliffe Medical Press—A publisher of educational material in print and electronic media, including books, journals, and software. Five medical titles from its range of primary-care publications have been added to SwetsWise.

• Cranfield School of Management's Supply Chain Knowledge Centre—A specialized information resource within the field of logistics and supply-chain management. Supply Chain Practice, its in-depth quarterly journal, can now be accessed in SwetsWise.

Source: Swets Blackwell, Lisse, Netherlands, 011-31-252-435-584;

MuseGlobal Unveils New Authentication Feature

MuseGlobal, Inc. announced the addition of a new authentication option to MuseSearch. According to the announcement, this feature will provide more flexible alternatives for retrieving data from subscription-based HTTP sources.

Peter Noerr, MuseGlobal's chief technology officer, said: "This new component is a 'rewriting proxy' and offers an alternative solution that eliminates the need to configure individual browsers, further reducing the burden on system administrators."

According to the announcement, MuseGlobal simplifies administration by including the Muse Proxy Server with this rewriting filter component. The user's search is sent to MuseSearch and is performed as usual. Returned results have their links automatically rewritten so they include the Muse proxy in the loop when retrieving the full text of documents. In this way, authentication is maintained and the user is not required to individually log on to the content-provider servers.

Source: MuseGlobal, Inc., Salt Lake City, 801/208-1880;

The Wall Street Journal Online Offers Updates

The Wall Street Journal Online announced the launch of The Afternoon Report, a twice-daily e-mail alert that contains summaries of top news from around the world.

The Afternoon Report covers global business, economic, and political affairs. The first report, distributed at 12:30 p.m. EST each business day, provides subscribers with news that's happened since the delivery of the morning papers. The 5 p.m. Afternoon Report is timed to cover the biggest news that breaks after the close of the markets. Subscribers can sign up for the new e-mail delivery service or view The Afternoon Report from links on the Online Journal's home page at

Source: The Wall Street Journal Online, New York, 800/369-2834;

The Washington Times Debuts Electronic Edition

The Washington Times announced that it has launched an electronic edition that uses technology from NewsStand, Inc., a provider of digital publishing and delivery solutions. According to the announcement, the electronic edition allows The Washington Times to reach new markets, expand subscription options to customers, and offer new services to advertisers.

NewsStand's electronic editions let subscribers download exact digital replicas of The Washington Times and read the publication offline. Readers also gain digital functionality such as keyword search, direct jumps to desired sections, and article continuations with one mouse click.

Single digital copies and subscriptions to The Washington Times can be purchased at or The single-copy price is 25 cents for the daily edition and 75 cents for the Sunday edition. Monday through Sunday subscriptions are $9 for 4 weeks, $29.25 for 13 weeks, $58.50 for 26 weeks, and $117 for 52 weeks.

Source: The Washington Times, Washington, DC, 202/636-3000;

Open eBook Forum Updates E-Book Specification

The Open eBook Forum (OeBF) announced that it has received industry support from publishers, software manufacturers, and public-interest groups for version 1.2 of its widely adopted Open eBook Publication Structure (OeBPS) specification.

OeBPS is an XML-based format for the content, structure, and presentation of electronic books. It enables publishers to create a single electronic representation of a title, which can then be easily transformed into other formats and delivered on many devices. The specification as well as sample OeBPS 1.2 publications can be downloaded at

OeBF's Publication Structure Working Group is now developing version 2.0 of OeBPS. Goals for this version include major enhancements in navigation and linking, internationalization, and metadata. It's also intended to support even more complex formatting, such as textbooks and educational materials.

Source: Open eBook Forum, New York, 212/924-0981;

Westlaw Releases New Database Directory

West announced the addition of a new database directory to Westlaw, its online research system.

According to the announcement, the new directory features faster navigation with clear, logical organization of headings and subheadings, which are available from the first screen. Customers also can run a scan to search the entire directory or search only within selected topics to find the appropriate database. Users with customized subscriptions can view their content in the new display by clicking the My Databases link. In addition, they can browse a list of new databases that have been added in the last 30 days.

Westlaw customers are still able to access the original directory format. It features a tree-style architecture in which users can expand the levels to select the set of databases they want to access.

Source: West, Eagan, MN, 651/687-7000;

MicroPatent Enhances Trademark Service

MicroPatent announced the addition of new data and enhanced subscription features to its service.

Country code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) and expanded Top Level Domains (gTLDs) are now available with Platinum and Gold subscriptions; Canadian designs are searchable in Platinum, Gold, and Silver accounts; and Bronze U.S. federal subscribers now have access to customized preferences and Adobe PDF reports.

The new ccTLD database includes domains from 233 countries, while the expanded gTLD collection includes .aero, .biz, .coop, .info, .museum, .name, and .pro domains, in addition to the original .com, .net, and .org extensions. More than 10 million new domains have been added to Platinum and Gold customers can upgrade their subscriptions to include these enhanced sources for an additional $1,500 annual fee per login ID.

In addition to the release of the ccTLD and expanded gTLD databases, MicroPatent upgraded's Canadian database to include design code searching. The Bronze-level subscription has been enhanced to let users customize preferences and create PDF reports. Bronze subscriptions with this increased functionality are $2,845 annually or $50 per 12-hour search.

Source: MicroPatent, East Haven, CT, 203/465-5055;

Dialog Introduces New Content for Database Users

Dialog announced that it's offering the Information Technology and Communications subset of the INSPEC database, as well as customized INSPEC subsets, to Dialog and Dialog DataStar users.

Produced by IEE, the INSPEC database is an English-language bibliographic information resource that provides access to the world's scientific and technical literature in physics, electrical engineering, electronics, communications, control engineering, computers and computing, and information technology.

The Information Technology and Communications subset comprises more than 1.4 million records dating to 1969. It's updated with more than 90,000 new records per year. The subset covers subjects relating to information creation, storage, use, and communication. Topics include information and communication theory, telecommunications, ICT training and education, ICT management, multimedia, and computer hardware.

Dialog and Dialog DataStar users can now also subscribe to customized discrete subsets of content from the INSPEC database that can be created using Dialog's extensive Custom Solutions capabilities. The new service allows users to focus their searching on materials that cover only relevant, specific industries and topics.

Source: Dialog, Cary, NC, 919/462-8600;

CAS Unveils New Options for STN Easy for Intranets

CAS announced the integration of new options into STN Easy for Intranets. This service will now offer a variety of features to accommodate workgroups.

With the new options, information administrators will be able to set up workgroup names, logos, and welcome text; review monthly usage by charge-back codes; select subject categories for workgroups; create unique custom categories that specify STN databases of interest; add corporate links; enable different search modes for different groups; and set many administrator preferences, which can vary by workgroup.

"Our new STN Easy for Intranets features were designed to meet the needs of both information administrators and the scientists they serve," said CAS marketing director Suzan A. Brown. "It is now easier than before to define and administer workgroups within the organization, give each group's service its own look and identity on the intranet, and create a tailored package of links and information features. Especially important is the ability of this platform to deliver current-awareness alerts specifically targeted to the mission of each workgroup."

Source: CAS, Columbus, OH, 614/447-3731;

FluentMedia Adds New Content Sources

FluentMedia, a content-licensing agency of Tribune Co., announced that it has added content from BBC Monitoring, Primedia Business Magazines & Media, and Thomson Media.

BBC Monitoring

BBC Monitoring will supply FluentMedia with a daily feed of news, information, and commentary gathered from mass media outlets around the world. The news coverage features more than 800 articles daily, including economic and political coverage from Asia, Russia, Africa, Middle East, Europe, and the Americas.

Primedia Business

Primedia Business publishes more than 60 trade journals, such as Telephony, Wireless Review, American School & University, Waste Age, National Real Estate Investor, Fire Chief, Ward's Auto World, and Access Control & Security Systems. In addition to these titles, FluentMedia is offering its customers access to Primedia Insight, a news wire that aggregates breaking news published on the Web sites of Primedia Business magazines.

Thomson Media

Thomson Media publishes industry journals in the fields of banking and finance. FluentMedia will offer 36 Thomson titles, including American Banker, a daily newspaper that addresses banking and financial services, and The Bond Buyer, a daily publication that covers the fixed-income market.

Source: FluentMedia, Chicago, 312/527-8170;

H.W. Wilson Databases Available via EBSCOhost

H.W. Wilson announced that 11 of its databases will soon be available to libraries via EBSCOhost. They include the following:

• Art Index Retrospective—An in-depth record of 55 years of art journalism, covering 557 periodicals

• Bibliographic Index—A source for online searching of more than 271,000 bibliographies from books and periodicals in English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, and the Romance languages

• Biological & Agricultural Index—A listing of more than 300 core journals in biology and agriculture

• Book Review Digest—Review excerpts and book summaries for more than 112,000 books. More than 8,000 works are added each year.

• Current Biography Illustrated—A source for more than 25,000 articles on figures from 1940 to the present, plus more than 19,500 photos

Source: H.W. Wilson, New York, 718/588-8400;

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