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Vol. 21 No. 5 — May 2004

Product News and Reviews

Snapshots International Launches New Global Panorama Series

Snapshots International announced the launch of the Global Panorama Series, a collection of reports that contain aggregated figures from the single country reports published within the Snapshots Series.

The Global Panorama Series offers two types of reports: Overview and Panorama. Both are available for global or regional coverage. Overviews are segmented by country or continent. If more drilled-down data is required, users can access a Panorama report, which includes additional charts that showcase the market shares for the top countries within each region.

The debut run of the Global Panorama Series will include 25 industry titles. The coverage will be expanded in response to client demand. Regions include the Americas, Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe, and Europe.

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

FindLaw Revamps FindLaw for the Public Web Site, Adds Directory to Microsoft Office

FindLaw announced the release of a new version of its FindLaw for the Public Web site ( The company also announced that Microsoft Office 2003 Editions will include its West Legal Directory.

FindLaw for the Public

The FindLaw for the Public Web site offers new features, including the following:

• State-specific content—Expanded state content in legal consumer categories, including criminal law, DUI/DWI, divorce, and family law

• A new look and feel—Improved user interface features a new visual design, tab-based site navigation, and expanded topic-specific navigation for more than 40 legal topics

• Improved access to lawyers—Now easier for users to search West Legal Directory to find and research lawyers in their area

West Legal Directory

FindLaw will allow its West Legal Directory to be added into Microsoft's new Research task pane. This feature lets customers search for information and incorporate it into their work directly from Microsoft Office applications such as Excel 2003, Outlook 2003, PowerPoint 2003, Publisher 2003, and Word 2003.

According to the announcement, Office 2003 users can have immediate desktop access to contact information for more than 1 million attorneys and law firms listed in the West Legal Directory.

Source: FindLaw, Eagan, MN, 651/687-7082;

Dogpile Upgrades Search Toolbar

Dogpile announced an upgrade of its Dogpile Search Toolbar. It now includes options for locating and accessing syndicated XML content.

According to the announcement, the new Dogpile Toolbar brings the benefits of RSS and Atom content to more mainstream Internet users by simplifying the process of finding and aggregating feeds. Using the automated RSS Scanner, users can add new feeds to their Toolbar in two steps. To locate feeds, users visit a Web site and select "Add Content" from a drop-down menu on the Toolbar to view a list of available content from that site. They can then select any number of feeds from those available and add them with one click. To protect users' privacy, all information regarding personalized feed lists is stored locally on their computer.

For viewing RSS and Atom content, the new Dogpile Toolbar puts users' personalized headlines right into their Web browser with the scrolling content ticker. This feature allows them to continually monitor the latest headlines from their favorite sources. They can configure the size, speed, and scroll direction of the ticker to best meet their needs.

Source: Dogpile, Bellevue, WA, 425/201-6100;

Thomson Derwent Unveils New Alerting Service

Thomson Derwent announced the availability of Derwent World Patents Index First View (DWPI First View) on Dialog and STN International.

DWPI First View is a new alerting companion file to the Derwent World Patents Index (DWPI) database of value-added patent information. For the first time, DWPI users will receive previews of the latest published patent documents in advance of their inclusion in Derwent World Patents Index. Searching DWPI First View in combination with DWPI will deliver a comprehensive overview of global patenting activity.

DWPI First View records contain enhanced bibliographic data for all new patent documents along with original titles, abstracts, technical drawing images, and English-language abstracts for patents from China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Russia.

Source: Thomson Derwent, Philadelphia, 215/386-0100;

Dialog Announces New Services, Platform

Dialog Corp. announced that real-time financial and business news and analysis produced by CBS MarketWatch are now available through Dialog NewsRoom, Dialog NewsEdge, Dialog NewsEdge Live, and NewsEdge Insights. The company also announced the release of Dialog BillBack, a free, Web-based cost-recovery service, and the launch of a new platform for its business-information, news, and market research services.

CBS MarketWatch

CBS MarketWatch is the news service of, Inc., a multimedia publisher of business news and a provider of financial information and analytical tools. Its content now available through the Dialog services includes daily news feeds of MarketPulse Bulletins (snapshot views of financial markets), detailed reports on publicly traded companies, and columns and features covering information such as breaking market news.

Dialog BillBack

Dialog BillBack tracks online research charges and generates usage reports for client invoicing or internal budgeting through Dialog Profound and Dialog NewsRoom services. Dialog BillBack will be available for Dialog Intelliscope, Dialog Company Profiles, and Dialog NewsEdge later this year when new versions of these services are introduced.

New Platform

Dialog Profound and Dialog NewsRoom are now operating on the new platform and are accessible through a unified interface. Current versions of three other Dialog services—Dialog Intelliscope, Dialog Company Profiles, and Dialog NewsEdge—are also accessible through the shared interface and will be available on the new platform later this year. The platform enables users to readily search related arrays of content simultaneously and also to move between Dialog services.

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

Factiva Releases iWorker Search Technology

Factiva announced the launch of Factiva iWorker Search Technology, an algorithm-based product platform capability.

This patent-pending system seamlessly matches simple keyword searches to the filtering capability embedded within Factiva's proprietary taxonomy. This taxonomy consists of company, region, industry, language, and subject codes that are universally applied to Factiva's entire content set to help ensure more precise and accurate results. In addition, the search experience is personalized as users set their preference for a specific region and industry. This influences the relevance of their results.

Factiva iWorker Search Technology will be available in the following products:, Individual Subscription, Factiva Search Module, and Factiva Search in Microsoft Office 2003. A new Factiva Toolbar, powered by the technology, has been created to give users access to Factiva's content through their browser.

Source: Factiva, Princeton, NJ, 609/627-2000;

Wiley InterScience Introduces New Organic Reactions Database

Wiley InterScience announced the introduction of Organic Reactions, a comprehensive new database devoted exclusively to important synthetic reactions.

Organic Reactions presents chemistry from a preparative point of view, with a focus on reaction limitations, interfering influences, the effects of chemical structure, and the selection of experimental conditions. The database includes detailed procedures that illustrate the significant modifications of the chemical reaction and tables that include all the pertinent examples of the reaction. Each reaction is presented with information about the conditions, products, and yields and is fully referenced to the primary literature.

Key features of Organic Reactions include the following:

• Structure and substructure search

• Reaction search

• Real-time, enhanced, full-text searching capabilities

• Critically selected content

Source: Wiley InterScience, Hoboken, NJ, 201/748-6645;

Westlaw Offers ResultsPlus for Searching Statutes

West announced that ResultsPlus, a research-assistance feature available on Westlaw, has been expanded to include statute searches. This new offering recommends additional relevant information resources to help legal professionals develop an understanding of the issues they're researching.

ResultsPlus, introduced to case law researchers in June 2003, points users to relevant articles from American Law Reports and American Jurisprudence and provides recommended key-number queries to enhance research accuracy.

ResultsPlus relies on information research technologies developed by West's engineers. These technologies were originally designed to help West's attorney-editors classify legal documents to the more than 100,000 topics and categories of the West Key Number System.

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

Convera Rolls Out New Taxonomies

Convera announced that it has introduced five new industry-specific taxonomies: Genetics, Finance & Business, General Enterprise, Technology, and U.S. Government. According to the announcement, these taxonomies contain industry-standard thesaurus content enhanced by Convera linguists and taxonomists to optimize the quality of information discovery in government and commercial applications.

Each of the new taxonomies incorporates specialized vocabulary to ensure an accurate level of categorization. Large, diverse collections of unstructured data can be browsed by navigating categories that users find intuitive and useful to their personal information-retrieval objectives.

Source: Convera, Vienna, VA, 703/761-3700; to Offer Audience Search Service

The Wall Street Journal Online ( announced that it will offer Audience Search. This service, developed and powered by Revenue Science, Inc., uses natural language keywords to create custom audience segments in real time and rank the quality of those audiences for Web advertising campaigns. Singapore Airlines, the first customer for this service, will use Audience Search to target its advertisements to's travel-related Online Journal audience segments.

Audience Search enhances the Online Journal's Interest-Based service, which has been available to its advertisers since June 2003. It enables the Online Journal to describe and create behavioral segments using keywords taken directly from an advertiser's audience specification or request for proposal.

Source: Dow Jones & Co., Princeton, NJ, 609/520-4057;

xrefer Adds CIA World Factbook to xreferplus

xrefer, a provider of online ready reference services to academic, public, and corporate libraries, announced that it has integrated the CIA World Factbook into its xreferplus subscription service, adding interactive and exportable data tables.

The CIA World Factbook contains extensive information on all the countries of the world. It allows researchers to create customized tables comparing countries on any of more than 130 data fields, including economic aid, government, labor figures, Internet use, and more. Tables can be sorted online as well as exported and charted for further manipulation.

In addition to customizable tables, the Factbook includes browsable information for all countries on such topics as people, government, economy, communications, and transnational issues, along with images of maps and flags.

xreferplus features 1.7 million authoritative full-text entries that cover such subjects as art, medicine, science, literature, and more. The content is linked by a network of cross-references that cut across topics, titles, and publishers as well as text, image, and sound files.

Source: xrefer, Boston, 617/426-5202;

Thomson ISI ResearchSoft Releases Reference Manager 11 Bibliographic Software

Thomson ISI ResearchSoft announced that it has shipped a major upgrade to Reference Manager, its bibliographic software that streamlines research, writing, and publishing for corporate, government, and academic researchers.

Reference Manager 11 delivers new ways to view and share reference collections, including publishing Reference Manager databases on the Web, creating subject bibliographies, exchanging references with colleagues, connecting to data-visualization tools in one step, and supporting work groups with new network utilities.

Users can post up to 15 Reference Manager databases to the Web or to an intranet with Reference Manager's built-in Web server and Web-publishing tool. Colleagues can access the Web-publisher site to search, add, edit, and export references in XML. Reference Manager 11 databases can also be accessed by third-party applications and enterprise portals using SOAP and WSDL standards.

Source: Thomson ISI ResearchSoft, Carlsbad, CA, 760/438-5526;

FIZ Karlsruhe Adds FRANCEPAT Database

FIZ Karlsruhe announced that it has added the new bibliographic patent database FRANCEPAT to its product portfolio. FRANCEPAT, a private service under a distribution agreement with Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle (INPI), contains more than 1 million records of French patents and patent applications and more than 400,000 patent drawings.

FRANCEPAT covers all French patent applications and granted French patents published by INPI. It includes all patents published in France since 1966 as well as special pharmaceutical patents published between 1961 and 1978.

Records include bibliographic, administrative, and legal-status data for each patent. Abstracts and descriptors are also available from 1978 on. All records are in French, but English descriptors are available from 1987 on. The database is updated weekly.

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

Thomson Gale Offers MARC Records, Adds New Database Features

Thomson Gale announced that the MARC records from Literature Resource Center's most-studied authors are now available for free. The company also announced that it has added new features to four of its databases.

MARC Records

Using Literature Resource Center, MARC records containing InfoMarks allow researchers to find information on the 2,600 most-studied authors. As a value-added service for librarians, these records can be downloaded free of charge to the library's OPAC. This enables local as well as remote library patrons to get this information.

New Database Features

Thomson Gale's enhanced databases are Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center, Custom Journals—including InfoTrac Religion & Philosophy and Military and Intelligence Database—and What Do I Read Next?

The Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center 1.1 now includes nearly 200 biographies of activists and reformers, the ability to cross-search against a customer's Student Resource Center subscription, and improved statistical reporting.

Custom Journals' new InfoTrac Religion & Philosophy and Military and Intelligence Database allow users to perform more focused searches. They offer journal search, table of contents display of journal search results, and a new e-mail format.

What Do I Read Next? now includes more than 100,000 adult, young adult, and children's fiction and nonfiction titles; more than 60,000 plot summaries; and information from 562 major book and literary awards.

Source: Thomson Gale, Farmington Hills, MI, 248/699-4253;

SilkRoad Technology Announces the Availability of its Eprise 2004 Software

SilkRoad Technology, Inc., a provider of content management and collaboration software, announced the availability of the Eprise 2004 content management system. Eprise 2004 offers features built on top of the existing Eprise platform that allow users to create, manage, deploy, and update rich, content-driven Web sites.

Eprise 2004 manages the flow of content to Web sites by enabling nontechnical business users to add, modify, manage, and publish content without the assistance of a Webmaster or IT department. With Eprise, enterprises can create page templates and incorporate them across a Web site. Using these templates, employees can create and edit content without changing page structure or the site's overall look and feel.

Version and rollback controls provide safe restoration of content when necessary. Eprise's administration interface allows for constant auditing and tracking capabilities along with the management of content-creation and -publication tasks.

Source: SilkRoad Technology, Inc., Winston-Salem, NC, 336/201-5100;

EBSCO Publishing Enhances LinkSource

EBSCO Publishing announced that its LinkSource service now offers several new features designed to maximize its effectiveness in libraries. With the addition of more customization options, LinkSource provides more access to full text across all of a library's e-resources in ways that can be configured to best meet the needs of many different institutions and library types, according to the announcement.

LinkSource's new features include the following:

• An expanded knowledgebase of more than 550 database definitions and 100 link templates

• Automatic processing of A-to-Z export files

• The ability to prioritize access to full-text content

• The option to take the end user directly to the article if full text is included on the LinkSource menu

• Additional customization of the LinkSource menu

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

Library of Congress Adds AACR2 to Web Edition of Cataloger's Desktop Tool

The Library of Congress' Cataloging Distribution Service (CDS) and the co-publishers of the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, 2nd edition (AACR2), have agreed to add AACR2 to the Web edition of CDS's Cataloger's Desktop cataloging tool. AACR2 had previously been in Cataloger's Desktop's CD-ROM version.

The rules in AACR2 form the basis for descriptive cataloging practice in the English-speaking library community, with implications for cataloging standardization worldwide. Their inclusion in Cataloger's Desktop on the Web ensures that Web-based cataloging will employ standardized description, which in turn makes the cataloging interchangeable from one catalog to the next. The Web version of Cataloger's Desktop becomes available as a subscription publication in June.

Source: Library of Congress Public Affairs Office, Washington, DC, 202/707-2905;

San Jose Public Library Launches New Digital Service

OverDrive, Inc. announced that the San Jose Public Library has launched a new digital library ( This resource will give residents access to popular e-books directly from their home or office. OverDrive supplied the technology for the new service.

The site features a collection of best-selling e-books from popular authors and publishers such as HarperCollins, Time Warner, McGraw-Hill, Zondervan, Scholastic, and John Wiley & Sons. The collection features titles in Adobe PDF that can be downloaded and read using free Adobe Reader software available from the site.

Each patron is allowed to download up to 10 e-books. Patrons can also choose automatic e-mail notification for when a wait-listed title becomes available for checkout. E-books automatically check in when due.

Source: OverDrive, Inc., Cleveland, 216/573-6886;

Thomson Releases 2004 Patent Focus Report

Thomson Scientific announced the publication of the 2004 Thomson Patent Focus Report. This document offers the most recently available statistics for patent filings worldwide and focuses on legislative and infrastructure developments in the Japanese Patent Office (JPO), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and the European Patent Office (EPO) during 2003. It can be downloaded from

The JPO section looks at revisions to the Official Fees Schedule for patents and the overhaul of Japan's utility model system. The USPTO review includes revisions to the Strategic plan, plus discussion on the inauguration of the Nanotechnology Customer Partnership and the Federal Trade Commission report on patent quality and quantity. EPO coverage includes extensive discussion of the Community patent plus a focus on software patenting and stem-cell patenting legislation.

Source: Thomson Scientific, Philadelphia, 215/386-0100;

Omnigraphics Releases Headquarters USA Print Directory as Electronic Database

Omnigraphics announced that Headquarters USA is now available as HQ Online, a searchable electronic database. This database offers access to the headquarters and main offices of top businesses and organizations in the U.S. and Canada.

All contact information in HQ Online is verified by direct editorial contact and regularly updated throughout the year. Rates for both in-library and remote patron access are published rather than negotiated, with pricing for remote access based on the population served.

The 115,000 businesses and organizations in HQ Online have been individually selected by experienced editors. The database also lists nonprofit organizations; professional associations; government agencies and offices; educational and cultural institutions; and prominent business, government, and organizational leaders.

Source: Omnigraphics, Detroit, 313/961-1340;

Surpass Software Offers Centralized Cataloging Pricing for Surpass Copycat

Surpass Software announced that it now offers new centralized cataloging pricing for Surpass Copycat. This cataloging tool provides for free downloading of MARC records with no annual database subscription needed. With the new pricing, districts with centralized cataloging pay a single flat price for Copycat and can freely catalog unlimited items for all district or system libraries. Surpass Copycat can be used with any library automation system.

Pricing starts at $1,195 for districts with 10 to 19 libraries. Annual support starts at $180. Districts with more than one central cataloging person can purchase workstation licenses for the central cataloging locations at $120 each, just as with other Surpass products. Libraries in the district that wish to do their own cataloging can purchase their own copy of the software at the regular price of $450.

Source: Surpass Software, Calhoun, GA, 706/625-5399;


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