COLUMNS & NEWS
Context, The Lawyer Join Forces
Context, Ltd., an electronic legal publisher, and
The Lawyer Group announced that they have partnered
to provide The Lawyer.com community with access to
Context's legal research tool, JustCite.
JustCite (http://www.justcite.com) provides a fully
cross-referenced index to a comprehensive collection
of authoritative U.K. and European legal information.
It is the only provider-neutral legal research service
and combines, for the first time, searchable content
from different publishers within a single interface.
Under the new collaboration, visitors to The Lawyer.com
can now search JustCite directly from within LawZone,
a collection of news, features, and articles on the
latest legal developments, simply by typing a reference
or case name into an embedded search box.
Users are then presented with a comprehensive overview
of information relating to the reference and have the
option of linking seamlessly to the full-text of cited
documents on leading online services, including Justis,
Butterworths, and Westlaw.
Source: Context, Ltd., London, 011-44-20-7267-8989;
ebrary announced that it has partnered with seven
new international distributors to sell its online book
databases and other products to libraries around the
world. To date, ebrary and its growing roster of international
partners have signed library customers in 41 different
With these new partnerships, ebrary is expanding
its presence for the first time into several markets,
including Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Southern Asia,
and South Africa, and is solidifying its presence in
others, including Western Europe and the Middle East.
For more information on the partnerships, see the
press release at http://www.ebrary.com/news/040308.jsp.
Source: ebrary, Palo Alto, CA, 650/475-8700; http://www.ebrary.com.
EBSCO's MetaPress Now Hosts UK Serials Group Title
EBSCO announced that the UK Serials Group has selected
EBSCO's MetaPress to host its title, Serials. EBSCO
also announced that its EBSCOhost Electronic
Journals Service (EJS) now includes more than 1 million
Hazel Woodward, Serials co-editor, said: "We selected
MetaPress as the hosting and delivery service for Serials
because of its superior user services and client administration
functions. In particular, the user is allowed to control
his or her own environment through alerting and other
One Million Articles
EBSCO says that reaching the 1 million pay-per-view-article
milestone is largely attributable to the continually
growing portfolio of Taylor & Francis titles and
the recent addition of Springer-Verlag journals.
"Springer is very pleased to be able to offer our
valuable content to many different sectors utilizing
EJS pay-per-view," said Syed Hasan, director of business
development for Springer-Verlag New York. "It allows
many researchers and consumers worldwide to have immediate
access to the data and research material they need
without any waiting period."
Source: EBSCO, Birmingham, AL, 205/991-6600; http://www.ebsco.com.
NewsStand Announces New Agreement
NewsStand, Inc. announced that USA TODAY Sports Weekly
has selected NewsStand to provide digital production
and delivery of its publication.
According to the announcement, by selecting NewsStand's
software technology, Sports Weekly can leverage its
existing print layout to create an easy-to-navigate
electronic edition with keyword search, direct jumps
to sections, article continuations, and zoom-in capability
to quickly highlight sports statistics and action photos.
E-commerce and database marketing services provided
by NewsStand will allow Sports Weekly to efficiently
broaden its audited circulation.
NewsStand, Inc. is now also offering digital delivery
of exact replicas of Dow Jones & Co. titles, The
Asian Wall Street Journal, and the Far Eastern
Economic Review (The Review). NewsStand
started marketing the titles in late February.
Source: NewsStand, Inc., Austin, TX, 512/334-5106;
IEEE Scores First Amendment Victory
IEEE announced that it has scored a victory for freedom
of the press and the scholarly publishing community
with a recent ruling from the U.S. Treasury's Office
of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). The ruling exempts
peer review, editing, and publication of scholarly
manuscripts submitted to IEEE by authors living in
countries that are under U.S. trade embargoes, such
as Iran and Cuba. OFAC determined that IEEE's publications
process is "not constrained by OFAC's regulatory programs."
The government's decision confirms the position that
IEEE has argued for more than a year: Its entire publishing
process falls outside the scope of OFAC's regulations
because of the Berman Amendment to the trade sanctions
law that excludes the free exchange of information
from OFAC's economic embargoes.
IEEE had earlier obtained a Sept. 30, 2003, ruling
from OFAC that exempted a large part of its editorial
process but left uncertain whether it had to publish
such papers "as is" or could edit such papers prior
to final publication. The latest April 2 ruling clarifies
IEEE's full freedom to engage in scholarly peer review
and style- and copy-editing of papers, all without
OFAC regulation or licensing. The earlier Sept. 30
ruling had also been limited to Iran, while the new
ruling additionally covers authors in Cuba, Libya,
Source: IEEE, Piscataway, NJ, 732/981-0060; http://www.ieee.org.
Google Teams Up
with 17 Colleges
Google, Inc. announced that it has teamed up with
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and 16 other
universities around the world to provide a way to search
the institutions' collections of scholarly papers.
A pilot test of the project got underway in early
April. If all goes as planned, the search feature could
appear on Google in a few months, said MacKenzie Smith,
associate director of technology for MIT's libraries.
She said the search would probably be an option on
Google's advanced-search page.
Google has long indexed university Web pages, but
the new project will allow users to direct their searches
to on-campus repositories of scholarly materials, sometimes
known as superarchives. Those archives contain copies
of academic papers, technical reports, drafts of articles,
and other work by a university's professors. Scholars
can choose whether their works will be available to
all Internet users or only to those on their own campus.
Source: Google, Inc., Mountain View, CA, 650/623-4000;
to Digitize Cases
Innodata Isogen, Inc., a provider of content supply
chain solutions, announced that it is working with
Harvard Business School Publishing, the not-for-profit
subsidiary of Harvard University, to digitize more
than 1,000 case studies in the Harvard Business School
Publishing Case Collection.
Innodata Isogen will provide digitization, imaging,
and other data-conversion services to Harvard Business
School Publishing, facilitating online access to the
case study teaching materials that are used in leading
universities and executive education programs around
the world. The terms of the project were not disclosed.
Source: Innodata Isogen, Inc., Hackensack, NJ, 201/488-1200;
United Press International and LexisNexis U.S. announced
a multiyear contract that expands the quantity of content
that UPI will deliver. This summer, LexisNexis news-content
subscribers will have access to more global coverage
of Middle Eastern and South American news events via
the lexis.com and nexis.com services.
LexisNexis will receive from UPI the English-language
content from Arabia 2000, which includes regional perspectives
from the Iranian News Agency, Saudi Press Agency, and
Yemen News Agency. Spanish-language content additions
will include the UPI-LatAm News Service and the UPI-Chile
UPI-LatAm covers major stories surrounding international
news, business and economics, politics, human rights,
justice, armed forces issues, culture and education,
and sports. The UPI-Chile News Service covers the domestic
affairs of Chile, where UPI has had a bureau for more
than 40 years.
Source: United Press International, Washington, DC,
Nstein Technologies Signs Agreement
with Alis Technologies
Nstein Technologies, Inc. announced that it has signed
a contract with Alis Technologies on a project with
France's General Delegation for Armaments (DGA). The
DGA is developing a project for an information portal
for which Alis, through Nstein, will provide expertise
in the organization of unstructured information and
automatic multilingual categorization. Per the agreement,
the financial details regarding the sale have not been
According to the announcement, the DGA will be able
to offer its users access to a multilingual information
platform with advanced document search and classification
features. It will also have a notification feature
whereby individual users will be able to access the
most recent information available in their selected
areas of interest.
Source: Nstein Technologies, Inc., Montreal, 514/908-5406;
MicroPatent Adds German Marks,
French Patent Data
MicroPatent, LLC, a subsidiary of Information Holdings,
Inc. and a full-service intellectual property information
provider, announced the addition of German marks and
designs to its trademark service, Trademark.com. Schutz
Marken Dienst GmbH, a trademark information provider
located in Ahrensburg, Germany, delivers these marks
to Trademark.com each week. MicroPatent also announced
the addition of published French applications (FR-A
documents) to its PatSearch Full Text database.
Trademark.com's German collection includes more than
800,000 records dating to the late 1800s. With this
new file, the total number of searchable records on
Trademark.com is more than 70 million.
The number of records in the FR-A documents has increased
by nearly 400,000. The new records comprise A1 and
A3 applications, for published patents and published
utility models, respectively.
MicroPatent's French collection currently covers
from 1981 to the present and will date to 1920 by the
end of this year, at which time it will also include
front-page drawings from 1992. According to the announcement,
MicroPatent will then be the only commercial provider
in the world to have such an extensive collection of
Source: MicroPatent, LLC, East Haven, CT, 203/466-5055;
SLA Launches Interactive Job Board
SLA has announced the relaunch of Career Center,
a resource that offers enhanced services and an interactive
job board. It is available at http://www.sla.org/careercenter.
According to the announcement, employers and recruiters
utilizing the SLA Career Center can now reach the largest
number of experienced information professionals in
one Web-based location. Advantages for employers and
prospective job candidates include the following:
Targeted advertising exposure
Online management of
Resume posting and search access
Source: SLA, Washington, DC, 202/234-4700; http://www.sla.org.
ProQuest, Extenza to Offer E-Journal Services
ProQuest Information and Learning and Extenza e-Publishing
Services announced an alliance to offer a broad portfolio
of e-journal and database services for publishers and
libraries. The agreement delivers a complete distribution
and hosting solution for publishers, simplifies access
for end users, and streamlines e-journal management
ProQuest Information and Learning creates and publishes
databases for libraries and educational institutions
worldwide. Extenza, based in Abingdon, U.K., provides
conversion and hosting of journals for publishers as
well as subscription and usage statistics management
Together, ProQuest and Extenza will offer traditional
subscriber access to publishers, along with reach into
the broad end-user space and associated pay-per-view
Source: ProQuest Information and Learning, Ann Arbor,
MI, 734/761-4700; http://il.proquest.com.
The British Library
to Help Save Endangered Archives
The British Library announced that the Lisbet Rausing
Charitable Fund is joining it to fund an $18.2 million
program to preserve the world's endangered archives.
According to the announcement, the Endangered Archives
Programme is the largest of its kind ever undertaken
in the world and will be administered by The British
Library's archives team in conjunction with a panel
of international experts. The program will be formally
launched in the fall, and the first grants are expected
to be made next year. Initial funding will enable the
program to run for about 8 years, but it is hoped that
this can be extended with the help of other beneficiaries.
According to the announcement, the program is a response
to worldwide threats to historical and cultural records
from wars, natural disasters, ignorance, and neglect.
Its aim is to preserve forever our knowledge of vital
aspects of human society and activity. Grants will
be used to help identify endangered records and relocate
them in institutional archives in the region to which
they relate. The original material will therefore not
be removed from its cultural home.
Source: The British Library, London, 011-44-870-444-1500;
with Al Sharaka
EBSCO Publishing announced that as part of the Al
Sharaka Program for Higher Education in Iraq, an initiative
undertaken by USAID and universities comprising the
Oklahoma Higher Education partners, all noncommercial
institutions in Iraq have instant access to information
through participation by EBSCO.
Al Sharaka has partnered with EBSCO so that Iraqi
universities, schools, and public libraries can gain
unlimited online access to complete articles from thousands
of journals, magazines, reference books, country reports,
and other information sources covering virtually every
subject area. This information is available in specific
databases through EBSCOhost, the company's Web-based
The Al Sharaka Program has been designed to meet
the needs of Iraqi higher education. The approach of
the program is to apply a focused set of activities
that have been vetted with the Iraqis to meet higher
education needs at national, campus, and program levels.
Source: EBSCO Publishing, Ipswich, MA, 978/356-6500;