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Information Today

Vol. 21 No. 10 — November 2004

Product News and Reviews

Vivísimo Launches

Vivísimo unveiled, a full-service search site powered completely by clustering technology. Instead of presenting long lists of results, Clusty groups search results into folder topics, giving users a quick overview of the main themes in the results.

The default Web search on Clusty includes several intuitive shortcuts for items like stock quotes, weather, the dictionary, and more. Besides basic Web searching, visitors can also search dedicated tabs for shopping, news, blogs, images, Wikipedia, and gossip. The final tab, "Customize!," lets users customize Clusty to suit their requirements. Visitors can choose the tabs they want displayed from a list or they can create their own by selecting information sources to search.

Source: Vivísimo, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA, 412/422-2499;

ProQuest Adds Features to PCI, Expands Full-Text Coverage of The New York Times

ProQuest Information and Learning added new features to Periodicals Contents Index (PCI). The company also announced that 4 additional years of The New York Times are now available through ProQuest online information system.


ProQuest Information and Learning has added new features and functionality to the PCI suite of research databases. PCI and PCI Full Text now offer enhanced searching, OpenURL support, and Z39.50 compatibility.

In addition to these and other enhancements, MARC records are also available at no charge for all titles in PCI and PCI Full Text with durable URLs that conform to the OpenURL standard.

The New York Times

ProQuest Information and Learning announced that users of the ProQuest online information system will receive 4 additional years of full-text content from The New York Times. The expanded coverage provides users with access to the current full-text file of The New York Times from 1995 to the present (with daily updates). The content is available in a stand-alone subscription; as part of a newspaper package incorporating other national newspaper titles; or in customized packages that include a choice of national, regional, and local newspapers.

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

Swets Launches SwetsWise Linker

Swets Information Services announced that it has launched SwetsWise Linker as part of its e-journals management drive. SwetsWise Linker is an OpenURL link resolver that provides users with a cohesive search environment for more than 9,000 e-journals and 500 e-journal aggregators and secondary databases.

SwetsWise Linker enables libraries to integrate all of their electronic holdings resources in one intuitive and customizable interface, providing seamless linking from one article's bibliographic information to another's full text. Based on Openly Informatics' 1Cate technology, SwetsWise Linker reduces the number of steps needed to move from one resource to another.

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

The Wall Street Journal Online, Forge Agreement

The Wall Street Journal Online ( and announced an agreement to integrate selected, consumer-focused content into each other's subscription sites.'s Ratings and Recommendations will now be complemented by a daily offering of's news and features. editors will choose and update the selection of articles for its subscribers. The selections will include consumer-focused breaking news and coverage on topics ranging from air travel to automotive innovations and personal technology. subscribers will find daily news coverage that is enhanced by relevant information from editors will supplement news coverage with such information from as buying advice and product reviews.

Source: Dow Jones & Co., New York, 609/520-4057;

xrefer Launches Specialist Reference Service

xrefer announced that it has launched a new service, xreferplus Specialist Reference. xreferplus Specialist Reference delivers in-depth, subject-specific expertise from reference works by such publishers as Blackwell, MIT Press, and Berkshire Publishing, and it includes works previously unavailable online.

xreferplus Specialist Reference enables libraries to develop reference collections that target the research needs of the institution's programs. Specialist Reference titles can be ordered individually or combined with one of xreferplus' ready-reference solutions.

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

Thomson Gale Introduces New Database Platform, Incorporates OpenURL Connectivity into Resource Centers

Thomson Gale announced the introduction of a single platform for its online databases. The company also has incorporated OpenURL connectivity into several of its Resource Centers.

Single Platform

Thomson Gale announced the introduction of a new platform for its online databases that will allow the company's eight-plus terabytes of content to be searched through one user interface.

Currently, Gale Virtual Reference Library, Thomson Gale's e-book product, and all InfoTrac products are running on the new platform. All electronic products will be migrated onto the new platform by 2006.

OpenURL Compliant

Thomson Gale has incorporated OpenURL connectivity into several of its Resource Centers. The company announced that support for OpenURL inbound linking was scheduled to be released at the end of September 2004, while support for outbound linking was scheduled to be released in two phases over the next 2 months.

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

ISI Emerging Markets Launches Feed from Financial Times

Internet Securities, Inc. (ISI) Emerging Markets and Financial Times announced a global agreement to distribute information from and the Financial Times newspaper on ISI's products, including its flagship Emerging Markets Information Service.

Under the agreement, Financial Times will deliver editorial content from, including all the reports and supplements published in the Financial Times newspaper, to ISI. According to the announcement, this content was scheduled to be available to subscribers of ISI's subscription-based services by September 2004.

Source: Internet Securities, Inc., New York, 888/ISI-4-INFO;

Ovid to Offer Martindale Drug Reference Text on Books@Ovid

Ovid Technologies announced that Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference will be accessible on the newly enhanced Books@Ovid platform beginning January 2005. Martindale is an evidence-based resource that covers the properties, actions, and uses of drugs and medicines, with more than 37,000 references and 130,000 preparations that link from the relevant drug monographs.

Martindale users will be able to search Martindale's encyclopedia of information on drugs and medicines with Books@Ovid's advanced features, including linking from book references to the full text and to other subscriptions to which the users have access, searching and browsing using natural language search capability, relevance ranking, and back-of-the-book index browsing.

Source: Ovid Technologies, New York, 646/674-6300;

Dialog Launches Dialog Live News, Offers Streaming Live News on Dialog NewsEdge

Dialog announced the launch of Dialog Live News. The company also announced that streaming live news will be available to subscribers of Dialog NewsEdge.

Dialog Live News

Dialog Live News is a personalized news-monitoring service that offers automated streaming of real-time news reports from 2,300 global sources. Users can create up to 10 profiles on topics relevant to their professions or businesses and then receive streaming headlines of news reports that match those profiles. Dialog Live News can be viewed from within the service itself, or it can be detached and run as other desktop applications are operating.

Dialog Live News is now available for subscription as a stand-alone service or as an optional add-on feature to two of the company's other online services, Dialog NewsRoom and Dialog Profound.

Streaming Real-Time News

Dialog announced that it is now offering streaming live news at no additional charge to subscribers of its Dialog NewsEdge service.

Dialog NewsEdge users can now monitor breaking news stories throughout the day. Based on individual user profiles, Dialog NewsEdge filters thousands of wire services, pre-publication newspapers, and other sources of news reporting from around the world, delivering stories to a user's desktop. Scrolling news headlines can be read through a floating window or may be accessed through a tab labeled "My Live News."

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

Blackwell's Enhances Collaborative Collection Development

Blackwell's Book Services announced an enhancement to its Collaborative Collection Development service to accommodate library groups in creating more diverse collections and sharing subject expertise. Blackwell's can link librarians with Collection Manager, at no charge, enabling a designated group to see orders placed, titles blocked, requests pending, and more. With Collection Manager, each library remains independent, no action can be taken on another library's activity, and invoice activity remains private.

Blackwell's Collaborative Collection Development meets the needs of libraries of varying sizes with many different types of consortia. It allows library groups to collaborate and evaluate acquisition activity to develop and strengthen their own collections. Additional features will be added in upcoming months.

Source: Blackwell's Book Services, Lake Oswego, OR, 503/684-1140;

EBSCO Offers A-to-Z with MARC Updates

EBSCO announced the launch of A-to-Z with MARC Updates. This service provides a customizable file in MARC 21 format representing the library's e-resource holdings, title URLs, and online coverage information. It supplies bibliographic records from CONSER and monthly updates to facilitate online catalog maintenance.

A holding change report is now included for A-to-Z with MARC customers. Using the information, which is delivered as a Microsoft Excel file, customers can see changes made to their A-to-Z account. The report lists new and removed titles as well as any resources that have had changes to the URL, coverage, or embargo information. The report reflects both changes made by the customer and changes to the underlying A-to-Z knowledgebase.

Source: EBSCO Information Services, Birmingham, AL, 205/980-6794;

EDGAR Online to Utilize New XBRL Taxonomies in Product Enhancements

EDGAR Online, Inc. announced its plans to provide complete company financials in eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) via EDGAR Online Pro and its other product offerings. Currently, customers of EDGAR Online can access summary data in XBRL, but the new taxonomies will allow EDGAR Online to offer complete company financials in XBRL for all U.S. public companies. EDGAR Online will release the series of product enhancements over the next 6 months.

Source: EDGAR Online, Inc., Norwalk, CT, 203/852-5666;

Wilson's Bibliographic Index Gets New Name

Bibliographic Index has become Bibliographic Index Plus. It features indexing of more than 350,000 bibliographies across a broad range of disciplines, plus nearly 100,000 full-text bibliographies. Bibliographic Index Plus provides access to research in all subject areas, with indexing of bibliographies published in English, German, and Dutch, as well as the Scandinavian, Slavic, and Romance languages (including some 2,300 bibliographies published in Spanish).

The database draws its content from ongoing coverage of more than 2,800 periodicals and 5,000 books annually. Bibliographic essays, literature reviews, serial bibliographies, and bibliographies appearing as regular features are among the resources cited.

Source: HW Wilson, New York, 718/588-8400;

Eliyon Awarded Patent for Automatic Classification of Web Site Type

Eliyon Technologies announced that it was awarded U.S. patent no. 6,778,986 for a computer process that reads the content of a Web site and performs a series of tests and evaluations to determine what "type" of site has been read. The newly patented process allows Eliyon to extract information from the site and use it to build profiles of business people and companies. Using the process, Eliyon has built a searchable database of more than 22 million profiles of business people from nearly 1.5 million companies.

Source: Eliyon Technologies, Cambridge, MA, 617/588-7500;



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