COLUMNS & NEWS
Nstein Announces Partnerships
Nstein Technologies, Inc. announced that it has been
engaged by Wiley InterScience to construct a working
prototype using Nstein software. Nstein also announced
the integration of its Nserver software suite with
Context Media Interchange Suite, an enterprise content
integration solution from Context Media, Inc.
According to the announcement, the new prototype
is expected to greatly enhance the search-and-retrieval
experience ofWiley InterScience's customer base.
Wiley InterScience is the online content service
of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. For more information,
go to http://www3.interscience.wiley.com.
Context Media, Inc.
Together, the Nserver and Context Media Interchange
suites will allow organizations to manage, distribute,
and access digital content stored in disparate content
management, document management, and digital asset
management systems across an enterprise.
Context Media unifies, organizes, and optimizes enterprise
content utilizing its open XML-based Web services product
suite. The company's software and solutions provide
stand-alone value or complement existing content management
investments to leverage content across the extended
Source: Nstein Technologies, Inc., Montreal, 514/908-5406;
Authentication Goes Live
Snapshots International, Ltd., a publisher of market
research overviews, and EduServ, a U.K.-registered
charity established with the support of the U.K. Higher
Education funding bodies, have announced that the Snapshots
Series is now available through Athens, an authentication
process adopted by all U.K. higher education institutions
that streamlines access to a range of services via
single password sign-on.
Debra Curtis, Snapshots International CEO, said: "We
are delighted that we can now offer our academic clients
convenient, integrated access to the Snapshots Reports.
With its leading position in the academic marketplace,
Athens will both provide a new delivery solution to
our existing clients and bring the Snapshots solution
to all U.K. and Ireland higher education institutions
needing easy-to-use, top-line market data for business
Snapshots Reports cover a broad range of industries
in 23 countries. Each report provides an instant overview
of a market, with data supplied in both graphical and
tabular format. All Snapshots data is compiled in-house
by the Snapdata Research Department, a team of multilingual
research experts who check original sources and interview
industry experts all over the world.
Source: Snapshots International, Ltd.,London, 011-44-20-7829-8408;
CSA, BioOne Announce New Affiliation
CSA (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts) and BioOne have
announced an agreement for CSA to create a bibliographic
database that will index research papers in the journals
available through BioOne's full-text service. CSA will
also function as BioOne's exclusive distribution agent
in all areas outside the U.S. and Canada.
BioOne offers an aggregation of high-impact bioscience
research journals. The service, launched 2 years ago,
provides electronic access to 66 peer-reviewed journals
from 53 publishers. BioOne's titles are published by
societies and noncommercial publishers, and a majority
were previously available only in printed form.
According to the announcement, BioOne is committed
to a nonprofit objective of disseminating important,
scholarly information focused on the biological, ecological,
and environmental sciences.
Source: CSA, Bethesda, MD, 301/961-6700; http://www.csa.com.
National Open Access Archive for Germany
BioMed Central, the open access publisher, and the
University of Potsdam in Germany have joined to create
a new archive of open access research. Potsdam will
mirror all of BioMed Central's open access research
articles, making use of the publisher's Open Archives
interface to keep the mirror site up-to-date.
According to the announcement, this partnership is
an example of how BioMed Central's open access policy
allows the peer-reviewed articles it publishes to receive
The mirror site and all of its content are freely
available at bmc.ub.uni-potsdam.de. The site offers
browsing, metadata search, and full-text search of
more than 2,400 articles. Articles are available in
HTML or Adobe PDFs, and users can also access high-resolution
graphics and videos.
Source: BioMed Central, London, 011-44-20-7631-9131;
GPO Access Now Offers More Than 250,000 Titles
The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) announced
that the number of document titles available through
its GPO Access (http://www.gpoaccess.gov) site has
grown to more than 250,000. This marks a milestone
in the GPO's ongoing effort to expand public access
to government information through online technology.
Begun in 1994 as home to the online editions of the Federal
Register and Congressional Record, GPO
Access today is a leading online source of free,
official information from all three branches of the
federal government. According to the announcement,
the site is transforming the way Americans access
information by and about their government. Since
beginning operations, document retrievals from GPO
Access have exceeded 1.6 billion. Today, more than
32 million retrievals are made every month.
Source: U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington,
DC, 202/512-1991; http://www.gpo.gov.
Swets Blackwell, Gale Partner in Australia and New
Swets Blackwell announced the formation of a special
distribution agreement across Australia and New Zealand
(ANZ). Under the terms of the partnership, Melbourne-based
Swets Blackwell Australia will provide Gale electronic
databases for the ANZ corporate, health, and special
library markets. This distribution agreement is effective
from May 2003.
Individual and consortia sales of Gale databases
will be Swets Blackwell Australia's focus for the new
partnership, and it will specifically target corporate,
health, and special libraries. It will organize trials
and demonstrations of Gale products, and handle subscriptions
According to the announcement, SwetsBlackwell customers
in the ANZ region will see their offerings enriched
significantly through subscriptions to such databases
as the Health and Wellness Resource Center, Custom
Journals, and the (London) Times Digital Archive.
Source: Swets Blackwell, Lisse, Netherlands, 011-31-252-435-584;
ProQuest Information and Learning announced that
it has acquired SIRS Publishing, Inc., the publisher
of SIRS Researcher, SIRS Discoverer, SIRS Enduring
Issues, and other databases. ProQuest Information and
Learning, a unit of ProQuest Co., is a provider of
online information services to libraries and educational
SIRS, based in Boca Raton, Fla., provides online,
CD-ROM, and print reference databases to more than
50,000 libraries worldwide. SIRS' proprietary published
products are designed to address curriculum-oriented,
research-based information needs that arise as students
study social problems, science, health, controversial
current issues, legal issues, ethics,and more. According
to the announcement, SIRS' databases place their editorial
emphasis on balanced coverage of both current and enduring
Source: ProQuest Information and Learning, Ann Arbor,
MI, 734/761-4700; http://www.il.proquest.com.
ATLA Signs Database
Agreement with NISC
The American Theological Library Association (ATLA)
has announced an agreement with the National Information
Services Corp. (NISC) that allows NISC to produce its
own version of the ATLA Religion Database in both CD-ROM
and online versions.
According to the announcement, the ATLA Religion
Database is an essential tool for the study of religion.
It is the premier index to journal articles, book reviews,
and collections of essays in all fields of religion.
The fact that many publishers solicit the inclusion
of their journals in the ATLA Religion Database is
indicative of the stature it has achieved in the community
of religion scholars.
Source: American Theological Library Association,
Chicago, 312/454-5100; http://www.atla.com.
Libraries for the
Future Wins Grant
Libraries for the Future, a national nonprofit organization
that champions the role of libraries in American life,
has been awarded a 3-year, $1 million challenge grant
by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to establish
a network of EqualAccess Libraries in 10 states by
2005. EqualAccess Libraries is a new initiative designed
to transform libraries into information and education
centers, based on the needs of their communities.
A key component of EqualAccess Libraries is Access
Skills, a curriculum developed by Libraries for the
Future to strengthen librarians' capacities for community
outreach, coalition building, public awareness, and
advocacy. These skills will better connect libraries
to their communities, bring new users to libraries,
and integrate programming into ongoing library operations.
The EqualAccess Library model addresses challenges
by offering librarian training and introducing specific
Access Programs to the community. It also provides
a framework for building community partnerships and
connections between libraries and local organizations,
agencies, and schools, with the goal of accessing library
resources and programming. A further goal is developing
the support necessary to sustain and expand technology-based
programming in libraries.
Source: Libraries for the Future, New York, 646/336-6236;
Is Key Theme at Online Information 2003
Imark Communications Europe announced that content
management will be one of the key themes at the upcoming
London Online Information 2003 conference, the world's
largest exhibition for information content, management,
and delivery. Bob Boiko, a leading commentator on content
management, will present a keynote entitled "What Content
Management Isand What It Ought to Be."
Also speaking on content management will be Tony
Byrne, founder and editor of the internationally respected
online community CMSWatch USA. According to the announcement,
Byrne, a 12-year industry veteran, is known as the "industry
voice" of CM and will provide the latest on open source
Online Information 2003 will be held Dec. 24,
2003, at Olympia, London. Each day of the conference
features a different keynote speaker who has been chosen
to share specific insights and experience with the
event's international audience of information professionals.
For the full conference program, go to http://www.online-information.co.uk.
Source: Imark Communications Europe, Middlesex, U.K.,
ProLaw Improves Legal Research Cost Recovery
ProLaw Software, a division of West and a business
within The Thomson Corp., announced full integration
of QuickView+ for Westlaw from within ProLaw.
According to the announcement, the integration streamlines
and automates how law firms capture, bill, and report
online legal research costs to clients. Helping firms
manage their cost-recovery initiatives provides a new
dimension to the one-office approach that enables law
firms to be more productive by managing their practices
and work flow more efficiently.
QuickView+, an electronic cost-recovery and reporting
tool designed for Westlaw, allows firms to more easily
and efficiently capture and recover legal research
costs. ProLaw now automatically imports legal research
usage and converts these costs to billable transactions,
eliminating the often difficult task of matching research
performed to matters, then entering transactions during
the billing process. The feature in ProLaw lets firms
choose how frequently Westlaw usage reports are automatically
Source: ProLaw Software, Albuquerque, NM, 800/977-6529;
Wilson Announces Database Upgrades
H.W. Wilson announced that it has enhanced its Humanities
Full Text database with greater coverage of key specialties
and wider international focus. The company also announced
that the Bibliographic Index reference resource will
be searchable for the first time electronically on
Humanities Full Text
Fifty-five new journals have been added to Humanities
Full Text, with emphasis on women's studies, religion
(especially Asian belief systems), philosophy, history,
cultural studies, and literature. New journals also
focus on Africa, the Middle East, Australia, Germany,
India, and the Pacific Rim. Coverage of the new titles
will begin with their January 2004 issues. Some 3,500
additional citations per year are anticipated.
Bibliographic Index guides users to bibliographies
from books, pamphlets, and more than 2,800 periodicals.
On WilsonWeb, Bibliographic Index offers digital
searching by subject headings, keyword, source publication,
author, data, and much more. Students, educators, acquisitions
specialists, and researchers will be able to search
more than 272,000 bibliographies published in English,
German, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian,French, Italian,
Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Polish, Czech, and other
languages inthe Roman alphabet. Bibliographic essays,
literature reviews, and serial bibliographies are included.
Source: H.W. Wilson, New York, 718/588-8400; http://www.hwwilson.com.
Joins OCLC Program
OverDrive, Inc., a provider of library e-book solutions,
announced that it has been added to the OCLC Cataloging
Partners Program. OverDrive's participation in the
program has led to the creation of a new MARC record
for e-books that contains rich full-text bibliographic
information pertaining to digital media and helps librarians
save budget dollars in the collection development process.
According to the announcement, libraries can now cost-effectively
add best-selling e-books into their catalogs by utilizing
customized MARC records from OCLC for titles purchased
As part of the program, OCLC is also adding OverDrive's
Content Reserve collection of e-books to WorldCat,
the world'slargest database of bibliographic information.
In addition, OverDrive is providing OCLC with critical
catalog data on tens of thousands of e-books in several
formats, including Adobe Reader (PDF), Microsoft Reader,
and Palm Digital Media.
Source: OverDrive, Inc., Cleveland, 216/573-6886;
Elsevier, ACS to Link Science Services
Elsevier and two divisions of the American Chemical
Society (ACS)Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS)
and Publicationsannounced that they have agreed
to provide linking between their services for scientists.
Links between these publishers will be completed before
the end of this year, making it possible for scientists
to navigate the information seamlessly, no matter where
they begin their research.
Under the agreement, the following will be available:
Users of Elsevier products and services
(such as ScienceDirect, MDL databases, and ChemWeb)
will be able to link directly to ACS scientific journals.
Users of CAS products and services (SciFinder,
STN, and others) will be able to link, via ChemPort,
directly to Elsevier scientific journals.
Elsevier journals will join ChemPort
Reference Linking, enabling users of Elsevier journals
access to ACS scientific journals and CAS database
Source: Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 011-31-20-485-3757;
http://www.elsevier.com and American Chemical Society,
Washington, DC, 202/872-4600; http://www.acs.org.