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NewsLink — Issue 55/May 2004
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IN THIS ISSUE
1) WELCOME

2) ITI SNAP POLL
3) NEWSLINK MONTHLY SPOTLIGHT
4) NEWSBREAKS
5) FEATURED ARTICLES
6) CONFERENCE CONNECTION
7) BOOKSHELF
 

1) WELCOME
Welcome to the May 2004 issue of NewsLink, Information Today, Inc.'s FREE e-mail newsletter for library and information professionals. 

Paula Hane's monthly article, "Getting into Deep Content," looks at the growing number of electronic offerings in the book content area. From textbooks to scientific and technical titles, books are becoming available online at a quickening pace. Even here at ITI, we’ve been working with netLibrary to make our professional titles available through their service. To view our March press release about this project see http://www.infotoday.com/pressreleases/pr040326-1.shtml.

Thanks to all of those who attended our Buying & Selling eContent event in Scottsdale this week. With nearly 200 of the most influential people in the industry there, representing buyers and sellers of electronic content, this event continues to be a key gathering place for the content world. Once again, thanks to our attendees and our sponsors—ClearForest Software, Copyright Clearance Center, e-Meta, FT—Financial Times, HighBeam Research, and Mark Logic. We look forward to next year.

There is still time to register for our three May events (although time and seats are running out quickly). Enterprise Search Summit, WebSearch University, and Streaming Media East are all being held from May 10 through May 12 at the New York Hilton in NYC. To view the programs or register for the events, you can start at our conferences home page at http://www.infotoday.com/conferences.shtml.

If you have any comments or suggestions on any special content you would like to see covered or on how to improve this newsletter and the information held in it, please let us know at newslink@infotoday.com.

Best Wishes,
Tom Hogan, Jr.

 

2) ITI SNAP POLL
How valuable are Weblogs to you? http://www.infotoday.com.
 

3) NEWSLINK MONTHLY SPOTLIGHT

By Paula J. Hane

Getting into Deep Content
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that a number of recent news items seemed to center on a similar theme. In a single day this week, I received two announcements of new online book-publishing initiatives. Pearson Education said it will launch a new textbook project this summer with O’Reilly Media, and Elsevier announced that its Book Series titles are now available on the ScienceDirect platform. Just a few days earlier, Elsevier Engineering Information announced it was integrating books into Engineering Village 2. And then there’s Amazon’s recent introduction of its A9 search engine, which merges results from the service’s Search Inside the Book feature with Web searches. Yes, it sure looks like a trend. Books have been moving online at an ever accelerating pace and becoming increasingly accessible within familiar venues, both from commercial services and consumer sites. 

Pearson’s Textbook Program
This fall, Pearson Education is teaming up with Safari Books Online (a Pearson Education and O’Reilly Media joint venture) to launch SafariX Textbooks Online, a digital textbook program for college students. SafariX Textbooks Online will offer subscriptions to WebBooks as a new alternative to purchasing the print textbook. Pricing will be 50-percent off the suggested list price of the print-equivalent edition. 

Students will be able to either buy a print-edition textbook or access the same content by subscribing to one or more of over 300 SafariX WebBooks available this year at http://www.safarix.com. The WebBooks will allow users to print pages, make annotations, take notes, search the full text, and add bookmarks to organize their study anywhere they have browser access. While users won’t own or retain the text past the semester, the service will offer definite cost savings for cash-strapped students. Pearson cited a recent student survey in which half of those questioned said they’re likely to purchase a low-cost online text, assuming a savings of $25. Of those students surveyed, 31 percent said they don’t buy all of their required texts.

SafariX Textbooks Online will be a significant new addition to PearsonChoices, which offers learning programs and a wide selection of media, formats, and price points. The SafariX textbook program joins other initiatives that have been around for a while, including ProQuest’s XanEdu, which has partnered for several years with Pearson Education. Pearson has also teamed up with BlackBoard to produce CourseCompass, an interactive online learning environment that combines educational content from Pearson Education textbooks and delivers it through a customized version of the Blackboard Learning System. In addition, Pearson has been active in the K-12 textbook space. Pearson Prentice Hall, a division of Pearson Education, has hosted PHSuccessNet’s Teacher Center, a portal that offers interactive online textbooks.

Elsevier Book Series
ScienceDirect, which claims to be "the world’s largest electronic collection of science, technology, and medical full-text and bibliographic information," announced that Elsevier Book Series titles are now available on the platform. Packages available early this year include Business, Management and Economics, Chemistry, Life Sciences, and Methods in Enzymology. Previously available only through print subscriptions, the titles will be offered for simultaneous, multiuser digital access.

ScienceDirect has been gradually supplementing its journal and database collections with a growing file of online reference works (with many more to be added in 2004 and 2005). Users can greatly benefit from both integrated searching of the various materials and seamless linking among texts. 

Engineering Books
Elsevier Engineering Information announced the launch of Referex Engineering, a specialized electronic reference product hosted on the Engineering Village 2 discovery platform (http://www.engineeringvillage2.org). Referex Engineering draws on more than 300 of Elsevier’s book titles to provide engineering professionals with a fully searchable reference database.

According to the company, Referex Engineering is designed around a concept of layering content to create both breadth and focus. By layering broad-based handbooks, professional reference works, and how-to guides with specialized monographs and scholarly texts, Referex Engineering creates a foundation of information that helps searchers quickly find solutions.

A9 It
Amazon has offered its Search Inside the Book feature since last fall (http://www.infotoday.com/newsbreaks/nb031103-1.shtml). Now, the company’s technical research subsidiary, A9, has released a new search engine (http://www.a9.com) that combines Google searching of the Web with searches of Amazon’s own full-text collection of books and site information from Amazon’s Alexa service (http://www.infotoday.com/newsbreaks/nb040426-2.shtml). When a search retrieves an excerpt from book results, a user can click on the page number to see the actual (scanned image) page from that book. (Users must be registered at Amazon.com.) 

Searchers get targeted book content, right there, available in a general Web search engine. Not all content from every book is searchable, but the tool should connect a lot more people to content that was formerly locked up in books, especially now that it’s also readily findable and accessible at A9. Amazon’s goal, of course, is to sell more books. Amazon says it now has 120,000 books scanned, and more are being added every day. 

Google has also been testing a book search service called Google Print, but with just small excerpts and a limited number of participating publishers (http://www.infotoday.com/newsbreaks/nb031222-2.shtml). 

The May issue of Information Today features an update on Project Gutenberg, the 33-year-long project to digitize classic texts. These texts are available as collections on CD and DVD, and users will soon be able to download them as customizable collections in Adobe PDF or ASCII. Project Gutenberg is one of the invisible Web sources that’s now being reached by Yahoo! Search’s new Content Acquisition Program.

As if for final emphasis, while I was finishing this article, a news item reported on a Texas school that’s providing every 5th and 6th grader with an IBM ThinkPad loaded with digital versions of state-approved textbooks and 2,000 works of literature. For this project, IBM is working with software partner Vital Source Technologies, Inc. of Raleigh, N.C., which in turn is working with key publishers, such as McGraw-Hill, John Wiley & Sons, and Oxford University Press. 

So with these new services, plus existing services like ebrary, netLibrary, xrefer, and Knovel for scientific texts, book content is gradually becoming revealed and accessible. 

Paula J. Hane is Information Today, Inc.’s news bureau chief and editor of NewsBreaks. Her e-mail address is phane@infotoday.com.

 

4) NEWSBREAKS
For a complete listing of previous NewsBreaks visit the Information Today, Inc. Web site at http://www.infotoday.com/newsbreaks

NewsBreaks for Monday, April 26, 2004

Britannica Subsidiary Unveils English-Arabic Search Engine
By Paula J. Hane

Melingo, Ltd. , a company that has provided advanced search capabilities for complex languages, has just introduced Morfix CL, its English-Arabic-English Cross-Language Search with Embedded Translation. What that means is that English-speaking researchers can search through Arabic material without knowing any Arabic at all—and see a results page with a translation of each Arabic word or phrase. Melingo, a subsidiary of Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc., is carefully positioning its Morfix technology as a complement to other search engines. 

-->http://www.infotoday.com/newsbreaks/nb040426-1.shtml

Amazon Introduces New Web Search Engine
By Barbara Quint

Amazon.com’s technical research subsidiary, A9, has released a new search engine that combines Google searching of the Web with searches of Amazon’s own full-text collection of books and site information from Amazon’s Alexa service. The A9 connection also offers a free downloadable toolbar. The new service, still in beta, emphasizes customization and personalization features, such as retention of complete search histories. Privacy issues have already begun to emerge. 

-->http://www.infotoday.com/newsbreaks/nb040426-2.shtml

NewsBreaks Weekly News Digest

EDGAR Online to Expand Its News Service
EDGAR Online, Inc. announced it will release a new version of its EDGAR News service to keep investors apprised of even more “event-driven disclosures.” The expanded EDGAR News will distribute headlines and key disclosures extracted from filings of SEC form 8-K. 
--> http://www.infotoday.com/newsbreaks/wnd040426.shtml

Nstein Acquires KMtechnologies
Nstein Technologies, Inc. , based in Montreal, has acquired KMtechnologies, a Canadian software developer of Web-based collaboration solutions as well as document, knowledge, and customer-relations management solutions. 
--> http://www.infotoday.com/newsbreaks/wnd040426.shtml

Inxight Introduces Visual Timeline Tool
Inxight Software, Inc. announced Inxight TimeWall, its new visual timeline analysis tool. The company claims that, by seeing into the past, users are better able to predict future events and illustrate important facts and trends. 
--> http://www.infotoday.com/newsbreaks/wnd040426.shtml

 

5) FEATURED ARTICLES
For full-text coverage of the following articles please use the hotlinks provided. 

INFORMATION TODAY
Project Gutenberg Progresses
By Paula Hane 

In 1971, Michael Hart typed the text of the U.S. Declaration of Independence into a mainframe computer at the University of Illinois, creating the first electronic book. This was the start of Project Gutenberg (PG), an ambitious effort to develop a free public library of 10,000 public-domain e-books. Progress was slow at first, but things have definitely picked up in recent years. In the first 11 weeks of 2004, Project Gutenberg added 313 new e-books. It took from 1971 to 1997 to produce the first 313 e-books—that's 11 weeks compared to about 26 years. 
--> http://www.infotoday.com/it/may04/hane1.shtml

ONLINE Magazine
Search Engine Prefixes and Shortcuts
By Greg R. Notess

Shortcuts are the searcher's friend. Anything that saves time during a search helps expedite the entire online process. The quicker the route to the answer, the better. I have written about various types of shortcuts before. In May 1998, "Keyboard and Navigation Shortcuts" covered keystrokes and browser shortcuts. In July 2003, I explored a variety of JavaScript shortcuts in "Bookmarklets, Favelets, and Keymarks: Shortcuts Galore." 
--> http://www.infotoday.com/online/may04/OnTheNet.shtml

COMPUTERS IN LIBRARIES
Promoting Geographic Information System Usage Across Campus
By Shaun Spiegel & JaNae Kinikin

This article focuses on our efforts to implement and promote Geographic Information System (GIS) applications at Weber State University. WSU is a 4-year public institution with two campuses. The main campus is located in the foothills of Ogden, Utah (about 30 miles north of Salt Lake City), and the secondary campus, which opened in fall 2003, is located in neighboring Davis County. 
-->http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/may04/spiegel_kinikin.shtml 

SEARCHER Magazine
Institutional Repositories: Hidden Treasures
By Miriam A. Drake 

The world's universities, museums, governments, and other organizations house treasures that have been hidden in archives, basements, attics, print formats, and a variety of storage devices. These treasures encompass scientific, technological, cultural, artistic, and historical materials generally unavailable to searchers and the public. Institutional repositories are now being created to manage, preserve, and maintain the digital assets, intellectual output, and histories of institutions. Librarians are taking leadership roles in planning and building these repositories, fulfilling their roles as experts in collecting, describing, preserving, and providing stewardship for documents and digital information. 
--> http://www.infotoday.com/searcher/may04/drake.shtml

MULTIMEDIA & INTERNET@SCHOOLS
Sharing the Vision with Digital Photography
By Johanna Riddle

Several years ago, I entered my school media center with the goals of creating an environment that would cultivate lifelong love of learning and include everyone in the process. I wanted to keep students excited about learning, parents encouraged about participating, and teachers feeling supported and appreciated. In AASL's "Information Power," it said it could and should be done, and I believed it! New to the field of media education, I brought with me experience as an art teacher, a museum educator, and gifted and talented enrichment teacher. 
-->http://www.infotoday.com/MMSchools/may04/riddle.shtml

LINK-UP DIGITAL
SpamArrest and Vanquish: Will They Help You with Your Spam Problems?
By J.A. Hitchcock 

I needed something to help me weed out the spam from the legitimate messages. I’ve tried filtering spam using my e-mail program, Eudora. I’ve reported spam to Spamcop.net. I even installed Norton Antispam to try to control the spam coming into my Inbox. 
-->http://www.infotoday.com/linkup/lud050104-hitchcock.shtml

 

6) CONFERENCE CONNECTION
Get the latest event information available for the library and information fields in the Conference Connection. The Conference Report/Update gives you an inside look at the most recent information industry events, while the Conference Calendar is updated monthly to provide you with important contact information for up-and-coming industry events. 

CONFERENCE REPORT/UPDATE

WebSearch University
May 11-12, 2004, New York 
Attend WebSearch University, to update your search tactics and skills with the completely updated curriculum and course content for 2004. Get more information at www.websearchu.com

Enterprise Search Summit
May 11-12, 2004, New York 
Enterprise Search Summit is a 2-day intensive conference where information managers learn how to plan for, search, and deploy an internal search capability. Find out more at www.enterprisesearchsummit.com.

Streaming Media East
May 11-12, 2004, New York 
Streaming Media East is the premier learning, networking, and problem-solving event for streaming media professionals, technology experts, and business executives. Find out more at www.streamingmedia.com/east
 

CONFERENCE CALENDAR

MAY 2004

May 5-7: AMIGOS LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, Dallas, TX 
Contact: www.amigos.org 

May 5-7: UTAH LIBRARY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE, Ogden, UT
Contact: www.ula.org

May 5-7: MARYLAND LIBRARY CONFERENCE, Ocean City, MD
Contact: www.mdlib.org

May 13-15: NEW HAMPSHIRE LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, Mt. Washington Hotel, NH
Contact: www.state.nh.us/nhla/

May 13-15: AMERICAN SOCIETY OF INDEXERS, Alexandria, VA
Contact: www.asindexing.org

May 17-18: SIIA CONTENT FORUM, San Francisco, CA
Contact: www.siia.net

May 21-26: MEDICAL LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, Washington, DC
Contact: www.mLanet.org

May 25-27: INTRANET SUMMIT FOR COMMUNICATORS, Chicago, IL
Contact: www.aliconferences.com/conferences/intsum504/intsum504.htm

For the complete Conference Calendar visit http://www.infotoday.com/calendar.shtml

 

7) BOOKSHELF


Super Searchers on Competitive Intelligence
By Margaret Metcalf Carr; Edited by Reva Basch
Foreword by Jan Herring

Companies operating in today’s unpredictable roller-coaster economy have increasingly turned to Competitive Intelligence (CI) as an effective means of building and maintaining an edge. This book presents leading CI researchers in their own words, revealing their secrets for monitoring competitive forces and keeping on top of the trends, opportunities, and threats within their industries. Author, researcher, and CI pro Margaret Metcalf Carr asked experts from 15 CI-savvy organizations including Fortune 100 firms Compaq Computer, Dell Computer, Lockheed Martin, Merck, and United Technologies to share tips, techniques, and models that can be successfully applied to any business intelligence project. Here are dozens of useful examples of CI research in action and a range of sources and strategies that can help any organization stay several steps ahead of the competition.

CyberAge Books • 2003/336 pp/softbound
ISBN 0-910965-64-1
Regular price: $24.95 Sale price: $19.95

To purchase this title at the discounted price please go to:
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If your job requires that you search the Web for the very best search results, you can't afford to miss WebSearch University. Now in its 5th year, this conference has a proven track record of helping hundreds of searchers improve their skills and research strategies. 

May 11-12, 2004, New York
DON'T DELAY--SPACE IS LIMITED!

Go to www.websearchu.com to register or find the completely updated curriculum. 
 


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