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Inktomi's New Frontier: Web Search 9
A bit like Deep Space 9, Inktomi's Web search engine is not as visible
in the Web universe as its more public brethren since its business model
lies in supplying search capabilities to other Web sites rather than having
search engine on the Net. Inktomi powers MSN Search, Overture, and Hotbot,
for example. Web Search 9 will refresh its database—which is now up to 3 billion
documents—every 10 to 14 days, although paid inclusions will update every 48
hours. Smart summaries are created based upon user intent and return contextually
generated page fragments, editorials written by human editors, or custom descriptions
submitted by paid inclusion subscribers. Web Search 9 will suggest spelling
corrections to searchers and has an XML interface to allow portals and content
providers to exchange information with Inktomi. Claiming that the "next horizon
for Internet search" is understanding the user, something most information
professionals have known for a long time, Inktomi correctly identifies search
engine challenges as the growth in volume and diversity of content. Advancements
in crawler technology and rank algorithms are only part of the story; going
forward, what's necessary is increased personalization and anticipation of
meaning from search query words and phrases. This type of relevance can only
be determined by extensive testing of search engine performance [www.inktomi.com].
EDGAR Flies Free Again
The official repository of U.S. corporate financial filings, EDGAR has long
been available on various platforms, many of which have moved from free to
fee-based. A new version of the EDGAR database comes from Inverito, Inc.—EDGAR
IQ. It features searchable keyword access to complete documents. You can
search with industry sectors by checking the appropriate box or enter a company
name or ticker symbol in a search box. You can also enter keywords in another
search box. EDGAR IQ contains 2 years of data as its default, but you can
choose to go back to 1996. The results page allows for sorting of documents
by filing type and shows a hyperlinked hierarchy by industry. The hierarchy
relies on SIC codes for its structure. Inverito, Inc. is a new company owned
and managed by four employees previously with WiseNut [www.edgariq.com].
Alliances & Deals
LexisNexis and Anderson Publishing Company have
announced a merger agreement, further marking LexisNexis'
efforts to reach legal professionals practicing in
small firms. Anderson is the publisher of Page's
Ohio Revised Code Annotated and other secondary analytical
information sources. Terms of the deal include a
$21 million shareholder buyout by Reed Elsevier Group
plc, with Anderson becoming a wholly owned subsidiary
of Matthew Bender & Co., another publishing arm
of the LexisNexis Group [800/543-6862; www.lexisnexis.com].
Vivisimo has announced that Stanford University's High
Wire Press has licensed its Clustering products for
use with their Verity search engine. Vivisimohas
also opened an office in the Washington, D.C., area
to better meet demand from the federal government
sector [412/422-2496; www.vivisimo.com].
Infotrieve has announced a linking agreement
with Institute of Physics Publishing (IoPP).
Customers will be able to link from IoPP Electronic
Journals Services to Infotrieve's database and document
delivery services. Infotrieve has also signed
content agreements with American Physiological Society,
American Society for Investigative Pathology, BMJ
Publishing Group, the British Psychological Society,
the Company of Biologists, Institute of Electrical
Engineers, New England Journal of Medicine, Pharmaceutical
Press, Society for Neuroscience, Urban & Fischer,
BioOne, and Allen Press [800/422-4633; 310/234-2000; www.infotrieve.com].
Dialog has announced file enhancements and
additions, including market research from Adis International,
and content from BMJ Publishing, Catfile Plus, Controlled
Trials Register, HealthScout, National Patent Databases
from Germany, France and the UK, Regulatory Affairs
Journal from PJB Publications, and an expanded version
of ToxFile. Additionally, The Cochrane Database of
Systematic Reviews currently available on DataStar
will be available to Dialog users in 2003 [800/3-DIALOG;
919/462-8600; www.dialog.com; www.thomson.com].
FIND/SVP has announced it will provide Hoover's
Online users with online, on-demand custom
inquiry and research services in addition to the
prepackaged business information available through
Hoover's. As part of the agreement, FIND/SVP industry
and business professionals will, for an additional
fee, provide quick personalized answers to a single
inquiry, or answer up to five questions a month
via a yearly FIND/SVP subscription [800/346-3787;
Social Sciences & Humanities
ProQuest's Information and Learning division
has announced an agreement with the National Library
of Scotland to include 2,350 newly identified
works in the Early English Books Online database
and Early English Booksmicrofilm collection. The
addition of these titles, published from 1475 to
1700, represents the single largest content addition
to the collection in over a decade. Early English
Books Online includes over 125,000 printed works,
reproduced in Adobe PDF format directly from the
microfilm. New titles are added as they are discovered,
and future initiatives call for full-text encoding
of 25,000 works [800/521-0600; 734/761-4700; www.il.proquest.com].
ProQuest's Information and Learning division
has completed publication of Chadwyck-Healey's Acta
Sanctorum database, covering early European social
history and the development of Christianity. Available
via the Web and on CD-ROM, the collection contains
complete texts of 68 printed volumes dating from
1643 to 1940. The majority of the text is in Latin
and is indexed using Bibliotheca Hagiographica Latina
reference numbers, widely used by scholars to identify
works about the lives of saints. All Latin and Greek
text is fully searchable, with other language text
as well as illustrations by medieval artists captured
in scanned images [800/521-0600; 734/761-4700; www.il.proquest.com].
Swets Blackwell has announced it will link
reference publisher ABC-CLIO's Historical
Abstracts and America: History and Life with its
e-journal access service SwetsnetNavigator.
Users will have access to over 70,000 journals through
both long and short abstracts, with over 16,000 new
entries added each year [+31 252 435 584; www.swetsnetnavigator.com].
EBSCO has announced that its MetaPress division
will handle electronic publishing services for journals
published by Baywood Publishing Company. Content
management and Web hosting services are provided
through the Metapress service, with searching and
alert services made available to all registered users
of the Web site. If a publisher so chooses, abstracts
can be accessed regardless of any subscription status
[205/981-5145; www.ebsco.com; www.metapress.com].
BioMed Central (BMC), the "open access" publisher,
and the California Digital Library have announced
that the 10 campuses of the University of California
have joined BMC's Institutional Membership program.
Under terms of the agreement, processing charges
are waived for University of California faculty who
submit an article for publication in one of 80 peer-reviewed
journals. Upon acceptance, the article becomes freely
available via the Web [BMC: +44 (0) 20 7323 0323; www.biomedcentral.com;
California Digital Library: 510/987-0425; www.cdlib.org].
Elsevier Science Bibliographic Databases (ESBD)
has announced an upgraded version of EMBASE.com.
The new Version 3.0 has enhanced functionality and
expanded linking capabilities, allowing users to
search over 15 million EMBASE and MEDLINE records.
Linking is now possible from bibliographic records
directly to the full text of cited articles. Digital
Object Identifier (DOI) linking to full text is also
available through CrossRef [+31 20 4853 507; www.embase.com].
EditorsWeb, a portal to U.S. government and
congressional press releases, has announced the addition
of the Federal Register and the Congressional
Record to its daily alert service. EditorsWeb
monitors over 850 Web sites maintained by federal
government and Capitol Hill offices [304/264-8160; www.editorsweb.org].
Thomson Publishing Group, Inc.'s FDA Library has
announced the offering of CLINLAW, which monitors
state and federal clinical trial requirements. Published
and updated monthly, CLINLAW E-mail Update service
is available to notify subscribers about law changes,
proposed legislation, recent developments, and related
news [800/677-3789; 202/739-9517; www.thomson.com].
Business & Finance
Vickers Stock Research Corporation has announced
a new Web-based stock holdings product. The re-engineered
collection offers Insider Trading Reports, 5% Holders,
Institutional and non-U.S. Institutional Holders,
complete stock holding reports, holdings information
broken down by industry group and geographic area,
peer analysis reports, and voting authority [212/425-7500; www.vickers-stock.com].
FluentMedia has expanded its international
content with the addition of COMTEX News Network,
Inc. FluentMedia customers will now have access
to full-text stories from over 70 global news outlets
covering Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Africa.
Content will be available in English, Spanish, and
French. COMTEX also supplies news from U.S. sources
A.M. Best, Business Wire, and EDGAR Online, and from
regional sources A & G Information Services (covering
the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe), AllAfrica,
Business News Americas, Kyodo News (Japan), and South
American Business Information [323/660-9004; www.fluentmediainfo.com].
FluentMedia has also added daily economic,
political, and market-development reports from the Economic
Intelligence Unit (EIU) ViewsWire. ViewsWire
covers 16 global industry groups in over 100 countries
Dialog has announced the following enhancements:
an expanded roster of content channels is now available
through its DialogPRO small business service.
Biotech, competitive intelligence, consulting, and
defense join the original channels in advertising
and news. Dialog Profound has added content
from Business Monitor International (BMI),
now available through its market research collection,
ResearchLine [800/3-DIALOG; 919/462-8600; www.dialog.com; www.thomson.com].
LexisNexis has announced several enhancements
to its Business Intelligence Content. In the financial
sector, new content from Multex, numerous Kiplinger reports
and letters, CBS MarketWatch, EfinacialNews.com (covering
Europe's investment markets), and FD (Fair
Disclosure) Wire containing transcripts of
analyst calls to executives of publicly traded companies.
In company intelligence, idEXEC now provides
a database of key executive contacts, and Integra
Information Industry Reports cover corporate
financial information. It has also added an array
of SEC data and tools from EDGAR Online, including
searching across more than 2 million SEC documents
by more than 15 criteria [800/543-6862; www.lexisnexis.com].
Bureau van Dijk Electronic Publishing (BvD)
has announced two major enhancements to its OSIRIS database. Multex
Fundamentals will supply annual and quarterly
financial data on 10,000 U.S. companies going back
20 years. Additionally, EDGAR Online will
provide OSIRIS with approximately 100 types of SEC
filings, plus filings history dating back to 1999.These
filings include 10-Ks, 10-Qs, 8-Ks, S-1s, and 20-Fs,
among others.As with all other information on OSIRIS,
both new offerings will also be available on BvD's ORBIS database
Factiva has announced the Factiva Quotes
Module, the third product in the Factiva Modules
product suite, which enables companies to place
a customized quotes list in their intranet or portal,
providing users with access to financial data from
Reuters Investor [609/627-2593; www.factiva.com].
Thomson Derwent has announced the launch
of Derwent Web of Software, a Web-based patent
information tool to assist in the patent process
for software-enabled business methods. With recent
court decisions upholding patents on software programs,
companies worldwide have been rapidly applying for
patents on business methods. Derwent Web of Software
unites patent documents from 40 world patent-issuing
authorities, scholarly and trade journals, and links
to evaluated Web sites [215/386-0100; www.derwent.com].
Thomson ISI has announced the release of Derwent
Innovations Index 3.0, a component of ISI Web
of Knowledge. Derwent Innovations Index is a Web-based
resource that merges the Derwent World Patents
Index and the Derwent Patents Citation Index. Updated
weekly, it covers 1 million basic inventions —a
total of 30 million patents—from 40 patent-issuing
authorities dating back to 1963. Enhancements include
Cited Patent Family Search, Technology Focus to
zero in on core technologies, and Equivalent Abstracts
for quick summaries [215/386-0100;www.isinet.com].
FIZ Karlsruhe, European partner of STN International,
has made an enhanced version of the JAPIO Japanese
patent database available. Bibliographic data from
the European Patent Office's INPADOC records is now
included, as well as images from the front pages
of patent documents and improved indexing [+49 (0)
7247 808 555; www.fiz-karlsruhe.de].
Cypheron Systems, LLC has announced the availability
of Rapidpat Complete, featuring a digital
copy of the complete U.S. patent collection. Delivered
on DVD or online, Rapidpat Complete allows for network
applications and is targeted toward law firms [201/736-3518; www.rapidpat.com].
LexisNexis has released a practice-management
product designed specifically to help New York trial
lawyers organize their practices and research using
the LexisNexis edition of Time Matters software.
The LexisNexis New York Feature Package includes
the newly introduced Research Manager, which allows
users to create, annotate, and save a direct link
from a case matter and research results from LexisNexis
FAST has announced that its showcase site AlltheWeb.com has
become the first major search site to fully adopt
XHTML (eXtensible Hypertext Markup Language) and
CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). These new developments
will facilitate faster loading times and a more consistent
display across a wider range of Web browsers, as
well as pave the way for searching on mobile phones
and personal digital assistants [781/304-2495; www.fastsearch.com].
Convera has announced that its RetrievalWare technology
has been embedded into five ProQuest products, covering
three of ProQuest's core markets. RetrievalWare now
is used to power ProQuest Reference Asia, the ProQuest
Learning brand of products including KnowPeople and
UKOP, and its new service, History Online. RetrievalWare
allows searching across multiple formats, including
text, video, and image files [800/788-7758; email@example.com; www.convera.com].
David Brown has been appointed as the British
Library's Head of Publisher Relations. He will be
developing the U.K. national library's strategy in
relation to the long-term in-licensing and access
of published materials. Brown was formerly the Director
of Strategy at Ingenta, plc.
In line with a major reorganization, Ingenta, plchas
named Simon Dessain as Chief Operating Officer
and William Finlay as Finance Director.
ProQuest has announced the departure of Joe Reynolds,
who served as president of the company's Information
and Learning segment. A new business unit, ProQuest
Education, will be overseen on an interim basis by
ProQuest's president and chief operating officer, Alan
Aldworth. Candidates will be sought to lead both
Thompson ISI and the Institute of Electrical
Engineers (IEEE) have announced a linking agreement
that will provide ISI Web of Knowledge and
IEEE subscribers with links to the full text of
articles from IEEE journals and conference proceedings.
Users will be able to link from ISI Web of Science and ISI
Current Contents Connect to IEEE literature
dating back to 1952 [ISI: 800/336-4474; 215/386-0100; www.isinet.com;
IEEE: 732/562-5390; www.ieee.org].
FIZ Karlsruhe,European partner of STN
International,has announced the launch of the AQUIRE database,
containing international papers about the toxic
effects of chemicals on aquatic animals and plants.
AQUIRE covers both freshwater and saltwater species,
including amphibians, with 214,470 records dating
from 1915 to 2001. Over 4,000 species and 7,000
chemicals with CAS registry numbers are covered.
Priority is given to peer-reviewed literature,
with most records published from 1970 on [+49 (0)
7247 808 555; www.fiz-karlsruhe.de; www.stn-international.de].
A new portal for the oil, gas, and power utility
industries is now available from Competitive Analysis
Technologies, an energy industry intelligence-gathering
firm. CATSites Energy Portal includes over
10,500 information resources in 16 separate categories,
with daily updates. Three databases—Oil and Gas—Upstream;
Oil and Gas—Downstream; and Power Utilities—are fully
searchable, and include many resources from the Invisible
Web that company researchers have uncovered. A variety
of subscriptions, licenses, CD-ROM, and Intranet
applications are available [281/370-1444; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.catsites.com].
Factiva has announced the release of Factiva
Fusion, a content enhancement tool that categorizes
and creates relationships between business content
sets according to a taxonomy. Internal content
can be integrated with Factiva's news and business
information, as well as other external content
including public Web sites. Factiva Quotes Module now
provides the ability to track a company stock quote
and market indices while users are still on their
corporate intranet. Part of the Factiva Modules
product suite, this third product in the line includes
data from over 80 exchanges, approximately 150
spot currency rates, and 300 currency cross-rate
combinations, finds, and corporate bonds [609/627-2593; www.factiva.com].
H.W. Wilson has launched an updated version
of its WilsonWeb database service, with the
addition of WilsonLink, SFX-powered software for
searching beyond WilsonWeb. Additional enhancements
include multiple search and display options, database-specific
thesauri and customization features for administrators
and users [800/367-6770; www.hwwilson.com].
Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA) has
released version 6.0 of its Internet Database
Service (IDS). Enhancements include an updated
interface, full-text availability noted in citations,
unlimited downloads, advanced search capabilities,
thesaurus improvements, and various display and reporting
features. IDS provides access to over 50 scientific
databases [301/961-6761; www.csa.com].
RefWorks bibliographic softwarehas released
a new Write-N-Cite utility that allows users
to insert references from their personal Web-based
RefWorks database. The feature allows users to access
and insert citations without leaving a Microsoft
Word document. RefWorks is compatible with references
from many data providers, including LC MARC format,
Dialog, Ingenta, and NLM. Distribution is handled
by Cambridge Scientific Abstracts [301/961-6761; email@example.com].
ProQuest's Information and Learning Division
has announced an agreement with Tribune Publishing to
distribute premium and historical content from the Chicago
Tribune and The Los Angeles Times. ProQuest
will digitize content from each paper's first editions
from 1847 and 1881, respectively. Distribution rights
for microfilm and ASCII text versions of the newspapers
are included in this agreement as well [800/521-0600;
Portals & Intranets
InMagic has announced the release of D/BTextWorks
WebPublisher PRO, a new read/write XML-enabled
interactive Web publishing tool. These products
provide a fully integrated database system with
the capability to store, search, and obtaintext,
multimedia, and images on the Web. WebPublisher
PRO will also include an XML Forms Library with
a set of pre-programmed templates for Web queries
and reports [800/229-8398; 781/938-6393; www.inmagic.com].
Convera has announced the release of 20 domain-specific
semantic network cartridges to enhance enterprise
search accuracy, relevancy, and personalization.
The plug-and-play cartridges, which capitalize on
Convera's recent acquisition of linguistic technology
specialist Semantix Inc., allow customers
to work with vocabularies relevant to their specific
business or industry. The new pre-packaged cartridges
plug into Convera's RetrievalWare enterprise search,
retrieval, and categorization solution, joining Convera's
existing selection of cartridges that support a wide
range of languages.Industries covered include Army,
Information Science, Biology, Chemistry, Computers,
Finance, and MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) [800/788-7758; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.convera.com].
PaperThin, Inc. has announced the release
of CommonSpot Content Server 3.1, a browser-based
content management solution. This latest version
supports Macromedia's J2EE-based application
server, ColdFusion MX, and includes enhancements
for improved image and link management, expanded
administrator tools, and more e-mail options [781/915-5019; www.paperthin.com].
Alacritude, LLC has announced an agreement
with All Effort, Inc. and Inktomi to
optimize and index the full text of its 2-million eLibrary documents.
Through Inktomi's Index Connect, eLibrary content
is now available on leading portals and destination
sites such as MSN, About.com, Overture, Looksmart,
HotBot and several others. The new partnership claims
to be shedding light on the Invisible Web [864/650-7111; www.alacritude.com].
Opencola, Ltd. has released Opencola PRO
1.0, a personal knowledge manager that allows
individual desktop users to collect relevant information
from a diversity of sources, including news sites,
search engines, blogs, and other peers' publicly
shared documents. Using a semantic relevance search
engine, existing documents can be tagged and integrated
into the search process as well [415/596-5428; www.opencola.com].