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Alacritude Focuses Its
High Beam; Stays in the FAST
A new name for Alacritude
debuted the end of January.
The company responsible for eLibrary, Encyclopedia.com,
and Researchville is now HighBeam Research, LLC.
Calling its new incarnation a "research engine," HighBeam
is designed for individuals "engaged in serious business,
educational, and personal research." Filling a niche
missed by the premium services and the free Internet,
HighBeam's mission is to empower individuals; to
help researchers organize what they find, not just
find it. More than a name change, HighBeam Research
also introduced a new user interface and new content
from Gale and existing information from ProQuest.
HighBeam continues to implement the FAST data search
Three Science Sites Eliminated
Elsevier plans to close its three end-user portalsBioMedNet,
ChemWeb, and ElsevierEngineering. Although these
have been very popular with scientists and scientific
researchers over the 6 years of their existence,
Elsevier doesn't feel the portals add sufficient
value to its marketing effort to make the investment
in them worthwhile. The portals combined free information,
including news stories, reference works created specifically
for these portals, research updates, job postings,
and abstracts of scientific articles. From the abstracts,
users could access the full text, for a fee, from
suppliers such as Elsevier's own ScienceDirect or
the British Library's Document Delivery Service.
Elsevier unveiled its new corporate Web site on January
20, 2004, using the same FAST technology that powers
Scirus to allow full-text searching. It also announced
major deals with the U.K.'s NESLi2 consortium of
academic and research libraries and with the California
Digital Library to provide electronic journals to
the University of California libraries. Its "Big
Deals" on other U.S. campuses, however, face renewal
pressure and, in some cases, outright non-renewals
Groxis Announces Grokker 2
Visualization of search results got a big boost
when Groxis shipped its second version of Grokker,
a visual search tool. The desktop search product
groups search results in a dynamic contextual setting
using a map metaphor. Grokker also provides plug-ins
for specific sources. At release, plug-ins existed
for the Web, Amazon, and computer hard drives. The
Web search module works with AltaVista, MSN, WiseNut,
FAST, Yahoo!, and Teoma. Planned are ones for Google
and eBay [www.grokker.com].
Census Data from GeoLytics
The CensusCD Neighborhood Change Database (NCDB),
mentioned in ONLINE's May/June 2003 "Industry
News section," is a proprietary product of Geo-Lytics,
Inc. and was developed in conjunction with the Urban
Institute and Rockefeller Foundation. Although based
on U.S. Census data, it is not a government product.
The newest version of NCDB includes the 2000 Long
Form variables and allows researchers to explore
changes in U.S. demographics from 1970 to 2000. Projections
for 2003 to 2008 are also available [www.geolytics.com].
LookSmart re-launched its large full-text
article search capability, delivering access to 3.5
million articles from more than 700 publications.
The service, FindArticles publication database,
provided to LookSmart by Gale Group, is available
via a dedicated Articles tab on LookSmart.com. With
publications dating back to 1998, much of the content
is from the deep Web and is often not available at
the publications' own Web sites. LookSmart also has
built a number of advanced search features into the
articles tab. Users can browse a magazine title by
issue, search within a publication, or exclude a
publication from search results [415/348-7000; www.looksmart.com].
Dialog announced a series of upgrades to
Dialog NewsEdge, its industry-specific, personalized
current-awareness and news alerting service for corporations.
The upgrades include improved methods for printing,
saving, and sharing multiple documents. A new "shared
user" feature allows multiple users within an organization
to access document sets without the potential for
disrupting automated, ongoing search queries set
up and managed by a single authorized user. An additional
enhancement is the highlighting of search terms within
retrieved documents, enabling users to judge more
quickly the relevance of articles and reports. Dialog
NewsEdge combines up-to-the-minute news, analysis,
and research culled from thousands of global sources.
Editors, who specialize in individual industry sectors,
personally manage customized editorial relevance
rankings [919/461-7354; www.dialog.com].
Northern Light Group announced the introduction
of the Northern Light Business Research Library,
a paid service for enterprise customers containing
a collection of Web content specially selected to
be of high value to business professionals as well
as an extensive collection of 1,900 periodical titles.
All of the premium content in the periodicals collection
will be available in full page-image format showing
all the pictures, tables, and charts in the original
articles. The Northern Light Business Research Library
will be free of all advertisingno pop-up or
pop-under ads, no paid search results, and no offensive
ProQuest Information and Learning announced
a distribution agreement for Oxford Analytica's
OxResearch database. The new contract with the
U.K.-based international consulting firm gives ProQuest
exclusive worldwide distribution rights for the K-12,
academic and U.S. military/government library markets.
OxResearch is an archival database of articles published
in the Oxford Analytica Daily Brief series, which
dates back to 1984, covering both world and regional
economic and political developments of major significance
and analyzing the impact of these developments on
the political, business and operating environments.
ProQuest will offer OxResearch as a stand-alone online
subscription service in the ABI/INFORM business database
suite [800/521-0600; 734/761-4700].
STN Easy for Intranets, which enables information
professionals to integrate online databases and full-text
supply systems into their company or campus intranet,
is now available. The system provides numerous sophisticated
administration features, e.g., individual administration
of access authorizations, access to selected databases
made available to/blocked for certain users and user
groups, integration of full-text information sources,
and cost center allocation. Additionally, the latest
version of STN Express went live in December.
The new features in STN Express with Discover! Analysis
Edition (version 7.0) will help information professionals
see the "big picture" when they search and retrieve
information from scientific and technical literature
and patents. Along with the new 2-Dimensional Analyze
Wizard, this new version also introduces tools for
chemical structure analysis and assistance in query
development with the CA Lexicon [800/753-4227; 614/447-3731;
www.cas.org; +49 7247 808-555; www.stn-international.de;
PubMedCentral has made available the full
text of the complete volumes of the Bulletin of
the Medical Library Association, now published
as Journal of the Medical Library Association online.
The archive begins with Vol.1, 1911. The full-text
articles are available in PDF format at www.pubmedcentral.gov.
images.MD, the first-of-its-kind online
encyclopedia that compiles continuously updated,
annotated images from all aspects of medicine, is
available for a free institutional trial. Over 48,000
medical images ranging from allergy to urology make
this a useful tool for researchers and practitioners
Business & Finance
EDGAR Online announced the addition of a
complete collection of conference call transcripts,
company Webcasts, and an events calendar to its flagship EDGAR
Online Pro service. The conference call content
is provided in partnership with CallStreet LLC and OpenCompany.info.
The company recently announced additions to its flagship
EDGAR Online Pro service, including complex fundamental,
ownership, initial public offering, and secondary
offering datasets, and advanced search tools. EDGAR
Online previously offered this content only to large
enterprises as part of its EDGAR Online Explorer
product via XML API data feeds for intranet integration
[888/870-2316; 212/457-8200; www.edgar-online.com].
PR Newswire added several new features to eWatch,
its leading Internet news and public discussion monitoring
service for tracking news clips, rumors, reputation,
and references. Enhanced reporting capabilities,
improved clip management, and increased speed are
all part of the latest upgrade. eWatch continually
scans over 7,000 Web publications, hundreds of thousands
of online publications, Web pages, bulletin boards
and e-mail discussion groups in over 30 countries
based upon customized search criteria. A new inbox
enables users to sort links to articles by subject,
client, date, search-term matches, or readership
data [212/282-1929; +44 20-7490-8111; www.prnewswire.com].
Social Sciences & Humanities
EBSCO Publishing announced that H.W.
Wilson's Art Index Retrospective: 1929-1984,
a database of citation information covering more
than 55 years of art journalism from nearly 600
publications, is now available via EBSCOhost.
The database features a variety of document types,
including feature articles, interviews, film reviews,
book reviews, bibliographies, exhibition listings,
conference reports, anthologies, editorials, reproductions,
notices of competitions and awards, and letters
to the editor published throughout the world [EBSCO:
205/980-6794; www.ebsco.com; Wilson: 800/367-6770;
Expert Information, publisher of Index
to Theses, announced a significant enhancement
to the coverage of its Web-based service, with
expanded coverage of the online backfile of theses.
It now dates back to 1716, making Index to Theses the
only service to provide total bibliographic control
of U.K. and Irish theses. With the addition of
this substantial backfile, the total number of
theses listed by Index to Theses is approaching
500,000 entries [www.theses.com].
Classical International, Inc. closed its
consumer-oriented Classical Music Online service
in January. The company says it will focus attention
on services for libraries and institutions, including
its Classical Music Library, which offers nearly
15,000 tracks of legally licensed music recordings,
plus program notes, biographies, and images. The
company suggests that individuals recommend the service
to their libraries and issued a statement offering
sincere apologies for any disappointment or inconvenience
this will cause and appreciation for customer support
Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World
Wide Web and director of the World Wide Web Consortium
(W3C), was made a Knight Commander, Order of the
British Empire (KBE), by Queen Elizabeth II as part
of the 2004 New Year's Honours list.
Bill Pardue resigned as CEO and president,
LexisNexis Corporate & Federal Markets, to take
a high-level position at Gartner, Inc. His replacement
is Kurt Sanford, who moves to the U.S. job
from his present position as CEO and president of
LexisNexis Asia Pacific.
Ray F. Lowrey was named executive vice president
and chief technology officer for Thomson Gale. Lowrey
came to Thomson Gale from his current position as
vice president of strategic product technology for
Kristina Bivins has added the title of chief
operating officer to her SVP of business development
title at MuseGlobal. Jeff Hammond was promoted
to SVP of product management.
Thomas Aubrey was appointed to head the
development of Datastream, Research and Economics,
at Thomson Financial. Previously, Aubrey spent 4
years at FT Interactive Data.
George Plosker is now senior account executive,
Database License Division, infoUSA, Inc., based in
the San Francisco Bay area. He was formerly with
Thomson Gale, joining Gale when it acquired Information
QuestelOrbit announced the addition
of French full-text patents to its expansive
collection. Called FRFULL, the file covers
French patent applications dating back to 1980 and
is updated weekly. Univentio, a patent information
service company known for high-quality OCR capabilities,
produces FRFULL, which is enriched with corresponding
bibliographic information from INPI by QuestelOrbit.
Clipped images are also available. Customers can
access either on a pay-as-you-go basis or in addition
to an existing Fixed Fee Plan [703/873-4713; www.questelorbit.com].
LexisNexis announced that Zimmerman's
Research Guide is available exclusively through
the LexisNexis InfoPro Web site and through the
lexisONE portal for solo and small-firm attorneys.
Zimmerman's Research Guide is an extensive listing
of legal, business, and other U.S. information
sources. Developed by a researcher for researchers,
the Guide contains more than 1,000 subject headings
that are continually updated by librarian Andrew
Zimmerman [937/865-8852; www.lexisnexis.com].
Portals & Intranets
FreePint launched its VIP service, which
will consist of a monthly publication, VIP,
and a supplemental semi-monthly titled VIP Eye.
Targeted at information professionals and content
managers in the international business information
community, the interactive service will rely on reader
feedback to guide its development. VIP will carry
product reviews and previews, case studies, interviews
with senior information industry executives, and
a monitoring service for current research and future
trends in the information industry. VIP Eye will
transmit news and analyses by e-mail. The VivaVIP.com
Web site will also offer two free services: the
Wire, a press release database open for free
postings by information-related companies and organizations,
and the Lounge, a free discussion area for
users posting views and content ideas. The Lounge
will constitute the principal route for members to
influence VIP content [www.vivavip.com].
xrefer announced that its xreferplus service
is fully integrated with Ex Libris' SFX and MetaLib systems.
Mutual customers of both companies will benefit,
as these libraries will be able to seamlessly incorporate
xreferplus into their online offerings. xreferplus
features 1.3 million authoritative, full-text entries
that cover a wide range of subjects, including art,
medicine, science, literature, and more. The content
is linked by a unique network of cross-references
that cut across topics, titles, and publishers, as
well as text, image, and sound files [617/426-5710;
The British Library launched its new Secure
Electronic Delivery Service. Harnessing the
strength of The British Library's collections,
the service gives customers fast access to over
100 million items, providing one-stop shopping
for information. Most content, whether digital,
print, or microform, can be delivered to a desktop
within 2 hours, with digital material sent almost
instantly [+44 (0)20 7412 7000; www.bl.uk].
The Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical
Information (CISTI) announced Secure Desktop
Delivery (SDD) as a new document delivery method.
This makes it possible for CISTI to deliver copyright-cleared
documents to its customers in electronic format
with the implementation of a Web-based system that
effectively prevents redistribution, copying, and
storage of documents through the use of a customized
Acrobat Reader plug-in [613/998-2362; www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca].
Alliances & Deals
eMeta Corporation announced that Ovid
Technologies, the medical information solutions
provider, has implemented eMeta's eRights Suite into
the Ovid platform to support its PayPerView service.
eRights enforces Ovid's PayPerView policies, provides
a shopping cart, customer care, and customer self-care,
allowing users to see their billing transactions
and order history. The system manages transactions
and refunds and provides report data to Ovid. Journals@Ovid
offers a selection of more than 1,000 medical and
scientific journals from more than 50 of the top
publishers worldwide [eMeta: 800/804-0103; www.emeta.com;
Ovid: 212/704-8245; www.ovid.com].
Ingenta announced the launch of The World
Tourism Organization's (WTO's) e-library, offering
a fully indexed and cross-searchable database of
more than 250 full-text reports published by the
WTO. The e-library is free to its 142 member states,
while tiered subscriptions are available for affiliate
members, libraries, and individual users. The e-library
also includes the "Tourism Factbook," a search
facility enabling access to the most up-to-date
statistical information on a country-by-country
or geographical basis [www.wtoelibrary.org].
Ingenta now joins the multitude of sources
accessible via WilsonWeb's WilsonLink service.
Customers can click from article citations on WilsonWeb
to the full text on Ingenta, courtesy of the SFX-powered
open-URL linking technology, at no additional charge.
WilsonWeb database subscribers who have not enabled
free subscriber access on Ingenta can also purchase
individual articles from Ingenta [Ingenta: 401/331-2014;
www.ingenta.com; Wilson: 800/367-6770; 718/588-8400;