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Vol. 28 No. 6 — Nov/Dec 2004
Industry News
Compiled by Suzanne Sabroski

Industry News goes up on the Web at as soon as it is written, 
approximately one month before the print issue mails to subscribers. 

Industry News, Information Today, Inc., P.O. Box 78225, Indianapolis, IN 46278; 
Fax 435/658-1169;

Company Financial Data Delivered in XBRL by EDGAR Online

EDGAR Online will provide its business and financial information in eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL), utilizing the newly released US Financial Reporting Taxonomy Framework, a family of SBRL taxonomies that is compliant with XBRL International's XBRL Specification 2.1 []. The taxonomies will assign a universal code to each line item in publicly filed financial statements. Summary data is currently available in SBRL, but EDGAR Online intends to expand this to complete company financials over the next 6 months [].

Thomson Gale Introduces OpenURL Linking

Thomson Gale has incorporated OpenURL connectivity into nine of its resource center products, including Business & Company Resource Center, Health and Wellness Resource Center, Literature Resource Center, Biography Resource Center, History Resource Center, and Science Resource Center. To initiate linking, libraries must purchase software from an OpenURL vendor such as ExLibris. Once the software is installed, users of Gale resource centers will be linked to electronic resources held by the library [].


FindLaw announced the launch of the Thomson Legal Record, a resource designed to help in-house corporate attorneys make more informed decisions when hiring outside counsel. It enables users to research and verify an attorney's litigation experience by combining attorney's litigation history drawn from Westlaw with an attorney's West Legal Directory profile and published articles on [800/328-9378; 651/687-7000;].

HW Wilson announced the launch of Index to Legal Periodicals (ILP) Retrospective, containing information on jurisprudence from 1918 to 1981. This online equivalent to dozens of ILP print annuals makes more than 60 years of periodicals research available for educators, students, law professionals, and others. The database features some 540,000 records, including book reviews, case citations, and annual surveys [800/367-6770;].


EBSCO Publishing announced the addition of the PAIS International database to its suite of subject-specific databases on EBSCOhost. PAIS International is produced by the OCLC Public Affairs Information Service [205/ 991-6600;].

Questel•Orbit announced the acquisition of 12.5 percent of Lingway's capital. Questel•Orbit and Lingway have been partnering for the last year to create the just-released Pat-Reader, a tool to improve full-text patent reading efficiency. Lingway specializes in the design, development, and implementation of linguistic-based software solutions, including tools for generating an XML structure from textual documents, as well as information extraction and document visualization functions [Questel•Orbit: 703/873-4713;; Lingway:].

Social Sciences & Humanities

ProQuest Information and Learning and have partnered to produce Ancestry Library Edition, a new genealogy tool that will replace the current library product offering, AncestryPlus. The interface will have a cleaner look with more user-friendly search options and will feature key genealogical resources not previously available electronically, such as the Immigration Collection, which features New York and San Francisco passenger lists, and the New York Petitions for Naturalization Index [800/521-0600; 734/761-4700;].

The Rakow Research Library of The Corning Museum of Glass, which includes a collection of primary documents as well as traditional library materials, has placed its catalog of holdings online. The library owns many rare items, such as the volume in which Newton first described his discovery that light passing through a prism creates a rainbow of colors and a 12th-century manuscript on vellum entitled Mappae Clavicula, which is one of the earliest written records of medieval technology [607/974-8849;].

Business & Finance

NetContent, Inc., known for its Intelli-search technology, has launched Scoop, a business information service that offers news alerts and publishing capabilities. The subscription service is aimed at sales and marketing/communication executives. Content suppliers include ProQuest, Thomson Gale, and NewsNow, a U.K.-based Internet news monitoring service. The Scoop Publisher functionality enables group distribution of retrieved content through an RSS/newsletter/news-feed mechanism [www.].

ProQuest Information and Learning announced the addition of key selections from EIU ViewsWire to the ABI/INFORM business databases. Published by the London-based Economist Intelligence Unit, EIU ViewsWire covers the critical aspects of global business, including business regulations, economic developments, financial markets, foreign investment, industrial trends, labor conditions, political changes, and trade policies in 201 countries [800/521-0600; 734/761-4700;].

Copyright Clearance Center launched a Web-based resource for business professionals called The Guide to Copyright Compliance. The interactive guide assists companies in implementing corporate best practices for achieving compliance with copyright law and also helps organizations educate employees on how to lawfully use the content required to do their jobs [].

Rand McNally launched the Commercial Atlas Online, a Web-based, interactive version of Rand McNally's Commercial Atlas & Marketing Guide. The online product extends the capabilities of the print guide by providing economic, demographic, and business information in interactive form to facilitate business planning and decisions. It contains all existing Commercial Atlas geographies and data, such as the Rand McNally Trading Areas and population data, with new, more-detailed data sets, such as income data and industry-specific sales data [800/333-0136;].


Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) has expanded its Scientific Century project by making thousands of additional early-20th-century articles from American Chemical Society (ACS) journals and others available online. The enhanced content will enable researchers to access more than 7,000 additional records dating back to 1900, including publications older than the beginning of Chemical Abstracts [800/753-4227; 614/447-3751;].

Thomson Gale announced the launch of Science Resource Center, the only science database with content directly correlated to national and state science curriculum standards. It reflects teaching trends and focuses on key concepts taught in classrooms, including earth science, the history of science, life science, physical science, science and technology, science as inquiry, and space science. The center combines Thomson Gale's proprietary reference resources, full-text journals, multimedia, and links to Web sites that focus exclusively on science topics [800/ 328-9378; 651/687-7000; www.].

HW Wilson released Science Full Text Select, combining all Wilson science databases (including Applied Science & Technology Full Text, Biological & Agricultural Index Plus, and General Science Full Text) with additional full-text articles from Readers' Guide and Wilson OmniFile databases. Broad coverage of the spectrum of science specialties supports a wide range of science-curricula subjects, from artificial intelligence to zoology. Science Full Text Select is geared toward community colleges, vocational and technical schools, public libraries, and high schools [800/367-6770;].


Reed Elsevier Group appointed Erik Engstrom as CEO of Elsevier, its global scientific and medical publishing division. Engstrom joined the company in August and is based in Amsterdam.

Ovid Technologies announced that Paul Weislogel has joined the company as Director of Strategic Society Relations. He had previously been a VP with Elsevier's Health Science Division.

J. B. Holston, formerly president of Ziff Davis International, has joined NewsGator Technologies as its president and CEO. NewsGator founder, Greg Reinacker, will remain on its board and will serve as chief technical officer.

The Greater Cincinnati Library Consortium (GCLC) selected Anne K. Abate to serve as its next executive director.


Through an agreement with the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), Thomson Gale is adding seven of the association's publications to its cache of full-text periodicals through InfoTrac OneFile, Expanded Academic ASAP, and Health & Wellness Resource Center. Written for physicians by physicians, CMA journals are of interest to researchers, health professionals, patients, and the general public. The Canadian Medical Association Journal is ranked among the leading general-medical journals in the world [].

Enterprise Search

Swets Information Services launched SwetsWise Title Bank, a customized gateway to a library's entire online and print holdings, enabling Swets' clients to customize their list of electronic subscription links whether they originate from external databases, publisher Web sites, or SwetsWise Online Content. Features include the ability to browse title and subject lists, conduct title and subject searches, and consult both title- and article-level usage data [+31 (0)252 435 389;].

Thomson Elite has upgraded its knowledge management product, West km version 2.5, which allows users to search and find internal organizational documents such as briefs, pleadings, and memos along with information available on Version 2.5 offers more-efficient searches, improved print capability, Westlaw ResultsPlus integration, and usage reporting [800/328-9378; 651/687-7000;].

Documentum announced its new Enterprise Content Integration (ECI) Services, which offers federated searching and a single view of diverse enterprise content. The addition of ECI lets Documentum expand to access enterprise content beyond the Documentum Enterprise Content Management (ECM) repository and encompass structured and unstructured information from multiple internal and external sources in multiple languages with one query. ECI is based on technology from EMC's acquisition of the askOnce business unit from Xerox Corp. in March 2004 and is a key part of Documentum's Virtual Repository strategy that enables customers to discover and manage unstructured content wherever it resides [925/600-6800;].

Current Awareness

NewsGator Technologies announced an agreement with U-WIRE to offer college media content to NewsGator Online Services users. U-WIRE annually syndicates more than 50,000 articles and 10,000 photographs, all produced by student journalists. More than 50 new feeds from U-WIRE are being added, including collections of news, opinion, entertainment, and sports content from nearly 750 college media outlets in all 50 states and 15 foreign nations. The content is syndicated to several professional partners such as, Dow Jones Interactive, LexisNexis, Yahoo! Sports, and now NewsGator Online Services [617/484-0063;].

United Press International announced an agreement to add UPI content to EBSCO's online databases. EBSCO Publishing subscribers will have access to content from UPI's English, Spanish, and Arabia 2000 products and photos from UPI's Newspictures service. UPI's Newspictures photo service produces worldwide news, entertainment, sports, and lifestyle images, with a focus on news-making personalities. Original English content includes UPI Perspectives (articles that analyze and comment on current issues) and UPI NewsTrack (news briefings and stories of the day). Spanish additions include content from the UPI LatAm News Service and the UPI Chilean News Service. UPI's Arabia 2000 product is a collection of content contributed by the national news agencies of the Middle East [202/898-8086;].

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