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A single worldwide technology platform being developed
by LexisNexis should be available by the end of
2003—if you’re in France, Germany, or
Australia. In the U.S., customers will see incremental improvements before
a full-scale rollout is presented. The platform, with its emphasis on multilingual
taxonomies and behind-the-scenes linkages, indicates that the strategic direction
of the company is towards increased globalization and standardization. LexisNexis
believes that its new platform will unify its 35,000-plus sources for legal,
business, news, and public records information. As LexisNexis expands, both
by adding international content and by acquiring information companies, it
has confronted the complexities of running multiple platforms, some of them
unique to one country’s user base. Although the single platform will
enable users to see local information before they see information outside their
country boundaries, the delivery mechanism will provide increased functionality
and enable LexisNexis to speed up product development and reduce time-to-market
Google Advanced News Search
News junkies will be happy to learn that advanced search capabilities are now
available for Google News. Some of these functionalities previously existed,
but were not documented. Phrase searching, using the normal double quotation
marks, makes it easier to pinpoint exact phrases rather than combining terms
with Google’s AND default. If you want news from a particular news
outlet, use the source: syntax. For a dateline search, or as close as Google
comes to a dateline search, use location: syntax. This only works for U.S.
states and other countries. You can’t get to a city level. Field searching
has been enabled for headlines (allintitle:), body of the article (allintext:),
and URL (allinurl:). You can either use the syntax in the Google News search
box or go to the Advanced Search page [http://news.google.com].
ProQuest Releases PQNext
In its latest search release, PQNext, ProQuest has added many new features,
including browsable lists, results grouping, comprehensive search results,
and Open URL support. PQNext also offers on-the fly-formatted bibliographies,
better help functionality, library branding, and improved display options.
You can now search all the collections with one search, rather than moving
from current to backfile to deep backfile. A “more like this” option
helps you find similar articles. Clicking on index terms runs a search on
those terms. Articles can now be grouped by publication type, so you can
restrict your search to newspapers, scholarly journals, or trade publications [www.il.proquest.com/pqnext].
Social Sciences & Humanities
ProQuest has expanded its Early
American Fiction collection, which now extends from
1789 to 1875, with the addition of dozens of rare
early American novels and short stories. When complete,
it will hold more than 750 full-text first editions,
all fully searchable. Up-to-date author biographies
commissioned for the database and author portraits
are included. ProQuest has also re-launched Film
Index International, created in cooperation with
the British Film Institute. Scholarly yet inclusive,
Film Index International provides in-depth indexing
to more than 110,000 entertainment films, covering
100 years of international films from silents to
the latest summer blockbusters [800/521-0600; 734/761-4700; www.proquest.com].
xrefer is adding 16,000 digital
images from the Bridgeman Art Library to xreferplus.
The addition of the Bridgeman collection brings the
total number of images available to 66,000. It will
be integrated with existing content, enabling users
to research artists’ works in the context of
biographical or historical information from other
xreferplus resources. Van Gogh, Velasquez, and Gustav
Klimt are just a few of the 4,800 artists whose works
feature in the Bridgeman collection. The collection
includes paintings, sculpture, and other works of
art [xrefer: 617/426-5710; www.xrefer.com;
Business & Finance
Thomson Financial announced the
development of InSite, an offering that extends corporate
visibility by creating Investor Relations microsites
on the Yahoo! Finance news and information portal.
InSite provides investor relations professionals
with the ability to drive traffic directly to IR
content that they manage, as well as directly to
corporate Web sites [finance.yahoo.com].
Thomson Financial has also formed
a partnership with Alacra, Inc., provider of Public
Information Book (PIB) building solutions, to deliver
its PIB generator Alacra Book via Thomson ONE Banker.
The combined content and technologies will eliminate
the researching and formatting formerly required
to produce the PIBs that investment banks use for
detailed analysis of a target company or prospective
client. The integration of Alacra Book and Thomson
ONE Banker will be completed early in the third quarter
of 2003 [Thomson: 215/386-0100; www.thomson.com;
Alacra: 212/363-9620; www.alacra.com].
Mergent, Inc. has introduced Mergent
Industry Reports, in-depth analyses of key industries
in the North America and Asia/Pacific regions. A
European edition will be available soon [Mergent:
SkyMinder has added business credit content from Experian. This adds 15 million
new credit reports to SkyMinder’s existing coverage of more than 48 million
public and private companies in over 230 countries [813/636-0981; www.skyminder.com].
Kiplinger.com debuted a redesign
of its Web site featuring improved viewer navigation,
new informational sections, and easier access to
basic financial tools. Content is organized according
to topics such as Investing, Planning, and Spending. ”Breadcrumb” navigation
along the top of the page helps users find additional
information by showing where they are in the site.
New features include informational sections on Bonds,
Budgeting, and Real Estate Planning, and a Yields & Rates
page contains the latest averages for mortgage, credit
card, and loan rates, as well as the average yields
for CDs and other deposit accounts [212/255-8455; www.kiplinger.com].
Inmagic, Inc. has announced that
Lynda Roberts, manager of library services for the
law firm of Bull, Housser & Tupper of Vancouver,
British Columbia, Canada, is the 2003 InfoHero award
winner. The InfoHero award is presented to the customer
who is judged to have created an information management
solution with an Inmagic product that that has had
the most significant impact within their organization.
The reconstituted Northern Light has
added three people to its executive management team.
Joining C. David Seuss, who bought back his company,
is Robert Nelson, senior vice president of corporate
development, Patrick O’Malley, senior vice
president and general manager of the SinglePoint
division, and Igor Razboff, senior vice president
of applications engineering.
Factiva has announced the appointment
of Alan Scott to vice president and director of global
Ingenta has announced two new appointments
as part of an expansion of its U.S. client management
and new business team. Janet Fisher was named director,
U.S. client manager, and David Durand was named director,
electronic publishing services. Ingenta is relocating
its U.S. activities from Cambridge, Massachusetts,
to its existing software engineering, development,
and production unit in Providence, Rhode Island.
Additionally, Ingenta has named Arend Küster
as European business development manager for PCG,
Inc., its specialist marketing services division.
He is based in Oxford, U.K.
Alliances & Deals
Swets Blackwell has brokered a
further round of deals to migrate all print subscriptions
ordered by the Greek consortium HEAL-Link (Hellenic
Academic Libraries Link) to electronic only. HEAL-Link
is the first national consortium in Europe to close
unilateral agreements on behalf of all its members.
HEAL-Link’s 57 members are comprised of all
academic and research institutions across Greece,
as well as the University of Cyprus [Swets: + 31
(0) 252 435 584; www.swetsblackwell.com;
Nstein and BIOSIS announced
an agreement that will utilize BIOSIS indexing to
create Ncategorizer and Nfinder software designed
specifically for the biological, pharmaceutical,
and biomedical markets. Users will have the opportunity
to incorporate BIOSIS’ subject expertise into
their own information collections and to move seamlessly
from a search of their own data to the renowned BIOSIS
Previews. The extensive BIOSIS authority files will
be incorporated into Nstein’s growing line
of Nfinder software cartridges, allowing users to
automatically identify, label, and extract the names
of organisms, diseases, chemicals, pharmaceutical
ingredients, and other key life sciences information
[Nstein: 514/ 908-5406; www.nstein.com;
BIOSIS: 215/231-7500; www.biosis.org].
LexisNexis has entered into an
agreement to acquire Applied Discovery, a Seattle-based
provider of Web-based electronic discovery services.
Applied Discovery’s services include data gathering,
media restoration, data processing, online review,
and document production and reporting [LexisNexis:
Applied Discovery: www.applieddiscovery.com].
Extenza-Turpin and Kluwer
Academic Publishers have reached an agreement
to outsource Kluwer Academic Publishers’ worldwide
warehousing and physical distribution of books
and journals. Extenza-Turpin will make use of the
former Kluwer Academic Publishers warehouses located
in Dordrecht, The Netherlands, and Pembroke, Massachusetts,
while taking over all associated assets and staff.
Extenza is a division of Royal Swets & Zeitlinger,
delivering outsourced solutions for publishers
[Extenza: + 31 (0) 252 435 111; www.extenza.com;
Kluwer: +31 (0) 78 6576542; www.wkap.nl].
SAE International (Society of Automotive
Engineers) has entered into an exclusive sales contract
with Information Handling Services (IHS) for several
of its key products, including the SAE TechKnowledge
Center. Under the contract, IHS gains exclusive rights
to sell SAE’s Digital Library into the international
market, as well as in select markets in the United
States [SAE: 724/772-8516; www.sae.org;
IHS: 303/397-7956; www.ihs.com].
Portals & Intranets
Mandarin Library Automation, Inc. has
announced a technology partnership with MuseGlobal,
Inc. in developing M3 Web OPAC Deluxe, a portal product
that will complement the Mandarin M3 Library Automation
software suite. M3 Web OPAC Deluxe will be built
on top of the recently redesigned M3 Web OPAC (formerly
Web Gateway) and will integrate its functionality
(placing reserves, sending ILL requests, saving results
to the Bookbag, placing renewals, etc.) with the
global search capabilities of Muse technology. Patrons
will be able to conduct a search from a single search
interface, simultaneously returning results from
the local library’s collection, the library’s
subscription databases, and Internet search engines
[MuseGlobal: 775/832-6698; www.museglobal.com;
Mandarin: 800/426-7477; 561/995-4010; www.mlasolutions.com].
Nstein launched version 3.0 of
its content management platform, Nserver suite, which
includes Nstein’s concept extraction, categorization,
entity extraction, and summarization tools. Also
released is a new guided navigation module, Nretriever,
which brings immediate context to the search experience
for end users [514/908-5406; www.nstein.com].
Ingenta, Inc., an active member
of COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of NeTworked Electronic
Resources), announced the launch of its library usage
statistics solutions, providing patron usage data
from ingenta.com and ingentaselect.com to the 14,500
libraries currently registered on the sites. These
services will allow library administrators to further
analyze the usage behavior of their patrons online.
FIZ Karlsruhe added the bibliographic
database TEMA to its product portfolio. Available
on STN International, TEMA covers a wide range of
German and international literature in the areas
of technology and management [+49 7247-808-555; www.fiz-karlsruhe.de; www.stn-international.de].
BIOSIS has enhanced the availability,
functionality, and content of Zoological Record (ZR)
to solidify its appeal among animal sciences researchers.
To this end, BIOSIS has made ZR available through
new vendors such as OVID, NISC, and EBSCO; bolstered
content with additional abstracts; and embedded more
information in each citation for flexible searching.
Enhancements include Systematics, an animal’s
taxonomic information, Taxa Notes English vernacular
names, and the updated ZR Thesaurus [215/231-7187; www.biosis.org].
The German Federal Ministry of Education
and Research (BMBF) and the Deutsche
Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG (German Research
Foundation), together with 37 front-line German
libraries, research centers and academic information
providers have established a new portal for scientific
literature. Designed as a central access gateway,
vascoda represents the sum of the German information
services that have been established with public
funding [German National Library of Science and
Technology: +49 (0) 511 762-3485; www.vascoda.de].
Context Limited has added Electronic
Irish Reports and Digests, also available as
a CD-ROM, to Justis.com, its online legal research
service. The Irish Reports contains the full
of published cases dating back to 1919, longer
than any other electronic series of Irish case
reports. Covering decisions of the superior courts
of Ireland, the reports are compiled by practising
barristers and cited authoritatively in Irish
courts and tribunals. The Irish Digests provides
including catchwords and headnotes, of each case
reported in The Irish Reports, Northern Ireland
Reports, Irish Law Reports Monthly, Irish Law
Times Reports, Irish Jurist Reports, and Irish
[+44 (0) 20 7267 8989; www.context.co.uk].
ProLaw Software, a division of
West, has announced Exchange-free Microsoft Outlook
integration within ProLaw Ready, its small-firm targeted
practice management suite. West km 2.0 is now the
first knowledge management system in any industry
to fully automate the analyzing and indexing of documents
to a universally accepted classification system,
substantially improving the accuracy of research
retrieval. Documents can be indexed consistently
to the West Key Number System [215/386-0100; www.thomson.com].
Factiva has upgraded its customers
to Factiva products and permanently switched off
its legacy product lines, including Dow Jones Interactive
(DJI), Reuters Business Briefing (RBB), and other
related products. Factiva has also completed a
content agreement with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
GmbH, providing access to the highly regarded daily
newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ),
as well as the Sunday edition Frankfurter Allgemeine
Sonntagszeitung. Over 350 editors and one of the
largest networks of correspondents provide exclusive
content to 1 million daily readers in 150 countries
LexisNexis has entered into an
agreement to acquire the public-records businesses
of Dolan Media Company, a Minneapolis-based provider
of electronic public-records information, including
bankruptcies, civil judgments, federal and state
tax liens, and eviction notices. The acquisition
deepens the LexisNexis risk management brand in areas
of fraud, ID theft, and homeland security. The Dolan
business will become part of the LexisNexis Corporate
and Federal Markets division [LexisNexis: 937/865-8838; www.lexisnexis.com;
DolanMedia: 612-317-9420; www.dolanmedia.com].
A landmark deal announced by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC),
a joint committee of the U.K. further and higher education funding bodies,
and open access publisher BioMed Central places the U.K. at the forefront
of the drive to make scientific research freely available
on the Internet. More
than 80,000 biology and medical researchers working at U.K. universities
can now share their research findings freely with
fellow researchers, funding bodies,
students, journalists, and the general public worldwide. With just 1 percent
of the world’s population, Britain funds 4.5 percent of all scientific
research and produces 8.5 percent of the research articles that are published
worldwide [JISC: +44 (0) 20 7848 2935; www.jisc.ac.uk;
BioMed: +44 (0)20 7631 9988; www.biomedcentral.com].
CSA (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts)
and BioOne are partnering to create
a bibliographic database indexing research papers
in the journals available through BioOne’s
full-text service. CSA is also functioning as BioOne’s
exclusive distribution agent for all regions outside
the U.S. and Canada [CSA: 301/961-6700; www.csa.com;
BioOne: 972/851-8000; www.bioone.org].
Current Drugs has announced the
launch of the Strategic Drugs database (SDdb), a
business analysis and planning solution for strategists
in the international bio-pharmaceutical industries.
SDdb provides comprehensive and strategic information
available on drugs in development and on the market.
Leveraging additional Thomson information sources,
including Thomson Financial and Micromedex, it merges
scientific and clinical information with marketplace
and financial information in order to provide a complete
and holistic view of the market available [215/386-0100; www.thomson.com].
Fast Search & Transfer (FAST) acquired AltaVista’s
enterprise search business, including more than 200 customers, from Overture
Services, Inc. Overture gained the enterprise search business as part of its
acquisition of AltaVista. FAST’s acquisition of AltaVista’s enterprise
search business allows FAST to provide AltaVista’s customers with uninterrupted
support and maintenance on their current platform and an opportunity to migrate
to FAST Data Search, FAST’s suite of enterprise search and real-time
filter solutions [781/304-2495; www.fastsearch.com].
InfoSpace announced that ABCNews.com
will be the first to launch a private-label version
of the Dogpile Toolbar, a free browser plug-in that
searches the Web using the Dogpile metasearch engine
Sirsi is enhancing the search and
retrieval capabilities of its Hyperion Digital Media
Archive by integrating the product with Convera’s
RetrievalWare technology. As a result, Hyperion becomes
the first digital media archive product in the library
market to offer users the ability to perform full-text
searches in multiple languages across multiple data
types. The Hyperion Digital Media Archive system
provides librarians with an easy way to store, organize,
and access their library or archive’s nonbook
holdings. Users can access and view full digital
images of a collection, such as documents, maps,
photographs, and multimedia clips, via the Internet
[Sirsi: 877/401-9534; www.sirsi.com;
Convera: 800/788-7758; www.convera.com].