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ProQuest Launches Smart Search
ProQuest Information and Learning launched ProQuest
Smart Search, which gives users suggestions
for enhanced searching and several new e-mail
options for sending articles and marked lists.
ProQuest Smart Search will analyze a user's search
and offer suggestions for related topics and
publications at the top of the results screen.
It points out related subject terms and crafts
narrower search strategies that can be employed.
The same technology will enable users to browse
topics in most ProQuest databases. Users will
be able to e-mail multiple articles, My Research
Summary, and formatted bibliographies [www.il.proquest.com].
Sells Two Products
Having announced in February 2001 its intent
to divest various financial properties, Thomson
Financial finally sold two of them in May 2004. Sheshunoff
Information Services was purchased by its original
founders, Alex and Gabrielle Sheshunoff, and is
located within Austin, Texas-based Alex Information. Highline
Media LLC bought the banking and insurance
products formerly under Thomson's Sheshunoff subsidiary.
The banking products, including BankSource, BankFocus,
and BranchSource, will be within Highline Banking
Data Services, while Insurance Data Services will
join The National Underwriter Company [www.alexinformation.com;
www.sheshunoff.com; www.highlinedata.com; www.nationalunderwriter.com].
by Thomson Scientific
Balancing this divestiture with acquisitions, Thomson
Scientific and Healthcare decided to acquire Information
Holdings Inc. (IHI) for $441 million. IHI
products include MicroPatent, Aureka, Master
Data Center, and Liquent [www.thomson.com].
NCAA Scores with Web-Based Championship Database
The NCAA library staff announced the creation
of a Web-based championships database. This initiative
will provide access to the Association's vast championships
history currently housed in the archives at the
NCAA national office. Pennsylvania-based Thomas
Technology Solutions has already scanned more than
30,000 pages of box scores, programs, and other
championships material in baseball, softball, and
track and field as part of a pilot project [web1.ncaa.org/ncaa/mainsearch.do].
Reed Elsevier Group plc named Erik Engstrom as
CEO of Elsevier. Formerly with publishing houses
Random House (a Bertelsmann subsidiary) and Bantam
Doubleday Dell, Engstrom comes to Elsevier from
General Atlantic Partners, a private equity firm.
After almost 34 years as president and CEO for
EBSCO Industries, Inc., J.T. Stephens will conclude
his term July 1, 2005. F. Dixon Brooke Jr., vice
president and general manager of EBSCO Subscription
Services, will become the third individual to serve
as president in EBSCO's 60-year history. To prepare
for that transition, Brooke became EBSCO's chief
operating officer July 1, 2004. Allen Powell succeeds
Brooke as general manager.
Thomson Scientific announced the release
of version 3 of ISI Web of Knowledge. The
enhanced solution, resulting from 2 years of design
in close collaboration with librarians and researchers,
offers new personalization, better search tools,
a cleaner and more intuitive interface, and a new
journal analysis tool. It also has increased linking
power, with customized links to hundreds of new
publishers [215/386-0100; www.thomson.com].
FIZ Karlsruhe and FIZ Chemie signed
an agreement to enter into closer strategic cooperation.
An efficient, high-performance competence center
for scientific and technical information is expected
to develop out of this alliance [FIZ Karlsruhe:
+49 (0) 7247 808-101; www.fiz-karlsruhe.de; FIZ
CHEMIE Berlin: +49 (0) 30 399 77-101; www.chemistry.de].
FIZ Karlsruhe launched a new pharmaceutical
database, Pharmaceutical Substances (PS),
on its STN International service. PS, produced
by Georg Thieme Verlag, was initially offered as
a printed version in one, then two volumes (Pharmaceutical
Substances and Syntheses, Patents,
Applications) and is now also available
electronically. The new database contains the same
data available in Thieme's electronic version and
is not offered by any other online host [www.stn-international.de].
InfoChem launched its Web-based structure
and reaction research platform SPRESIweb 2.0.
The synthesis strategy design tool Synthesis Tree
Search (STS) is fully integrated, and the system
offers Internet access to 4.5 million compounds
and 3.5 million reactions from 540,000 references,
including 151,000 patents. Over 20 million facts
such as chemical, physical, or biological property
data and keywords abstracted from the primary literature
are also searchable in SPRESIweb [+49 (0) 89 583002;
Alliances & Deals
LexisNexis acquired Seisint, Inc. for
$775 million. Seisint's main product, Accurint,
provides online access and analysis of public records
and related information to collections, federal,
and legal market segments. Seisint will be placed
with LexisNexis Risk Management [www.lexisnexis.com;
ProQuest acquired Serials Solutions, Inc.,
a leading provider of e-journal management and
linking services. Its Article Linker, Journal Linker,
A-Z title list service, and MARC records delivery
products are currently installed in 1,300 libraries
ChoicePoint acquired Rapsheets,
a provider of online criminal records data [www.choicepoint.com;
United Press International (UPI) added
its content into Thomson Gale's online databases,
including access to all of UPI's English and Spanish
content. English content includes UPI Perspectives,
analytical articles that offer behind-the-scenes
insight and understanding of the news, and UPI
NewsTrack, items that provide a snapshot of the
day's news, science, entertainment, sports, and
business stories. Spanish content additions will
include the UPI LatAm News Service and the UPI
Chile News Service [202/898-8086; www.upi.com].
Inmagic, Inc. announced a strategic reseller
partnership with Visard Solutions, Inc.,
a document management and service provider based
in Canada. Visard will offer Inmagic Content Management
Solutions as the replacement for the Edibase product
line that is being phased out. According to the
companies, Inmagic Content Management Solutions
provide customers with ease-of-use and a rich feature
set currently not available to Visard customers
using Edibase software [Inmagic: 800/229-8398;
www.inmagic.com; Visard: 514/286-9494; www.visard.ca].
The Associated Press (AP) and Convera
Corporation announced an agreement whereby
Convera's RetrievalWare will be used for
categorizing, searching, and distributing multimedia
content within the AP's "electronic AP" (eAP)
initiative. Under the agreement, the AP and Convera
will also work together to tailor RetrievalWare
to address broader application requirements of
the news industry [AP: www.ap.org; Convera: 800/788-7758;
The British Standards Online Project (BSOL)
chose Ingenta for its online delivery and
payment channel for British Standards, citing its
information commerce platform that will allow BSI
Business Information to package and deliver its
The Special Libraries Association (SLA) and Outsell,
Inc. disclosed a new partnership to deliver
a range of services and programs to the worldwide
community of information professionals within
the SLA membership. SLA members will receive
discounts on Outsell Briefings and other content,
the ability to participate in and share results
of joint studies, a training course for information
professionals, and a Web-based version of Outsell's
Ready-Set Needs Assessment survey [SLA: 202/939-3633;
www.sla.org; Outsell: 612/824-1982; www.outsell.com].
HighBeam Research announced several improvements
in functionality to its research engine and added
millions of documents to its eLibrary archive.
While searching eLibrary, subscribers can now specify
a list of multiple publications to search at once
and can exclude a list of publications from their
search. Members can apply the same functionality
to their e-mail alerts [864/650-7111; www.highbeam.com].
A new Australian-based Web search engine, 100.com,
which launched in May 2004, has teamed with LookSmart to
include its directory listings and bid-for-placement
network in 100.com's search results [www.100.com;
Portals & Intranets
Emerald launched the beta version of Emerald
Management Xtra, a comprehensive collection
of peer-reviewed management journals and online
support created to meet specific needs of educators,
students, researchers, librarians, and deans
in the higher education management field. Emerald
Management Xtra combines core content from over
100 select Emerald journals. The Emerald Literati
Club has been integrated offering resources for
those seeking to publish their work. An integrated
search and navigation function covers Emerald
Fulltext and Emerald Management Reviews [+44
LexisNexis aligned with national compliance
firm American Bank Systems (ABS) to better
protect financial institutions from identity fraud
and offer a tool that can be used in USA PATRIOT
Act compliance efforts. The alliance integrates
the companies' leading products, LexisNexis's
RiskWise and ABS' BankManager into one
program, giving banks an instant risk rating on
new accounts and immediate verification of customer
identification [LexisNexis: 937/865-7229; www.lexixnexis.com;
ABS: 405/516-9686; www.americanbanksystems.com].
West added Banking Updates to Westlaw.
These updates keep professionals abreast of the
most recent developments in banking compliance,
offering summaries of newly proposed and enacted
federal and state banking acts, newly proposed
and final federal and state banking regulations,
and new issuances from federal banking agencies.
West also released Andrews' Bankruptcy Litigation
Reporter. This biweekly reporter offers comprehensive
coverage of ongoing bankruptcy litigation, including
trial court proceedings, appellate briefings, U.S.
Supreme Court petitions, and valuable insight by
practitioners in the field. A wide range of topics
regarding Chapter 11 proceedings and analysis of
the most significant caselaw are included [651/848-2741;
West has integrated RSS technology into
its West IntraClip service, a current-awareness
service that automatically tracks news and legal
developments and can be integrated into an intranet
or portal [http://westIntraClip.westlaw.com].
Vivísimo announced the first group
of ClusterMed biopharma customers following
the April 2004 product launch. Six companies have
adopted ClusterMed including BioSynexus, Inc.,
Cetek Corporation, Exact Sciences, Hydra Biosciences,
Inc., and Neurotech USA. ClusterMed clusters PubMed
search results into hierarchical folders, allowing
researchers to focus on the most valuable results
quickly in a chronological list [www.vivisimo.com].
Healthcare publishing and training company HCPro
Inc. acquired ePharmaceuticals and
its flagship product, ePharm5, from Medical
Broadcasting Company. Each business day, ePharmaceuticals
covers the Top 5 developments in healthcare that
could drive emerging technology innovation within
the pharmaceutical industry. Every issue features
original research, interviews, and analysis.
Health-care marketing agency Medical Broadcasting
Company launched ePharmaceuticals in 1999. HCPro's
target audience for its products and services
includes administrators, managers, and senior
medical staff at hospitals, nursing homes, physicians'
offices, and other healthcare facilities [781/639-1872;
Social Sciences & Humanities
EBSCOhost Electronic Journals Service
(EJS) signed an agreement to index content
from the University of California Press.
One of the oldest scholarly publishers in the
United States, the UC Press has a distinctive
repertoire of books and periodicals with concentrations
in anthropology, sociology, history, cultural
studies, musicology, law, and area studies [205/980-6794;
Ovid Technologies announced an agreement
with the American Psychological Association
(APA) to make content from the APA PsycBOOKS
full-text database accessible through Ovid's online
platform. It will initially include more than 600
titles including 100 out-of-print books from 1950
to 2002 and approximately 50 archival resources
in psychology. Ovid anticipates adding approximately
10 titles a month to the database. Customers on
the Ovid platform will be able to browse a table
of contents and locate specific book chapters in
PDF form. Users also will be able to search a database
of bibliographic records that includes book and
chapter titles, author names, abstracts, and subject
headings as well as the chapter references [www.ovid.com;
EBSCO introduced Hospitality & Tourism
Index, (HTI), a new bibliographic database
that combines the records of three collections:
Cornell University's former Hospitality database,
previously unavailable for public use; Articles
in Hospitality and Tourism (AHT), formerly co-produced
by the Universities of Surrey and Oxford Brookes;
and the Lodging, Restaurant & Tourism Index
(LRTI), formerly produced by Purdue University.
Customers using EBSCOhost Electronic
Journals Service (EJS) Enhanced can now view
more than 5 million articles on the e-journal
gateway [205/980-6794; www.ebsco.com].
Ingenta Inc. announced that RSS feeds are
now available as a feature of the Ingenta service.
Launched with the second version of the IngentaConnect beta
Web site, users can sign up for feeds of new issues
loaded for journals they are interested in, showing
the latest issue numbers and dates with a link
to the full table of contents [401/331-2014; www.ingentaconnect.com].
SAGE Publications announced the development
of its new online search platform, powered by Stanford
University's HighWire Press, to launch in September
2004. The platform will host all SAGE journals
in both the social sciences and STM disciplines,
providing institutions with premier search technology,
toll-free linking features, a social science specific
taxonomy, and enhanced subscription options for
their journal collections [805/499-0721; www.sagepublications.com].
Business & Finance
Mergent is being acquired by Xinhua
Finance, a joint venture between Xinhua Financial
Holdings, a subsidiary of China's official Xinhua
News Agency, and private investors in the U.S.
and Japan. Previously, Xinhua Finance acquired AFX
Asia and U.S.-based Market News International [www.mergent.com;
Thomson Financial announced the launch
of Thomson MarketView, which provides stock
and industry analytics for enhanced investment
selection on Thomson ONE. Content includes comprehensive
stock analysis, detailed reports and idea generation
tools, targeted news, and headlines from Dow Jones
HighBeam Research added the HighBeam Executives
database, which offers free information on 20.5
million business executives, managers, and employees
from close to 1.2 million organizations. The institutional
coverage extends from public and private companies
to nonprofit organizations. Eliyon Technologies
supplies the data, which also appear on Eliyon's
own Web-based service, using crawls of Web sites,
press releases, electronic news sources, SEC filings,
and other Internet sources [864/650-7111; www.highbeam.com].
Factiva and John Fairfax Holdings Limited have
agreed to distribute all full-text articles from
the Fairfax group of publications to Factiva subscribers.
Factiva will be the only international vendor offering
full-text content from all of Fairfax's metropolitan
daily newspapers. Factiva will also offer access
to Fairfax's business and finance titles [Factiva
Australia: 02 8272 4613; www.factiva.com;
Fairfax: 02 9252 2266; www.f2network.com.au].
FreeERISA.com announced that its EIN
Finder has been updated with hundreds of
thousands of new U.S. Federal Employer Identification
Numbers and a host of new features. EIN Finder
includes nearly 5 million businesses with tax
IDs, addresses, phone numbers, and industry classification
(NAICS) codes. [202/728-0111; www.freeerisa.com].