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Articles from Vol. 18, No. 8, September

BeyondGeo Links Interactive Maps with Database Information
Blue Marble Geographics, a Maine-based developer of geographic software products, has announced several new implementations of its recently launched BeyondGeo service (http://www.beyondgeo.com). According to the company, BeyondGeo is an Internet map-server...
BeyondGeo Links Interactive Maps with Database Information
Blue Marble Geographics, a Mainebased developer of geographic software products, has announced several new implementations of its recently launched BeyondGeo service (http://www.beyondgeo .com). According to the company, BeyondGeo is an Internet map-server...
BioMed Central to Deposit E-Journals with the British Library
BioMed Central (http://www.biomed central.com) has announced that The British Library has agreed to work with it to explore the issues surrounding the creation and sustainability of a permanent electronic holding within the U.K.'s National Archive of...
Britannica.com to Launch Premium Service for Encyclopaedia Britannica Access
NewsBreal It's now a familiar story. Yet another Web content provider feels the pinch from the severe downturn in the Internet economy and reduced advertising revenue and announces it will start charging for content that had been available for free....
CDL, UC Press Collaborate to Offer Books on the Web
The California Digital Library (CDL; http://www.cdlib.org) and the University of California Press (UC Press; http:f//www.ucpress.edu) have announced that more than 60 UC Press books are now available for free on the Web at http://www.escholar ship.cdlib.org....
CDL, UC Press Collaborate to Offer Books on the Web
The California Digital Library (CDL; http://www.cdlib.org) and the University of California Press (UC Press; http://www .ucpress.edu) have announced that more than 60 UC Press books are now available for free on the Web at http://www.escholar ship.cdlib.org....
Clickability Introduces New Online Reporting System for Publishers
Clickability, Inc. has announced the launch of Clickability Interactivity Reports, its advanced online reporting system. Clickability Interactivity Reports, the latest addition to the company's suite of Web-based tools, supplies online publishers with...
Consumer Watchdog Files Complaint against Eight Search Engines for 'Crass Commercialism'
NewsBreak Commercial Alert, a 3-year-old group founded by consumer activist Ralph Nader, has filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against eight Web search engines "for placing ads in search engine results without clear disclosure...
Current Science Group, Elsevier Science Offer New Science Services
NewsBreak The debate over what should be the right models for accessing scientific literature is taking on new dimensions. In June, a U.S. congressional subcommittee on energy and water development threatened to ax the budget of the nascent PubSCIENCE,...
Data Downlink Changes Name to Alacra, Inc.; Alacra Adds Mergerstat Data to PortFolio
Data Downlink Corp., a privately held global provider of business and financial information, has announced the change of its corporate name and brand identity to Alacra, Inc. The company's portfolio of service offerings, which includes the business...
Data Downlink Changes Name to Alacra, Inc.; Alacra Adds Mergerstat Data to PortFolio
Data Downlink Corp., a privately held global provider of business and financial information, has announced the change of its corporate name and brand identity to Alacra, Inc. The company's portfolio of service offerings, which includes the business search...
Defending Your Library Network
The Systems Librarian Viruses are becoming more pervasive and need to be protected against As I write this column, the Code Red worm has just started its second wave of attack on the Internet. Although it's a major annoyance, it hasn't inflicted significant...
Dialog Announces Dialog IQ Desktop Search Application
NewsBreak A new product has recently been added to Dialog's suite of desktop applications (http://www.dialog.com/info/products/desk top-index.shtml). Dialog has announced the availability of Dialog IQ, an easy-touse desktop application designed for both...
Dialog Announces Long-Awaited Pricing Changes
After years of promised changes spanning two owners, Dialog (http://www.dialog.com) has announced major price restructuring. DialUnits, the incomprehensible, un-auditable pricing mechanism installed in the M.A.I.D./Dan Wagner era, will remain in effect--a...
Dialog Keeps End-User-Searching Edge
Dialog I may benefit from a renewed interest in pay-per-view content Please take this quick quiz to assess your knowledge of Dialog's end-user search products. Examine the following list, and note the number beside the earliest one that you can...
DRA Partners with Ingram Library Services, Announces Taos Update at Virginia Library
Data Research Associates, Inc. (DRA) has announced that it has teamed up with Ingram Library Services to make purchase order (PO) and invoice capability using the X12 format available to DRA customers. DRA has also announced that the Fairfax County (Virginia)...
Ebrary, Learning Network Launch Public Beta Version of Ebrarian
ebrary, a provider of software and services for the online delivery of copyrighted content, and Learning Network, part of Pearson, PLC, have announced the launch of the first public beta version of ebrarian, ebrary's new e-content solution for partners...
Ebrary, Learning Network Launch Public Beta Version of Ebrarian
ebrary, a provider of software and services for the online delivery of copyrighted content, and Learning Network, part of Pearson, PLC, have announced the launch of the first public beta version of ebrarian, ebrary's new e-content solution for partners...
Endeavor Announces Independent Linking System, Voyager Deployments
Endeavor Information Systems has announced LinkFinderPlus, an independent, OpenURL-enabled linking solution. LinkFinderPlus allows comprehensive linking of all library resources, regardless of the software or information vendor. Available early next...
Endeavor Announces Independent Linking System, Voyager Deployments
Endeavor Information Systems has announced LinkFinderPlus, an independent, OpenURL-enabled linking solution. LinkFinderPlus allows comprehensive linking of all library resources, regardless of the software or information vendor. Available early next...
Epixtech, Inc. Teams with Syndetic Solutions
epixtech, Inc., producer of the Dynix and Horizon Sunrise library automation systems, has announced that it has teamed with Portland, Oregon-based Syndetic Solutions, Inc. to deliver enriched content through iPac, epixtech's Web-based online catalog...
Factiva Expands Its eCommerce Affiliate Program
Factiva has announced that it has entered into agreements with CareerJournal.com, the executive career site from The Wall Street Journal; StartupJournal.com. The Wall Street Journal's Center for Entrepreneurs; TheDeal.com (http://www.thedeal.com);...
Factiva Expands Its eCommerce Affiliate Program
Factiva has announced that it has entered into agreements with CareerJournal.com, the executive career site from The Wall Street Journal; StartupJournal.com, The Wall Street Journal's Center for Entrepreneurs; TheDeal.com (http://www.the deal.com); and...
FAST Launches Enhanced ALLTheWeb.com Search Engine
NewsBreak While Google may seem to dominate the news lately with enhancements to the popular search engine, FAST Search & Transfer ASA (FAST), the Norwegian search engine company (http://www.fastsearch.com), has been steadily building its index,...
FIND/SVP Announces Expert Service for Business Customers
Business portals now have a new tool to offer their users. FIND/SVP, Inc., the global business advisory and research firm, has launched its new Ask the Experts service. FIND/SVP is part of the SVP Network, which serves 75,000 executives worldwide and...
GIS Launches Polaris PowerPAC, Signs Agreement with MSNBC, Announces Polaris Implementations
Gaylord Information Systems (GIS) has announced the development of the Polaris PowerPAC, a brand-new HTML public access catalog that combines Z39.50 and XML to provide patrons and staff with access to information. GIS has also announced an agreement...
How May We Misdirect You?
Internet Insights Beware the many poor Web-resources directories that are available online The June 2001 installment of this column about Elsevier's Scirus site and its related Web "storybook" (http:H www2.hawaii.edu/-jacso/extra/infotoday/ scirus/scirus.html)...
H.W. Wilson Teams Up with Infotieve, Connecticut Digital Library; Digitizes Library Catalogs
H.W. Wilson has announced that it has entered into agreements with Infotrieve, a document delivery service, and the Connecticut Digital Library (iCONN). The company has also announced that with the release of Fiction Catalog and Public Library Catalog,...
iCopyright Launches iCopyright Publisher Central, Click & Copyright Registration Service
iCopyright has announced the release of its new iCopyright Publisher Central product and that it has partnered with Click Industries to make the Click&Copyright Registration Service available through iCopyright.com. iCopyright Publisher Central...
iCopyright Launches iCopyright Publisher Central, Click&Copyright Registration Service
iCopyright has announced the release of its new iCopyright Publisher Central product and that it has partnered with Click Industries to make the Click&Copyright Registration Service available through iCopyright.com. !Copyright Publisher Central iCopyright...
Innovative's MAP in Beta Testing at First Public Library
Innovative Interfaces, Inc., a supplier of Web-based library solutions, has announced that MAP (Millennium Access Plus) has begun its first beta tests at a public library. Westerville Public Library in Ohio is currently using MAP with its Millennium...
Innovative's MAP in Beta Testing at First Public Library
Innovative Interfaces, Inc., a supplier of Web-based library solutions, has announced that MAP (Millennium Access Plus) has begun its first beta tests at a public library. Westerville Public Library in Ohio is currently using MAP with its Millennium...
ISI ResearchSoft Ships EndNote Version 5
ISI ResearchSoft has announced the release of a major new upgrade to EndNote, its bibliographic software that searches Internet libraries, organizes data, and produces bibliographies. According to the announcement, EndNote 5 achieves a new level of...
ISI ResearchSoft Ships EndNote Version 5
ISI ResearchSoft has announced the release of a major new upgrade to EndNote, its bibliographic software that searches Internet libraries, organizes data, and produces bibliographies. According to the announcement, EndNote 5 achieves a new level of integration...
ITI Snap Poll Launches with Tasini Case Question
INFORMATION TODAY IT Special Report Information Today, Inc. (ITI) recently introduced the ITI Snap Poll, a new feature on its Web site (http://www.infotoday.com). The first question, posted to the site in late June, asked for a prediction on the outcome...
Johns Hopkins Tragedy: Could Librarians Have Prevented a Death?
In a tragic situation that could have been averted, Ellen Roche, a healthy, 24-yearold volunteer in an asthma study at Johns Hopkins University, died in June because a chemical she inhaled led to the progressive failure of her lungs and kidneys. In the...
Jumping into the KM Mainstream
Don't get left behind in the rush to embrace knowledge management Competing with Knowledge: The Information Professional in the Knowledge Management Age by Angela Abell and Nigel Oxbrow London: TFPIL/ibrary Association Publishing, 2001 ISBN: 1-85604-339-8...
Let's Stop the Trash Trucks
Before deleting files, consider this Tasini case damage-control proposal "If you can keep your head/when all about you men are losing theirs/and blaming it on you...." So begins Kipling's immortal advice to us all in "If--An Inspirational Poem."...
Letter to the Editor
Barbara Quint's NewsBreak, "Stop the Trash Trucks: A Tasini Case Damage-Control Proposal" [see http://www.infotoday.com/newsbreaks/nb010716-1.htm as well as Quint's Online on page 8], is characteristically thorough and sensible. As a former assistant...
Letter to the Editor
Barbara Quint's NewsBreak, "Stop the Trash Trucks: A Tasini Case Damage-Control Proposal" [see http://www.infotoday .com/newsbreaks/nbO 10716-1.htm as well as Quint's Online on page 81, is characteristically thorough and sensible. As a former assistant...
LexisNexis Announces Company News
LexisNexis has announced the launch of its new corporate Web site, which now includes detailed product information and a streamlined purchase process. The company has also announced the release of its Current Issues Universe (CIU) product; the introduction...
LexisNexis Announces Company News
LexisNexis has announced the launch of its new corporate Web site, which now includes detailed product information and a streamlined purchase process. The company has also announced the release of its Current Issues Universe (CIU) product; the introduction...
Libraries in the Digital Age 2001
This conference addressed ethics and information services issues The third Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) conference was held May 23-25 at the Interuniversity Centre in Dubrovnik, Croatia, with a dual theme of The Internet: Ethics and Legal...
OCLC Abandons Proprietary Software for Oracle Standard, Institutes Web Document Archiving Service
NewsBreak OCLC (http://www.oclc.org), the leading library vendor, continues building for its future as a master player in the emerging virtual library world. Getting down to basics, it has announced that it will substitute the market-standard Oracle...
OCLC Collaborates to Develop Digital Archive
OCLC has announced that it, with input from several organizations, is developing a digital archive to track and preserve Web-based documents that exist solely in electronic format. The goal of the Web Document Digital Archive project is to create a sustainable...
Owning the Railroad
IT Interview PatentCafe CEO Andy Gibbs discusses his organization 's intellectual-property business model Created as a hobby Web site in 1996, PatentCafe quickly became a must-- visit location for anyone interested in intellectual property (IP). PatentCafe...
People Line
The Dialog Corp. has announced the appointment of Brian Holland to the new position of senior vice president of pricing. According to the company, this coincides with new initiatives and announcements related to the development of pricing options....
PsycINFO to Add New Cited References Feature
The American Psychological Association (APA) has announced the planned addition of a cited references feature to the PsycINFO database, an electronic behavioral and social sciences bibliographic resource that contains more than 1.7 million abstracts...
PsycINFO to Add New Cited References Feature
The American Psychological Association (APA) has announced the planned addition of a cited references feature to the PsycINFO database, an electronic behavioral and social sciences bibliographic resource that contains more than 1.7 million abstracts...
Questia Media Announces Agreement with America Online
Questia Media, Inc., an online library, has announced an agreement with America Online (AOL) to provide Questia's online library resources to AOL members and Netscape users. Under the agreement, Questia will sponsor portions of AOL's Research & Learn...
RealNetworks Unveils RealSystem Media Commerce Suite, XMCL Initiative
RealNetworks, Inc. has launched the RealSystem Media Commerce Suite, a platform that offers a complete and flexible commerce solution available for the secure licensing and delivery of digital media. The RealSystem Media Commerce Suite includes products...
RealNetworks Unveils RealSystem Media Commerce Suite, XMCL Initiative
RealNetworks, Inc. has launched the RealSystem Media Commerce Suite, a platform that offers a complete and flexible commerce solution available for the secure licensing and delivery of digital media. The Rea]System Media Commerce Suite includes products...
SIRSI Corp. Unveils JurisLink, Announces System Implementations
SIRSI Corp. has announced the release of JurisLink, a new library management system that is tailored to the needs of law libraries. SIRSI has also announced that the National Library of Education (NLE) has selected the company's Unicorn library management...
SSP Annual Meeting 2001
Report from the Field E-books took a back seat to discussions about collaboration and experimentation The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) Annual Meeting, held June 6-8 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, offered the 328 participants and 27...
Tasini Case Final Decision: Authors Win
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on the issue of freelance writers' rights to separate compensation for electronic copies of their work. The opinion in New York Times Co., Inc., et al. v. Tasini et al., 2001 WL(00-201, June 25, 2001) decided in favor...
Technology Resource Foundation Makes Available Its Free Web-Based Integrated Library System
The Technology Resource Foundation, a Seattle-based nonprofit group, has announced the release of OpenBook, a free Web-based integrated library system. The system offers flexible, sophisticated automation to small and mid-sized public or school libraries...
Technology Resource Foundation Makes Available Its Free Web-Based Integrated Library System
The Technology Resource Foundation, a Seattle-based nonprofit group, has announced the release of OpenBook, a free Web-based integrated library system. The system offers flexible, sophisticated automation to small and mid-sized public or school libraries...
The ALA Annual Conference 2001
Here are the latest in library automation trends and announcements The exhibit hall of the American Library Association's (ALA) Annual Conference, held this past June in San Francisco, continues to stand out as the venue that best reflects the state...
The Digital Repertory Amendment
Annual photocopy licenses can be extended to cover electronic reproduction On April 1, 2000, without fanfare, the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) introduced the Digital Repertory Amendment to its Annual Authorizations Service license agreement....
The Joint Conference on Digital Libraries
ACM and IEEE have joined forces to introduce this new event Since I always enjoy reading Sue Feldman's insightful reports about digital library conferences in Information Today, I've longed to attend one. I just couldn't decide if I should go to...
TheScientific World, Inc. Announces New Online Services
TheScientificWorld, Inc., a company that delivers research information to the scientific community, has announced new features on its commercial Web site (http:// www.thescientificworld.com) that offer integrated access to scientific information, resources,...
TheScientificWorld, Inc. Announces New Online Services
TheScientificWorld, Inc., a company that delivers research information to the scientific community, has announced new features on its commercial Web site (http://www.thescientificworld.com that offer integrated access to scientific information, resources,...
Thomson to Acquire NewsEdge
In yet another strong sign of consolidation in the information industry, Thomson Corp. (http://www.thomson.com) announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the NewsEdge Corp. (http://www.newsedge.com) for approximately $43 million....
Thomson to Aquire NewsEdge
In yet another strong sign of consolidation in the information industry, Thomson Corp. (httpJ/www.thomson.com) announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the NewsEdge Corp. (http://www .newsedge.com) for approximately $43 million....
West Group Releases KeyCite Locate, My Westlaw
West Group, a provider of e-information and solutions to the U.S. legal market, has announced the availability of KeyCite Locate, a new research tool, and My Westlaw, new legal research technology that allows westlaw.com users to create their own personalized...
West Group Releases KeyCite Locate, My Westlaw
West Group, a provider of e-information and solutions to the U.S. legal market, has announced the availability of KeyCite Locate, a new research tool, and My Westlaw, new legal research technology that allows westlaw.com users to create their own personalized...
What If PubSCIENCE Is Shut Down?
Focus on Publishing The Department of Energy could alter scholarly publishing's course In the July/August 2001 issue of Information Today I wrote about the Public Library of Science and how its architects view the role of central depositories like PubMed...
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