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Articles from Vol. 16, No. 11, December

Academic Press Launches New IDEAL Platform
Academic Press, a H4rcourt Science and Technology Company has announced that IDEAL, its online scientific journal library, has been completely redesigned and updated with a new electronic content delivery system. Available to all licensees, the new...
Aeneid Corp. Buys InGenius Technologies
Aeneid Corp., a company that has been building a network of vertical business portals, has announced that it has acquired InGenius Technologies in a combination of cash and equity. InGenius, a privately held company founded in 1996 and based in Kalamazoo,...
Ameritech Library Services to Be Acquired by Private Investment Group
Ameritech Library Services (ALS), 21st Century Group, LLC, and Green Leaf Ridge Co., LLC, have announced an agreement in which Ameritech, a company of SBC Communications, Inc., will be sold to a private investment group led by 21st Century Group and...
Aries Systems Enhances Its Web Version of Knowledge Finder
Aries Systems Corp has announced that it has enhanced its Web search engine, Knowledge Finder, with new features that encourage interaction between medical professionals and librarians on the Internet. The newly released version of Knowledge Finder...
Asia Pulse Launches Content Set from South Asia
Asia Pulse, Asia's regional information company, has announced the release of a new electronic content package containing the national newswires of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. The package of 100,000 words and 320 stories per day contains the news...
BiblioData's Price Watcher Honors DJRBI with Award
BiblioData, publisher of Price Watcher, has awarded Dow Jones Reuters Business Interactive (now Factiva--see Barbara Quint's NewsBreak on page 1) its first annual Tip of the Hat Award for unambiguous pricing and outstanding customer service. According...
BNA Chooses Verity for Its Web-Based Publishing Platform
Verity, Inc., a provider of enterprise and Internet knowledge retrieval solutions, has announced that the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (BNA), a publisher of print and electronic news and information, is developing its new Web-based publishing platform...
Building a Business Plan for Earth's Biggest Library
After the splash that Los Angeles County Public Library's Steve Coffman made with his March 1999 Searcher magazine article "Building Earth's Largest Library"-- for which he was just awarded Bell & Howell Information and Learning's 1999 Excellence...
CD/DVD Databases for the Holidays
Here are several gift suggestions for the computer guru on your list Every December in this column, I write about CD-ROM and DVD-ROM databases that are particularly appropriate as gifts for family members. In the past, I have had to struggle with...
Cogix Ships ViewsFlash, Its Internet Polling and Survey Software
Cogix Corp. has announced the release of ViewsFlash 2.3, a complete poll and survey publishing system for Web sites. According to the company, the toolkit allows site editors and producers to easily design, schedule, and publish polls and surveys,...
Company Dossier Product Emerges from LEXIS-NEXIS' SmartIndexing Technology
The NEXIS unit of LEXIS-NEXIS (http://www.lexis-nexis.com) has developed a new product called Company Dossier, based on its advanced SmartIndexing technology. Available through the LEXIS-NEXIS Universe Web service, the Company Dossiers draw information...
Datasearch Launches Datasearch Labs
Datasearch, an information consulting company known for its user-centered studies of information products, has announced the launch of Datasearch Labs (http://www.datasearchlabs.com). The new subsidiary will continue to provide confidential usability...
Dialog Unveils PowerPortal and K-Working Software Suite
The Dialog Corp.'s Information Services Division (http://www.dialog.com) has launched two services--PowerPortal and the k-working suite--that are designed to improve its intranet and Web offerings. PowerPortal lets users tailor a personal, customized...
EBSCO Continues International Expansion with 39-Country Consortium Deal
Continuing its vigorous international marketing program, EBSCO Publishing (http://www.epnet.com) has joined with the Open Society Institute, a part of the Soros Foundations Network, to create the Electronic Information for Libraries Direct (EIFL Direct)...
Ei Villages Add the CSSINFO Technical Information Resource
Engineering Information, Inc. (Ei), has announced that it has entered a new partnership with CSSINFO, which will provide Ei Village clients with online access to one of the world's largest collections of industry standards, specifications, and technical...
Elsevier Science Announces New Policy on Electronic Archiving
Elsevier Science has announced its new policy on permanent archiving of electronic journals. Elsevier will maintain the journals offered through ScienceDirect, its host service, in perpetuity. The archives will be migrated as the technology for storage,...
EOS International Unveils New Report Writer for Q Series System
Electronic Online Systems (EOS) International has announced the release of Report Writer for its Q Series library information management and access system. The Q Series Report Writer includes a single-user licensed copy of Seagate Software's Crystal...
Factiva: The New Name for DJRBI
Six months after its inauguration, Dow Jones Reuters Business Interactive has changed its name to Factiva (fact-tee-vuh; http://www.factiva.com), a name designed to reflect an "Information-You-Need, When-You-Need-It" company. Unveiling the new name,...
Fall Internet World '99 Conference
Products at the show were exciting and revealed several new trends Another exciting walk on the wild side: That's definitely what it was like in October as exhibitors were setting up at New York's Jacob Javits Center for the Fall Internet World...
Follett Updates Product Line
Follett Software Company has announced the release of Circulation Plus version 4.0, Macintosh-based library automation software for the K-12 market. According to the company, the new version 4.0 release expands patron offerings with new Internet capabilities...
Gale's New ComputerSelect Web Version Offers Giga Content, New Publications
The Gale Group has announced that version 1.5 of its ComputerSelect Web (http://www.computer-select.com) adds selected Giga Information Group content plus 100 new publications, more than doubling the total number of titles provided by the subscription-based...
Gender Equity in Salaries Achieved for Some Information Professionals, but Not for Others
Women and men working as special librarians and information professionals are paid the same, according to the 1999 Annual Salary Survey of the Special Libraries Association (SLA, http://www.sla.org). In the U.S., the median full-time salary of female...
Hynet Announces Directive 2.5 for XML-Based Content Management
Hynet Technologies, Inc. has announced the availability of Hynet Directive 2.5, an XML-based content management system that transforms static document files into dynamic, reusable Information Units (IUs) for publishing to the Web and print. Hynet Directive...
Information Today, Inc. Launches NewsLink, a Free E-Newsletter, Releases Book That Profiles 'Scout Sites'
Information Today, Inc. (ITI) has announced the launch of NewsLink, a free e-newsletter for the library and information professions. The company has also announced the release of a new book entitled Great Scouts! CyberGuides for Subject Searching on...
Inmagic Announces DB/TextWorks Version 4.0 and DB/Text for Libraries
Inmagic, Inc., a developer of library automation and information retrieval software for the Web, intranets, CD-ROM, and LANs, has announced the release of DB/TextWorks version 4.0, which is designed for information management on desktops and networks....
IntelliSeek Launches InvisibleWeb.com
For all those information seekers who have been frustrated with the imprecision, incompleteness, and other inadequacies of general Web search engines, there is now a complementary resource that can ferret out valuable collections of data and searchable...
IntelliSeek Launches Invisible Web.Com
For all those information seekers who have been frustrated with the imprecision, incompleteness, and other inadequacies of general Web search engines, there is now a complementary resource that can ferret out valuable collections of data and searchable...
Internet Librarian '99
Conference in San Diego provides a forum for exploring issues and challenges An enthusiastic group of over 2,400 gathered in San Diego for the third year of the popular Internet Librarian conference sponsored by Information Today, Inc. This year,...
Internet Scout Project Looks toward the Future
One of the most important, prestigious, and useful resources for identifying, reviewing, and accessing new and newly discovered Internet based resources, the Internet Scout Project (http://scout.cs.wisc.edu) recently distributed a letter discussing...
ISI and ASIS Seek Nominations for Citation Analysis Research Grant
Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) and the American Society for Information Science (ASIS) have announced that they are accepting proposals for the 2000 ISI/ASIS Citation Analysis Research Grant, which supports research based on citation analysis...
iUniverse.com Will Offer On-Demand Publishing
iUniverse.com, Inc. has announced plans to "rewrite the rules of publishing" so that millions of new authors and out-of-print books can be brought into the marketplace. Operating as a Web publishing portal, iUniverse.com plans to harness the power...
Keeping Track of Business Trends
This new book on competitive intelligence can help info pros of all types In today's fast-paced business environment, companies in all fields must move quickly to take advantage of opportunities. Successful enterprises need to know what their competitors...
Macmillan USA Launches New IT Portal
Macmillan USA, a computer book publisher and an innovator in both print and digital formats, has announced the launch of its information technology portal, InformIT (http://www.informit.com). InformlT is a complete online community delivering information,...
Matthew Bender Unveils New York Consolidated Laws Service (CLS)
Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., now part of LEXIS Publishing and a publisher of legal analysis and research information, has announced the release of the New York Consolidated Laws Service (CLS) to complete the Authority New York Law and Practice...
Medical Journals on the Web, Part II
Here are several more indexes to medical literature online Hundreds of medical journals have established some kind of presence on the Net. Most well-known print medical journals offer only tables of contents and abstracts online. A growing number,...
New Web Technology: Shopping Agents
These services exhibit more of what the Web can do, and save you hassle Shopping agents represent a Web-software category that once again makes both the Internet and the talented Web software developers shine. There is no better time to give an...
Northern Light Adds Link Popularity to Its Relevance Ranking Factors List
Quality is one of the most elusive elements that search engines must deliver. Web search engines in particular seek new methods for separating the best documents from the so-so and the misleading ones. Last week, Northern Light Technology, Inc. announced...
Northern Light Introduces Its Search Alert Service
Northern Light Technology, Inc. has announced that it has introduced the Search Alert Service, the industry's first Web monitoring and electronic news service that automatically sends its users regular updates on new or modified information from the...
One Last Nag ... or Two ... or Three
It's the last chance this year for vendors to take my advice: Put users first! Here we all are, tiptoeing into the 21st century together, and what do my shocked senses perceive? People ignoring my advice! In fact, the practice seems so prevalent...
One Last Nag.Or Two.Or Three
Here we all are, tiptoeing into the 21 st century together, and what do my shocked senses perceive? People ignoring my advice! In fact, the practice seems so prevalent that one might almost catalog it as a bad habit, even a vice. Well, I'm sure none...
Ovid Enables Online Linking between BIOSIS Previews and Journals@Ovid
Ovid Technologies, Inc. has announced the implementation of extensive hyperlinking between BIOSIS Previews and Journals@Ovid, Ovid's aggregated database of hundreds of scientific, technical, and medical journals. Links from the U.S. National Library...
People Line
PEOPLE ON THE MOVE WITHIN THE INDUSTRY Access Innovations, Inc., the parent company of the National Information Center for Educational Media (NICEM), has announced that Dennis Auld has been named president of NICEM. Previously the 20-year industry...
Physics Societies Announce Joint Venture to Launch Virtual Journals
The American Institute of Physics (AIP) and the American Physical Society (APS) have announced that the first two of a series of "virtual" journals in the physical sciences are set to launch next month. Jointly developed by the two organizations,...
PoINT Software & Systems Announces PoINT Jukebox Manager Version 3.0
PoINT Software & Systems GmbH has announced the latest version of its jukebox management software, PoINT Jukebox Manager version 3.0. With disc-storage systems of all types gaining support in many markets, PoINT Jukebox Manager version 3.0 supports...
Portals Make Dialog `of the Web'
The company's new business strategy aims to attract individual Web users Like most of us, the traditional online services were caught off guard by the astonishing rise of the Web. They, however, have more to lose by procrastinating. The Web is an...
Portals Make Dialog 'Of the Web'
Like most of us, the traditional online services were caught off guard by the astonishing rise of the Web. They, however, have more to lose by procrastinating. The Web is an opportunity for everyone, but as an alternative means of information distribution,...
Powerize.com Adds New Features to Its Business Research Site
Powerize.com, Inc., an Internet aggregator and distributor of business and financial information, has announced the addition of several features and services to its flagship business-research Web site. With content from more than 10,000 information sources...
Primark Unveils Global Access PRO 1.2
Primark Corp. has announced the launch of Global Access PRO version 1.1, a complete Y2K-ready document-fulfillment workstation for users of company financial documents. According to the announcement, Global Access PRO delivers a global document collection...
R.R. Bowker's Global Books in Print Provides Expanded Subject Access
R.R. Bowker has announced that its Global Books In Print products (Global Books In Print On Disc and Global Books In Print On Tape) will now provide subject access to over 3 million bibliographic records from R.R. Bowker, J. Whitaker & Sons, Thorpe,...
Running Start Announces Web Content-Management Solution
Running Start, Inc. has announced the release of ArticleBASE, an integrated content management, workflow, and dynamic publishing system designed for medium-sized to enterprise-class companies to centrally manage distributed digital content, such as...
SIRSI Introduces Unicorn QuikStart, Licenses Unicorn to U.S. Census Bureau
SIRSI Corp. has announced the launch of a new integrated library system packaged specifically for small libraries. The turnkey system, called Unicorn QuikStart, includes a free Windows NT central server and special hotline, and provides the same full-function...
STN International Releases International Patent Classification Online
FIZ Karlsruhe has announced that STN International, an online provider of scientific and technical information worldwide, has announced the release of the PATIPC database, an electronic tool for patent searchers and patent attorneys. PATIPC is the...
SydneyPLUS to Include New Global Editor Function
International Library Systems Corp. (ILS) has announced that it will introduce a new Global Editor feature in its cataloging module. According to the company, librarians will soon be able to search for text in any field in the library catalog and replace...
The 1999 Online World Conference
The focus was on ways to find, organize, manage, and share content Online, Inc.'s Online World conference was held October 25 to 27 in Chicago this year. It took place amid a millennium-end atmosphere in the industry of anxiety and excitement at...
The Convergence of Media and Publishing
There aren't 500 channels on TV, but the Web is a different story ... Do you remember the prediction that one day we would have 500 television channels? Nearly 10 years ago, in the first wave of Internet fever, the headlines promised this dizzying...
Thomson Financial Publishing Launches Banking Information Service
Thomson Financial Publishing (TFP), a division of Thomson Financial Media, has announced the release of a new banking service, the Thomson Global Banking Resource. According to the company, this new service combines the latest technology with decades...
Versaware Debuts eBookCity.Com
Versaware, Inc. has announced the debut of eBookCity.com (http://www.ebookcity.com), an online electronic publishing portal that provides consumers and the professional publishing industry with diverse content, commerce, and communities. eBookCity....
Watchfire Announces Metabot Pro 2.0, E-Quality Suite 1.0
Watchfire has announced the release of Metabot Pro 2.0, which, according to the company, now provides even greater support for editing and updating metatag information. Using a familiar spreadsheet-style interface, Metabot Pro makes it simple to generate...
What Price Copyright? New Concerns
Intellectual property--the fuel of the information industry--is in danger In the knowledge economy, surely intellectual property gains importance and becomes the primary source of competitive advantage. Certainly for the information industry, copyright...
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