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2002 NFAIS Conference
What do information service providers talk about when they get together? Well, besides how good the food is at the Ritz-Carlton ... I had the opportunity to find out what producers are talking about when I joined a couple hundred industry executives...
2002 NFAIS Conference: This Annual Event Stressed Ways in Which the Aggregator Will Soon Turn Integrator. (Report from the Field)
What do information service providers talk about when they get together? Well, besides how good the food is at the Ritz-Canton... I had the opportunity to find out what producers are talking about when I joined a couple hundred industry executives...
2002 PSP Annual Conference
On February 11-13, the Association of American Publishers' (AAP) Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division (PSP) held its annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Approximately 225 registered professionals attended. This year's theme was "Eng@ging Our Customers"--...
2002 PSP Annual Conference: This Year's Meeting Focused Primarily on the Online Customer. (Report from the Field)
On February 11-13, the Association of American Publishers' (AAP) Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division (PSP) held its annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Approximately 225 registered professionals attended. This year's theme was "Eng@ging Our Customers"--the...
April Fool's Day Follies
The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.-Mark Twain I bet you read 364 days a year about how unreliable and inaccurate the free Web resources are vs. the commercial ones, which are touted to deliver accurate,...
April Fool's Day Follies: Better Fact-Checking in Print Could Prevent Many Database Errors. (Internet Insights)
The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.--Mark Twain I bet you read 364 days a year about how unreliable and inaccurate the free Web resources are vs. the commercial ones, which are touted to deliver...
Bigchalk Debuts Two New Library Databases
bigchalk, a digital learning source, has announced the release of the bigchalk Literature Online for Schools and ProQuest Health databases. bigchalk Literature Online bigchalk Literature Online for Schools combines information, resources, and works with...
Bigchalk Debuts Two New Library Databases. (Internet Today)
bigchalk, a digital learning source, has announced the release of the bigchalk Literature Online for Schools and ProQuest Health databases. bigchalk Literature Online bigchalk Literature Online for Schools combines information, resources, and...
Blackwell Publishing Introduces New Version of Blackwell Synergy
Blackwell Publishing has announced the launch of a new version of Blackwell Synergy, its online journals service. The site has a new design and improved navigation so readers can better locate journals in their subject area and link between related articles....
Blackwell Publishing Introduces New Version of Blackwell Synergy. (Internet Today)
Blackwell Publishing has announced the launch of a new version of Blackwell Synergy, its online journals service. The site has a new design and improved navigation so readers can better locate journals in their subject area and link between related...
Calendar
April 13-16: San Diego (Hotel Del Coronado). The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) will sponsor the 2002 SIIA Annual Conference, whose theme is "Trends Shaping the Digital Economy." According to the announcement, this event...
CASPR Introduces New MARC Companion Database
CASPR Library Systems, Inc. has announced the launch of LibraryWorld MARC Companion, the "missing content" in library automation that makes it easy to do retrospective conversion. MARC Companion is a database of over 2.2 million MARC records and is fully...
CASPR Introduces New MARC Companion Database. (Library Systems Today)
CASPR Library Systems, Inc. has announced the launch of Library World MARC Companion, the "missing content" in library automation that makes it easy to do retrospective conversion. MARC Companion is a database of over 2.2 million MARC records and is...
Despite Downturn, Report Claims Healthy Growth in European Online Information Market
Learned Information Europe, Ltd. has announced that, according to a new report, Europe's online information market--representing the sale of paid-for content--grew by 6 percent in 2001, surpassing its 4-percent growth in 2000. Revenue in this sector...
Dialog Improves SourceOne Patent Document Ordering System
Dialog has announced the latest step in ongoing improvements to its SourceOne patent document ordering system. As part of the update, the company offers retrieved documents in full-text Adobe PDF and has restored the "order review" feature. According...
Dialog Improves SourceOne Patent Document Ordering System. (Internet Today)
Dialog has announced the latest step in ongoing improvements to its SourceOne patent document ordering system. As part of the update, the company offers retrieved documents in full-text Adobe PDF and has restored the "order review" feature. According...
DialogPRO Brings Flat-Fee Subscriptions to Low-End Small-Business Market
Dialog (http://www.dialog.com) has inaugurated a product line targeted at small businesses. The DialogPRO product-PRO stands for "predictable research online"offers unlimited usage of a narrow, subjectfocused array of files (called "content channels")...
DialogPRO Brings Flat-Fee Subscriptions to Low-End Small-Business Market. (News Break)
Dialog (http://www.dialog.com) has inaugurated a product line targeted at small businesses. The DialogPRO product--PRO stands for "predictable research online"--offers unlimited usage of a narrow, subject-focused array of files (called "content channels")...
Divine Debuts ShowCase Tool for Web-Based Conference, Presentations
divine, Inc., a provider of solutions for the extended enterprise, has announced the availability of divine ShowCase, a Webbased conferencing and presentation solution that enables the creation, publishing, and distribution of live and on-demand multimedia...
Divine Debuts ShowCase Tool for Web-Based Conferences, Presentations. (Internet Publishing Today)
divine, Inc., a provider of solutions for the extended enterprise, has announced the availability of divine ShowCase, a Web-based conferencing and presentation solution that enables the creation, publishing, and distribution of live and on-demand multimedia...
Ebrary Teams with Princeton University Press, Elsevier Science
ebrary has announced that Princeton University Press and Elsevier Science's Science & Technology Division have agreed to make their book titles available through ebrary's multiple online channels, which include libraries, institutions, and other...
Ebrary Teams with Princeton University Press, Elsevier Science. (Internet Today)
ebrary has announced that Princeton University Press and Elsevier Science's Science & Technology Division have agreed to make their book titles available through ebrary's multiple online channels, which include libraries, institutions, and other...
Ebrary Upgrades Ebrarian, Secures Distribution Agreement with Amigos
INFORMATION TODAY NewsBreak Just about 6 weeks after launching ebrarian 2.0 with some pilot library customers (see http://www.infotoday.com/newsbreaks/ nb020121-2.htm), ebrary has delivered on its promise to roll out version 2.1 to libraries within the...
Ebrary Upgrades Ebrarian, Secures Distribution Agreement with Amigos. (News Break)
Just about 6 weeks after launching ebrarian 2.0 with some pilot library customers (see http://www.infotoday.com/newsbreaks/nb020121-2.htm), ebrary has delivered on its promise to roll out version 2.1 to libraries within the first quarter of this year....
EBSCO Publishing Announces New Database, EBSCOhost Additions
EBSCO Publishing has announced that EBSCO Canada has combined the contents of three major literary reference series with book reviews, essays, works of literary criticism, author biographies, and current periodical articles to form the new Canadian Literary...
EBSCO Publishing Announces New Database, EBSCOhost Additions. (Internet Today)
EBSCO Publishing has announced that EBSCO Canada has combined the contents of three major literary reference series with book reviews, essays, works of literary criticism, author biographies, and current periodical articles to form the new Canadian...
EBSCO Publishing Offers Full Text through PubMed's LinkOut
EBSCO Publishing (http://www.epnet .com) has announced that full-text materials in EBSCO's biomedical databases, such as the Biomedical Reference Collection and Nursing & Allied Health Collections, are now available via links from PubMed (http://...
EBSCO Publishing Offers Full Text through PubMed's LinkOut. (News Break)
EBSCO Publishing (http://www.epnet.com) has announced that full-text materials in EBSCO's biomedical databases, such as the Biomedical Reference Collection and Nursing & Allied Health Collections, are now available via links from PubMed (http://www4.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed)....
Follett Software Co. Releases Version 5.0 of Software
Follett Software Co. has announced the release of version 5.0 of its library automation and information access solutions. According to the announcement, the enhancements will provide easier access to patron information, more efficient collection management,...
Follett Software Co. Releases Version 5.0 of Software. (Library Systems Today)
Follett Software Co. has announced the release of version 5.0 of its library automation and information access solutions. According to the announcement, the enhancements will provide easier access to patron information, more efficient collection management,...
George Soros Gives $3 Million to New Open Access Initiative
A new initiative to help provide free access to refereed articles on the Internet has received $3 million in funding from financier and philanthropist George Soros' Open Society Institute (OSI). Launched on February 14, the Budapest Open Access Initiative...
George Soros Gives $3 Million to New Open Access Initiative. (News Break)
A new initiative to help provide free access to refereed articles on the Internet has received $3 million in funding from financier and philanthropist George Soros' Open Society Institute (OSI). Launched on February 14, the Budapest Open Access Initiative...
Google Unveils New Server Appliance
Web search engine company Google has announced a new line of server appliances intended for enterprises that wish to harness its crawling, searching, and page-ranking capabilities in order to index millions of documents hidden behind corporate firewalls....
Google Unveils New Server Appliance. (News Break)
Web search engine company Google has announced a new line of server appliances intended for enterprises that wish to harness its crawling, searching, and page-ranking capabilities in order to index millions of documents hidden behind corporate firewalls....
Informative Graphics Releases Net-It Central 5.0
Informative Graphics Corp. has announced the release of Net-It Central 5.0, the latest version of its intranet document publishing software. Net-It Central 5.0 offers enhanced customization, priority publishing features, and tighter security. Used by...
Informative Graphics Releases Net-It Central 5.0. (Internet Publishing Today)
Informative Graphics Corp. has announced the release of Net-It Central 5.0, the latest version of its intranet document publishing software. Net-It Central 5.0 offers enhanced customization, priority publishing features, and tighter security. Used...
InfoToday 2002 Conference At-a-Glance
TUESDAY 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Content Is Dead! Long Live Context! Stephen Abram, Vice President Corporate Development, IHS Group/Micromedia WEDNESDAY 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. The New Dynamics of Decision Support David Snowden, Director,...
Ingenta Acquires HERON
ingenta, PLC, an online distributor of published scientific, professional, and academic research, has announced that it has agreed to acquire the business and assets of HERON, a Web-based supplier of online course packs to higher education institutions...
Ingenta Acquires HERON. (Book Review)
ingenta, PLC, an online distributor of published scientific, professional, and academic research, has announced that it has agreed to acquire the business and assets of HERON, a Web-based supplier of online course packs to higher education institutions...
Innovative Interfaces Announces Millennium Implementations
Innovative Interfaces, Inc. has announced the adoption of its Millennium library automation system at several institutions. Mexican Colleges The Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico, will expand its Millennium system to include 29...
Innovative Interfaces Announces Millennium Implementations. (Library Systems Today)
Innovative Interfaces, Inc. has announced the adoption of its Millennium library automation system at several institutions. Mexican Colleges The Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico, will expand its Millennium system to include...
ITI Publishes Three New Books
Information Today, Inc. (ITI) has announced the publication of Historical Information Science: An Emerging Unidiscipline, a new book by Lawrence J. McCrank. ITI has also announced the release of Smart Services: Competitive Information Strategies, Solutions...
It's All in a Typical Day's Work
Since I have a very nontraditional job for a librarian, I'm often asked about what I do and how I do it. Well, let me try to describe a typical workday. In comes an e-mail from my boss. (She lives in New Jersey. I live in Florida. Our office is in San...
It's All in a Typical Day's Work: Librarian Training Can Be Useful for Many Different Types of Occupations. (Internet Waves)
Since I have a very nontraditional job for a librarian, I'm often asked about what I do and how I do it. Well, let me try to describe a typical workday. In comes an e-mail from my boss. (She lives in New Jersey. I live in Florida. Our office is...
Markmonitor Forms Alliance with Eversheds
Markmonitor, a provider of online brand protection, and U.K.-based Eversheds, one of the world's largest law firms, have announced an alliance that combines Markmonitor's real-time online brand-protection services with Eversheds' BRANDCOMPLETE legal...
McGraw-Hill Education to Register DOIs
McGraw-Hill Education and Content Directions, Inc. have announced the signing of a comprehensive registration agreement through which McGraw-Hill Education will begin registering Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) across all of its major book-publishing...
McGraw-Hill Education to Register DOIs. (Internet Publishing Today)
MCGRAW-HILL EDUCATION and Content Directions, Inc. have announced the signing of a comprehensive registration agreement through which McGraw-Hill Education will begin registering Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) across all of its major book-publishing...
Microsoft, OverDrive Debut ReaderWorks 2.0. (Internet Publishing Today)
Microsoft Corp. and OverDrive, Inc., providers of e-book, digital rights management (DRM), and digital media technologies, have announced the introduction of ReaderWorks 2.0, a suite of e-book authoring and conversion tools for creating Microsoft Reader...
Microsoft, OverDrive Debut ReadWorks 2.0
Microsoft Corp. and OverDrive, Inc., providers of e-book, digital rights management (DRM), and digital media technologies, have announced the introduction of ReaderWorks 2.0, a suite of e-book authoring and conversion tools for creating Microsoft Reader...
New Dialog E-Journal Feature Links Database Citations to Full-Text Article Images
Dialog Corp. (http://www.dialog.com) has become the first of the traditional commercial online services to offer users full linking from citations appearing in abstract/ index databases to electronic versions of the journals. Users of the newly announced...
New Dialog E-Journal Feature Links Database Citations to Full-Text Article Images. (News Break)
Dialog Corp. (http://www.dialog.com) has become the first of the traditional commercial online services to offer users full linking from citations appearing in abstract! index databases to electronic versions of the journals. Users of the newly announced...
NewsEdge Upgrades to Insight 6.0, Spotlights Expertise of Editors
NewsEdge (http://www.newsedge.com) subscribers concerned about the effect of the company's acquisition by Dialog Corp. had those fears allayed by the introduction of NewsEdge Insight 6.0. Combining technology with human acumen, Insight 6.0 promises same-day...
NewsEdge Upgrades to Insight 6.0, Spotlights Expertise of Editors. (News Break)
NewsEdge (http://www.newsedge.com) subscribers concerned about the effect of the company's acquisition by Dialog Corp. had those fears allayed by the introduction of NewsEdge Insight 6.0. Combining technology with human acumen, Insight 6.0 promises...
Not Pleading Poverty
With Reed Elsevier's acquisition of Harcourt cleared by the antitrust authorities, and online sales now approaching $2.8 billion this year, Elsevier Science chairman Derk Haank says in this interview that he's looking forward to a period of stability....
Not Pleading Poverty: Elsevier Science Chairman Derk Haank Addresses Industry and End-User Issues. (IT Interview)
With Reed Elsevier's acquisition of Harcourt cleared by the antitrust authorities, and online sales now approaching $2.8 billion this year, Elsevier Science chairman Derk Haank says in this interview that he's looking forward to a period of stability....
Nstein Targets the E-Publishing Industry
Randall Marcinko has been an entrepreneur in the library and information technology field for over 20 years. Having forged a solid network of business relationships during that time, he is well-known by database producers, online services, and e-publishers....
Nstein Targets the E-Publishing Industry: President Randall Marcinko Leads the Focus on Automated Indexing Solutions. (IT Interview)
Randall Marcinko has been an entrepreneur in the library and information technology field for over 20 years. Having forged a solid network of business relationships during that time, he is well-known by database producers, online services, and e-publishers....
Progressive Information Technologies Unveils Cross-Media Publishing System
Progressive Information Technologies has announced the availability of Vasont, a cross-media publishing system that enables enterprises to publish content across numerous media channels. Vasont is the seventh version of Progressive Information Technologies'...
Progressive Information Technologies Unveils Cross-Media Publishing System. (Internet Publishing Today)
Progressive Information Technologies has announced the availability of Vasont, a cross-media publishing system that enables enterprises to publish content across numerous media channels. Vasont is the seventh version of Progressive Information Technologies'...
Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Copyright Challenge Case
On February 19, the U.S. Supreme Court (http://www.supremecourtus.gov) gave an unexpected surprise to the copyright and publishing communities by agreeing to hear a challenge to the 1998 Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act (CTEA). The act (available...
Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Copyright Challenge Case. (News Break)
On February 19, the U.S. Supreme Court (http://www.supremecourtus.gov) gave an unexpected surprise to the copyright and publishing communities by agreeing to hear a challenge to the 1998 Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act (CTEA). The act (available...
Tasini Damage-Reporting Decisions
A prominent news librarian from one of the nation's top-10 newspapers recently called her primary full-- text vendor and asked for a report on which data had gone off-line due to the Tasini decision. Her request was denied. She reported the problem to...
Tasini Damage-Reporting Decisions: Today's Vendor Policy Choices Will Affect Customer Relations Tomorrow. (Quint's Online)
A prominent news librarian from one of the nation's top-10 newspapers recently called her primary full-text vendor and asked for a report on which data had gone off-line due to the Tasini decision. Her request was denied. She reported the problem to...
The Emergence of the Open Archives Initiative
Lately, it seems like every new concept, movement, or technology is "open." While being open is surely a good characteristic for a computer system, the term has found its way into so many names and acronyms that it's hard to keep track of them all. Several...
The Emergence of the Open Archives Initiative: This Protocol Could Become a Key Part of the Digital Library Infrastructure. (the Systems Librarian)
Lately, it seems like every new concept, movement, or technology is "open." While being open is surely a good characteristic for a computer system, the term has found its way into so many names and acronyms that it's hard to keep track of them all....
The Great BOAI Experiment
The debate about the direction of scholarly publishing took on a new dimension when it was announced on February 14 that the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) would receive $3 million over a period of 3 years from George Soros' Open Society Institute...
The Great BOAI Experiment: The Open Society Institute Is the Latest to Enter the Scholarly Publishing Fray. (Focus on Publishing)
The debate about the direction of scholarly publishing took on a new dimension when it was announced on February 14 that the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) would receive $3 million over a period of 3 years from George Soros' Open Society Institute...
Third-Age Aggregation from MagPortal.com
It's tough being an aggregator. But then, it's always been tough to be an aggregator. It's tougher than being the other two sides of the information triangle: the buyers and the producers. Buyers are always complaining about prices, yet they expect the...
Third-Age Aggregation from MagPortal.com: This Service Fills a New-Style Niche as a Value-Added Content Repackager. (Database Review)
It's tough being an aggregator. But then, it's always been tough to be an aggregator. It's tougher than being the other two sides of the information triangle: the buyers and the producers. Buyers are always complaining about prices, yet they expect...
Thomson Financial Launches Thomson ePIB
Thomson Financial, a provider of information and technology solutions to the worldwide financial community, has announced the launch of Thomson ePIB, a Web-based tool for investment bankers and financial professionals. Thomson ePIB electronically collects...
Thomson Financial Launches Thomson ePIB. (Internet Today)
Thomson Financial, a provider of information and technology solutions to the worldwide financial community, has announced the launch of Thomson ePIB, a Web-based tool for investment bankers and financial professionals. Thomson ePIB electronically collects...
TLC Debuts SchoolLibrary*Solution, Forms New 'Schools' Division
The Library Corp. (TLC) has announced the release of SchoolLibrary-Solution, a product that integrates library automation with classroom curriculum. The company also announced that it has enhanced its support of the K- 12 public school market by creating...
TLC Debuts SchoolLibrary*Solution, Forms New 'Schools' Division. (Library Systems Today)
The Library Corp. (TLC) has announced the release of SchoolLibary*Solution, a product that integrates library automation with classroom curriculum. The company also announced that it has enhanced its support of the K-12 public school market by creating...
Top Management Roundtable
Taking place on the heels of the PSP 2002 Annual Conference, the Society for Scholarly Publishing's 2002 Top Management Roundtable packed a punch. The event, held February 13-14, was co-sponsored by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and drew a crowd...
Virage Launches New Rich-Media Learning Software
Virage, Inc. has announced the release of VS Learning, a new enterprise application for rich-media training and e-learning. VS Learning enables companies to create, manage, publish, and view on-demand training courses and presentations containing video...
Virage Launches New Rich-Media Learning Software. (Internet Publishing Today)
Virage, Inc. has announced the release of VS Learning, a new enterprise application for rich-media training and e-learning. VS Learning enables companies to create, manage, publish, and view on-demand training courses and presentations containing video...
What Do Users Really Think?
Evaluating Networked Information Services: Techniques, Policy, and Issues ASIST Monograph Series Edited by Charles R. McClure and John Carlo Bertot Medford, NJ: Information Today, Inc., 2001 ISBN: 1-57387-1184 344 pages $44.50 Evaluation is a hot concept...
What Do Users Really Think? There Are Many Ways to Determine the Effectiveness of Networked Services. (Book Review)
Evaluating Networked Information Services: Techniques, Policy, and Issues ASIST Monograph Series Edited by Charles R. McClure and John Carlo Bertot Medford, NJ: Information Today, Inc., 2001 ISBN: 1-57387-118-4 344 pages $44.50 Evaluation...
What Is Right about a Copyleft?
Imagine this scenario: It's an unusually warm early-April day and it's about a quarter to quitting time. Rather than start a new project so close to the end of the day, you go to the computer and peruse the latest edition of Information Today. An article...
What Is Right about a Copyleft? This New Licensing Agreement Allows Users to Modify an Intellectual Creation. (Legal Issues)
Imagine this scenario: It's an unusually warm early-April day and it's about a quarter to quitting time. Rather than start a new project so close to the end of the day, you go to the computer and peruse the latest edition of Information Today. An article...
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