Information Today

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Articles from Vol. 17, No. 9, October

Adobe Announces E-Book Acquisition, Partnerships, New Product
Adobe Systems, Inc. has announced a strategic acquisition, partnerships, and a new product. "Adobe will continue to deliver the most comprehensive software solutions for the e-book, Web, and print-publishing markets," said Bruce Chizen, president of...
APB Online Agrees to Sell Assets to SafetyTips.Com
APB Online, Inc., operator of APBnews.com and the only media company exclusively covering crime, justice, and safety, has announced that it has filed for court permission to sell its assets. The proposed purchaser is SafetyTips.com (http://www.safetytips.com),...
ASIS Gets an 'ASIST'-Information Scientists Embrace Technology
The American Society for Information Science's board of directors (http://www.asis.org) has voted to officially add "and Technology" to the end of its name, making the acronym ASIS&T. The board had previously sent its members a mail ballot, which...
Bartleby.com Reworks Free E-Book Model
This site provides access to the latest reference books and classic literature We've heard a lot about e-books lately: Stephen King's Riding the Bullet, the purchase of NuvoMedia and SoftBook Press by TV Guide publisher Gemstar, the many deals signed...
Brarydog.net Launches Web Portal for Students
The Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County (PLCMC) has announced the launch of brarydog (http://www.brarydog.net), a gateway to the Web that's designed especially for students. "We think of brarydog as your personal library and Web companion,"...
CAS Introduces CA Lexicon on STN, Teams with Aurigin, Inc
Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) has announced the release of CA Lexicon on STN, a powerful thesaurus capability with unique features to guide searchers through the intricacies of scientific vocabulary. CA Lexicon on STN organizes scientific concept...
Creative Technology Unveils CD-RW Blaster 12-10-32
Creative Technology, Ltd., a leading provider of personal digital entertainment (PDE) solutions, has announced the release of the CD-RW Blaster 12-10-32. With a maximum CD-R writing speed of 12x, a top CD-RW writing speed of 10x, and a CD-ROM reading...
CrossRef, CAS, DataStar Announce Links to Scholarly Publications
The network of links to and from scholarly publications continues to grow rapidly. The Publishers International Linking Association (PILA) has announced that its CrossRef service (http://www.crossref.org) was scheduled to open access to its collection...
CSA Acquires Aerospace Database from AIAA
For over 30 years, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA; http://www.aiaa.org) has built a leading megabase of indexed, abstracted citations to the published literature in the field. In August, it transferred ownership and production...
CSA to Publish Physical Education Index
Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA) has acquired the publishing rights to Physical Education Index, effective April 2000. CSA will continue to publish the print publication and plans to make a database version available through its Internet Database...
Deja.com Selects Northern Light as Its Search Engine
Northern Light Technology (http://www.northernlight.com), a search engine and provider of information management solutions, has announced an alliance with Deja.com, a provider of comparison-shopping resources. The alliance will bring Northern Light's...
Dialog One Releases New Dialog One Pharmaceutical Module
Dialog Corp. has announced the release of the Dialog One Pharmaceutical module. Dialog One is a suite of easy-to-use, "one-click" interfaces. A question-driven format allows infrequent or novice searchers to easily target the information they need....
DigitalOwl Announces Partnerships
DigitalOwl, provider of secure, online information commerce, and Yankee Rights Management (YRM), producer of Copyright Direct (http://www.copyrightdirect.com), the automated, online rights-management application, have partnered to provide a real-time...
Documentation Abstracts, Inc. Awards Funds for Information Science Institutes
The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has announced that it has received a grant from Documentation Abstracts, Inc. (DAI) to create, organize, and convene a series of institutes that will address key topics in information science....
Endeavor Announces Voyager Upgrade, Implementations
Endeavor Information Systems, Inc. has announced that it has upgraded its Voyager integrated library management system to include Unicode capabilities. Endeavor has also announced that both Baker & Taylor, an information and entertainment services...
E-Prints Are Gaining Momentum
There are many tricky challenges in an Internet-speed world The problem with "Internet speed" is that it has become the norm to apply the "1-year-on-the-Internet-is-equal-to-10-in-the-real-world" rule to everything on the Web. When this rule is...
Eugene Garfield Celebrates 75 Years
ISI has announced that Eugene Garfield, founder and chairman emeritus of ISI, celebrated his 75th birthday at the company's headquarters in Philadelphia Over 500 ISI employees and the staff from The Scientist, a news journal for life scientists, where...
Fact City Partners with Houghton Mifflin to Offer Online Access to Combined Reference Information
Fact City, Inc., a syndicated fact-finding engine for Internet portals and search engines, has announced a data-distribution agreement with the Electronic Reference Publishing Group of Houghton Mifflin's Trade and Reference Division. Houghton Mifflin...
Gaylord Information Systems Releases Polaris 1.5
Gaylord Information Systems (GIS) has announced the release of Polaris 1.5. According to the company, the software provides major functionality enhancements across the system. "With Polaris 1.5, GIS is again proving that, by taking advantage of...
Getting Your Material Online
Getting Your Material Online net.people: The Personalities and Passions Behind the Websites Thomas E. Bleier and Eric C. Steinert Medford, NJ: CyberAge Books, 2000 ISBN: 0-910965-374 328 pages $19.95 Are you looking for a new challenge in your life?...
Hewlett-Packard Releases New CD-RW Drives
Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) has announced the release of a new lineup of advanced CDRW drives. The range features high speeds and additional user-friendly software to allow the conversion of MP3 files to audio CDs. In addition, users are able to upload...
Inmagic Announces New Product, System Implementation
Inmagic, Inc., a developer of knowledge management and special library software, has announced the release of BiblioTech PRO version 2.1, its Progress RDBMS (relational database management system)-based integrated library system for special libraries...
Inxight Offers New Information-Visualization and Knowledge-Extraction Tools
Inxight Software, Inc. has announced the release of Hyperbolic Tree Server 2.0, a software development kit (SDK) that enables software and Web-site developers to integrate Hyperbolic Trees into their Internet, intranet, and extranet applications and...
Inxight Products Implemented by Factiva
Inxight Software, Inc., a provider of information access and content-analysis software solutions, has announced that Factiva, a jointly owned Dow Jones and Reuters Corp. company, has implemented a suite of Inxight's advanced knowledge-extraction products....
Letters to the Editor
Ijust read Barbara Quint's article "Recruiting a Corporate Dream Team" [in the September 2000 Information Today and at http://www.infotoday.com/it/sep00/quint.htm], which was distributed by the San Diego Chapter of the Special Libraries Association...
LEXIS-NEXIS Acquires Press Access, Inc
LEXIS-NEXIS, a division of Reed Elsevier, Inc., has announced that it has acquired Press Access, Inc., a leader in delivering media intelligence and automation solutions for public relations and marketing communications professionals. "The acquisition...
MarketResearch.com to Acquire Assets of Newsletters.Com
MarketResearch.com, Inc., a business intelligence solutions provider, has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire key assets of Newsletters.com Inc., which is based in Rockville, Maryland. According to the announcement, this move...
MCB, EBSCO Information Services Offer Consortium to Customers in Korea
EBSCO Information Services and MCB University Press have announced that they're working together to offer mutual customers in Korea the opportunity to act as a consortia in purchasing paper titles from MCB and acquiring access to the full-text EMERALD...
MDL Releases New Search System
MDL Information Systems, Inc., a provider of discovery informatics for the life sciences and chemistry in industry and academia, announced the release of a new version of CrossFire, the company's client/server system for navigating two of the world's...
Michuda Discusses Sopheon/Teltech Merger
On September 18, Sopheon, plc, a European software company, completed its merger with Teltech, the molis-based provider of research and consulting services. Sopheon had varied operating results, and Teltech had been losing money despite strong revenues....
Microsoft Pushes Products and Alliances in E-Book Market
Microsoft Corp. has announced that it has made the Windows version of Microsoft Reader for desktop PCs and laptop computers available as a free download at http://www.microsoft.com/reader. Microsoft and barnesandnoble.com also announced the opening...
MITINET/marc Software Unveils MARC Magician
MITINET/marc Software has announced the release of MARC Magician, its new MARC data-cleanup software. MARC Magician combines Automatic MARC Record Repair, comprehensive global editing, and Active Error Checking functionality all without having to memorize...
netLibrary, Inc. Files for IPO
netLibrary, Inc., an e-book technology company that has digitally converted more than 28,000 printed books, has filed to raise $82 million in an initial public offering (IPO). netLibrary, which also provides copyright protection, said the traditional...
NewsEdge Progresses with Its E-Content Strategy
NewsEdge's (http://www.newsedge.com) recent change in direction and its c-content strategy are off to a strong start with improved financial results, an increase in customers, an expanded partnership with Northern Light, and new products to further...
Nexis.com Launches as New Flagship Product
On September 11, LEXIS-NEXIS (L-N) launched nexiscom, a new Web-based interface of the flagship news and information service for business professionals, nexis.com replaces the LEXIS-NEXIS Universe service for L-N customers, and provides an easier-to-use...
OCLC Uses RetroCon to Convert Records at Yale, Makes Universite Du Quebec a CORC Member
OCLC has announced that the OCLC RetroCon service is converting into machine-readable form approximately 150,000 catalog records representing monographs and serials held in Yale University Library's East Asian Collection. OCLC has also announced that...
Online, Inc. Announces New Editors for EContent, ONLINE Magazines
Online, Inc. has named new editors for two of its business-to-business (B2B) magazines as part of a corporate reorganization. Effective with the January and February 2001 issues of the magazines, Bill Mickey will become editor of EContent, and Marydee...
On the Way to Information Xanadu
Bell & Howell offers users an idyllic online reference service The spell-checker in my word processor doesn't know the word Xanadu, but I bet you do. It refers to Kubla Khan's "stately pleasure dome" as depicted by Coleridge and is used as a...
OverDrive Provides E-Book Authoring Tools and Publisher Portals
OverDrive, Inc. has announced the release of its ReaderWorks Standard software, which is available as a free download at OverDrive's Web portal (http://www.readerworks.com). ReaderWorks Standard is an authoring tool that allows educators, authors,...
People Line
PEOPLE ON THE MOVE WITHIN THE INDUSTRY The Special Libraries Association's (SLA) Library Management Division has announced that it has renamed the Management Leadership Award as the Karen J. Switt Leadership Award in honor of the memory of Karen...
Portable CD-ReWritable Drives
These devices can provide a good compromise--and peace of mind Mobility and portability are becoming increasingly important in carrying out our business. The Web revolutionized these two aspects of the information world, raising our expectations...
Primark Acquires Directus from BARRA
Primark Corp. has announced that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Directus, Ltd., the U.K. directors' trading data business and a subsidiary of BARRA, Inc. The purchase price was not disclosed. Directus covers more than 10 years...
Random House Sekcts Artesia Technologies' Software
Artesia Technologies, Inc., a provider of digita asset management solutions, has announced that Random House, Inc. has selected the company to support an initiative being undertaken by the publisher to create a framework for 21st-century publishing....
Random House Selects Artesia Technologies' Software
Artesia Technologies, Inc., a provider of digital asset management solutions, has announced that Random House, Inc. has selected the company to support an initiative being undertaken by the publisher to create a framework for 21st-century publishing....
RockHill Communications Utilizes Epixtech's Horizon to Move WEB FEET Subject Guides Online
RockHill Communications has announced it will be using epixtech's Horizon automation system to offer WEB FEET, RockHill's general subject guide to the Internet, as an online product. The online version of WEB FEET will utilize Horizon's ASP and WebPAC...
SageMaker Adds Leading Thomson Financial Publications to SageWave Portal
SageMaker, Inc., an e-business portal solutions company, has announced that Thomson Financial, a provider of e-information services and work solutions, will be offering 15 financial publications through the SageWave Financial Services Portal. Content...
Salem Press, EBSCO Partner to Create Electronic Reference Products
Salem Press, Inc. and EBSCO Publishing have announced an agreement to develop a series of electronic reference products, taking advantage of the strengths of the two companies. According to the announcement, Salem Press brings a history of producing...
SciQuest.com, ChemWeb.com Announce Partnership and Content Provider Deal
SciQuest.com has announced a strategic content partnership with ChemWeb, Inc., producer of ChemWeb.com, an online community of chemistry researchers. The alliance provides improved access to ChemWeb.com's industry-specific information from the SciQuest.com...
Search Engine Strategies 2000
New ways to optimize search-engine performance Scaling the Heights" was the theme of Search Engine Strategies 2000, held August 14 in San Francisco's historic Fairmont Hotel, high atop the city's famously steep Nob Hill. In this most apt setting,...
Search Engine Strategies 2000: New Ways to Optimize Search-Engine Performance
Scaling the Heights" was the theme of Search Engine Strategies 2000, held August 14 in San Francisco's historic Fairmont Hotel, high atop the city's famously steep Nob Hill. In this most apt setting, conference attendees were immersed in an intensive...
Semio Adds New XML Capabilities, Signs Agreement with High Wire Press
Semio Corp., a provider of content-categorization solutions for business portals, has announced that it has enhanced its core engine, Semio Tagger, to automatically generate XML metadata. The company has also announced that it has entered into an agreement...
Semio Adds New XML Capabilities, Signs Agreement with HighWire Press
Semio Corp., a provider of content-categorization solutions for business portals, has announced that it has enhanced its core engine, Semio Tagger, to automatically generate XML metadata. The company has also announced that it has entered into an agreement...
SIRSI Announces System Implementations
SIRSI Corp. has announced that it, along with Blue Angel Technologies, has assisted the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in implementing the first cross-domain Web application to use the Bath Profile in a production environment. The company...
Sopheon Finalizes Merger with Teltech
Sopheon, plc, a U.K.-based provider of knowledge management software and services, has announced that it has completed its merger with Minnesota-based Teltech Resource Network Corp., an independent provider of research and knowledge management consulting...
Surpass Software Unveils Central 2.0 Library Automation Software
Surpass Software has announced the release of Surpass Central 2.0, an upgrade to the core module of the Surpass line of library automation products. New features include special benefits for Accelerated Reader users, the ability to import student photos...
Swets Blackwell, ScienceDirect Announce Linking Agreement
Swets Blackwell and ScienceDirect have announced the signing of an agreement to establish linking between ScienceDirect and SwetsnetNavigator for U.K. universities participating in NESLI. NESLI is the U.K.'s National Electronic Site Licence Initiative,...
TEAC Releases 12x10x32 High-Speed CD-ReWritable Drive
TEAC America, Inc., a manufacturer of CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, and CD-R/RW storage technology, has announced the release of its new 12x10x32 IDE-ATAPI CD-RW drive, an internal desktop PC peripheral used for the writing and rewriting of data and audio files...
Technologies for Sharing Library Resources
This strength-in-numbers approach helps libraries offer more services The latest library trend is based on the need to form partnerships to share resources. Libraries must provide ever-increasing services without increasing their budgets or staff....
theLibraryPlace.com, CARL Corp. Announce Bibliostat Agreement
theLibraryPlace.com and CARL Corp. have announced that they've reached an agreement for the development and distribution of theLibraryPlace.com's Bibliostat product to CARL clients. As part of the agreement, theLibraryPlace.com will provide CARL libraries...
Twenty Publishers Piloting New DRM Internet Service
PublishOne, Inc., a developer of online publishing and distribution services for business-information publishers, has announced the release of its initial service. Built on widely deployed digital rights management (DRM) technologies, Publish-One's...
Versaware Lightning Source Announce Digital Alliance
Versaware, Inc. and Lightning Source, Inc., have announced the formation of a long-term strategic alliance to significantly expand the product and service offerings of both companies. As an initial step under the agreement, Versaware will provide...
Versaware, Lightning Source Announce Digital Alliance
Versaware, Inc. and Lightning Source, Inc., have announced the formation of a long-term strategic alliance to significantly expand the product and service offerings of both companies. As an initial step under the agreement, Versaware will provide high-volume...
West Group Unveils Newly Redesigned Westlaw.com, Will Supply European Case Law on Westlaw Service
West Group has announced that westlaw.com now provides a more intuitive interface, superior features, and improved speed, with lower technical requirements. According to the company, significant work has gone into improving performance, and this release...
Wichuda Discusses Sopheon/Teltech Merger
Company looks to integrate process, content, and people On September 18, Sopheon, plc, a European software company, completed its merger with Teltech, the Minneapolis-based provider of research and consulting services. Sopheon had varied operating...
Your Tax Dollar at Work
Remember good old NTIS? That's the National Technical Information Service to the anti-acronymic among you. For decades, this Commerce Department unit has collected and distributed, mainly in print and microform, the contract research of the federal government's...
Your Tax Dollars at Work
The Internet should serve as the U.S. government's primary archive Remember good old NTIS? That's the National Technical Information Service to the anti-acronymic among you. For decades, this Commerce Department unit has collected and distributed,...
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