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Articles from Vol. 17, No. 7, July

21st National Online Meeting
This event focused on cutting-edge technology and content It's hard to believe that the National Online Meeting (NOM) celebrated its 21st year as one of the information industry's premier events--and that I've been to most of them. The conference...
ABC-CLIO Launches New ResourceLink CD-ROM
ABC-CLIO Interactive has announced the release of ResourceLink: 18th-Century World History, a new multimedia research tool on CD-ROM. According to the company, the CD-ROM offers librarians, teachers, and students the following features: * A wealth...
AIP's OJPS to Host ASME International's Journals
The American Institute of Physics (AIP) has announced that ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) International has chosen AIP's Online Journal Publishing Service (OJPS) as the platform to host its 17 journals online. ASME journals made their...
Arbortext Announces Alliance with Extensibility
Arbortext, Inc., a provider of eXtensible Markup Language (XML)-based e-content software for e-publishing, e-commerce, and B2B (business-to-business) e-marketplaces, and Extensibility, Inc., a provider of XML schema management solutions, have announced...
Arbortext Announces Launch of Epic 4.0
Arbortext, Inc., a provider of eXtensible Markup Language (XML)-based e-content software fore-publishing, c-commerce, and B2B e-marketplaces, has announced the launch of Epic 4.0. Principal among Epic's enhancements is the introduction of the Epic...
Bigchalk.com Signs $750,000 Licensing Agreement with Excalibur
Excalibur Technologies Corp., a provider of intelligent search solutions for intranet portals and Internet/e-commerce applications, has announced that it has signed a 10-year licensing agreement with bigchalk.com, an Internet education company dedicated...
Bookface.com Launches with Ad-Based Business Model
Bookface, Inc. has announced the launch of Bookface.com (http://www.bookface.com), a fully functional beta Web site that is the first to use its new proprietary technology. The site delivers whole books and excerpts to readers directly over standard...
CASPR Library Systems Launches New LibraryCom.com Service
CASPR Library Systems, Inc. has announced that LibraiyCom.com (http://www.librarycom.com), its Web hosting service for libraries, has been enhanced to be an integrated library system with MARC cataloging, circulation, patron management, and reports....
Chemical Abstracts Service Adds Preprints, Releases CA Selects on the Web, Redesigns STN Easy
Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) has announced that it has begun to abstract and index preprints, a new class of research report distributed on the Web in advance of or in lieu of formal publication. CAS has also announced that all 241 titles in the...
Columbia University to Evaluate the Viability of Online Scholarly Publications
Columbia University has announced a study to evaluate the viability of online scholarly publications that its proponents hope will answer the following questions: * Will online publications replace print? * Do scholars need or want instant access...
CorporateIntelligence.com Launches PATEX
CorporateIntelligence.com, an Internet intellectual-property portal, has announced the launch of PATEX, a new Internet exchange for the licensing of patents and technologies. PATEX gives patent and technology holders exposure for their under-licensed...
CrossRef Now on the Web
CrossRef, a collaborative reference-linking service, has announced that it has activated its first links on the Internet and has gone live. A demonstration of the live reference links can be accessed at http://www. crossref.org/demos/gallery.htm. ...
Current Patents Forges Link with Biotech Firms
Current Patents, Ltd. of London, a pharma/biotech patent intelligence publisher, has announced that it has entered into a collaboration with ERBI, the Eastern Region Biotechnology Initiative. Under this new arrangement, launched at ERBI's Cambridge...
Derwent Releases Patent Statistics
Derwent Information has announced that the number of patents filed by U.K. companies is falling dramatically, just at the point when patents are becoming a vital way of maintaining competitive advantage, and companies are being exhorted to exploit...
Dialog Announces Info Pro Portal
The Dialog Corporation, now a subsidiary of Thomson Corp., has released a Web portal for professional searchers that provides customizable access to industry information and news and to Dialog's products and services. The Info Pro Portal (http://www.dialog.com/infopro)...
Dialog Gets Smart with Outsmart Company Profiles
Searchers will soon be able to buy extensive company profiles from Dialog (http://www.dialog.com) that are replete with information extracted from a range of its business databases and arranged in a handsome, downloadable Microsoft Word document. How...
Dun & Bradstreet Introduces D&B Family Tree Finder
Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) has announced the release of D&B Family Tree Finder, a Web-based service that helps users identify corporate linkages and business-to-business conflicts on potential and existing clients, regardless of industry. ...
Editorial Policy Committee Meets at the Library of Congress
OCLC has announced that the Decimal Classification Editorial Policy Committee (EPC) held its 114th meeting at the Library of Congress on May 3-5, 2000. It was the first meeting chaired by Andrea Stamm, head of the catalog department of Northwestern...
Emerging Opportunities from the Evolving Book
The information industry can benefit from e-book technology Way back in the last millennium, I sat peacefully reading a book in the coach section of an airplane while coming home from a major online conference, when a colleague--one whom here in...
Endeavor Announces 2000 Release in Beta
Endeavor Information Systems, Inc. has announced the beta version of Voyager 2000, which is in place at customer sites. Advances include an enhanced acquisitions interface and sharpened cataloging processes, along with OPAC changes that heighten Voyager's...
E-Spin Offers Electronic Version of the Bell Atlantic Yellow and White Pages on CD-ROM
Bell Atlantic has announced that businesses and consumers looking for an electronic resource with the same information as the Bell Atlantic Yellow and White Pages can now turn to e-spin, a CD-ROM version of the printed directories. Introduced at the...
Factiva Announces Qpass Partnership and Factiva Modules
It's probably no coincidence that during the month leading up to its 1-year anniversary, Factiva (http://www.factiva.com) announced two strategic moves. The first, announced in late April, was its plan to work with Qpass (http://www.qpass.com) to "provide...
Gale Full-Text Content Free on LookSmart? Well, Some of It
A heart-stopping press release appeared on May 23 from Web directory service LookSmart (http://www.looksmart.com) announcing that the company had signed an exclusive agreement with Gale Group (http://www.gale.com), a leading full-text aggregator. According...
Gale Group Acquires Rights to Major U.K. Publications
Gale Group, an operating unit of Thomson Corp., has announced that it has acquired online rights to the U.K.'s major newspapers and business and financial publications. In agreements struck with The Independent, a major British newspaper; Centaur Communications,...
Gale Group Launches History Resource Center
Gale Group has announced the release of the History Resource Center at http://www.galegroup.com/HistoryRC. The subscription service, designed primarily for libraries, schools, and universities, is the first product to integrate history's most important...
Harcourt to Be Sole Owner of MD Consult
Harcourt, Inc., the global education, training, assessment, and professional information company, has announced it has signed an agreement with publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), a Wolters Kluwer International Health & Sciences...
Inmagic, Inc. Releases DB/Text WebPublisher Lite
Inmagic, inc., a developer of library automation and information management software solutions, has announced the release of DR/Text WebPublisher Lite, a Windows NT-based Web publishing application. DB/Text WebPublisher Lite--a single-database version...
Integrated MP3 and CD-Audio Player
P[acute{e}]ter Jacs[acute{o}] The D 'music SM-200C is a great, portable way to take your music with you At the end of my March 1998 Multimedia Medley column (Information Today, pp. 34-35) I wrote, "I would not be surprised to see a special audio...
MarketResearch.com Releases Beta Version of New Site
MarketResearch.com has announced the release of the beta version of its new site (http://www.marketresearch.com), a service that allows corporate marketers, strategists, and researchers to identify and purchase expert industry intelligence. As part...
MEDLINEplus: MEDLINE for the Masses
This site offers comprehensive, consumer-oriented health information It seems that every month some new medical/health Web site appears--Dr.com this, Medical.com that, or something of the sort. It's nice to have all of this medical/health information--it's...
Music Anywhere and Everywhere
P[acute{e}]ter Jacs[acute{o}] Accessing your favorite songs through the Web has never been easier Music has been available on the Web for years, but in the 12 months since I last wrote about this topic there have been many new developments that...
Need Information about Libraries?
Web-enabled database lib-web-cats provides quick, thorough access Making information available on the Web is one of the most satisfying activities that library professionals can do. I've been fortunate to be able to create a number of Web resources...
NetLibrary to Include Print-on-Demand Services and an Embedded Dictionary
netLibrary, Inc. has announced the addition of print on demand (POD) and an embedded dictionary to the services it offers publishers and retailers. In cooperation with industry leaders, netLibrary is developing both distributed and enterprise e-book...
New, Updated Topics Added to SIRS CD-ROM and Online Databases
SIRS Mandarin, Inc. has announced that a wide variety of new and updated topics have recently been added to SIRS Mandarin CD-ROM/online reference databases SIRS Researcher, SIRS Government Reporter, SIRS Renaissance, and SIRS Discoverer. Selected for...
New Web Map Reveals Previously Unseen 'Bow-Tie' Organizational Structure
A new map of cyberspace shows that the Web resembles a bow tie, with divisive boundaries that can make navigation between regions difficult or even impossible, according to a new study published by researchers at AltaVista, Compaq, and IBM. Previous...
NIST Awards $500,000 Grant to ANSI
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), coordinator of the U.S. voluntary consensus standards system, has announced that it has been awarded a grant of $500,000 from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of...
OneSource Extends Partnership with Primark
OneSource Information Services, Inc. has announced that it would extend its existing relationship with Primark Corp. to license the Worldscope database for use in its flagship OneSource Business Browser product line. This data allows users of Global...
Ovid Licenses Key Harcourt Clinical Texts and Journals, Releases Clinical Evidence
Ovid Technologies, Inc. a provider of electronic medical, technical, and scientific information, has announced a licensing agreement with Harcourt, Inc. to offer electronic full-text versions of several key clinical textbooks and journals published...
People Line
PEOPLE ON THE MOVE WITHIN THE INDUSTRY OCLC has announced the promotion of Erik Jul from associate director to executive director of the OCLC Institute. He was chosen for this position because of his knowledge, leadership skills, and professional...
Personalized Content from Anywhere
Meta-browsers offer users the ability to customize their Web sites When most of us think about personalized Web content, we think of personalized home pages like My Yahoo! or My WebCrawler. But it's usually just a cobbled-together affair from a...
Primark Releases Piranha Web, asiaSCORES.Com
Primark Corp. has announced the release of both PiranhaWeb (http://www.piranha web.com), an Internet product for professionals who search, screen, and extract information from multiple databases, and asiaSCORES.com, a site that provides information...
Publishers Participate in Launch Program for Microsoft Reader E-Books
Microsoft Corp. has announced that more than 30 book publishers have participated in a production launch program for Microsoft Reader with ClearType display technology, ensuring the availability of over 800 of their books for Microsoft Reader when...
Questel-Orbit Bought by Managers to Form Intellectual Property Group
Jean Besson, head of Questel-Orbit under the French government-owned telecommunications giant France Telecom, recently announced a management buyout of 80 percent of Questel-Orbit from its former owner. Besson will head up the new company, IPG (Intellectual...
Sagebrush Corp. Unveils New Serials Manager Program
Sagebrush Corp., a solutions provider for the education and library markets, has announced the release of Serials Manager, a stand-alone program designed to streamline management of magazines, journals, and other periodicals in all types of libraries....
Surpass Releases Web Safari Web-Based Catalog
Surpass Software has announced the release of Web Safari, the Web-based catalog for users of Surpass library automation software. With Web Safari, patrons can access the library's holdings from any PC, Macintosh, or other computer connected to the...
Thomson Corp. to Acquire Primark
Just a few months after purchasing Dialog Information Services, Thomson Corp. (http://www.thomson.com) has shown that it's still determined to add to its electronic information resources via acquisition. The company has announced a merger agreement...
Time Warner Trade Publishing Unveils Online Publishing Venture
Time Warner Trade Publishing has announced that it will launch iPublish.com (http://www.ipub1ish.com) at Time Warner Books in the first quarter of next year. According to the company, it's the most significant move yet by a traditional publisher into...
TLC Unveils New Version of Site.Solution
The Library Corporation (TLC) has announced the release of a powerful new version of its Site.Solution product, designed to enable libraries of all sizes and types to create new, or dramatically enhanced, Web sites--easily, affordably, and quickly....
WAP: Information without Wires
Internet-enabled mobile phones will soon expand from Europe into the U.S. The U.S. is normally a good year ahead of Europe when it comes to the adoption of new technology. However, there is one area where the Europeans are miles ahead: the use of...
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