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Company Dossier Product Emerges from LEXIS-NEXIS' SmartIndexing Technology

Magazine article Information Today

Company Dossier Product Emerges from LEXIS-NEXIS' SmartIndexing Technology

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The NEXIS unit of LEXIS-NEXIS ( 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 from all over LEXIS-NEXIS' vast array of business and legal data, pulling the information into topically arranged reports.

Users enter the names or ticker symbols of companies. They can also create lists of available Company Dossiers using criteria such as industry, assets, liabilities, sales and revenue, earnings per share, country of headquarters, etc. Company Dossiers are available for U.S. public and private companies, as well as non-U.S. companies. Though the list of companies covered changes, the company has begun with all U.S. public companies traded on major stock exchanges and a large selection of prominent private companies. NEXIS plans to add a lot more European companies next year.

Each Company Dossier displays up to eight topical reports per company, depending on whether the system has information available for each category. The eight topical reports include the following:

* Snapshot--"At a glance" analysis of current information about a company, including news articles and press releases

* In The News--By top publication

* In The News--By topic

* In The News--By region

* Business Analysis--General business information including competitors, products, and brand listings

* Financial Analysis--Current and historical financial information

* Legal Analysis (coming soon)--Current legal information including court decisions and jury verdicts

* Intellectual Property Analysis (coming soon)--Current intellectual property information, including patents, trademarks, and copyrights

Beyond all the news sources from which the system draws, Company Dossier also draws on a number of other sources, particularly for private companies, that include America's Corporate Finance Directory, Directory of Corporate Affiliations, Hoover's Company Capsules, Hoover's Company Profiles, Political Action Committee reports, Mergerstat M&A reports, and Investext reports. Where appropriate, Company Dossier will also link to company listings in infoUSA US Business Directory, Gale Group Company Intelligence Report, Extel Annual Card, Executive & Directory Biographies, and Standard & Poor's Register of Corporations.

Each report presents extracted information in tabular format for easy downloading into spreadsheets. Reports also link to the full-text documents supplying the presented information, including the source of the information and the date the source was last updated. Hotlinks in the reports connect to company e-mail addresses and Web URLs. Using the Custom Dossier option, users can select specific sections of each report for packaging into a single report.

Company Dossiers will appear on LEXIS-NEXIS Universe this month. LEXIS-NEXIS demonstrated the product in October at the Online World Conference and Expo in Chicago.

As of this writing, LEXIS-NEXIS had not issued price information for Company Dossiers, beyond indicating that it would be subscription-only as an add-on to some existing packaged content. No pay-as-you-go access is permitted.

SmartIndexing Technology

Since way back in its Mead Data Central days, LEXIS-NEXIS has followed a policy of supplying additional invisible indexing to records supplied by its long list of information providers. …

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