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Gale, Ingenta Partner on InfTrac Plus

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Gale, Ingenta Partner on InfTrac Plus

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Gale Group and ingenta, Inc. have announced that they've teamed up to create a new service that will allow researchers and librarians to use a single search to access online journals held by both Gale and ingenta. The companies claim that their partnership will create the "most complete online, full-text journal service."

Gale and ingenta plan to create a joint product that combines Gale's periodical databases with ingenta's e-journals within the InfoTrac search interface. ingenta's more than 5,400 scholarly and academic electronic journals will be integrated within InfoTrac, Gale's search framework. InfoTrac, which reportedly is in use in more than 100 countries, provides a simple, intuitive search interface and an array of services, including the availability of usage statistics; catalog links; subject guides; and InfoMarks, a persistent URL that allows researchers to save searches.

"Gale's product strategy is to make research more comprehensive and convenient for the user by seamlessly integrating information in one spot. This is, perhaps, one of the most significant examples of that strategy in action," said Allen Paschal, Gale's CEO. "Combine Gale and ingenta within a single source and you have an incredible array of research solutions at hand."

ingenta CEO Mark Rowse said: "This strategic partnership allows two market leaders--Gale and ingenta--to create a market-changing new product. For the first time, users of online periodicals will be able to search across both periodicals digitized by Gale and ingenta--together the most comprehensive aggregation of online periodicals available anywhere in the world, including almost 10,000 publications. For ingenta, this represents a major new initiative for 2002 and beyond."

According to the announcement, the new service will begin this summer with InfoTrac OneFile and Expanded Academic and will later extend to Gale's Resource Centers. The new service will be known as InfoTrac Plus. Current InfoTrac users who are ingenta subscribers can activate a link between the two services immediately. This will allow them to search ingenta from InfoTrac but will not yet provide combined searching of indexed content that will be part of the forthcoming InfoTrac Plus service. Registration is free and available at http://www.ingenta.com.

According to John Barnes, Gale's vice president of product management, the highest priority now is being given to processing the ingenta abstracting-and-indexing records through the Gale-controlled vocabulary indexing. (ingenta abstracts are prepared by the publishers and supplied when content is loaded on ingenta.) Because of the enormous number of records, the company is looking at some outside automation tools to help with the task. Once the existing ingenta records have been processed, they will probably implement a procedure--similar to what is used for the Gale records--that utilizes a combination of human indexing and software.

Barnes noted that time embargoes and exclusive contracts for certain periodical titles have served to diminish the material available to libraries. Gale had been looking for ways to help libraries (which in turn would increase Gale's full-text journal business, of course) and approached ingenta with the partnership idea. …

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