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.: Ever get the feeling that it is becoming next to impossible to keep up with all the developments, changes, breakthroughs, new products, latest news in this proud and lonely profession of librarianship, let alone scitech librarianship? You do? Excellent, I'm not alone. These items are from 28 November 2005 of InfoToday's NewsBreak/Weekly News Digest:

  • Ingenta News from London: "An Ingenta (http://www.ingenta.com) representative telephoned last week to say the company has a “bumper selection of products to launch or relaunch” at Online Information (http://www.online-information.co.uk) this year. On Nov. 29 in London, the company will officially announce a new gateway service for libraries, called IngentaConnect Complete, which offers libraries a customized interface and branding, plus unlimited current awareness alerts. The service includes a license to Ingenta’s newly-named alerting service, InTouch. Ingenta will also introduce a new service that enables its participating publishers to group subsets of their journals by subject or theme. ConnectCollections can be offered by a single publisher or a group of cooperating publishers. The collection of journals can be licensed by libraries at consortial pricing rates."
  • Thomson Scientific Launches Web Citation Index: "Thomson Scientific (http://www.scientific.thomson.com), a business of The Thomson Corp., announced the launch of Web Citation Index, a multidisciplinary citation index of scholarly content from institutional and subject-based repositories. Web Citation Index provides users with a citation-based discovery vehicle for preprints, technical reports, dissertations, proceedings, and other gray literature. It is the result of a collaborative program between Thomson Scientific, NEC Laboratories America (NEC), and seven major institutions: Australian National University, California Institute of Technology, Cornell University, the Max Planck Society, Monash University, University of Rochester, and NASA Langley"
  • Internet Archive Offers New Archive Service: "The Internet Archive (http:// www.archive.org) has launched the public W eb site http://www.a rchive-it.org, which allows users to create, manage, and search their own W eb archives through a W eb interface. The Archive-It service h as been developed, in particular, for memory institutions and state archives. The Internet Archive has been testing and developing the application through a pilot program that includes 13 institutions ( mainly l ibraries and a rchives) that are potential users of this service. The collections developed through the pilot are all available for search and browse access through the public facing site."

While on the Thomson site, I noticed more press releases about new developments such as:

  • New Data Mining and Visualization Tool From Thomson Scientific Answers the Problem of Information Overload: "Philadelphia, PA, USA - London, UK - November 28, 2005 - Today, Thomson Scientific announced the forthcoming launch of Thomson Data Analyzer, the powerful intelligence tool. The successor to Derwent AnalyticsSM, the Thomson Data Analyzer desktop software offers a powerful interface for managing and extracting business-critical insights from patent and scientific data within in-house or commercial databases.
    Thomson Data Analyzer provides an easy way to analyze trends, profile competitors, avoid or uncover patent and copyright infringement, and identify strategic development opportunities in information from a wide variety of Thomson Scientific databases including:
    • value-added patent records from Derwent World Patents Index® and Patents Citation Index™
    • full-text patent documents from Delphion®, MicroPatent PatentWeb® and Aureka®
    • current and retrospective multidisciplinary journal information from Web of Science® and INSPEC, via ISI Web of KnowledgeSM"

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