ProQuest Information and Learning has announced that they have become an Internet2 Collaboration Site and that they have extended an existing long-term distribution agreement for Dow Jones & Company. Internet2 is a consortium of more than 200 higher education institutions working with government and industry to develop and deploy next generation network applications and technologies for research and higher education. By becoming an Internet2 Collaboration Site, ProQuest Information and Learning took a step to enable work with the Internet2 community in developing new Internet technologies. ProQuest also plans to explore new ways to access and deliver non-traditional dissertations using the Abilene Network. ProQuest Information and Learning, a unit of ProQuest Company, creates and publishes databases for libraries and educational institutions worldwide. ProQuest is already a corporate member of Internet2. In becoming an Internet2 Collaboration Site, ProQuest joins a handful of companies and institutions picked to work on special research projects. Internet2's goals are to create a leading edge network capability for the national research community; enable revolutionary Internet applications; and ensure the rapid transfer of new network services and applications to the broader Internet community.
ProQuest has also announced a long-term agreement to distribute content for Dow Jones & Company, publisher of business and financial news. The contract with the New York-based media company extends an agreement in place since 1997. The agreement includes the distribution of the following Dow Jones titles electronically and on microform: The Wall Street Journal; Barron's; The Asian Wall Street Journal; The Wall Street Journal Europe; Far Eastern Economic Review; Central European Review; and The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition. ProQuest features the Dow Jones publications in ProQuest Newsstand, ProQuest Historical Newspapers, and the ABI/INFORM business database suite, among others. As part of the new agreement, Dow Jones will participate in the perpetual access program of ProQuest Historical Newspapers. With this new program, libraries will be able to purchase perpetual access to portions of The Wall Street Journal in the ProQuest Historical Newspapers product in addition to the program's subscription options. Free trials of ProQuest products are available.