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These days, getting lots of information is easy; it's using that information productively that's the tricky part. The task is even more difficult when that information comes not from a single information resource, but from several. But for users of Elsevier's various scientific resources, that task just got a little easier thanks to the August 30 release of a unified research platform called SciVerse.

Posted Aug 31, 2010

Content might still be king at global health and science publisher Elsevier, but the old definitions of content can't keep pace with the increasingly fast and faceted data needs of core audiences such as researchers, librarians, universities, and corporations. Taking some inspiration from consumer-driven sites such as Apple.com, Netflix.com, and nytimes.com, Elsevier is putting its content API up for grabs and opening an app marketplace.

Posted Aug 30, 2010

Springer relaunched its SpringerLink service with a redesigned site based on the results of a usability study conducted by the company. The site now features a variety of additional functionalities, including semantic linking, connections across ebooks and journals, and a PDF Preview feature that lets users look inside ebooks to determine if the content is what they're looking for.

Posted Aug 26, 2010

Dialog, a developer of online information services for professional searchers, launched ProQuest Dialog, a new search service that simplifies access and searching of content across a variety of authoritative publications and resources. ProQuest Dialog includes an intuitive search interface and was designed specifically with pharmaceutical and biomedical applications in mind.

Posted Aug 26, 2010

The Financial Times announced a new Print and Digital Paid-for Circulation measure, which calculates the total number of people who access paid-for FT content through global print and digital channels on a daily basis. The metric will be released every quarter alongside the publication's traditional print circulation data.

Posted Aug 26, 2010

ImagineEasy Solutions has updated EasyBib, its citation and bibliography creation tool, with new features for student writers. These features include over 58 different source types.

Posted Aug 24, 2010

The Hemholtz Association, a German scientific organization composed of 16 research centers specializing in areas such as health, transport, and energy, has signed an agreement with SpringerOpen for an open access membership. Through this membership, the Hemholtz Association will be able to more easily publish research results from participating Hemholtz research centers in both SpringerOpen and BioMed Central journals.

Posted Aug 24, 2010

SourceMedia, the New York-based publisher of The American Banker, has opened a syndicated research and data unit, which will operate in conjunction with the publisher's news and analysis, events, and custom media divisions. The research and data unit, headed by managing director of research and data Jim Moore, will initially focus on expanding data tools and content available under The American Banker brand.

Posted Aug 24, 2010

LexisNexis, a provider of content workflow solutions, signed an agreement with SRA International, Inc. to integrate SRA's text analytics product NetOwl into its service. NetOwl will function as an enterprise tool that delivers enhanced search and discovery capabilities for legal and business professionals.

Posted Aug 19, 2010

A study conducted by Oliver Wyman for Next Issue Media, using Wyman's Future Marketplace Simulation platform, predicted the potential for $3 billion in revenue for interactive, digital publishing products in the U.S. newspaper and magazine industry by 2014. The study surveyed 1,800 U.S. customers, analyzing expected demand across nearly 230 periodicals.

Posted Aug 17, 2010

AccuWeather.com has introduced SkyGuard Online, an interactive, web-based mapping system that can help businesses track how weather will impact specific operations and events. Users of the system receive customized weather data and alerts, typically displayed on a single screen, that are specific to their sites of operation.

Posted Aug 17, 2010

OCLC has released a newly enhanced version of the WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway. An update to a product first introduced in July 2009, the Digital Collection Gateway allows any OAI-compliant repository to submit metadata to WorldCat.

Posted Aug 17, 2010

Market research company Quester and digital developer Omnigon are releasing a new service called FeedbackFX with Socrates, an online research tool that allows users to highlight and annotate sections of content. The tool's automated moderator, dubbed Scorates, then analyzes the comments and asks follow-up questions to generate more precise feedback for researchers.

Posted Aug 12, 2010

After the introduction of Lexis for Microsoft Office earlier this year, LexisNexis announced positive feedback for its desktop legal content delivery system. Lexis for Microsoft operates with Word, Outlook, and SharePoint, and offers search capabilities and one-click access to legal files within the Microsoft Office suite.

Posted Aug 10, 2010

Visitors to stock multimedia marketplace iStockphoto will be greeted with a new website design. The facelift was made for both cosmetic and functional reasons, as the site has been divided into three sections: shop, participate, and help.

Posted Aug 10, 2010

EBSCO Publishing and NoveList teamed up to release a new interface for all NoveList and NoveList products. The new interface will include changes to the search function, including the ability to search by "appeal" words such as "fast-paced" or "character-driven."

Posted Aug 10, 2010

Ovid, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, signed partnership agreements with nine publishers to deliver full-text content across a wide variety of disciplines through its OvidSP search, discovery, and management platform. The nine new publishing partners, EB Medicine, Future Science, Expert Reviews, Future Medicine, Ltd., Manson Publishing, MJ Powers and Co., Thomas Land Publishers, and Willan Publishing, run the gamut of topics from mechanical chemistry to post-genomic medicine.

Posted Aug 10, 2010

According to an SEC filing, Demand Media filed for an IPO, listing up to a $125 million stake in the company. The date, share price, number of sales, and how much of the company is actually being put up have not been disclosed.

Posted Aug 10, 2010

Library information and knowledge management company EOS International is teaming up with NewspaperARCHIVE to market and support the world's largest historical online database of digitized newspapers. Under the terms of the agreement, EOS libraries and participants will gain access to NewspaperARCHIVE's vast array of newspapers.

Posted Aug 05, 2010

Investopedia, a financial information and investing education website owned by Forbes, has been acquired by ValueClick for $42 million in cash. ValueClick, which predicts Investopedia will generate $10 million in revenue for the 2010 financial year, is also assuming certain financial liabilities of its new acquisition.

Posted Aug 05, 2010

AccuWeather's new long-range forecast service, SkyGuard Long-Range, is aimed at businesses whose operations may have been clouded by uncertainty about the weather. SkyGuard Long-Range is offered in several packages, from 15-Day Forecast, which provides daily temperature forecasts and five-day average temperatures for more than 60 U.S. and Canadian cities, to a seasonal forecast service that uses historical trends to predict the weather.

Posted Aug 03, 2010

Wolters Kluwer Law & Business unveiled AntitrustConnect, a new blog that offers a forum for discussion, analysis, and commentary about antitrust issues in the United States. The blog is designed as a place where antitrust professionals can gain access to insights and commentary from expert sources, while also fostering a community among users of Wolters Kluwer's legal products.

Posted Jul 29, 2010

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) launched a new ebooks site for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, incorporating numerous enhancements to its ebooks platform. According to the organization, the ASME will soon have 100 manuals and handbooks hosted on AIP's Scitation C3 platform by the end of the year.

Posted Jul 29, 2010

Online citation service EasyBib.com revealed a new feature that allows writers to a fully formatted bibliography to Google Docs. EasyBib creates APA, MLA, and Chicago-style citations that can be saved on the site or to a Microsoft Word document.

Posted Jul 27, 2010

Marion Waldman began Albany, N.Y.-based iD8 Publishing Services in 2005. The company is a vendor for the educational publishing industry, providing a full range of services that take the customer through the early phases of production. An integral part of academic publishing is peer review, which ensures the quality and integrity of a book or journal. However, based on her past experiences, Waldman knew peer review is rarely an efficient process. A first-edition book project, for example, may require up to eight unique reviewers per chapter. Waldman wanted to find an efficient online system that could manage large amounts of qualitative data that could generate reports for authors.

Posted Jul 26, 2010

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