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Extensis Inc. has officially announced its new professional services and training group - Extensis Integration and Consulting Services (ICS). The ICS team was developed to offer customizable services to develop fast, affordable, and seamless integration of Extensis' management solutions. ICS provides customers and third party consultants and integrators with consulting, database design, font management services, Web development, custom scripting, on-site, and Web-based training. The ICS team is comprised of professional system engineers with experience in media, advertising, in-house marketing, printing, government, publishing, and healthcare markets. In addition ICS team members hold current certifications and experience on both Apple and Microsoft platforms. Extensis is a wholly owned subsidiary of Celartem Technology USA Inc., which is completely owned by Celartem Technology Inc.
(www.extensis.com)

Infotrieve, Inc., has announced the release of ArticleFinder 2.0, a enhanced version of its proprietary information discovery tool containing citations and abstracts primarily within the scientific, technical, and medical (STM) areas of content. ArticleFinder 2.0 includes a variety of improvements to the previous version, including a new user interface, updates to the back-end technology, and new functionality such as results filtering, the ability to email results, advanced search parameters, and hyperlinked search results for linear exploration by author, abstract, or issue. Individual subscriptions to ArticleFinder are available for $25 a month or $99 per year and corporate subscriptions are also available.
(www.infotrieve.com)

Ovid Technologies, a provider of electronic medical, scientific, and social sciences information solutions, has announced enhancements to its electronic books platform 3/4 Books@Ovid. Books@Ovid is designed to allow researchers, clinicians, students, and information managers to quickly and effectively find answers to questions. The new search and browse features—such as natural language search capability, relevance ranking, and back-of-the-book index browsing—are intended to maximize research precision and speed. Books@Ovid is now fully integrated with Journals@Ovid and Ovid bibliographic databases, thereby giving users access to search across the entire Ovid content repository and access to the full range of Ovid tools including ask-a-librarian and personal accounts, as well as Ovid's linking to full text journals, bibliographic records, and external Web resources.

Books@Ovid users can view full text articles found in those journals and books to which their institution subscribes; and also have the option to purchase journal articles through Ovid's PayPerView service. In addition, Books@Ovid includes ongoing updates of selected titles such as those provided for Primary Care Medicine (Goroll and Mulley from Lippincott Williams & Wilkins) and support for multi-media and electronic only text. New functionality and tools in Books@Ovid include: Single, expandable table of contents--Integrates the book and chapter tables of contents and is always visible in full text view; in addition, tables and figures are identified separately within the table of contents for integration into the user's work. Improved browsing capabilities--Enables users to browse by subject as well as title; when browsing by title, links are organized alphabetically. Enhanced Search--Allows users to limit results by specialty (nursing, cardiology, etc.) as well as book type for further precision (e.g. comprehensive texts, drug manuals, or clinical handbooks); search results are ranked by relevance. Ovid JumpStarts--Book topic links within the text can be created and allows users to email links to a specific location within the book.

Books@Ovid offers a collection of clinical references including titles such as Braunwald: Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, McGraw-Hill; DeVita, Hellman, and Rosenberg: Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; Nettina: The Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; Kaplan & Sadock's Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; Warrell: Oxford Textbook of Medicine, Oxford University Press; and Fuster: Hurst's the Heart, McGraw-Hill, among others. New titles included with Books@Ovid are, Rudolph's Pediatrics, McGraw-Hill; Barker: Principles of Ambulatory Medicine, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; Perez: Principles and Practice of Radiation Oncology, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; and Donaghy: Brain's Diseases of the Nervous System, Oxford University Press. Additional new titles will be added weekly. For the most current list of titles, visit Ovid's Web site.
(www.ovid.com)

Virage, Inc., a division of Autonomy Corp. and a provider of rich media communication and content management software, has announced feature enhancements to its VS Archive, VS Webcasting, VS News Monitoring, and SmartEncode products.

VS Archive, a software solution used by enterprises to store, categorize, manage, retrieve, and distribute video, audio, and other rich media content, has a new enhanced Software Developer's Kit (SDK), which offers a set of tools and interfaces built around the open architecture of VS Archive. The SDK provides developers and systems integrators access to the range of VS Archive functions for custom integration of searchable video into an enterprise solution. In addition, the latest version of VS Archive adds support for Active Directory service, providing Virage customers with another security option for centrally managing policy-based access control to assets.

VS News Monitoring is a real-time monitoring and content management solution used by enterprises and government agencies to track content for time-sensitive, strategically significant events. The new VS News Monitoring includes full support for Real Network's Media format to provide output with metadata.

VS Webcasting is an enterprise software solution that is designed to simplify and streamline the workflow for producing live Webcast events and on-demand or re-broadcast presentations for large audiences. New features to VS Webcasting include run-time support for Sharable Courseware Object Reference Model (SCORM), the unifying standard for reusability and portability of eLearning content. In addition, VS Webcasting now includes support for Active Directory service to further expand Virage's security compatibility.

Virage SmartEncode software works simultaneously and in real-time to control, automate, and integrate video workflow and enable customers to capture, encode, and index video and other rich media. VideoLogger is the core of the SmartEncode process, allowing simultaneous, automatic encoding, and indexing of video and other rich-media in real time. The next generation of Virage VideoLogger adds support for the capture of audio and video from Windows Driver Model (WDM) devices, including audio video (AV) and timecode information from IEEE1394 digital video (DV) devices using Microsoft's DV Camera and VCR driver.
(www.virage.com)

Miller Systems, a Boston-based technology consulting firm specializing in the design and development of online user experiences, has reached an agreement with long-time partner RedDot Solutions, to provide a hosted version of the company's extended content management suite (XCMS) enterprise content management solution. The solution is targeted to small and middle market customers who require the features and functionality found in enterprise content management tools, but have limited budgets and need only to manage a single Web property.

The RedDot software hosted by Miller Systems features business process/workflow, multiple language support, simplified Web application integration, multiple publishing variants (including wireless, print-friendly, and others), and all of the other features found in RedDot's XCMS enterprise content management solution. The Miller Systems' hosted RedDot solution joins other Miller Systems managed hosting services, which have been co-located at a Tier 1 data center for over five years. The Miller Systems' hosted RedDot Solutions software offering is available immediately in the US from Miller Systems.
(www.millersystems.com; www.reddot.com)

In collaboration with six other Federal agencies, the Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) has announced an effort to make Federal research information available on the Web. Using www.osti.gov/fedrnd/, citizens can now search at one Web portal across more than half-a-million summaries of R&D projects from seven Federal resources.

OSTI recently added four resources to its Web collection of research summaries, which is free and open to the public. New to the collection is information on Small Business Administration awards; unclassified research earmarked as "high potential" for domestic technology transfer from the Department of Defense (DoD); ongoing and recently completed research projects in agriculture, food and nutrition, and forestry from the Department of Agriculture (USDA); and a snapshot of work the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is doing right now in any given topic area. In addition, OSTI's Federal R&D Project Summaries Database still showcases records of ongoing and recently completed R&D projects from the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The cross-agency portal is one of several OSTI egovernment initiatives. OSTI's Federal R&D Project Summaries database is designed to provide a unique window to the Federal research community, allowing agencies to better understand the research and development efforts of their counterparts in government. An enhanced search technology, developed by Deep Web Technologies for OSTI, allows users to search with one query across project summaries from all included databases. Summary results are relevancy ranked and results can also be displayed by agency resource, if a particular agency is of special interest. Records can be searched from the following databases: SBA Technology Resources Network (Tech-Net); DOD Technology Transfer Database (T2); USDA Current Research Information System (CRIS); EPA Science Inventory; DOE R&D Project Summaries Database; NIH Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects (CRISP); and NSF Awards Database.
(www.osti.gov/fedrnd)

LexisNexis U.S., a provider of legal, news, and business information services, has announced that its online Florida Forms Collection has more than doubled with over 9,500 forms now available. This expanded offering for attorneys practicing Florida law includes thousands of new litigation forms and hundreds of HotDocs-enabled forms. Many of the newest forms come from Matthew Bender's Florida Forms of Pleadings (also know as the "Red Set") and the Southeast Litigation Guide. Forms from these sets have been reviewed and updated, in an effort to bring attorneys the most current and accurate versions.

Additionally, more than 500 automated forms from the Florida Family Law, Probate, and Guardianship HotDocs products have been made available in these online forms menus. This allows users to download these respective forms into the HotDocs player and leverage the document assembly capabilities of this software. Existing forms in the Florida Online Forms Collection come from the LexisNexis library of authoritative Matthew Bender analytical materials, including Gersten, Florida Civil Practice Guide, Florida Forms of Jury Instructions, Southeast Transaction Guide, Boyer, Florida Real Estate Transactions, Abrams, Florida Family Law & Practice, Florida Torts, and Florida Estate Practice Guide.

Forms in the new menus, which were previously available only through individual Matthew Bender sources, can now be accessed more easily and quickly using a table of contents format. In addition, the forms feature links directly to additional research in statutes and case law as well as to their originating analytical sources. A practitioner can also download these forms into their word processing program for inclusion in their own documents.
(www.lexisnexis.com; www.lexisnexis.com; www.reedelsevier.com)

GemX has launched a new personal information manager, called Do Organizer. Do Organizer was developed and built for individuals and businesses and is a PC software application intended to represent a new approach to organizing, managing, and using a vast amount of information. Do Organizer is designed to deliver a balanced level of power and usability with its "Multidimensional" linking technology. The development of a multidimensional linking facility is intended to enable the user to cross reference almost all records kept inside the application. An individual contact may be linked to one or more appointments, appointments can be linked to notes for additional reference resources, a planner event, journal, and mind map documents.

Integrated solutions for organizing and managing Contacts, Appointments, Tasks, Notes, Daily Journals, Brain Storming and Planner Events are presented as sections. Besides main productivity tools, there are additional tools such as a clipart explorer, icon library, and common phrases repository. Another additional tool enables doClock to have alarms, chimes, and keeping in sync with world time and locations.

Do Organizer is immediately available for trial and purchase. A free, fully-functional 60-day trial version can be downloaded online, or Do Organizer can be purchased directly from the company's Web site for $74.95, which includes an introductory special offer. All Do Organizer version 1.3 purchasers get the latest versions of GemX SurfGem and GuardMax free until September 15, 2004.
(www.gemx.com)

About.com, an online source for original consumer advice and information, has announced agreements with editorial brands to provide select content across the health, auto, technology, and travel channels on the About.com network. Partnerships with A.D.A.M., Edmunds, Healthology, PC World, and Spa Finder Inc. are intended to supplement the original content generated and maintained by About.com's Guides and enhance the user experience through access to complimentary content. About.com's viewership will now have access to branded content from sources in the form of videos, Web casts, product reviews, comparative shopping tips, and other timely features.

A.D.A.M. is supplying the About.com Health channel with physician-reviewed content including the A.D.A.M. Health Illustrated Encyclopedia, In-Depth Reports, Care Guides, and step-by-step Surgeries and Procedures. Healthology will provide About.com with a physician-reviewed health library related to over sixty topics and conditions, such as allergies, asthma, cancer, diabetes, and nutrition, that includes thousands of video Web casts featuring medical authorities, physician-authored articles, and health features.

PC World adds news, reviews, how to's, and columns on everything from computer monitors and peripherals to digital cameras and MP3 players to About.com's Computing & Electronics channel.

Spa Finder adds spa and spa lifestyle information and advice to About.com's Travel/Spa, City and Health Channels. The new Spa Finder content includes: the Spa Guide, a special interest spa search engine; day, destination, resort, and medical spa overviews including special Connoisseur Spa listings; and "Best Buys" promotions. Visitors can also order Spa Finder Gift Certificates, which can be redeemed at thousands of spas nationwide, and subscribe to Luxury SpaFinder Magazine, a consumer spa publication.
(www.about.com)

Stellent, Inc., a provider of content management solutions, has announced that Cargill, an international provider of food, agricultural and risk management products, and services, recently launched a new corporate Web site powered by Stellent Universal Content Management. The Stellent system is intended to enable Cargill's non-technical content authors and owners to contribute and publish Web site content using applications with which they are already familiar, such as Microsoft Office. The software also automates the company's processes for reviewing and approving Web site content; tracks each version of content to help ensure only the most current draft is published; and manages the metadata associated with content to guarantee site visitors receive accurate, predictable search results.

During the next phase of its Stellent implementation, Cargill will use the system to manage content across 135 public-facing Web sites. The Stellent technology is expected to allow Cargill to give business units and geographic locations an appropriate degree of freedom to deploy and manage their own Web sites to ensure specialized content is delivered in near real-time. It will also require these business units to develop and manage their sites within corporate guidelines and allow corporate teams to maintain central control of major site aspects, such as design and navigation structure.
(www.cargill.com; www.stellent.com)

The Content Partnership Pty Ltd, a new group specializing in Asia Pacific content, has been appointed the global electronic distribution agent for The Manila Times, the national newspaper from the Philippines. The Manila Times, established in 1898, focuses on enterprise stories, political and business reporting, and investigative exposes. It also has metropolitan, business, and regional coverage of the Philippines. The Manila Times has until not been available as a full text electronic feed until now. The Manila Times Publishing Corporation, based in Manila, also publishes the daily Filipino newspaper, Kabayan and the monthly magazines HealthNews and Diwaliwan. The Content Partnership, based in Sydney, Australia, specializes in Asia Pacific based content and is establishing relationships with information vendors in the USA and Europe.
(www.contentpartnership.com)

EOS International has announced that the law firm of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP has upgraded to EOS.Web from EOS GLAS, and will continue to use the ASP-hosted option offered for EOS.Web at the EOS e-Library Service Global Data Center. For an EOS e-Library Service installation, proprietary library data (user records, catalog, vendor, serial information, etc.) is hosted at the EOS Global Data Center. The data remains the property of the library and can be obtained at any point in time via data exports, optional FTP database downloads, or MARC extracts. Daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual back-ups for EOS e-Library Service members are performed for the hosted libraries, in an effort to reduce software maintenance tasks and simplify library operations.

EOS International is a library information management software and services provider. EOS library automation software products (EOS.Web Express, EOS.Web Enterprise, EOS Q-Series, EOS GLAS, and hosted, EOS e-Library Services) are designed to serve the knowledge and content management needs of corporate, legal, medical, government, and special libraries.
(www.eosintl.com)