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December 9, 2002 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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BIOSIS Enhances Databases, Introduces New Portal

BIOSIS announced the company's largest-ever enhancement of the content of BIOSIS Previews, Biological Abstracts, and Biological Abstracts/RRM (Reports, Reviews, Meetings), which will add both more information and greater consistency throughout each of the database files. The enhancements address the need to satisfy different sectors of the marketplace, as BIOSIS expands its customer base into business and private arenas in addition to its traditional strength in academia. The impetus for the data enhancement is BIOSIS' conversion to XML for its file format.

The primary enhancements are the addition of more than 9 million CAS Registry Numbers to the1969 - 1992 segment, the addition of more than 6,300 sequence data accession numbers, and the addition of BIOSIS Major Concepts over the entire range of the database, which had previously been available only in the more recent portion of the file. BIOSIS has also added more complete taxonomic data over this range, and remapped MeSH disease terms and Biosystematic Codes throughout the database to improve search retrieval. Patent indexing information has been streamlined over the entire file as well.

BIOSIS also announced the launch of BiologyBrowser (http://www.biologybrowser.org), an interactive portal designed for the life sciences community. BiologyBrowser connects users with valuable information through interactive discussion forums, more than 12,000 quality-controlled Web links, science news, and other free resources.

Source: BIOSIS



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