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April 18, 2005 — 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 ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Civic Introduces BusinessDecision GIS Product for Libraries

Civic Technologies, Inc. (, a provider of geographic information systems (GIS) for public libraries, announced its new BusinessDecision Web-based service, which lets public libraries offer access to comprehensive business-to-consumer market data to small and medium-sized businesses. Libraries can license either a starter or a more advanced version of the integrated database and GIS mapping service for an annual subscription. An interactive demonstration of the service is available at

From any desktop computer through a library's Web site, users can obtain consumer and demographic information for a designated geographic area—from an entire region down to a specific home or business address—and then create reports and maps that are e-mailed to them as PDF files. BusinessDecision uses data, reports, and maps from ESRI Business Information Solutions (ESRI BIS), a supplier of GIS software. BusinessDecision Basic, the starter version, and BusinessDecision Pro, which includes additional robust data and analytical tools, are each designed for local businesses and the reference and business librarians who support them. Both services include detailed demographic data, Census 2000 Summary information, consumer expenditure data, and site maps of the area.

Civic's flagship LibraryDecision product helps librarians get a picture of their service area by mapping the demographics of their user population. A variety of public libraries throughout the U.S. are using LibraryDecision to better match library services to user needs, reallocate resources, revise service area boundaries, and plan for new facilities.

Source: Civic Technologies, Inc.

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