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January 7, 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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Micromedia Enhances Canadian Business and Current Affairs (CBCA) Products

In 2001, Micromedia ( evaluated the focus of its Canadian Business and Current Affairs (CBCA) product family, and the company has now announced its decisions regarding the content of CBCA. The changes aim to reduce the amount of duplication between databases and increase the value of CBCA content.

The following changes and enhancements to CBCA were announced:

  • As of this month, the company will discontinue indexing all regional newspapers. It will continue to index the national papers The National Post (including Financial Post) and The Globe and Mail. However, it will no longer index Calgary Herald, Halifax Chronicle Herald (and Sunday Herald), Montreal Gazette, The Toronto Star, and Vancouver Sun. These newspapers are available in full text on Micromedia's Canadian NewsDisc, with the exception of the Halifax Chronicle Herald (and Sunday Herald) and The Toronto Star. As an alternative to the Halifax paper, the Canadian NewsDisc provides full text from The Halifax Daily News.
  • Effective this month, all titles in the CBCA database will be indexed. The company will begin indexing 25 Southam trade publications, which are currently in full text only (the list is available at
  • During 2002, many new titles will be added to CBCA (such as the Toronto Business Journal). A list of the first set of 68 is now available on the site. (In 2001, 21 Canadian titles were added to CBCA.)
Micromedia is Canada's largest developer, publisher, and distributor of value-added reference information for the academic, library, government, and corporate markets. The company was founded in 1972 and purchased by IHS Canada ( in 1997. According to the announcement, Micromedia's mission is to be Canada's "one-stop shop" for information products and services.

Source: Micromedia

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