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May 8, 2006 — 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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Internet Archive Releases New Version of Its Archiving Service

Internet Archive (http://www.archive.org) announced the latest release of Archive-It 1.5, a subscription-based archiving service geared toward a broad range of institutions at a cost said to be considerably lower than other archive platforms. Archive-It enables subscribers to capture, categorize, and preserve online material from their own institutions' Web sites as well as from the World Wide Web. Users are able to explore these text-searchable collections without needing additional technical expertise. New features and applications of the Archive-It 1.5 release include enhancements to the user interface, improved access to collections, and advanced search and reporting capabilities.

Current partners include the Library of Virginia, University of Toronto, Indiana University, and North Carolina State Archives, plus additional academic institutions. The breadth of archived collections extends into the millions, with each yearly $10,000 subscription affording an institution up to three collections totaling more than 10,000,000 URLs.

Internet Archive is itself a subscriber to Archive-It; most recently it featured collections about such topics as the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Centennial and Hurricane Katrina. These collections are not only offered to the public as a resource, but are also built by the communities they serve. The Katrina collection alone contains more than 25 million unique pages, where all text is searchable, from more than 1,500 sites. In 2007, the Commonwealth of Virginia will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas. This collection documents the Web presence of this commemoration across and beyond Virginia.

Source: Internet Archive

Blackwell Launches Journal Backfile Digitization Program

Blackwell Publishing announced the launch of its Journal Backfile Digitization Program. All issues back to Volume 1, Issue 1 will be digitized for at least 500 journals over the next 2.5 years, comprising approximately 6.5 million pages by the time the program is complete.

The first 121 journals to be digitized are available to purchase now, and one-quarter of these already have their backfiles loaded on Blackwell Synergy. Of the currently available journals, 51 cover social science and humanities subject areas, 37 cover medicine and healthcare, and 33 are from science. The digitized backfiles for these initial 121 titles represent 2.5 million pages and almost 3,000 years of content. Journal of Phytopathology dates back the furthest so far, to 1852, with Journal of Applied Entomology close behind with a start date of 1876.

Libraries can order any number of journals, from a single title to the complete collection, with varying discounts available depending on the size of the order. For more information about the digitized backfiles available now, and how to order, visit http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/backfiles.

Source: Blackwell Publishing

Attensity Upgrades Its Text Analytics Software

Attensity Corp. (http://www.attensity.com), a provider of text analytics software, launched the beta version of Attensity Server 4.0, the fourth major version of its server application for extracting facts and relationships from unstructured text. Attensity Server 4.0 offers a wizard-based interface for point-and-click extraction of facts from free-form text in millions of documents. It enables seamless import and configuration into structured relational tables in combination with the structured data already stored in databases and accessed by business intelligence applications.

Attensity Server 4.0 provides a single, scalable architecture for enterprise use across multiple computers. This beta version precedes the official release of the Attensity 4.0 product family, designed to provide the next-generation Text Analytics application for business users. It will offer business analysts—in customer support, marketing, claims processing, and government roles—the ability to search, analyze, query, chart, and graph text dynamically through a browser-based interface.

Source: Attensity Corp.



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