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June 12, 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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TechXtra Offers Free Access to Tech Resources

TechXtra ( is a new suite of 10 freely available services designed to simplify access to different types of technology information from a range of sources. TechXtra searches a combination of digital repositories, journal databases, technical reports servers, Web information, news sources, and more. TechXtra is an initiative of the ICBL (Institute for Computer Based Learning) and the Library at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

TechXtra facilitates immediate access to the freely available full-text content of hundreds of thousands of e-prints, technical reports, theses, articles, news items, job announcements, and more. In cases where the full text is not freely available, TechXtra provides links to vendors for pay-per-view options. An online bookstore service lets TechXtra users save up to 35 percent on any title from a Pearson Education bookstore. The Discovery Guides service provides free in-depth reports on topical engineering, mathematical, and technology issues from CSA. Other services include industry news, job announcements, and the cross-searching of databases.

Source: TechXtra

Web of Science to Add Author Search Tools

Thomson Scientific (, a business of The Thomson Corp., announced a suite of authorship search tools that are designed to simplify the tasks of finding and assessing authors' works. Thomson Scientific said it worked closely with researchers to craft a solution to the complex issue of author identification in the world's citation resource, the Web of Science, and will be rolling out this initiative beginning in July and extending through the end of 2006.

These new tools help researchers find their own works, or those of a colleague, in a simple, single search. Then, they can analyze and report on these works using the powerful tools available in the ISI Web of Knowledge.

The suite of Thomson authorship tools in development for ISI Web of Knowledge includes:

  • Author Finder—This is a quick process that helps users find papers published by a specific author by leveraging the expert indexing within the ISI Web of Knowledge. Enter a name, then choose from a list of name variants and match the results with subject category and/or the author's institution to retrieve works specific to a particular author.
  • Author Disambiguation—The key challenge of distinguishing one J. Smith from another has been the focus of a multiyear research effort within Thomson Scientific that has resulted in "disambiguation" algorithms now being applied across the entire Web of Science. All of the elements in the indexed records and the full range of citation relationships have been combined with sophisticated mathematical techniques to organize all records in the Web of Science by "authorships"—groups of papers by the same author.
  • Biographical and Bibliographical Information for Highly Cited Authors—A direct link will be available from these authorship groups to, a collection of some of the most highly cited researchers. Web of Science users can link to biographical and bibliographical information from the ISI Web of Knowledge record.
  • Processing Author Full Names—The company's processing centers now capture full author names for all records that contain them, making it simple to determine whether "J. Smith" is John, James, or Jane.

Source: Thomson Scientific

Information Sources Introduces TecTrends Database

Information Sources, Inc. announced the immediate online availability of TecTrends (, the free access version of its database that is designed to support early stage technology development, intelligence gathering, and product purchase evaluations. TecTrends adds an editorialized layer to aggregated content, which can then be easily searched and browsed in order to identify new companies, products, technologies, and market trends.

"The TecTrends database was developed for professionals, organizations, and end users whose success depends upon having access to relevant information and market insights, in advance of their competitors or the general public," said Ruth Koolish, founder and principal of Information Sources. Proprietary descriptors known as "TecTerms" are associated with all entries within the database. Users can search and navigate TecTrends using company name, product name, article references, and any combination of the 2,500 current TecTerms. TecTerms span the areas of technology and science, as well as popular trends concerning such topics as XML technology, blogs, wikis, social networking, and others.

TecTrends is designed for professionals who utilize and purchase technology products, such as product managers, information professionals, and researchers. Information Sources will provide free online access to the TecTrends database on an indefinite basis. The company provides access to corporations via paid annual license subscriptions and also provides syndicated content to other database providers and online portal and media operators.

Source: Information Sources, Inc.

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