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February 27, 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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Thomson West Introduces Westlaw RegulationsPlus

Thomson West ( introduced Westlaw RegulationsPlus, which is designed to provide improved researching of federal regulatory materials. Customers can search all sections of the Code of Federal Regulations, as well as past versions, amendments, pending changes, and citing court documents—plus editorially created federal case law summaries, historical Federal Register content, agency publications, and other related analyses. Thomson West said the new Westlaw feature reduces the cumbersome "find, update, and interpret" process down to one easy step.

RegulationsPlus provides immediate access to federal regulations through West's new, exclusive, editorially created Index. For the first time, professionals can view federal regulations along with case law interpretations, analytical material, and all versions of regulatory documents. RegulationsPlus ties this information together so a user can spend less time researching and more time reviewing and analyzing the results.

Thomson West also offers StatutesPlus (for statutes research) and ResultsPlus (for case law research) on Westlaw.

Source: Thomson West

Silobreaker Launches Current Awareness Service

Silobreaker (, a current awareness service focused on the understanding and analysis of global instabilities, announced its formal launch into the U.S. marketplace following its introduction into the European market last year. The service is a joint venture of Infosphere, a Swedish commercial intelligence and knowledge strategy consultancy, and Elucidon, a U.K.-based provider of advanced information analytics and decision support software. Silobreaker is designed for "light or casual information professionals" (executives, consultants, investors, analysts, newshounds, etc.) and costs $199 per year.

Silobreaker goes beyond basic search methods by locating co-occurrences in the text, extracting meaning from them, and clustering them together for deeper analysis. It's all done on the fly. Silobreaker contains more than 10,000 qualified news sources and structured biography databases and claims to be incapable of delivering navigational dead-ends. It offers a single, integrated platform for searching structured and unstructured information. It lets users split the news, drill-down by topic, map their results geospatially, and organize it all in a 360-degree view.

Since the focus of Silobreaker is on global conflicts, threats, and instabilities, the company said it is particularly suited to multinational companies, media organizations, government agencies, and consulting firms that require trusted global intelligence to protect people, property, and assets; anticipate, prevent, and solve problems; implement precautionary measures; and maintain alert and proactive competitive awareness in business decisions and negotiations.

Source: Silobreaker Ltd.

SLA Partners with World Computer Exchange

The Special Libraries Association (SLA) is partnering with World Computer Exchange (WCE) to facilitate the donation of computer equipment by SLA members, help improve information literacy, and advance information access and professionalism in developing nations. SLA said it is perfectly positioned to work with WCE to bridge the digital divide.

WCE is an international, educational, nonprofit working through nongovernmental organizations. It solicits and accepts donated computers and refurbishes, prepares, and ships them to projects in developing nations—mainly schools, libraries, and academic institutions. A network of WCE volunteers provides online support to maintain the computers, train teachers, and encourage the development of local content and resources.

"SLA Chapters will work with WCE members, soliciting donations of computers and the financial resources needed to ship them abroad," said Barbie Keiser, a member of the SLA Washington, D.C., Chapter's International Relations Committee, which is spearheading the partnership. "Our active, global member network is aware of libraries and information projects in parts of the world that would benefit greatly from even a small number of computers being installed and used. We look forward to exploring how we can share our knowledge about finding, using, and developing quality information resources with WCE project leaders in these regions."

For more information about the partnership, visit For more about WCE, visit

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