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January 30, 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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WebFeat Express Integrates with EBSCO A-to-Z

EBSCO (http://www.ebsco.com) and WebFeat (http://www.webfeat.org) announced a partnership that allows the federated search engine WebFeat Express to be sold as an add-on product to EBSCO's online title listing service EBSCO A-to-Z. WebFeat Express is a streamlined version of the original WebFeat engine that integrates within the A-to-Z service. With A-to-Z, administration is greatly simplified, and changes to the library's electronic collection are reflected in real time and may be indicated and maintained through this single interface.

WebFeat Express is designed to appeal to the budgets and administrative demands of small to medium-sized libraries. It allows clients to handle federated search configuration with minimal effort using WebFeat's admin module. Once configured, the federated search engine integrates within the A-to-Z service, allowing it to take advantage of the extensive A-to-Z knowledgebase.

EBSCO's A-to-Z service (http://www.ebsco.com/atoz) provides library patrons with a single, comprehensive online list of titles to which they have access. Users can search for journals by keyword, or they can browse an alphabetical list by title or subject. The master A-to-Z title database provides link and coverage information to more than 99,000 unique titles from more than 900 database and e-journal packages. All major database vendors and publishers are represented. A library's print titles can also be included.

Source: EBSCO

LexisNexis Redesigns Congressional Interface

LexisNexis (http://www.lexisnexis.com) unveiled its redesigned LexisNexis Congressionalinterface during the recent American Library Association Midwinter Meeting. Improvedfunctionality lets users search across different data sources, such as legislativehistories, published or unpublished hearings, bills, and House and Senate reports,all within a single search. All material in a library's collection—whetherdigital, print, or microfiche—can be searched using one search.

This platform lets users search with as little or as much information as they like, using basic search, advanced search, or search by number. Search options can be restricted by date or Congress, as well as full text or only metadata. Enhanced segment searching can pinpoint information by source, subject, title, witness, witness affiliation, or author. LexisNexis Congressional also provides the option of downloading large documents in different sections.

Original publications made available through the LexisNexis Congressional Research Digital Collection and U.S. Serial Set Digital Collection are viewable as PDF images. Results for material in print or microfiche form will be returned by publication type and can be sorted by date. For information about LexisNexis Congressional, visit http://www.lexisnexis.com/academic/1univ/cong.

Source: LexisNexis

EMC Documentum Adds Google Desktop Search

EMC Corp. (http://www.emc.com) announced the addition of Google Desktop for Enterprise. It will be available soon to users through a single query within EMC Documentum Enterprise Content Integration (ECI) Services. This is designed to give users a single point of access and an integrated user experience to search their local desktops and internal and external information sources, regardless of whether the information resides in an application, database, Web site, or content management repository.

The announcement rounds out the completion of ECI Services access across all Google search tools. The companies said it marks a strategic milestone between EMC and Google to give joint customers greater access to enterprise content. During 2004, EMC brought to market EMC Documentum ECI Services integrations with Google.com and Google Search Appliance. Documentum ECI Services for Google Desktop for Enterprise will be available later this quarter.

Source: EMC Corp.



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