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MPS Launches ScholarlyStats Service

MPS Technologies (http://www.mpstechnologies.com), part of the Macmillan group of companies, has launched the ScholarlyStats service. The new service is designed to take the pain out of the administration of usage statistics and provide librarians with more opportunities to analyze and understand usage within their institutions or corporations. Building on the work of the COUNTER project to create standards for vendor usage reporting, ScholarlyStats has been developed to give libraries the opportunity to outsource the collection and consolidation of these reports, which can take up many hours of library administrator time.
 
MPS developed ScholarlyStats with the help of more than 50 libraries during the beta phase in 2005. The journal and database reports are now being provided to the first ScholarlyStats customers through a user-friendly Web portal (https://www.scholarlystats.com) to provide a consolidated picture of use across platforms.

MPS announced that it has appointed Swets Information Services (http://www.swets.com) as the first Global Channel Partner for ScholarlyStats. MPS also said that collaboration with Thomson Scientific (http://www.scientific.thomson.com) will build links between ScholarlyStats and Thomson Scientific's forthcoming Journal Use Reports.
 
Source: MPS Technologies

NAPC Offers New Content Solutions to Libraries

NAPC Offers New Content Solutions to Libraries
National Archive Publishing Company (NAPC; http://www.napubco.com) announced its new NAPC Content Solutions service to support libraries with content management options. With the addition of this service, the company provides expertise for a range of microfilming and digitization services. NAPC also serves libraries and academic institutions with UMI Periodicals in Microform and XanEdu CoursePacks and Custom Publishing.

NAPC now provides the following services:

  • Imaging (digitizing and microfilming)
  • Image—both film to digital and digital to film
  • Metadata capture and creation
  • Text conversion—OCR and keyboarding
  • Custom output formatting
  • Film duplication and replacement
  • Archive hosting (in part or in whole)

NAPC is a privately held company headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich. The company was founded in 2005 through the firm's acquisition of established businesses from ProQuest Information and Learning. Each year, NAPC digitizes more than 50 million pages and microfilms more than 80 million pages. The company's climate-controlled microfilm vaults house nearly 6 billion pages of information. NAPC serves libraries and academic institutions around the world.

Source: National Archive Publishing Company

Wolters Kluwer Enhances Clinical Trials Database

Wolters Kluwer Health (http://www.wkhealth.com) introduced an enhanced version of its Adis Clinical Trials Insight database. The company said the database was re-engineered to include the difficult-to-monitor ongoing studies as well as all trials that were presented at the top 100 meetings and published in the top medical journals—all in a single, searchable database. It includes coverage of more than 40,000 published and ongoing trials per year, more than four times the coverage of the previous version. In addition, improved indexing and biomarker endpoints allow users to evaluate study design and to determine studies where a specific endpoint has been used. This is designed to make comparator analysis easy to manage.

Available immediately, the enhanced Adis Clinical Trials Insight is being marketed to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies for competitive intelligence, marketing, clinical development, regulatory investigation, and business development and licensing applications. For more information, visit http://www.wkh.adiscti.com.

Source: Wolters Kluwer Health



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