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Thomson Scientific Launches Web Citation Index
Thomson Scientific (http://www.scientific.thomson.com), a business of The Thomson Corp., announced the launch of Web Citation Index, a multidisciplinary citation index of scholarly content from institutional and subject-based repositories. Web Citation Index provides users with a citation-based discovery vehicle for preprints, technical reports, dissertations, proceedings, and other gray literature. It is the result of a collaborative program between Thomson Scientific, NEC Laboratories America (NEC), and seven major institutions: Australian National University, California Institute of Technology, Cornell University, the Max Planck Society, Monash University, University of Rochester, and NASA Langley.
Thomson Scientific content editors select only those Web repositories that are deemed scholarly. The editorial team of subject experts from all scientific disciplines evaluates the resources and handpicks the repositories for inclusion. Repositories must be authoritative, robust, stable, and appropriately formatted.
Web Citation Index adds cited reference searching to Web-based documents, allowing researchers to navigate forward, backward, and through the literature to discover related research that would otherwise have been missed. It does this by incorporating ISI Web of Knowledge capabilities with a suite of technologies developed by NEC, including "autonomous citation indexing" tools from the CiteSeer environment. Special software harvests OAI-compliant metadata from the repositories and combines it with full document indexes . The software also collects the citations within the document and instantly links it to the cited document. Web Citation Index will be available early in 1Q 2006.Source: Thomson Scientific
Internet Archive Offers New Archive Service
The Internet Archive (http:// www.archive.org) has launched the public Web site http://www.archive-it.org, which allows users to create, manage, and search their own Web archives through a Web interface. The Archive-It service has been developed, in particular, for memory institutions and state archives. The Internet Archive has been testing and developing the application through a pilot program that includes 13 institutions ( mainly libraries and archives) that are potential users of this service. The collections developed through the pilot are all available for search and browse access through the public facing site.
According to information on the site, the new subscription service requires no technical expertise. Archive-It can be used to archive an institution's own Web site or build collections of up to 100 Web sites. Through the Web-based interface, users can create collections, catalogue the Web sites associated with a collection, archive Web sites in the collection, monitor the archiving process, search and browse the collection when complete, and administer access to these collections. In addition, the service will support collaborative collections, where curators at separate organizations can create and share collections.
The Internet Archive hosts the service and stores the data, but it can provide a copy for the institution's local use. The Web archives can also be added to the Internet Archive's overall collection for long-term access and preservation if a subscriber decides to discontinue use of the service. The primary tools used for harvesting and access are open source, and the storage file format is nonproprietary.
Source: Internet Archive
ScholarOne and Atypon Collaborate
ScholarOne (http://www.scholarone.com), a provider of Web-based work-flow and management solutions for scholarly publishers, and Atypon Systems, Inc. (http://www.atypon.com), an e-publishing technology provider to the information industry, announced that they are collaborating to provide "Web First" and rapid publication capabilities to their mutual customers. The companies will be discussing their collaboration at the exhibition during Online Information 2005 in London, to be held Nov. 29-Dec.1.
Atypon's Literatum software was designed to give publishers maximum flexibility and control of their content, business models, and users. Atypon provides solutions ranging from a cost-effective, simple-to-use content hosting and delivery service to a set of sophisticated tools and custom solutions for hands-on management of online content.
The ScholarOne Manuscript Central peer-review system's publish-before-print capabilities offer publishers the flexibility to export manuscripts directly to online content systems like Literatum or alternatively to export manuscripts for copy editing first. Post copy editing, Manuscript Central also enables the author to do a final review and grant approval before it exports the file to the online repository.
Source: Atypon Systems, Inc.
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