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September 12, 2005 — 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 ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Happy 80th Birthday to Dr. Eugene Garfield

Eugene Garfield, Ph.D. and pioneer in the field of citation indexing and analysis, will be celebrating his 80th birthday on Sept. 15. Garfield is the founder of ISI (Institute for Scientific Information), which is now part of Thomson Scientific (http://www.scientific.thomson.com).

Fifty years ago, on July 15, 1955, Garfield published his groundbreaking paper on citation indexing, "Citation Indexes for Science: A New Dimension in Documentation through Association of Ideas." His paper envisioned the tools that allow researchers to expedite their research process, evaluate the impact of their work, spot scientific trends, and trace the history of modern scientific thought.

In 1964, Garfield introduced the first SCI (Science Citation Index) as a five-volume print edition that indexed 613 journals and 1.4 million citations. Two years later, SCI became available on magnetic tape and was later released on CD-ROM along with the Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities citation indexes. These were later combined in a Web environment and the Web of Science was born. Web of Science is a major component of the ISI Web of Knowledge, the integrated, Web-based platform from Thomson Scientific.

"Garfield's vision was ahead of its time," said Henry Small, chief scientist of Thomson Scientific. "He saw the potential of citation searching for researchers, but it took 40 years for the technology to advance to the point that allowed his vision to be fully realized."

Source: Thomson Scientific

Hooverís Enhances Its Company Coverage

Hoover’s, Inc. (http://www.hoovers.com), a D&B company, has announced enhancements to its Family Tree Viewer, which now includes information from both Hoover’s and D&B’s databases, and has added more international company coverage.

Hoover’s has enhanced its Family Tree Viewer to deliver a tenfold increase in the number of Family Trees that are currently available to subscribers. Pro Premium subscribers, for example, can now access approximately 500,000 Family Trees, representing 3.9 million corporate entities worldwide. The Family Tree Viewer is designed to offer a detailed perspective of how companies fit within a corporate structure by providing links to parents, subsidiaries, and branches.

Hoover’s has also increased its North American coverage by adding 1.2 million records on Canadian companies, bringing the total number of North American (U.S. and Canada) company records to 14.2 million. Hoover’s has also expanded its U.K. company coverage to include 2.2 million companies and 2 million decision makers. For those companies outside the U.S., Canada, and the U.K., Hoover’s has tripled its coverage to 290,000 records. This enhancement includes the addition of 1.2 million international decision makers.

Source: Hoover’s, Inc.

ProQuest to Add Titles from Nature Publishing Group

ProQuest Information and Learning (http://www.il.proquest.com) has been chosen by Nature Publishing Group (NPG; http://www.nature.com) to be an online distributor of more than 50 of its biological, medical, and physical science periodicals. Nature Publishing Group publishes titles such as Gene Therapy, British Journal of Cancer, Nature Reviews, and its flagship title Nature.

ProQuest said that its agreement with NPG is part of the company's ongoing strategy to expand its STM content pool with respected and authoritative titles. The content from NPG will be available beginning in October 2005 through a variety of ProQuest's science and medical databases, including ProQuest Health and Medical Complete. Backfiles from NPG will be available from 1990, and current content will be available 12 months after original publication.

ProQuest is continually expanding its databases. The company now offers more than 16,000 periodicals through its products; more than 8,000 titles are available in full text.



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