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July 25, 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 ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Thomson Acquires Global Securities Information, Inc. (GSI)

The Thomson Corp. (http://www.thomson.com) announced that it has acquired Global Securities Information, Inc. (GSI; http://www.gsionline.com), a provider of online securities and securities-related information and research services. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. GSI's flagship product, LIVEDGAR, combines proprietary content, search technology, and domain expertise to enable legal and financial professionals to conduct online securities research and obtain source documents in a single step. LIVEDGAR includes SEC EDGAR filings, additional paper filings, Canadian SEDAR filings, and other information, such as prospectuses from international exchanges and a database of securities laws and regulations.

GSI will become part of Thomson West, publisher of the Westlaw online service. GSI operations and senior management (including president Richard Harrison, CEO Phillip Brown, and CTO Nick Keenan) will join Thomson West. GSI has 147 employees and is based in Washington, D.C.

The companies said the acquisition will enable West to satisfy the currently unmet needs of transactional attorneys—those involved in mergers and acquisitions, real estate, and securities transactions. Moreover, the acquisition will further strengthen and deepen West's relationships with large law firms, the company's largest customer segment.

Source: The Thomson Corp.

EBSCO Acquires DynaMed Reference Tool

Expanding its presence in the medical arena, EBSCO Publishing (http://www.ebsco.com) announced the acquisition of DynaMed (http://www.dynamicmedical.com), an evidence-based clinical reference tool developed by a physician. Offered through DynaMed LLC (based in Columbia, Mo., and now an EBSCO subsidiary), DynaMed is designed primarily for use at the point of care. DynaMed founder, editor in chief, and family physician Brian S. Alper will continue with the company.

DynaMed provides clinically organized full-text summaries for more than 1,800 topics. A simple topical menu allows physicians, medical students, and other healthcare professionals to research synthesized information from respected publications, associations, and contributing clinicians. DynaMed monitors the content of more than 400 medical journals directly and indirectly by using numerous journal review services. Each publication is reviewed cover-to-cover, including letters to the editor, features about articles from other publications, etc. Summaries can be viewed in an alphabetical listing or searched by category. The system also allows users to view the most recent updates, post comments for review, access patient-oriented information, and more.

Source: EBSCO Publishing

Thomson Gale to Add Internet Law Content

Thomson Gale (http://www.gale.com) signed a distribution agreement with Internet Business Law Services (IBLS) to make IBLS I-Law database content accessible through a variety of Thomson Gale channels. IBLS content consists of easy-to-understand information on Internet and e-commerce laws and regulations around the world. Thomson Gale will make this content available in Thomson Gale business databases and through several of its current distribution partners.

Internet Business Law Services (http://www.ibls.com) provides legal information on issues relating to the Internet and e-commerce. Content is available via database subscription and through online education courses, licensed to academic institutions throughout the world. IBLS headquarters is located in Irvine, Calif.; there are also offices in Barcelona, Spain; Brussels, Belgium; and Miami. IBLS said the increased distribution of I-Law content will enhance the exposure that IBLS Charter Partners obtain for the articles that they contribute to the I-Law database. The IBLS Charter Partnership program lets global law firms and individual attorneys showcase their expertise in Internet and e-commerce law.

Source: Thomson Gale



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