|Weekly News Digest
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LexisNexis Launches Taxonomy Program
LexisNexis announced the launch of a new taxonomy program that allows companies to license proprietary LexisNexis taxonomies and access expert consulting services. LexisNexis indexing technology has underpinned the LexisNexis services for more than 15 years; companies can now leverage these taxonomies within their own enterprises and across all content.
A team of LexisNexis consultants can help customers with organizing unstructured data—internal and external—to make sure the right information is received by the right audience. They can determine which solution is best suited for a customer, providing prefabricated taxonomies for subjects, industries, geographic locations, companies, organizations, and people. Custom terms can also be developed by expert indexers to supplement any of these offerings.
The company said this program further strengthens the LexisNexis portfolio of Content Integration Solutions to help companies better index, manage, and organize internal and external content. This suite includes LexisNexis Web Services Kit, LexisNexis Publisher, LexisNexis Portal Components, and LexisNexis Taxonomy. LexisNexis services were designed to be compatible with all ECM providers as well as enterprise portal providers. For more information, go to http://www.lexisnexis.com/integrationsolutions.Source: LexisNexis
EEVL Xtra Searches the Hidden Web
EEVL Xtra (http://www.eevlxtra.ac.uk) is a new free Web service that cross-searches more than 20 different collections relevant to engineering, mathematics, and computing. It includes content from more than 50 publishers and providers. It doesn't just point users to these databases; rather, it " deep mines" them so that users can search them direct from EEVL Xtra.
Databases searched include arXiv, ePrints UK, CISTI, CiteSeer, CSA Hot Topics, Copac, Euclid: Mathematics and Statistics Journals, Wiley Interscience Journals, IoP Electronic Journals, NASA Technical Reports, OneStep Industry News, OneStep Jobs, Pearson Education, Recent Advances in Manufacturing, Zetoc, EEVL Best of the Web, and more. "Extras" on EEVL Xtra include free reports, industry news, tutorials, e-journal searching, and job listings.
EEVL, the Internet guide to engineering, mathematics, and computing, is a U.K.-based, not-for-profit free guide. It was created and is run by a team of information specialists from Heriot Watt University with input from a number of other universities in the U.K., including the University of Birmingham and Cranfield University.
Experian Introduces BizInfo Online
Experian announced the launch of BizInfo Online (http://www.experian.com/products/bizinfo), a new subscription-based research tool that delivers verified data on more than 12 million U.S. businesses. Leveraging information from Experian's National Business Database (with 15 million business listings), BizInfo Online provides users with data on small and mid-sized businesses in an easy-to-use Web format.
BizInfo Online allows users to research competitors, acquisition targets, or potential partners. The site provides access to companies by inputting basic information such as company name, address, or phone number. Users can then select the business and retrieve information including key demographic and contact data as well as its Commercial Intelliscore, which predicts the company's risk potential. Users also have the option to purchase a full credit report on the business via a link to Experian's SmartBusinessReports.
Additional research options available on BizInfo Online include the ability to create and download marketing or distribution lists. By searching for businesses by geographic location, industry code (both SIC and NAICS), or company demographics, users can create a printable or downloadable list. They can then generate comprehensive company profile reports or create statistical distributions for business plans or other analyses. Pricing begins at $4,995 for an annual subscription for the first user; up to 25 users costs $13,950.
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