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March 14, 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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ebrary Introduces New Government and Military Collections

ebrary (http://www.ebrary.com), an information services and technology provider, announced that several new collections specifically geared toward government and military libraries are now available through the ebrary Dynamic Content Platform (DCP), including Business, Management & Leadership; Computers, Technology & Engineering; International Relations & Military Affairs; Government Affairs; and Science & Environmental Studies. ebrary's DCP is a hosted content delivery service that combines patent-pending software with full-text books, reports, and other content from STM, academic, and professional publishers.

In addition to the new fixed content collections, which have flat rate pricing, ebrary also offers Government Complete, which includes all aggregated, government fixed collections plus thousands of premium titles not available in any other ebrary collection. This collection continues to grow at no additional cost throughout the subscription term and is priced based on the number of patrons. Libraries may also pick and choose among titles in these collections, creating a Custom Collection that meets their specific needs. All ebrary collections are delivered under a simultaneous, multiuser access model. They integrate with a library's ILS system through MARC records, which ebrary provides at no cost, and the customizable InfoTools menu.

ebrary recently announced that it was chosen to participate in the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) purchasing program. ebrary will feature the new collections and its other products at the Computers in Libraries conference, which will be held March 16-18 in Washington, D.C.

ebrary also announced that it is seeking pilot customers for its new, server-based technology (code-named "Isaac"), which will ship in 3Q 2005. Isaac will let an institution integrate all the PDF content it owns with the PDF documents it produces and with the PDF content it licenses, while protecting copyrights through a variety of access controls. Additional information is available at http://www.ebrary.com/corp/techIsaac.htm. See also the NewsBreak at http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/nbreader.asp?ArticleID=16291.

Source: ebrary

NewsGator Announces RSS Platform for the Media Industry

NewsGator Technologies, Inc. (http://www.newsgator.com), an RSS software platform company, announced the launch of its NewsGator Media Platform, a private-label RSS service for the media industry. MediaNews Group and its flagship newspaper, The Denver Post, announced that they will launch branded RSS readers powered by NewsGator's platform for The Denver Post and other MediaNews Group properties.

The NewsGator Media Platform is powered by NewsGator's NewsGator Online system, which manages hundreds of thousands of RSS feeds for tens of thousands of individual end users who access their content synchronized across devices. NewsGator is working with a wide range of media and other enterprises to leverage that system to manage private-labeled RSS readers. NewsGator said that its Media Platform is the only service that supports Web, desktop, mobile, Media Center, DivX, and a range of other RSS applications and readers, all seamlessly synchronized. NewsGator's interface and interaction design experts work closely with clients to create a consumer-friendly experience around the client's brand.

MediaNews Group and its subsidiaries publish 47 daily newspapers and 110 non-daily publications in 10 states. It maintains 74 Web sites for its daily newspapers, as well as an umbrella Web site at http://www.NewsChoice.com.

Source: NewsGator Technologies, Inc.

SurfWax Launches Nextaris Service

SurfWax, Inc. (http://www.surfwax.com), a provider of Internet search and post-search solutions, formally launched its Web-based Nextaris service (http://www.nextaris.com), an integrated set of tools that allow users to search, capture, manage, securely share, and publish online information and collaborative blogs from the desktop or Web-enabled mobile devices.

Nextaris offers the following integrated post-search functionality for Web users:

  • Capture and save both Web content (pages, clippings, images) and desktop files to secure Nextaris online folders
  • Securely access these folders/files from Web-enabled devices (wired or wireless)
  • Securely share folders/files (including photos, video, spreadsheets, documents)
  • Publish blogs/RSS feeds, and folders
  • Search multiple Web sources and track news
  • Network with friends, family, and colleagues through spam-free private messaging

Nextaris Mobile provides the same functionality as the desktop-browser version of Nextaris, specially formatted for ease of use on a Web-enabled, hand-held device. Nextaris Mobile is available now for the Treo and for BlackBerry and will be available for other devices later this month.

Nextaris is available as a free service with 100 MB of secure online storage. Users with greater storage needs may purchase a 1-year subscription for 250 MB of storage for $49.

[Editor's Note: See the recent NewsBreak about two similar tools (Onfolio and Pluck) at http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/nbreader.asp?ArticleID=16261.]

Source: SurfWax, Inc.



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