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January 24, 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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Bowker Introduces Ulrich’s Resource Linker

R.R. Bowker ( has announced the introduction of Ulrich's Resource Linker, a new tool that integrates all of a library's periodicals through a single service and lets library patrons connect to those holdings by following a few simple links. The new product was developed in partnership with Openly Informatics, Inc. (, a software company that has developed "link resolver" technology built on the NISO OpenURL Standard.

Ulrich's Resource Linker is a fully hosted solution, which means that libraries' staff members are not burdened with the setup, maintenance, and updating of a link server, nor are they tasked with keeping track of all the changes in the various collections they hold in their catalogs.

Bowker is making the product available with what it says is the most flexible pricing model of any link resolver currently in the marketplace. It is also offering significant discounts for library consortia as well as any existing customers of or the Ulrich's Serials Analysis System, two other Bowker serials products for libraries. The company says this approach to pricing makes it affordable for libraries of all sizes to match their collections to a single service that best fits their budgets and users' needs. For more information, visit

Source: R.R. Bowker

LexisNexis Introduces New PatentOptimizer Application

LexisNexis ( introduced LexisNexis PatentOptimizer, a new software application for the drafting and analysis of patent applications and granted patents, designed for corporate counsel and intellectual property lawyers. Closely tied to the LexisNexis services at, PatentOptimizer allows users to see patents and cases that have referenced key terms in their patents and to link to them directly. PatentOptimizer also allows users to analyze and produce reports on key-term usage across claims and descriptions.

The software integrates with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Internet Explorer for application analysis and dissection while drafting. Other features include the following:

  • Patent Citation automatically looks up the title, inventor, country, and issue date of patent numbers in the document; it also links to the full text of the patent.
  • Users can check highlighted terms for prior usage in other patents, case law references, and suggested alternative terms with the option to generate reports detailing all three term-analysis features. Patents and cases are a click away on
  • The Mark feature automatically loads the Attorney's Dictionary of Patent Claims and Elsevier Science's Compendex publications and then scans the patent and highlights relevant terms that match.
  • With Check Claims, users quickly see terms used in claims that are not used in the description, as well as the various claims each term is used in and a hierarchy of term usage across independent and dependent claims with optional reports generated in one click.
  • Users can confirm consistent language across part descriptive labels and conveniently modify labels and part reference numerals as needed with Check Figures.
  • The Drafting Options allow for customization of various components while drafting, for easier conversion to United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)-compliant documents.

Source: LexisNexis

Australian Content Added to Dialog NewsRoom

Dialog said it has integrated the ABIX database of Australian editorial content into its Dialog NewsRoom service. ABIX features abstracts of articles published by 122 mostly Australian newspapers, magazines, and news services, including dailies published by John Fairfax Holdings Ltd., which are now available within hours through Dialog NewsRoom. More than 500 full-text and abstracted Australian sources are now available through Dialog NewsRoom. (For details about the Fairfax Australian titles, which are available in full text only on Factiva, see the Aug. 9, 2004, NewsBreak at

The ABIX database is published by Palamedia Limited (, an Australian-based provider of business and financial media services. Palamedia produces its abstracts hours after articles and reports are first published in the Australian and Asian media. Weekday publications are often available through Dialog NewsRoom by 8 a.m. (Eastern Australian Time) on the same day as publication. Other titles normally are available within 1 day.

Of the 122 abstracted sources supplied by Palamedia, 59 are sources that had previously been available through Dialog NewsRoom but, until now, were not being updated. With the integration of the ABIX database, there will no longer be a gap in the archived coverage of those sources. Some of the ABIX sources are from New Zealand and Asia. One of the non-Australian titles is the Hong Kong-based Far Eastern Economic Review, which had been available through Dialog NewsRoom but is now being updated more quickly after print publication.

Source: Dialog

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