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Weekly News Digest

September 7, 2004 — 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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FAST Unveils eDirectory Search Application

Fast Search & Transfer (FAST;, a developer of enterprise search and real-time alerting technologies, announced FAST AdVisor, an enterprisewide software solution that facilitates the introduction between buyers and suppliers for Internet Yellow Pages (IYP), Business-to-Consumer (B2C) and Business-to-Business (B2B) verticals, online classifieds, and traditional publishers. The company says its new product improves the overall search experience so that consumers can more quickly discover relevant information and advertisers can more accurately connect to these customers and increase the volume of qualified leads to their sites. This in turn drives greater advertising revenue streams for the online directories and publishers.

FAST AdVisor is the second of three planned Search Derivative Applications (SDAs) to be introduced to the market by FAST this year. FAST AdVisor, which leverages FAST's enterprise search platform, FAST ESP, aggregates information from any structured and unstructured data source, including not only the publisher's own proprietary content, but also advertiser, third-party, and Web content. FAST AdVisor includes advanced navigation and drill down capabilities, allowing users to do multilevel sorting of their search results by a variety of parameters (including geo-search and sort by distance). With the analytics and reporting features of FAST AdVisor, an online directory provider can tune the system based upon how end users are searching and navigating.

Source: Fast Search & Transfer

H.W. Wilson Announces Full-Text Science Database

H.W. Wilson ( has announced a new 100-percent, full-text science database, available exclusively on Science Full Text Select combines the full-text content of all the Wilson science databases, delivering articles cover to cover from 320 sources in total. The database provides an abundance of graphical content—charts, diagrams, and illustrations—in PDF page images.

Science Full Text Select brings together full-text content from the WilsonWeb databases Applied Science & Technology Full Text, Biological & Agricultural Index Plus, and General Science Full Text, plus additional full-text articles from Readers' Guide and Wilson OmniFile databases. The articles are also summarized in 50- to 150-word abstracts written by professionals with science backgrounds, so users can quickly determine if the article they've found meets their needs. Free 30-day trials are available.

Source: H.W. Wilson

HighBeam Research Partners with LookSmart

HighBeam Research, LLC announced a new agreement with LookSmart that makes more than 1 million premium articles from the HighBeam Research Library archive (eLibrary) accessible via LookSmart's FindArticles ( service (which also licenses content from Gale). LookSmart users can search and view article abstracts from the HighBeam Research Library archive for free, and they can sign up for a free trial to view full-text articles and use the many research tools available to HighBeam Research members.

HighBeam Research operates an online research engine ( that aims to fill the gap between search engines and high-end information services. The HighBeam Library archive includes 32 million articles and images from more than 2,800 newswires and newspapers; business, consumer, and industry magazines and journals; transcripts; images; and reference sources going back as far as 23 years.

Source: HighBeam Research, LLC

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