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July 19, 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 ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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HighBeam Adds Reference Research to Service

HighBeam Research, LLC ( announced that it has launched HighBeam Reference Research, which allows individual researchers to search the Columbia Encyclopedia, as well as more than 25 other reference publications. HighBeam Research (formerly Alacritude) provides an online research engine for individuals that it says fills the gap between free search engines and high-end information services.

HighBeam Reference Research provides users with free access to the more than 57,000 articles of the Columbia Encyclopedia as well as subscriber access to articles from other, more specialized encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, a thesaurus, and other reference works. HighBeam Research members can organize, save, share, and publish the information using the product's unique tools. These include saving articles in online folders, sending them to others via e-mail, and importing them directly into Microsoft Office applications.

Source: HighBeam Research, LLC

Reed Elsevier Buys Public Records Provider Seisint

Reed Elsevier announced that its LexisNexis ( unit will buy Seisint (, a risk management public records provider, for $775 million. The companies say that "the fit with the LexisNexis Risk Management business is very strong, giving LexisNexis an outstanding technology and product platform and the leverage of the combined sales forces from which to further expand its fast-growing risk solutions activities." Completion of the acquisition is subject to the approval of Seisint's shareholders and regulatory approval in the U.S.

Seisint's main product, Accurint, provides online access and analysis of public records and related information, principally serving the collections, federal, and legal segments. The company has developed data technologies for acquiring, processing, linking, and querying large datasets. LexisNexis will expand Seisint's customer base by selling its products through its extensive sales force. Seisint, based in Boca Raton, Fla., will be integrated with LexisNexis Risk Management operations. LexisNexis pro forma combined revenues in risk solutions following the acquisition of Seisint is expected to be approximately $300 million.

Source: Reed Elsevier (

Dialog Introduces New MetalBase File

Dialog (, a business of The Thomson Corp., has released a new database, MetalBase (File 36). Dialog produced the file by culling metals-related materials from two other databases available on its services, INSPEC (File 2) and Weldasearch (File 25), and plans to tap other Dialog databases as well. At its launch, MetalBase contained more than 316,000 documents, with additional documents added on an ongoing basis. Editorial coverage begins in 1966.

MetalBase aggregates literature drawn internationally from publications and proceedings focused on the metals and allied industries, including aluminum, steel, and iron. Content includes articles and reports from specialized trade publications; books and monographs; proceedings from conferences, symposia, and meetings (many not available elsewhere); journal articles; and patent documents. Among the metals topics included in MetalBase are forms, materials, products, processes, and properties. MetalBase also includes documents related to welding and allied processes.

Source: Dialog

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