|Weekly News Digest
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New Digital Image Collection Portal Debuts
David Rumsey and Cartography Associates announced the launch of Visual Collections (http://www.davidrumsey.com/collections/), a new digital image collection portal that includes more than 300,000 works from museums, universities, and private collections throughout the world. According to the company, the collected works create "an unparalleled online resource in the arts and humanities that is available for free, public access."
Fine art, photography, maps, architecture, and other collections of culture are represented within Visual Collections, which is made possible through the contributions of dozens of institutions. At its launch, more than 30 collections are represented in Visual Collections, ranging from the fine art of Museums & the Online Archive of California (MOAC) to early maps of Scotland from the University of Edinburgh's Charting the Nation collection.
Using Luna Imaging's Insight software, the collections are available in an online environment that allows each to be explored individually, to be used in conjunction with one another, or accessed as one large, comprehensive collection. Users can search for a particular artist, time period, or medium, and use the tools provided by Insight to zoom, pan, view image data, and save groups of images. Most of the collections in Visual Collections are available for free public access. In a few cases, use of materials is limited to educational use and subscriptions are required, but complete low-resolution versions of all the collections are available.
Source: Cartography Associates
CorpTech Launches Historical Market Analysis Database
Corporate Technology Information Services, Inc. (CorpTech; http://www.corptech.com), announced the launch of its Historical Market Analysis Database product, which provides direct access to historical information on more than 100,000 high-tech companies spanning 15 years. The product lets users dig deep into the history and workings of both private and public technology companies in the U.S.
The company says the database offers a significantly enhanced foundation to better profile, analyze, and understand high-tech companies, their senior management teams, their products and technological capabilities, and the regions of the country from which they draw their key employee expertise. CorpTech builds its database products upon a highly granular taxonomy of the technology marketplace that subdivides technology firms into 18 major and 280 sub-sector technology categories, which in turn supports 3,000 technology product definitions.
CorpTech's Historical Market Analysis Database product is available for subscription immediately on a one-time charge basis with annual updates. Pricing varies based on number of years and industries included in the market analysis. CorpTech is a wholly owned subsidiary of OneSource Information Services, Inc., which was recently acquired by infoUSA (http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/nbreader.asp?ArticleID=16453).
Source: Corporate Technology Information Services, Inc.
Improved Email Organizer Now Available
Caelo Software announced that NEO 3.0 and NEO Pro 3.0 (Nelson Email Organizer) are now out of beta and available for download. NEO is an add-on productivity program for Microsoft Outlook users that provides enhanced finding and organizing capabilities. NEO is an alternative interface for the e-mail component of Outlook and is not intended to replace the other features of Outlook. You can use NEO alongside Outlook (and switch conveniently back and forth), or use it instead of Outlook. Outlook does not need to be running to use NEO. (For information on NEO, see the Spotlight article in the July 2003 NewsLink: http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/nbreader.asp?ArticleId=19178.)
The company says that version 3.0 of NEO and NEO Pro represents a wholesale improvement in e-mail productivity. Across the board changes include redesigned Correspondent and Bulk Mail views, super-charged folder lists, new work-flow features, and a much more customizable workspace, including undockable views. Also, NEO now sports a brand new look including an Outlook 2003-like Reading Pane. NEO Pro adds unified message store capability, a new Category view, a new Filter toolbar, new Spam handling capability, and an ultra-fast Search on Conversation feature.
Free trials of NEO are available. A single-user license for NEO 3.0 costs $39.95; NEO Pro 3.0 costs $69.95. Volume pricing is available.
Source: Caelo Software
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