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Thomson Elite Acquires Expert Ease
Thomson Elite (http://www.elite.com), a provider of business software to legal and professional services firms and a business within The Thomson Corp., announced it has purchased Expert Ease, a provider of productivity software and technologies for law firms. Expert Ease's operations will be integrated into Thomson Elite. Additionally, Expert Ease president Ely Razin will remain with the business and will focus on the development of next-generation features for West km, the knowledge management service from Thomson Elite. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
DealProof, the flagship product from Expert Ease, helps legal professionals draft and review legal documents, including both deal documents and litigation documents. DealProof automatically proofreads and summarizes legal documents and links them to external search engines such as Westlaw. Expert Ease has also developed search, categorization, and summarization technologies for transactional legal documents such as contracts, leases, and prospectuses. Technology from Expert Ease provides a solution to the work product retrieval needs of transactional attorneys, said to be a perfect complement to West km.
Source: Thomson Elite
EBSCO Introduces Hospitality & Tourism Index
Hospitality & Tourism Index (HTI), produced by EBSCO Publishing, is a new bibliographic database that combines the records of three collections: Cornell University's former Hospitality database, previously unavailable for public use; Articles in Hospitality and Tourism (AHT), formerly co-produced by the Universities of Surrey and Oxford Brookes; and the Lodging, Restaurant & Tourism Index (LRTI), formerly produced by Purdue University.
HTI contains more than 440,000 records from 500 titles, with coverage going back to the early 1940s. Sources are both domestic and international in range and scope. EBSCO plans to increase the coverage of periodical literature, conference proceedings, and other non-traditional content.
HTI was designed so researchers can take advantage of the searching and linking technology of the EBSCOhost search engine. Searches can be defined by publication, date, scholarly/peer reviewed content, linked full text, and available references. Index browsing for authors, author-supplied keywords, document type, subject terms, and more are available. The database also provides searchable references for more than 60 core titles, and easy linking to full text, when available. Future enhancements will include a hierarchical journal authority file/publications authority and a Hospitality Thesaurus.
Source: EBSCO Publishing
askSam Service Creates Interactive Web Sites
askSam Systems (http://www.asksam.com), a creator of free-form database tools, and Quality Net Link (QNL), the exclusive distributor for askSam in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, have released Qsite, a Web-based service. Qsite lets end users create interactive Web sites and manage Web content. It requires no knowledge of HTML to set up, maintain, and add content.
Qsites are suitable for large amounts of information, permitting users to set up a hierarchical structure for a Web site, dividing content into logical sections. Qsite automatically generates indexes of the documents in each section. Users can search a Qsite by keyword or phrase, Boolean, wildcard, fuzzy, proximity, and case sensitive.
Qsites can enable discussion forums, online polls, and e-mail newsletters. A user can set up portions of a Qsite for public access and in other portions restrict access to authorized users for internal discussions and planning. There is a free 30-day trial of Qsite available at: http://www.qsite.com/.
Source: askSam Systems
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