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February 16, 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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STN Network to Add CSA Databases

Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) and CSA have agreed to add eight CSA databases to the STN network during 2004. Subject areas represented are biotechnology, engineering specialties, earth and environmental studies, and library and information science. STN, which is operated by CAS in North America, FIZ Karlsruhe in Europe, and JST in Japan, claims to be the largest independent online provider of CSA databases. The files join the 19 CSA files already on STN.

CSA, a Cambridge Information Group company, publishes bibliographic databases and print journals used by more than 4,000 research institutions worldwide. CSA annually publishes more than 700,000 abstracts culled from more than 14,000 sources. Its Internet Database Service provides Web access to more than 100 bibliographic databases.

Source: Chemical Abstracts Service

Copernic Debuts Web Monitoring Software

Copernic Technologies, Inc. announced its new Web monitoring software, Copernic Tracker, which is available for $49.95. Copernic Tracker automatically looks for new content on Web pages, as often as requested. When a change is detected, it can send an e-mail, including a copy of the Web page with the changes highlighted, or display a desktop alert.

Key features of the software include:

  • Track sites for text changes, new images, and more
  • Receive update alerts by e-mail, on the desktop, and even on a cell phone
  • View updated pages with changes highlighted
  • Schedule monitoring to run daily, weekly, or in real time
  • Watch for specific keywords on pages
  • Archive different versions of tracked pages
  • Track any browsed page with a single click

Copernic also offers Copernic Enterprise Search as well as desktop products for Web searching (Copernic Agent, Copernic Meta) and information management (Copernic Summarizer). Copernic is a privately held company with a customer portfolio including Harris Corp., Global Trade Corp., APCO Worldwide, France Telecom, and AMN Healthcare Services, Inc.

Source: Copernic Technologies, Inc.

Wolters Kluwer Adds Drug Analytics Tool

Wolters Kluwer Health's Pharma Solutions division announced Adis R&D Insight (R&DI), a new version of its drug development tool that makes it easy to analyze and evaluate large amounts of data from the database at a single glance. Developed by Wolters Kluwer Health in partnership with AdvanTechnologies, Inc. (aTi), the new Adis tool uses proprietary modeling software to graphically represent key elements from the data. New graphics capabilities include the ability to create pie charts, bar charts, and tables. Users can drill down, change groupings, and re-sort the data using new parameters. R&DI is also available without the Analytics add-on.

R&DI contains profiles for more than 16,000 drugs in development, each with a detailed literature review, a rating based on therapeutic value, and commercial intelligence from Lehman Brothers. The new R&DI eliminates the need for users to export data and manipulate it themselves using external software. According to the company, this ability dramatically reduces the time it takes to search and interpret the data. In some cases, where it used to take 1 to 2 hours to drill down and cull a subset of relevant information, it now takes 30 seconds or less.

R&DI enables the user to analyze data in a variety of ways including:

  • Aggregate groups of data from the R&D Insight dataset
  • Summarize and compare drugs across multiple parameters using a matrix
  • Easily export any dataset to preformatted Microsoft Excel spreadsheets

Source: Wolters Kluwer Health

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