|Weekly News Digest
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MuseGlobal Announces New Personalization Features
MuseGlobal, Inc. has announced a new optional MuseSearch product version that allows extensive customization down to the level of the individual metasearch user. The base MuseSearch product offers customization features down to the user class/department level. In the new version, individual user preferences can be captured to provide a personalized interface, selection of search sources, and metasearch functionality. Such attributes as number of results to be returned for each source, the number of results displayed per page, the de-duplication algorithm, and the method of sorting can be directly set by the user.
The user can hide or show any sources in the MuseSearch interface, making it easy to narrow down a large set of searchable sources to only those sources of interest. MuseGlobal has also provided users with the ability to personally manage authentication for all sources. "Personal Access Controls" can easily be entered to search sources that require an individual username/password or various other schemas. Three access types are supported: CGI Script, HTTP Authentication, or Proxy Authorization.
Source: MuseGlobal, Inc.
EDGAR Online Adds Conference Call Transcripts and More
EDGAR Online announced the addition of a complete collection of conference call transcripts, company Webcasts, and an events calendar to its EDGAR Online Pro service. EDGAR Online, Inc. provides financial information and a variety of analysis tools via online subscriptions and licensing agreements to professionals in financial institutions, corporations, and law firms.
The conference call content is provided in partnership with CallStreet, LLC and OpenCompany.info. CallStreet provides fully-corrected text solutions for quarterly conference calls held by public companies. OpenCompany is an open disclosure network for earnings and corporate information. Its members are a consortium of industry organizations.
The company recently announced additions to its flagship EDGAR Online Pro service including complex fundamental, ownership, initial public offering, and secondary offering data sets, and advanced search tools—all of which EDGAR Online previously offered only to large enterprises as part of its EDGAR Online Explorer product (via XML API data feeds for intranet integration).
Source: EDGAR Online, Inc.
EBSCO Rolls Out New Features and Enhancements
In advance of the American Library Association midwinter meeting, EBSCO made a number of announcements of new features and enhancements. EBSCONET, EBSCO's Web-based serials management system, now includes a new, more user-friendly interface and several new features to simplify navigating through the ordering, claiming, and renewing functions.
EBSCO A-to-Z now offers access to free online journals, such as those found in the Directory of Open Access Journals (http://www.doaj.org), PubMed Central (http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/), Scielo (http://www.scielo.org), and other portals. These journals are part of the A-to-Z master title database that provides link and coverage information to more than 40,000 titles from more than 530 database and e-journal packages from approximately 100 different providers. Using A-to-Z's online administrative module, libraries can add these titles and make them available to patrons. A product of EBSCO Information Services, EBSCO A-to-Z (http://atoz.ebsco.com) is a locator tool for all of a library's e-resources, including e-journals, titles in full-text databases, and publisher packages.
EBSCO's Publisher Services department has streamlined its processes, and now offers new services for libraries that help expedite the e-journal ordering process. EBSCO has also recently doubled its staff that provides support for EBSCO's e-resource access and management services.
And, EBSCO Publishing announced an expanded license agreement with Springer Verlag that will bring an additional 100 full-text journals, making a total of 187, to the company's EBSCOhost online databases. EBSCO Subscription Services, EBSCO Publishing, and EBSCO Book Services form the EBSCO Information Services group.
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