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December 8, 2003 — 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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Thomson Scientific Announces Enhanced Patent Analysis

Thomson Scientific has released enhancements to two of its key products. Customers can now export original patent data from Delphion using a new Data Extract format, and then bring it into Derwent Analytics using a new import filter. The solution lets users analyze both Derwent World Patents Index data and original patent data with a single tool.

In addition to the new Derwent Analytics format, Delphion has added a Data Extract format for EndNote, Reference Manager, and ProCite, three Thomson Scientific bibliographic management products, as well as two Extensible Markup Language (XML) formats. And, 12 new fields are now available for export, including abstract and claims. The Data Extract application now also gives users performance 20 times faster than before.

The enhancement to Derwent Analytics also includes the addition of thesaurii for Derwent Manual Codes, IPC Codes, and Derwent Abbreviations, making analysis of patent data faster and easier. The Derwent Analytics suite of pre-defined analytical macros has also been enhanced making it even easier for users to create charts and graphs.

Source: Thomson Scientific

CAS Announces New Version of STN Express

Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) announced the latest version of STN Express. The company says that the new features in STN Express with Discover! Analysis Edition (version 7.0) will help information professionals see the "big picture" when they search and retrieve information from scientific and technical literature and patents.

Along with a new 2-Dimensional Analyze Wizard, this new version also introduces tools for chemical structure analysis and assistance in query development with the CA Lexicon. The 2-Dimensional Analyze Wizard lets users easily analyze and tabulate data, then automatically create charts and graphs in Microsoft Excel.

Suzan A. Brown, CAS vice president, marketing and sales, said: "With STN Express Analysis Edition, we have made a significant advance in the information professional's ability to gain not just information but insight from search results. These analysis and visualization tools bring structure to the vast amount of information drawn from scientific literature and patent records in STN files."

Version 7.0 for Windows is scheduled to become available for distribution in December. More information is available on the CAS Web site at

Source: Chemical Abstracts Service

The British Library Launches Document Delivery Service

The British Library ( has launched its new Secure Electronic Delivery Service. Harnessing the strength of The British Library's collections, the service gives customers fast access to over 100 million items, providing one-stop shopping for information. Most content, whether born digital, in print, or in microform, can be delivered to a desktop within 2 hours. Born digital material can be sent almost instantly.

The secure Electronic Delivery service is based on Adobe Reader 6.0 software and Relais International scanning and delivery technology. Since the library launched its copyright compliant, secure electronic delivery service for digital documents in December 2002, it has succeeded in obtaining extensive agreements for secure electronic delivery with many leading scientific publishers. Over 3,800 journal titles are available for instant electronic delivery.

Source: The British Library

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