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December 1, 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 ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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STN Launches French and British Patent Databases

FIZ Karlsruhe, the European service center of STN International, is presenting several new patent databases at Online Information 2003 (London, Dec. 2-4). The new reference database FRANCEPAT contains abstracts of patent applications and patents published by the Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle (INPI), France, since 1966. The new databases FRFULL and GBFULL, to be launched on STN in 2004, will provide the full texts of French and British patent documents.

In addition, Thomson-Derwent, database producer and sales partner of STN, has developed an alert service with its new database, WPI First View, a complementary file to its World Patents Index (WPINDEX). In WPI First View, patent information is published without further processing, thus making it available on STN as quickly as possible after publication by the respective patent offices.

STN International currently hosts about 220 sci-tech online databases, 30 of which are exclusively dedicated to patent information. Numerous other specialist databases, e.g., in the fields of chemistry and biotechnology, also provide subject-related patent information. STN International can be accessed either through proprietary data networks or via the Internet.

Source: FIZ Karlsruhe, STN Europe

Dialog Launches Dialog API

Dialog, a Thomson business, announced the launch of its Dialog Application Programming Interface (API), a Web Service that enables Dialog's content collection and search engine to be integrated transparently into Web sites, enterprise portals, corporate intranets and extranets, software applications, and other interactive services. The company says that the Dialog API technology is an important step in providing truly integrated information solutions. Dialog is showcasing the Dialog API and its other enterprise information solutions at this week's Online Information 2003 in London.

Dialog API is designed for Web site developers, software programmers, enterprise information managers, and others to integrate slices of the more than 14 terabytes of premium content—a continuously updated electronic warehouse of news, business intelligence, current and archived journal articles, patents, and research across an array of industries and topics - along with the Dialog search engine that allows users to pinpoint the specific documents they need within the content sets.

Dialog API is based on XML (eXtensible Markup Language) and incorporates Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), an XML-based communication standard widely used in IT infrastructures. The use of XML and SOAP enables the Dialog API service to be "application agnostic" and "platform independent," meaning that Dialog documents and the search engine can be incorporated into Web sites and networks regardless of the platform those downstream services use. XML also offers additional flexibility to integrate documents into applications in a range of format options (i.e., PDF, RTF, HTML, and others) that best fit the architecture of the site or network repackaging the Dialog content.

Source: Dialog

ProQuest Announces New Agreements

ProQuest Information and Learning, a unit of ProQuest Co. that creates and publishes databases for libraries and educational institutions worldwide, recently announced three new content, distribution, and linking agreements with News International, Oxford Analytica, and CSA.

The expanded content agreement with News International continues coverage of The Times and The Sunday Times in ProQuest online databases and brings two new newspaper titles, The Sun and News of the World, to ProQuest products. News International is the major U.K. subsidiary of the News Corp., Ltd. The News International content will appear in ProQuest Newsstand products, eLibrary products for K-12 libraries and schools, as well as several products targeted at international ProQuest customers, such as ProQuest Learning: News. The agreement includes backfile rights for The Times dating to 1990.

ProQuest announced a distribution agreement for Oxford Analytica's OxResearch database. The new contract with the U.K.-based international consulting firm gives ProQuest exclusive worldwide distribution rights for the K-12, academic, and U.S. military/government library markets. OxResearch is an archival database of articles published in the Oxford Analytica Daily Brief series dating back to 1984, covering both world and regional economic and political developments of major significance and analyzing the impact of these developments on the political, business, and operating environments. ProQuest will offer OxResearch as a stand-alone online subscription service in the ABI/INFORM business database suite.

Finally, ProQuest and CSA have forged an agreement that allows customers of both services to link from CSA research abstracts to the full text of scholarly journals in ProQuest online databases, including the ABI/INFORM business database suite, the ProQuest Research Library, and others. CSA has published abstracts and indexes to scientific and technical research literature for more than 30 years. Among the titles included in the new agreement are: CSA Sociological Abstracts, Aquatic Sciences & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA) Database, CSA Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management Database, CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, and ARTbibliographies Modern. ProQuest supports OpenURL linking standards for both inbound and outbound links.

Source: ProQuest Information and Learning

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