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November 24, 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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Entopia Knowledge Locator Integrates with Microsoft Office

Entopia, Inc. announced the integration of its Entopia Knowledge Locator solution into the Microsoft Office System programs, including Word 2003 and Outlook 2003. The Knowledge Locator uses the Microsoft Office applications' Research Task Pane to provide contextual access to all information and people available in an organization.

For example, an information worker who is creating a new legal contract in Word 2003 might need to find a standard legal paragraph for use in the contract. To automatically retrieve documents that match the document being developed, the worker can either type search terms in the Knowledge Locator query box on the Research Task Pane or just right-click to initiate an enterprise-wide search. The results, drawing from network folders, e-mail servers, the Web, intranets, portals, extranets, local hard drives, databases, content management systems, and other enterprise application repositories, are presented inside the Research Task Pane. The result is a list of ranked and relevant documents and experts who know about this type of contract.

The Entopia Knowledge Locator is built on the K-Bus enterprise knowledge infrastructure, which unites various content applications throughout the enterprise. The K-Bus enterprise knowledge infrastructure uses a Web services architecture, so it was easily integrated into the Research Task Pane of all the Microsoft Office System programs, including Word 2003, Excel 2003, Outlook 2003, PowerPoint 2003, Microsoft Office Access 2003, and Microsoft Office OneNote 2003.

Source: Entopia, Inc.

Thomson ISI to Expand Web of Science Coverage Back to 1900

Thomson ISI has announced the Century of Science initiative. Currently, Web of Science coverage extends to 1945. The Century of Science initiative will expand the Web of Science to include bibliographic data from the highest impact scientific literature published between 1944 and 1900, adding nearly 850,000 articles from approximately 200 journals. The journals have been carefully selected by the Thomson ISI editorial team, based on such criteria as citation patterns, geographic origin, and meaningful balance across scientific disciplines.

The Century of Science initiative will extend through 2004, with the new material available to customers in 2005. Using the historical data that will be available, researchers will be able to track published research concepts retrospectively back to the beginning of the 20th century and consequently develop a greater understanding of prior developments.

Currently, Web of Science indexes approximately 8,500 scholarly journals, providing users with complete bibliographic data, searchable author abstracts, and cited references. Web of Science is a key component of ISI Web of Knowledge, the single Web environment from which researchers can access, analyze, and manage information. Thomson ISI ( is a business of Thomson Scientific, part of The Thomson Corp.

Source: Thomson ISI

Wilson Adds Full Text of Legal Titles

H.W. Wilson announced that the Index to Legal Periodicals Full Text, a database on WilsonWeb, recently added the full text of 21 core sources, including the Law Library Journal, bringing the total in full text to 208. The database also indexes the cover-to-cover content of some 1,000 journals (plus some 1,400 monographs per year). Full-text rights for additional sources are in negotiation.

In addition to the full text provided in Index to Legal Periodicals Full Text, a built-in WilsonLink SFX feature allows users to click to additional full text from any of their library's other Open-URL compliant databases—at no additional charge.

In spring 2004, Wilson plans to release the Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective: 1918-1981. The company said this new database will make the content of over 500 law periodicals as far back as 1918 searchable for the first time in electronic form. This retrospective database will contain the indexing from 28 printed cumulations of Index to Legal Periodicals & Books, considered to be a library classic since it was launched over 80 years ago. Index to Legal Periodicals & Books—an index-only database—is still available online and in print.

Source: H.W. Wilson

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