|Weekly News Digest
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Library of Congress Accepts September 11 Digital Archive
The Library of Congress will mark its first major digital acquisition of Sept. 11, 2001, materials with the addition to its collections of the September 11 Digital Archive (http://911digitalarchive.org). The September 11 Digital Archive is a joint project of the City University of New York Graduate Center's American Social History Project and George Mason University's Center for History and New Media—two institutions that have explored digital history for more than a decade. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation provided the funding for the Digital Archive.
On Sept. 10, the Library of Congress will formally accept the material, which contains more than 130,000 written accounts, e-mails, audio recordings, video clips, photographs, Web sites, and other materials that document the attacks on New York City, Washington, D.C., and western Pennsylvania and their aftermath. The Library says the archive is the largest digital collection of September 11-related materials, serving as the Smithsonian Institution's designated repository for digital objects related to the attacks.
To mark the acquisition of the Archive, the Library of Congress will host a daylong symposium, "September 11 as History: Collecting Today for Tomorrow." The event, which begins at 9 a.m. in the Library's Coolidge Auditorium on Sept. 10, will feature commentary by leading U.S. historians, librarians, and archivists. The symposium is free and open to the public (register online at http://www.loc.gov/911Symposium).
Source: Library of Congress
Nstein Launches Knowledge Base Manager
Nstein Technologies, Inc., a provider of software applications for managing unstructured data, has officially launched its new product, the Knowledge Base Manager, as part of its software suite Nserver. The module automates the creation and refinement process of knowledge bases, a data set needed for automated document indexing. In a single click, users can trigger automatic processes refining the documents' indexing precision. Knowledge Base Manager includes a complete test indexing workbench that allows users to safely assess the global accuracy of their modifications.
"Nstein fully leveraged the expertise of its team of linguists and lexicographers in creating the KB Manager, a module that doesn't require arduous manual processes," said Mario Girard, Nstein's CEO. "This new module completes our line of indexing support tools, enabling our customers to take full control of Nstein's automated indexing system should they so desire."
The company said that Knowledge Base Manager has already been licensed by two U.S.-based firms, KeepMedia (formerly Spyglass) and United Press International. Nstein's headquarters are in Montreal, with operations in Boston, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and London.
Source: Nstein Technologies, Inc.
Factiva Offers New Subscription Options for Occasional Users
Factiva, a Dow Jones and Reuters Company, announced two new subscription options for individuals or small businesses in need of conducting occasional business research. These subscribers can now access Factiva's content direct from Factiva or via links in The Wall Street Journal Online at WSJ.com. Both options offer access to Factiva's collection of nearly 8,000 global news and business information sources. The options differ in functionality, but both make Factiva available on an economical basis.
Factiva.com Individual Subscription offers access to both the Search and Track areas of Factiva.com. Users can search Factiva content using any of seven language interfaces: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, or Russian. An individual annual subscription is $69. News tracking folders are $9.95 per month. Articles cost $2.95 each.
Online Journal customers with ad hoc research needs can search Factiva from links within their Online Journal subscription. There is no additional annual fee for this option, but users who are not already Factiva.com subscribers need to register with a credit card to view any articles, which cost $2.95 each. This option offers an easy-to-use search interface. Factiva Intelligent Indexing and Track Folders are not available as part of this offering.
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