|Weekly News Digest
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Internet2 Releases Web Authorization Software
Internet2 announced the availability of Shibboleth 1.0, the first production version of privacy-preserving Web authorization software. Shibboleth (http://shibboleth.internet2.edu/) is standards-based and open source. The product incorporates active privacy management while enabling inter-institutional sharing of Web resources subject to access controls. Internet2 recreates the partnerships among academia, industry, and government that helped foster today's Internet in its infancy.
Blackboard, WebCT, and WebAssign, course management software providers, and EBSCO, JSTOR, and SFX, online information companies, have already begun to incorporate Shibboleth technology into their products and services. It has been tested by more than 20 companies and universities. SWITCH, the Swiss national research and education networking organization has selected Shibboleth as its official authentication and authorization architecture and the National Science Digital Library (NSDL), a major educational initiative by the National Science Foundation, will use Shibboleth to allow access to customized or restricted content and services.
Clifford Lynch, executive director for the Coalition for Networked Information, called the availability of Shibboleth 1.0 "a major milestone in a long road." He stated: "The Coalition for Networked Information led much of the work articulating the requirements for a system like Shibboleth some 5 years ago; designing and building it has been a major effort that required the best talent from the higher education community." He continued, "One of the first applications will be managing access to content licensed by research libraries on behalf of their campus communities."
Mergent Launches New Industry Reports
Mergent, Inc. (formerly Moody's FIS) introduced a new product that provides in-depth analysis of key industries covering North America and Asia/Pacific by country and region. A European edition will be available soon. Mergent Industry Reports describe the market environment and industry landscape for companies, industries, countries, and regions, and also discuss key trends and market outlooks.
Mergent Industry Reports are available via the Internet in Adobe PDF or as a fully-integrated module on MergentOnline. The new product is available by annual subscription as well as by single industry units. Users have the option for the reports to be seamlessly integrated with Mergent's current products, thereby offering simple, one-click access to individual company or sector data and other details.
Mergent's products date back to 1900 and contain information on more than 15,000 U.S. public companies, 20,000 non-U.S. public companies in 100 countries, and 20,000 U.S. municipal entities, as well as extensive corporate and municipal bond, UIT, and dividend information.
Source: Mergent, Inc.
LexisNexis Offers Integrated Search Application
LexisNexis launched LexisNexis Total Search, an integrated search application for law firms that provides access to both internal and external content in a single search using the lexis.com user interface. LexisNexis Total Search provides easy access to internal work products including briefs, pleadings, and memoranda, while simultaneously searching the content available from LexisNexis. LexisNexis Total Search expands the boundaries of the LexisNexis Total Research System to maximize the use of a law firm's most prized intellectual property ó its internal work product.
The LexisNexis Total Search application architecture is customizable to meet the individual needs of each firm and allow for the integration of other products in the future. Installation of the application requires minimal integration and works on standard platforms. The company said that it is quickly deployable into a firm's existing technology infrastructure and fits into the existing work flow of legal professionals. Firm IT and administrative staff will not need to invest significant time or resources to implement, roll out, and maintain LexisNexis Total Search.
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