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Dialog Augments Business Content Offerings

Dialog, a Thomson business, said that it is now offering additional content channels through its DialogPRO (Predictable Research Online) service for small businesses worldwide. The new content channels are Energy, Engineering, Patent and Trademark. Others previously launched include Advertising, Biotech, Competitive Intelligence, Consulting, Defense, and News.

Dialog packages the information it continually gathers from around the world to create the individual DialogPRO content channels as easy-to-use yet high-value strategic tools for small business owners and managers. For examples of information sources available through each of the DialogPRO content channels, visit http://www.dialog.com/products/dialogpro/.

Dialog also said that it has added content from about 850 publications (a 36-percent increase) to InSite, its online service that offers business users access to collections of specialized content. The new content includes publications focused on topics such as health, the pharmaceutical industry, technology, law, advertising, defense, economics and general business issues. The publications represent a cross section of business research and reporting published worldwide, with sources drawn from Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. InSite now has a total of more than 5,000 sources available. The database includes a five-year archive for most of the sources. There will be no subscription price increase.

InSite is one of the products offered by the formerly independent Intelligence Data, now part of Dialog. Other Intelligence Data products now offered through Dialog are Intelliscope (featuring investment research) and Intrascope, which supplies content to enterprise intranets.

Source: Dialog

Nstein Announces New Partnerships

Nstein Technologies, Inc. has announced a partnership agreement with D&B. Nstein's linguistically-based entity extraction software will utilize D&B's tens of millions of company profiles not only to flag corporate entities within documents, but to make available links to detailed company information. Nstein said that its clients, whether primary or secondary publishers, aggregators or corporate portals, will be able to add to the information at their end-users' fingertips and create new revenue opportunities.

Nstein said it has also signed a partnership agreement with BIOSIS, the life sciences abstracting-and-indexing service. Through this agreement, Nstein will use the intelligence of BIOSIS indexing to provide Ncategorizer and Nfinder software designed specifically for the biological, pharmaceutical, and biomedical markets.

This combination of Nstein technology and BIOSIS content gives users the opportunity to incorporate BIOSIS' subject expertise directly into their own information collections. By using this new version of Nstein's categorization and entity extraction software enhanced with BIOSIS indexing, it is now possible for users to move seamlessly from a search on their own collections to one on BIOSIS Previews.

Source: Nstein Technologies Inc.

ProQuest Expands Digital National Security Archive

Five new collections have been added to ProQuest's Digital National Security Archive (DNSA) Web-based resource. The National Security Archive, a non-profit group based in Washington, D.C., and ProQuest Information and Learning have once more teamed to expand "the most comprehensive collection available of significant primary documents central to U.S. foreign policy since 1945."

Together with the 15 collections already included in DNSA, the new collections comprise a research and teaching tool for the study of U.S. foreign policy, intelligence, and security issues during the 20th century. Most of the documents are published for the first time. The new documents reveal new details of U.S.-China relations, El Salvador, nuclear development, and more.

The declassified documents that make up the growing database have been gathered through extensive use of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). New topical collections will be added annually. Documents are targeted by skilled researchers with context provided by glossaries, bibliographies, chronologies, and essays prepared by foreign policy experts.

Users may access essential primary documents with detailed authority-controlled indexing. They may search at item or page level across more than 20 combinable fields. Full page images offer views of the primary source. A names database allows search for all references, even if the name is incomplete or misspelled in the document. DNSA is available by subscription or by permanent access. Free trials are available.

Source: ProQuest Information and Learning



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