|Weekly News Digest
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New Arts and Culture Information Site Launches
The Princeton University Library and Princeton University's Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies recently launched CPANDA (The Cultural Policy & the Arts National Data Archive), claimed to be "the world's first fully interactive, Web-accessible digital archive of policy-relevant data on culture and the arts." CPANDA is designed to provide easy access both to current research findings and to previously hard-to-find data on the arts, including public opinion on the arts, city-specific data, and recently released statistics. The archive is accessible at http://www.cpanda.org.
The Quick Facts section provides an overview of the information currently available in each of four research areas: artists, audiences, organizations, and support for the arts. Within each research area, it provides basic statistical data and graphics and a brief analysis addressing frequently asked questions.
The Performing Arts Research Coalition (PARC) project has just released the data sets from the first five communities studied in its 3-year project to measure the level of participation in and support for the arts in 10 communities across the country. The data sets are now available on the CPANDA site.
Dialog Enhances Its ToxFile Database
Dialog, a Thomson business, said that it has enhanced its ToxFile database by integrating additional toxicology material, making the ToxFile database a "one-stop resource" for finding a range of articles, reports, and proceedings related to toxicology. ToxFile, accessible through the Dialog and Dialog DataStar family of online services, offers a variety of information sources focused on toxicology subjects, such as the side effects of drugs and the impact of pollution on human health.
Previously, ToxFile on Dialog consisted of only journal materials provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), a data set also referred to as TOXLINE Core by the NLM. To that TOXLINE Core material, Dialog has now added material from TOXLINE Special, also provided by the NLM. TOXLINE Special consists of 15 data sets covering toxicology, hazardous chemicals and related areas, as well as references from an assortment of specialized journals and other sources published by government departments and international organizations. Other information providers contributing content to ToxFile through the NLM include the International Labor Office, the Swedish National Chemicals Inspectorate, and others.
For more information about ToxFile, visit http://library.dialog.com/bluesheets/html/bl0156.html for ToxFile on Dialog and http://ds.datastarweb.com/ds/products/datastar/sheets/toxl.htm for ToxFile on Dialog DataStar.
New Windows Utilities Software Now Available
Rose City Software (http://www.rosecitysoftware.com), the software division of InfiniSource.com, announced upgrades and new releases in its family of Windows utilities. Just released is version 1.5 of the favorites and bookmarks utility, LinkStash, which now features secure, encrypted password control for automatic Web site logon. Also released is version 3.0 of Registry First Aid and a new Registry Compactor.
Registry First Aid scans the registry for orphan file/folder references, finds these files or folders on your drives that may have been moved from their initial locations, and then corrects the registry entries to match the located files or folders. In addition, if a registry has links to files of deleted applications, Registry First Aid will find these invalid entries and remove them from the registry. With Registry First Aid, the Windows registry will be always clean and correct, helping programs load faster and speeding up the computer.
Registry Compactor, a companion tool to Registry First Aid, further optimizes the Windows registry by removing gaps and defragmenting the registry. A smaller more compact registry will improve system performance, and make more memory available for favorite applications, reducing the likelihood that a system will need to resort to using Virtual Memory.
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