|Weekly News Digest
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WebFeat Announces WebFeat 2 Technology
WebFeat (http://www.webfeat.org) has announced the release of its new WebFeat 2 technology, which lets libraries capture and report usage statistics from any or all of their databases' native interfaces. These statistics may be reported through WebFeat's Usage Tracker, in addition to usage captured through the WebFeat Knowledge Prism, WebFeat's federated search engine.
WebFeat Knowledge Prism allows libraries to simultaneously search all of their databases from a single intuitive interface. For every database used, WebFeat 2 captures and reports the number of queries, number of full record (full text) requests, number of next set requests, search strings (with Boolean operators), and date/time stamp information. WebFeat 2 can also track usage by individual library, branch, and remote users. Reports are available through the Web, which can be e-mailed, or downloaded into spreadsheets or DBMS programs. WebFeat 2 is available now for all new WebFeat systems and can be integrated into existing WebFeat systems at no additional charge for the next 90 days.
The company also announced that it will build proof-of-concept versions of its WebFeat Knowledge Prism search engine for libraries free of charge for a 30-day evaluation period.
News from SPARC
SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) has produced and is distributing at no charge the new "SPARC Institutional Repository Checklist and Resource Guide," a manual detailing the issues that institutions and consortia need to address in implementing an institutional repository. The publication is available at http://www.arl.org/sparc/IR/IR_Guide.html and may be printed out and distributed freely.
SPARC also announced its partnership with The Review of Economic Theory (RET), a new journal published by the nonprofit, U.K.-based ELectronic Society for Social Scientists (ELSSS). The new RET competes with the commercial Journal of Economic Theory, which has an annual subscription rate of $2,228 (U.S.). RET will cost $350, and is offered free to countries with developing and transition economies. The partnership marks SPARC's entrance into the social sciences.
OneSource Expands Industry Coverage
OneSource Information Services, Inc. has announced two additions to the industry analysis offerings available through its OneSource Business Browser product: Freedonia Focus US Industry Reports and Euromonitor Market Research covering the Asia Pacific Region. The 250 US Industry reports from Freedonia and 120 Asia Pacific Major Market Profiles from Euromonitor International are available immediately to OneSource subscribers.
Custom-designed for the OneSource products, Freedonia Focus SIC-level reports and Euromonitor profiles offer additional industry information at a more granular level than previously available, allowing decision-makers in all business functions to analyze individual companies within the broader context of industry and market trends.
Source: OneSource Information Services, Inc.
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