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January 20, 2003 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Code to Measure Online Use is Released

COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of NeTworked Electronic Resources) is a multi-agency project whose objective is to develop a single, internationally accepted, extendible Code of Practice that will allow the usage of online information products and services to be measured more consistently. The first release is now available and can be downloaded from the Web site at The Code specifies in detail the requirements that vendors must meet to have their online usage reports designated COUNTER-compliant.

The use of online information resources is growing exponentially and it is widely agreed by both producers and buyers of information that the use of these resources should be measured in a more consistent way. Librarians want to understand better how the information they buy from a variety of sources is being used, and publishers want to know how the information products they disseminate are being used. The COUNTER Code of Practice meets these needs by setting international guidelines governing the recording and exchange of online usage data.

COUNTER is actively supported by the international community of librarians and publishers, and by their professional organizations, including the Association of American Publishers, The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, the Association of Research Libraries, the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, the National Information Standards Organization, and others.

 Source: COUNTER

New Site for Design Research Launches

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the University of Minnesota formally launched InformeDesign, the "first centralized clearinghouse of design and human behavior research on the Web" ( The free site currently contains more than 240 research summaries of findings transformed from a variety of academic journals on design and human behavior. An additional 500 research summaries will be added each year.

Visitors to InformeDesign can access the research summaries by performing simple, keyword searches or by reviewing the research summaries listed under three categories: "Space," "Issues," and "Occupants." The site also features online discussion forums, listings of collaborative research opportunities, a calendar of research-related events, and a glossary of terms. Implications, a monthly newsletter, will begin within the month, and other services and products are planned. The Web site is interactive, allowing visitors to provide comments about specific research summaries or other site issues, or to query the InformeDesign staff about individual research needs.

The InformeDesign Web site was created and will be maintained by a team of researchers at the Department of Design, Housing and Apparel at the University of Minnesota, led by director Caren Martin, Ph.D., and Coordinator Denise Guerin, Ph.D. The impetus for InformeDesign was to create a device to facilitate design professionals' use of research as a decision-making tool in the design process, thereby improving the overall quality of design solutions to protect and enhance the public's health, safety, and welfare.

Source: American Society of Interior Designers

West Offers Homeland Security Resources

West, part of The Thomson Corp., has introduced a series of Homeland Security and Anti-Terrorism databases on its Westlaw service to help legal professionals focus their research in this area. The databases provide access to a comprehensive collection of statutes, executive orders, regulations, case law, and analytical materials.

The Homeland Security and Anti-Terrorism resources on Westlaw draw on a variety of substantive legal areas, including immigration and border security, criminal law and procedure, civil rights, government contracts, administrative law, privacy and the Freedom of Information Act, labor and employment, civil service law, torts, insurance, and military law. The databases will be continually updated to reflect recent developments.

Source: West

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