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July 3, 2006 — 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 ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Thomson Gale Extends Service

Thomson Gale (, part of The Thomson Corp., announced a new partner to the platform—OCLC's Open WorldCat program. The partnership between, Thomson Gale's library advocacy initiative to increase the visibility of library content on the Internet and in search engines, and OCLC WorldCat, the bibliographic database of the merged catalogs of OCLC member libraries, is designed to enhance users' search experiences in both platforms.

When a search is performed in, a contextual link will direct the searcher to related material—books, serials, digital images, or other items—available in their library's collection through the OCLC Open WorldCat program, which makes records of library-owned materials in OCLC's WorldCat database available to Web users. Conversely, searches performed through the OCLC Open WorldCat program will link users back to full-text journal articles and e-books found in

In addition, Thomson Gale said it will add a new virtual library card feature to its platform. This enhancement will allow users to register and authenticate on the site using their e-mail address and a self-designated password, similar to an online shopping or banking experience. The virtual library card will simplify the current authentication process for both users and librarians. This information also will provide libraries with better information about online usage of their resources.

Source: Thomson Gale

Alacra Offers Premium Content Web Feeds

Alacra, Inc., a provider of online business information solutions, announced the launch of Web feeds for select premium publishers' content in the Alacra Store ( This new feature enables business information professionals to subscribe to company-specific feeds containing credit and investment research from premium content publishers such as CreditSights, Moody's Investors Service, and Thomson Financial.

The Alacra Store currently aggregates premium content from close to 40 sources. Relevant portions of information are combined to create a comprehensive Company Snapshot view on more than 200,000 public and private companies. On every Company Snapshot, users now have the ability to subscribe to RSS feeds containing the latest credit and investment research on the company of interest. (For example, see for research on Wells Fargo & Company.) Users will receive alerts on new research reports that include the title of the report and a brief snippet of text in their favorite newsreader like My Yahoo!, Google Reader, BlogLines, or NewsGator.

In addition to the company-specific feeds, Alacra has made available several publisher-specific feeds, allowing users to track all of the latest premium content from a given provider. These publisher feeds can be found at the following URLs:

Source: Alacra, Inc.

LexisNexis Launches Advanced Government Solutions

LexisNexis U.S. ( announced the launch of LexisNexis Advanced Government Solutions, which is designed to enable customers across federal, state, and local government to transform data into mission-critical decisions. LexisNexis and parent company Reed Elsevier, Inc. demonstrated their commitment to the government market through the strategic acquisition of Seisint in 2004, which enabled the company to enhance its solutions offering by providing data fusion and linking technology that can be deployed for on-premise use within the government enterprise. In addition, in 2003, LexisNexis Special Services was created as a U.S.-owned subsidiary of Reed Elsevier, Inc. for the specific purpose of delivering solutions to customers with classified missions. In recent months, LexisNexis Special Services has strengthened its management team through the addition of executives with experience in the federal government market. The company said that its customers in the government market are driving the demand for more comprehensive and robust solutions.

As part of the new offering, LexisNexis will deliver three distinct solution sets:

  • Intelligence Analysis Solutions enables intelligence analysts to anticipate and detect threats to national security by pinpointing critical information contained within massive volumes of data.
  • Investigative Solutions enables investigators to effectively locate suspects, find missing children, and solve cases quicker by providing instant access to critical information that would normally take days to gather using traditional investigative methods.
  • Screening and Identity Verification Solutions enables government agencies to secure and protect access to critical systems and facilities and mitigate the problems associated with entitlements fraud and improper payments.

LexisNexis Advanced Government Solutions can be delivered via secure access through the Web or deployed within the government enterprise for integration with internal systems and agency-specific data sets. These solutions can be tailored to support the unique missions of government professionals in defense and intelligence, homeland security, law enforcement, revenue, health and human services, and regulatory agencies. LexisNexis Advanced Government Solutions combines LexisNexis core capabilities in a holistic framework called the Information Decisioning Chain to provide comprehensive solutions that serve the specific needs of analysts, investigators, and government executives.

Source: LexisNexis U.S.

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