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November 11, 2002 — 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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University of California Joins BioMed Central Program

BioMed Central and the California Digital Library (CDL) announced that the 10 University of California (UC) campuses have joined BioMed Central's Institutional Membership Program. BioMed Central is an independent online publishing house committed to providing immediate free access to peer-reviewed biological and medical research. Under the agreement, processing charges are waived for UC faculty who submit an article for publication in one of 80 peer-reviewed journals. Upon acceptance, the article becomes freely available through the Web to readers worldwide.

Dozens of papers that were written or co-written by more than 130 UC scholars are already included in BioMed Central's journals. UC's collaboration with BioMed Central is coordinated and supported by CDL's eScholarship program. According to the announcement, BioMed Central's commitment to providing free access to the articles it publishes is consistent with eScholarship's mission to facilitate innovations in scholarly communication in support of research and teaching.

Source: BioMed Central

FluentMedia Adds Content from COMTEX

FluentMedia, the content-licensing agency of Tribune Co., announced that it has significantly expanded its international content with the addition of COMTEX News Network, Inc. coverage. COMTEX will provide FluentMedia customers with the full text of stories from more than 70 global news outlets covering Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Africa. The content is available in English, Spanish, and French.

Along with international content from sources such as Xinhua News Service and EFE Latin American Business News, COMTEX brings to FluentMedia a number of key U.S. and specialized business news sources. These include The Christian Science Monitor, A.M. Best Newswire for the insurance industry, Business Wire, and EDGAR Online.

COMTEX will also supply FluentMedia with content from regional news sources, such as A & G Information Services, Inc. (business, political, and economic events from the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe), AllAfrica, Inc., Business News Americas (Latin American business news), Kyodo News (Japan), and South American Business Information, among others.

Source: FluentMedia

ProQuest to Digitize Tribune Publishing Newspapers

ProQuest Information and Learning and Tribune Publishing, a subsidiary of Tribune Co., have announced a long-term content distribution agreement. ProQuest will digitize the complete historical backfiles of the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times from their first published editions in 1847 and 1881, respectively, and make both article and full page images available to users. This historical content will be available to the library market exclusively from ProQuest. ProQuest will also distribute more recent content from all 11 of Tribune's daily newspapers via the ProQuest information service.

In addition, distribution rights for microform and ASCII text from these newspapers, as well as nine other Tribune Co. newspapers, are covered by this distribution arrangement. The additional newspapers (to be available from ProQuest both electronically and in microform) include The Hartford Courant, Orlando Sentinel, Newport News Daily Press, The (Baltimore) Sun, (South Florida) Sun-Sentinel, The (Stamford) Advocate, Newsday, The (Allentown) Morning Call, and Greenwich Time.

The digitization undertaken for Tribune Publishing is part of ProQuest's Historical Newspapers project, which was initiated in 2001. Newspapers already in the program include The New York Times (completed July 2002), The Wall Street Journal (completed July 2002), as well as The Christian Science Monitor and The Washington Post (both scheduled for completion in spring 2003). The company has already digitized The Times of London from 1785 to 1870.

Many of the Tribune newspapers included in this new agreement will also use the ProQuest Archiver to distribute their archives to the consumer market via their respective Web sites. ProQuest Archiver provides newspapers with a complete e-commerce-enabled turnkey Web archive.

Source: ProQuest Information and Learning

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