|Weekly News Digest
July 22, 2002 — In addition to this week's NewsBreak(s), the editors have compiled the Weekly News Digest, featuring stories from the week just past that you should know about. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.
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ProQuest Completes The New York Times Backfile Digitization
ProQuest Information and Learning (http://www.il.proquest.com) announced that it has fully digitized the complete backfile (1851-1999) of The New York Times as part of its ProQuest Historical Newspapers program. With this project's completion, the national newspaper becomes the first paper in the program to be fully digitized and available to library and education customers.
Every backfile issue of The New York Times has been digitized from cover to cover, including news stories, editorials, photos, graphics, and advertisements. Searchers can use basic keyword, advanced, guided, and relevancy search techniques to locate information. Or they can browse through issues page by page, as one would browse a printed edition. Search results lists provide bibliographic information, including date, issue, article headline, page number, and byline (where given). Users may choose to display the full-page image of any page in any issue.
"This was an unprecedented conversion effort, comprising nearly 3 million pages and over 25 million articles covering 148 years of history," said Joe Reynolds, president and CEO of ProQuest Information and Learning. "Newspapers present unique challenges for conversion, given their large page format, multiple article types, varying lengths, and page jumps. To accomplish the conversion, we pioneered new techniques in digitization, zoning (identifying areas of relevant text and relating them to each other), and image quality enhancement. The result is a fully searchable file that allows users to view articles in their original context. It is the most ambitious newspaper conversion project undertaken, and we are excited about the quality of the resulting product."
Full text of The New York Times dating from 1999 is also available electronically from ProQuest in ASCII. Both the archive and the current file are available by subscription on the ProQuest service.
Source: ProQuest Information and Learning
Kiplinger Licenses Content to Six Aggregators
Kiplinger Washington Editors, Inc. (http://www.kiplinger.com) has announced that it is entering licensing agreements with six leading aggregators: EBSCO Publishing, Factiva, Gale Group, LexisNexis, ProQuest Information and Learning, and H.W. Wilson Co. Under the terms of the agreements, the full text of Kiplinger's publications can now be found in these traditional aggregator systems. All agreements include online access to Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, The Kiplinger Letter, The Kiplinger Tax Letter, The Kiplinger Agriculture Letter, The Kiplinger California Letter, and Kiplinger's Retirement Report.
These partnerships enable Kiplinger content to be distributed to public, academic, corporate, government, and military libraries worldwide. For 80 years, Kiplinger has been a source for personal finance guidance as well as for business, economic, and public policy forecasting. According to the announcement, since 1999 Kiplinger has taken the necessary steps to produce a format-neutral repository for the delivery and distribution of its content. With this system in place, the company anticipates completing more licensing agreements in the future.
Source: Kiplinger Washington Editors, Inc.
New Version of askSam Now Available
askSam Systems (http://www.asksam.com) has announced that it is now shipping version 5 of askSam, its free-form database software. askSam 5 offers a new Email Import Wizard that helps users easily archive e-mail messages (with attachments) from Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, Eudora, Netscape, and PocoMail. For example, askSam can import information from e-mail discussion lists and newsletters into searchable databases.
askSam 5 can also import Adobe Acrobat files and permits searching across any number of Acrobat documents. Users can "attach" files to the askSam database to keep an original copy of the Acrobat files as part of the database. They can also link from askSam to view these attachments in their original form in the Acrobat Viewer.
Other improvements include sorting search results by relevance, linking to original files when importing, "Remembered Lists," and the ability to program enhancements. askSam 5 Standard costs $149.95. askSam 5 Professional offers all the features of version 5 and adds programming and full-text indexing. It is available for $395.
Source: askSam Systems
Paula J. Hane
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