|Weekly News Digest
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Globeandmail.com, Micromedia ProQuest to Market Newspaper Archive
Globeandmail.com and Micromedia ProQuest have announced an agreement to bring to market "Canada's Heritage from 1844," an archived product that presents a digitized full-image version of the complete works of The Globe and Mail newspaper since its inception as The Globe in 1844. It will be available on a subscription basis and is targeted at the educational and public library markets. Canada's Heritage from 1844 is built using the Archive Publisher from Cold North Wind, Inc., an Ottawa-based provider of newspaper archive technology.
The full pages of Canada's Heritage from 1844 can be accessed by subscribers through the Micromedia ProQuest Web portal, Canada's Information Resource Centre. The 1.4 million-page archive is claimed to be the most extensive in Canada, and the breadth and depth of the content make it a vital and convenient research tool for educators, librarians, and researchers. Coverage includes major events in Canadian history, plus thousands of images, advertisements, classifieds, political cartoons, and birth and death notices from issues of Canada's National Newspaper, dating to the pre-confederation era.
Micromedia ProQuest is a Canadian publisher and distributor of proprietary and third-party reference, financial, bibliographic, and directory information for the academic, corporate, government, and library markets. Micromedia ProQuest is a member of ProQuest Information and Learning (http://www.il.proquest.com).
Source: Micromedia ProQuest
Nstein Launches News NServer
Nstein Technologies, Inc., a provider of software business solutions to the e-publishing industry, has announced the launch of News Nserver, its new "total solution" automated-indexing product that's targeted to news publishers. News Nserver aims to enable significant productivity gains for news agencies that currently tag their critical information manually. This automated-indexing solution automatically categorizes documents according to the industry-standard taxonomy from the International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC; http://www.iptc.org). The new software is tailored specifically to newspapers, news wires, and news e-publishers. According to the announcement, it is designed to allow those organizations to produce and distribute information faster, in greater volumes, and with very high precision and reliability.
News Nserver intelligently tags and exposes the most relevant concepts in a document without the use of pre-defined dictionaries, and it can automatically categorize documents according to the IPTC subject taxonomy. The product also finds and extracts proper names—people, geographic locations, and companies—based on linguistic and semantic algorithms, thus eliminating the need for pre-defined dictionaries.
Currently News Nserver runs in English, French, and Spanish. By the end of the year it will be available in additional languages, including Portuguese, Russian, Polish, Czech, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, and Turkish. Nstein's News Nserver is the first in a series of automated indexing solutions to be launched by the company that will enhance the use of well-recognized, industry-standard taxonomies such as IPTC's. The technology can be utilized by any subject list or complex hierarchy.
Source: Nstein Technologies, Inc.
ingenta in Partnership to Create Open Archive E-Print Services
ingenta, Inc. announced that it has partnered with the University of Southampton to develop software for the growing Open Archives movement. The university has played a key role in the Open Archives initiative (OAi) with the development of the software resource that supports it. ePrints, created by Southampton's Department of Electronics and Computer Science (http://www.iam.ecs.soton.ac.uk), allows organizations to create Web-based archives (e-print services) for their research articles, lecture notes, and other documents and associated metadata. Virginia Tech, University of Glasgow, and the Australian National University are among the hundreds of organizations worldwide that have implemented the software to provide easy and open access to the activities being undertaken by their researchers.
The goal of the OAi movement is to create interoperability between these archives, ultimately allowing Web users to search a number of them simultaneously. This would result in a powerful new distribution channel through which researchers could collaborate. This will sit alongside and complement the formally published and peer-reviewed scientific literature provided by journal publishers. For this goal to be realized, many participating institutions will need to rely on commercially supported software and a standardized data-input model. ingenta and Southampton have agreed to collaborate in order to create this service.
Under the terms of the partnership, ingenta will create an enhanced, commercially supported version of ePrints, which it will make available as a service to institutions worldwide. A share of the proceeds will be channeled back into supporting Southampton's research and development efforts in continuing to evolve ePrints, which will also remain available as open source software.
Source: ingenta, Inc.
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