|Weekly News Digest
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NISO Releases Draft of Z39.87
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has announced the trial release of a draft of Z39.87, the Data Dictionary for Technical Metadata for Digital Still Images. NISO collaborated with the Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM) in the development of this standard.
According to the announcement, two overarching goals led NISO and AIIM to develop this data dictionary. The first is to identify the data elements that would be used by applications to control transformations of images against stated metrics (or "anchors") for meaningful quality attributes such as detail, tone, color, and size. The second is to propose elements that would be used by digital repository managers, curators, or imaging specialists to assess the current aesthetic and functional values of a given image or collection of images. The purpose of this data dictionary is to define a standard set of metadata elements for digital images. Standardizing the information will allow users to develop, exchange, and interpret digital image files. The dictionary has been designed to facilitate interoperability between systems, services, and software as well as to support the long-term management of and continuing access to digital image collections.
Inmagic Unveils DB/Text WebPublisher 6.0
Inmagic, Inc., a global provider of content and information management software and services, has announced the release of DB/Text WebPublisher 6.0 with XML support, a Windows solution for publishing, managing, and sharing content on corporate intranets and the Web.
With XML support, information professionals can now truly integrate data from internal and external sources and provide them on the Web. XML makes it easy to design reports and present data in whatever format you wish because it simplifies communication among diverse systems and content repositories.
"You can view XML as the bridge between the two worlds of structured (relational) and unstructured (document) data," said Bill Trippe, of New Millennium Publishing.
"As Inmagic products have been bridging the worlds of structured and unstructured data for 20 years, XML fits very naturally into our product lines," said Susan Stearns, Inmagic's vice president of marketing.
With the added XML support, DB/Text WebPublisher users can transfer data between different products, including XSL editors and third-party tools such as Microsoft FrontPage, ColdFusion, Macromedia Dreamweaver, ASP.NET, and Microsoft Excel.
Because XML is standards-based, XML support in DB/Text WebPublisher also makes it simpler to integrate with other systems, greatly improving acceptance within organizations' IT departments, according to the announcement.
Inmagic's DB/Text WebPublisher is available now. Information and demos are available directly from Inmagic at 800/229-8398, firstname.lastname@example.org, or http://www.inmagic.com. Dealers can be located at http://www.inmagic.com/webvar.htm.
Source: Inmagic, Inc.
LexisNexis Adds New Content, Features to lexis.com
LexisNexis has announced that it has added several new, easy-to-use features to its Web-based services, including Dun & Bradstreet Reports and a Sounds Like search feature for public records data. The following reports are included:
Available on lexis.com through the guided search form, the Sounds Like feature can be used when either the exact spelling of the first and last name of a person is unknown or the first and last name entered as a search by the user do not retrieve usable documents.
- Business Information Report—Offers an overall profile of a company to evaluate operations, profitability, and stability. This report can deliver payment information, banking, finance, public filings, special events, and company and management history.
- Payment Analysis Report—Features in-depth historical analysis of a business' payment habits. This report can provide information on a firm's banking relationships, public filings, and special events.
- Supplier Evaluation Report—Provides information and analyses that help assess the risk of doing business with a supplier.
- Comprehensive Report—Provides a tool for assessing new and existing business relationships in which the large dollar and/or long-term nature of a commitment poses a significant risk or opportunity.
- Government Activity Report—Delivers details on a company's transactions with the federal government, including contracts, loans, and grants.
- Business Background Report—Provides useful information on a company's history and operations as well as the business background of its management.
- Dun's Financial Profile—Offers an overview of a firm's financial condition, complete with industry benchmarking of a firm's key business ratios and financial and payment performance.
"A Sounds Like search returns names that the researcher might never have thought of entering into the search, producing a more complete result set," said Paul Gazzolo, LexisNexis' vice president of large law firm marketing. "It saves time and increases productivity by automatically finding phonetic matches and nicknames and then ranking the results based on relevancy. These new ease-of-use features pack a powerful punch for legal research."
The Dun & Bradstreet reports and the Sounds Like feature are both currently available. Look for more features to be added to lexis.com this summer.
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