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April 29, 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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Thomson Financial to Offer Conference Call Summaries, Transcripts

Thomson Financial (http://www.tfn.com) has announced partnerships with CCN and Fair Disclosure Financial Network, Inc. (FDfn), through which Thomson Financial's corporate and institutional clients will be able to access comprehensive conference call summaries and transcripts of quarterly conference calls held by publicly traded companies.

CCN (http://www.ccnsource.com) is a provider of corporate conference call reports to the investment community. FDfn (http://www.fdfn.com) is a company that offers near-real-time, fully synchronized interactive, and full-text transcripts of earnings conference calls directly to subscribers via the Internet.

"Our buy- and sell-side institutional clients need to keep track of information relayed during corporate conference calls and Webcasts, but listening to these calls in their entirety is time-consuming and not always a viable option," said Eric Frank, executive vice president of Thomson Financial's Corporate Group. "Thomson Financial's conference call summaries and transcripts save clients time by providing searchable full-text transcripts and concise, timely, unbiased summaries of events held by the companies relevant to their investments. This enables our clients to streamline their securities analysis and research process and make superior investment decisions."

Available next month, Thomson Financial clients will be able to access conference call summaries and transcripts via First Call Events, a calendar that includes corporate earnings announcements, conference calls, Webcasts, sell-side conferences, and analyst meetings. Additionally, summaries and transcripts will soon be available through a variety of Thomson applications, including First Call Web and First Call Analyst.

Source: Thomson Financial

STN Reloads Enhanced Beilstein Database

FIZ Karlsruhe, the European Service Centre of STN International (http://www.stn-international.de), has announced that an enhanced version of the Beilstein database has been reloaded onto the STN service. As part of a major upgrade to the database, a new Pharmacological and Ecological Data subject area has been added along with 60 more journals. The database has also been restructured to make searching easier and more effective. New topics have been added in the areas of safety data, spectra, electrical properties, solution behavior, and optical and electrical data. New compound types have been incorporated, including biomolecules, mixtures, and polymers. In addition, existing fields have been reorganized to create a more systematic, user-friendly data structure.

Source: FIZ Karlsruhe

ebrary Adds New Pricing Options, Content

ebrary (http://www.ebrary.com) has added an "all you can eat" pricing option for its ebrarian for Libraries service. This option includes an annual license fee plus a fixed charge based on FTE, which allows patrons unlimited print/copy transactions. The company reports that many libraries favor this option because it allows easier budget allocation.

Alternatively, libraries can choose the initial pricing option in which patrons set up accounts with ebrary and pay for their own print/copy transactions. The average cost per print/copy transaction is 15 to 50 cents per page.

ebrarian for Libraries is a service for desktop delivery of content that integrates with existing catalog systems and other digital resources through the use of MARC records, which are included with the service. ebrary is continually expanding its collection, and there is no extra charge during the subscription year as its database grows. Over the past few weeks, ebrary has added approximately 1,000 new titles from established publishers to its online collection, which it is now offering as part of the ebrarian service.

ebrary has also recently launched a consumer site at http://shop.ebrary.com, although the company has not officially announced this, according to a company spokesperson. At the site, individuals can search the full text of books from over 100 publishers and view titles for free. Consumers can purchase the entire print publication or pay for the convenience of printing or copying the exact information they need from within the books.

Source: ebrary



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