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April 1, 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 ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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ProQuest Introduces ProQuest Reference Asia

ProQuest Information and Learning ( has released the first module of ProQuest Reference Asia, a comprehensive, Web-based resource about one of the most complex and important business regions in the world. The new full-text product, available by subscription to libraries, businesses, and government departments, seamlessly integrates respected reference publications from Asia and around the world. Many were previously unavailable in electronic format.

ProQuest Reference Asia will be released in regional modules that cover major regions of Asia. The Greater China module is now available (covering the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan). The South East Asia module covering 10 countries (including Singapore and Malaysia) will be available later this year. The final modules, covering North Asia and South Asia, will be released in 2003. The full file will comprise full text from approximately 300 titles licensed from official government publications in the region and leading commercial business and scholarly publications in Asia, the U.S., and Europe, as well as from intergovernmental agencies, nongovernmental organizations, think tanks, and research institutions worldwide. The collection will be ongoing, with updates and new materials to be added regularly.

Source: ProQuest Information and Learning

Oxford Puts Reference Works Online

Oxford University Press is making hundreds of its core language, subject reference dictionaries and Oxford Companions available on a new Web site ( Oxford Reference Online is expected to total well over 130 million words (equivalent to over 300 books) by the end of the decade. According to the announcement, this could make it the biggest general-knowledge resource on the Web.

The first part of the new Web site, The Core Collection, comprises over 1.5 million entries—dictionary definitions, facts, figures, people, places, sayings, and dates—from nearly 100 of Oxford's central English and bilingual dictionaries, usage, quotations, and subject reference books all combined to create one huge integrated knowledge resource. The service will cover over 20 subjects in the humanities, social sciences, science, and medicine, from art and astronomy to sociology and zoology. Included among the first titles are The Concise Oxford Dictionary, The Oxford American Dictionary, Fowler's Modern English Usage, Margaret Drabble's Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature, and The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature. The site is available by subscription from $250 per year, and more than 1,000 institutions have already signed up for free trials.

Source: Oxford University Press

Convera Introduces New Search and Retrieval Software

Convera ( has announced the release of RetrievalWare 7.0, the latest version of its search, retrieval, and categorization system. RetrievalWare 7.0 combines multimedia and cross-lingual search capabilities in a single product. By offering users one product that simultaneously searches and organizes all data types (such as text, video, image, and audio files) in multiple languages from a single user interface, customers do not have to buy and piece together several disparate systems to manage multiple data types and languages. RetrievalWare also provides greater ease of use by delivering a higher level of interoperability with enterprise applications using XML and by allowing easy integration into the Microsoft .NET environment.

The release of RetrievalWare 7.0 extends Convera's strategy of providing a fully modular version of its technologies, enabling customers to choose only the specific search-and-retrieval components they need to support or enhance their information management systems. RetrievalWare users today can build a unique search environment by adding individually priced modules, such as profiling, multilingual search, mono- and cross-lingual search, categorization, multimedia Web crawling, specialized dictionaries, and thesauri for vertical applications and plug-ins to third-party vendors.

Source: Convera

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