|Weekly News Digest
March 11, 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.
CLICK HERE to view more Weekly News Digest items.
GSA Awards Contract for FirstGovís New Search Engine
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has announced the awarding of a contract to AT&T Business Services for the new FirstGov.gov search engine. AT&T will use the FAST Search & Transfer search engine to search over 51 million pages of federal and state government information. The contract is for a period of 1 year plus four 1-year options to renew. The value of the contract is approximately $2 million a year. This contract was the result of a full and open competition. For the past 18 months, the Federal Search Foundation has provided the search engine at no cost to the federal government. The existing search engine will remain in place until March 31, 2002. A full NewsBreak about this will be posted on March 18.
Source: U.S. General Services Administration
MEDLINE to Include TheScientificWorldJOURNAL
TheScientificWorld, Inc. (http://www.thescientificworld.com) has announced that content published in TheScientificWorldJOURNAL, its international peer-reviewed and multidisciplinary online publication for the life sciences and environmental sciences, will be abstracted and indexed by MEDLINE, the principal online bibliographic citation database of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health. The director of the NLM made the decision after a full review by the Literature Selection Technical Review Committee, an advisory group that includes physicians, researchers, educators, editors, and health science librarians. In addition to inclusion in MEDLINE, content in TheScientificWorldJOURNAL will be covered by NLM's Index Medicus, the print version of the database.
According to the announcement, the scientific merit of TheScientificWorldJOURNAL's content was the primary consideration in its selection. However, all aspects of its editorial structure, quality of production work, content types, audience, accessibility to researchers and librarians worldwide, and geographic coverage were assessed in making the selection. MEDLINE will cover articles from the current and subsequent volumes of TheScientificWorldJOURNAL, as well as those published in 2001 (Volume 1).
Further information about MEDLINE and access through the PubMed system are available at http://www.nlm.nih.gov. TheScientificWorldJOURNAL abstracts are also currently indexed by other major abstracting services, including Aquatic Sciences & Fisheries Abstracts, Biological Abstracts and BIOSIS Previews, CAB Abstracts, Chemical Abstracts, and e-psyche. Access to articles within TheScientificWorldJOURNAL is offered through institutional sitewide licenses, with full trials available on request.
According to the announcement, TheScientificWorldJOURNAL fosters multidisciplinary exchange and innovation in online scientific publishing. To date, more than 600 distinguished scientists have joined the Editorial Network of TheScientificWorldJOURNAL. To ensure coherency, all articles are integrated with the world's published scientific literature through dynamic linking of their cited references to corresponding records in sciBASE, a database containing more than 30 million records of scientific documents published since 1965. Authors of articles published in TheScientificWorldJOURNAL retain copyright to their work. The articles published in TheScientificWorldJOURNAL are permanently archived by TheScientificWorld, Inc. and will be offered to public online libraries and other organizations for their permanent archiving.
Source: TheScientificWorld, Inc.
ebrary Partners with U.N. Organizations, The World Bank Group
ebrary, Inc. (http://www.ebrary.com), a provider of information distribution and retrieval services, has announced that The World Bank Group, The United Nations University Press, The World Health Organization, The International Labour Organization, and The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations will make their publications available through its online channels. Library patrons, students, scholars, and researchers worldwide will soon have online access to current publications in critical subject areas such as environmental issues, world health, labor rights, agriculture, and development economics.
"These international organizations and their publications are central to global efforts to ensure health and welfare throughout the developing world," said Christopher Warnock, CEO of ebrary. "By making these titles available as part of our collection, not only do we add enormous value to our service, but above all, we help promote widespread collaboration and knowledge-sharing among researchers and decision makers tasked with solving many of the world's most pressing problems."
Source: ebrary, Inc.
Hooverís Adds Advanced People Search
Hoover's, Inc. has announced a new advanced search tool on Hoover's Online (http://www.hoovers.com). The Hoover's Advanced People Search allows customizable searches by more than 20 different criteria, including job function, job title keyword, age, salary, location, and company. Sales, marketing, recruiting, business development, and other professionals can now use Advanced People Search to find key decision makers at companies in the Hoover's database. Hoover's Advanced People Search also allows searches for people with specific job responsibilities, regardless of the differences in titles from one company to another.
Source: Hoover's, Inc.
Send correspondence concerning the Weekly News Digest to NewsBreaks Editor