|Weekly News Digest
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FirstGov Portal Sports Redesigned Look and Feel
FirstGov (http://www.firstgov.gov), the U.S. Government's official Internet portal to all government information, has announced that the site has a totally new look and feel, according to an announcement from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), which manages the site as an interagency initiative. The redesigned site is focusing on three customer channels or gateways (for citizens, business, and government), as well as online transactions. FirstGov is the "Front Door" to the Bush Administration's e-government initiative on connecting citizens with government.
The new FirstGov site is designed to connect visitors faster and more accurately with the transactions, services, and information that matter to them. The new site is cleaner and more streamlined than before, offering fewer clicks to the information, and is more pleasing visually, with more color and graphics. In January, the GSA had announced that it plans to install a better search engine for FirstGov.
Source: U.S. General Services Administration
Inmagic Announces IntelliMagic Version 1.0
Inmagic, Inc. (http://www.inmagic.com), a developer of knowledge and special library management software, has announced the release of version 1.0 of IntelliMagic, Inmagic's enterprisewide market intelligence solution. Version 1.0 of IntelliMagic marks the product's arrival to a fully integrated, robust, and scalable platform. With version 1.0, IntelliMagic delivers supported content source vendors, allowing storage, manipulation, viewing, and reporting/publishing. Content sources such as Northern Light are available a la carte for those wishing to enable additional content streams.
Version 1.0 also allows enhanced cataloging and reference capabilities. Mirroring the work flow of knowledge managers, IntelliMagic allows for the full integration of taxonomies and terms into the catalog. With 1.0, Inmagic has taken the time to pre-catalog the URLs of a variety of online research sites, allowing for rapid construction of live research links on any number of topics. For example, medical users searching for the latest information on the flu can use a pre-loaded set of medical content URLs, such as PubMed, to facilitate the search.
Uses for IntelliMagic include creating directories and/or portals of the best Web sites on a critical topic or competitor, the creation of highly-focused Web searches for publishing to users, and the publishing of a series of newsletters based on the internal and external content assembled by IntelliMagic. Gerry Brown, IntelliMagic's vice president of business development, said: "Using IntelliMagic, knowledge managers can acquire external e-content from a variety of publishing sources, contextually merge it with stored internal intelligence, and then publish customized information snapshots, individually formatted to the unique needs and specifications of internal customers."
The IntelliMagic Business Intelligence System is the merging of DB/TextWorks, DB/Text WebPublisher, Inmagic.net technologies, and a set of comprehensive query and report screens. The screens are created using custom programming and scripts that allow information professionals to store resources and distribute business intellligence enterprisewide.
Source: Inmagic, Inc.
West Group Announces WestDockets, Discontinues Gateway to CourtLink eAccess Service
West Group (http://www.westgroup.com), a Thomson business, has announced WestDockets, a new Westlaw service that provides direct access to electronic court docket materials from courts throughout the U.S. WestDockets launches with coverage of 138 federal district and bankruptcy courts, as well as the New York State Unified Court System. Many federal and state courts, including U.S. courts of appeals and U.S. courts of federal claims, will be added in the coming months, with complete federal coverage by mid-year.
According to the announcement, WestDockets is a vital resource for discovering the litigation history of legal opponents or prospective clients, and it is an important tool to enhance case management, allowing users to view case status as well as fees and payment records. The new court docket service is a complement to ProLaw, the law practice management software suite with built-in Legalex Rules, which was acquired by West Group in August 2001.
The West announcement came a day after news that LexisNexis CourtLink, Inc. (http://www.lexisnexiscourtlink.com) and the West Group had been unable to reach a new licensing agreement under which West would continue to offer its customers online access to state and federal court records through the CourtLink eAccess service. The West Group Gateway to the CourtLink eAccess service was officially discontinued on March 1. LexisNexis acquired CourtLink in fall 2001.
Sources: West Group and LexisNexis CourtLink, Inc.
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