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February 18, 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 Launches Thomson ePIB

Thomson Financial, a provider of information and technology solutions to the worldwide financial community, has announced the launch of Thomson ePIB, a Web-based tool for investment bankers and financial professionals. Thomson ePIB electronically collects documents from the industry's leading financial databases, and within minutes assembles a fully customized Public Information Book (PIB) in Adobe PDF. According to the announcement, the new product's robust technologies eliminate the hours of researching and formatting formerly required to produce the PIBs that investment banks use for detailed analysis of a target company or prospective client. Thomson Financial is a subsidiary of Thomson Corp. (

From one central application, Thomson ePIB ( enables the user to simultaneously search through multiple databases covering over 80,000 global companies and retrieve and tailor a targeted set of company information according to pre-defined criteria. Thomson ePIB integrates Thomson Financial content, third-party sources, and selected proprietary data into one virtual database that includes financials, news articles, M&A deals, new issues, ownership, earnings estimates, daily pricing, block trading activity, and investment research. Content accessible via Thomson ePIB includes up-to-the-minute data from Disclosure, NewsEdge, Worldscope, Securities Data, Investext, MarkIntel, Thomson Ownership Data, I/B/E/S, Datastream, and AutEx BlockDATA. Third-party data is provided by Standard & Poor's, among others yet to be announced.

Source: Thomson Financial

EIU Launches New Risk Service for Global Businesses

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a provider of global risk analyses, has announced the launch of RiskWire, a major new risk service that analyzes operating conditions in key markets. According to the announcement, RiskWire introduces an innovative ratings model to map the operational risks for businesses in 60 countries. In addition to providing comprehensive analysis of the main risk factors, RiskWire will give clients daily alerts in response to events, allowing global businesses to adjust to changing conditions on the ground. RiskWire is delivered online as a premium channel on ViewsWire, the Economist Intelligence Unit's daily briefing service, or as a stand-alone subscription (

The new RiskWire unites EIU's analyses of economies and political movements with detailed coverage of tax policies, the legal environment, and security issues to produce a new, comprehensive support tool for executives managing operations across borders. With the help of a global network of more than 500 experts, EIU rates 66 factors and feeds those scores into a carefully designed, new operating risk model. By rating each category on a scale of 0 (least risky) to 100 (most risky), EIU is able to create a robust basis for comparison between markets. The scores are underpinned and given context by the depth of the Economist Intelligence Unit's country analysis.

The Economist Intelligence Unit is the business information arm of The Economist Group. EIU's electronic services include, a virtual library with access to all of its publications and, a transactional site; and, which provide daily and operational intelligence on countries worldwide;, a portal to global analysis on e-business; and Data Services, a portfolio of economic and market indicators and forecasts.

Source: Economist Intelligence Unit

Shaffer to Step Down as Executive Director of SLA

Roberta I. Shaffer, executive director of SLA, has announced that she will leave the association effective February 22, 2002. On her decision to leave SLA, Shaffer said: "The Special Libraries Association will continue its course as the leading professional association for information professionals. The board of directors and I share the same vision for the future of the association and the profession. However, we are not in sync in terms of the pace of change. I have enjoyed my time working with the board, staff, and members. I am confident that the association will achieve its goals in the new century and meet the needs of a new generation of information professionals."

The SLA board of directors appointed Shaffer as executive director-designate last April. She officially began her tenure as executive director in September. Prior to coming to SLA, she was dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Texas-Austin. SLA deputy executive director Lynn Smith will serve as acting executive director.

Source: Special Libraries Association

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