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January 7, 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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Thomson Acquires Gardiner-Caldwell

Thomson Corp. ( has announced that it has acquired Gardiner-Caldwell Communications, Ltd., reportedly one of the world's largest independent medical education and communications companies. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. According to the announcement, Gardiner-Caldwell will significantly enhance the medical education franchise within Thomson by enabling it to provide educational programs for companies with products that require international coordination. The acquisition also strengthens the already strong U.S. market presence established by Thomson through Physicians World. Gardiner-Caldwell will become a part of the Scientific & Healthcare operating group within Thomson, and will continue to be run by its current business management group, headed by managing director Steve Angrave.

Founded in 1983, Gardiner-Caldwell has an established record of developing and delivering tailored medical education programs to international medical communities. With a client base that includes a broad range of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies spanning many therapeutic categories, Gardiner-Caldwell utilizes an integrated product portfolio of marketing tools and education solutions—including traditional and online communication systems—to increase awareness of diseases and disorders, therapeutic advances, and new drugs.

Source: Thomson Corp. Launches Searchable, Browsable Indices, a Web journal dedicated to Internet legal research and technology-related issues, has made its extensive archive of legal research and Internet law-related content more accessible to visitors. Site owners Cindy L. Chick and Sabrina I. Pacifici have developed a series of searchable and browsable indices that make the site's more than 900 articles, columns, features, and news stories even easier for users to find and navigate. The site's entire archive, dating back to its November 1996 beginning, is available.

Visitors to can now browse the site's archive by topic, author, and date that an article appeared or view all the installments of the numerous columns published by the site. Additionally, Pacifici and Chick have built a taxonomy that allows users to keyword search the archives by an article's title, topic, or description, as well as by the country about which an article pertains (e.g., search "Romania" for the recent "Update to Doing Legal Research in Romania"). Previously, only full-text and keyword searching were available. The new indices can be found at The site's full-text search engine is located at


Micromedia Enhances Canadian Business and Current Affairs (CBCA) Products

In 2001, Micromedia ( evaluated the focus of its Canadian Business and Current Affairs (CBCA) product family, and the company has now announced its decisions regarding the content of CBCA. The changes aim to reduce the amount of duplication between databases and increase the value of CBCA content.

The following changes and enhancements to CBCA were announced:

  • As of this month, the company will discontinue indexing all regional newspapers. It will continue to index the national papers The National Post (including Financial Post) and The Globe and Mail. However, it will no longer index Calgary Herald, Halifax Chronicle Herald (and Sunday Herald), Montreal Gazette, The Toronto Star, and Vancouver Sun. These newspapers are available in full text on Micromedia's Canadian NewsDisc, with the exception of the Halifax Chronicle Herald (and Sunday Herald) and The Toronto Star. As an alternative to the Halifax paper, the Canadian NewsDisc provides full text from The Halifax Daily News.
  • Effective this month, all titles in the CBCA database will be indexed. The company will begin indexing 25 Southam trade publications, which are currently in full text only (the list is available at
  • During 2002, many new titles will be added to CBCA (such as the Toronto Business Journal). A list of the first set of 68 is now available on the site. (In 2001, 21 Canadian titles were added to CBCA.)
Micromedia is Canada's largest developer, publisher, and distributor of value-added reference information for the academic, library, government, and corporate markets. The company was founded in 1972 and purchased by IHS Canada ( in 1997. According to the announcement, Micromedia's mission is to be Canada's "one-stop shop" for information products and services.

Source: Micromedia

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