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August 21, 2006 — 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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Amazon.com Enables Search Suggestions

Amazon.com has announced Search Suggestions, a new feature designed to enable customers, sellers, authors, and others to help customers find what they're looking for. Search Suggestions are user-submitted recommendations for connecting a product to specific keywords, as well as an explanation of why the connection is relevant. Once a Search Suggestion is approved, the product along with its relevancy explanation appears in search results the next time a customer searches using those keywords. Anyone can submit a Search Suggestion directly from the detail page for a product and there is no charge.

For example, because of a recent Search Suggestion from an Amazon.com customer, the Shakespeare play Macbeth now appears when customers search for "the Scottish play." The customer's explanation is shown next to a link to the book: "theater superstition dictates that ‘Macbeth' is referred to as ‘the Scottish play.'"

Businesses that list products on Amazon.com are encouraged to use Search Suggestions to help customers find their products in new ways. Search Suggestions have been launched in most Amazon.com categories, including Apparel, Automotive, Baby, Beauty, Books, Computers, Electronics, Home & Garden, Health & Personal Care, Jewelry, Loose Diamonds, Music, Musical Instruments, Office Products, Photo, Software, Sports & Outdoors, Toys, Video Games and Watches.

Source: Amazon.com

EBSCO Adds Film & Television Literature Index

EBSCO Publishing (http://www.epnet.com) announced the release of Film & Television Literature Index, a bibliographic database that offers cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for more than 300 publications and selected coverage of 300 more. It will soon release Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text.

The subject coverage of Film & Television Literature Index includes film and television theory, preservation and restoration, writing, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews. EBSCO has seamlessly integrated the indexing from the original print version (Film Literature Index from the Film and Television Documentation Center, State University of New York-Albany) with its own coverage. Researchers searching a film title can be sure they have access to records from U.S. and international publications as recent as last month to those from the middle of the last century.Source: EBSCO Publishing

New CQ Legislative Impact Uses XML Server from Mark Logic

Congressional Quarterly, Inc. has deployed MarkLogic Server from Mark Logic Corp. (http://www.marklogic.com) for its new CQ Legislative Impact product (http://www.cq.com/legislativeimpact), which launched on July 26 as the newest addition to its flagship CQ.com Legislative Tracking Service. By integrating XML (eXtensible Markup Language) content from more than 30 sources, including the newly added Public Laws database and the entire U.S. Code, CQ Legislative Impact lets subscribers see the specific impact of pending or passed legislation on existing laws.

With its implementation of the W3C-standard XQuery language, MarkLogic Server is designed to enable information providers such as Congressional Quarterly to integrate content from different sources, repurpose content into multiple products, deliver content through multiple channels, and mine content to find previously undiscovered information. Mark Logic Corp. said its Server can deliver millisecond response times against multiterabyte content bases.

The new CQ Legislative Impact service brings together CQ's enhanced Bill Text service with two new databases provided by Potomac Publishing, Inc.—the U.S. Code and Public Laws. CQ Legislative Impact allows users to call up a bill—from this Congress or previous sessions—and see which parts of Public Laws or the U.S. Code would be altered, or were altered, by the bill. Similarly, users can find laws they care about and see how various bills have amended in previous years—or propose to amend the law today. CQ Legislative Impact also allows users to set up customized e-mail alerts that notify them when bills are introduced that might affect the laws they monitor. Potomac Publishing is a division of DataStream Content Solutions, LLC.

Source: Mark Logic Corp. and Congressional Quarterly, Inc.



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