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November 26, 2001 — 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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LexisNexis Adds SchoolMatch Data to Service

LexisNexis ( has announced the addition of SchoolMatch ( to the LexisNexis service, creating a new and unique database of demographic and evaluative information about the U.S.'s public and private schools. SchoolMatch is a premier educational research, database, and auditing firm that specializes in rating schools from grades K-12. SchoolMatch data are immediately available on the LexisNexis service.

Since 1986, SchoolMatch has maintained databases on each of the U.S.'s 15,820 operating public school systems and on over 14,000 U.S. accredited private schools. Site-based "Audits of Educational Effectiveness" have been conducted in nearly 1,000 school systems nationwide. According to the announcement, SchoolMatch data provide invaluable evidence in determining proper placement in child custody cases and in litigation pertaining to standards of care and school accountability. The databases have also been valuable in corporate relocation, business site selection, consumer home purchases, and public-policy decision-making.

"The addition of SchoolMatch to our current education law offerings benefits practitioners, consultants, and other professionals interested in the regulation and performance of our nation's school systems through a wide range of reference data," said Jeff Pfeifer, vice president of large law firm marketing at LexisNexis. "This is an example of how LexisNexis is a knowledge partner to its customers, offering solutions that expand beyond traditional legal research."

Source: LexisNexis

ebrary Announces New Publisher Partners

ebrary (, a provider of information distribution and retrieval services, announced that it has signed agreements with two major publishers to distribute their titles through multiple online channels, including libraries, institutions, and other online organizations. The announcement of the relationships with John Wiley & Sons (, a publisher of STM texts, and academic publisher Greenwood Publishing Group ( adds two significant names to ebrary's roster of over 80 key publishing partners signed to date. According to the announcement, the initiative enables ebrary's publishing partners to tap new online markets quickly and efficiently, while allowing customers who use the company's ebrarian software to give their patrons and users access to authoritative titles ranging from college-level educational books to highly specialized professional titles and best-selling business resources.

ebrary is privately held and is funded by Random House Ventures LLC, Pearson, PLC, and The McGraw-Hill Co.

Source: ebrary

Alacra Adds Perfect Informationís Pioneer Database

Alacra, Inc. (, a global provider of business and financial information, announces that it has added Perfect Information (PI;, a leader in providing scanned company filings, to its Alacra product offering of more than 80 databases. Perfect Information's Pioneer database enables access to more than 3 million scanned business-critical documents with an archive stretching back to 1982. Alacra customers will be able to search across a global collection of company reports and accounts, Eurobond prospectuses and pricing supplements, company circulars, and the London Stock Exchange regulatory news service.

"The integration of Perfect Information content adds considerable value to our existing services," said Don Roll, managing director of Alacra. "It provides Alacra Book users with access to more than 3 million scanned images using Perfect Information's comprehensive document indexing methodology. PI is also the first company filings image database available on Alacra on a pay-per-document basis. It will be a welcome addition for our thousands of users worldwide who require this type of information."

In June, Data Downlink Corp. changed its corporate name and brand identity to Alacra, Inc. Its previous services, including Portal B and .xls, were rebranded as Alacra.

Source: Alacra, Inc.

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