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October 8, 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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California Digital Library, bepress Announce Partnership

The California Digital Library (CDL; http://www.cdlib.org) and Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress; http://www.bepress.com) have announced a partnership designed to advance innovations in scholarly communication. Through the partnership, the CDL will make a suite of electronic publishing tools from bepress available to University of California researchers. The tools enable rapid and low-cost creation, management, and online publication of electronic journals, discussion papers series, and other electronic forms of scholarship.

According to the announcement, the partnership is an important development for the library's eScholarship program (http://escholarship.cdlib.org), which is actively supporting new electronic publications and services for tobacco-control research, environmental science, international and area studies, and dermatology research, among others. The newly forged partnership will extend new capabilities to those and additional fields.

The bepress technology will allow, for example, multiple "e-print" repositories in the social sciences to be created and integrated, thus supporting the emergence of a primary source of information for students and researchers in either a specific or a broad-based academic discipline.

The CDL and bepress have similar motivations and visions for improving scholarly communication. Creative use of technology to quickly, efficiently, and cheaply distribute research results is chief among them. Access to research will be enhanced by rapid dissemination; by nearly unlimited additional materials such as images, animations, and original datasets; and by automating much of the editing and peer-review process.

Three University of California-Berkeley professors founded the Berkeley Electronic Press in 1999. bepress develops Internet-based software to address the problems in scholarly publishing: slow time to market, typesetting gaffes, an inequitable revenue split between contributor and publisher, and exorbitant subscription rates. In addition to licensing software tools, bepress publishes its own slate of electronic journals.

[Editor's Note: For an interview with bepress CEO Robert Cooter, see page 1 of the March 2001 issue of Information Today (http://www.infotoday.com/it/mar01/hane.htm).]

Source: Berkeley Electronic Press

Swets Blackwell, ProQuest Form Strategic Partnership

Swets Blackwell (http://www.swetsblackwell.com) and ProQuest Information and Learning (http://www.il.proquest.com) have announced the beginning of a partnership that will allow both companies to provide their customers with broader access to journal literature in electronic form. The partnership is effective immediately.

In the first of two simultaneous agreements, seamless linking from the ProQuest online information system will be provided to the nearly 6,000 full-text e-journals available via Swets Blackwell's SwetsnetNavigator service (http://www.swetsnetnavigator.com). ProQuest CrossLinks technology and Swets Blackwell's multilevel linking technology will enable direct linking to articles in e-journals available via the SwetsnetNavigator system. Library customers who subscribe to both ProQuest and SwetsnetNavigator will be able to access their e-journal subscriptions directly through ProQuest.

In the second step of the partnership, Swets Blackwell has been appointed to distribute the ProQuest online information system to the corporate market in the U.S., Canada, most countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Swets Blackwell will also have broader nonexclusive distribution rights in the academic library market in most countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Sources: Swets Blackwell and ProQuest Information and Learning

Intelliseek Releases BullsEye 3.0

Intelliseek, Inc. (http://www.intelliseek.com), a provider of enterprise search and corporate intelligence applications, has announced the availability of BullsEye Pro version 3 and BullsEye Plus version 3. These new versions add significant usability features and technology improvements to the intelligent agent technology of the BullsEye products, allowing researchers and business users to quickly find, mine, and track targeted and relevant Web content. The BullsEye version 3.0 product line provides business professionals with an application that lets them utilize Web information as they would documents on their personal computers and intranets. Users can increase their productivity, collaborate with co-workers, archive Web pages and sites, and automatically keep track and be notified of changes. Additionally, researchers can annotate, save, or share results; generate cumulative reports; and use advanced linguistic analysis and filtering to control search results.

BullsEye Plus 3.0 and BullsEye Pro 3.0 are available for purchase at $49 and $199, respectively, for an individual user license; multiple-user-license discounts are available. A fully functional 15-day trial of BullsEye Pro can be downloaded at http://info.intelliseek.com/prod/bullseye_pro.htm. All net profits generated from the 2001 sales of the BullsEye version 3.0 products will be donated to support disaster relief efforts through United Way's September 11th Disaster Relief Fund.

Source: Intelliseek, Inc.



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