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April 16, 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 ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Copyright Clearance Center Partners with Vyou

Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC;, a licensing agent for text-reproduction rights, and Vyou, Inc. (, a provider of Web-based content-access-management solutions, have announced a partnership that enables publishers and other content owners to license, package, deliver, and protect their online content. Rightslink, CCC's digital rights management solution, will be combined with Vyoufirst, Vyou's content access management solution, to give owners of online text, images, and videostreams a secure point-of-content commerce solution on their Web pages. Publishers can sell original content, grant permission to redistribute content, and sell reprints—all directly from the content itself.

"Publishers and other copyright holders can outsource burdensome transaction administration while keeping full control of pricing, formatting, terms of use, and the types of media in which their content can be reproduced," said Joseph S. Alen, CCC's president. "Our rights- and transaction-management technology combined with Vyou's asset-protection solution lets content owners build new revenue streams with confidence, by selling valuable intellectual properties they might not otherwise have offered over the Web."

Content owners determine whether Web site visitors can view, copy, capture, save, and/or print content, and they control what content, if any, can leave the browser. They can also create highly targeted business models, such as a try-before-you-buy option, to promote sales.

Source: Copyright Clearance Center, Inc.

Spotfire Expands DecisionSite Product Family

Spotfire, Inc. ( has expanded its Spotfire DecisionSite family of eAnalytic applications with the launch of Spotfire DecisionSite for Lead Discovery, its first role-based application for product development. Reportedly the first integrated Web-based application of its kind, Spotfire DecisionSite for Lead Discovery is designed to capitalize on the substantial market opportunity presented by the biotechnology and pharmaceuticals industries.

Spotfire DecisionSite for Lead Discovery specifically addresses the needs of people involved in new-product development within life sciences organizations, and allows researchers and scientists to make potentially breakthrough discoveries. This expansion of the Spotfire DecisionSite product line underscores Spotfire's commitment to provide decision makers in various roles with powerful analytic applications that support effective decision making.

Spotfire DecisionSite for Lead Discovery builds on the functionality of the Spotfire DecisionSite application, which launched in early February. Spotfire DecisionSite is a highly configurable eAnalytic application for end-users that offers interactive visualization, a powerful user interface, and ease to the access, exploration, and analysis of large, disparate data sets.

Spotfire has announced that Biogen, Inc. (, a biopharmaceutical company, has adopted Spotfire DecisionSite to accelerate the drug discovery and development process.

Spotfire has also announced an agreement with Celera Genomics ( Under this agreement, the two firms will integrate Spotfire DecisionSite with the Celera Discovery System (CDS), an aggregation of Celera's genomic data—including the human, mouse, and fly genomes—and a variety of other biological and medical databases. This product integration is expected to help life science researchers advance the discovery and analysis processes associated with biological research and new drug development.

Source: Spotfire, Inc.

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