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March 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 ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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IBM Unveils WebSphere Portal Server, Announces Four Partner Agreements

IBM ( has announced delivery of the WebSphere Portal Server, the next step in its e-portal strategy. The software enables companies to build next-generation portals that offer users a personalized, secure, and single point of access for content, applications, processes, and people—anywhere, anytime, and from any device, wired or wireless.

The WebSphere Portal Server is a complete horizontal portal. According to the announcement, it exploits the scalability and power of WebSphere Application Server, IBM's core technology for Web-based applications; IBM Enterprise Information Portal for information access; Lotus software for collaboration and knowledge management; and WebSphere Everyplace Suite for pervasive device support.

IBM also is expanding its partner program to take advantage of the rapidly growing market opportunities in portals. IBM's PartnerWorld for Developers will be the entry point for solution developers to participate in portal integration.

The enhanced partner program is being launched initially with four business partners that will offer WebSphere Portal Server and Lotus K-station users access to more than 30,000 content sources, ranging from stocks, industry news, world news, weather, sports, and more. The content providers include the following:

  • Factiva (, which will connect Factiva Search Module and Factiva Track Module, part of the Factiva Integration suite of tools, to IBM's WebSphere Portal Server. This agreement gives IBM WebSphere Portal Server users access to Factiva's collection of nearly 6,000 world-class news and business information sources, including content in 12 languages, without leaving their WebSphere environment.
  • Hoover's (, which provides online business information, tools, and content-integration and syndication technology. It also aggregates business information on more than 65,000 companies, including the 17,000 public, private, and non-U.S. businesses found in its proprietary database.
  • iSyndicate (, a global provider of Internet syndication infrastructure and application solutions. Utilizing its Intelligent Syndication Network (ISN) platform, iSyndicate collects, packages, and delivers digital content and other information from over 1,200 sources, including the Associated Press, CNBC, CNET, The Financial Times, Red Herring,, and The South China Morning Post.
  • ScreamingMedia (, a global provider of content solutions, including content products and content processing and integration technology. ScreamingMedia's core technology platform powers both private and general syndication networks for media companies, enterprises, and wireless networks, worldwide.
Source: IBM

netLibrary Announces Agreement with Blackwell’s Book Services, Sells, Inc.

netLibrary, Inc. ( and Blackwell's Book Services ( have announced the integration of netLibrary e-books into Collection Manager, Blackwell's Web-based collection-development and acquisitions tool for libraries. Available free of charge to Blackwell's customers, Collection Manager now provides access to netLibrary's complete collection of more than 34,000 titles.

Blackwell's customers will be able to search for e-books using key numeric criteria such as ISBN and LCCN, or by using keyword searching by title, author, publisher, or series title. For each title, Blackwell's customers will have access to detailed bibliographic information, including series title, alternative editions, publications status, current list prices, and publisher. netLibrary e-book titles integrated into Collection Manager will also be displayed as alternative editions when Blackwell's customers review title information for print books.

netLibrary has also announced the sale of, Inc. to Palm, Inc., a provider of hand-held computers. The deal includes a Web-based storefront containing a growing list of 2,000 titles from U.S. publishing houses. It also includes the Peanut Reader, an e-book reader application, which runs on Palm OS handhelds using Palm OS 3.0 and higher, as well as on Pocket PC handhelds. Peanut Reader and will be called Palm Reader software and Palm Digital Media, respectively.

netLibrary issued the following statement about the sale:

Selling enables netLibrary to achieve two goals. First, to increase our focus on our core business, which is to provide a world-class e-book technology solution for academic, K-12, corporate, government, and public libraries. Second, to increase our efforts to develop solutions for an equally successful e-textbook platform and to ensure we provide the content necessary to support the growing e-learning market. We are committed to continually improving every aspect of our e-book and e-textbook technology solutions. First and foremost, that means we will continue to integrate our solutions into the familiar library methods and systems. Additionally, we will continue to provide viable options for supporting the business needs of our publishers, distributors, library automation software providers, librarians, library patrons, professors, and students. In recent months, our increased focus on the institutional library market has enabled us to serve a growing demand for e-books, enabling adoption of more than 30,000 titles across more than 5,500 libraries and institutions worldwide.
Source: netLibrary, Inc.

CRIBIS Announces Partnership with Thomson Financial

CRIBIS Corp. ( has announced the availability of Thomson Financial's Investext, MarkIntel, and Industry Insider collections through SkyMinder (, its electronic business information product. Thomson Financial (, a provider of e-information services and integrated work solutions to the worldwide financial community, will deliver the financial and investment research content for the business professional to SkyMinder and its already existing worldwide coverage of over 31 million public and private companies.

SkyMinder provides company profiles, financial data, credit information, industry reports, news articles, and more. With the addition of investment research, market research, and trade association research from Thomson Financial, SkyMinder enhances its position as a corporate information and decision support tool, according to the announcement. With over 426,000 reports assessing companies and industries in 85 countries around the world, business professionals can access through SkyMinder broker and analyst coverage for financial projections, industry performance, market analysis, and business intelligence using the Investext, MarkIntel, and Industry Insider collections.

Source: CRIBIS Corp.

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