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December 4, 2000 — 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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CIS Statistical Universe Incorporates PowerTables Feature

The LEXIS-NEXIS Group ( has introduced a new PowerTables feature in its CIS Statistical Universe Web product from Congressional Information Service, Inc. (CIS; According to the announcement, PowerTables makes finding pinpoint tabular statistical information as easy as opening a Web browser. With the help of expert academic librarians, a cross-discipline team of LEXIS-NEXIS and CIS employees started with a source list of more than 30,000 tables containing the most commonly sought statistics, developed a taxonomy, and created an index of the tables. Statistical Universe users just enter a word or two describing their subject into a simple search form to find all the relevant tables that contain statistics about that subject. Previously, searchers had to search through statistical abstracts, which then directed them to the appropriate tables.

The PowerTables search form allows the user to search by several criteria: geographical area; historical trends or future projections; date or categories, such as demographic information (age, sex, or ethnicity); geographic area down to the community level; frequency of information; and industry. Users can choose to download either an Adobe PDF file or a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet of the desired table.

"Our goal was to get the answer to the user by the third click, and Statistical Universe certainly does that," said Paul Kesaris, CIS vice president and editor in chief. "Until now, there just hasn't been easy access to this granular level of detail in statistical tables because of the time required to search statistic material. Today, the PowerTables feature can reduce research time from a day's work to 10 minutes or less."

CIS plans to continue adding 30,000 additional indexed tables annually to the base edition of Statistical Universe. An expanded research edition with 100,000 tables, including many more international statistical sources, will be released early next year.

Source: LEXIS-NEXIS Group

Primediaís IndustryClick Launches TelecomClick

Primedia subsidiary IndustryClick ( has launched TelecomClick (, a business-to-business (B2B) online source of intelligence for professionals in the telecommunications industry. The comprehensive, real-time community site includes features such as news, discussions, market intelligence, vendor and product information, event calendars, Webcasts, career advice, training, and auction and exchange access. It covers all sectors of the telecom industry, including broadband, IP telephony, ICPs, wireless, satellite, Internet, cable, and network support.

" is the only comprehensive, objective Web site dedicated exclusively to the telecom industry, the single destination for anything telecom," said Tim Andrews, IndustryClick president and CEO.

In addition to content from 250 publications and newsletters, TelecomClick offers original content on more than 400 telecom topics, written by its expert, editorial staff. According to Andrews, TelecomClick will also leverage the editorial content from Primedia publications like Telephony, Telecom Business, Wireless Review, Utility Business, and Cable World. TelecomClick is the fifth B2B industry site launched by IndustryClick.

Source: IndustryClick

West Group Acquires IHS Regulatory, Compliance Products

West Group (, a division of the Thomson Corp., has announced that it has acquired the environmental and human resources business divisions of the Information Handling Services (IHS) Group ( Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, IHS is a leading publisher of regulatory, business, professional, engineering, technical, and energy professional information databases. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

West Group will acquire approximately 11 environmental and human resources products, including Enflex and Personnet. Enflex provides regulatory and compliance information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Transportation, Occupational Safety & Health Administration, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Department of Energy, and the corresponding agencies from all 50 states and Puerto Rico; some international regulatory information; standards information; and a database with Material Safety Datasheets (MSDS). Personnet is a source for federal human resources laws, regulations, and case decisions.

"I am pleased that West Group is broadening its presence in the regulatory and compliance information solutions business," said Mike Wilens, West Group president. "IHS information databases are held in high regard in the corporate, government, and legal markets as reliable and authoritative information sources, and the content will perfectly complement our existing primary and analytical products."

Source: West Group

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