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August 28, 2006 — 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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Knovel Partners with Synapse Information Resources

Knovel Corp. (http://www.knovel.com), a provider of Web-based research and information services, announced a partnership with Synapse Information Resources, Inc. (http://www.synapseinfo.com) to make available a range of premium chemical and chemical engineering content on Knovel's interactive platform. As a result of this partnership, reference handbooks from Synapse in the food science, pharmaceutical, and chemical manufacturing industries will be added to the Knovel Interactive Library.

Synapse provides the chemical industry with timely, integrated access to thousands of chemical manufacturers and information on hundreds of thousands of chemicals. Areas of focus include additives, preservatives, and specialty chemicals; these areas target dozens of industries. Knovel offers a specialized collection of interactive analysis tools that calculate data, resolve equations, sort and export tabular data, and extract data from traditionally static graphs, charts, and tables—providing researchers with practical new ways to find and apply critical information.

Synapse joins McGraw-Hill, John Wiley & Sons, Elsevier, Springer, World Scientific, and other sci-tech publishers as a publishing partner to Knovel.

Source: Knovel Corp.

Outsell Acquires EPS, Expands Globally

Outsell, Inc. (http://www.outsellinc.com), a research and advisory firm for the information industry, announced the acquisition of Electronic Publishing Services Ltd. (EPS; http://www.epsltd.com) of London. EPS is a global provider of information, strategic consulting, and research for the information marketplace. David Worlock, founder and chairman of EPS, will serve as Chief Research Fellow of the new organization. Outsell, which employs analysts across the U.S., will maintain its Burlingame, Calif., headquarters and add EPS offices in London to its current locations. Combined, the team will include nearly 60 industry analysts and professionals.

In addition to increasing Outsell's revenues, the acquisition doubles its client base of publishers and information providers, while expanding its international reach. According to the companies, Outsell has a deep client base in North America, while EPS is strong in the U.K. and Europe. Together, the firms are now serving more than 300 organizations on a global basis.

The acquisition also broadens the breadth and depth of services that Outsell will provide. Each company brings longstanding relationships and expertise in key industry segments. EPS has particular strength in the Legal Information and Education & Training niches and has relationships with worldwide financial providers who invest in information companies. Outsell adds to EPS' expertise in the B2B Trade, Market & IT Research, and Search & Aggregation segments. Both firms are already entrenched in the scientific, technical, and medical (STM) information industry sector.

Source: Outsell, Inc.

SpringerLink Adds Rightslink Licensing

STM book publisher Springer Science+Business Media (http://www.springer.com) is now using Rightslink from the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC; http://www.copyright.com) as its automated, online permissions licensing solution for the newly launched SpringerLink online platform (http://www.springerlink.com). Customers can secure permissions to reuse digital content directly from SpringerLink. Springer processes thousands of permission requests each month for its journals and will now utilize Rightslink to automate and streamline this business. Rightslink is designed to reduce the administrative burden while improving permissions turn-around times.

Springer recently launched the final version of SpringerLink, which launched in beta earlier this summer. The new platform integrates Springer content— more than 11,000 e-books, millions of articles from Springer's peer-reviewed journals, as well as e-reference works— in one single user interface.Sources:Copyright Clearance Center and Springer



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