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The New York Times Acquires Baseline Service

The New York Times Co. (http://www.nytco.com) announced that it has completed the acquisition of Baseline StudioSystems (http://www.blssi.com) from Hollywood Media Corp. (http://www.hollywood.com) for $35 million in cash. Baseline, an online database and research service for the film and television industries, charges subscribers for access to more than 1.5 million records with facts, analysis, statistics, news, contacts, and trends on the entertainment industry.

The acquisition extends the Times Co.'s reach into the entertainment world and adds a source of subscription income to the company's Internet operations. Subscriptions account for three-quarters of the $6 million in revenue that the Times Co. expects Baseline to receive this year. Subscribers to Baseline include movie studios, television production companies, advertising agencies, public relations firms, media buying agencies, universities, law firms and various media outlets. Baseline also has a growing syndication/licensing business that provides nonprofessional entertainment information to consumer-oriented Web sites.

Baseline will be a separate division of The New York Times Media Group. It will continue to operate out of Santa Monica, Calif., where it has 50 employees. Its two top executives, Rafi Gordon, the president, and Alex Amin, the executive vice president, will report to Vivian Schiller, senior vice president and general manager of NYTimes.com.

Source: The New York Times Co.

New ProQuest Obituaries Provides Access Back to 1851

ProQuest Information and Learning (http://www.il.proquest.com) has announced the launch of ProQuest Obituaries, which offers access to obituaries and death notices from the full runs of major national newspapers dating back to 1851. ProQuest Obituaries enables users to find ancestors and historical figures and to trace their family histories through a database of more than 10 million names. The company said that ProQuest Obituaries offers content unmatched by any other resource and is suitable for all levels of researchers. 

To familiarize users with the database's content, ProQuest developed In Passing, a free weekly e-newsletter that highlights particularly interesting passages from ProQuest Obituaries, the latest addition to the ProQuest Genealogy Center. Librarian subscribers will be able to use this newsletter to promote genealogy research during October, which is Family History Month. The free opt-in e-newsletter will be issued weekly during September, October, November, and December; to sign up visit http://www.proquest.com/mailinglist.

In addition to the launch of ProQuest Obituaries, other ProQuest Genealogy Center resources continue to grow. ProQuest made Freedman's Bank Records, a resource for African-American genealogical research, available through HeritageQuest Online. Ancestry Library Edition, claimed to be the largest online collection of genealogical records, also made numerous content updates including:

  • U.S. Census Collection - Now completed. Contains original full-text images for the U.S. Federal Census 1790-1930, with all-new, every-name indexes for each decade.
  • Canadian Census Collection - New for 2006. Censuses of Canada from 1901, 1906, and 1911. The collection now contains more than 40 million names linked to original images.
  • United Kingdom and Ireland Collection - New for 2006. The collection contains name indexes for the 1861 to 1901 Censuses, linked to original images.

Source: ProQuest Information and Learning

Dialog Adds New Nursing Database

Dialog, a business of The Thomson Corp. (http://www.thomson.com), announced that it has enhanced its portfolio of healthcare information with the addition of EMCare, a new nursing and allied health database produced by Elsevier. The file is also available on the DataStar service. EMCare includes more than 2,700 international source titles with a 10-year backfile, and more than 200,000 new records will be added to the database each year.

EMCare contains nearly 2 million records indexed with EMTREE, Elsevier's Life Science Thesaurus, which has been expanded with close to 1,500 nursing and allied health terms in addition to existing biomedical terms. The enhanced thesaurus is designed to allow for precise and relevant search results. Dialog said that the EMCare database provides access to scientific and professional literature that is directly relevant to the development of more cost-effective and higher quality healthcare in a wide variety of arenas: from hospitals and educational settings through academic and research-oriented facilities.

For more information about EMCare, view the Dialog Bluesheet at http://library.dialog.com/bluesheets/html/bl0045.html or DataStar Datasheet at http://ds.datastarweb.com/ds/products/datastar/sheets/emca.htm. For a free trial of EMCare, visit http://www.dialog.com/info/emcare and complete the request form.

Source: Dialog



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