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January 15, 2007 — 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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Library of Congress Unveils Beta of New THOMAS

The Library of Congress has released a new beta version of THOMAS, its Web site that provides access to federal legislation and related documents (http://thomas.loc.gov/beta). Users can search all of THOMAS from one search box, and there are new capabilities for sorting results and refining searches. The old THOMAS version is still available (http://thomas.loc.gov). The library said it plans to provide access to the beta for several months as it gauges the response. RSS feeds are not yet available for the new THOMAS. The library plans to add this feature in the future. Note that, in some cases, there could be a delay of up to 1 day for the latest legislative data to be integrated into the new THOMAS search feature.

This is a list of the types of information on THOMAS and their associated coverage.

  • Full text of bills and resolutions: 1989-present (101st Congress forward)
  • Summary information about bills and resolutions: 1973-present (93rd Congress forward)
  • Congressional record: 1989-present (101st Congress forward)
  • Committee reports: 1995-present (104th Congress forward)
  • Presidential nominations: 1987-present (100th Congress forward)
  • Treaties: 1967-present (90th Congress forward)
Source: Library of Congress

Mediasurface Links Up With Google Search Appliance

Mediasurface (www.mediasurface.com) and Google (www.google.com) have signed a distribution agreement in which Mediasurface will bundle the Google Search Appliance with Morello, its Web content management system (CMS), enabling the two organizations to provide content management and corporate-strength search facilities in one offering. As part of the agreement, an interface between Morello and the Google Search Appliance has been developed, enabling Morello to use the Google Search Appliance to deliver search results.

The Google Search Appliance is an integrated hardware and software product that searches content and other data stored on a company's Web servers, file servers, content and document management systems, relational databases, and business applications and makes it instantly available from a single familiar search box.

While Morello-delivered sites have always been search engine-friendly, the plug-in for the Google Search Appliance is designed to provide a number of additional advantages for joint customers:

  • Mediasurface can now deliver the same, highly familiar Google search experience while searching content managed by Morello on public Web sites and intranets.
  • The security model within Morello is fully maintained; a search will only retrieve and display content relevant to the access privileges of the user.
  • The integration between Morello and Google Search Appliance ensures that a much richer and highly relevant set of content is delivered than would have been available previously by adding in metadata such as the original content author, the date the content was first published, keywords, and so on, which is held separately within the CMS.
  • The Morello content author can create "keymatch" terms that relate to an item of content and can enable certain content to appear at the top of a search result.
  • Morello and the Google Search Appliance can now group and manage information for specific audiences.
  • Benefits of content management projects can be realized more quickly as content not yet in Morello can be indexed, ranked, and delivered alongside the Morello managed content in a consistent way while the content is being migrated to the new Morello CMS.
Source: Mediasurface

Dialog Extends Ei Compendex Coverage

Dialog (www.dialog.com), a Thomson business (www.thomson.com), announced that it has added the Engineering Index Backfile to the Dialog platform. The new archival backfile from Engineering Information adds more than 1.7 million records back to 1884. The archival backfile is available as part of the Ei Compendex (File 8 on Dialog) database, which now contains data from 1884 to the present, and as a separate database (File 988), which contains just the historical data from 1884 to 1969.

The Engineering Index Backfile is the most recent major addition to Dialog's engineering content collection. The following are some of the other engineering offerings Dialog has recently made available: The entire collection of Science Abstracts Journals (back to Volume 1) dating from 1898 to 1968 is now available on Dialog as a stand-alone database (File 202) or as part of the Inspec database (File 2), covering 1898 to date. CSA scientific and technical content (covering engineering, materials research, and high-tech research) is now available, including CSA Technology Research Database (File 23), CSA Aerospace & High Technology Database (File 108), and METADEX (File 32).

Source: Dialog



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