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January 29, 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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Congressional Quarterly Acquires FedNetís Video Services

Congressional Quarterly, Inc. (CQ; www.cq.com) has agreed to acquire FedNet's reCap, reClip, and ALERT services, which allow users to search, replay, and post video content of congressional activity within moments of a floor debate. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The companies said that, as part of the long-term strategic partnership arrangement, FedNet (www.fednet.net) will continue to capture and process the video to make it available and searchable on the Web.

reCap lets users search the full text of a floor debate and quickly link to a video of a debate. reClip gives users the ability to post that video to their Web sites. The reCap ALERT service allows users to be notified whenever a specific word or phrase is mentioned on the floor of either chamber and to instantly receive a video of the comment.

CQ keeps its readers updated in print and online on a weekly, daily, and real-time basis. CQ's product line includes: CQ Weekly, CQ Today, CQ.com, CQ Homeland Security, CQ Budget Tracker, CQ HealthBeat, CQ Green Sheets, CQPolitics.com, PoliticalMoneyLine.com, Governing magazine, and a line of books and directories under the CQ Press imprint. CQ is owned by the Times Publishing Co. of St. Petersburg, Fla., publisher of the St. Petersburg Times and other publications.

For more than 10 years,FedNet has been a provider of Washington-based, real-time, and archival multimedia information. FedNet claims to be the first credentialed Internet news service on Capitol Hill.

Source: Congressional Quarterly, Inc.

ebrary Introduces New Online Ordering Platform

ebrary (www.ebrary.com) announced the availability of eBOP, its new online ordering platform that lets librarians preview ebooks and other content, purchase and subscribe to individual titles, or create a custom collection on-the-fly. ebrary has also integrated eBOP with YBP Library Services' GOBI online databases and Blackwell's Collection Manager, enabling librarians to acquire ebrary content within their existing workflow. eBOP and the ebrary platform may also be licensed by organizations that need to distribute and sell their own PDF content online.

The ebrary ordering platform features the following functionality:

  • Search through tens of thousands of ebooks and other documents from more than 260 publishers. Choose multiple searching options including simple (keyword/full text) and advanced, with support for Boolean logic in each case.
  • Preview titles in full text before making a purchasing decision.
  • Select a pricing model for each title. ebrary offers both subscription and ownership.
  • Choose an access model for each title. All subscription titles offer simultaneous, multiuser access. ebrary offers both single and multiuser access for most purchased titles.
  • Automatically calculate your costs for purchased titles.
  • Instantly create a custom collection, mixing and matching payment and access models for each title.
  • Create a personalized portal that stores and manages selected titles.
  • View title recommendations across all eBOP selectors within an organization.
Source: ebrary

Watson Goes to (AOLís) School

AOL@SCHOOL (www.aolatschool.com), AOL's online learning service provided to teachers and students, and Intellext (www.intellext.com) announced the availability of the AOL@SCHOOL Desktop Sidebar. Created using Intellext's Watson contextual search technology in conjunction with AOL@SCHOOL's search engine, the sidebar interprets the topic a student is working on and automatically finds safe, age-appropriate, and relevant search results from AOL@SCHOOL's collection of K-12 education content on the Web. The AOL@SCHOOL Desktop Sidebar can be installed on school or home computers at no cost.

With the launch of the AOL@SCHOOL Desktop Sidebar, students and teachers are able to search the 48,000-plus sites that have been reviewed and selected by a team of experts and to receive a manageable list of high-quality educational resources. AOL@SCHOOL includes content from Hotmath.com, NASA, iKnowthat.com, Turnitin, iCoachMath, WILL Interactive, WorldandISchool.com, AMDG Online High School Courses, Info Source, Immersion Presents, System80, and Headsprout, among many others.

Intellext's Watson, the product of research conducted by co-founders Jay Budzik and Kristian Hammond at Northwestern University, removes the burden of search from the shoulders of computer users. By reading and understanding what people are working on and using that knowledge to proactively find and deliver useful information to the user, Watson is able to find information the user didn't know existed.

Source: AOL



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