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February 12, 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 ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Macmillan Launches Ebook Sites

Macmillan has launched more than 30 ebook titles from its Macmillan New Writing ( and Macmillan Science ( imprints. These are now available to search and purchase online through the new BookStore platform (, built by MPS Technologies—part of the Macmillan group of companies (

Users can browse inside the content of each book before downloading the books in one of three industry-standard formats: Adobe eBook Reader, Microsoft Reader, and Mobipocket Reader. Macmillan said the ebooks are competitively priced. Alternatively, readers can buy online access to the ebooks or purchase a print copy. Further titles from a range of Macmillan and non-Macmillan publishers will be available later in 2007.

BookStore is a digital content platform that stores, displays, and sells ebook content on behalf of publishers. BookStore enables publishers to make their content available online while retaining full control over all copyright, pricing, and customer data. It also provides publishers with access to a range of new, flexible business models. The BookStore is designed to get more books to more readers while protecting authors' intellectual rights.

Source: MPS Technologies

Vivísimo Introduces Velocity 5.5 Enterprise Search Platform

Vivísimo ( introduced the Vivísimo Velocity 5.5 enterprise search platform. The new version is designed to address the issues of enterprise search scalability and fault tolerance. Velocity 5.5 empowers customers to expand beyond the traditional limitations of departmental inquiries to enterprisewide search without compromising reliability.

With Velocity 5.5, network administrators can easily replicate instances of a single index across multiple services, allowing 99.99 percent up time. For example, if one server crashes, the second or third server storing a copy of that index will fulfill the search request. In mission-critical search applications, this requirement is necessary or a corporation risks the loss of business and employee productivity. Velocity 5.5 allows administrators to quickly segment an index onto multiple servers for maximum application performance in high usage, data-intensive scenarios. Both replication and segmentation of indexes are accomplished through a simple point and click within the Velocity Web administrative interface—taking only minutes to configure.

Velocity 5.5 also offers new search functionality, such as word proximity, complex date ranges, and natural language. In addition, Velocity 5.5 offers a tool for query expansion. For example, some names have many different spellings because they were transliterated into the Roman alphabet from other writing systems (Cyrillic, Arabic, Chinese, etc.). For these names, the ability to expand a query to include all spellings is critical. Velocity 5.5 offers the ability to suggest alternative queries for misspellings, word stemming, alternative translations, and synonyms—all based upon administrator-defined content.

Source: Vivísimo

RSC Launches Semantic Enrichment of Journal Articles

RSC Publishing announced a new initiative for its journals called Project Prospect ( Electronic RSC journal papers will be enhanced so that their data can be read, indexed, and intelligently searched by machine. RSC said this is a first step toward the "Semantic Web." Readers will be able to click on named compounds and scientific concepts in an electronic journal article to download structures, understand topics, or link through to electronic databases; compounds and ontology terms will be published as RSS feeds enabling automated discovery of relevant research. 

The initiative is said to be the first of its scope from a primary research publisher. Developed together with U.K. academics based at the Unilever Centre for Molecular Informatics and the Computer Laboratory at Cambridge University, the project uses InChIs (the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry's (IUPAC) International Chemical Identifier for compounds); OBO terms (Open Biomedical Ontologies—a hierarchical classification of biomedical terms) such as the Gene Ontology (GO) and the related Sequence Ontology (SO); terms from the IUPAC Gold Book; and CML (chemical markup language—a means to describe molecular information in a structured form). 

RSC Publishing is a not-for-profit publisher wholly owned by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). It is one of the largest publishers of chemical science information in the world, with publishing activity dating from 1841. The RSC intends to develop the project over the coming months and years to increase the amount of structured science in their research articles.

Source: RSC Publishing

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