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EBSCO Acquires Austrian Subscription Agency Minerva
EBSCO Information Services (www.ebsco.com) has acquired Minerva Wissenschaftliche Buchhandlung GmbH (Minerva; www.minerva.at/csp/miw/vmiw/vhomepage.csp?kor=en), of Vienna, Austria, from Springer-Verlag GmbH & Co., a subsidiary of Springer Science+Business Media (Springer). Founded in 1909, Minerva provides service to libraries in the areas of serials management and monograph orders, complementing EBSCO’s portfolio of products and services. Minerva is a leading subscription agency in Austria and Hungary.
This new business opportunity resulted from Springer’s efforts to streamline its activities and focus on its core business of publishing. Joining the EBSCO network will enable Minerva to offer improved services to its clientele, particularly in the areas of online journals and databases. EBSCO will continue Minerva operations in Vienna. Accordingly, Minerva customers will retain their current customer service contacts and, therefore, should expect no change in their existing services.
Source: EBSCO Information Services
SAGE Acquires CQ Press
CQ Press (www.cqpress.com), the book publishing unit of Washington-based Congressional Quarterly, Inc. (CQ; www.cq.com), has been sold to SAGE Publications, Inc. (www.sagepublications.com), the independent academic publisher. The sale was announced jointly by Robert W. Merry, CQ’s president and editor-in-chief, and Blaise Simqu, SAGE’s president and CEO.
CQ’s corporate parent, Times Publishing Co. of St. Petersburg, Fla., announced on January 3 that it would divest CQ Press in order to direct investment resources to other opportunities, notably the core CQ publishing business and the company’s newspaper, the St. Petersburg Times.
CQ Press serves the library, college, and professional markets with a diverse array of print and online products. It publishes about 100 new titles each year, with a growing list of textbooks and reference titles focusing on political science, mass communication, and related disciplines. SAGE plans to keep CQ Press intact as a separate division based in Washington, D.C., bearing the CQ Press imprint, and retaining all CQ Press employees under the senior management team that will remain in place, including publisher John A. Jenkins, who will also carry the title of president of CQ Press.
SAGE, founded in 1965 as a publisher of academic journals, has expanded into a global education publisher of books, journals, and electronic products. In four locations around the world, SAGE publishes more than 500 journals and 700 books a year encompassing 40 disciplines within the academic and scholarly arena.
Source: SAGE Publications, Inc.
Teragram Integrates Linguistic Tools With Apache Lucene
Teragram Corp. (www.teragram.com), a SAS company (www.sas.com) and a provider of multilingual natural language processing technologies, announced that it has integrated its linguistic suite into the Apache Lucene open source search platform (http://lucene.apache.org). Lucene is a full-featured text search engine library which powers sites such as Wikipedia, CNET Reviews, and Eventful.com. The integration enables Lucene users to add taxonomies and faceted search to their websites, as well as to correct the spelling of queries and search in multiple languages. Using Teragram’s solutions, enterprises deploying Lucene can provide site searchers with a functionality that parallels popular enterprise search platforms on the market today.
Teragram’s full suite of products, including TK240 taxonomy management, automatic categorization, and automatic metadata generation enhance Lucene’s basic search function. As a result, adopters of the open source search engine (for embedded search on both internal- and external-facing sites) can provide consumers with a more comprehensive experience that includes a searchable index. The faceted index is built using Teragram’s taxonomy tools that classify words into relevant topics and subtopics.
Teragram’s multilingual natural language processing tools provide linguistic modules such as morphological stemming, spelling correction, parts-of-speech tagging, related queries, and more. Teragram also offers dictionaries in a variety of Eastern and Western European, Asian, and Middle Eastern languages. SAS acquired Teragram in March 2008.
Source: Teragram Corp.
Alacra Launches Alacra Affiliate Widget
Alacra, Inc. launched the Alacra Affiliate Widget, a pay-per-action advertising vehicle. The Alacra Affiliate Widget allows bloggers, financial commentary, and business website owners to increase the revenue they generate from their content pages. It is a widgetized version of the Alacra Premium Content Ad Network launched earlier this year. The widget scrolls headlines of relevant business research—credit and investment research reports, market research, and company profiles—all available for purchase at www.alacrastore.com. Blog and website owners receive a royalty from all research sold through the widget under the Alacra affiliate program.
The Alacra Affiliate Widget is complementary to a site’s existing advertising programs. The widget, which can be installed on a blog with just a few mouse clicks, is configured to retrieve content that is contextually relevant to the page. Utilizing proprietary entity extraction technology, the Alacra Affiliate Widget scans the content of a page in order to deliver relevant ads. If a blog post or web article is discussing a planned company acquisition, for example, the widget would display recent credit and investment research and analyst call transcripts about the deal. For pages that are not focused on a specific company, the widget can be configured to serve ads with links to timely research on markets, venture capital, technology, and more.
The Alacra Affiliate Widget can be freely installed on any blog or website. To get the Alacra Widget or for more information, visit www.alacrastore.com/widget.
Source: Alacra, Inc.
NewspaperDirect Adopts ACAP for Its Digital Publishing Networks
NewspaperDirect.com (www.newspaperdirect.com) announced that it is adopting the Automated Content Access Protocol (ACAP; www.the-acap.org) for its digital publication networks. This is designed to provide its publishing partners with more protection over their content.
ACAP is a nonproprietary, global permissions tool that puts content owners in control of their online content. It is backed by the World Association of Newspapers, the European Publishers Council, and the International Publishers Association and developed by publishers in collaboration with search engine vendors. Supporters say it is anticipated to "revolutionize the creation, dissemination, use, and protection of copyright-protected content on the worldwide web." (For background information, see the Feb. 14, 2008, NewsBreak "Publishers Try—Again—to Reach the Open Web: ACAP," at http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/nbReader.asp?ArticleId=40927.)
ACAP expands on the aging Robots Exclusion Protocol, introducing indexing instructions with a significantly higher level of precision and granularity. This allows publishers to assign permissions and restrictions to individual sections of webpages, giving them more control of how their content is viewed and used.
JustSystems Announces XMetaL Integrated Authoring Solution
JustSystems, Inc. (www.justsystems.com) , a provider of XML and information management technologies, announced XMetaL for Enterprise Content Management (ECM), a structured authoring solution that seamlessly integrates with more than 20 commercial repositories and file systems. With this offering the company says that XMetaL is the first and only structured authoring application with seamless integration to virtually all leading content management systems, including repositories from IBM FileNet, EMC Documentum, OpenText, Interwoven, and Microsoft.
XMetaL is designed to help organizations dramatically improve the quality and consistency of product and technical documentation, policies, procedures and other published content, while improving reuse and reducing the time and cost of creation, localization, and maintenance. XMetaL for ECM allows organizations to pursue a content reuse and single-source publishing strategy using the repositories they already have, without the cost and complexity of creating and maintaining custom integrations.
XMetaL for ECM leverages IBM WebSphere Information Integrator Content Edition, a middleware technology that provides bidirectional access to multiple, disparate content repositories. JustSystems has entered into an OEM agreement with IBM, which allows JustSystems to resell this IBM technology as the adapter framework for XMetaL.
Source: JustSystems, Inc.
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