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PBworks Unveils Project Edition
PBworks, Inc. (http://pbworks.com; formerly known as PBwiki), a provider of hosted collaboration solutions for business and education, announced the launch of PBworks Project Edition, which combines hosted collaboration and project management to dramatically improve productivity and client satisfaction for professional services firms such as agencies and consultancies.
Professional services firms of all types, including consultancies and accounting firms as well as design, marketing, advertising, and PR agencies, can use PBworks Project Edition to collaborate with clients, share plans and gather feedback, and better coordinate the efforts across all members of their project teams (including clients, employees, and contractors).
PBworks Project Edition introduces two key innovations: multiworkspace Networks and Project Management. A Network allows a PBworks customer to easily create new workspaces for every project and manage them in a single enterprisewide environment. Team members can freely join any workspace in the Network and can add clients, partners, and contractors as "guest" users on the relevant workspaces. This allows a Project Edition customer to set up a custom workspace for each client or even each client project. Users can also conduct full-text searches (including within document contents) across the entire Network, as well as within a particular workspace.
Project Management brings traditional project management concepts such as tasks and milestones to PBworks. Team members can assign tasks and roll them up into bigger milestones. Each user can view tasks and milestones for a particular workspace/project, as well as their personal tasks and milestones across the entire Network.
In conjunction with the introduction of Project Edition, PBworks is also changing the name of its general purpose collaboration product from Professional Edition to Standard Edition.
EBSCO Publishing Makes Footnote.com Available to Libraries
EBSCO Publishing (www.ebscohost.com) and Footnote have announced a distribution deal making EBSCO the exclusive worldwide distributor of Footnote.com for libraries and institutions. Footnote.com combines original historical documents and personal histories, creating a unique historical and genealogical resource.
The Footnote.com collections feature more than 55 million images available from a content partnership with the National Archives (www.archives.gov) and other regional archives-most of which have never before been available on the internet. These digital images of records, preserved in the National Archives, represent a growing collection of historic documents.
Footnote includes material relating to the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, U.S. presidents, historical newspapers, and naturalization documents. Libraries subscribing to Footnote.com will be able to provide remote access to patrons looking to research their family genealogy or explore the images of the original source documents that are available online.
Source: EBSCO Publishing
Accessible Archives Expands South Carolina Newspapers
Accessible Archives, Inc. (www.accessible.com) , a publisher of electronic full-text searchable historical databases, has announced the addition of four titles to its Charleston, S.C., Gazette database. The collection has been renamed South Carolina Newspapers in order to better reflect these new titles. South Carolina Newspapers 1732-1780 contains a wealth of information on colonial and early American history and genealogy and provides wide-ranging and often divergent views of life in South Carolina and America, with additional coverage of events in Europe during the early days of this country.
COO Tom Nagy explained the decision to expand the collection: "While digitizing The South Carolina Gazette we discovered a group of papers published in and around Charleston offering a variety of views and coverage. By adding them to the collection we are able to provide a broader coverage of colonial America and events leading up to and affecting the American Revolution."
The South Carolina Gazette, 1732-1775: South Carolina's first successful newspaper was begun in 1732 by Thomas Whitemarsh in Charles Town. It released its final issue in December 1775. A "middle of the road" paper, it contains a wealth of information on colonial/early American history and genealogy and provides an accurate glimpse of life during this important time period.
The Gazette of the State of South-Carolina, 1777-1780: One of several newspapers published in Charles Town, this paper was concerned primarily with regional happenings. It was established in 1777 by Peter Timothy, who published the paper with Nicholas Boden.
The South Carolina Gazette & Country Journal, 1765-1775: This publication was heavily pro-American and nearly always included scandalous stories of European royalty. While it tended to be "stuffy," it was the only paper to discuss citizens who would not be considered among the elite in society.
The South Carolina & American General Gazette, 1777-1780: Begun in 1766 by Robert Wells, it had many subscribers in other colonies by the mid-1770s. It was the only paper in the state to publish the full text of the Declaration of Independence. Ironically, Wells, a loyalist, was eventually forced to leave the state.
The Charlestown Gazette, 1778-1780: Printed weekly between 1778 and 1780 by Mary Crouch and Co., it was founded in specific opposition to the Stamp Act, but it also excelled at local news coverage while providing extensive listings of both marriages and deaths. Crouch later moved to Salem, Mass., where she continued publication for several years.
Source: Accessible Archives, Inc.
Scopus Expands European Arts & Humanities Coverage
Elsevier (www.elsevier.com) announced that its flagship product Scopus (www.info.scopus.com), the abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, has almost doubled its current Arts and Humanities (A&H) titles to 3,500 by adding top global journals using the European Science Foundation's European Reference Index for Humanities (ERIH). This marks the first time that many of the ERIH titles will be available through a global citation database at no additional cost.
Founded in 2001 by the European Science Foundation (www.esf.org), ERIH provides scholars, libraries, and other institutions with lists of high-quality A&H journals to raise awareness of the titles as a resource for content and an avenue for publishing original research. Journals are included in the ERIH lists and categorized based on audience, distribution, and reach, as well as influence and scope by expert scholarly panels from around the world. Scopus users can now search and access top-level A&H journal titles from all three categories included on the initial ERIH lists.
Like the existing titles in Scopus, the new journals contain cited references that make previously unavailable bibliometrics data accessible. This information is designed to help A&H scholars more efficiently assess and measure research sources and output, as well as illustrate the broader influence of journal articles published. In addition, Scopus allows tracking of citations belonging to scholarly books via the unique MORE tab.
Several prestigious and highly cited titles are now included in Scopus such as Mind (Oxford University Press), Transactions of the Royal Historical Society (Cambridge University Press), and Modern Philology (University of Chicago Press).
In order to acquire back content of many journals, Scopus partnered with Project MUSE (http://muse.jhu.edu), a not-for-profit platform founded by The Johns Hopkins University Press and The Milton S. Eisenhower Library (MSEL) at Johns Hopkins University.
Intelligize Launches Precedent Check for SEC Filings
Intelligize, Inc. (www.intelligize.com) announced the launch of Precedent Check, its proprietary search, retrieval, and cataloging service designed to assist lawyers, bankers, and other corporate finance professionals prepare SEC regulatory filings, including Forms 10-K, 10-Q and S-1. The technology solution is designed to eliminate time-consuming and costly searches for document precedents.
Precedent Check offers a more efficient way to prepare and review SEC filings by minimizing the time spent performing legal research. Developed by Wall Street attorneys, Precedent Check's patent-pending technology instantly finds the most relevant precedents. It also includes powerful business intelligence tools that analyze SEC filings from multiple companies simultaneously. As a result, more time can be spent analyzing, processing, and updating documents, allowing attorneys to focus on the finished product rather than the administrative end.
For a limited time, Intelligize is offering a free trial of Precedent Check, available at www.intelligize.com/freetrial.
Source: Intelligize, Inc.
Nstein Announces Its Next-Gen Text Mining Engine
Nstein Technologies Inc. (www.nstein.com), a provider of digital publishing solutions for newspapers, magazines, and online content providers, announced the planned release of TME 5, a feature-rich upgrade to its Text Mining Engine. New features include Web 3.0 compliance, a host of linguistic enhancements, and a suite of management tools to allow even greater flexibility and control of semantic metadata. All of the features are designed to provide the most relevant content to enhance the user experience-thereby driving productivity gains, readers' stickiness, and brand loyalty. The release will be available for customers in the fall. To learn more about TME 5, visit www.nstein.com/tme5.
Now in its fifth generation, the new release is RESTful, respects W3C standards (w3.org), and is fully Web 3.0 ready to support the newest iteration of the internet-the semantic web. TME 5 includes a number of new linguistic tools aimed at managing the metadata, the lifeline to the semantic web. TME 5 will provide new taxonomies and will ship with tens of thousands of individuals' names-precategorized as Politicians, Celebrities, and Athletes.
TME 5 also supports faceted sentiment analysis, which tells an editor not only if an article is positive or negative but also what the tone toward any given subject within the story is. Because of the vast amounts of metadata that can now be collected and stored, TME 5 will also offer a suite of five administration modules to more easily manage the different components to generating metadata, namely documents, authority files, taxonomies, and ontologies.
Source: Nstein Technologies, Inc.
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