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September 29, 2003 — 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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CISTI to Offer Secure Web Delivery of Documents

The Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI; http://cisti.nrc.gc.ca) announced it will launch a new delivery method in December 2003. Secure Desktop Delivery (SDD) will enable Web delivery of copyright-cleared electronic documents directly to the end user. According to CISTI, clients have been asking for electronic delivery for years, and CISTI now has the technology and agreements in place to make this possible.

CISTI clients who choose SDD as their delivery method will download a small plug-in (a simple piece of software) before they use SDD for the first time. The customized Adobe Acrobat plug-in makes it possible for clients to open, view, and print the document or documents ordered. As the launch date for the new service approaches, the free plug-in will be made available for download on the CISTI Web site.

A client who orders a document and chooses SDD will receive an e-mail that includes a URL when the document is ready to download. Clients can click on the links they receive and log in to retrieve the documents they have requested. Users will retrieve their documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) from CISTI's secure server.

CISTI, headquartered in Ottawa, began over 75 years ago as the library of the National Research Council of Canada, the leading agency for R&D in Canada, and became the National Science Library in 1957. The change to CISTI came in 1974 to reflect the wide scope of services provided and the increasing role in the development of electronic information products and services for the sci/tech community.

Source: CISTI



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