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February 6, 2012 — 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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Chemistry Information Centre Berlin (FIZ CHEMIE) Up For Sale

The public sector shareholders of Berlin’s Chemistry Information Centre FIZ CHEMIE GmbH are putting their shares up for sale. FIZ CHEMIE is the successor of the “Chemisches Zentralblatt” founded in 1830. It provides chemical data and abstracts for scientific and industrial communities both on paper and electronically.

Main shareholders are the German Federal Government and the State of Berlin, with industry associations being minority shareholders whose shares are available as well. Several scientific publishers have already shown interest in the information services produced. These include the databases ChemInform and INFOTHERM and the educational encyclopaedia CHEMGAROO. Berlin attorney Christian Köhler-Ma, who was appointed commercial director to handle the sales process, has begun preliminary talks with interested parties on behalf of the shareholders.

The 68 employees of FIZ CHEMIE research all current literature and data on chemistry and related sciences, summarize it, and input it into databases for various applications, fast and easy searches and—if desired—customized content.

The main product—called ChemInform—is an abstract service and a journalistic database for synthetic-organic and metal-organic chemistry. A second product, the INFOTHERM database, supplies thermo-physical experimental data for the everyday-use of process engineering. The eLearning product family CHEMGAROO comprises the online encyclopaedia ChemgaPedia and the areas ChemgaNet, ChemgaMedia, and CemgaCourse.


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