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August 7, 2000 — 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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ISI, Ex Libris Announce Integration Agreement for Linking

ISI, a Thomson Scientific Co. (, and Ex Libris ( have announced plans to integrate the ISI Web of Science with Ex Libris SFX linking technology by late fall 2000. By combining the ISI Web-based Citation Databases and the context-sensitive reference linking technology from Ex Libris, mutual subscribers will have expanded options for linking resources and services, regardless of where the resources are hosted.

Leslie Singer, ISI's president and COO, said: "The SFX solution offers librarians the choice of accessing appropriate content from a range of information sources and a means to connect those in a manner of their choosing. This will give librarians the power to provide information solutions tailored to their respective organizations and deliver those solutions to the desktop. At ISI our mission is to continuously expand the reach of the Web of Science. Users can now link to scholarly full-text articles, patents, proceedings, chemical information, and NCBI databases. By integrating Ex Libris' SFX technology, we have continued to enable our customers to navigate to all information sources they deem relevant."

SFX ( is a system that dynamically interlinks numerous and diverse electronic resources and can be used in a wide range of digital libraries. SFX is based on the research work about the reference-linking problem undertaken by Herbert Van de Sompel at the University of Ghent in Belgium and the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the U.S.. It has been applied in the complex digital library environments of both institutions.

Ex Libris is a developer of high-performance applications for libraries and information centers. ALEPH, the Ex Libris integrated library solution, is now in over 530 installations in 41 countries. Ex Libris, a multi-national company with offices located around the world, acquired the SFX technology in February 2000 from the University of Ghent.

Source: ISI

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