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Weekly News Digest

October 29, 2009 — 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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Remote API Searching of Through OpenSearch

Remote API Searching of Through OpenSearch

Nature Publishing Group (NPG) now offers remote searching of the platform via OpenSearch ( The new service allows application software to query and return results in a machine-readable format that can be reused and redisplayed. OpenSearch is the latest example of NPG's drive to improve availability of article metadata on the platform, maximizing usability for the research and information communities.

As a demonstration of the new OpenSearch service, NPG has developed search desktop widgets ( Available for both Mac and PC, the widgets allow users to search without visiting the website. Searches are put together and sent by the widget, and results can be browsed with links back to the relevant article on The widgets are available for download at Apple Downloads and Yahoo! Widgets gallery. See the screencast on YouTube for an introduction ( OpenSearch takes advantage of public protocols, using the emergent Search and Retrieve via URL (SRU) protocol and supporting the industry-standard OpenSearch conventions for accessing search engines. Federated searching, which enables the search of numerous resources via a single search interface, is now fully supported. Queries can be sent as a simple keyword list or as more complex descriptions, and the results are returned in a machine-readable, list-based format for easy integration.

Source: Nature Publishing Group

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