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Weekly News Digest

January 5, 2004 — 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 ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Tim Berners-Lee to Be Knighted

Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web and director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), will be made a Knight Commander, Order of the British Empire (KBE) by Queen Elizabeth. This was announced by Buckingham Palace as part of the 2004 New Year's Honours list.

The rank of Knight Commander is the second most senior rank of the Order of the British Empire, one of the Orders of Chivalry awarded. Berners-Lee, 48, a British citizen who lives in the U.S., is being knighted in recognition of his "services to the global development of the Internet" through the invention of the World Wide Web.

"This is an honor which applies to the whole Web development community, and to the inventors and developers of the Internet, whose work made the Web possible," stated Berners-Lee. "I accept this as an endorsement of the spirit of the Web; of building it in a decentralized way; of making best efforts to keep it open and fair; and of ensuring its fundamental technologies are available to all for broad use and innovation, and without having to pay licensing fees."

Source: World Wide Web Consortium

Sirsi Partners with Blackwell’s Book Services

Sirsi Corp. announced a partnership with Blackwell's Book Services that is designed to improve work flow in the acquisitions and cataloging processes. The companies are integrating Sirsi's Unicorn Library Management System with Blackwell through Sirsi 9XX Loader. Librarians can now access Blackwell's Web site, order materials, and download bibliographic records in one step—then upload the data into Unicorn. Using the Sirsi 9XX Loader can eliminate thousands of keystrokes and help ensure data integrity.

"Sirsi's 9xx Loader, which automatically creates local order records in Unicorn from data loaded from Blackwell's Collection Manager system, represents yet an additional interface that meets the needs of libraries looking for ways to reduce costs, create faster trading cycles, and improve the integrity of their data," said Blackwell's Dan Miller, electronic services consultant.

Source: Sirsi Corp.

Search Engines Release Year-End Results

Google released its annual report, called the 2003 Year-End Zeitgeist (, which it says "offers a unique perspective on the year's major events and hottest trends based on more than 55 billion searches conducted over the past year by Google users from around the world." Categories include popular queries for different regions, popular image searches, popular queries for travel, sports, fiction, movies, brands, and more. Archived data for previous years are available.

Lycos released its Web's Most Wanted 2003 ( The file-swapping software KaZaA took the spot as number one search term of 2003 with Web users. But, more than just a list, Lycos provides interesting analyses and commentary on the trends. For example, commenting on the Iraq War, the 15th most popular topic, it stated: "The Internet also significantly changed the way people followed the Iraq War because of the availability of foreign news sources offering differing opinions of the actions taken by the United States. Lycos users searched for newspapers from around the world, such as Le Monde, Arab News, and The Jerusalem Post."

Yahoo! also released its "Top Searches 2003" (, which also shows KaZaA taking the top spot. (By the way, KaZaA doesn't even appear on the Google lists.) It also provided some different top 10 lists, including tech searches, diet searches, rumor searches, and the top lyric searches, as well as the five most common misspellings of Arnold Schwartzenegger (oops, that's Schwarzenegger).

Sources: Google, Lycos, Yahoo!

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