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Weekly News Digest

November 10, 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 ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Taylor & Francis Buys Swets & Zeitlinger

Taylor & Francis Group announced that it has expanded its STM portfolio with the $19 million purchase of Swets & Zeitlinger Publishers from Koninklijke Swets & Zeitlinger Holding NV.

The acquired business comprises Swets & Zeitlinger BV and AA Balkema Uitgevers BV. Together, they publish 41 journal titles and 100 new book titles per year and have a backlist of around 2,000 book titles.

Swets & Zeitlinger's turnover was 7.3 million in 2002, of which 62 percent was from journal sales and 38 percent from book sales.

Source: Taylor & Francis

Nexcerpt Announces Product Enhancements

Nexcerpt, Inc., a provider of media-monitoring and media-report publishing products, announced several product enhancements that are designed to reduce the time spent managing media clippings and distributing this information to internal and external sources.

Nexcerpt's solution uses proprietary text analysis technology to monitor thousands of media sources and highlight a user's most relevant information in a digestible article excerpt. Nexcerpt then allows users to distribute this information to their relevant audiences with a publishing tool that can be configured for either manual or automatic delivery. Enhancements to this core functionality include the following:

  • Improved text analysis that increases the accuracy of clippings, reduces the occurrence of nonrelevant articles, and optimizes the media-monitoring process
  • Enhanced publishing capabilities, which now allow Nexcerpt customers to use XML when publishing to a database or use FTP when publishing directly to a company intranet site
  • Expanded sources, which now include more than 3,800 daily and weekly newspapers; magazines; trade journals; Web sites; wire services; professional, technical, and governmental databases; corporate notices; and press release pages
  • Expanded user functionality, which now includes the ability to archive and display past issues

Source: Nexcerpt, Inc.

Sirsi Partners with Moreover

Sirsi Corp. announced an alliance with Moreover Technologies to enhance Sirsi Rooms Context Management Solutions. Sirsi Rooms assists libraries in managing and presenting knowledge and resources—regardless of format or source—in contexts that meet people's needs.

"Content from Moreover Technologies will provide real-time news on numerous topics to enhance various Rooms Blueprints," said Mark Moorehead, Sirsi's director of product management. "Currently, Sirsi is continuing to develop Rooms Blueprints, which are ready-made virtual ‘rooms,' or collections, of quality content available on subscription with the Sirsi Rooms solution. Once this partnership is complete and back-end functionality confirmed, libraries will be able to provide their end users with dynamic ‘information in action' from Moreover, enabling Sirsi Rooms to deliver context-relevant real-time news content."

Source: Sirsi Corp.

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