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Weekly News Digest

August 11, 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.

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Interwoven and iManage Agree to Merge

Interwoven, Inc., a provider of content management for the enterprise, and iManage, Inc., a provider of collaborative content management software for global enterprises, announced that a definitive agreement to merge in a stock and cash transaction valued at $171 million. The merger is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2003. The companies have had a partnership and reseller agreement since Feb. 2003.

With more than 2,500 customers, the combined company expects to leverage synergies across products, technologies, markets, and channels, and together deliver on the promise of an integrated, scalable content platform, low total cost of ownership, and faster time-to-business impact.

The companies plan to integrate iManage's collaborative technology with Interwoven MetaTagger content intelligence server software, to improve the ability to personalize and find relevant content, and link iManage's scalable content repository with Interwoven OpenDeploy content distribution software, to distribute collaboratively developed documents and corporate knowledge. The new company will be named Interwoven and will be headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Source: Interwoven, Inc.

Wiley InterScience Launches New Polymer Database

Wiley InterScience, the online content service of global publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., announced the launch of the Wiley Database of Polymer Properties ( Based on the Polymer Handbook, 4th Edition, the new database is claimed to be the single most comprehensive source of physical property data for polymers commercially available, with experimentally determined and selected data for more than 2,500 polymers.

The database offers search features that allow scientists to:

  • Search data by polymer name, as well as by property values and by full text.
  • Create custom tables for a specific polymer. This feature queries across the entire database to gather the physical constants from various tables into one location. Tables may be viewed, printed, downloaded into other programs, or saved for future use.
  • Access abstracts or full-text HTML for the primary literature via CrossRef in future updates.

Wiley InterScience delivers the full text of over 300 scientific, technical, medical, and professional journals, plus major reference works, the Current Protocols laboratory manuals, and the full text of select Wiley print books online.

Separately, Nstein, a provider of software for managing unstructured data, announced that it has been engaged by Wiley InterScience to construct a working prototype using Nstein software. This prototype is expected "to greatly enhance the search and retrieval experience of Wiley InterScience's customer base."

Sources: Wiley InterScience and Nstein Technologies, Inc.

MicroPatent Enhances Patent Alerts

MicroPatent, a subsidiary of Information Holdings, Inc., announced a series of PatSearch FullText and patent alert enhancements that are designed to extend users' competitive intelligence monitoring and improve their work-flow efficiencies. The company has added 50 patent alerts to each PatSearch FullText annual subscription and redesigned its Search History interface, making it easier for customers to track a technology or company, as well as to manage search strategies and create complex ones. These improvements are complimentary and automatically included in all PatSearch FullText accounts.

MicroPatent alerts monitor patent activity by company, technology, or industry according to the user's specifications. The system automatically runs the alert strategies on a weekly or monthly basis, tracking the latest full-text publications and grants, and notifies customers via e-mail of matching hits. The new alert service features a summarized table from which editing, cloning, suspending, and deleting is done. Two new delivery formats are available, comma separated (.csv) and WorkSheets, in addition to the existing .pdf and .txt options. WorkSheets enable first-level analysis through sorting, reporting, graphing, and exporting. Other new features include the ability to incorporate a custom cover sheet for each alert and to designate an unlimited number of recipients.

The company claims that PatSearch FullText is the largest commercially-searchable full-text patent database in the world, covering the four main patent authorities, the United States (US), Europe (EP), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and Japan (JP), as well as Germany (DE) and Great Britain (GB). Records date back to the early 1800s.

Source: MicroPatent

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