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August 6, 2001 — 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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Collaboration Provides UC Press Books on the Web

Through an innovative collaboration between the California Digital Library (CDL; and the University of California Press (UC Press;, more than 60 UC Press books are now freely available on the Web at The 60 titles are concentrated in international studies, European history, and literature. These titles are in addition to 12 digital monographs digitally published by CDL's eScholarship program for scholars in California International and Area Studies, an eScholarship community, and the UC Press book Tobacco War: Inside the California Battles by Stanton A. Glantz and Edith D. Balbach.

The unique partnership between the CDL and its academic press is a core component of the CDL's eScholarship program, which is designed to support innovation in scholarly communication. Digital publication of traditional formats, such as the scholarly monograph, as well as of new formats, is a key theme of eScholarship's commitment to supporting experiments in the dissemination of research and scholarship.

The partnership is re-thinking and re-engineering editorial and production processes while exploiting the latest technologies for rapid publication. The new monographs are translated on the fly from XML to HTML using the Cocoon Publishing Framework. This allows maximum flexibility in how they are presented (offering, for example, large print displays of all titles), while maintaining flexibility for re-purposing the files for future platforms—a central concern for eScholarship, which strives to provide persistent access to the content it hosts.

Source: California Digital Library

Northern Light Announces Alliance with Yahoo!

Northern Light Technology ( has announced an alliance with Yahoo!, Inc. to make available its premium content and search services to existing and future customers of the Corporate Yahoo! Enterprise Information Portal ( Northern Light will provide access to its Special Collection, an online business library of over 7,000 full-text sources, complementing Corporate Yahoo!'s existing content and application modules. Corporate Yahoo! is a customized enterprise information portal solution based on the widely used My Yahoo! ( interface.

In addition, Corporate Yahoo! clients can expand their portal with Northern Light's SinglePoint service, which enables access to all of a company's information sources, such as proposals and presentations in all the major formats, via a single user interface. Clients can incorporate internal content such as that contained in knowledge management systems, as well as third-party licensed content from leading market research vendors, including The Yankee Group, AMI Partners, Frost & Sullivan, and Jupiter. The information is available through one login, a single integrated search, and one integrated results list. SinglePoint handles all security, access authentication, and content usage accounting.

Source: Northern Light Technology

Swets Blackwell Launches New Web Subscription Service

Swets Blackwell, a provider of subscription and information management solutions, has announced the launch of SwetsWise, the company's new Web-based subscription service. SwetsWise will provide corporate users and information specialists with an online order and subscription management tool, together with back-end support via an experienced customer service network. The service became available in early July, following its preview at the Special Libraries Association Conference in June.

According to the announcement, SwetsWise is the culmination of intensive research, testing, and development efforts carried out with IBM, Swets Blackwell's technology partner, and represents Swets' fourth generation of information and subscription management. The service gives clients access to Swets Blackwell's online catalog, either directly via the Internet or through its existing e-procurement systems (such as Ariba, SAP, and Commerce One). SwetsWise provides full subscription management functionalities through such features as online ordering, renewing, canceling, and claiming, as well as order approval functions—features not available when e-procurement systems are used on their own. More information about SwetsWise can be found at

Swets Blackwell offers solutions for the needs of its 60,000 corporate, academic, R&D, medical, and government library and information center clients worldwide. The company works in partnership with 65,000 major publishers and suppliers of professional information.

Source: Swets Blackwell

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