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Weekly News Digest

November 19, 2007 — 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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Recommind Enhances MindServer With Deep Federated Search Framework

Recommind (, a provider of enterprise search, automatic categorization, and eDiscovery systems for law firms and enterprises, announced the availability of the MindServer 5.1 platform, which combines robust navigation and grouping controls over external content with multilayered security to deliver a federated search framework. This latest version of Recommind’s flagship MindServer enterprise search platform is designed to bring the full potential of federated content to organizations.

The MindServer 5.1 release expands Recommind’s enterprise search functionality in several ways, most notably in the deep federated search capabilities that allow users to search multiple internal and external systems from a single, tightly integrated search interface. In addition to finding information from within an enterprise’s myriad applications, databases, file servers, and other repositories, MindServer 5.1 delivers external results to a single UI via out-of-the-box integrations with a number of online publishers as well as public sources such as EDGAR Online, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Association of Corporate Counsel, U.K. government departments, the European Union, London Stock Exchange, Wikipedia, Google, the BBC, and many others. Robust search management controls support restrictions across secure content, enabling only users with specific access rights to perform searches on certain external content (e.g., on password-protected subscription sites or pay per search sites).

To give users greater navigability of content, MindServer 5.1 provides automatic phrase extraction functionality, which identifies relevant phrases within indexed content and provides smart-filtering capabilities to narrow results based on such phrases. MindServer 5.1’s incremental crawl functionality allows particularly time-sensitive information to be quickly and automatically updated within a user’s query results. MindServer 5.1 also extends information navigation to email attachments and archived content (e.g., in an email archive). MindServer 5.1’s Quick View feature brings the user directly to the relevant individual attachment and allows the user to navigate back through the entire email thread from the relevant section.

Source: Recommind

Thomson Healthcare Launches as Free Consumer Site

Thomson Healthcare (, publisher of the Physicians’ Desk Reference, has launched as a free site for consumers. is based on the same information platform that Thomson Healthcare uses to create the Physicians’ Desk Reference database. This drug information is then paired with comprehensive diagnostic tools. The new is designed to put critical health information into the hands of consumers. Individuals can also sign up to receive electronic newsletters, alerts on new clinical trials, and any new information about prescription drugs.

Among the user-friendly information resources featured on are the following:

  • Drugs & Supplements: Addressing thousands of brand-name and generic prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, and herbal supplements, the drug database is widely recognized for providing information on drug interactions, side effects, dosages, and alternative therapies.’s interactive decision tools allow consumers to see the various treatment options associated with a particular drug protocol.
  • Diseases & Conditions: This information is indexed and searchable by diagnosis. In addition to providing valuable background information on the diagnosis itself, the site’s interactive decision tools allow users to search common treatment options, explore clinical trials, and look up drugs and supplements that treat the condition.
  • Online Health Tools: A variety of health information research tools are provided on the site, including preventative resources such as the HDL and LDL cholesterol level risk factor analyzer. The site plans to add new tools such as a medication identifier that will contain a pictorial library of drugs to help identify pills and other medications.
Source: Thomson Healthcare

ProQuest Adds Copyright Permission Feature Via CCC

ProQuest ( has added a new copyright permission feature to CSA Illustrata: Natural Sciences as a free service for current subscribers. It provides instant access to rightsholder information and offers the ability to secure permission to reuse any specific article that is identified within a search in CSA Illustrata through a direct link to Copyright Clearance Center’s rights licensing database ( or to the rightsholder. ProQuest said that the impetus for the new service came from customer interest in a new copyright clearance capability within the database. The feature is designed to help support scholarly research and the workflow of researchers, while protecting the intellectual property of the publishers who provide records for the database.

This new feature has been seamlessly integrated into CSA Illustrata: Natural Sciences. Within the database, a new "Get Permissions" link will be made available on the full object record page, on the abstract plus thumbnails page, and in the thumbnail mouseover pop-up. Users clicking on this link will be able to obtain permission for the reuse of objects that appear within CSA Illustrata: Natural Sciences. In most cases, users who click on the Get Permissions link will go to the Copyright Clearance Center, where details of the article and the available types of reuse will already be populated, but, in selected cases, the link will go directly to an email address or a publisher Web page.Source: ProQuest

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