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September 25, 2008 — 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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EBSCO Introduces New Research Starters

Answering the question, "Where do I start?" EBSCO Publishing ( is introducing a series of new databases designed to provide researchers and students with a starting point for their research and assignments. Research Starters are topic overviews, relevant to key areas of academic study, including links to key articles in associated EBSCOhost databases.

The first two databases, Research Starters–Business and Research Starters–Education are available on an extended free trial basis through June 2009. The appropriate Research Starters collections are available on an "opt-in" basis to all EBSCOhost customers subscribing to applicable databases such as Business Source, Academic Search, and Education Research Complete.

Research Starters follow an easy to use format. The topics correlate directly to courses taught at colleges and universities and provide students with authoritative, discipline-specific articles offering comprehensive overviews of important academic subject areas and topics. The databases aim to provide a gateway to resources needed for assignments, including quick access to key, related articles from EBSCOhost which have been handpicked by subject matter experts and scholars.

Each Research Starters database initially consists of 500 topics with approximately 25–50 new topics added each year. Each database includes a collection of summary articles written by subject-matter experts exclusively for EBSCOhost—approximately 3,000 words each. Articles are available in both HTML and PDF versions.

Summary articles include Abstracts, an Overview section, and charts, graphs, and tables for visual reference. In addition, articles contain Application of Concepts, Definitions of Terms and Concepts, Extensive Bibliographies, Links to Articles on EBSCOhost from the Bibliographies, a Suggested Reading section, and Author Biographies.

Source: EBSCO Publishing

iCopyright Introduces Discovery for Content Monitoring and Infringement

iCopyright ( announced the release of Discovery, a web-based service that finds both licensed and unlicensed uses of a publisher’s content on the web. Publishers can use Discovery as a business development tool, a license verification tool, and to detect plagiarism and copyright infringement. Discovery works by fingerprinting publisher content and then searches the web each hour to find sites that are using all or part of the material.

As a business development tool, Discovery identifies websites that are potential advertisers, subscribers, or syndication partners for the publisher. As a license verification tool, Discovery identifies websites that have obtained a valid license and verifies that they are using the content within the terms of the license. As a plagiarism and copyright infringement detection tool, Discovery identifies websites that may be using the content in a commercial manner without license or permission from the publisher.

Discovery enables publishers to send a variety of redress offers to sites that are using their material and monitors the status of those offers. Discovery also provides publishers with a variety of automated escalation actions when their offers are ignored and sites continue to infringe or monetize the content at the publisher’s expense. Discovery retains a snapshot of each piece of content it finds on third-party sites and creates an audit trail of all actions taken by the publisher and the site with respect to the site’s unauthorized use of the content.

Discovery is currently available to iCopyright-enabled publishers on a free trial basis. Discovery will also be available to content owners using iCopyright for Creators ( in the near future.

Source: iCopyright, Inc.

Search Engine hakia Asks Librarians to Suggest Credible Websites

Semantic search engine hakia ( announced an open call to librarians and information professionals to participate in a new program to unlock credible and free web resources to web searchers. Currently, hakia is generating credibility-stamped results for health and medical searches. Now, hakia is aiming to further its coverage to all topics, with the participation of librarians and information professionals.

A popular web source may not always be credible, and a credible web source may not always be popular. hakia says it is the first search engine to channel the collective knowledge of librarians and information professionals to generate credibility-stamped results using semantic technology. Other general search engines rely mostly on the popularity of keywords and webpages. For an example of what a credibility-stamped search looks like on hakia, try a search for: What causes heart disease?

Librarians and information professionals can suggest URLs leading to the most credible websites on a given topic. hakia will process the sites with its proprietary QDEX (Query Detection and Extraction) technology and make them available to web searchers in credibility-stamped search results. Each month hakia will give away thank you prizes, ranging from a book donation to two conference grants, to participants.

To learn more or suggest credible websites, visit

Source: hakia

Science.Gov Launches New Version With More Content and Tools

The latest version of— 5.0 (—has launched. is a free, integrated single-search gateway to reliable science and technology information from 17 organizations within 13 federal science agencies. 5.0 improves upon the previous version by offering seven new databases and portals, a new clustering tool, and links to related EurekAlert! Science News and Wikipedia.

New information available includes thousands of patents resulting from U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) research and development; documents and bibliographic citations of DOE accomplishments; millions of electronic scientific documents from around the world known as e-prints; and comprehensive and peer-reviewed toxicology data for thousands of chemicals, as well as more than 3 million references to worldwide literature on the adverse effects of chemicals on living organisms. New information also includes a digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature and cancer-related information of all kinds for all audiences, including support and treatment resources for patients, comprehensive descriptions of research programs and clinical trials for healthcare professionals and the general public, and funding opportunities for researchers.

The new clustering tool helps target searches by grouping results by subtopics or dates. This technology was recently developed through a DOE Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program award.

In addition to quadrupling the amount of searchable content and enhancing the search technology, 5.0 now provides links to related EurekAlert! Science News and Wikipedia, and provides the capability to easily download research results into personal files or citation software. is hosted by DOE’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), within DOE’s Office of Science. In addition to DOE, is supported by contributing members of the Alliance, including the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Health and Human Services, and the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Government Printing Office, the Library of Congress, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Science Foundation, with support from the National Archives and Records Administration.

Source: U.S. Department of Energy

NewsStand Changes Company Name to LibreDigital

Austin, Texas-based NewsStand, Inc. announced that it has changed its name to LibreDigital (the current name of one of its book publishing technology divisions), and it has named a digital rights technology veteran, Russell P. Reeder, to president and CEO. The NewsStand brand will continue to serve as the name of its eEdition services for magazine and newspaper publishers. The company says the corporate name change reflects its expanding set of product solutions to a broader set of publishers.

Reeder brings more than 14 years of senior management, corporate development, digital entertainment rights, and strategy experience to LibreDigital, where he will lead expansion efforts for the company’s interactive digital publishing solutions. Reeder will also serve on the company’s board of directors. Most recently, Reeder served as president and COO of NxTV, a video-on-demand company. Before joining NxTV, Reeder founded RightsLine, Inc., a developer of business rights management software used by media companies to manage intellectual property rights. Previously, Reeder spent more than 12 years in information technology sales and software development roles.

LibreDigital ( develops market-leading interactive digital publishing solutions for publishers seeking to expand the consumption of their content. LibreDigital also helps publishers market and control their valuable works across an ever-expanding variety of digital formats. Its technology and services help ensure copyrights, increase revenue opportunities, and future-proof publishers’ ability to serve new print, E Ink, online, mobile, and print-on-demand delivery options.

Source: LibreDigital

Cognition Technologies Creates Semantic Map of the English Language

Cognition Technologies (, a company with next-generation Semantic Natural Language Processing (NLP) technologies, has announced the release of what it calls "the largest commercially available Semantic Map of the English language." Technologies incorporating it will be able to provide users with more accurate and complete search capabilities, the ability to personalize and filter content, and an improved user experience by significantly reducing the amount of irrelevant information presented.

The company says the scope of Cognition’s Semantic Map is more than double the size of any other computational linguistic dictionary for English, and it includes more than 10 million semantic connections that comprise semantic contexts, meaning representations, taxonomy, and word meaning distinctions. Cognition Technologies’ lexical resources encode semantic, morphological, and syntactic information about the words contained within documents and their relationships to each other. These resources were created, codified, and reviewed by lexicographers and linguists over a span of 24 years.

Cognition’s Semantic Map provides software applications with an "understanding" of more than 4 million semantic contexts (word meanings that create contexts for specific meanings of other related words). It encompasses more than 536,000 word senses (word and phrase meanings); 75,000 concept classes (or synonym classes of word meanings); 7,500 nodes in the technology’s ontology or classification scheme; and 506,000 word stems (roots of words) for the English language. This enables applications to have a more accurate and relevant understanding of content and user interaction and can be deployed in a wide variety of markets, including search, web-based advertising, and machine translation augmentation, to name just a few.

Integration APIs (application programmer interfaces) are available, enabling other applications to rapidly and efficiently tap into Cognitions Semantic Map resources. Enterprise customers for example, can provide semantic search capabilities against their internally developed data repositories or content management systems.

Source: Cognition Technologies

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