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Weekly News Digest

November 23, 2009 — 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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Dow Jones Introduces New Executive Dashboard

Dow Jones & Co. (, a News Corp. company, announced the release of its Executive Dashboard developed by Dow Jones Client Solutions. More than just a list of news headlines, the Dow Jones Executive Dashboard aims to provide a visual inventory of the pressing internal and external information that CEOs require to run a successful business.

The new dashboard is designed specifically to address a problem most executives face: lots of good information in too many places. The Dow Jones Executive Dashboard brings the most important news and information together in a single location so that CEOs gain a 360-degree view of internal and external events across the business. It speeds up response time by providing a visual presentation of performance measures and reports, along with the ability to drill down into detailed data that are often buried deep within corporate portals, applications, and the web.

The Dow Jones Executive Dashboard is built on a flexible and configurable foundation and offers a platform-agnostic approach. It is designed around an organization's framework and to their specifications. Unlike competing solutions, it easily retrieves and organizes information from across the enterprise, such as existing dashboards or business intelligence systems. The dashboard helps organizations achieve better return on their business intelligence investments by creating deeper relevance and external context for the information that exists in an organization but is not always used or easy to find.

Dow Jones Client Solutions' design, integration, and visualization methodology enables experts to rapidly develop and deploy custom yet cost-effective Dashboard solutions. For more information about Dow Jones and its products, visit

Source: Dow Jones & Co.

GlobalSpec Launches New Platform for Engineering and Industrial Communities

GlobalSpec, Inc. (, a specialized search engine, information resource, and epublishing company for the engineering, industrial, and technical communities, announced the launch of its My GlobalSpec platform of workflow management tools. My GlobalSpec gives industrial professionals a single place to access, manage, and save all of their vital work-related information from

This expanded suite of tools includes the following:

  • My Suppliers-Gives professionals the ability to create a list of suppliers for reference and sharing, including email address, phone number, and website; users can choose to add individual companies from their personal list of suppliers or make additions using GlobalSpec's directory of more than 148,000 companies, all complete with contact information.
  • My Parts-Offers the ability for professionals to save products found on GlobalSpec or entered from their own sources for their project needs, including a list of parts used in designs and detailed catalog specs for parts saved from GlobalSpec; users can also access GlobalSpec to contact suppliers for additional application and pricing information.
  • My Projects-Allows users to plan, manage, and track product discovery and vendor sourcing for their projects.

My GlobalSpec also offers industrial professionals the ability to customize their GlobalSpec homepages with news and information that is important to them. Users can choose to display information from a number of categories, including recent GlobalSpec product searches, top engineering news tailored to a variety of different industry interests, and relevant discussions on CR4, GlobalSpec's online peer-to-peer community for industrial professionals.

Source: GlobalSpec, Inc.

IGI Global Launches New Database Platform

IGI Global ( announced a new platform and XML-powered engine for its electronic resources. It features advancements such as CrossRef, COUNTER-compliant statistics, and a single personalized gateway. The new platform is designed to assist users in fully utilizing IGI Global's information and computer science applied technology research.

Both current IGI Global e-resources subscribers (Book E-Access, Journal E-Access, InfoSci-Books, and InfoSci-Journals) and new institutions will be able to take advantage of the XML-powered research content, which enables a full-text searching and ranking system, enhanced search options, scaffolding to display search patterns, and several options to refine the search with filtering. Current persistent URLs and MARC records will resolve to the new platform automatically beginning in mid-December, and new and current subscribers will be able to utilize standard linking features using DOIs through a librarian administration corner. Current subscribers may utilize the new platform by visiting Through the new platform's precise search-and-retrieval functionality, the user is able to draw upon IGI Global's full e-resources collection of more than 1,000 book and reference works and more than 100 interdisciplinary journals.

IGI Global also introduced a new subject-specific database collection option featuring its most popular ebooks. IGI Global's Subject Database collection provides access to 11 groups of cutting-edge, peer-reviewed reference books in specific applied technology disciplines, ensuring the research is directly relevant to the user's interest area.

Source: IGI Global

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