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CISTI adds four Far Eastern library collections to catalogue - 03 Nov 2005

The Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI) has announced the addition of collections from four Far Eastern libraries to the CISTI Catalogue. The libraries include the Science and Technology Policy Research Information Center, Taiwan, Sunmedia Co., Japan, the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China and the Korea Institute of Scientific and Technical Information.
CISTI customers can now access all the four collections directly and more cost effectively. The collections added include over 10,000 STM journals, articles and reports. Clients can also use CISTI's Direct Service delivery to order documents from the Far East collections.
The CISTI Catalogue, which comprises over 50,000 serial titles and over 800,000 books, reports and conference proceedings, allows its customers to easily search, access and order documents. An institute of the National Research Council of Canada, CISTI is one of the prime sources for information in the science, technology, medicine and engineering sector. NRC Research Press is the institute's STM publishing arm.

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Reed Business Information integrates content across three key web sites - 03 Nov 2005

The Boston Division of Reed Business Information, US, has announced closer content integration across its three key web sites - EDN, Electronic News and Electronic Business. The strategic realignment is projected to widen the reach of advertisers and enhance the content offering for readers.
The deep linking and shared content across the sites will enable readers to access significant information in the engineering sector. The integrated content will include news updates, technical design ideas and product announcements drawn from a network of web sites that are pertinent to engineers, senior executives and engineering management. Moreover, advertisers can utilise wide-ranging, integrated media packages that cover all the three sites, which can be accessed via a single window.
Publishing veteran John Schirmer has been promoted to Group Publisher of EDN, Electronic News and Electronic Business, handling sales and marketing for the core group. John Dodge and Maury Wright will take charge as Editor-in-Chief of Electronic Business and EDN, respectively, while Ed Sperling will carry on as Editor-in-Chief of Electronic News.

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TouchSmart Publishing to distribute Quantum Simulations' AI tutors - 03 Nov 2005

Hybrid learning materials developer TouchSmart Publishing, LLC, US, has announced a partnership with tutoring software provider Quantum Simulations, Inc., US, to market, distribute and maintain Quantum's web-based artificial intelligence (AI) Mathematics and Chemistry Tutors.
The AI tutors seek to give students the feel of a human tutor by providing individual feedback on the basis of their work and subject knowledge. Students can view the explanations of every step in a problem, request hints and raise questions during the training sessions. Quantum's web-based AI technology can be easily deployed by school districts, as it does not require technology coordinators for installation. It also provides for automatic and immediate updates through the Internet. Its key features include 'Enter Any Problem', 'Enter Your Own Work' and 'Ask Questions'. TouchSmart Publishing is offering a free 15-day trial for all the Quantum tutors at www.touchsmart.net.

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Google restarts Print Library initiative - 03 Nov 2005

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, has resumed the scanning of library books under its Goolge Print Library project, following the end of a three-month freeze. Confirming this on the search engine's blog, Google Print's Senior Business Product Manager Adam Smith has stated that the scanning project is only intended to make difficult-to-find titles easy to access.
Though Google has not backed off from scanning new and in-copyright books, it has started off with piles of old and out-of-circulation titles. It claims that 80 percent of published books are older and unreachable. Smith has stressed in his blog that Google Print is a digital card catalogue where the full text of books will not be accessible to the users.
In August 2005, Google had scaled back its library project and announced that it would not scan copyright protected books in the future. Recently, the company came under great criticism from competitors Yahoo and Microsoft's MSN search, who joined the Open Content Alliance. Google is also facing a lawsuit from the Association of American Publishers, which represents major publishers such as John Wiley & Sons, Pearson Education and McGraw-Hill.
Meanwhile, Google has announced plans to open its first UK regional office in Manchester to deal with advertisers and other clients in the north of the UK.

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NeuroInsights and BioToday launch neurotechnology newsletter in Japanese - 03 Nov 2005

Neurotechnology consulting and research services firm NeuroInsights, US, in association with BioToday, has announced the launch of Neurotech Insights, a neurotechnology investment newsletter, in Japanese.
The newsletter provides comprehensive feature articles, private company news, product development tracking, executive interviews and opinions on stocks related to the neurotechnology industry. The current issue focuses on the obesity market and includes an interview with Arena Pharmaceutical's CEO, Jack Lief. Future issues are expected to cover depression, Alzheimer's disease and epilepsy.
BioToday is a provider of web-based resources and information to the Japanese life science industry. NeuroInsights offers publications, third party research and advisory services apart from operating the Neurotech Index of 30 neurotechnology companies.

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ProQuest investors and executive buy units to form new business - 03 Nov 2005

A group of investors and executives from ProQuest Co., US, have acquired three existing business operations from ProQuest Information and Learning to form a new company called National Archive Publishing Co. (NAPC). The businesses acquired include UMI Periodicals in Microform, which produces microfilms of over 18,000 periodicals for libraries and universities; XanEdu, which brings out college course packets; and ProQuest's microfilm manufacturing and digitising services.
NAPC will continue to provide the existing services, which includes digitising books and other reference works. The company is led by publishing executives experienced in the domains of library and higher education. The deal was led by Dan Arbour, former vice president of North American sales for ProQuest Information and Learning.
Under the deal, 350 ProQuest employees of the respective divisions will become workers of NAPC. ProQuest will continue to work as publisher of the materials, maintaining the copyrights. NAPC has also acquired ProQuest's corporate headquarters at the Scio Township as part of the sale. ProQuest operations at Wooster (Ohio), Louisville (Kentucky) and Boston, which together employ not more than 100 people, will also be taken over by NAPC. Financial details of the sale were not disclosed.

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