EBSCO Publishing has announced the availability of the new database, Inspec Archive - Science Abstracts 1898-1968, via its EBSCOhost platform. Inspec is considered a key addition to the company's existing database, as it caters to all institutions that perform research in the fields of computer science, engineering, physics and other sciences.
Created by the Institution of Electrical Engineers, Inspec Archive allows access to the digitised version of the complete compilation of Science Abstracts Journals, which was the precedent of the existing Inspec database. With coverage spanning 1898 to 1968, the database comprises more than 870,000 records with original classifications. Inspec Archive indexing supports the present Inspec Thesaurus Terms and Inspec Classification Codes. The supplementary indexing provides both Inspec and Inspec Archive users with a seamless search facility.
The new database offers lengthier abstracts inclusive of figures, graphs and tables from the original document. It also features books, conference proceedings, reports and theses. Institutions can access Inspec and Inspec Archive simultaneously through EBSCOhost.
Enterprise software vendor Cogito, Inc., US, has announced the availability of its graph database and data analysis solution, the Cogito Knowledge Center, which facilitates organisations to quickly query and view vast amounts of data, thereby improving data analysis, situation intelligence and process understanding.
The Cogito Knowledge Center works around a core graph database that stores information as graphical nodes and their respective relationships as arcs. This helps organisations address the recursive queries, long wait times and complicated SQL programming required to analyse data with more traditional database technology. By seamlessly integrating with Oracle, DB2, SQL Server and MySQL, the Cogito product works in tandem with existing data management systems to provide the ability to quickly see patterns in structured and unstructured data and make better decisions regarding the achievement of strategic direction and objectives. The product caters primarily to intelligence and security organisations, life sciences companies and manufacturing plants.
The Cogito Knowledge Center is made up of three key components -- the Data Integration Broker, the Cogito Knowledge Center Workbench and the Cogito Graph Engine. These modules are combined together in a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and support both JAVA and .NET architectures.
Content aggregator Dialog, part of Thomson Corporation, has introduced the Dialog Choice pricing plan, which provides scholastic institutions across the globe with infinite access to key research databases at fixed yearly rates.
Dialog allows universities, graduate schools and other academic institutions to provide their researchers, faculty and students with desktop access to vital databases of scientific, technical and medical findings. It also sources news, business intelligence and other updated current awareness content from various information publishers. With the new scheme, academic information managers can learn in advance the annual cost of providing the necessary information resources to patrons. They can provide unlimited access either to the whole institution or to specific users in certain departments.
The annual subscription plan currently offers 92 databases of research, news content and business intelligence, ranging from abstracts of academic research from numerous refereed journals to intellectual property research. More databases are likely to be added in the future.
Internet services firm Yahoo! Inc., US, is processing a developmental tool to make podcast publishing easier and simpler. Announcing this at the first Portable Media Expo & Podcasting Conference 2005 in Ontario, Yahoo officials observed that podcast publishers faced the challenge of not identifying with the technology behind the publishing tools. Another challenge was in handling the RSS feed and publishing and hosting the podcast. Details of the project, however, were not given. There are unconfirmed reports that competitors like Google may also launch similar initiatives.
Yahoo is also considering ways for podcasters to produce video content more easily.
The format to create the podcast is different from audio. It requires a separate 'content capture method', which Yahoo has not focused on in its subscription media services till now.
The company introduced its podcast search engine 'Yahoo Podcasts' at podcasts.yahoo.com almost a month ago. The beta test site allows users to locate and download podcasts from the Net, based on a keyword search.
Publishing services provider Cadmus Communications Corporation, US, has announced the shifting of its Linthicum (Maryland)-based Content Services Operation to a new facility in Columbia (Maryland). The new 65,000 sq. ft. facility in Columbia offers enhanced meeting amenities for customers, a well-designed work floor and sufficient space to accommodate future expansion. The Content Services Operation division offers editorial services, content management and composition services to scholarly publishers across the world.
Cadmus also offers Content Services from Ephrata (Virginia), Richmond (Pennsylvania) and Chennai and Mumbai (India). These networked facilities process more than one million pages of journal and book content every year.
WoodWing Software, a Netherlands-based editorial plug-in solutions provider for Adobe InDesign and InCopy, has announced its partnership with The Publishing Practice Ltd. (TPP), a UK-based systems integration company engaged in enterprise publishing solutions for the publishing industry. Under the deal, TPP will serve as the authorised value-added reseller and system integrator for WoodWing's Smart Connection Enterprise (SCE) product in the UK, offering services ranging from training and implementation to application support.
According to TPP officials, SCE allows publishers to deliver robust, technically sound, user-friendly and scaleable workflow management. TPP delivers services to several publishers. Its alliance with Satyam Computer Systems Ltd., India, enables the company to provide large-scale integration solutions to link content technologies and other business systems and offer backend support and tailor-made solutions to customers.