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Committee on Institutional Cooperation joins Google Book Search project - 08 Jun 2007

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, has announced an agreement with the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC). Under the deal, Google will work with the CIC to digitise select collections across all its libraries, up to 10 million volumes, as part of the Google Book Search project.

CIC is a national consortium of 12 research universities, including University of Chicago, University of Illinois, Indiana University, University of Iowa, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Through this agreement, Google will scan, digitise and make searchable both public domain and in copyright materials in a manner consistent with copyright law. For books protected by copyright, a search will provide basic information such as the book's title, author's name and at most a few lines of text related to the search. Public domain materials can be viewed, searched or downloaded for printing in their entirety from the Google site.

Two CIC member universities, the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, have pre-existing digitisation agreements with Google. The new CIC agreement does not affect or supersede those earlier agreements but will complement and extend the digitisation already underway.

As a part of the agreement, the consortium will also create a first-of-its-kind shared digital repository to collectively archive and manage the full content of public domain works digitised by Google that are held across the CIC libraries.

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IFI Patent Intelligence ties up with IPB for online patent analysis service - 08 Jun 2007

Patent databases producer IFI Patent Intelligence, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced a partnership with IPB Corporation to market Patentatlas, a web-based patent-analysis service that utilises IFI-enhanced US patent data. The service allows customers to quickly and easily obtain a high-level understanding of the current technology surrounding any US patent or group of patents.

Patentatlas compares the language of an existing patent or new technology against IFI's vast database of millions of US patent and published application records. Given a patent number, application number, or technology description, Patentatlas will locate the most similar patent records and then immediately generate a customised report detailing the similarities. Developed in Japan to automate Japanese patent searches, this is the first time Patentatlas technology is being offered in North America for the analysis of US patent data.

The service is also seen to set a new standard for speed-of-delivery as most customised reports are sent to the customer via e-mail within one hour after submitting a request. Additionally, because it is fully automated and requires no human interaction to run a search, Patentatlas is entirely free of human bias and ensures that each query remains completely confidential.

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CiteMD unveils online medical reference management service - 08 Jun 2007

Online citation tools provider CiteMD, US, has unveiled the beta version of its 100 percent web based Online Medical Reference Management Service. CiteMD provides access to the MEDLINE database of citations and abstracts of biomedical research articles, covering over 5,000 journals published in the US and more than 80 other countries primarily from 1950 to the present. Also, it provides the web software to logically store, organise, annotate and reuse medical citations, across multiple projects.

With a web browser, the user can create a free account and start building his/her own online database, create projects and go back to them at any time. No additional software needs to be installed to run on multiple platforms. CiteMD workspace allows users to export their projects or their entire database to their favourite spreadsheet and word processing applications.

Although CiteMD's core subject is medicine, it also covers fields related to medicine. This includes nursing and other allied health disciplines. Also, it provides full coverage of the related biomedical sciences, such as biochemistry and cell biology.

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Ex Libris and the National Library of New Zealand partner to develop a digital archive and preservation system - 08 Jun 2007

Library solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that it has signed a multi-million dollar agreement to develop a digital archive and preservation system with the National Library of New Zealand. Under the deal, Ex Libris Group will develop a commercial digital preservation system to address the needs outlined by the National Library of New Zealand for its National Digital Heritage Archive (NDHA) Programme.

The NDHA Programme was initiated by the National Library of New Zealand to find a solution for storing, preserving, and providing access to the ever-growing digital heritage collections under the library's guardianship. The digital preservation system design is based on requirements that were drafted by the Library and initially announced under the project name Kronos. During the last six months, Ex Libris Group and the National Library of New Zealand have worked together to ensure the design of an end-to-end digital preservation system that will be made available commercially.

The work will continue in collaboration with an international peer review group (PRG) made up of recognised thought leaders and innovators from library and academic communities. Consultation with the PRG will ensure that the system conforms to general access and archiving trends so that it may be broadly applied.

In line with its enterprise technology strategy, the National Library of New Zealand will operate the digital preservation solution on Sun Microsystems Inc. hardware. The hardware and software will be designed to be scalable over time as the digital collections grow.

Ex Libris will showcase this system to selected institutions focused on digital preservation at the forthcoming ALA Annual Conference to be held in Washington from June 21-27, 2007.

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Portico, SPIE sign archiving agreement - 08 Jun 2007

Non-profit electronic archiving service provider Portico, US, has announced an agreement with the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) to preserve the society's entire online journal and proceedings collection. This inclusion brings the number of titles in the Portico archive to over 6,100.

Through this agreement with Portico, SPIE seeks to preserve its six journals and extensive conference proceedings collection for future scholars, researchers, and students.

Founded in 1955, SPIE is an international society advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light. With a membership of over 17,000, SPIE organises conferences and publishes journals, proceedings, books, and magazines covering all aspects and applications of optics and photonics technology.

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E-books platform ebrary now available in French - 08 Jun 2007

E-book technology firm ebrary, US, has announced that the ebrary Reader and interface are now available in French apart from English, Spanish and Portuguese. The new development is seen to help librarians meet the needs of multicultural end-users, who can change the display language on the fly. It also adds another language option for publishers or any organisation that need a cost-effective way to share and distribute non-English content online.

Libraries and other organisations that use the ebrary platform to acquire content under a variety of business models or to distribute their own proprietary content online may choose any of the four languages as the default. End-users may change the display language at any time using a pull-down menu on the ebrary interface.

Additional key features and benefits of the ebrary platform include flexible options for acquiring content, under a variety of pricing and access models; any time, anywhere access; infoTools-enabled integration within the library catalogue and other resources as well as contextual linking to information on the web; translation of text to and from different languages, including English and French; multiple search options including simple, advanced, full-text and key word; automatic saving of links to highlights, notes and bookmarks by personal bookshelves; and automatic, customisable citations when pages are printed or when text is copied and pasted.

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Dalhousie University's Kim MacInnis bags Roger K. Summit scholarship award - 08 Jun 2007

Information solutions provider Thomson Scientific, US, part of Thomson Corporation, has announced Kim MacInnis, a graduate student from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada, as the winner of the 2007 Roger K. Summit Scholarship for North America. The announcement was made at a special ceremony at the recently concluded 2007 Annual Conference of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) meeting.

This scholarship of $5,000 is given annually to a promising graduate student in library and information sciences. The award will help MacInnis to continue to pursue a joint master's degree in Library and Information Studies and Business Administration.

Thomson Scientific awards two scholarships annually, one to a student enrolled in an accredited library or information sciences programme in North America and one in Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, or Africa. The Scholarship is named in honour of Roger K. Summit, a pioneer in developing the technology behind online information retrieval.

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