Category Archives: New Products

CQ to launch First Street – a database for researching political relationships

CQ Press will launch a new, revolutionary database in April of 2011 – First Street.  First Street consolidates congressional, government and lobbying data back to 1993, including CQs plethora of staff directories.  The First Street Coalition Builder (TM), the coolest part of the product, is a visual mapping tool which displays connections between staffers, lobbyists, and members of Congress.  More information, from the website, is below. Continue reading CQ to launch First Street – a database for researching political relationships

SciVerse Hub Application Connects Researchers with U.S. Government Datasets

Elsevier has added another app to its SciVerse Hub Applications Marketplace, U.S. Government Datasets.  It’s a great example of collaboration, discovery, and semantic technology.  This article at Information Today offers additional information.

eBooks and Maritime History – see and hear it at ALAMW

Peter McCracken, librarian and founder of Serials Solutions, has a new hobby – ships.  His site,, helps people do research on hundreds of thousands of specific vessels. With over 1.5 million citations in it, the site tells you what books, journals, CD-ROMs, websites, databases, and other sources mention particular ships. It includes vessels mentioned in references sources like the Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History (a 2008 Dartmouth Award Winner), Naval Warfare: An International Encyclopedia, and others. It currently includes the contents from about 170 books, and whenever possible, it links to an electronic version of those books via Google Books. The team is working with several online reference publishers to incorporate links between their products, helping people discover references to ships in online databases, and helping people working in online databases to learn more about the ships mentioned there. Continue reading eBooks and Maritime History – see and hear it at ALAMW

SciVerse ScienceDirect app for iPhone, iPod, iPad

Elsevier is now offering a mobile app for iOS, including the iPhone, iPod, and iPad.  It’s a free download from the iTunes store.

From an Elsevier email:

Did you know?

  • Users of SciVerse ScienceDirect and Scopus can now search for and download peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters from their iPhone
  • They can also be informed when approaching other published peers, researchers and professors they meet on-campus and at conferences by finding relevant publication information instantly when they want it
  • Users can get the right answers when they need them with 25 percent of the world’s trusted scientific content in their pocket

Download SciVerse Mobile Apps

iPhone apps SciVerse ScienceDirect and SciVerse Scopus Alerts are FREE to download to your iPhone for subscribers of ScienceDirect and Scopus.

Springer Launching Visual Analytics Tool

From a Springer Press Release:  Springer is launching a new free analytics tool which provides multiple visualizations of the usage that is generated worldwide by Springer’s online products, including journals, books, images and protocols. aggregates the raw data on downloads of Springer journal articles and book chapters in real time from all over the world, and displays them in a variety of interactive visualizations such as: a map showing where the downloads are coming from, a constantly updating keyword tag cloud, and a visualization of total downloads.  In addition, a search feature shows a chart of the downloads and the ‘Top Five Most Downloaded’ list for every journal or book.

The results provide book authors and journal editors with information on how intensively their content is used.  They gain insight into what topics are trending at the moment, and which areas of the world are currently looking at what type of topics in Springer books and journals.  Librarians get a clear overview of where Springer content is used in the many fields. currently receives input from the information platform SpringerLink with nearly five million documents from about 41,000 eBooks, 1,160 book series, 2,524 journals and 173 eReference works.  Additionally, the tool receives feeds from the SpringerImages database with more than 2.7 million images and from SpringerProtocols, the database of reproducible laboratory protocols in the life and biomedical sciences.

eBook Preservation – An Interview with Toni Tracy of Portico

Yesterday I discussed eBook preservation with Toni Tracy, Director of Portico.  Toni discussed Portico’s eBook preservation program in detail and suggested ways to involve publishers, libraries, and aggregators in the preservation solution.  More information on the importance of preservation is available on the Portico site.

25+ other interviews with librarians, publishers, and others in the information industry are available on the NSR interviews page. Have a listen!

Google’s eBook store opens

Google’s eBook Store launched yesterday, with over 3 million books available for download to multiple devices.  Most of these (2.8 million) are in the public domain, and therefore are free, as a result of their massive book scanning project.  The remaining titles will have a “buy” button which takes a user to the eBook store for purchase options.  There are lots of articles written already about Google eBooks, so I won’t duplicate here.  Try a few of these:

Google’s New Bookstore Cracks Open the E-book Market: Tech News “

Hands-On With Google E-Books [SCREENSHOTS]

Google’s Web e-book store ready for chapter 1 – CNET News

Introducing SpringerBriefs, 50 – 125 page eBooks

Springer is launching a new product line SpringerBriefs. Featuring cutting-edge research and practical applications in compact volumes of between 50 and 125 pages, SpringerBriefs will be available as eBooks and in print.

SpringerBriefs will cover a wide range of content from professional to academic across a variety of subject areas including business and economics, computer science, human and behavioral sciences, life sciences, mathematics and physical sciences. Typical topics might include a report on state-of-the-art techniques, a snapshot of a hot or emerging topic, an in-depth case study or a presentation of core concepts for students.

Expert advisory boards and collaborations with academic societies will contribute to generating high-quality content. Streamlined publishing processes and accelerated schedules will take authors’ ideas to market more swiftly than with previous methods. The first titles are scheduled to release in November and December 2010.

All SpringerBriefs titles will be included in the Springer eBook packages that are delivered to libraries and institutions via SpringerLink. They will also be available for sale, through Springer’s retail partners, in print or as eBooks for around US$40−50. SpringerBriefs will also be available in print at lower prices through MyCopy, Springer’s print-on-demand program for registered patrons of libraries that subscribe to the Springer eBook Collections.

ScienceDirect offers Image Search within eBook content

Elsevier recently launched SciVerse Hub, which provides a discovery layer for ScienceDirect, Scopu, and Scirus.  A few weeks ago, they launched Image Search, new functionality within ScienceDirect, that offers searching of images within eBook content as well as millions of scholarly journals.  I wrote an article about the new Image Search for Information Today which offers lots more details on the service. Reader: Using html5 to format books in a browser

The future of the book site offers a short video demonstration of the Reader, developed by Inventive Labs in Melbourne.  It is designed to work in modern web browsers like Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera.  More information can be found on the blog.

Hat tip to Xplana blog.