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News for Members

The attached contains items on Wolter Kluwer's and Elseviers revenues
from
electronic sales, the American Library Association views on database
protection,
progress on the Mellon funded digital preservation research at Yale,
among other
items.

Barry Mahon

News for ICSTI Members August 19 2002-08-19

1.	Making money from Electronic versions…..

Wolters Kluwer first half 2002 results show that electronic revenues
(incl. Internet) improved by 29% at EUR 607 million. Internet revenues
grew by 50% to EUR 263 million. Electronic products now represent 32% of
total revenues versus 67% print related products (HY1-2001: electronic
26% versus print 72%). 

In their recent results statement Reed Elsevier reported: "Our focus on
internet enabled product has accelerated our market success and internet
revenues should meet our target of £1bn/€1.6bn this year." 

2.	From the ALA Newsline

ALAWON: American Library Association Washington Office Newsline
Volume 11, Number 66, August 12, 2002

Database protection

There have been extensive discussions throughout the 107th Congress
among staff members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the
House Judiciary Committee to draft a database protection bill that would
be acceptable to all stakeholders, including libraries and
universities.  ALA have learned from many Senate staff that one of the
primary proponents of a broad database protection bill has been asking
various Senators to sponsor a bill that the ALA database coalition would
find highly objectionable. See:
http://www.ala.org/washoff/database02.pdf

ALA opposes any database bill that:

·	would not allow "fair use" of databases comparable to that under
copyright law
·	would protect facts, which copyright has never protected
·	would allow a producer or publisher unprecedented control over uses of
information, including downstream, transformative use of facts and
government-produced data contained in a database
·	would not provide safeguards against monopolistic pricing
·	could hinder the progress of science, education, and research by not
allowing researchers and educators access to and use of information and
facts

3.	A new twist on citation analysis

>From the  SEPTEMBER98-FORUM Digest - according to Stevan Harnad
"something revolutionary is in the making in the form of scientometric
OAI search engines"

Citebase http://citebase.eprints.org/ is a prototype OAI service
http://www.openarchives.org/service/listproviders.html now available to
give research authors, users, their institutions and their
research-funders a foretaste of what is coming and what is possible.
Citebase has just been incorporated as an experimental feature for all
users of the Physics Archive http://arxiv.org the largest Eprint Archive
to date.

Discussion can be posted to: september98-forum@amsci-forum.amsci.org

4.	CSA Expands its services

Researchers doing a search on Internet Database Service (IDS)
bibliographic databases from ICSTI Member CSA (Cambridge Scientific
Abstracts) can now link their search results to full text journals
offered through JSTOR, the American Meteorological Society, and the
Geological Society of America. These partnerships provide seamless
access from bibliographic searches to full text journals for those
subscribers who have access to both services. As a result of this
arrangement, customers of CSA's bibliographic databases can access more
than 8,100 electronic full text journals provided by twenty
organizations.

URL - http://www.csa.com

5.	The Mellon funded preservation projects, a progress report

One Year of Progress: Report on the Digital Preservation Planning
Project [.pdf]

This report provides results of the e-archiving planning effort between
the Yale University Library and Elsevier Science. Funded by the Andrew
W. Mellon Foundation, the Yale-Elsevier planning project undertook the
task of examining the challenges and opportunities of digitally
preserving a collection of commercially published scientific journals.
The planning project has begun the process of designing a small
prototype archive that (according to the report) has the potential to
become "the cornerstone of an e-journal archive environment that
provides full backup, preservation, refreshing, and migration
functions." Available in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)
format, interested viewers can download the report in its entirety or by
individual sections.

http://www.library.yale.edu/~okerson/yea/









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