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  • Subject: ICSTI: news items
  • From: Pete Strickland <ps@iucr.org>
  • Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2003 12:21:52 +0000
  • Organization: IUCr
Subject: New Verity Taxonomies use NLM and DTIC taxonomies

Verity Inc., a leading provider of enterprise software announced the
availability of its initial Verity Taxonomies, six customizable
classification structures that will speed and simplify the 
organization and management of content in large-scale global 

"Verity Taxonomies are the newest content organization enhancements 
that we are offering organizations with Verity K2 Enterprise software 
at the heart of their intellectual capital management systems to help 
them categorize information even faster, with greater ease and in a 
way that can yield more relevant search results," said Sunil D. 
Nagdev, senior vice president of professional services at Verity. "In 
creating these taxonomies, Verity drew on highly regarded and open 
source thesauri and industry standard taxonomies as
well as the company's considerable experience in knowledge 
engineering, the process of building taxonomies."

The six Verity Taxonomies are based on open industry standards, and 
built using the same query language used in Verity K2 Enterprise 
content organization products. Each of the taxonomies, together with 
Verity classification solutions that combine both automation and 
domain expertise, are designed to provide an enterprise's taxonomy 
project with a head start to deliver extremely accurate and relevant 
content organization to enhance the value of the enterprise's 
intellectual capital. More importantly, Verity Taxonomies are also 
customizable by customers to serve their unique business
requirements, both enterprise-wide and departmental.

Verity Taxonomies include:

Verity Pharmaceutical Taxonomy -- The National Library of Medicine's
MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) taxonomy has been converted to a 
Verity taxonomy file with Verity business rules. This open source 
resource is seen by experts as the industry standard. It is a 
comprehensive taxonomy with over 300,000 terms and topics such as 
"inorganic chemicals," "anatomy & physiology," "chemical actions," 
"amino acids, peptides, proteins," "therapeutics," and many more.

Verity Defense Taxonomy -- The foundation of this taxonomy is the
Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) thesaurus published by the 
U.S.Department of Defense. It provides a multidisciplinary vocabulary 
that includes nearly 12,000 topics, such as "communications," "guided 
missile technology," "navigation," "detection" and "countermeasures." 
In addition, the DTIC thesaurus provides extensive information on 
general topics such as "chemistry," "physics," and "atmospheric 
sciences." Verity knowledge engineers have converted these into 
categories defined by Verity business rules to enable governmental 
and non-governmental organizations to take advantage of
the years of the Department of Defense's expertise represented in the 
DTIC taxonomy.

Verity Homeland Security Taxonomy -- Verity's knowledge engineers have
built an extensive taxonomy covering virtually all security and 
homeland defense issues. Based on direct experience solving content 
organization issues for intelligence agencies in the U.S. and around 
the globe, this Verity taxonomy includes more than 700 categories on 
broad topics such as "foreign terrorist organizations," "weapons of 
mass destruction," and "border and transportation security," as well 
as narrower subjects like "passenger list," "cargo security," 
"biometric systems," and "contamination control."

Verity Human Resources Taxonomy -- Verity engineered this taxonomy to
provide an effective method of grappling with complexities of medical,
dental and vision care benefits, personnel practices, privacy issues, 
salary management as well as risk management among other matters of 
concern to human resources departments or entire organizations.

Verity Sales & Marketing Taxonomy -- This Verity-crafted taxonomy can
allow organizations to bring more order and effectiveness to their 
selling processes. It is a collection of the full range of topics 
associated with sales and marketing, from product nomenclature, 
features and functions, rates or pricing, geographies, distribution 
arrangements and more.

Verity Information Technology Taxonomy -- Targeted for companies
offering IT products and services, this Verity-produced taxonomy gives 
engineers, sales and operations managers of a high tech company ready 
access to its internal and external information sources. It includes 
a wide variety of mission-critical IT topics, including operating 
systems, DSL, IT security and storage area networks.
Subject: Press Release from CrossRef
CrossRef Drops DOI Retrieval Fees As Steep Growth in Adoption 

LYNNFIELD, MA -- November 14, 2003.  CrossRef, the cross-publisher 
reference linking service, announced today that it will drop its DOI 
retrieval fees for all members and affiliates starting in January 
2004. This move gives all CrossRef users unlimited access to DOIs, 
and is particularly significant for secondary publishers, as DOI 
links from citations and bibliographic databases to full text are 
expected to increase greatly as a result.

The decision by the CrossRef Board to drop DOI retrieval fees is the 
latest strategic move intended to open access to the CrossRef system.
In May of this year, CrossRef made library accounts on its system 
completely free. CrossRef integrates with the OpenURL, and several 
local linking platforms now incorporate it; these include ExLibris, 
Serials Solutions, SISIS, Endeavor, Fretwell Downing, SIRSI, and 
Openly  Informatics.

Fifty scholarly and professional publishers have signed on in the last 
six months to CrossRef, bringing the total members to 250.

Several hundred thousand book and conference proceeding DOIs have been 
added to the CrossRef system, including 700 books from Oxford 
University Press. With these additions, CrossRef now covers over 
8,700 journals and nearly 10 million individual content items. To see 
a book chapter DOI in action, click on
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/0470841559.ch1 for an example from John 
Wiley & Sons, or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198297122.001.0001 for an 
example from OUP.

Best wishes

Peter Strickland
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