FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, October 18, 2001- Gale Group, an operating unit in the Thomson Learning division of The Thomson Corporation (TSX: TOC), has adopted the SFX open URL standard, a technology that links databases to one another at the document level no matter their source. SFX is available in Gale's acclaimed InfoTrac databases - in use in more than 100 countries.
"SFX is a significant milestone in the evolution of electronic reference because it addresses a fundamental problem with electronic databases - they operate independently of each other. A library may have developed a great research collection using a variety of vendors' databases, but if they aren't tied to one another, their value is significantly diminished," said John Barnes, Gale Group senior vice-president of product management. "SFX allows for comprehensive, integrated electronic solutions"
Created by ExLibris, a worldwide supplier of software solutions for libraries and information centers, SFX has struck a chord in the library market, particularly among academic institutions. It was nominated by users and awarded The Charleston Advisor's "Best New Product" Award for Electronic Service to Libraries. Using SFX, libraries define the rules that allow it to create links that integrate their information resources regardless of who hosts them. SFX links are context-sensitive and configure based on the institution's e-collection. Context-sensitivity prevents dead-links - users are presented with only those links to information available within the library's collection.
Development and expansion of its periodical databases has been a key growth strategy for Gale. In addition to technological improvements, such as SFX, Gale periodical content has expanded dramatically. Since January 2000, Gale Group has added more than 1000 new newspaper and magazines to its stable of periodicals. Well over 7,000 periodicals are now available through its products and more than 3,000 are full-text.
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The Gale Group (www.galegroup.com) is a world leader in e-reference publishing for libraries, schools and businesses. Best known for its accurate and uthoritative content as well as its intelligent organization of full-text magazine and newspaper articles, the company creates and maintains more than 600 databases that are published in electronic form, as well as in print and microform. The Gale Group includes such noted brands as Macmillan Reference USA, Charles Scribner's Sons, Primary Source Microfilm, UXL, Greenhaven Press, Lucent Books and Thorndike Press. Gale Group operating companies include the distinguished K.G. Saur and Graham & Whiteside.
The Thomson Corporation (www.thomson.com) with 2000 revenues of approximately $6.0 billion, is a leading, global e-information and solutions company in the business and professional marketplace. The Corporation's common shares are listed on the Toronto and London stock exchanges (TSE:TOC).