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Evolving steps in communications tools

Attached is an interesting announcement from Highbeam, a purveyor of
business intelligence publications.  Highbeam is integrating its own
content with a suite of blogging tools.  I think we have here an
interesting step in the evolution of online communications, in which
formal publications, many of them proprietary, are wedded to new media
forms such as blogs.  I see this as the next step beyond self-archiving,
though advocates of self-archiving very well will disagree.

HighBeam Research Announces Suite of Tools for Bloggers

HighBeam Research has announced a suite of blogging tools designed to
offer bloggers a more trustworthy voice and blog readers access to its
content collection. HighBeam Research Blog Enhancer is intended to help
bloggers to improve their blogs by facilitating the process of
incorporating content from the HighBeam Research Engine's collection of
articles (many of which are not typically found on the Web), including
those from newspaper, magazine, book, journal, and transcript publishers.

To share information they found researching at HighBeam, bloggers click
the "Blog this Article" link found within previews and articles on
HighBeam Research and, at their option, create a custom welcome message,
add an excerpt from and include notes about any article. HighBeam Research
then provides the HTML code ready for pasting into a blog for a citation
for the article--including title, publication, excerpt from, and a link to
the blogger's personalized page on HighBeam Research that includes the
article preview or full-text article.

In addition to sharing citations and notes, bloggers who are HighBeam
Research Full Members (who pay a mo>nthly or annual subscription fee) can
share full-text articles with their readers, even with readers who are not
members of HighBeam Research. Readers clicking through from a blogged
reference can access full text at HighBeam for seven days from the time of
posting, after which blog readers will still see the citation and article
abstract, which do not expire. Bloggers who are HighBeam Basic Members
(free membership) have the ability to share article previews. The suite of
blogging tools also includes HighBeam RSS, which enables users to track
dynamically created topics. RSS feeds can be created based on keywords
and/or by publication and users will receive an update in their RSS reader
as soon as new articles related to their research are added to the
HighBeam Research Engine. (www.highbeam.com) 

-- Joe Esposito