Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 655.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
 From: Gerry McKiernan <gerrymck@IASTATE.EDU> (57)
Subject: A Most Remarkable SOM Index
 From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <firstname.lastname@example.org> (72)
Subject: Special Libraries Association Urge Settlement in
Tasini et al v. New York Times
Date: Fri, 09 Feb 2001 06:48:38 +0000
From: Gerry McKiernan <gerrymck@IASTATE.EDU>
Subject: A Most Remarkable SOM Index
_A Remarkable SOM Index_
In response to my recent posting relating to Kohonen Self-Organizing Maps
[ http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/Web4Lib/archive/0101/0317.html] ,
I received the response below that describes a Most Remarkable SOM Index
that has been applied SOM to access the Medline database.
The lead paragraph alone will no doubt entice you to consider the other
applications of SOM. [It is reposted with the kind permission of Georgios
Papadopoulos, the responder. The re-post is for informational purposes only
and does not constitute an endorsement]
[Over the coming weeks I will be identifying as many applications of SOM for
the library and information venue and will list these in a planned new
registry called: "SOM Like IT Hot! [:->] [Any candidates for this new
registry will be most appreciated!]
Iowa State University
Ames IA 50011
At our company, we are trying to do something
very similar to SOMs (but with a different interface)
for Medline and other extremely large databases.
The funny thing is that we run the process on the
results of the queries (on the fly) and we have
optimized performance to such a degree that
Medline queries return faster than in normal
Medline. Generally in under 2 seconds and sometimes
only a few milliseconds. All of this on a PC
We utilize the concepts that human indexers put
in their articles and we have also developed an
effective automated indexer (currently working
We call the project ConceptBrowser and the tool
which will include knowledge management and
collaboration components will be called ScienceLine.
Go to our site and register to be informed when
you can start using it during the beta period.
So, your dream is definitely close to reality.
We are also developing other technologies
to correlate articles based on their references
(backward and forward) and their usage.
Keep an eye on us as we roll out these tools
for the biotech and pharma institutions and
if you would like to be more involved, let me know.
We are doing a lot of these things out of our
deep love with digital library technology and
it is always nice to talk with people who are
excited about the same things.
-- Georgios Papadopoulos
Atypon Systems voice: (408) 988-1240
3312 Woodward Ave fax: (408) 988-1070
Santa Clara, CA 95054 efax: (603) 761-5213
http://www.atypon.com pcs: (650) 906-7516
Date: Fri, 09 Feb 2001 06:50:37 +0000
From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <email@example.com>
Subject: Special Libraries Association Urge Settlement in Tasini
et al v. New York Times
News on Networking Cultural Heritage Resources
from across the Community
February 8, 2001
Special Libraries Association Urge Settlement in
Tasini et al v. New York Times.
The Special Libraries Association has issued an interesting appeal for
settlement of the Tasini et al v. New York Times case, before the case is
reviewed by the Supreme Court.
For background on the case visit the National Writers Union page at:
>Date: Fri, 02 Feb 2001 16:31:26 -0600
>>From: Joe Ellison <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>To: Multiple recipients of list <email@example.com>
>>X-Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org (Unverified)
>Though some folks on the list might be interested in this:
>INFORMATION PROFESSIONALS URGE AUTHORS, PUBLISHERS
>TO SETTLE DIFFERENCES IN COPYRIGHT DISPUTE
>Washington, DC, February 1, 2001
>* The Board of Directors of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) called
>today for publishers and authors to seek consensus through negotiations,
>rather than wait for the Supreme Court to reach a decision in the matter
>of Tasini et al v. New York Times.
>Tasini vs. The New York Times is the landmark lawsuit brought by members of
>the National Writers Union against The New York Times Company, Newsday Inc.,
>Time Inc., Lexis-Nexis, and University Microfilms Inc., charging copyright
>violation regarding the electronic reuse of work produced and sold on a
>The U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, overturned a lower court ruling in
>favor of the publishers. The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review the
>See the entire statement at:
>Document Delivery Assistant, Transportation Library (OCLC symbol JCR)
>Northwestern University Library, 1935 Sheridan Rd.
>Evanston, IL 60208-2300
>phone: (847)491-8600, fax: (847)491-8601,
>Visit the Transportation Library:
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