Friday, 15 August 2008

Lexis Nexis goes to school

Ok, so I used a cute title to grab your attention. Far from going to school, LexisNexis could probably buy every school (well at least the ones Thomson has not already bought). Anyway, in the USA LexisNexis is apparently moving into the school and public library market with a product called Library Express. What do they know that we don't? Do they think there is lots of money slushing around in public libraries and schools? In a previous life Bibliothekia was a vendor who, in the mid 1990s, introduced full text databases into the Australian and New Zealand school and public library market. Let me confirm: public libraries and schools are not awash with money and they need to make every cent count. It will be interesting to see how this new entrant will fare, and what impact this will have on the vendors already in this space. See the news story in the Library Journal for details.

This Library Journal article also mentions the LexisNexis Statistical DataSets product and I quote: Statistical DataSets makes “1.5 billion data points accessible with a single interface.” The product is aimed at undergraduates and business schools. It enables the easy manipulation of combined data sets with both numerical as well as visual access methods, giving interactive access to data trends down to the county or block level with supported data in “population, crime, employment, construction, voting patterns, cancer incidence, and other statistics. Watch this space.

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