Review of the African Electronic Journals (SA ePublications) published in The Charleston Advisor

The review critically examines the content, intended audience, scope, user interface, search engine, features and usability of the electronic journals database. The overall rating was 4.25 out of a possible score of 5.

Subscribers to The Charleston Advisor can view the article here:

Non-subscribers of The Charleston Advisor can read the abstract here:

Sabinet would like to thank Elsabe Olivier and Prof. Ina Fourie for conducting the review and also want to recognise Digby Sales who initiated the process.

More information on the African Electronic Journals (SA ePublications) can be found here.

African Journal Archive content integrated into Sabinet Reference platform

The content of the African Journal Archive has been integrated with the Sabinet Reference platform (http://reference.sabinet.co.za).

It is now possible to search for information in this archive together with Sabinet’s South African and African electronic journals from a single search page (http://www.ajarchive.org). Users can also search for items contained in the archive separately from other online journal content.

The content is completely open access and the full text is available to anyone searching the archive – no subscription or registration is required.

Currently 49 of the 182 titles making up the archive have been loaded on the platform – the rest will follow in the very near future.

The African Journal Archive is a retrospective digitisation project of full-text journal articles published in Africa, in the Sciences, the Social Sciences and Humanities and was funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The archive provides access to a multi-disciplinary, multi-country digital archive of Africa’s research and cultural heritage contained in its journal literature with some articles dating back to 1902. For more information about the archive and the project, please go to http://www.ajarchive.org.

The inclusion of the African Journal Archive data on the Sabinet Reference platform means that the additional functionality provided by the platform can now also be used for the retrieval and storage of relevant information. This functionality includes: facets to facilitate the refining of search results; efficient keyword searching; relevance ranking; display of related items (items from other databases which contain the same search terms); an Action List, where selected records can be saved for a session from where printing, emailing or exporting can be carried out; mySabinet – each user’s personal space for saving searches or lists and sharing these with other mySabinet users; mobile access from smartphones or tablets. With the addition of these titles from the African Journal Archive, Sabinet is creating a resource containing more than 300 000 full-text articles from African journals.

Please contact Support at info@sabinet.co.za if you have any questions or experience any difficulties with accessing the archive.

SA Media database enhanced

Dear clients,

The SA Media database has been greatly enhanced by the increased functionality and features provided by the Sabinet Reference platform (http://reference.sabinet.co.za), as well as by the processing of every single article with Optical Character Recognition software to facilitate the full-text searching of all of the more than 4 million articles in the database. This means that every word in every article is fully searchable, thereby greatly increasing the possibility of finding relevant information.

The database is now completely current and daily updates are being loaded on the Sabinet Reference platform, ensuring that the database remains completely up-to-date.

The SA Media database covers more than 120 South African periodicals and newspapers from 1977 onwards, and in addition to the full-text searching available, index terms are also assigned to news articles.

A link takes the user directly to the PDF version of the original newspaper article.

For more information on subscribing to the service please contact your portfolio manager or mail us at info@sabinet.co.za

OCLC releases statement on withdrawal of lawsuit by Innovative Interfaces and SkyRiver Technology Solutions

DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 4 March 2013 — Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO, has issued the following statement on the withdrawal today of a lawsuit filed in 2010 by Innovative Interfaces and SkyRiver Technology Solutions:

“We applaud the decision of the new owners of Innovative Interfaces and SkyRiver Technology Solutions and CEO Kim Massana to withdraw the claims against OCLC. We look forward to possible future engagement with Innovative where it benefits libraries. We work with many library service providers to provide greater value at reduced costs to libraries around the world.

Inclusion, reciprocity, trust and the highest standard of ethical conduct have guided the OCLC cooperative in the past and will guide us in the future.  As always, OCLC’s public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing the rate of rise of library costs remain paramount.”

In support of these guiding principles, OCLC continues its success in enabling libraries to share infrastructure costs and resources through OCLC WorldShare Management Services, the first cooperative, cloud-based library management services that streamline cataloging, acquisitions, circulation, license management and workflows to provide better discovery and delivery services for library users.

Worldwide, there are currently 95 libraries using the new OCLC WorldShare Management Services. In Australia, 12 libraries are piloting the services. OCLC WorldShare Management Services are gaining momentum in Europe as well with the recent launch at Tilburg University. Libraries in Spain, France and the United Kingdom will soon switch on WorldShare Management Services as their library management solution.

Sabinet’s continued offer of free access to South African legislation

13 March, Centurion: – In November 2011 Sabinet Online announced that it would, in conjunction with the profession’s Law Library (formerly KwaZulu-Natal Law Society Library: www.lawlibrary.co.za), offer free access to its online South African Legislation product, to small law firms until 31 October 2012. Due to the resounding success of this initiative, Sabinet then extended this free offer to the 31st of March 2013.

Having recognised the overwhelming need for this service by small law firms in South Africa, Sabinet has now decided to continue to make the South African Legislation product available free of charge to qualifying law firms for an undetermined period.

This means that qualifying small law firms, comprising of three or fewer practising attorneys, will have free access to an alphabetical list of all the South African Acts on www.salegislation.co.za that is accessible with the use of a username and password, which will be provided by Sabinet Online. Access will be given to the Act and its Regulations but will not offer search functionality.

Existing users will continue to have access to this free option should they wish to do so however a reduced subscription option allowing searching functionality across all Acts and regulations is also available. Any existing users who wish to subscribe to the product will be required to sign an additional subscription form.

New users will be granted access either to the free option or the paid option depending on which option they wish to select.

Sabinet reserves the right to terminate the free offer at any time and restrict access to any user who may be misusing the service, without prior notice.

SA Labour Courts soon to offer free G-Connect Wi-Fi

Sponsored by Sabinet, free G-Connect Wi-Fi internet access will soon be available in all labour courts in the country.

Sabinet, a leader in online legal information, announced that G-Connect Wi-Fi will, by mutual agreement, be on hand in the Johannesburg Labour Court. The service, sponsored by Sabinet, has already been installed in the first court; The Johannesburg Labour Court, with the remaining courts to follow soon.

The G-Connect Wi-Fi service will be available in most sections of the labour court, including the judges’ chambers, court rooms, library and pro bono office.

Sabinet is offering this service through South African Wi-Fi communications specialist, WirelessG. WirelessG is a market leader in the South African Wi-Fi industry, who will expand its Wi-Fi ecosystem providing broadband Internet access from the “courts to the skies.”

Rosalind Hattingh, Sabinet’s Managing Director, says the company is proud to sponsor the wireless access. “It will help those involved in the labour courts to effectively make use of information such as that contained in Sabinet’s range of online legal products. We strongly believe that fast and efficient connectivity to updated online information, has become essential for members of the law fraternity to carry out their daily duties.”

WirelessG CEO Carel van der Merwe says “We are honoured to provide our G-Connect services to courts with a partner like Sabinet. Sabinet is recognised as a leader in online legal information and, our partnership will indubitably improve operational efficiency and online research availability to the members of law fraternities.

SASLAW pro bono advice office says: “SASLAW is very grateful to Sabinet for installing Wi-Fi in the Johannesburg pro bono office. The attorneys on duty will be able to send emails on behalf of the pro bono clients, and to have access to the internet for information and research. The SASLAW administrator uses emails and the internet, and SASLAW will benefit from not having to spend funds on a 3G card.”

For more information contact:
Sanet Vos
Manager: Legal Products and Services
Sabinet
Tel: (012) 643-9500
Email: sanet@sabinet.co.za

Sabinet launches online access to Provincial Legislation

A first for the legal fraternity – Provincial Acts and Ordinances, as they were at a particular point in time – available at your fingertips.

Sabinet is one of South Africa’s leading suppliers of online legal information and has been in the online information industry for 30 years.

Sabinet has released its Provincial Legislation product, Provincial NetLaw, consisting of more than 440 Acts and Ordinances still currently in force and applicable to all South African Provinces from 1910 to date.

Says Ros Hattingh, Managing Director of Sabinet: “Following on the success of our South African Legislation product, NetLaw, the creation of Provincial NetLaw was the next logical step. Based on our experience with online legislation, we realised that incorporating point-in-time versions of the Acts would add immense value to users of Provincial legislation. We are pleased to be able to offer this new service to subscribers.”

Subscribers to Sabinet’s Provincial NetLaw will be able to search for the information they need, using an efficient and easy to use Google-like search interface. The ease of use and the accurate and trustworthy information available via this product will simplify the execution of daily tasks and responsibilities for users of Provincial Legislation.

Complementary services offered by Sabinet include South African Legislation (NetLaw), Retrospective Provincial Gazettes (1910-1994) and Provincial Gazettes (1994 to date).

We are still in the process of completing some outstanding Acts/ Ordinances and Regulations in force, whereafter we will complete all Acts/Ordinances/Regulations and assigned Acts ever published.

Contact

For more information, please contact info@sabinet.co.za, tel: +27 12 643 9500 or visit the website: www.sabinet.co.za.