Local 248?

I have to confess when I first saw them coming down the exhibit floor aisles, I thought the show was being picketed.

But a local bystander explained to me that British labour would never be so uncouth as to participate in an unannounced strike.

No, they were not picketers. The troop of lab-coat clad scientists, bearing signs advertising BOOTH 248, were actually employees of Thomson Scientific.

Their mission? To lure attendees to the ISI Web of Knowledge booth to celebrate Thomson’s Century of Science initiative. The project involves the filling in of ISI records (which currently go back only to 1945) all the way back to the beginning of the 20th century.

According to the press release, “Many groups within Thomson went to extraordinary lengths to identify, locate, acquire, and index the journals from this 45-year period.”

Those who followed the lab-coated “picketers” today, found themselves at a lavish reception in the Thomson stand for a preview. The service will be available in the first half of next year.

Dick Kaser

ITI VP Content

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