Information Today

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Articles from Vol. 11, No. 9, October

128 Kbps ISDN Modem Provides Full Duplex on a Pair of Wires
High speed data transfer over 6 km (3.6 miles) on a single twisted pair is now available from Telebyte Technology, Inc.'s Model 431 Synchronous High Speed Short Haul Modem. Isolated LANs may now be connected on a dedicated basis via a pair of Model...
$84.14
The story you are about to read could have happened to anyone. Any searcher could have gone on any traditional online service and had the same experience with variations. Working searchers have told me similar stories for years about $98 for three...
An Online Fanatic's Retrospective: Part I
Seven years ago while living in a 150-year-old farmhouse overlooking a bay on the Delaware Shore, I wrote an article for Information Today, titled "Confessions of an Online Fanatic." It was a testimonial to the power of electronic information services...
Apple to Provide Powerful Solutions for Finding Information on the Internet
Apple Computer, Inc. has revealed its intention to expand its AppleSearch text search and retrieval software beyond local area networks to help users access and find the information they need on the Internet. AppleSearch is client/server software designed...
A Vendor/media Neutral System of Citation?
There is a curious controversy afoot among legal publishers, law librarians, and attorneys. Some members of the legal community are interested in creating what has been referred to as an exclusive vendor, and/or media neutral system of citing to federal...
Bookends Pro the Complete Bibliography Management System
Westing Software recently released Bookends Pro, a complete bibliography management system for professionals (scientists, historians, graduate students, etc.) who track and cite reference information for research and publication. Designed for the Macintosh,...
Bookends Pro the Complete Bibliography Management System
Westing Software recently released Bookends Pro, a complete bibliography management system for professionals (scientists, historians, graduate students, etc.) who track and cite reference information for research and publication. Designed for the Macintosh,...
CD-Recorder Software Does COLD Application
IMR has shipped a new release of Alchemy data management software for CD recorders, enhanced to meet most requirements of COLD (Computer Output to Laser Disk) applications at dramatically lower prices. Alchemy version 2.2 supports the following major...
CompuServe Does CD-ROM
It may sound as strange as if you had just read that George Wallace has joined the ACLU or that Apple will be offering peripherals for IBM. But I'm here to tell you that a commercial online service, perhaps the most venerable one at that, has now recognized...
CompuServe Now Features Dow Jones News Service
Dow Jones Business Information Services and CompuServe have added Dow Jones News Service to CompuServe's Executive News Service. Dow Jones News Service is a continuously updated, comprehensive business and financial newswire that features more than...
Cultural Heritage Crucial to Information Superhighway, Says New Report
An alliance of major humanities and arts organizations has issued a report calling on the Federal government to recognize the crucial value of the American people's cultural heritage in planning the National Information Infrastructure (NII). "Humanities...
Data-Star Market Research Collection Grows
Data-Star has added two new market research databases--MSI's Industrial Market Reports and MarketLine International--increasing its offerings to over a dozen full-text market research databases. MSI's Industrial Market Reports--Marketing Strategies...
DataTimes and Real-World Intelligence Launch Service for Small and Midsized Companies
Two business information companies have teamed to offer a business intelligence service that empowers small to midsized companies with in-house information gathering and synthesizing expertise. The service's joint developers call Real-World Intelligence...
Da Vinci's Visionary Inventions Come to Life in New 3D CD-ROM
Future Vision Multimedia, formerly known as Interactive Publishing Corporation, has released the first title in its new Intelliquest Collection--Leonardo, The Inventor. This new CD-ROM is the first to be launched under the company's Intelliquest label,...
Da Vinci's Visionary Inventions Come to Life in New 3D CD-ROM
Future Vision Multimedia, formerly known as Interactive Publishing Corporation, has released the first title in its new Intelliquest Collection--Leonardo, The Inventor. This new CD-ROM is the first to be launched under the company's Intelliquest label,...
Dewey Classification Committee Approves Revisions
The Decimal Classification Editorial Policy Committee (DCEPC) has completed review of the major intellectual work for the forthcoming (1996) Edition 21 of the Dewey Decimal Classification. The editorial staff is now compiling the index to the new edition...
Dialog Enhances Its CD-ROM Corporate America Database
Dialog Information Services, Inc., in conjunction with Database America, has significantly enhanced its DIALOG OnDisc Corporate America, the directory of U.S. businesses. Several new features add even more power to this marketing tool, which has a...
Economist Intelligence Unit Launches International Electronic Publishing Program
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the business information arm of The Economist Group, is entering the electronic publishing arena with the launch of a new range of electronic information services, "designed to provide international executives...
EINet Introduces WinWeb Client Software as Freeware
Following the introduction of its MacWeb client in June, MCC's Enterprise Integration Network (EINet) is now introducing WinWeb Version 1.0 A2, a Windows-based World Wide Web browser that is available as freeware for non-commercial use. WinWeb provides...
Electronic Patent Management Systems Revolutionize Patent Litigation
Personal computer-based electronic patent management systems are being introduced by SmartPatents, Inc. of Menlo Park, California. The new SmartPatent and SmartPatent-Lite Systems provide individually-specified patents combining fully searchable text...
Fedworld Unites Far-Flung Federal Data
It's time to play "NAME THAT IN FORMATION SERVICE." See if you can name the Mystery Online Service from the following clues: 1. It is a network that connects many separate databases, BBs, and information systems. 2. It has large amounts of technical...
Fedworld Unites Far-Flung Federal Data
It's time to play "NAME THAT INFORMATION SERVICE." See if you can name the Mystery Online Service from the following clues:1. It is a network that connects many separate databases, BBs, and information systems.2. It has large amounts of technical information,...
Incatsystems Announces Diagnostic Tool for CD-ROMs
incatsystems software usa, inc. announces CD Workshop, a software utility diagnostic tool for CD-ROMs. CD Workshop allows users to unveil the mysteries of the ISO 9660 format in all its flavors, variations, and extensions, as well as all the other...
Information Dimensions Demos BASIS WEBserver
Information Dimensions, Inc. (IDI) demoed a new product at Seybold San Francisco '94--BASIS WEBserver, which brings BASISplus technology to the Internet. BASIS WEBserver introduces a new dimension to Internet navigation by "publishing" documents managed...
ISI to Index Electronic Journals
The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) has accepted the first in a proposed series of electronic journals for coverage in the ISI database. ISI has initiated this new program with The Online Journal of Knowledge Synthesis for Nursing from Sigma...
Library of Congress and British Library Consider MARC Modifications
Representatives from the Library of Congress (LC) and the British Library (BL) met recently to review principles for harmonization of the USMARC and UKMARC formats in an effort to increase compatibility of the formats. The meeting was the first...
MINITEX Library Information Network Expands Access to IAC's InfoTrac Databases
Two more MINITEX Library Information Network consortia will provide patrons with wide area access to business, academic, and general reference databases using Information Access Company's InfoTrac 2000 service. Through InfoTrac 2000, patrons have...
More Dow Jones News/Retrieval Sources Added to WESTLAW
Four more Dow Jones News/Retrieval sources are now available on WESTLAW. WESTLAW access to Barron's, The Asian Wall Street Journal, The Wall Street Journal Europe, and the Far Eastern Economic Review is made available via Dow Jones News/Retrieval,...
New Canofile 510 Desktop Filing System
Canon U.S.A. is now offering a new, high-performance, desktop electronic filing system, the Canofile 510 (CF510). The Canofile 510 system integrates a digital rotary scanner, re-writable magneto-optical disk driver, 8[inches] x 11[inches] LCD display,...
New Players Entering European Consumer Online Market
A race is developing to launch online services aimed at European consumers, with a mix of well-established names and newcomers hoping to unlock a market which they predict will be highly lucrative. The consumer online market in Europe lags well behind...
NewsNet Initiates New Pricing
NewsNet is now offering a new pricing structure along with two alternative subscription plans, new command options, and new delivery options. Advantages of the new pricing structure include: * Elimination of premium charges for higher-speed modems...
New Value-Added EDGAR Data Feed from S&P
Standard & Poor's, a division of McGraw-Hill, Inc., has introduced a value-added, real-time, high speed digital transmission service to deliver the Securities & Exchange Commission EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval)...
NYU Installs Geac's ADVANCE System for Its New Virtual Library
Geac Computers, Inc. is installing its ADVANCE Integrated Library System at New York University (NYU) in New York, New York, to support the libraries of New York University and the Research Library Association of South Manhattan. Geac is working...
Orient Business Express Unveils Pacific Rim Business Directory
Orient Business Express, a division of HDEP International, has released a comprehensive CD-ROM directory of Pacific Rim businesses. The new electronic directory identifies nearly three quarters of a million businesses currently operating in Hong Kong,...
Rancho Releases EPP Parallel SCSI Adapter
Rancho Technology, Inc., has released three new Enhanced Parallel Port (EPP) SCSI Adapters, the RT8000, for use in connecting virtually any type of SCSI peripheral to a computer's Parallel Printer Port. The RT8000 operates on any standard parallel...
SIRSI Systems Installed at Three Sites
SIRSI Corporation is pleased to announce that its systems have been installed at the Burlington Public Library, the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Technical Information Center (RTIC), and the Bluffton-Richland Public Library. The SIRSI UNICORN Collection...
Standard Periodical Directory on Compact Disc (SPDCD)
The Standard Periodical Directory on Compact Disc (SPDCD) is a CD-ROM version of the senenteenth edition of the Standard Periodical Directory, which is a directory of periodicals, indexed by title and subject: According to the "Preface" (2nd item on...
The Monogamous and Polygamous Eras of CD-ROM
The Era of Monogamy In the first ten years of CD-ROM, it was easy to know who was whose, and who lived with whom. If you said ABI/INFORM, everyone knew it was UMI's and the software was ProQuest. If you said RGA, everyone knew it was Wilson's...
The National Telephone Directory on CD-ROM for the Mac
Pro CD, Inc., a publisher of national telephone directories on CD-ROM, is shipping a Macintosh edition of its ProPhone software. For the first time, Mac users will now have access to ProPhone's full line of phonebooks on CD-ROM. The new Mac software...
The New York Times Classified Ads on the Internet Via the Pipeline
Later this year, The New York Times will begin a test in which help-wanted classified advertisements that appear in the newspaper also will be made available on the Internet. The online service is being jointly developed by the NYT Information Services...
The New York Times Classified Ads on the Internet Via the Pipeline
Later this year, The New York Times will begin a test in which help-wanted classified advertisements that appear in the newspaper also will be made available on the Internet. The online service is being jointly developed by the NYT Information Services...
User Ratings of UNIX-Based IOLS Software
Librarians were asked to rate Unix-based integrated online library automation system (IOLS) software. The ratings are shown on the following charts. The categories surveyed were: * Documentation--the written and online documentation for the software...
Virtual Microsystems Debuts Windows NT-Based Enterprise CD-ROM Information Server
Virtual Microsystems, Inc. has unveiled CDworks 2000, a full-service, high performance CD-ROM information server based on the Microsoft Windows NT operating system. The product enables large scale organizations with complex networks to provide direct,...
Wading through Gophers and Gopherholes
This column is part II on Gophers and Gopherspace--and we'll look at VERONICA a bit more, learn a few tricks, and look for some new gopher sites on the Internet. Reminder: to make our gopher addresses and commands simple, I'll list them this way in...
Wading through Gophers and Gopherholes (Part II)
This column is part II on Gophers and Gopherspace--and we'll look at VERONICA a bit more, learn a few tricks, and look for some new gopher sites on the Internet. Reminder: to make our gopher addresses and commands simple, I'll list them this way in the...
West Obtains Permanent Injunction against on Point
West Publishing Company, Eagan, Minnesota, has obtained a permanent injunction in U.S. District Court in Atlanta against On Point Solutions, Inc., a CD-ROM publisher operated by disbarred Atlanta lawyer Mitchell Gross. The injunction requires On Point...
Ziff Welcomes New Computer Industry Partners to Interchange Online Network
Ziff-Davis Interactive (ZDI), the online publishing division of Ziff-Davis Publishing, reports that 15 additional computer hardware and software vendors have signed on as Industry Partners for the Interchange Online Network. These organizations join...
Ziff Welcomes New Computer Industry Partners to Interchange Online Network
Ziff-Davis Interactive (ZDI), the online publishing division of Ziff-Davis Publishing, reports that 15 additional computer hardware and software vendors have signed on as Industry Partners for the Interchange Online Network. These organizations join...