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Articles from Vol. 14, No. 1, January

Americans Win Information Industry Golf Tournament
The third annual international information industry golf tournament, known as the Thompson-Hogan Salver, was held December 6, 1996, following the Online Information 96 conference in London. For the third time, the American team was victorious and won...
B&I's Increased Availability Includes OneSource.com, OCLC's FirstSearch, and the PointCast Network
Responsive Database Services, Inc. (RDS) has announced that its Business & Industry (B&I) database is included as one of the industry- and company-news sources in OneSource.com, which was launched last month by OneSource Information Services,...
Bowker-Saur Announces New Electronic Communities
This spring, Bowker-Saur will release two new electronic communities: Bowker Information Professionals' Exchange, which will provide services to library and information scientists, and the Headland Information Professionals' Exchange, which will serve...
BusinessBase: The Time Has Finally Come
Ten years ago, DIALOG introduced a revolutionary new product known as Business Connection. It was a great advance in convenience and end-user friendliness over the command-based systems of the time. It provided menu-driven access to several key company...
BusinessBase: The Time Has Finally Come
en years ago, DIALOG introduced a revolutionary new product known as Business Connection. It was a treat advance in convenience and end-user friendliness over the command-based systems of the time. It provided menu-driven access to several key company...
CD-MAX, Inc. and SilverPlatter Information, Inc. Debut NET-MAX
CD-MAX, Inc. has signed an agreemeat with Norwood, Massachusettsbased SilverPlatter Information, Inc., allowing SilverPlatter to incorporate CDMAX's proprietary NET-MAX system software into SilverPlatter's Web retrieval gateway, WebSPIRS. SilverPlatter...
CD-ROM Cheers and Jeers for 1996
Here we go again with the usual yearly look back at the past 12 months to take inventory of the products, company performances, and innovations in CD-ROM hardware, software, databases, and marketing that I found either most delightful or most disappointing....
CIS's New Web-Based Congressional Compass Service
Congressional Information Service, Inc. (CIS) has announced Congressional Compass, a new World Wide Web service that provides access to the full text of a wide array of information published by and about the U.S. Congress (http:/www. cispubs.com). Unmatched...
COMDEX 1996 and Multimedia 1997
The evergreen question about COMDEX is whether it will ever stop growing. In its 25 years of existence, it has shown no sign that it will. The silver anniversary broke new records: 210,000 visitors and more than 10,000 exhibitors crowded the exhibit...
COMDEX 1996 and Multimedia 1997
Here is a look at multimedia of note at the computer "Show-of-Shows" The evergreen question about COMDEX is whether it will ever stop growing. In its 25 years of existence, it has shown no sign that it will. The silver anniversary broke new records:...
Compton's Interactive Bible Now Available
The Learning Company, Inc. has announced that its Interactive Bible-New International Version (NIV) is now available under the Compton's Home Library brand. Compton's Interactive Bible-NIV is available on Windows CD-ROM for an estimated retail price...
Compton's Interactive Bible Now Available
The Learning Company, Inc. has announced that its Interactive BibleNew International Version (NIV) is now available under the Compton's Home Library brand. Compton's Interactive Bible-NIV is available on Windows CDROM for an estimated retail price of...
Coopetition: Sleeping with the Enemy
Cooperating rivals could make for a stronger information industry Pogo knew best. How did that sage 'toon put it? Ah, yes. "We have met the enemy and he is us." Actually, the sage behind the 'toon was Walt Kelly, creator of the "Pogo" comic strip (according...
Coopetition: Sleeping with the Enemy; Cooperating Rivals Could Make for a Stronger Information Industry
Pogo knew best. How did that sage `toon put it? Ah, yes. "We have met the enemy and he is us." Actually, the sage behind the 'soon was Walt Kelly, creator of the "Pogo" comic strip (according to page 398, footnote 1, column 1 of the latest edition...
Database Race to the Web
Ovid Technologies, Inc.: Ovid Web Online Ovid Technologies, Inc. has announced the launch of Ovid Web Online, a new pay-as-you-go search service on the World Wide Web. Part of Ovid Online, Ovid Web Online will give customers Web access to more...
Database Race to the Web
Ovid Technologies, Inc. has announced the launch of Ovid Web Online, a new pay-as-you-go search service on the World Wide Web. Part of Ovid Online, Ovid Web Online will give customers Web access to more than 80 databases and will allow them to perform...
Dun & Bradstreet and Lycos Collaborate on Directory of Businesses with Web Sites
Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) and Lycos, Inc. have unveiled an online business-to-business directory that features detailed information on 60,000 public and private U.S. companies, all with sites on the World Wide Web. The agreement is the result...
Dun & Bradstreet and Lycos Collaborate on Directory of Businesses with Web Sites
Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) and Lycos, Inc. have unveiled an online business-tobusiness directory that features detailed information on 60,000 public and private U.S. companies, all with sites on the World Wide Web. The agreement is the result of...
Ei Updates Ei Village, Expands Compendex Web
Engineering Information, Inc. (Ei) has announced version 2.0 of Ei Village, an Internet-based service that integrates content, community, and services for technical professionals and managers. According to the company, version 2.0 will include significant...
Ei Updates Ei Village, Expands CompendexWeb
Engineering Information, Inc. (Ei) has announced version 2.0 of Ei Village, an Internet-based service that integrates content, community, and services for technical professionals and managers. According to the company, version 2.0 will include significant...
Elsevier Announces Product Enhancements for 1997
Elsevier Science's Secondary Publishing Division (SPD) has announced a variety of enhancements to its product lines scheduled for implementation throughout 1997. According to the company, all changes are specifically designed to increase the value...
Elsevier Announces Product Enhancements for 1997
Elsevier Science's Secondary Publishing Division (SPD) has announced a variety of enhancements to its product lines scheduled for implementation throughout 1997. According to the company, all changes are specifically designed to increase the value and...
Encyclopedia Britannica on CD-ROM
Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc. has announced the release of Britannica CD 97, the newest version of its CD-ROM encyclopedia. Featuring the text in the current Encyclopedia Britannica, plus additional articles, Britannica CD 97 contains more information...
Encyclopedia Britannica on CD-ROM
Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc. has announced the release of Britannica CD 97, the newest version of its CD-ROM encyclopedia. Featuring the text in the current Encyclopedia Britannica, plus additional articles, Britannica CD 97 contains more information...
End Users Join the Club
Researcher "birds-of-a-feather" flock together at collegial Web sites [Editor's Note: Welcome to Paul Gibson and the first of his new Web Watch columns, which he is planning ta write bimonthly. In each column, the U.K.based information industry writer...
End Users Join the Club; Researcher "Birds-of-a-Feather" Flock Together at Collegial Web Sites
[Editor s Note: Welcome to Paul Gibson and the first of his new Web Watch columns, which he is planning to write bimonthly. In each column the U.K.-based information industry writer plans in-depth coverage of one or more Web sites that offer particular...
Finding the Gems among the Garbage
Not everything is on the Internet, but there's something for everyone Prissy, played by Butterfly McQueen in Cone With the Wind, didn't know nothin' 'bout birthin' babies (http:// www.moviesounds.com/gwtw.html). Well, I do. Been there, done that. Twice...
Finding the Gems among the Garbage; Not Everything Is on the Internet, but There's Something for Everyone
Prissy, played by Butterfly McQueen in in Gone With the Wind, didn't know nothin' 'bout birthin' babies (http:// www.movicsounds.com/gwtw.htnll). We'll, I do. Been there, done that. Twice which was plenty). What I don't know nothin' about is chemistry....
First European Online Business Information Survey
The first major European survey for the online information industry that involves both online providers and end users has been commissioned jointly by Reuters and Learned Information Europe Ltd from Information Research Network (IRN), an independent...
First European Online Business Information Survey
The first major European survey for the online information industry that involves both online providers and end users has been commissioned jointly by Reuters and Learned Information Europe Ltd from Information Research Network (IRN), an independent...
FT Information, KRI, Dow Jones Co-Develop Global News Source
In an announcement made last month at Online Information 96 in London, Financial Times Information, Knight-Ridder Information, and Dow Jones & Company, Inc. indicated they would pursue a major project for the co-development of an authoritative...
FT Information, KRI, Dow Jones Co-Develop Global News Source
In an announcement made last month at Online Information 96 in London, Financial Times Information, KnightRidder Information, and Dow Jones & Company, Inc. indicated they would pursue a major project for the co-development of an authoritative global...
Gale Research, MultiMedia Schools Sponsor School Library Technology Competition
Gale Research and Information Today Inc.'s MultiMedia Schools magazine have joined forces to offer library media specialists an award to promote the use of technology in education. The Gale DISCovering Program/MultiMedia Schools Information Tech-nology...
GeoLytics Announces CensusCD
GeoLytics has announced the release of CensusCD, a Windows-based CDROM that contains the entire U.S. Census. According to the company, CensusCD is the only data product on the market with the complete 1990 U.S. Census on a single CD, containing 3,500plus...
Grolier Interactive Debuts Picasso CD
Grolier Interactive, Inc., in an agreement with U.K.-based sister company Grolier Interactive Europe and Welcome, has announced the release of Picasso, the Man, his Works. the Legend--a CD-ROM that recreates the art and atmosphere of the man who is...
Grolier Interactive Debuts Picasso CD
Grolier Interactive, Inc., in an agreement with U.K.-based sister company Grolier Interactive Europe and Welcome, has announced the release of Picasso, the Man, his Works, the Legend-a CD-ROM that recreates the art and atmosphere of the man who is undeniably...
GSM's New 3-D Anatomy Software
Gold Standard Multimedia Inc. (GSM) has announced a partnership with Fortner Research of Sterling, Virginia, to produce The Virtual Human, three-dimensional (3D) anatomy software on interactive CDROM. For over a year, GSM has teamed with the Center for...
IAC Shares Results of Library Reference Survey
Information Access Company (IAC), a subsidiary of The Thomson Corporation, has recently announced the results of a survey it commissioned to study how libraries are responding to changing patron expectations. The ninth annual National Library Survey,...
IAC Shares Results of Library Reference Survey
Information Access Company (IAC), a subsidiary of The Thomson Corporation, has recently announced the results of a survey it commissioned to study how libraries are responding to changing patron expectations. The ninth annual National Library Survey,...
IAC's Health & Wellness InSite Debuts on Internet
Information Access Company (IAC) has announced the addition of the Health & Wellness InSite information service to IAC InSite. its suite of information products on the Internet. Unlike other specialized health information products, Health &...
IAC's Health & Wellness InSite Debuts on Internet
Information Access Company (IAC) has announced the addition of the Health & Wellness InSite information service to IAC InSite, its suite of information products on the Internet. Unlike other specialized health information products, Health & Wellness...
Individual, Inc.'s NewsPage Network Adds Customized Daily News to Web Sites
Individual, Inc., a leading provider of customized information services and operator of the NewsPage Web site, has announced the formation of the NewsPage Network (http://www.newspage. com/network). The NewsPage Network (NPN) makes NewsPage's customized...
Individual, Inc.'s NewsPage Network Adds Customized Daily News to Web Sites
Individual, Inc., a leading provider of customized information services and operator of the NewsPage Web site, has announced the formation of the NewsPage Network (http:/www.newspage. com/network). The NewsPage Network (NPN) makes NewsPage's customized...
International Chemical Information 96
The Infonortics conference on International Chemical Information was held recently in Nimes, France. The variety and quality of the papers presented were truly noteworthy. There were corporate, university, other not-for-profit, database, and consultant...
Internet Securities, Inc. and the EIU Collaborate on Emerging Markets Service
Internet Securities, Inc. (ISI) and the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) have collaborated to provide extracts from the EIU ViewsWire service on the ISI Emerging Markets service. ISI Emerging Markets is an online service that provides hard-to-fled...
Internet Securities, Inc. and the EIU Collaborate on Emerging Markets Service
Internet Securities, Inc. (ISI) and the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) have collaborated to provide extracts from the EIU ViewsWire service on the ISI Emerging Markets service. ISI Emerging Markets is an online service that provides hard-to-find emergingmarket...
Jane's New Transport Library CD
Jane's Information Group has announced the release of Jane's Transport Library, a customized CD-ROM subscription service that provides regularly updated information and is specifically aimed at the transportation community. The Jane's Transport...
Jane's New Transport Library CD
Jane's Information Group has announced the release of Jane's Transport Library, a customized CD-ROM subscription service that provides regularly updated information and is specifically aimed at the transportation community. The Jane's Transport Library...
Japan-U.S. Library Conference a Success
International libraries explore solutions to challenges of electronic age The 1996 Japan-U.S. Library Conference was held last September at the Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo. The organizers and sponsors included the Kinokuniya Company, the Kunitachi...
Logicraft Introduces CDexecutive 2.0
Logicraft Information Systems has announced the release of CDexecutive 2.0. According to the company, version 2.0 is a major upgrade from Version 1.1, the first CD-ROM networking software that enabled shared CD-ROM access from Microsoft Windows NTTM...
Logicraft Introduces CDexecutive 2.0
Logicraft Information Systems has announced the release of CDexecutive 2.0. According to the company, version 2.0 is a major upgrade from Version 1. 1, the first CD-ROM networking software that enabled shared CD-ROM access from Microsoft Windows NTTM...
MAID Products Reflect a Shift toward Fixed Pricing Model
MAID has announced three new products reflecting a shift towards fixed-pricing solutions and what it perceives as a need for instant and more accurate information management. The company announced the products at Online Information 96 in London last...
MAID Products Reflect a Shift toward Fixed Pricing Model
MAID has announced three new products reflecting a shift towards fixed-pricing solutions and what it perceives as a need for instant and more accurate information management. The company announced the products at Online Information 96 in London last...
Major Asian Information Services Now Available in North America
Mitsui Comtek Corporation and Financial Times Information have announced the North American launch of the Asia Exec service, which features the Asia Intelligence Wire. According to the company, Asia Exec is an easy-to-use online service that offers an...
Multimedia and the Importance of Books
Is the new multimedia repositioning the importance of the book? Is the Internet, combined with powerful enhanced online systems, beginning to displace the historical importance of the printed page? And are we raising a generation with no sense of nostalgia...
Multimedia and the Importance of Books: Does Greater Use of Nonprint Research Sources Herald the Book's Demise?
Is the new multimedia repositioning the importance of the book? Is the Internet, combined with powerful enhanced online systems, beginning to displace the historical importance of the printed page? And are we raising a generation with no sense of nostalgia...
New Information Services from LEXIS-NEXIS
LEXIS-NEXIS has announced the release of two online environmental journals, one online business-information resource, and one information-retrieval product. Air Pollution and Hazardous Waste Journals from Elsevier Available on LEXIS-NEXIS Two journals...
New Information Services from LEXIS-NEXIS
LEXIS-NEXIS has announced the release of two online environmental journals, one online business-information resource, and one information-retrieval product. Air Pollution and Hazardous Waste Journals from Elsevier Available on LEXIS-NEXIS Two journals...
OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Journals Partners Announced
Nine publishers have agreed to offer more than 260 journals electronically to libraries through OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online (ECO), a new OCLC reference service scheduled to be released in the second quarter of this year. Adis...
OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Journals Partners Announced
Nine publishers have agreed to offer more than 260 journals electronically to libraries through OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online (ECO), a new OCLC reference service scheduled to be released in the second quarter of this year. Adis International;...
OCLC Support Access Options Expanded to Include the Web
OCLC has announced that its user and network support staff is now available to help with questions about software, online systems functionality, hardware, and telecommunications through the World Wide Web and by e-mail. OCLC has begun providing-this...
OCLC Support Access Options Expanded to Include the Web
OCLC has announced that its user and network support staff is now available to help with questions about software, online systems functionality, hardware, and telecommunications through the World Wide Web and by e-mail. OCLC has begun providing this...
Online Information 96 in London
Online Information 96, held in London in early December, was dominated by information products designed for either the Internet or intranets. Europeans had their first chance to evaluate DIALOG Web, while FT Information demonstrated the first fruits...
Ornetix Provides Networking Software Support, Launches Online Quote Service
Ornetix Network Products has announced that it will provide its networking and jukebox software to Smart and Friendly, Inc. and Pioneer NewMedia Technologies. Ornetix has also announced the launch of a new Web site for network administrators and resellers....
Ornetix Provides Networking Software Support, Launches Online Quote Service
Ornetix Network Products has announced that it will provide its networking and jukebox software to Smart and Friendly, Inc. and Pioneer NewMedia Technologies. Ornetix has also announced the launch of a new Web site for network administrators and resellers....
Ovid Announces Alliance with Five STM Publishers
Ovid Technologies, Inc. has announced agreements with five publishing companies whereby Ovid will secure the rights to the full text of more than 400 new titles. According to the company, the announcement is a major step in Ovid's fulltext initiative,...
Ovid Announces Alliance with Five STM Publishers
Ovid Technologies, Inc. has announced agreements with five publishing companies whereby Ovid will secure the rights to the full text of more than 400 new titles. According to the company, the announcement is a major step in Ovid's fulltext initiative,...
People Line: People on the Move within the Industry
Carrie Kreeger has joined Information Access Company (IAC) as vice president of customer operations, Barry Thompson is IAC's new vice president and chief financial officer, and Doug Miller is the company's new vice president of sales. In her newly...
Purchase U.S. Government Information Online from NTIS
The National Technical Information Service (NTIS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, has announced the release of NTIS Order Now-Your Government Research Companion (http:/www. ntis.gov/order now). This free online service can be used to identify...
Quote.com to Provide Financial Market Information to the PointCast Network
Quote.com, Inc., an Internet provider of financial market information for serious investors, has announced a partnership with PointCast Incorporated, a leader in broadcast news via the Internet. The partnership extends the reach of Quote.com to over...
SciFinder Receives R&D 100 Award
SciFinder, a desktop research tool from Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), has been named one of the 100 most technologically significant new products and processes of the year by R&D magazine. "Our key criterion in selecting the R&D 100 winners...
Texas Resource-Sharing Program Receives Management Funding
AMIGOS Bibliographic Council, Inc. (AMIGOS), in partnership with The University of Texas at Austin General Libraries, has announced that funding has been awarded to the partnership by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) for management...
Texas Resource-Sharing Program Receives Management Funding
AMIGOS Bibliographic Council, Inc. (AMIGOS), in partnership with The University of Texas at Austin General Libraries, has announced that funding has been awarded to the partnership by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) for management...
The Expert Marketplace and D&B Launch Online Database
Dun & Bradstreet Online Services has teamed with a new Internet-based information service, The Expert Marketplace, to enable executives, managers, and engineers to rapidly identify and evaluate consultants and to better understand their consulting...
The Expert Marketplace and D&B Launch Online Database
Dun & Bradstreet Online Services has teamed with a new Internet-based information service, The Expert Marketplace, to enable executives, managers, and engineers to rapidly identify and evaluate consultants and to better understand their consulting...
Thomas Register on the Internet Adds Catalogs and Fax Links
Thomas Register on the Internet (http://www.thomasregister.com), which claims to be the world's largest industrial Web site, has announced significant expansion of content including the addition of several hundred company catalogs and literature-by-fax...
Toshiba Announces SCSI CD-ROM Drive, Announces First DVD-ROM Drive
Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Disk Products Division (TAIS DPD), has introduced the XM-3801B, a CD-ROM with a 15x-maximum and a 14x-average spin speed. According to the company, the new SCSI-2 interface XM-3801B features an industry-fret...
Toshiba Introduces SCSI CD-ROM Drive, Announces First DVD-ROM Drive
Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Disk Products Division (TAIS DPD), has introduced the XM-3801B, a CDROM with a 15x-maximum and a 14xaverage spin speed. According to the company, the new SCSI-2 interface XM3801B features an industry-first 90-ms...
UnCover Customized Gateways for Serials Holdings
The UnCover Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Knight-Ridder Information, Inc., has announced the recent release of new UnCover Customized Gateways to 12 academic institutions. With a customized gateway, an institution has its serials holdings matched...
UnCover Customized Gateways for Serials Holdings
The UnCover Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Knight-Ridder Information, Inc., has announced the recent release of new UnCover Customized Gateways to 12 academic institutions. With a customized gateway, an institution has its serials holdings matched...
Verbatim Announces Release of New CD-ReWritable Disc
Verbatim Corporation has announced the release of its newest addition to the DataLifePlus family-a 680-MB CDReWritable (CD-RW) disc, which the company calls a convenient, cost-effective media for storing and editing desktop data. "Verbatim's new CD-RW...
What's Ahead for 1997?
If last year is any indication, this year will bring no shortage of surprises and new developments. Once again Information Today has asked representatives from various segments of the information industry to look into their crystal balls and give us...
What's Ahead for 1997?
If last year is any indication, this year will bring no shortage of surprises and new developments. Once again Information Today has asked representatives from various segments of the information industry to look into their crystal balls and give us...
ZD Net Provides New Approach to Web-Delivered News
Zitt-Davis Publishing's ZD Net, a popular source of online computing information has announced ZD Net News (http://www zdnet.com/zdnn), a restructured edition of its previous news site. According to the company, ZD Net News will use an entirely new approach...
ZD Net Provides New Approach to Web-Delivered News
Ziff-Davis Publishing's ZD Net, a popular source of online computing information, has announced ZD Net News (http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn), a restructured edition of its previous news site. According to the company, ZD Net News will use an entirely new...