Information Today

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Articles from Vol. 12, No. 7, July/August

Ansel Adams Goes Electronic
A collection of thirty photographs by the master of landscape photography, Ansel Adams, has been adapted to a computer format for the first time ever, and will be available as a CD-ROM screensaver this fall. The product will also be published in PC and...
Cancer and AIDS Pain Management Services on WWW
Educational materials on cancer and AIDS pain management from Roxane Laboratories and the Roxane Pain Institute are now accessible through the World Wide Web on the Internet. By entering the site address (http://www .Roxane.com), users can obtain newsletters,...
Content and Context: Imaging's Buzz Words for the '90S
Like new car models, the Net is taking on new looks. Some of the people who brought images to the screen are now playing with new layouts for local and world news and other online dissemination.All this and more was featured at the 48th Annual Conference...
Dateline: Montreal and Chicago
CAS Announces Chemical Abstracts for CD-ROM--Chemical Abstracts Service's flagship annual publication, Chemical Abstracts (CA), will be available on CD-ROM in 1996. CA on CE will provide easy access to the same information available in the printed CA....
Education on the Internet: A Hands-On Book of Ideas, Resources, Projects, and Advice
EDUCATION ON THE INTERNET: A HANDS-ON BOOK OF IDEAS, RESOURCES, PROJECTS, AND ADVICEby Jill H. Ellsworth,SAMS Publishing, 1994,ISBN 0-672-30595-XPaper, 591 Pages., $25.00.Dr. Jill Ellsworth, whose Internet Business Book was reviewed here last month,...
Elsevier Science Releases Four New Medical Specialty CD-ROMs
Elsevier Science, Secondary Publishing Division, has launched four important new medical specialty CD-ROM products: EMBASE CD: Geriatrics and Gerontology, EMBASE CD: Orthopedic Surgery, EMBASE CD: Ophthalmology, and EMBASE CD: Dermatology.Produced in...
First Official English Translation of World's Largest Database on Chinese Businesses
An exclusive database that provides official detailed information on over 420,000 Chinese firms and business-related organizations is now available through EastGate Services, a subsidiary of Management Counsellors International, Ltd. Available for the...
Follett Introduces Search Plus for Windows and the Multilingual Language Pack
Follett Software Company has introduces Search Plus for Windows, which enables Windows-based workstations to search in Follett's MS-DOS Catalog Plus online public access catalog software. Library patrons can easily perform online searching of the library...
IFI CLAIMS Database Enhanced, New Search Tool Available for Chemical Codes
IFI Plenum Data Corporation has just completed a series of major enhancements to the CLAIMS U.S. Patents database. With the 1995 reload of the database, new data will be added to a significant number of patent records.For the first time, IFI will provide...
In Brief
EBSCO'S 1991-1995 INDEX MEDICUS PRICE STUDY RELEASEDThe total cost of a one-year subscription to all titles listed in Index Medicus has climbed 51.4 percent over the last five years. According to the fifth edition of the Index Medicus Price Study just...
Inforonics Puts Thomas Register on the Internet
Inforonics has created a World-Wide Web site for the Thomas Register of American Manufacturers that delivers a database of information on U.S. and Canadian companies. The Thomas Register is the premier publication of its kind, used by more purchasing...
Johns Hopkins University Press' Scholarly Journals Now Available on the Web
The American Society of Information Science (ASIS) Mid-Year Meeting in May focused on the emerging world of electronic publishing, featuring sample projects, current research, legal considerations, and the support technologies that make them all possible.[Editor's...
KRI Signs Exclusive CD-ROM Agreement with Derwent
Knight-Ridder Information, Inc. has announced an exclusive agreement with Derwent Information Limited to produce KR Information OnDisc Derwent Petroleum and Power Engineering, the preeminent CD-ROM database for patent technology monitoring in the petroleum...
M.A.I.D. Makes "Profound" Move
M.A.I.D (Market Analysis and Information Database) has long had a low profile among its peer group of business information services. There are several reasons. It is a British company that has not made a strong marketing effort here. It is relatively...
Marketing on the Web
Have you noticed that you increasingly find yourself saying to potential customer, "Here is the address of our home page on the Web" instead of "Give me your address and I'll send you a brochure"? This growing phenomenon was the topic of one of the better...
Merriam-Webster Goes Electronic
Merriam-Webster has started shipping the new Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary Deluxe Electronic Edition on CD-ROM, bringing the high-quality authoritative content of Merriam-Webster reference books to the computer.It contains the full text of...
New H.W. Wilson Databases
Five new databases have been released by SilverPlatter in conjunction with The H.W. Wilson Company. They include Book Review Digest, Library Literature, Readers' Guide Abstracts Select Edition, Wilson Applied Science & Technology Abstracts, and Wilson...
New Multimedia Standard for PCs
The Multimedia PC Working Group, an independent special interest group of the Software Publishers Association, has released the Multimedia PC Level 3 Specification, a new and enhanced standard for Multimedia PCs. The new standard includes improved sound...
News Briefs
CD-ROM NEWS & REVIEWS DELIVERED FREE VIA THE INTERNETAvailable now from NSI Multimedia is the electronic magazine, CD-ROM Online. This text-based publication is delivered via the Internet, free to your e-mail address each and every month. Anyone...
News Briefs
BIP NOW AVAILABLE ON CARLBowker Reed Reference electronic Publishing has signed an agreement with The CARL Corporation that makes the Books in Print database available electronically to CARL System users. They will be able to license Books in Print directly...
News Briefs
EBSCO INVOICES RETRIEVABLE THROUGH INTERNET FTPEBSCO Subscription Services customers who use the INNOPAC system from Innovative Interfaces Inc. can now retrieve EBSCO invoice data through Internet ftp (file transfer protocol). Customers who take advantage...
News from ISI
ISI RELEASES REACTION CITATION INDEX DATABASEThe Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) has announced the release of the Reaction Citation Index, a comprehensive information source that includes reactions, bibliographic data, cited references, and...
NISO Adds Five New Voting Members, Proposes New Alphanumeric Standard
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has added five organizations to the ranks of its voting members: the College Center for Library Automation, EBSCO Information Services, Elsevier Science, Innovative Interfaces, and SilverPlatter...
Pacific Bell Unveils the Library of the Future
Pacific Bell has announced it is offering to wire all public libraries in its service territory with Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) and to help these institution to obtain low-cost computers and videoconferencing equipment. The objective...
Price Waterhouse LLP Introduces KnowledgeView
Price Waterhouse LLP has introduced KnowledgeView, an interactive, online data repository that gives the firm's business advisers instant access to the most current information available on world-class best practices and benchmarking.The proprietary...
Publishing in Cyberspace: ASIS Mid-Year Conference Covers the Questions
Methods of information dissemination and usage have changed forever. This statement from Bonnie Lawlor summarizes electronic publishing ventures reported during the American Society of Information Science (ASIS) 1995 Mid-Year Conference held in Minneapolis-St....
Silicon Snake Oil: Second Thoughts on the Information Highway
SILICON SNAKE OIL: SECOND THOUGHTS ON THE INFORMATION HIGHWAYby Clifford Stoll1995, Doubleday247 pages hardcover $22.00ISBN: 0-385-41993-7With this book, Clifford Stoll, author of The Cuckoo's Egg, shares his "Second Thoughts on the Information Highway."...
Sites across the Country Choose SIRSI Systems
SIRSI has announced that its STILAS and Unicorn library automation systems have been installed at a number of sites around the country.SIRSI's Unicorn Collection Management System and Scientific and Technical Information Library Automation System (STILAS)...
Summertime News of the Net, and a Virtual Cybertropics Vacation
"We are drowning in information, but starved for knowledge."--John Naisbitt, MEGATRENDSWeb Home for "Copyright Clearance Center" (CCC)--The Copyright Clearance Center, the clearinghouse resource for permissions to reprint/reuse copyrighted materials,...
Testing the Multimedia Capabilities of Your System
You would never buy a car without taking it for a test drive or looking under the hood, even if you can't tell an oil filter from an ignition terminal. On the other hand, almost everyone buys a computer without taking it for a test drive, and they don't...
The 1995 Guinness Multimedia Disc of Records Has Record-Breaking Features
Grolier Electronic Publishing, Inc. sets new multimedia performance standards for trivia enthusiasts with its release of The 1995 Guinness Multimedia Disc of Records. The CD-ROM title is an interactive multimedia version of the second best-selling book...
The DOS Platform Is Alive and Kicking
Ever since Windows was introduced in a decent format (i.e., Windows 3.1), CD-ROM publishers have pondered: Should we convert or should we not? And those who had both DOS and Mac versions, such as SilverPlatter and EBSCO, faced even more complex decisions.The...
The Internet for Everyone: A Guide for Users and Providers
THE INTERNET FOR EVERYONE: A GUIDE FOR USERS AND PROVIDERSby Richard W. WiggensMcGraw-Hill, Inc. (J. Ranade Workstation Series), 1995ISBN 0-07-067019-6Paper, 655 Pages, $29.95Sometimes on the Net, you meet people "virtually," perhaps in lurk (watcher)...
The Mosaic Navigator: The Essential Guide to the Internet Interface
THE MOSAIC NAVIGATOR: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO THE INTERNET INTERFACEby Paul GlisterJohn Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1995256 pages $16.95ISBN: 0-471-11360-0 (softcover)The Mosaic Navigator takes a close, in-depth look at the tremendously popular Internet interface,...
The Summer Conferences: Issues and Answers, Products and Services at SLA and ALA
AT SLA, RECORD NUMBERS ALL AROUNDThe Special Libraries Association's Annual Conference was held in Montreal this year, from June 10 to 15. Although it took place outside the U.S., it set records for attendance and for the number of booths in the exhibit...
Tossing out Some Online Lifelines
We've all heard the old hymn, "Throw out the lifeline. Throw out the lifeline. Someone is sinking tonight." Looking back through past columns, it occurs to me that a certain doomsday approach to the present and future might have led to some depression...
Two New Versions of Netscape Navigator
NETSCAPE NAVIGATOR FOR WINDOWSNetscape Communications Corporation has announced Netscape Navigator 1.2, a version of its popular network browser designed for the new Microsoft Windows 95 operating environment. The beta version of Netscape Navigator 1.2...
User Ratings of DEC VAX IOLS Software
Librarians were invited to rate integrated online library automation systems (IOLS) software running on DEC VAX computers. User Ratings were determined for BiblioTech, DRA, Georgetown, Sydneyplus, Techlibplus, and ULISYS.The categories surveyed were:DocumentationService/supportTrainingProduct...
VeriSign, Inc. Adds Online Security Solutions
Network and information superhighway users can now have a higher level of trust in the contents of an electronic transmission and the identity of its source with the recent launch of VeriSign, Inc. VeriSign is a full-service provider of Digital ID, also...
West Publishing's PREMISE Publisher
What is an electronic book? For starters, it's something everyone should expect to see in increasing numbers. Electronic books have many similarities to full-text databases. They automate the text of a single work or a variety of works and present them...