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Articles from Vol. 15, No. 5, May

1997 Annual Statement Data Available from OneSource
OneSource Information Services, Inc., a provider of information suites for the insurance industry, has announced that 1997 statutory annual statement data is now available in all of its insurance information products. According to the announcement, OneSource...
A Centennial Conversation with H.W. Wilson's Harold Regan
H. W. Wilson is celebrating its 100th year in business this year Recently, IT contributing editor Paula Hane interviewed president and CEO Harold Regan, who has been with the company since 1974, to hear his perspectives on the company and the business....
AIIP's 12th: Looking Ahead and Back
Visionary speakers addressed the information professional's new world They began with the future and ended with the past. Meeting April 1-6 in St. Louis, the Association of Independent Information Professionalsthe AIIP-opened its 12th annual conference...
AIIP's 12th: Looking Ahead and Back; Visionary Speakers Addressed the Information Professional's New World
Visionary speakers addressed the information professional's new world They began with the future and ended with the past. Meeting April 1-6 in St. Louis, the Association of Independent Information Professionals--the AIIP--opened its 12th annual conference...
A Market Whose Time Is Still to Come
Eastern Europe is a region full of enthusiasm for online information Companies keen to grow their business are always on the lookout for new markets. No surprise, then, that from the moment the Berlin Wall came down, longing glances have been cast towards...
A Market Whose Time Is Still to Come; Eastern Europe Is a Region Full of Enthusiasm for Online Information
Eastern Europe is a region full of enthusiasm for online information Companies keen to grow their business are always on the lookout for new markets. No surprise, then, that from the moment the Berlin Wall came down, longing glances have been cast...
American Chemical Society Expands Web Journal Access
The American Chemical Society (ACS) has announced that it has expanded access to the Web editions of its 26 journals, originally put on the Web in 1997. The organization has announced a three-part initiative to open up its Web journals to a wider audience...
Ameritech Library Services Acquires Dynix Australia
Ameritech Library Services, Inc. (ALS) has announced the acquisition of Dynix Australia, formerly a licensed distributor of ALS products. According to the announcement, the over 500 Dynix Australia libraries will now be part of the ALS global family....
AOL Customers to Have Access to Electric Library
AOL Interactive Service, the Internet online services division of America Online, Inc., and Infonautics, Inc., a provider of online research services, have announced an agreement making Infonautics' Electric Library service the exclusive provider of...
A/V Newswire and Visual Data Introduce Streaming Video Services for Corporate Publicity
A/V Newswire, Inc. and Visual Data Corporation, in separate announcements, are now providing digital video production and distribution services to companies and public relations firms. AN Newswire cites the increasing number of investors who use computers...
A/V Newswire and Visual Data Introduce Streaming Video Services for Corporate Publicity
A/V Newswire, Inc. and Visual Data Corporation, in separate announcements, are now providing digital video production and distribution services to companies and public relations firms. A/V Newswire cites the increasing number of investors who use computers...
Bitstream Launches Typography Center
Bitstream, Inc. has announced the launch of a Web typography center at http://www.truedoc.com. The new site provides a free set of dynamic fonts complete with step-by-step instructions on how to use them in individual Web pages. Also included are information...
Blackwell Science Selects HealthGate's Content Management System
HealthGate, a leading provider of medical and health information on the World Wide Web, has announced that it signed a long-term contract with Blackwell Science Ltd., one of the world's largest publishers of medical, scientific, and technical journals,...
Broadband Satellites Predicted to Ease Global Bandwidth Crisis
Broadband satellite systems such as Teledesic, Astrolink, Spaceway, and Celestri will provide a global broadband infrastructure for IP services, according to a new report released by Pioneer Consulting titled "Satellite Data Networks: The Internet's...
Cambridge Scientific Abstracts Acquires New Databases
Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA) has announced that it has acquired Sociological Abstracts, Inc., publishers of Sociological Abstracts and the related journal Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts. In a separate announcement, CSA has signed...
Capturing and Recording Web Sites to CD
New grab-and-record software can make presentations a breeze The Web undoubtedly has been stealing the show from CD-ROM lately. Everyone and his/her aunt are surfing the Web, and they're all busy creating home pages. Depending on the theoretical...
Capturing and Recording Web Sites to CD
New grab-and-record software can make presentations a breeze The Web undoubtedly has been stealing the show from CD-ROM lately. Everyone and his/her aunt are surfing the Web, and they're all busy creating home pages. Depending on the theoretical modem/network...
CNN, InterVU Sign Agreement for On-Demand Video Hosting
InterVU, Inc., a pioneer in video delivery over the Internet, has announced that it signed an agreement with CNN in which the CNN Web sites will be able to utilize the high-speed, high-quality video capabilities of the InterVU Network. The CNN Web sites...
Concept Five's Web-Publishing System Offers Secure Technology
Concept Five Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of secure, distributed, objectbased information solutions, has announced the development of a secure Web-publishing solution, a sophisticated Internet-based information management system. Concept Five...
Controversial Custom CD Patent Licensed by SuperSonic Boom
SuperSonic BOOM, which calls itself the pioneer of customized mail-order CDs, has announced that it signed an exclusive license agreement with Ergon Technology Associates for a U.S. patent that covers a process for manufacturing customized audio products...
Databases Added to ChemWeb
ChemWeb, Inc. has announced that it has added databases from the Royal Society of Chemistry, MDL Information Systems, and Elsevier Science to ChemWeb. Analytical Abstracts from the Royal Society of Chemistry ChemWeb, Inc. and The Royal Society...
Databases Added to ChemWeb
ChemWeb, Inc. has announced that it has added databases from the Royal Society of Chemistry, MDL Information Systems, and Elsevier Science to ChemWeb. Analytical Abstracts from the Royal Society of Chemistry Chem Web, Inc. and The Royal Society of Chemistry...
Demystifying Commone Gateway Interfaces
This month I am inaugurating a new feature in this column called, "How Do They Do That?" I am going to tackle some of the higher-end, tools used by Web developers. My intention in these columns, which will appear on an irregular basis, is to attempt...
Demystifying Common Gateway Interfaces
CGI scripting serves as a functional, higher-end tool in Web publishing This month I am inaugurating a new feature in this column called, "How Do They Do That?" I am going to tackle some of the higher-end tools used by Web developers. My intention in...
Elsevier Science Releases Its Encyclopedia of Neuroscience as a Multimedia CD-ROM
Elsevier Science has announced the launch of the Encyclopedia of Neuroscience on CD-ROM, a multimedia reference resource. Edited by George Adelman, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Barry Smith, president and CEO of Dreyfus Health Foundation,...
Finding the Right Tools to Fix It on the Web
A broken computer, though annoying, is a fixable, even preventable, catastrophe I recall a particularly unpleasant situation some years ago, when I was crammed for a protracted period of time into an undersized seat in an underventilated aircraft...
Fortres Grand Releases New Version of Its Security Software
Fortres Grand Corporation, a leading developer of desktop access control and reporting software, has announced the release of Fortres 101 version 3.0, a security solution for restricting desktop and file system access on PCs running Windows 3.x and Windows...
Galatea Announces New VIAX Library System
Galatea Information Strategies, Inc. has announced the release of the VIAX Library System, an integrated library system. Its scalable architecture means that it can support any size library from those with single workstations to those with large, distributed...
Geac Offers Release 4.0 of GeoPac/GeoCat Client Products
Geac has announced the next release of two of its library automation system client products-GeoPac 4.0, a public-access research workstation, and GeoCat 4.0, a MARC cataloging client. The new releases of these Windows-based graphical clients were designed...
Globe and Mail, Dow Jones Interactive Publishing Join Forces in Information Alliance
Dow Jones Interactive Publishing and Globe Information Services, the electronic affiliate of The Globe and Mail, have announced a Canadian information alliance to create InfoGlobe-Dow Jones Interactive. According to tile announcement, this new joint...
Globe and Mail, Dow Jones Interactive Publishing Join Forces in Information Alliance
Dow Jones Interactive Publishing and Globe Information Services, the electronic affiliate of The Globe and Mail, have announced a Canadian information alliance to create InfoGlobe-Dow Jones Interactive. According to the announcement, this new joint online...
IDI Offers Enhanced Document Management Capabilities in Latest Release of BASIS System
Information Dimensions, Inc. has announced that it is now shipping version 8.2 of BASIS, a widely used document management system. BASIS 8.2 includes numerous enhancements that significantly improve the loading, managing, and viewing of electronic documents,...
IHS Releases Trade Regulations CD-ROM Product for Exporters
IHS TransPort Data Solutions, a division of Information Handling Service Group, Inc., has announced the release of Export Essentials, an information database on CD-ROM that contains international trade rules and regulations necessary for exporting goods...
Industry Insider and Research Bank Web
Investext brings valuable business and industry intelligence to the Web One of the great trends of the day is generic data. Information that you paid dearly for not too long ago is now lying about for the picking. Even the high-priced, controlled-supply...
Industry Insider and Research Bank Web; Investext Brings Valuable Business and Industry Intelligence to the Web
One of the great trends of the day is generic data. Information that you paid dearly for not too long ago is now lying about for the picking. Even the high-priced, controlled-supply world of business information is going generic. Many of the things...
Information on Global Patents on the Internet through Derwent's Patent Explorer
Derwent, a leading provider of global patent information to businesses, has announced that it has introduced Patent Explorer, a new Internet-based service that brings patents to the desktops of engineers, attorneys, patent portfolio managers, and...
Information on Global Patents on the Internet through Derwent's Patent Explorer
Derwent, a leading provider of global patent information to businesses, has announced that it has introduced Patent Explorer, a new Internet-based service that brings patents to the desktops of engineers, attorneys, patent portfolio managers, and others...
Information Today, Inc. Acquires Information Science Abstracts for DAI
Information Today, Inc., publisher of Information Today, has announced that it has acquired the abstracts publication and database Information Science Abstracts (ISA) from Documentation Abstracts, Inc. (DAI). Beginning with the June/July 1998 issue,...
Information Today, Inc. Acquires Information Science Abstracts from DAI
Information Today, Inc., publisher of Information Today, has announced that it has acquired the abstracts publication and database Information Science Abstracts (ISA) from Documentation Abstracts, Inc. (DAI). Beginning with the June/July 1998 issue,...
Internet2: New Computing Infrastructure
It is blazing a trail that will make sharing legal information easier Sequels in the movies succeed or fail based on how they advance what worked in the first movie. Internet2 is not much different than planning the sequel to a mega-hit movie. Build...
Internet2: New Computing Infrastructure
It is blazing a trail that will make sharing legal information easier Sequels in the movies succeed or fail based on how they advance what worked in the first movie. Internet2 is not much different than planning the sequel to a mega-hit movie. Build...
InterVU Introduces Mac Version of EyeQ Multimedia Manager
InterVU, Inc., developer of EyeQ, an Internet video and audio management system, has announced the release of the Mac PowerPC version of this widely used multimedia manager. It automatically installs, manages, and updates browser video and audio players,...
ISI Announces Individual Subscription Access and Collaboration with Kluwer
The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) has announced that Web access to Current Contents is now available for individual subscribers. In a separate announcement, the company said that it will collaborate with Kluwer Academic Publishing to...
ISI Announces Individual Subscription Access and Collaboration with Kluwer
The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) has announced that Web access to Current Contents is now available for individual subscribers. In a separate announcement, the company said that it will collaborate with Kluwer Academic Publishing to develop...
ISLIP Media Ships Real-Time Digital Video Cataloging Software
ISLIP Media, Inc., a leading developer and supplier of integrated solutions for searchable digital media libraries, has announced the production shipment of MediaKey Logger, a full-featured, real-time software product for building searchable digital...
LEXIS-NEXIS Enhances Xchange for Business and Announces New Law Offerings
LEXIS-NEXIS has announced the release of LEXIS-NEXIS Xchange for Business, and added features to LEXIS-NEXIS Xchange. The company has also announced the addition of a signal feature to Case Law and the launch of the LEXIS-NEXIS Career Center. ...
LEXIS-NEXIS Enhances Xchange for Business and Announces New Law Offerings
LEXIS-NEXIS has announced the release of LEXIS-NEXIS Xchange for Business, and added features to LEXIS-NEXIS Xchange. The company has also announced the addition of a signal feature to Case Law and the launch of the LEXISNEXIS Career Center. LEXIS-NEXIS...
Library of Congress Announces Two Online Collections Added to American Memory Project
The Library of Congress has announced two new collections in its American Memory Project, which is part of the National Digital Library Program. American Memory alms to make freely available on the Internet millions of items from the library's incomparable...
Library of Congress Announces Two Online Collections Added to American Memory Project
The Library of Congress has announced two new collections in its American Memory Project, which is part of the National Digital Library Program. American Memory aims to make freely available on the Internet millions of items from the library's incomparable...
Matthew Bender Adds Collier Consumer Bankruptcy Library
Matthew Bender & Company, Inc. has announced the addition of the Collier Consumer Bankruptcy Library to its Authority CD-ROM series. The expert-authored Collier Consumer Bankruptcy Library builds on the century-old tradition of excellence established...
Microsoft Announces Multimedia File Format Strategy for Windows
Microsoft Corp. has announced a new multimedia file format strategy for the Microsoft Windows operating system that addresses the key challenges of streaming media distribution and professional media authoring. The new strategy, according to the company,...
Multimedia Strategies in Online Encclopedias
Part II: A look at Encyclopedia Britanica and Microsoft Encarta Last month I reviewed the online strategies of Grolier and Compton's from the multimedia perspective. Each encyclopedia producer chose first to offer its product through a third party....
Multimedia Strategies in Online Encyclopedias
Part II: A look at Encyclopaedia Britannica and Microsoft Encarta Last month I reviewed the online strategies of Grolier and Compton's from the multimedia perspective. Each encyclopedia producer chose first to offer its product through a third party....
Niles Software Announces EndNote 3.0
Niles Software, Inc. has announced an upgrade to EndNote that allows users to search remote bibliographic databases on the Internet and includes better integration with electronic publications. Currently researchers must go through a complicated...
Niles Software Announces EndNote 3.0
Niles Software, Inc. has announced an upgrade to EndNote that allows users to search remote bibliographic databases on the Internet and includes better integration with electronic publications. Currently researchers must go through a complicated multiple-step...
Northern Life Offering Enterprise Account Service
Northern Light, LLC, has announced that it has introduced its Enterprise Account Service, which provides a corporate alternative to traditional information retrieval services and first-generation Web search engines. The new service enables organizations...
Northern Light Offering Enterprise Account Service
Northern Light, LLC, has announced that it has introduced its Enterprise Account Service, which provides a corporate alternative to traditional information retrieval services and first-generation Web search engines. The new service enables organizations...
Out on a Limb: Choosing Only Two Trends
Two trends stand at the forefront of future library systems development It's May. In addition to warmer weather and longer days, every May we find ourselves smack in the middle of the spring trade-show season, and, of course, this year is no exception....
'Parachute' Job-Hunting Guide on Interactive Multimedia CD
BumbleBee Technologies has announced that What Color Is Your Parachute?, the best-selling career guide by Richard Nelson Bolles, is now available as an interactive CD-ROM in multi-user and network versions. Kent Plunkett, president of BumbleBee Technologies,...
Pencom's Metaphoria Data Transformation Server Integrates Diverse Data, Graphics for Web Display
Pencom Web Works has recently introduced Metaphoria Data Transformation Server (DTS) 1.1, a software application that culls and integrates database, spreadsheet, electronic mail, text, graphics, and other digital information for display in a Web browser....
PictureTel Introduces Videoconferencing Server Software for Business-Quality Multi-Location Use
PictureTel Corporation, a leader in videoconferencing solutions for business, has introduced PictureTel 330 NetConference multipoint server software, a nextgeneration product for multi-location conferencing. Multiple users are able to meet in virtual...
PitctureTel Introduces Videoconferencing Server Software for Business-Quality Multi-Location Use
PictureTel Corporation, a leader in videoconferencing solutions for business, has introduced PictureTel 330 NetConference multipoint server software, a next-generation product for multi-location conferencing. Multiple users are able to meet in virtual...
Preparing Data for the Web with SGML/XML
Why convert electronic data yet again, to yet another electronic format? Publishing these days is no longer the sedate and deliberate business it was in times gone by. We've joined the information age and change seems to have become the order of...
Profiles of Competitive Intelligence Professionals
SCIP gave out awards at the conference to catalysts, fellows, and a pioneer. Their profiles illustrate the diversity of backgrounds and activities of some of the professionals in this association. Ben DuBois, SCIP Catalyst award winner. is the founder...
Reference Sources on the Internet: Off the Shelf and onto the Web
Librarians have always needed good information-finding skills. Many of us have great memories for those little details, like just what information can be found in which reference book. Lately, though, we have had a whole new world of resources thrown...
SilverPlatter Adds Databases to Its Medical Collection and Search by Search
SilverPlatter Information, Inc. has announced that it has added two products to its medical collection of databases--AMED-CD and BNI. In a separate announcement, the company said that 25 Elsevier Science databases will be added to the Search by Search...
SilverPlatter Adds Databases to Its Medical Collection and Search by Search
SilverPlatter Information, Inc. has announced that it has added two products to its medical collection of databasesAMED-CD and BNI. In a separate announcement, the company said that 25 Elsevier Science databases will be added to the Search by Search...
SilverPlatter Adds Four Databases to Its CD Line
SilverPlatter Information, Inc. has announced the release of four new databases on CD-ROM: the Lexi-Comp Clinical Reference Collection, a collection of medical reference databases; PASCAL BIOMED, a multidisciplinary and bibliographic database in the...
SilverPlatter Adds Four Databases to Its CD Line
SilverPlatter Information, Inc. has announced the release of four new databases on CD-ROM: the Lexi-Comp Clinical Reference Collection, a collection of medical reference databases; PASCAL BIOMED, a multidisciplinary and multilingual bibliographic database...
Site Technologies' SiteMaster 4.0 Offers Dynamic Developer Tools
Site Technologies, Inc. has announced the availability of SiteMaster 4.0, a dynamic Web site development and management environment that helps Web developers dramatically increase team productivity and reduce Web development costs. SiteMaster 4.0 utilizes...
Six New Climatological and Geophysical CDs from NGDC
The National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) has announced six new CD-ROM products in the climatological and geophysical fields of science. Geologic Hazards...
Six New Climtological and Geophysical CDs from NGDC
The National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) has announced six new CD-ROM products in the climatological and geophysical fields of science. Geologic...
SoftLine Information Announces Alt-Health Watch on CD-ROM
Database publisher SoftLine Information, Inc., in partnership with CyberStax, Inc. of Rye, New York, has developed AltHealthWatch, an international compilation of publications focusing on alternative and complementary approaches to health care and wellness....
SURETRADE, State Street Research, and Bank of America Choose iSyndicate's RapidContent Network
SURETRADE, State Street Research, and Bank of America have announced that they have selected the RapidContent Network from Internet content syndicator iSyndicate, formerly known as NetEvents, as a source of articles, news, data, and tools for their Web...
The Investext Group's Research Bank Web Delivers Full-Image Research Reports
The Investext Group has announced the release of Research Bank Web version 1.0, a new Internet product that delivers full-text and original-image brokerage reports and market analyses to individual desktops. Professional researchers and information...
The Investext Group's Research Bank Web Delivers Full-Image Research Reports
The Investext Group has announced the release of Research Bank Web version 1.0, a new Internet product that delivers fulltext and original-image brokerage reports and market analyses to individual desktops. Professional researchers and information consumers...
The NFAIS Conference - Part II
[Editor's Note: In last month's IT on page 21, Ev Brenner reported on NFAIS's 40th Anniversary Conference, which took place February 22-25 in Philadelphia. Given the amount of material he had to report on, however, we decided to save some of it for...
The NFAIS Conference-Part II
Our reporter/commentator discusses several more meeting presentations [Editor's Note: In last month's IT on page 21, Ev Brenner reported on NFAIS's 40th Anniversary Conference, which took place February 22-25 in Philadelphia. Given the amount of material...
The SCIP Conference for CI Professionals
Conference coverage focused on knowledge-based strategies for success The largest gathering of competitive intelligence (CI) professionals in the world took place March 25-28 in the windy city of Chicago. The conference was hosted by the Society of Competitive...
The SCIP Conference for CI Professionals; Conference Coverage Focused on Knowledge-Based Strategies for Success
Conference coverage focused on knowledge-based strategies for success The largest gathering of competitive intelligence (CI) professionals in the world took place March 25-28 in the windy city of Chicago. The conference was hosted by the Society...
The Search Engine and beyond Conference
Speakers and attendees search for perfection in an exploding universe Search Engines and Beyond: A Landmark Conference, which convened in Boston on April 1 and 2, was a sojourn through the past, present, and future of search engines-those ubiquitous...
The Search Engines and beyond Conference; Speakers and Attendees Search for Perfection in an Exploding Universe
Speakers and attendees search for perfection in an exploding universe Search Engines and Beyond: A Landmark Conference, which convened in Boston on April 1 and 2, was a sojourn through the past, present, and future of search engines--those ubiquitous...
This Is BQ's Best of All Possible Worlds
Here's some advice on how to survive the El Nino-like effects of the Net April fool! Actually I am writing this column on April 1, while that madcap funster, El Nino, pesters and pelters un-sunny Southern California with-can you believe it?!-snow. Not...
This Is BQ's Best of All Possible Worlds; Here's Some Advice on How to Survive the El Nino-Like Effects of the Net
April fool! Actually I am writing this column on April 1, while that madcap funster, El Nino, pesters and pelters un-sunny Southern California with--can you believe it?!--snow. Not just the great Southwest suffers from El Nino's antic humor. Some...
Upstarts Challenge Traditional Models
Three young British companies test new information models on the Net fresh crop of young British information companies is emerging with ideas very different from those of traditional database vendors. Mondaq, Perfect Information, and City Mutual are...
Upstarts Challenge Traditional Models; Three Young British Companies Test New Information Models on the Net
A fresh crop of young British information companies is emerging with ideas very different from those of traditional database vendors. Mondaq, Perfect Information, and City Mutual are all using the Internet to break the mold in their respective fields....
Users Trace Orgins of Ideas, Customs with U-M Resource
The University of Michigan (U-M) has announced that it has made books and articles published between 1850 and 1877 available on the Web through its Making of America (MOA) Project. With the first phase of the project complete, some 1,600 books and 50,000...
West Group Announces Westlaw.com and West Group Legal Tools Software Applications
West Group has announced the Web version of the company's service, Westlaw. In a separate announcement, the company announced the latest release of West Group Legal Tools, a suite of integrated software applications that melds word processing with...
West Group Announces Westlaw.com and West Group Legal Tools Software Applications
West Group has announced the Web version of the company's service, Westlaw. In a separate announcement, the company announced the latest release of West Group Legal Tools, a suite of integrated software applications that melds word processing with legal...
West Group Expands Online Strategy and Product Line
West Group, a provider of information to the U.S. legal market, has made several announcements regarding its strategy for the future, new agreements with companies to provide more information to customers, and new products. Expanded Online Strategy...
West Group Expands Online Strategy and Product Line
West Group, a provider of information to the U.S. legal market, has made several announcements regarding its strategy for the future, new agreements with companies to provide more information to customers, and new products. Expanded Online Strategy West...