New Cambridge Databases on Magnetic Tape Boost Networking Option

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Cambridge Scientific Abstracts has introduced a new line of affordable magnetic tape databases for users of local area networks. The new Cambridge databases offer libraries and other research organizations unlimited access to vast amounts of data, along with aster search results--all at a fixed cost and using the customer's existing hardware and software.

Cambridge has expanded and restructured its database library to create 28 new, discipline-specific magnetic tape options. The new choices are grouped by subject area: Environment & Pollution (six databases); Engineering & Computer Science (eight databases published jointly with Engineering Information Inc.); Aquatic Sciences, Marine Biology & Oceanography (three databases); and Biochemical Sciences (nine databases).

The Cambridge initiative is a response to the increasing implementation of local area networking within academic and corporate sites. The company recently conducted a nationwide survey of academic computer centers to gauge their current network use, their needs and preferences, and their plans to enhance network capabilities in the future.

"Our research showed that economy, flexibility and tight focus on specific disciplines were the critical factors they apply to evaluating database products," said Bart DeCastro, marketing director of Cambridge. "We've built this new line of products with those goals in mind. Each database product offers expanded coverage of a specific area, in a format ideal for simultaneous access by large numbers of users."

To create the new series of magnetic tape offerings, Cambridge has drawn on 2,500,000 abstracts and citation from its 41 abstracts journals, often combining these resources to create new configurations of greater value to researchers.

For example, the Cambridge Pollution Database includes not only the Pollution Abstracts Database available online from several vendors, but also CSA's Toxicology Abstracts and Environmental Impact Statements databases.

Cambridge regularly scans more than 6,500 print journals, conference proceedings, reports, books, patents and other sources to collect citations for its databases. …