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Articles from Vol. 12, No. 9, October

ABC RadioNet Will Be First to Provide Live News Broadcasts on the Internet
Progressive Networks (PN), an interactive communications company focused on the delivery of realtime audio on demand over the Internet, recently announced that ABC Radionet (http://www.abcradionet.com) will totally integrate Live RealAudio into its Web...
AIWA America Introduces New RAIDstack Fault Tolerant Storage Subsystems
AIWA America, Inc.'s Computer Systems Division has announced the introduction of the RAIDstack series of storage subsystems. Last month this new series of fault tolerant RAID disk arrays was unveiled at the Networld+Interop '95 trade show in Atlanta;...
BitWise DocSTAR Brings Easy to Use Document Imaging
BitWise Designs, Inc. has introduced DocSTAR, the world's only document imaging system to incorporate professional features without sacrificing case of use. BitWise DocSTAR (short for Document Storage and Retrieval) enables an office to instantly save...
Britannica Upgrades CD Encyclopedia
Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc. has recently released Britannica CD 2.0, a major upgrade of the company's principal CD-ROM product, containing several new features that make finding information easier and more enjoyable. Britannica CD 2.0 is the first...
CAS Expands Pricing, Support Options
CAS has announced a program to expand its pricing and support options to meet the growing demand for SciFinder, a desktop research tool that was released in April. CAS is beginning a pilot program to tcst pricing and support options and plans to formally...
CNN Launches 24-Hour, Constantly Updated Multimedia News Service
CNN has launched an innovative, multimedia news service on the Internet at http://www.cnn.com. CNN's Web site sets itself apart from others on the Internet as the only site with a 24-hour full-time staff reporting constantly updated news, augmented by...
Complete U.S. Patent Library Now Available on the Internet
The world's largest online library of information on emerging U.S. technology is now available on the World Wide Web. MicroPatent's new Patent Server (http://www.micropat.com) enables users to search through and read recent U.S. patents, and also to...
Dateline: Foster City, California
According to a market survey of public and academic libraries just completed by Opinion Technology of Palo Alto, California, expenditures for database site licensing grew an astounding 67 percent from 1994 to 1995. The annual survey commissioned by...
Ford Motor Company Re-Engineers with Dataware's Total Recall System
Dataware Technologies, Inc. has completed the first major U.S. installation of its recently announced Total Recall product at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan. Total Recall is an advanced information management system which combines the strengths...
From Datafile to Database by Way of Dataware
The original abstracting/indexing, directory and numeric dataflies produced from source documents by secondary information services go through several processes before they become a database. The abstracting/indexing services license their products as...
Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia Is Now Available at a New Low Price
Grolier Electronic Publishing, Inc. has established a new low price point for its Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia in response to market demand for more affordable, high quality education CD-ROM software for schools and libraries. The new low price is...
Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia Is Now Available at New Low Price
Grolier Electronic Publishing, Inc. has established a new low price point for its Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia in response to market demand for more affordable, high quality education CD-ROM software for schools and libraries. The new low price is...
IAC Expands Coverage
Information Access Company (IAC) has announced expansions of two of its databases. The Health Periodicals Database, DIALOG file 149, now includes sources previously available only on IAC's CD-ROM knowledgebase. Also, Management Contents (DIALOG file...
IAC's IntelliSeek: Easy Access to Industry News
If you like the powerful PROMT database from Information Access Company (IAC) and are familiar with the friendly, intuitive, and powerful interface of IAC's Computer Select, then you must take a look at IntelliSeek. IntelliSeek, "the Ultimate Business...
In Brief
ALA Washington Office MovesThe American Library Association's (ALA) Washington office and the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) has moved to a new and expanded joint office. The new address for both offices is 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.,...
Industry Leaders Settle on Optical Disc Format
Amidst the industry and investment market hype about the Internet and online services, CD-ROM is about to give really inexpensive bandwidth another push forward. The long-running industry joke that the cheapest bandwidth is a CD-ROM in a FedEx envelope...
Inmagic DB/TextWorks Database Software
Imnagic, Inc. of Woburn, Massachusetts, has announced Inmagic DB/TextWorks, library automation software for Windows-based PCs and networks. DB/TextWorks is a special type of database software featuring unlimited-length fields, instantaneous search speeds,...
Inmagic DB/TextWorks Database Software: Library Automation Software for Windows-Based PCs and Networks
Inmagic, Inc. of Wobum, Massachusetts, has announced Inmagic DB/TextWorks, library automation software for Windows-based PCs and networks. DB/TextWorks is a special type of database software featuring unlimited-length fields, instantaneous search speeds,...
ISI Adds Coverage to SciSearch
The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) has expanded journal coverage for SciSearch, ISI's premium science database. SciSearch offers multidisciplinary coverage of the world's top science and technology journals with unique access to cited references...
Kansas City Public Library Enters 33 Millionth Record on August 17
The Kansas City (Missouri) Public Library entered a Spanish sound recording title as the 33 millionth record in the OCLC Online Union Catalog. The record, for the compact disc, "El mundo esta Loco," by Banda Pistoleros, was entered on August 17 by Evelyn...
Knight-Ridder Information to Invest in Teltech
Knight-Ridder Information, Inc. and Teltech Resource Network Corporation have announced an agreement for Knight-Ridder Information to make a minority investment in Teltech, a leading independent provider of technical research, analysis, and information-management...
Law Libraries Come of "Digital" Age
Twenty years ago I moved to rural westeen Iowa to live for two years on a small farm about 20 miles from the setting of The Bridges of Madison County. I had just graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in English. I was spending my hard-earned...
Lotus Notes: Newsstand Delivers Business Publications to Internet and Notes Users
Lotus Development Corp. has released Lotus Notes:Newsstand, a service and a set of publishing tools for delivering business and industry publications to Notes users and the Internet. "Lotus Notes:Newsstand enables users to leverage the Notes features...
Lotus Notes:Newsstand Delivers Business Publications to Internet and Notes Users
Lotus Development Corp. has released Lotus Notes:Newsstand, a service and a set of publishing tools for delivering business and industry publications to Notes users and the Internet.Lotus Notes:Newsstand enables users to leverage the Notes features that...
MarkSearch Trademark Research System Form MicroPatent
MarkSearch, a new system for researching U.S. trademarks, is now available on CD-ROM from MicroPatent of East Haven, Connecticut. MarkSearch enables companies applying for new trademarks to do initial research without incurring legal costs or online...
MarkSearch Trademark Research System from MicroPatent
MarkSearch, a new system for researching U.S. trademarks, is now available on CD-ROM from MicroPatent of East Haven, Connecticut. MarkSearch enables companies applying for new trademarks to do initial research without incurring legal costs or online...
Microsoft Cooks Up Master Chefs CD-ROM
Great food and great entertaining are now within easier reach of millions, thanks to Julia Child: Home Cooking with Master Chefs, the new interactive cooking CD-ROM available from Microsoft. Microsoft teamed with host Julia Child and 16 all-star chefs...
Microsoft Launches a Fun New Way for Librarians to Tell Stories
By combining the ancient art of storytelling with the latest computer technology, Microsoft Corporation has created an engaging new way to delight youngsters and help them discover the joy of learning. Microsoft's Multimedia StoryTime program for young...
More Libraries Begin to Provide Internet Access to Patrons
When is a library card not just a library card? When it's your ticket to ride the information superhighway. September was Library Card Sign-up Month, and the American Library Association (ALA) released a new survey showing that an increasing number...
Netscape Smartmarks and Netscape Chat Offer New Navigation and Communications Capabilities to Netscape Navigator
Netscape communications Corporation has introduced Netscape SmartMarks and Netscape Chat, two applications designed to make Internet navigation and communications even easier for users of Netscape Navigator software. Their public beta versions for the...
New Consumer-Facts Database Sets Standard for United States Spending Forecasting
Equifax National Decision Systems has announced its new database which contains information on how American consumers spend their money. Called Consumer-Facts, the database offers detailed information about spending patterns for more than 400 products...
NewsBank's NewsSource Offers Combined Periodical Sources for Smaller Libraries
NewsBank's NewsSource, a new CD-ROM product for smaller libraries, combines newspaper and periodical research on a single disc. NewsBank's NewsSource will contain over 3,000 newspaper articles per month (full text) from over 100 U.S. newspapers and international...
News from Elsevier Science
Excerpta Medica Abstract Journals Now Available Electronically Elsevier Science, Secondary Publishing Division, has signed an agreement with Cambridge Scientific Abstracts through which 15 Excerpta Medica Abstract Journals will be available on a subscription...
News International, DataTimes in Joint European Venture
News International plc and DataTimes Corporation have formed a joint venture to develop and market an online service for European businesses, the two companies announced recently. The venture, to be known as News EyeQ, will develop a business online...
New Video Compression Technology Developed
Christian Huygen, a self-taught computer scientist raised in Asia, is credited with advancing the recent development of digital video compression. Huygen't development of an advanced digital video compression algorithm is dubbed the "Huygen Codec."...
Obstetric Ultrasound: Principles & Techniques CD-ROM
SilverPlatter Education and the American Medical Association have called their latest release their most interactive multimedia CD-ROM to date. The CD-ROM Obstetric Ultrasound: Principles and Techniques uses interactive, multimedia technology to deliver...
One World Linked by the Universal Machine
Charles Babbage and his programmer, Ada Lovelace, outlined the design of the "Analytical Engine" in the early 19th century. They dreamed of a machine that could perform any and all mechanical functions. In the 20th century, John Von Neumann developed...
One World Linked by the Universal Machine: The Convergence of Technologies May Result in the Dream Machine
Charles Babbage and his programmer, Ada Lovelace, outlined the design of the "Analytical Engine" in the early 19th century. They dreamed of a machine that could perform any and all mechanical functions. In the 20th century, John Von Neumann developed...
Population Demographics Revives Key Demographic Information on DIALOG
Last spring the Donnelley's Demographics database of population statistics was removed from DIALOG. This left a large gap in the field of online demographic data and severely curtailed our ability to research population, household income, and other important...
Population Demographics Revives Key Demographic Information on DIALOG
Last spring the Donnelley's Demographics database of population statistics was removed from DIALOG. This left a large gap in the field of online demographic data and severely curtailed our ability to research population, household income, and other important...
PRO CD Introduces Software to Supplement In-House Databases
Pro CD, Inc. has announced utility software on CD-ROM which is designed to expand and enhance in-house databases or lists. List Match complements Pro CD's library of directory information by offering business owners and direct marketers an alternative...
SciNet's New CD-System for NetWare Users
SciNet, Inc., a leading provider of application servers, is now shipping the new SciNet CD-System, a network-ready, plug-and-play server appliance which provides CD-ROM services to Netware users, allowing them to share CD-ROM information across the network....
SIRSI Solutions Appeal to Medical Libraries
SIRSI Corporation announced the adoption of SIRSI library systems by a number of medical organizations. Timely delivery of complex searches for critical data is an issue with SIRSI's growing list of new customers. Through Unicom and STILAS, SIRSI provides...
Smithsonian's Web Site Expands
With almost 4 million "hits" during its first 13 weeks in operation--on average, one every two seconds, 24 hours a day--the Smithsonian home page on the World Wide Web (http://www.si.edu). is proving to be one of Internet's most popular sites. Its use...
Telebyte's Lower Cost Media Converters for Ethernet Extend and Protect Networks
Telebyte's fiber optic media converters for AUI to Fiber and 10Base-T to Fiber have just undergone price reductions, making them even more cost-effective. The models 370 and 371 LAN Spreaders allow the user to break the distance barrier of 100 meters...
The Online Manual: A Practical Guide to Business Databases, Third Edition
The Online Manual: A Practical Guide to Business Databases, Third EditionEdited by Sue Allcock and Judith Osborne, Oxford, UK: Learned Information (Europe) Ltd., 1994,Softcover, 649 pages, $295.One is told not to judge a book by its cover. Generally,...
Three New Contributors to Investext's MarkIntel
The Investext Group has signed distribution agreements with ICC Information Group, Ltd. (ICC), Marketdata Enterprises, Inc., and Verdict Research Limited to redistribute their full-text market research reports online through its MarkIntel service. This...
Three New Files Available on LEXIS-NEXIS
LEXIS-NEXIS has offered users three new files on its online service. The New York Daily News the Anchorage Daily News, and ABI/INFORM -are important information sources. The New York Daily News (DLYNWS), described as the nation's leading daily tabloid,...
Three Perfectly Valid (but Somewhat Offbeat) Reasons for Surfing the Internet
Editor's note: P. Michael McCulley, our longtime Internet Waves columnist, has seized an opportunity to become the Webmaster at Knight-ridder Information, Inc., so he's giving up this column. We'll miss him. You can contact him now at michael_mcculley@corp.dialog.com....
Two Companies to Offer Free Internet Access to SEC EDGAR Filings
In separate announcements, Disclosure Corporation of Bethesda, Maryland, a subsidiary of Waltham, Massachusetts-based Primark Corporation, and Global Securities Information, Inc. (GSI) of Washington, DC, both will offer access to Securities and Exchange...
Weekly Journal of Science Goes Electronic
Nature, the international journal of science, is now available in two electronic formats. For the period January 1992 to December 1994, an archival resource has been developed using CD-ROM technology. In addition, libraries and individual researchers...
West Publishing Bankers to Explore Opportunities
West Publishing, the privately held legal and business information services company, has announced that it has retained the investment binking firms of A. G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. and Goldman, Sachs & Co. as strategic financial advisors as part...
Will Technical Specs Tame Multimedia?
The statistics on returned multimedia CD-ROMs are gloomy, telling a discouraging tale of large numbers of disappointed customers. But apparently the players in the multimedia industry want to improve their image: The MPC Working Group has released its...
Windows 95: The Launch
Until you've witnessed a Microsoftngiieetcd bash, you've never really lived. It's been that way for a long time, way back before the CD-ROM confernce in Anaheim where they served lobster for lunch. But that was just a dry run for August 24, 1995--Launch...
WWW Browser Access Now Available for INNOPAC Systems
Innovative Interfaces, Inc. now offers software that allows World Wide Web browsers such as Mosaic and Netscape to access INNOPAC's advanced library automation software. "INNOPAC libraries now can provide a convenient way for anyone running a World...
WWW Browser Access Now Available from INNOPAC Systems
Innovative Interfaces, Inc. now offers software that allows World Wide Web browsers such as Mosaic and Netscape to access INNOPAC's advanced library automation software."INNOPAC libraries now can provide a convenient way for anyone running a World Wide...
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