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Articles from Vol. 13, No. 4, April

American Jurisprudence Now Available on LEXIS-NEXIS
LEXIS-NEXIS has announced that complete coverage of American Jurisprudence 2d Edition (AmJur 2d), a publication of Lawyers Cooperative Publishing, is now available on the LEXIS-NEXIS service. Legal researchers now have online access to all articles from...
But What Have You Done for Me Lately?
There's a famous old tale in American politics, which is true even if it never happened, that goes something like this: A Congressman visited a long-time constituent out on a farm. The farmer seemed rather truculent and finally stated that he had decided...
But What Have You Done for Me Lately? Free Public Access to Public Information - a Revolutionary Concept
There's a famous old tale in American politics, which is true even if it never happened, that goes something like this: A Congressman visited a long-time constituent out on a farm. The farmer seemed rather truculent and finally stated that he had decided...
CD-ROM Meets the Net
There are more and more products on the market that span more than one medium. The marriage of CD-ROM and the Internet seems especially popular. Here are some recent examples. A CD That Makes the Internet Easy US Online, Inc. has announced Internet...
Computers in Libraries '96 Shatters Attendance and Exhibitor Records
Meeting attendance exceeded the expectations of Information Today, Inc. (ITI) in its first year running the Computers in Libraries conference. The number of information professionals attending was nearly double that of the prior year. Last February,...
Computers in Libraries '96 Shatters Attendance and Exhibitor Records; Conference Attendees Pack Crystal City Seminar Rooms and Hotels in Arlington, Virginia
Meeting attendance exceeded the expectations of Information Today, Inc. (ITI) in its first year running the Computers in Libraries conference. The number of information professionals attending was nearly double that of the prior year. Last February,...
Contribute to the Complete Library Policy Toolkit CD-ROM
Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc. and Pratt Institute's Graduate School of Information and Library Science have announced that they are soliciting library policies to be considered for inclusion in a new CD-ROM, The Complete Library Policy Toolkit, the first...
Dataware's NetAnswer Customers Launch New Internet Offerings
Dataware Technologies has announced the first wave of customers for its recently launched NetAnswer "super server" software for the World Wide Web. These include major Web sites for Gale Research, Inc. (www.gale.com/ gale.html); Copyright Clearance...
Disclosure's Global Access, Global Researcher Announced
Disclosure Inc., a leading provider of financial and business information on public companies worldwide, announced an Internet-based database and research product plus an alliance with Bureau van Dijk and plans to co-produce a CD-ROMbased database and...
Disclosure's Global Access, Global Researcher Announced; Products Implement New Ideas in Internet and CD-ROM Information Delivery for Searchers and Researchers
Disclosure Inc., a leading provider of financial and business information on public companies worldwide, announced an internet-based database and research product plus an alliance with Bureau van Dijk and plans to co-produce a CD-ROM-based database and...
IAC's Key Business Databases to Be Available on IBM's infoSage Internet Service
Information Access Company (IAC) has announced that many of its core business databases will be available on IBM infoSage (http://www.infosage.ibm.com), a new Internet-based service launching this month that provides business professionals with breaking...
In Brief
OCLC's FirstSearch Now on the WebOCLC has announced that its FirstSearch service is now available over the World Wide Web using popular Web browsers such as Netscape Navigator. Web access to FirstSearch will provide the same searching functionality;...
Information-Filtering Software for the Internet from Verity
Verity has announced topicAGENT SERVER TOOLKIT 1.0, a product that allows filtering of information on the Internet and in the enterprise for users who don't have time to search for valuable information they might need.According to Verity, companies and...
Information-Filtering Software from the Internet from Verity
Verity has announced topicAGENT SERVER TOOLKIT 1.0, a product that allows filtering of information on the Internet and in the enterprise for users who don't have time to search for valuable information they might need. According to Verity, companies...
Interactive Multimedia from National Geographic on CompuServe
The National Geographic Society's legendary photographs, maps, and expeditions to the world's remote corners will be available on CompuServe and the Internet beginning in June.Members of the CompuServe Information Service WOW! from CompuServe and the...
Internet Service Providers Form Strategic Alliances
Two recently released but unrelated announcements reveal the strengthening of strategic relationships between an Internet service provider and an Internet technology company. American Internet and UUNET Technologies American Internet Corp., a Bedford,...
Interoperable Multimedia Services Will Be Developed through the New MASF
An effort to provide business customers with globally accessible and interoperable multimedia applications and services gained momentum last month as 25 of the world's leading telecommunications service and technology providers announced the creation...
Interoperable Multimedia Services Will Be Developed through the New MSAF
An effort to provide business customers with globally accessible and interoperable multimedia applications and services gained momentum last month as 25 of the world's leading telecommunications service and technology providers announced the creation...
Japanese Patents Now on Derwent World Patents Index
Derwent Information Limited has announced that it now summarizes the claims, uses, and advantages of Japanese patent applications (Kokai) to help quickly identify patents needed for current awareness, monitoring competitors, or searching for possible...
LEXIS-NEXIS Products for Attorneys, Accounting Professionals
Three new LEXIS-NEXIS products enable attorneys and accounting professionals to keep track of competitors, clients, and industry developments by checking their e-mail inboxes or Lotus Notes groupware. Delivered directly to the professional's desktop,...
Long Live the NC! the PC (with HD and CD) Is Dead. or Is It?
My apologies for the barrage of acronyms in the title, but it reflects the current "industry speak." I would rather use the language of Shakespeare. No, I don't think the personal computer (the PC) is dead. Neither are the hard disk (the HD) nor the...
Microsoft Network's the Law Office
On February 15, the Minneapolisbased Legal Research Center, Inc. (LRC) acquired the remaining 75 percent of The Law Office, the legal services forum on the Microsoft Network (MSN). LRC already owned 25 percent of The Law Office. Why did the company decide...
Microsoft Network's the Law Office: Lawyers Need the Net Today - This Is One Good Way to Use It
On February 15, the Minneapolis-based Legal Research Center, Inc. (LRC) acquired the remaining 75 percent of The Law Office, the legal services forum on the Microsoft Network (MSN). LRC already owned 25 percent of The Law Office. Why did the company...
National Digital Library Program Releases Five Online Collections
The Library of Congress' National Digital Library (NDL) Program has announced the availability of five new collections from its World Wide Web home page (http://www.loc.gov/). Like the more than 40,000 images now available from the Library's Internet...
Netscape Communications Plans Real-Time Audio and Video Framework for the Internet
Netscape Communications Corporation has announced Netscape Live-Media, a standards-based framework for bringing real-time audio and video to the Netscape open software platform. As the cornerstone of its new framework, Netscape announced the signing...
New Book on Designing Multimedia Systems
If you are trying to design a comprehensive multimedia system, this book from Prentice Hall's Professional Technical Reference Division can help. Multimedia Systems Design looks at these systems, defines them, characterizes them, identifies the challenges...
New Line of Creative Labs' 8x Multimedia Upgrade Kits
Creative Labs, Inc., a subsidiary of Creative Technology Ltd., has extended its award-winning line of multimedia products with three new 8x-speed CDROM drive upgrade kits. The new kits include the latest in CD-ROM and audio technology. They are targeted...
NewsBank Introduces Three New Products
NewsBank, Inc. has announced NewsBank Newsfile Collection, a comprehensive full-text resource that supplies more than 70,000 articles annually from over 500 regional, national, and international newspapers and news sources. Regional news articles make...
News from the IEEE and IEE/INSPEC Institutes
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) has announced the release of a new full-image CD-ROM database called the IEEE/IEE Electronic Library (IEL). The product contains full-page images of the entire collection of IEEE/IEE...
Number of Newspapers Available Online Tripled in 1995
The Newspaper Association of America (NAA) has announced that the number of newspapers available online tripled last year and predicted the current number would double by the end of 1996. Approximately 175 daily newspapers in North America are currently...
OCLC, ARL, U of Texas Latin American Project
OCLC is working with the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the University of Texas-Austin, and 32 ARL libraries to facilitate access to Latin American studies materials from citations located on the World Wide Web. The goal of the Latin Americanist...
Open Market Unleashes New Class of Web Software
Open Market, Inc. of Cambridge, Massachusetts, has introduced a new class of Web software that enables companies to securely and efficiently manage Internet commerce and Intranet transactions. The two products are OM-Transactions a back-office transaction...
People on the Internet: Find Them Fast
What's the best thing about the Internet? People. Absolutely. No question about it.Yes, there are zillions of amusing Web sites and an ever-increasing number of truly useful databases-created, of course, by people. But Ed Krol, author of the classic...
Procom CD-ROM Array Will Install on Ethernets
Procom Technology, Inc. has introduced a new 9-gigabyte CD-ROM array that installs easily on an Ethernet running NetWare through the use of a built-in "Smart Ethernet CD-Pro" board. Available immediately through resellers, the CD Tower-14 Ethernet subsystem...
Profound Signs Agreement with Packaged Goods Data Provider
Profound, Inc. has announced an agreement with Marketing Intelligence Service Ltd. to provide online research reports on significant and innovative new consumer packaged goods through the Profound business intelligence service. Under the agreement, Profound...
ProQuest Direct Delivers UMI Goods
It has become a clichd to say that the 1990s are an age of redefinition for anyone in the electronic information business. The challenge is especially great for older companies, whose products and services were formed in the beginnings of the online...
ProQuest Direct Delivers UMI Goods; Versatile Document Viewing, Pricing, and Delivery Are among the New Service's Highlights
It has become a cliche to say that the 1990s are an age of redefinition for anyone in the electronic information business. The challenge is especially great for older companies, whose products and services were formed in the beginnings of the online...
Sea Change and PBS Announce Reseller, Joint Product Development Agreements
Sea Change Corporation and Personal Bibliographic Software, Inc. (PBS) have announced reseller and joint product development agreements that will closely link Sea Change's Book Where? Internet search and retrieval product with PBS's ProCite bibliographic...
SilverPlatter Announces Z39.50 Access to ERL-Compliant Databases
SilverPlatter Information has enhanced its ERL technology to enable access by Z39.50 client software, regardless of vendor, to its collection of databases.ERL's Z39.50 option is software that resides on a site's ERL server. This software translates a...
SilverPlatter Launches Physicians' Home Page
SilverPlatter, well known for its bibliographic databases, has launched an Internet service called Physicians' Home Page (PHP). A. significant innovation of PHP is to deliver major medical databases such as MEDLINE, AIDSLINE, CancerLIT, and the Drug...
SilverPlatter Publishes LABORDOC
SilverPlatter Information has announced the publication of LABORDOC, a new CD-ROM database on employment and working conditions worldwide. In. this era of profound and disturbing changes affecting people's chances of earning a living, the mission of...
SIRSI Releases VIZION 1.2 Off-Line Search Tool
SIRSI, a leading information systems software supplier, has unveiled the VIZION 1.2 upgrade to the company's off-line Internet search tool. Providing categories of links to the most relevant and content-rich Internet sites, VIZION saves time and money...
The 1996 NFAIS Conference: Shall We Dance?
I always speak highly of the annual conference of the National Federation of Abstracting and Information Services (NFAIS), the trade association for secondary publishing services, to my readers and seminar participants. This year it lived up to its reputation,...
The 1996 NFAIS Conference: Shall We Dance? Innovation and Risk Taking Mark the Future for the Information Industry
I always speak highly of the annual conference of the National Federation of Abstracting and Information Services (NFAIS), the trade association for secondary publishing services, to my readers and seminar participants. This year it lived up to its reputation,...
The Future of Resource Sharing
Edited by Shirley K. Baker and Mary E.JacksonThe Haworth Press, Inc. 1995ISBN:1-56024-773-8202 Pages. Hardcover $34.95The Future of Resource Sharing is a collection of papers compiled by Shirley K. Baker, dean of University Libraries at Washington University...
The Great White Way: Another Superhighway
Editor's note: Information industry observer Ev Brenner will be offering a day-long pre-NOM workshop on search engines Monday, May 13. But true to form, he'll be taking in some of New York's sights, sounds, and tastes during the conference. He invites...
The Players in the Real-Time Audio Business
Last month, I discussed some of the technical aspects of one of the most important current innovations on the World Wide Web, the real-time, streamed playback of audio. Because "breaking the silence" in the online communications process can significantly...
The Players in the Real-Time Audio Business; a Look at How and Where to Access Sites and Sounds on the World Wide Web
Last month, I discussed some of the technical aspects of one of the most important current innovations on the World Wide Web, the real-time, streamed playback of audio. Because "breaking the silence" in the online communications process can significantly...
Thomson Corporation Acquires West Publishing
One of the largest transactions in the legal publishing world was announced in the last days of February. West Publishing Company will be acquired by Canada's Thomson Corporation for $3.425 billion (closure expected in mid-1996). What does this mean...
Thomson Corporation Acquires West Publishing; in a Deal Deal That Raises a Number of Questions, Here's an Analysis That Provides Some of the Preliminary Answers
One of the largest transactions in the legal publishing world was announced in the last days of February. West Publishing Company will be acquired by Canada's Thomson Corporation for $3.425 billion (closure expected in mid-1996). What does this mean...
UMI Offers ProQuest Searchware Enhancements
UMI has announced enhancements to its ProQuest Searchware. They are designed to give users more features and greater precision in setting up their ProQuest systems. These enhancements will allow searchers to find large amounts of information contained...
UMI to Provide Electronic Access to Cahners Publications
UMI has announced an agreement with Cahners Publishing Company to provide electronic access to articles from 43 Cahners publications that reach more than 20 different markets. Information from the Cahners publications will be offered electronically on...
USGS Maps Now Available on CD-ROM
Pennsylvania's is the first set of maps in a state-by-state series of digital topographic maps of the U.S. available on CDROM from the U.S. Geological Survey. The CD-ROMs, which hold computerized images of USGS topographic quadrangle maps in digital...
VTLS Inc.'s Virtua Completes Second Phase of Its Development
The first two phases of VTLS Inc.'s third-generation system, Virtua, have been completed. In addition, VTLS showed several Virtua subsystems online at Midwinter ALA in San Antonio. "Virtua is progressing very well and is set for a summer 1996 release,"...
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