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Articles from Vol. 15, No. 3, March

A Dialog with Dan Wagner
Dan Wagner made headlines and quite a name for himself when he pulled off MAID's acquisition of Knight-Ridder Information and its DIALOG and DataStar products. Wagner, now president and CEO of the Dialog Corporation, spoke with Richard Poynder recently....
A Dialog with Dan Wagner: The Dialog Corp.'s Chief Addresses the Future
Dan Wagner made headlines and quite a name for himself when he pulled off MAID's acquisition of Knight-Ridder Information and its DIALOG and Data Star products. Wagner, now president and CEO of the Dialog Corporation, spoke with Richard Poynder recently....
Adobe Systems, Inc. Introduces Interactive PDF Web Forms
Adobe Systems has announced that it has extended the current forms functionality in Adobe Acrobat 3.0 software to include the ability to develop interactive Web-based forms in the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). According to the company, this...
Adobe Systems, Inc. Introduces Interactive PDF Web Forms
Adobe Systems has announced that it has extended the current forms functionality in Adobe Acrobat 3.0 software to include the ability to develop interactive Web-based forms in the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). According to the company, this move...
Ameritech Library Services Announces Development Partnership with RoweCom and a New Web Service
Ameritech Library Services, a leader in library automation systems, has recently announced two new developments. In a joint partnership with RoweCom, a leading provider of Internet-based knowledge acquisition and management services, the two companies...
An Assessment of ISI's New Web of Science
Sometimes two technologies seem to be just made for each other, and their convergence produces a whole that is much more than the sum of its parts. Citation indexing and the hyperlinks in the World Wide Web represent such a convergence of technologies....
An Assessment of ISI's New Web of Science: ISI's Service Brings Citation Indexing to New and Advanced Researchers
Sometimes two technologies seem to be just made for each other, and their convergence produces a whole that is much more than the sum of its parts. Citation indexing and the hyperlinks in the World Wide Web represent such a convergence of technologies....
Answers, Only $1.Correct Answers, $2
Power searching. Now there's a phrase I haven't heard in a while. Remember a few years back when the traditional online services had visions of gliding easily into the hearts and minds and mouse-clicking fingers of end-user searchers, without threatening...
Answers, Only $1 ... Correct Answers, $2: The Inevitable Loss of Market Will Come Unless Traditional Services Retool
Power searching. Now there's a phrase I haven't heard in a while. Remember a few years back when the traditional online services had visions of gliding easily into the hearts and minds and mouse-clicking fingers of end-user searchers, without threatening...
AOL Acquires Personal Library Software
On January 21, America Online Inc. announced that it acquired Personal Library Software (PLS), well known to us in the information industry as a leading developer of information indexing and search technologies. PLS, based in Rockville, Maryland,...
Blackwell's Information Services Announces CD Complete Service, Electronic Subscription Provider
Blackwell's Information Services has announced that it has expanded its range of CD-ROM offerings with the introduction of the CD Complete and ESP services. According to Blackwell's, CD Complete provides the full range of CD-ROM subscription and...
Blackwell's Launches V.2 of Serials CONNECT, Announces Electronic Invoicing for Voyager
Blackwell's Information Services has announced the launch of a new version of its World Wide Web-based serials bibliographic and order management service, Serials CONNECT. In a separate release, the company announced that it now offers electronic...
Business & Industry Database Availabile through FT Profile and ChemWeb Information Services
Responsive Database Services, Inc. has announced that its database, Business & Industry (B&I), is now available to clients and members of two leading information services, FT Profile and ChemWeb. This brings the distribution partners through...
Business & Industry Database Available through FT Profile and ChemWeb Information Services
Responsive Database Services, Inc. has announced that its database, Business & Industry (B&I), is now available to clients and members of two leading information services, FT Profile and ChemWeb. This brings the distribution partners through...
CIS Announces New Alliance and Web Product
Congressional Information Service, Inc. (CIS) has announced that it has made an alliance with LEXIS-NEXIS. In a separate announcement, the company has announced that it released its new Web product, Statistical Universe. Congressional Information...
CMPnet and IBM Partner to Offer NetBusiness Site
CMPnet's Custom Content Network, a division that creates custom Web sites on behalf of advertisers, and IBM have announced that they have created a Web site aimed specifically at helping businesses find the best solutions to their electronic business...
COMTEX Forms Partnerships with RTI and Phillips Business Information
COMTEX Scientific Information has announced that its CustomWire line of newswires is available through RTI. In a separate announcement, the company said that it will distribute Phillips Business Information newsletters. COMTEX Through RTI's...
COS Releases New Online Journals, Implements Subscription Access to Existing Online Journals
Community of Science (COS) has announced that is has released full-text, Web versions of two clinical medicine journals that were previously available only in print: Journal of Vascular Surgery and Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Free trial access to...
Create CDs Easily with Easy CD Creator
Burning CD-ROM discs was an enigmatic, almost "voodoo" practice in the early 1990s. The first real breakthrough in price/performance came in 1994 from a small Italian company, InCat Systems, with its user-friendly software, Easy CD. It was a capable...
Create CDs Easily with Easy CD Creator
Burning CD-ROM discs was an enigmatic, almost "voodoo" practice in the early 1990s. The first real breakthrough in price/performance came in 1994 from a small Italian company, InCat Systems, with its user-friendly software, Easy CD. It was a capable...
Database of Environmentally Active Properties and Businesses from VISTA Information Solutions
VISTA Information Solutions, Inc., a supplier of environmental risk and location-specific insurance underwriting information solutions, has announced that it has released STARVIEW SEARCH! 2.0, a significant upgrade to its environmental CD-ROM database...
Data Mining: Life after Report Generators
Data mining, the term itself, evokes strong images in my mind's eye. I envision little characters resembling those comical fellows pictured in Mad Magazine's "Spy vs. Spy." In my imagination they've replaced their widebrimmed hats with spelunkers' headgear...
Data Mining: Life after Report Generators: Libraries Use This Decision-Support Technique to Chart a Future Course
Data mining, the term itself, evokes strong images in my mind's eye. I envision little characters resembling those comical fellows pictured in Mad Magazine's "Spy vs. Spy." In my imagination they've replaced their wide-brimmed hats with spelunkers'...
Disclosure, Inc. and Reuters Expand Their Relationship
Disclosure Incorporated, a unit of Primark Corporation and a source of financial intelligence for Wall Street, has announced an expanded redistribution agreement with Reuters, a key strategic partner. Beginning immediately, Disclosure's enhanced EDGAR...
Dow Jones Introduces Expanded Windows Version of Dow Jones Interactive Service
Dow Jones & Company has announced the release of a new Windows version of Dow Jones Interactive, the business intelligence service for enterprises worldwide. Last fall, Dow Jones introduced a version of Dow Jones Interactive for the World...
Drumbeat 2.0 from Elemental Software Enables Web Site Creation without Writing Code
Elemental Software has announced version 2.0 of its Drumbeat Web authoring software. By using this software, Web builders who are not programmers will be able to create highly interactive, cross-browser-compatible, database-driven Web sites without...
EBSCO Announces Intent to Acquire Relais Software Developer
EBSCO Industries, Inc. has announced a letter of intent to acquire Network Support Inc., (NSI), an Ottawa software development company. NSI developed the Relais system, the imaging and workflow product for document supply. The EBSCO subsidiary will...
EBSCO Publishing Enhances TOPICsearch
EBSCO Publishing has announced that its TOPICsearch database has a new look. Launched this month in CD-ROM version, the new TOPICsearch showcases a more refined interface, faster processing ability, and new features, the company says. TOPICsearch...
Electric Library Keeps Its Edge
Innovation usually comes from the fringes. Entrepreneurs and small companies are often able to introduce change more quickly than the big market leaders. Partly, this is due to size, since smaller organizations can move more quickly than big ones....
Elsevier Science Acquires Engineering Information
Elsevier Science, Inc. (http://www.else vier.com) and Engineering Information, Inc. (Ei) (http://www.ei.org) announced on January 30 the acquisition of the publishing and information service assets of Ei by Elsevier Science. These assets include the...
Elsevier Science Announces Enhancements to EMBASE, BIOBASE, and Other Databases
Elsevier Science, Secondary Publishing Division (SPD) has announced a variety of enhancements to its databases EMBASE, EMBASE Alert, Elsevier BIOBASE, Geobase, FLUIDEX, and World Textiles. Scheduled for implementation throughout 1998, all changes...
EOS International Releases Its Q Series
Electronic Online Systems (EOS) International, a member of the Dawson Holdings PLC group of information services companies, has announced the release of the Q Series, its new next-generation, integrated modular library information management system....
Europeans Blank Americans in Industry Golf Tournament
The fourth annual international information industry golf tournament, known as the ThompsonHogan Salver, was held December 12, 1997, following the Online Information '97 conference in London. The European team shut out the Americans by a score of 12...
Excalibur Announces Strategy for Video Analysis Technology
Excalibur Technologies, a leader in know ledge-retrieval solutions, has announced a two-tiered strategy to deliver advanced video analysis technologies. According to the company, the first tier is directed to developers who build advanced video applications,...
Facts on File Introduces CD Entitled Understanding Alcohol and Other Drugs: A Multimedia Resource
Facts On File, Inc. has announced that it has released Understanding Alcohol and Other Drugs: A Multimedia Resource. According to the company, teachers, librarians, and researchers will benefit from this one-stop resource that will answer questions...
Gale's American Decades on CD
Gale Research, a leading reference and information provider, has announced the release of American Decades CD-ROM. According to the company, the CD-ROM series was inspired by the acclaimed American Decades print series. Changes and challenges...
GPO, NLE, and OCLC to Provide ERIC Reports Via FirstSearch
The Government Printing Office (GPO), National Library of Education (NLE), and OCLC have announced that they are cooperating in a pilot project to make public-domain reports from the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) available to libraries...
Hummingbird's Paper2Web Prepares Paper for Web Publishing
Hummingbird Communications Ltd. has announced the shipment of Common Ground Paper2Web, a scanning application for enterprise documents to DigitalPaper, a portable, Web-ready file format that preserves the original appearances of a paper document and...
H. W. Wilson Adds to Database, Conducts Survey
The H.W. Wilson Company has announced that it has added 18 journals to Library Literature. In a separate announcement, the company said that it is soliciting responses to a survey about the future of the library and information industry. Wilson's Library...
H.W. Wilson Adds to Database, Conducts Survey
The H.W. Wilson Company has announced that it has added 18 journals to Library Literature. In a separate announcement, the company said that it is soliciting responses to a survey about the future of the library and information industry. Wilson's...
HyperLOCK's HyperCD Combines CD, Encryption, and Web Technologies
HyperLOCK Technologies has announced that it has secured a 20-year patent for its HyperCD encrypted multimedia gateway technology that links prerecorded CD-ROM video and audio with real-time information on the Internet. The company says that it recently...
Imark's NET-MAX Plus SilverPlatter's Search-by-Search Continue to Draw Publishers
Imark Technologies, Inc. and Silver-Platter Information, Inc. have announced that Elsevier Science, a unit of multi-billion-dollar publishing giant Reed Elsevier, will offer a collection of databases through SilverPlatter's Web-based Search by Search...
InfoMation Publishing Announces Echo
InfoMation Publishing Corporation, an intranet knowledge management software company and a part of the CMG Internet Group, has announced that it has introduced Echo, its knowledge management product. The company says that Echo is a Web-based knowledge...
Infonautics Launches Encyclopedia.Com
Infonautics, Inc., provider of Electric Library, has announced that it has launched Encyclopedia.com. The new site introduces the complete text of a respected and best-selling encyclopedia to the Internet--completely free of charge. Designed to...
Information Handling Services Announces Petrochemical Catalog
Information Handling Services (IHS) has announced that it has released its new Petrochemical Catalog Collection designed for engineers and quality control managers in the petrochemical industry. The collection, which consists of nearly 400,000...
InfoTech Reports Worldwide CD-ROM Installed Base Is Now Approaching 200 Million
InfoTech, an independent market research and consulting firm specializing in the electronic publishing, information technology, and interactive entertainment industries, has released a report that shows worldwide unit sales of CD-ROM readers. increased...
Institutions Apply for Awards in Library of Congress/Ameritech Library Competition
Ninety-nine institutions, either alone or in combination with others, have submitted 68 applications in the second round of the Library of Congress/Ameritech National Digital Library Competition. Forty-five of the institutions formed 14 consortia in...
Integrated Tools from Wall Data Create Database-Powered Intranet-Ready Applications
Wall Data, Inc. has introduced Cyberprise DBApp Developer and Cyberprise DBApp Publisher, a new line of Web development tools that enables developers to create intranet-ready database applications with little or no programming. According to the company,...
ISI and ASIS Announce First Annual Citation Analysis Research Grant
The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) and the American Society for Information Science (ASIS) have announced the first annual ISI/ASIS Citation Analysis Research Grant. According to the two organizations, the grant, which will consist of...
ISI and Derwent Information Will Collaborate on Patent Links
The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) and Derwent Information have announced a planned collaboration to create links between the ISI Web of Science and Derwent's Patent Explorer. ISI says that links between these two Web-based services will...
KPMG Unveils New Information Source on Consumer Markets
KPMG has announced that it has unveiled the public beta of PointCast Business Network Consumer Markets Insider, an Internet news and information service for consumer markets professionals. The Consumer Markets Insider (CMI) delivers current industry...
Library of Congress' Voices of the Dust Bowl Electronic Collection Debuts
The Library of Congress has announced that Voices of the Dust Bowl: The Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin Migrant Worker Collection is now available from the American Memory Program at http://www.loc.gov. This ethnographic field collection documents...
Luckman Interactive Upgrades Web Edit Pro HTML Editor
Luckman Interactive, Inc. has announced the introduction of WebEdit Pro 3.0, a major upgrade to its HTML Web page authoring tool for Microsoft Windows 95 and Windows NT. This new version incorporates several tools and wizards that make it easy for...
Luckman Interactive Upgrades Web Edit Pro HTML Editor
Luckman Interactive, Inc. has announced the introduction of WebEdit Pro 3.0, a major upgrade to its HTML Web page authoring tool for Microsoft Windows 95 and Windows NT. This new version incorporates several tools and wizards that make it easy for beginners...
Luckman Launches Free Online Guide to the Best of the Web
Luckman Interactive, Inc., a provider of software for the Internet, has announced Best of the Web, a free online directory based on the company's books, Best of the Web and 1998 World Wide Web Yellow Pages. Best of the Web, located at http://www. bofw.com,...
Machine-Derived Name Authority Records for Music Added to National Authority File
The Library of Congress has announced that the loading of machine-derived music name authority records into the National Authority File, which it maintains, has begun. The new action is a result of the Uniform Title Corrections Project, a joint research...
Matthew Bender Announces Release of Authority Patent Law Interactive Drafting System
Matthew Bender & Company, Inc. has announced the release of the Authority Patent Law Interactive Drafting System (IDS), a document assembly program containing over 380 forms used for filing patent applications and documents with the Patent and...
New Databases from SilverPlatter
SilverPlatters has announced that several databases have been added to its collection of electronic reference material. New Gale Database Available SilverPlatter has announced that a new Gale database has been added to Silver-Platter's collection...
New Financial Times Electronic Publishing Business Created
To capitalize on the Financial Times brand, FT Information, a division of Pearson plc, is bringing all its electronic publishing for business markets under on roof, according to a recent announcement. The move will make the flagship FT.com Web site...
New Oryx Press CD-ROM Includes More Than 260,000 Links on Shakespeare's Works
The Oryx Press has announced that it has released The Comprehensive Shakespeare Dictionary on CD-ROM compiled b The Comprehensive Shakespeare Dictionary Project (CSDP). Containing over 20,000 Shakespeare terms, more than 50,000 fully cited quotations...
Nichols Releases MARCit for Cataloging Internet Resources
Nichols Advanced Technologies, Inc. has announced the release of MARCit, its new software for cataloging Internet resources. After selecting an Internet site, a librarian can use MARCit to catalog the site by clicking on the floating MARCit icon,...
Now You Can Mix Your Own Audio CD
Audio CD should be close to the heart of anyone dealing with CDROM technology, as audio CDnow also known as CD-DA (for digital audio)-paved the way for CD-ROM technology. Although the audio CD was not an overnight success in the early 1980s, it became...
Now You Can Mix Your Own Audio CD: Software from Adaptec Even Lets You Pick Songs from Tapes and LPs
Audio CD should be close to the heart of anyone dealing with CD-ROM technology, as audio CD--now also known as CD-DA (for digital audio)--paved the way for CD-ROM technology. Although the audio CD was not an overnight success in the early 1980s, it...
OCLC Announces New ILL Direct Request and OCLC Cataloging Micro Enhancer for Windows
OCLC Online Computer Library Center has recently announced the availability of two new products for libraries: ILL Direct Request and Cataloging Micro Enhancer for Windows. New ILL Direct Request OCLC's new ILL Direct Request service allows...
Pros and Cons of LEXIS-NEXIS on the Web
Searching for information on LEXIS.COM is a little like going to the largest shopping mall in the world with a particular item in mind. First you have to find a place to park. Then you have to find the right store. Next you have to find the item in...
Publisher Sites-What's Hot, What's Not
Apanel at the ALA Midwinter meeting in New Orleans last January, sponsored by the Publisher Vendor Library Relations Committee (PVLR), addressed the value of publisher and vendor Web sites-what works and what doesn't. "Publisher Sites on the Web: How...
Publisher Sites - What's Hot, What's Not: A Panel of Librarians and Publishers Speak out at ALA Midwinter
A panel at the ALA Midwinter meeting in New Orleans last January, sponsored by the Publisher Vendor Library Relations Committee (PVLR), addressed the value of publisher and vendor Web sites--what works and what doesn't. "Publisher Sites on the Web:...
Quote.com Customized Investment Information Now Available to Enhance Corporate Web Sites
Qoute.com, Inc. a leading provider has of investment information via the Internet, has announced Instant Qoute.com, a service allowing companies to add Qoute.com's news, qoutes, and charts to their corporate Web sites, intranets, and extranets. Now...
RLG Announces New Resources for Cataloging and Research
The Research Libraries Group recently announced an expanded set of online resources for large public and academic libraries and their end users. The services provide access to several kinds of bibliographic and special collections data. According...
Seahawk Releases CD-ROM Treasures of the Deep
Seahawk Deep Ocean Technology, Inc., a Tampa-based oceanographic company that specializes in the search and recovery of deep-water shipwrecks, announced today the release of the CD-ROM interactive computer disc Treasures of the Deep. The CD-ROM,...
SIRSI Announces General Release of WorkFlows, Unicorn for NT, and Sun Distributorship
Sirsi Corporation (SIRSI), a privately owned developer of information systems for libraries, businesses, and archives, has announced that its new WorkFlows product will be delivered to libraries during Spring 1998. In other announcements, the company...
The Arrival of Free Patent Information
The European Patent Office (EPO) is following the lead of the U.S. by offering the full text of patents for free on the Internet in an ambitious plan, which, it hopes, will result in a "super server" that also offers North American and Japanese patents....
The Arrival of Free Patent Information: Internet Provision of Patent Information for Free Is Affecting Vendors
The European Patent Office (EPO) is following the lead of the U.S. by offering the full text of patents for free on the Internet in an ambitious plan, which, it hopes, will result in a "super server" that also offers North American and Japanese patents....
The Challenge of Internet Literacy: The Instuction-Web Convergence
The Challenge of Internet Literacy: The Instruction-Web Convergence Lyn Elizabeth M. Martin, editor Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press 1997 ISBN: 0-7890-0346-5 cloth), 0-78904347-3 (paper) 254 Pages Cloth, $45; Paperback, $24.95 Illustrated. Includes bibliographies...
The Future of Internet Domain Names
Who has the responsibility and authority for assigning Internet domain names? Well, right now, this issue is a very big deal. Network Solutions (http://www.net sol.com), a private company based in Herndon, Virginia, is the current Keeper of the InterNIC...
The Future of Internet Domain Names: As the U.S. Government Pulls out, a Breach in Responsibility May Result
Who has the responsibility and authority for assigning Internet domain names? Well, right now, this issue is a very big deal. Network Solutions (http://www.netsol.com), a private company based in Herndon, Virginia, is the current Keeper of the...
The Investext Group Signs Furman Selz and Needham & Co
The Investext Group has announced that it has signed over 150 new contributors to the Investext, MarkIntel, and Industry Insider databases in 1997, bringing its total sources to nearly 700. According to the company, these additions include top banks...
West Group Signs Agreements with VeriSign and Data West to Expand Online Services
West Group, a provider of information to the U.S. legal market, has made an agreement with VeriSign to provide communications using digital certificates. In a separate announcement, the company announced that it will be the exclusive provider of Data...
West Group Strengthens Its Partnership with Open Market
West Group has announced that it has signed an agreement with Open Market, a provider of internet commerce software. Under terms of the agreement, West Group will publish content using Open Market's Folio software, distribute Folio software to West...
Will Abstracting-and-Indexing Services Become Passe?
If you are a travel agent, the Web is probably making you a little nervous. There is little need for someone to call you just so that you can look at a database and report on the results. And, the industry reports that air travelers are letting their...
Will Abstracting-and-Indexing Services Become Passe? Repackaging with Value-Added Services Is on This Searcher's Wish List
If you are a travel agent, the Web is probably making you a little nervous. There is little need for someone to call you just so that you can look at a database and report on the results. And, the industry reports that air travelers are letting their...
WLN Announces Blackwell's Table of Contents Service, MARC Records for Books on Tape
WLN, which operates a library network in the Pacific Northwest and serves libraries and organizations of all types and sizes throughout North America, has announced that it will offer Blackwell's Table of Contents (TOCs) records through its MARC Record...
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