Information Today

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Articles from Vol. 10, No. 3, March

A New Partner for the Illogical Mind
This is the Year of the Rooster and the decade of the fifth paradigm of the computer. "The era of the traditional supercomputer has ended, and a new age in supercomputing is just beginning," announced Edward R. McCracken, president and CEO of Silicon...
CASPR Announces MarcReader
CASPR, Inc. has introduced MarcReader, a Macintosh application which allows users to easily read and browse through files containing standard MARC records. In its native format, MARC data is difficult to read, preventing users from easily checking...
Corporate Affiliations Plus Provides Instant Company Profiles
CD-ROM technology and Corporate Affiliations Plus now provide instant answers to "Who Own Whom" and other complex relationships in the labyrinth that is today's corporate world. Corporate Affiliations Plus, a National Register Publishing product, has...
Digital Chart of the World from Strategic Mapping
A Digital Chart of the World for use with PC-based computer mapping software was announced today by Strategic Mapping, Inc. Available in CD-ROM format and derived from digital maps prepared by the Defense Mapping Agency and other mapping organizations,...
Disclosure Releases Enhanced Compact D/Canada
Disclosure's new release of Compact D/Canada--a CD-ROM database of 8,000+Canadian companies--provides major additions and enhancements, along with montly updates. Effective with the January 1993 disc, Compact D/Canada features the "CanCorp Plus" database,...
Dr. H. E. Kennedy, President of Biosis, Announces Retirement
Biosis has announced the retirement of its President, Dr. H. Edward Kennedy, effective May 1, 1993.Dr. Kennedy began his career at Biosis in 1967, when he was appointed Assistant Director for Scientific Affairs, responsible for the technical input provided...
Dr. H.E. Kennedy, President of Biosis, Announces Retirement
Biosis has announced the retirement of its President, Dr. H. Edward Kennedy, effective May 1, 1993. Dr. Kennedy began his career at Biosis in 1967, when he was appointed Assistant Director for Scientific Affairs, responsible for the technical input...
Eye on the Prize
I feel wimpy. My incisors are too dull to rip room-temperature margarine much less raw meat. I flinch when I hear rain on the roof. What's the matter with me? Ah, hah! This column is getting too soft, too nicey-nicey for the ears of the information...
Faster Access to Newly Released Research Via Investext
The Investext Group, a provider of investment and market research reports, has released PIPELINE--a new, fully searchable online database that cites over 10,000 additional reports available in hard copy form. The full text of each report cited can...
Fishing around in the Future: The Catch Was Not Large
The reason we shut down several brain circuits during the reporting of weather on television news programs is that we don't expect much in the way of shock. We usually have a pretty good idead about current temperatures, can accurately speculate about...
Geac/CLSI: Data Research/Inlex: What's Happening?
The Geac/CLSI purchase in early December 1992, came as a total surprise to me. In my January column here, I characterized the move as "inredible" and remain "dumbfounded." According to Harrison Cheung, of Geac's Corporate Communications office,...
ISI Releases Monthly Updates for Two Disc Products
The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) is now offering monthly vs. quarterly delivery for the Science Citation Index (SCI) and Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) compact disc products with abstracts. A quarterly, non-abstract version will...
Is It Disc or Disk? and Other Pet Peeves
The ever-increasing popularity of CD-ROMs brings an avalanche of CD related press releases to the editorial offices of Information Today. This information is, of course, most welcome as it allows me to keep up with the latest happenings in the world...
Library of Congress Joins the Research Libraries Group
The libraray of Congress (LC) has joined the Research Libraries Group (RLG) for RLG's 125 members--universities, the British Library, independent U.S. research libraries, archives, historical societies, museums, and others--this is an historic strenthening...
Mead Data Central Acquires Folio Corporation
On January 4th, 1993, Mead Data Central (MDC) announced its acquisition of Folio Corporation. What does Folio Corporation produce? And why did MDC, the producers of Lexis and Nexis, acquire Folio? The first question is easier to answer than the second;...
Mead Data Central Acquires Folio Corporation
On January 4th, 1993, Mead Data Central (MDC) announced its acquisition of Folio Corporation. What does Folio Corporation produce? And why did MDC, the producers of Lexis and Nexis, acquire Folio? The first question is easier to answer than the second;...
Microsoft Announces Windows Printing System
Microsoft Corporation has announced the Microsoft Windows Printing System, providing an easier and faster way for users of the Microsoft Windows operating system version 3.1 to print froms PCs to Hewlett-Packard LaserJet Series II and III printers....
Miniature Lightning Suppressor Protects DB-9 COM Ports on PCs
Telebyte Technology, Inc. just announced the introduction of its Model 29, Single Stage DB-9 Lightning Suppressor. The DB-9 implementation is compatible with com ports on all 286/386 and 486 PCs using RS-232 or RS-422. The Model 29 protects com...
MIT Media Lab Presents the Interface Agents Symposium: Intelligent Agents in Your Computer?
The MIT Media Lab is well known for its forward-looking approach to new media technologies. These are the people that brought us the "data glove" and other wearable electronic devices; used holograms to create three dimensional images; and have introduced...
Moving with the Times: A Law Library's Automation Strategy
Strategy! The word often implies a careful yet complex plan. However, in our environment, a large Philadelphia, PA law firm serving 400 attorneys, it simply means the library has a goal and a number of specific objectives to assure its attainment....
OCLC Tests Multi-System Access Software
A field test of the OCLC Gateway Software, a UNIX-based package that provides easy and simultaneous access to various computer systems, is under way at the University of Cincinnati, the University of California, San Diego, and the Universtiy of Pittsburgh....
Online Access to LC over Internet
The Library of Congress has announced a major new initiative to increase the availability of its resources to the public. In a statement before the House Legislative Branch Appropriations Sub-committee , during hearings on the Library's fiscal year...
Post-Processors for Dialog and Knowledge Index
Pastel Programming Co. has released two database search post-processing programs for DOS microcomputers. PostSearch DI processes Dialog searches and PostSearch KI processes Knowledge Index searches. These programs let a database searcher turn on...
ProQuest Searchware 4.0
ProQuest Searchware 4.0 was recently introduced by University Microfilms, Inc. (UMI) and its currently being shipped with most of UMI's ProQuest databases on CD-ROM. UMI's full text newspapers will be using Searchware 4.0 by mid-1993. Based on feedback...
ProQuest Searchware 4.0: Keeping the Best of the Old While
ProQuest Searchware 4.0 was recently introduced by University Microfilms, Inc. (UMI) and is currently being shipped with most of UMI's ProQuest databases on CD-ROM. UMI's full text newspapers will be using Searchware 4.0 by mid-1993. Based on feedback...
Record Matching: ISBNs and ISSNs
This is the second in a series of articles on record matching. The first dealt with the use of unique record identifiers--LCCNs and OCLC control numbers--in matching algorithms. This installment addresses the use of common standard numbers: ISBNs and...
Record Matching: ISBNs and ISSNs
This is the second in a series of articles on record matching. The first dealt with the use of unique record identifiers--LCCNs and OCLC control numbers--in matching algorithms. This installment addresses the use of common standard numbers: ISBNs and...
SilverPlatter Discontinues Supplying Network Hardware
SilverPlatter Information has ceased to supply the hardware required for CD-ROM networking systems. SilverPlatter has turned the business of selling and servicing network hardware over to third party hardware vendors. SilverPlatter will continue to...
Software Organizes Online Sessions
If you regularly access online information services, you know the dreaded routine: ever month, those ominous vendor invoices appear in the mail requiring reconciliation with either your memory or perhaps some handwritten notes. Now there's a new...
STN Intros Flexible Pricing for Online Current Awareness
In a moving toward more flexible online pricing, STN International has introduced limits to the number of search terms billed for current-awareness, SDI (Selective Dissemination of Information) searches in all STN databases that currently employ search-term...
Tennessee Valley Authority's Technical Library Upgrades Services
The Technical Library of the Tennessee Valley Authority's National Fertilizer Environmental Research Center (NFERC) in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, has recently expanded information services to its customer. Beginning its history in 1935 as the chemical...
Texas Innovation Network System
There is a lot of shifting taking place these days--from a national to a global economy, from large traditional industries to small high tech ones, away from the artificial distinctions between pure and applied research, toward greater productivity...
TINS Boosts Texas High Tech Transition
There is a lot of shifting taking place these days--from a national to a global economy, from large traditional industries to small high tech ones, away from the artificial distinctions between pure and applied research, toward greater productivity in...
U.S. May Lose Role as Information Leader According to SLA
The United States is at risk of losing its role as an information leader, according to the Special Libraries Association. In a paper prepared for the Clinton administration, SLA explained that currently the information function is scattered among...
WLN/RLG Conspectus Software
The new WLN/RLG (Research Libraries Group) Conspectus Software is now available. The new software is a PC-based collection management tool designed to support the RLG Conspectus. Like the WLN Conspectus Software, it manages collection assessment data...
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