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Articles from Vol. 15, No. 2, February

A Cry for Sensible Transaction Pricing
The Roman empress Poppaea used to fill her swimming pool with warm goat's milk. She felt it was good for her skin. When it comes to the milk of human kindness these days, the information industry has a splintered approach. Viewed as the ultimate in information...
A Cry for Sensible Transaction Pricing: Sellers of Digital Information Should Let the Thirst Define the Quench
The Roman empress Poppaea used to fill her swimming pool with warm goat's milk. She felt it was good for her skin. When it comes to the milk of human kindness these days, the information industry has a splintered approach. Viewed as the ultimate in...
A List of Lists of Web Sites to Check Out
Are you a list maker? Some people do it religiously. (I'm married to one of those.) Others do it sporadically. And still others-like meresist until there are so many balls in the air that enumerating them is the only way to avoid getting whacked in the...
Auto-Graphics Launches Shared Resource Cataloging Services to Libraries and Library Consortia
Auto-Graphics has announced the completion of a new data center to enable the launch in both the U.S. and Canada of new technology products that replace those acquired from ISM Information Systems Management Corp. (ISM), which were purchased approximately...
Britannica CD 98 Is Enhanced with New Interface and Advanced Search Features
Encyclopaedia Britannica has released its Britannica CD 98 with what the company says is an even easier-to-use interface powerful navigation and analysis tools, special search features, and additional images and multimedia. Britannica CD 98 provides...
Brooklyn Public Library Technology Initiative Includes Geac's PLUS System
An upgrade of the Brooklyn Public Library System's current automation system, Geac's PLUS system, is part of a technology initiative recently announced by Geac Computers, Inc. Recent fund allocations of $12 million dollars are to be used for technology...
Cardiology Web Sites That Can't Be Beat
Cardiology resources for the physician abound on the Internet. Medical Matrix lists nearly 200 sites and directories. Emory University's Med Web directory, the other giant medical hotlist, is about 20 browser pages long. The problem, of course, which...
CARL Corp. Announces Major New Release for Everybody's Menu Builder
CARL Corporation has announced the release of Version 2.0 for Everybody's Menu Builder graphical menuing and security software. This software enables libraries of all types to streamline patron usage of public-access workstations while protecting...
CAS Announces Additions to Databases on the Internet
Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), a division of the American Chemical Society, has announced that more scientific publishers have joined ChemPort's journal Web site. Also, four universities have adopted its SciFinder Scholar. And, the new version...
CCH Releases 1998 U.S. Master Tax Guide Source for Frequently Consulted Tax Information
CCH Incorporated, a wholly owned subsidiary of Wolters Kluwer U.S., has released its popular 1998 U.S. Master Tax Guide, which is now in its 81 st year of publication, according to the company, offering full coverage of federal tax law to professionals...
CD Publishers, Manufacturers Join with Technology Providers in Anti-Piracy Fight
Cinram Inc., a leading independent compact disc manufacturer, has announced a contract with MIS LaserLock International, Inc. to offer advanced copy protection technology for CD-ROM publishers. Separately, TTR Technologies Ltd. has announced that it...
CD Publishers, Manufacturers Join with Technology Providers in Anti-Privacy Fight
Cinram Inc., a leading independent compact disc manufacturer, has announced a contract with MIS LaserLock International, Inc. to offer advanced copy protection technology for CD-ROM publishers. Separately, TTR Technologies Ltd. has announced that...
Collier's Encyclopedia 1998 Crowned Top-Selling Multimedia Reference Tool
Sierra On-Line, a developer and publisher of interactive entertainment and productivity software and part of CUC Software an operating unit of CUC International, Inc., has announced that PC Data published a report ranking the new Collier's Encyclopedia...
COMDEX '97 Sports Electronic Wizardry
It is hardly news that COMDEX in Las Vegas in November 1997 grew bigger once again, setting a new record by bringing 210,000 attendees to town. What's the magic that brings so many attendees to this monster exhibit and conference? Magic Here,...
Data Downlink Adds Seven New Databases to Its Web-Based .Xls Service
Data Downlink Corporation has announced the addition of seven new business information databases available through its Web-based service, .xls. The data, which includes earnings estimates, market research, directories, archival business news, and...
Dawson Information Quest Expands Services
Dawson Information Quest has made four announcements regarding agreements made with other companies to enhance information available on its Information Quest IQ service. IQ is a new Web-based information search, access, and retrieval tool that...
Dun & Bradstreet Announces New Enhanced Internet Services
Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) has announced that subscribers to D&B Internet Access can customize their access to services. Subscribers now can also view D&B's international risk reports. In a separate announcement, D&B and ConstructionNet...
EMBASE CD: Pharmacy Publishes by Elsevier
Elsevier Science Secondary Publishing Division announces the publication of EMBASE CD: Pharmacy, the most recent addition to the EMBASE Specialties Series. This CD-ROM contains close to 500,000 records with coverage extending back to 1988. In addition...
Grolier Educational Releases CD-ROM on World War II Incarceration of Japanese Americans
Grolier Educational, a division of Grolier Publishing company, has announced the release of a CD-ROM relating to the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. The CD, Executive Order 9066: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During...
IAC Adopts Digital Island's Overnet for International Database Distribution
Digital Island and Information Access Company (IAC) have announced an agreement in which Digital Island's applications overnet will be used by IAC for the distribution of its leading information services, with a particular emphasis on serving customers...
Investext Group Signs Distribution Agreement for ING Barings' Emerging Market Research Reports
The Investext Group, an online provider of business intelligence. has announced that it is now featuring the worldwide research of ING Barings on the Investext database. Investext is an online collection of brokerage research, and now the exclusive...
ISI Announces New Links Via Its Web of Science
The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) has announced new links between its database, Web of Science, and other systems. ISI released Web of Science in early 1997. It provides access to the ISI Citation databases: Science Citation Index...
ISI Announces New Links Via the Web of Science
The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) has announced new links between its database, Web of Science, and other systems. ISI released Web of Science in early 1997. It provides access to the ISI Citation databases: Science Citation Index Expanded,...
ISI Releases Discovery Agent Web-Based Alerting Service
The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) announced at the ALA Midwinter meeting in New Orleans that it will release Discovery Agent this month. This innovative alerting service is designed for organizations and individuals who want Web access...
IT Interview: John Regazzi Reinvents Ei
John Regazzi has shepherded Engineering Information through turbulent times into the Web era, notably with the concept of Ei Village. Here are some of his perspectives on that process and on Ei's future. Q Briefly, what is Engineering Information's background?...
John Regazzi Reinvents Ei; Engineering Information's Chief Shares His Vision
John Regazzi has shepherded Engineering Information through turbulent times into the Web era, notably with the concept of Ei Village. Here are some of his perspectives on that process and on Ei's future. Q Briefly, what is Engineering Information's...
Johns Hopkins University Press to Join OCLC Electronic Collections Online
Johns Hopkins University Press, a pioneer in electronic scholarly publishing, has agreed to make its Project Muse journals accessible to users of the OCLC First-Search Electronic Collections Online service, according to a recent announcement. ...
LEXIS-NEXIS Creates Web Sites for Big, Small Businesses
LEXIS-NEXIS has announced the opening of two Web sites, one specializing in big business information and the other specializing in small business needs. With its BizLogic for Big Business Web site, LEXIS-NEXIS offers resources and information...
LEXIS-NEXIS Expand Services
LEXIS-NEXIS, a division of Reed Elsevier, Inc. has made three announcements regarding new services and enhancements to existing services. InfoTailor Enhanced and Improved LEXIS-NEXIS has announced that it has enhanced its LEXIS-NEXIS InfoTailor...
LEXIS-NEXIS Expands Services
LEXIS-NEXIS, a division of Reed Elsevier, Inc. has made three announcements regarding new services and enhancements to existing services. InfoTailor Enhanced and Improved LEXIS-NEXIS has announced that it has enhanced its LEXIS-NEXIS InfoTailor service...
Macromedia's Dreamweaver Is a Visual Web Authoring Tool
Macromedia, Inc. has announced that Dreamweaver, a visual Web authoring tool created for Web development professionals, is now shipping for Windows and Macintosh. Dreamweaver gives Web professionals a visual tool with the control and flexibility of...
MicroPatent Launches Three New Enhancements to Internet PatentWeb
MicroPatent has announced that it has added three enhancements to its Internet-based PatentWeb services. Internet users interested in international patent information can now search, access, obtain, and manage patent information using a single...
New RDS Database Follows B&I Blueprint
Three years ago, a new database company came out with a database that appeared an unlikely candidate for success. The database consciously mirrored one of the most prominent and heavily used products in its category, and it looked like a case of reinventing...
New Version of Folio siteDirector for Web Publishing
Open Market, Inc., citing continued synergies from its acquisition of Folio Corporation last year, has announced siteDirector 4.1, the latest version of powerful software for publishing information on the Web. Folio siteDirector 4.1 offers faster...
OneSource Announces Global Business Browser
OneSource Information Services has announced an expanded version of its Business Browser business information suite. The new Global Business Browser addresses the growing needs of organizations to understand their markets, industries, clients, and...
Presenting an Alternative Weltanschauung
With 17,728 visitors, December's International Online Information Meeting (IOLIM), held in London, once again attracted record numbers. Attendance was 10 percent higher than last year, and, in anticipation of the increase, the show was held for the first...
Presenting an Alternative Weltanschauung; Contrasting Business Models Captured Attention at International Online
With 17,728 visitors, December's International Online Information Meeting (IOLIM), held in London, once again attracted record numbers. Attendance was 10 percent higher than last year, and, in anticipation of the increase, the show was held for the...
Primary Source Media Releases Major Authors on CD-ROM: Miguel De Cervantes
Primary Source Media, a provider of primary source documents on microform, CD-ROM, and online, has announced a new title, Miguel de Cervantes, in its Major Authors on CD-ROM literary research series. Major Authors on CD-ROM: Miguel de Cervantes is a...
Privacy, Publishing, and Self Regulation
If you see the words "privacy" and "Internet" together in one sentence, you often know what follows. Usually it is some diatribe that predicts an Orwellian 1984 type of future. The author may also offer tips on how to "protect your privacy" when online....
Privacy, Publishing, and Self Regulation: Electronic Publishers Can Gather Information in Ways Impossible in Print
If you see the words "privacy" and "Internet" together in one sentence, you often know what follows. Usually it is some diatribe that predicts an Orwellian 1984 type of future. The author may also offer tips on how to "protect your privacy" when online....
Professionals' Perfect Web World in Sight
For information professionals, an I ideal Web world would be one where traditional online vendors offered complex search functionality, those previously known for their CD-ROM delivery wouldn't hesitate to offer their content via the Internet, and,...
Rewritable and Removable Storage Devices
With the mass (and mess) of files that we download from the Internet and install from CD ROMs, we need better solutions for backing up hard drives and transporting files from one computer to another. This becomes more pressing as hard drives keep...
R.R. Bowker Enhances Books in Print on Disc Product Line
R.R. Bowker, emphasizing that Books in Print is no longer "just books in print, nor just books in print," has announced enhancements to the various products in its CD-ROM line and that its Children's Books in Print is now on CD-ROM as well. Books...
ScienceDirect Charter Sales Period Begins
ScienceDirect has announced that it has launched its Web-based publishing platform, ScienceDirect, that will offer libraries and their end users desktop access to the full text of more than 1,100 journals published by Elsevier Science. The company...
Silver Platter Releases New Products, Expands Web Access
SilverPlatter Information has announced the release of new software as well as the availability of new services and the expansion of access to Web resources. WebSPIRS 3.1 SilverPlatter has announced that WebSPIRS 3. 1, a Web gateway using the SPIRS retrieval...
SilverPlatter Releases New Products, Expands Web Access
SilverPlatter Information has announced the release of new software as well as the availability of new services and the expansion of access to Web resources. WebSPIRS 3.1 SilverPlatter has announced that WebSPIRS 3.1, a Web gateway using...
Softline Information Adds to Women 'R' Database
SoftLine Information (SLI), publisher of the Women `R' (WR) database, has announced the addition of a substantial body of new titles to WR. The database, which is a women's- and gender-issues database released quarterly on Windows-based CD-ROM, delivers...
Swets & Zeitlinger Announces Additions to SwetsNet and Changes to the Board
Swets & Zeitlinger, an international subscription agent and library supplier that provides information to academic, medical, government, and corporate libraries, has announced the addition of journals from MIT Press and Plenum Publishing to its...
The ABC's of Collaborative Change: The Manager's Guide to Library Renewal
The ABCs of Collaborative Change: The Manager's Guide to Library Renewal by Kerry David Carson, Paula Phillips Carson, and Joyce Schouest Phillips Chicago: ALA Editions 1997 ISBN: 0-521-58674-7 272 Pages Keeping up with the ever-changing information...
UMI and National Library of Canada Sign Agreement
UMI and the National Library of Canada have announced that they have reached an agreement giving UMI rights to publish print and microform editions of doctoral dissertations and master's theses written at universities throughout Canada. The agreement...
UnCover Adds Image-Based Information Solutions to Document Delivery Service
The UnCover Company has announced that it will now offer users of its UnCover Desktop Delivery an alternative method of receiving full-text articles in addition to fax delivery. The new method will include graphics, photographs, and charts delivered...
W3C Issues First Public Draft of Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL)
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an industry consortium created to develop common protocols that enhance the interoperability and promote the evolution of the World Wide Web, has announced the first public working draft of Synchronized Multimedia...
WLN Announces Web Access Products, New Contract for Authority Processing
WLN has announced two new Web-based products and a new contract that involves providing authority processing services to the New York Public Library. WebLN and WebLN PAC WebLN, one of the new products being offered by WLN through the World...
Xlibris Announces On-Demand Publishing Service
Xlibris Corporation has announced the launch of a fully digital on-demand publishing service, the first of its kind, according to the company. The service includes two major components: on-demand publishing combined with on-demand book manufacturing...
Xlibris Announces On-Demand Publishing Service
Xlibris Corporation has announced the launch of a fully digital on-demand publishing service, the first of its kind, according to the company. The service includes two major components: on-demand publishing combined with on-demand book manufacturing...
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