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Articles from Vol. 12, No. 7, July-August

Ansel Adams Goes Electronic
A collection of thirty photographs by the master of landscape photography, Ansel Adams, has been adapted to a computer format for the first time ever, and will be available as a CD-ROM screensaver this fall. The product will also be published in PC and...
Cancer and AIDS Pain Management Services on WWW
Educational materials on cancer and AIDS pain management from Roxane Laboratories and the Roxane Pain Institute are now accessible through the World Wide Web on the Internet. By entering the site address (http://www .Roxane.com), users can obtain newsletters,...
Content and Context: Imaging's Buzz Words for the '90S
Like new car models, the Net is taking on new looks. Some of the people who brought images to the screen are now playing with new layouts for local and world news and other online dissemination. All this and more was featured at the 48th Annual Conference...
Data Trek Introduces G.L.A.S., NetPAC
Data Trek, Inc. demonstrated two new products at the SLA and ALA shows in June. The Graphical Library Automation System, or G.L.A.S., is a new Microsoft Windows-based automation system for the microcomputer platform. NetPAC is a Z39.50 client interface...
Elsevier Science Releases Four New Medical Specialty CD-ROMs
Elsevier Science, Secondary Publishing Division, has launched four important new medical specialty CD-ROM products: EMBASE CD: Geriatrics and Gerontology, EMBASE CD: Orthopedic Surgery, EMBASE CD: Ophthalmology, and EMBASE CD: Dermatology. Produced...
First Official English Translation of World's Largest Database on Chinese Businesses
An exclusive database that provides official detailed information on over 420,000 Chinese firms and business-related organizations is now available through EastGate Services, a subsidiary of Management Counsellors International, Ltd. Available for the...
Follett Introduces Search Plus for Windows and the Multilingual Language Pack
Follett Software Company has introduces Search Plus for Windows, which enables Windows-based workstations to search in Follett's MS-DOS Catalog Plus online public access catalog software. Library patrons can easily perform online searching of the library...
IFI CLAIMS Database Enhanced, New Search Tool Available for Chemical Codes
IFI Plenum Data Corporation has just completed a series of major enhancements to the CLAIMS U.S. Patents database. With the 1995 reload of the database, new data will be added to a significant number of patent records. For the first time, IFI will provide...
Inforonics Puts Thomas Register on the Internet
Inforonics has created a World-Wide Web site for the Thomas Register of American Manufacturers that delivers a database of information on U.S. and Canadian companies. The Thomas Register is the premier publication of its kind, used by more purchasing...
Johns Hopkins University Press' Scholarly Journals Now Available on the Web; Project Muse Initiative Provokes Thought at ASIS Meeting
The American Society of Information Science (ASIS) Mid-Year Meeting in May focused on the emerging world of electronic publishing, featuring sample projects, current research, legal considerations, and the support technologies that make them all possible....
Knight-Ridder Slashes Price for Internet Delivery of DIALOG Search Results
Knight-Ridder Information, Inc. has announced that Internet delivery charges for online search results and DIALOG Alert current awareness profiles will be reduced to only 50[cts.] per print request, a savings of 50-80 percent on Internet e-mail delivery...
KRI Signs Exclusive CD-ROM Agreement with Derwent
Knight-Ridder Information, Inc. has announced an exclusive agreement with Derwent Information Limited to produce KR Information OnDisc Derwent Petroleum and Power Engineering, the preeminent CD-ROM database for patent technology monitoring in the petroleum...
M.A.I.D. Makes "Profound" Move
M.A.I.D (Market Analysis and Information Database) has long had a low profile among its peer group of business information services. There are several reasons. It is a British company that has not made a strong marketing effort here. It is relatively...
Marketing on the Web
Have you noticed that you increasingly find yourself saying to potential customers, "Here is the address of our home page on the Web" instead of "Give me your address and I'll send you a brochure"? This growing phenomenon was the topic of one of the...
Merriam-Webster Goes Electronic
Merriam-Webster has started shipping the new Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary Deluxe Electronic Edition on CD-ROM, bringing the high-quality authoritative content of Merriam-Webster reference books to the computer. It contains the full text of...
New H.W. Wilson Databases
Five new databases have been released by SilverPlatter in conjunction with The H.W. Wilson Company. They include Book Review Digest, Library Literature, Readers' Guide Abstracts Select Edition, Wilson Applied Science & Technology Abstracts, and Wilson...
New Multimedia Standard for PCs
The Multimedia PC Working Group, an independent special interest group of the Software Publishers Association, has released the Multimedia PC Level 3 Specification, a new and enhanced standard for Multimedia PCs. The new standard includes improved sound...
News from ISI
ISI Releases Reaction Citation Index Database The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) has announced the release of the Reaction Citation Index, a comprehensive information source that includes reactions, bibliographic data, cited references,...
NISO Adds Five New Voting Members, Proposes New Alphanumeric Standard
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has added five organizations to the ranks of its voting members: the College Center for Library Automation, EBSCO Information Services, Elsevier Science, Innovative Interfaces, and SilverPlatter...
Pacific Bell Unveils the Library of the Future
Pacific Bell has announced it is offering to wire all public libraries in its service territory with Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) and to help these institution to obtain low-cost computers and videoconferencing equipment. The objective...
Price Waterhouse LLP Introduces KnowledgeView
Price Waterhouse LLP has introduced KnowledgeView, an interactive, online data repository that gives the firm's business advisers instant access to the most current information available on world-class best practices and benchmarking. The proprietary...
Publishing in Cyberspace: ASIS Mid-Year Conference Covers the Questions
Methods of information dissemination and usage have changed forever. This statement from Bonnie Lawlor summarizes electronic publishing ventures reported during the American Society of Information Science (ASIS) 1995 Mid-Year Conference held in Minneapolis-St....
Sites across the Country Choose SIRSI Systems
SIRSI has announced that its STILAS and Unicorn library automation systems have been installed at a number of sites around the country. SIRSI's Unicorn Collection Management System and Scientific and Technical Information Library Automation System (STILAS)...
Summertime News of the Net, and a Virtual Cybertropics Vacation
"We are drowning in information, but starved for knowledge." --John Naisbitt, MEGATRENDS Web Home for "Copyright Clearance Center" (CCC)--The Copyright Clearance Center, the clearing-house resource for permissions to reprint/reuse copyrighted materials,...
Testing the Multimedia Capabilities of Your System
You would never buy a car without taking it for a test drive or looking under the hood, even if you can't tell an oil filter from an ignition terminal. On the other hand, almost everyone buys a computer without taking it for a test drive, and they don't...
The 1995 Guinness Multimedia Disc of Records Has Record-Breaking Features
Grolier Electronic Publishing, Inc. sets new multimedia performance standards for trivia enthusiasts with its release of The 1995 Guinness Multimedia Disc of Records. The CD-ROM title is an interactive multimedia version of the second best-selling book...
The DOS Platform Is Alive and Kicking
Ever since Windows was introduced in a decent format (i.e., Windows 3.1), CD-ROM publishers have pondered: Should we convert or should we not? And those who had both DOS and Mac versions, such as SilverPlatter and EBSCO, faced even more complex decisions....
The Summer Conferences: Issues and Answers, Products and Services Ar SLA and ALA
The IT editors hit the road in June, trekking to the Special Libraries Association meeting in Montreal and the American Library Association meeting in Chicago. Here's a report. Also, check the Dateline box below and the opening article of the Library...
Tossing out Some Online Lifelines
We've all heard the old hymn, "Throw out the lifeline. Throw out the lifeline. Someone is sinking tonight." Looking back through past columns, it occurs to me that a certain doomsday approach to the present and future might have led to some depression...
Two New Versions of Netscape Navigator
Netscape Navigator for Windows Netscape Communications Corporation has announced Netscape Navigator 1.2, a version of its popular network browser designed for the new Microsoft Windows 95 operating environment. The beta version of Netscape Navigator...
User Ratings of DEC VAX IOLS Software
Librarians were invited to rate integrated online library automation systems (IOLS) software running on DEC VAX computers. User Ratings were determined for BiblioTech, DRA, Georgetown, Sydneyplus, Techlibplus, and ULISYS. The categories surveyed were:...
VeriSign, Inc. Adds Online Security Solutions
Network and information superhighway users can now have a higher level of trust in the contents of an electronic transmission and the identity of its source with the recent launch of VeriSign, Inc. VeriSign is a full-service provider of Digital ID, also...
West Publishing's PREMISE Publisher; with West's PREMISE, Anyone Can Create an Electronic Book
What is an electronic book? For starters, it's something everyone should expect to see in increasing numbers. Electronic books have many similarities to full-text databases. They automate the text of a single work or a variety of works and present them...
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