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Articles from Vol. 13, No. 7, July-August

ACBJ Launches an Information Site Designed for Small Business Users
American City Business Journals, Inc. (ACBJ), the nation's leading publisher of weekly business newspapers, has announced that local business news from 28 of America's most dynamic markets is now available for access and retrieval through a coordinated...
Business Analyst Completes DataTimes' EyeQ; the Addition of BA Finishes the Year-Long Revamping of DataTimes
Nobody has come so far so fast in recent years as DataTimes. In a period when every online service is reengineering itself, DataTimes has had to rebuild from the ground up. Like everyone else, DataTimes had to upgrade its character-based, command search...
CASPR's LibraryNet Server Supports Web Browser Searching
CASPR, Inc. has announced the LibraryNet Web Server, an online patron access catalog (OPAC) server written to allow all standard Web browsers to search library holdings. LibraryNet is a multiuser server application that supports Web browsers in searching...
CBC Releases Health Law and Discrimination CDs
Clark Boardman Callaghan, New York City, has announced the release of two more law-related CD-ROMs. National Health Lawyers Association Laws on CD-ROM With the heightened regulatory a structural changes in health care, the National Health Lawyers Association...
Database Race to the Web; Vendors Continue to Move Information over to the Web; Here's This Month's Crop of Company Announcements
With each passing month, more and more database providers are announcing the availability of all or a portion of their information products via the Internet's World Wide Web. The goal is either to facilitate access to their traditional markets or to...
D&B Business Information Report Now Available on Information America
Dun & Bradstreet Information Services has announced that the D&B Business Information Report (BIR) credit analysis and payment summary report is now available on Information America. This links BIR with the premier online business and investigative...
E3-Electronic Entertainment Expo ... Plus; Plenty of Educational Multimedia Was on Display at This West Coast Event
The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) debuted last year and literally stole the show (or at least a significant part of it) from other venerable exhibits like the Consumer Electronic Show (CES), Intermedia, and the Interactive Multimedia Association...
EBSCO Publishing Announces New Strategic Partnership, Canadian Databases
EBSCO Publishing has announced that EBSCO and Innovative Interfaces, Inc. have entered into an agreement whereby Innovative Interfaces will offer EBSCO Publishing general reference, business, and health periodical databases to INNOPAC customers via INN-View....
EOS International Introduces Client/server System
EOS International, the combined company of Data Trek, Inc. and IME, Ltd., has announced the Q Series, a new GUI client/server system described by the company as powerful, affordable, and truly open. It features open systems architecture with full interconnectivity,...
Evoke Introduces Interactive Income Tax Education for CPAs
Evoke, which claims to be the first company to produce truly interactive multimedia programs for professional self study, has announced it is launching its third CD-ROM-based product for the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) of accountants--Kess'...
IAC Launches Advertising Program on Computer Select
Information Access Company (IAC) has announced that Computer Select, the business world's CD-ROM database for buyers of computer hardware and software, will carry advertisements. Subscribers will be able to click on an advertiser's ad banner for additional...
IAC's Magazine Index Plus Changed to Reference Center
Information Access Company has announced that it just completed significant content and access enhancements to Magazine Index Plus/ASAP and renamed it General Reference Center. With a wide selection of full-text newspaper articles, magazines, and reference...
IIA Praises Introduction of Database Protection Measure
Representative Carlos Moorhead (R-CA), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property, has introduced H.R. 3531, the Database Investment and Intellectual Property Antipiracy Act of 1996. "The Information Industry Association...
Image Permanence Institute at RIT Helps LC to Build Photo Digitization Standards
The quality of the first digitization of historical documents and photographs will affect all future copies and regenerations, according to scientists of the Image Permanence Institute (IPI) at Rochester Institute of Technology's (RIT) School of Photographic...
Individual Announces Enhanced First! Intranet Personalized News
Individual, Inc. a provider of customized news for business, has announced First! Intranet Release 2.0. The service delivers personalized news to users enterprise-wide using each business' intranet, or corporate Web. All news is also automatically archived...
ISI Releases Topics Select, Announces ISI Document Solution
The Institute for Scientific Information has announced the release of its direct-to-the-desktop alerting service based on predefined research topics, Topics Select will deliver current information directly to the user's e-mail address on a daily or weekly...
Need a New Job? Get to Work on the Web
I found my present job on the Internet. This may not seem utterly remarkable to you, inasmuch as I make my living on the Internet. However, it's important to know that you don't have to be a professional Webhead or computer geek to tap into the burgeoning...
New Databases on KRI Dialog
Knight-Ridder Information, Inc. has announced an agreement with the Japan Information Center of Science and Technology (JICST) to license that organization's English language database. In addition, the company has announced that 18 indexing, abstracts,...
New Foundation Center CD-ROM Aids in Fundraising Research
The Foundation Center, a leading source of information on foundations and corporate givers, has released FC Search: The Foundation Center's Database on CD-ROM. It gives fundraisers the ability to search the Foundation Center's entire universe of grantmakers...
New Products from Derwent
Derwent Information has announced the release of Derpict 2 for Windows software plus Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPC): Great Britain directory. Derpict 2 Derpict 2 enables subscribers to the Derwent Chemical Patents Index service to search,...
OCLC Releases OCLC CatCD Windows-Based CD-ROM System
OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. has announced that OCLC CatCD for Windows is now available. A Windows-based CD-ROM system used for off-line cataloging, this product offers improved functionality to increase productivity in a user-friendly environment....
Online Digital Media Archive Software from SIRSI Meets Virtual Library Needs
SIRSI Corporation of Huntsville, Alabama, maker of UNICORN library automation products, has introduced Digital Media Archive software. In conjunction with this introduction, SIRSI is making available a full-function restricted-use add-on configuration...
Online Services Race to Embrace the Web; Major Players Move to the Web, but Their Views on the Medium Differ
There is a rush on to port traditional online services to the World Wide Web. MAID's Profound has already gone live, while LEXIS-NEXIS and Dow Jones News/Retrieval will be offered incrementally over the next 12 months. The companies behind the services...
O'Reilly Publishes New Edition of 'Encyclopedia of Graphics File Formats.' (O'Reilly and Associates Inc. Puts Information on CD-ROM, World Wide Web)(Multimedia Today)
O'Reilly & Associates announces the release of its first Web product, the Encyclopedia of Graphics File Formats, 2nd Edition. "When we designed the Encyclopedia of Graphics File Formats, we knew that the programmers and graphics professionals who...
Reed Reference Puts 'Red Books' on Mac and Windows CDs; Forms First Ad Industry Advisory Board
Reed Reference Publishing (RRP) has announced its plans for the early third quarter release of The Advertising Red Books on Macintosh and Windows CD-ROMs. Currently available on a DOS-based CD-ROM, as well as in print format, The Advertising Red Books...
Research Information Systems Acquires PBS Software Products
Research Information Systems, Inc. (RIS), a subsidiary of the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), has announced the acquisition of the assets of Personal Bibliographic Software, Inc. (PBS), a leading supplier of bibliographic database software...
RLG Task Force Publishes Report on Preserving Digital Data
The Research Libraries Group has announced that the Task Force on Archiving of Digital Information, a 21-member, broadly based group that included specialists in publishing, information technology, and library and archival administration, as well as...
Searchers Need Better Services; Another of BQ's Specific Wish Lists for Information Vendors
Through the many long years that I have worked with and commented on the online information industry, I have had hundreds, maybe thousands, of conversations with industry representatives and executives. I know, I know. You thought I made it all up as...
SLA's 87th Annual Conference
The 1996 Special Libraries Association (SLA) Annual Conference--the association's 87th, tagged "Information Revolution: Pathway to the 21st Century--took place in Boston, June 8-13. Librarians and information professionals asserted their interest in...
Sun Announces Industry-Wide Support for Encryption/key Management Protocol
Sun Microsystems recently announced rapidly growing industry support for SKIP (Simple Key Management for Internet Protocol), a powerful encryption and key management protocol that is under consideration as a possible standard with the Internet Engineering...
Survey Pro for Windows Produces Professional-Quality Surveys
Apian Software has announced the new version of its popular all-in-one package for the generation of complete, integrated surveys. Not just a port to Windows of its earlier DOS versions, Survey Pro 2.0 is a complete redesign for managers, business owners,...
The Myth of Upgrading Library Systems
The myth of upgrading postulates that it is less expensive, faster, easier, and less stressful to upgrade your integrated library system if you work with your current vendor. Most libraries have been operating under this premise for quite a long while....
Thomson Acquisition of West Approved
The Thomson Corporation (Thomson) announced June 19 that its $3.425 billion acquisition of West Publishing Company (West) has been approved by the United States Department of Justice. West and Thomson Legal Publishing (TLP) will merge to form the West...
Two New Ways to Access MEDLINE
Medscape: The Online Resource for Better Patient Care has announced unlimited free access to MEDLINE, the database of Washington's National Library of Medicine. MEDLINE, which indexes more that 8.4 million abstracts from 3,800 medical journals, is the...
Understanding EDGAR and SEC Filings; Here's a Brief Explanation of Different Ways to Get Information to the SEC
The other day a researcher called me and wanted to know how to retrieve Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) filings from the Internet. "I wanted to see if Anheuser Busch had any significant pending litigation," he explained. He reasoned that...
What Price CD-ROMs?
It is easier to say what price you should not pay when buying CD-ROM software or hardware: Never buy at list price, or manufacturer's suggested retail (MSR) price. This is the price you would pay if you were to buy the product direct from the database...
Zenith Electronics Introduces NetVision Web-Browsing TVs
Zenith Electronics Corporation has introduced two interactive television sets featuring NetVision, a new Internet-access technology developed with the software firm Diba, Inc. based in Belmont, California. Farid Dibachi, chairman and co-founder of Diba,...
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