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Articles from Vol. 14, No. 5, May

3D Talking Globe: Maps and More
Enough maps to cover a 20-foot wall, a three-dimensional globe, a 10-mile list of cities you can locate with the click of a mouse, and audible pronunciations for the names of 3,000 cities, mountains, and bodies of waterthose are a few of the features...
ADONIS Electronic Journal Subscription Service Goes Live
ADONIS has announced that the company is now ready to accept subscription orders for its ADONIS Electronic Journal Subscription Service, launched last January. The service, based on journal subscriptions, is meant to complement ADONIS' existing transaction-based...
American Express Financial Announces Morningstar Alliance
American Express Financial Direct has announced an alliance with Morningstar in which InvestDirect, its award-winning online brokerage offering, is now available through Morningstar's new interactive investment site (http://www.morning star.net). The...
Auto-Graphics Introduces Cataloging Software for Windows
Auto-Graphics, Inc. has announced its Windows-based library cataloging module, a powerful online system designed to perform the gamut of library cataloging functions, according to the company. Based on the design of Auto-Graphics' Impact/ONLINE Cataloging...
Bell Labs Researcher Proposes New Internet Standard for Cookie Management
Lucent Technologies has announced that a researcher from its Bell Laboratories research and development arm has proposed a new Internet standard that would increase Web surfers' control over who sees where they click and what they do when they get to...
CCH Introduces Federal and State SourceDocs on CD-ROM
CCH, Inc., a provider of tax and business law information, has introduced CCH Federal SourceDocs and CCH State SourceDocs. According to the company, the two CD-ROM research tools give professionals the laws, regulations, and other documents they need...
CD-erasable/CD-Re Writable
Last month I wrote about DirectCD, one of the latest developments in making the compact disc a perfect storage device for the masses-for masses of data and masses of casual users. Compact disc has come a long way since the early 1980s, stimulated by...
Chadwyck-Healey Launches Literature Online
Chadwyck-Healey has announced the launch of Literature Online (also called "Lion"), a Web site for English and American literature. According to Chadwyck-Healey, Literature Online is the largest, most integrated collection of literature and literature...
Chinese, Swedish Content Added to FT Profile
Financial Times Information, a leading supplier of specialist financial and business information, has announced that it has added the Economist Intelligence Unit's China Hand plus the Swedish-language Affarsvarlden to its FT Profile online content. China...
ClariNet, Lanacom to Develop 'Push' Product
ClariNet Communications, publisher of the Internet electronic newspaper ClariNews, and Lanacom, Inc., creators of Internet information delivery technologies, have announced a strategic alliance to develop ClariNews HeadLiner, a news and information push...
Coopers & Lybrand Adds RIA Group Publications to Tax News Network
Coopers & Lybrand L.L.P. has announced that members of its online Tax News Network service (http://www.tax news.com) now have access to the vast editorial databases controlled by the RIA Group, the largest U.S. publisher and information provider...
Crystal Semiconductor Unveils 3-D Audio Accelerator
Crystal Semiconductor Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Cirrus Logic, Inc., has introduced the CS4610 high-performance PCI audio accelerator, the first in a new DSP-based family of advanced audio processors for next-generation multimedia PCs. With...
Dataware Offers Web Publishing Products
Dataware Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of software for professional electronic publishing, has announced Dataware Electronic Publishing Management System (EPMS) support for Adobe Acrobat and Adobe FrameMaker software. This will allow Dataware...
D&B Expands Internet Offerings, Teams with IBM on Electronic Business Solutions
Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) has announced that it has expanded the number of products and capabilities now offered on its Internet site, located at http://www.dnb.com. D&B Internet Access for U.S. contract customers now offers quick and easy access...
D&B, LEXIS-NEXIS Address Year 2000 Problem
In separate announcements, Dun & Bradstreet and LEXIS-NEXIS have indicated they take the year 2000 problem seriously and are vowing to address it. D&B Spearheads "Best Practices" Guidelines Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) has announced it is helping...
Derwent Enhances PatentView for Windows-Based CD-ROMs
Derwent Information has announced that it has enhanced its PatentView for Windows CD-ROMs to include a 23-year index of front-page patent information. According to the company, users can now search, display, copy, and print U.S. frontpage bibliographic...
DIALOG Debuts Web Version
In the information world, the great event of the last three years has been the explosion of the World Wide Web. Everything about it has taken place with unprecedented speed: the growth in use, the appearance of new sites, and the implementation of new...
DIALOG Update '97
Update '97, marking DIALOG's 25th anniversary, opened in a puff of magic smoke. Who could resist KRI/DIALOG's futuristic, tongue-in-cheek Star Wars production, pitting three intrepid knowledge workers against the "Microsquash Corporation?" In packed...
Dow Jones InfoPro Alliance Implements 1997 Agenda with Leading Consulting Firm
Dow Jones Interactive Publishing has announced it has hired Dysart & lone: Associates, a leading consulting firm ir the information industry, to work with the company to implement the Dow JoneS InfoPro Alliance's agenda in 1997. The Dow Jones InfoPro...
Dow Jones Unveils New Knowledge-Indexing System
Dow Jones Interactive Publishing has announced it has developed and implemented a sophisticated automated knowledge-indexing system that it says will allow Dow Jones News/Retrieval subscribers to get highly targeted results from one search in the service's...
EBSCO Publishing Introduces EBSCOmed
EBSCO Publishing has announced the release of EBSCOmed-The Research Remedy, a new Web-based medical product line. EBSCOmed offers a variety of medical and allied health information services to meet the needs of medical librarians, doctors, clinical specialists...
EBSCO Publishing Introduces Three New CDs
EBSCO Publishing has announced the release of the MAS FullTEXT Premier database, which was designed for high school and junior college libraries. MAS FullTEXT Premier contains searchable full text for over 210 general-interest titles and includes abstracts...
Electronic Publishing in Canada
The future of scholarly communication, or more specifically, scholarly publishing, is being debated within the academic disciplines and across international borders. Although the Internet is a worldwide publishing revolution, the migration to an electronic...
Folio Corporation Now Shipping siteDirector 3.1
Folio Corporation has announced it is now shipping Folio siteDirector 3. 1, software for building and managing contentrich Internet and intranet sites. The 3.1 version includes new meter-enabling technology, which publishers, corporations, and Folio...
For Sale: Knight-Ridder Information, Inc. (& DIALOG!)
The press release from Knight-Ridder, Inc. (KR) on April 4, 1997, and the subsequent wire and newspaper coverage focused on a planned purchase of four newspapers from the Walt Disney company. The announcement of a plan to divest Knight-Ridder Information...
HDS Introduces Phase I of Multimedia Package
Health Data Sciences Corp. (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlantabased Medaphis Corp., a provider of business management services and information products to the health-care industry, recently introduced the initial phase of its new integrated multimedia...
HTML Editors: The Bottom Line
The HTML hype hits hot and heavy. A recent come-on for an online Web authoring system featured this stunner: "Instantly Create Your Own WebPage on the Internet for FREE! No HTML Required!" As more and more professionalslibrarians, online searchers, information...
H.W. Wilson Releases Full-Text Biography Database
The H.W. Wilson Company has announced the release of Current Biography: 1940Present, a searchable new full-text database covering more than 15,000 people prominent from 1940 through 1996. Current Biography: 1940-Present incorporates the full text of...
IFN Announces Instant News Service
Internet Financial Network, Inc. has announced the launch of an automated financial news service. Instant News extracts key information from SEC filings. It then distributes a newsfeed of that information, along with plain English headlines, seconds...
IHS Group Buys Micromedia Canada
Information Handling Services Group Inc. (IHS), a leading international information publishing group, has announced a major expansion of IHS Group's activities in Canada with the acquisition of Micromedia Limited, based in Toronto. Michael Timbers, IHS...
Infoseek and Hoover's Sign Strategic Agreement
Infoseek Corp., a provider of Internet navigation services, and Austin, Texasbased Hoover's, Inc., a provider of online company information, have announced that they have entered into a strategic agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, Infoseek...
Infoseek Announces Investors' Service, Marketing Alliance
Infoseek Corporation has unveiled Infoseek Investor, a new section of its Internet navigation service that features integrated services for investors who rely on the Internet to stay informed and track their investments. The new service is the result...
In-Stat Predicts Internet TVs Will Fracture the Internet
In-Stat, a full-service, high-technology market research and information company serving the semiconductor, communications, computer, and converging multimedia marketplaces and part of the Cahners Publishing Co., predicts that television set and personal...
Investext Adds Bankers Trust, the Wall Street Transcript
The Investext Group has announced that it has added Bankers Trust and The Wall Street Transcript to its roster of Investext database contributors. According to the company, the database is the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of investment...
ISI Offers $4,000 Grant in Honor of Current Contents
The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) has announced the guidelines for its $4,000 essay contest in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Current Contents, the current-awareness database for the scientific community. The Current Contents 40th...
ISI Releases New Version of Index Chemicus CD
The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) has announced that Version 1.1 of its Index Chemicus CD-ROM database of novel organic compounds is now available. The new version offers three major enhancements: a "zoom" feature that will allow users to...
It's the Brand, Stupid
Add value and build on brand name-lessons to learn in Web building The Internet and the World Wide Web, we are often reminded, are the offspring of the academic research community. I was, therefore, somewhat surprised when at a recent social gathering...
Keyword Searching with Alta Vista
The last column in this series introduced the concept of serious searching for clinically relevant medical information on the Internet and began to lay the groundwork for successful searching. The column closed with the advice to avoid natural language...
KRI Launches DIALOG Web, Announces DIALOG Select
Knight-Ridder Information, Inc. has launched DIALOG Web and DataStar Web, the Web-based interfaces to its premier flagship services. In addition, the company introduced DIALOG Select, a customized point-and-click Internet service for end users, and KR@Site,...
Laser Technology in Library Automation Scanning
The Follett Software Company has introduced the PHD Laser+, the latest in portable handheld scanners for the library market. The PHD Laser+ is a full-functioning, battery-powered lightweight scanner developed with laser technology-the latest and most...
MAID to Develop Service for Hong Kong Newspaper
MAID plc, an online provider of business information, has announced the signing of an agreement with the South China Morning Post to design and implement its Internet business service, which is scheduled for launch in the second quarter of this year....
Managing Information for the Competitive Edge
Ethel Auster and Chun Wei Choo (University of Toronto Faculty of Information Studies) have collected a wide variety of articles on information and how it is used in the corporate setting. While it is intended for information professionals, many of the...
MD Consult Internet Services Offers Preview
MD Consult, a new physicians-only Internet service, has announced that its preview Web site is open for browsing at http://www.mdconsult.com. According to the company, the Web site discloses the vast array of clinical content that will be available to...
Medical Content Available for Web Site Developers
SilverPlatter Education has announced the availability of custom versions of its Physicians' Home Page (PHP) Web site. Institutions and publishers may now offer their user communities a version of PHP designed to include their own insignia, contact information,...
Micrografx to Push Graphics Content with BackWeb Channel
Micrografx, Inc., a global leader in graphics software, has unveiled plans to use BackWeb Technologies' client/server push software to build a personalized Internet broadcasting channel for regular delivery of rich graphics content and applications directly...
Minolta Introduces New MicroSP 3000 Digital Reader-Printer
Minolta Corporation's Business Products Group (BPG) has introduced the new MicroSP 3000 Digital ReaderPrinter. The system consists of a featurerich microfilm scanner connected by video cable to a high-quality laser printer, which is ideal for many library...
Molecular Biology Resources for Eastern Europe, Asia
Scientists throughout Asia and Eastern Europe will soon be able to plug into the vast molecular biology resources available online, thanks to an international UNESCO-sponsored computer network inaugurated recently at the Weizmann Institute of Science....
Musicam Express and StarGuide Digital Networks to Deliver Radio News Via Satellite
StarGuide Digital Networks, a provider of digital satellite multimedia broadcasting technology, and Musicam Express, a provider of digital delivery services, have announced an agreement with Bloomberg LP to provide real-time distribution of Bloomberg...
N2K, Inc. Announces Plans to Divest Telebase Division
N2K, Inc., the music entertainment company, has announced its intention to divest its N2K Telebase division. The decision comes in response to rapid movement among Web-based companies toward concentration on core businesses. Telebase pioneered numerous...
NetObjects Fusion 2.0 Now Available
NetObjects, Inc. has announced the availability of its award-winning Web site building software NetObjects Fusion 2.0 for Windows and has offered existing NetObjects customers a free upgrade. NetObjects Fusion is the first smart Web site building application...
NICEM Unveils New Online Service, Thesaurus
NICEM (National Information Center for Educational Media) has a new service that makes its database available to users wherever and whenever they work, whether in a library, media center, office training facility, classroom, or home. NICEM Net is a new...
Niles & Associates, UnCover Company Enter Agreement
Niles & Associates, Inc. has announced that it has entered into a joint agreement with The UnCover Company. The agreement is designed to bring customized, affordable research information and tools to researchers, librarians, and information specialists....
NISO Approves New Standard for Digital Talking Book
NISO (National Information Standards Organization) has announced that its members have approved initiation of work on a new national standard: defining the functional requirements for a digital talking book. The Digital Talking Book, the nextgeneration...
NTT Establishes Multimedia Communications Laboratory, Professional Advisory Board
NTT America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. of Japan, has announced that it has established an important new commercial research center in Palo Alto, California-the heart of Silicon Valley. The new NTT Multimedia...
OCLC's FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online Preview Program Is Now Underway
OCLC has announced that a preview program of the OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online service is underway with 17 universities, university systems, and library consortia in the U.S., U.K., and Australia. The preview program provides access...
OCLC's Workstation Replacement Program
OCLC has announced that, under the 1997 OCLC Workstation Replacement Program, OCLC will offer a credit of $750 on the purchase of each new Pentium-based OCLC workstation through June 30, 1997. The program will help member libraries replace their older...
OSTA Study Reveals Industry-Wide CD-R Compatibility
Concluding its first phase of industrywide compatibility testing for recordable compact disc (CD-R) products, the Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA) has announced that it has found a very high degree of compatibility among all the tested CD-R...
Ovid's Java-Based Interface Enters Beta Testing
Ovid Technologies has announced that its new Java-based graphical user interface has begun beta testing. Ilyssa Greene, Ovid's public relations manager, said, "The Ovid Java Client just went into beta testing at customer sites . . . right on time." The...
Philippines Names Ei to Help Create Knowledge Base
President Fidel V. Ramos of the Philippines, a civil engineer by training, has announced a plan to empower Filipinos to share in the dynamic growth surrounding the Asia-Pacific region by using the Internet to provide them with access to global engineering...
PointCast, Inc. to Create PointCast Asia
PointCast, Inc., a leader in broadcast news via the Internet and corporate intranets, and Hong Kong-based China Internet Corporation have announced their plan to form PointCast Asia, a jointventure company that will create and operate English and Chinese...
Publishers Flock to PLS's Software Solutions
Personal Library Software, Inc. (PLS) and Knowledge Systems, Inc. (KSI) have announced that PLS information retrieval technology is powering the Web site for the NSSN: A Global Standards Network. The NSSN site (http://www.nssn.org), developed by the...
PubNETics to Electronically Deliver Oklahoma Bombing Trial Transcripts
PubNETics, a Denver-based electronic publishing software company with the exclusive contract to publish the Oklahoma City bombing trial transcripts, has announced that its Oklahoma Bombing Trial CyberCourt Web site (www.okcitytrial.com) is now fully...
Push versus Pull News Gathering
In a time of huge information overload, the thought of having personalized news delivered straight to the desktop is an appealing one. However, many users-especially within the library community-still prefer to gather information proactively, rather...
Queens Library Wins Highsmith Library Innovation Award
The Follett Software Company has introduced the PHD Laser+, the latest in portable handheld scanners for the library market. The PHD Laser+ is a full-functioning, battery-powered lightweight scanner developed with laser technology-the latest and most...
RDS Announces Business & Management Practices Database
Responsive Database Services, Inc. (RDS) has announced Business & Management Practices (BAMP), a companion database to its Business & Industry (B&I) database. BAMP will be available as File 13 on DIALOG starting this month. According to RDS,...
Searching for Music on the Web
Music sites are among the most popular and most populous sites on the World Wide Web. There are tens of thousands of musicrelated sites, ranging from official home pages of artists to music magazines, discographies, tour schedules, and fan sites. There...
SoftLine Announces Windows Version of Ethnic NewsWatch
SoftLine Information has announced a new custom Windows version of Ethnic NewsWatch (ENW), a full-text database of 200 newspapers and magazines of the ethnic, minority, and native press. The new graphical user interface includes icons for all functions...
SoftQuad and InXight Create New Generation of Web Publishing Software
SoftQuad and InXight have teamed up to solve two common problems faced by Web site publishers-easy navigation and management of Web site content, and intuitive, useful display of linked information. InXight, a Xerox spinoff commercializing user interface...
THe Investext Group Offers Moody's Reports, EIU ViewsWire
The Investext Group has announced an agreement with Moody's Financial Information Services to offer two new company report collections, U.S. Company Reports and U.S. Company History and Debt Reports, through the Investext database. The Moody's reports...
The One-Off CD Shops to Distribute CD-Recordable Media from MTC America
The One-Off CD Shops has announced that it has reached an agreement with Mitsui Toatsu Chemicals (MTC) America wherein The One-Off CD Shops will be a licensed distributor of Mitsui recordable compact discs (CD-R). The One-Off CD Shops is an international...
The Smorgasbord of Sites Is Excellent
What's on the Internet? Well, if you take the mainstream media at face value (never a good idea, by the way), it's a virtual smorgasbord of slime. First and foremost, there's porn. Lots of it. Just log in and it magically appears on your computer screen....
The Whitney Museum and NTT Corp. Produce Multimedia Preview for Major Exhibition
The Whitney Museum of American Art, in collaboration with NTT Corp., has announced that it has produced a special multimedia preview utilizing Super High Definition (SHD) imaging. The preview provides an overview of "The American Century: Art and Culture,...
UMI's DataTimes EyeQ, V. 1.4
UMI has announced that it has added several new features to the EyeQ and DataTimes Online (DTOL) business information services offered by its DataTimes subsidiary. EyeQ and DTOL serve business executives, managers, and business information professionals....
University of Pennsylvania Launches Celebratory Marian Anderson Web Site
The University of Pennsylvania has announced that it is celebrating the 100th birthday (February 27, 1997) of famed American singer Marian Anderson by launching a multimedia Web site on her life and work (http://www.library.upenn. edu/special/gallery/anderson/index.html)....
Web-Building Applications Linked to Access Databases
EveryWare Development Corp. is now shipping Tango for Access, an intranet rapid application development (IRAD) tool for building Web-based applications that link Web servers to Microsoft's Access database. This version of Tango allows Web developers...
When Channel Envy Gets Us Down
About 15 years ago, a founding father of the traditional online database industry gave a speech at an Information Industry Association meeting where he exhorted the members to relax their rigid pricing practices and adapt prices to what each market was...
WSJIE Adds New Alert Service
The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition (WSJIE) (http://wsj.com) has announced the availability of Personal Journal News Alert, which provides subscribers with automatic desktop delivery of personally selected news articles. Personal Journal News...
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