Magazine article Information Today

Bowker Intros New Generation of "Intelligent" Databases

Magazine article Information Today

Bowker Intros New Generation of "Intelligent" Databases

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On April 1st, R. R. Bowker launched a bold new system of data acquisition, validation, and delivery - called BowkerPower - and began transforming its database from repositories of information into dynamic, intelligent, information networks. Books in Print, the first database to be converted, not only communicates directly with other databases, but scans, scrutinizes, and corrects its own records.

Over the spring and summer of 1993, Books in Print managing director, Albert Simmonds, and John Roney, director, Editorial Systems, will alter and enhance Bowker's traditional methods of communication, classification, and output through the following three-part program.

Electronic Data Interchange

Books in Print will soon be on duty 24 hours a day, ready to capture and disseminate new data as quickly as the telephone lines will allow. Through Electronic Data Interchange, publishers will be able to download bibliographic information from their own computers directly into Books in Print via modem or dedicated line. All the latest titles, prices, and other data changes can be transferred to Books in Print just hours after they've been recorded by the publishers themselves. All of which translates into less work for the publishers who contribute to Books in Print and an unprecedented level of authority and currency for the librarians and booksellers who tap into the system.

Exceptionally receptive, the system will also extract and automatically configure information stored on magnetic tape or diskettes containing commercial database programs. For publishers without electronic transmission resources, Bowker will provide a special software program developed to interface with the Books in Print database that can also generate catalogs, store inventory data, and perform other in-house functions.

Even manual methods of input and feedback will be accelerated. Within 48 hours of receipt, data supplied on printed ABI (Advance Book Information) forms will be entered into the system. Whatever mode of communication each publisher prefers - modem, magnetic tape, PC diskette, or print - Bowker Power makes the process of communication simpler and faster than ever before.

Internal Quality Control & Validation

Through a rigorous program of internal and external data comparisons, virtually every element that enters the Books in Print database will be checked and rechecked for accuracy and consistency. …

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