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Three Major Search Services Announce Partners for Building New Search Engines

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Three Major Search Services Announce Partners for Building New Search Engines

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DIALOG Upgrading Search Engine

DIALOG Information Services recently announced several major movements to upgrade their search engine. They have acquired a substantial minority investment in Personal Library Software (PLS), a leading text and image-based search and retrieval software house. PLS produces the Personal Librarian software with natural language and relevance ranking features. The software works on several platforms including Unix, Macintosh, DOS, Windows, and VMS and has served as the search engine for Congressional Quarterly's Washington Alert Service, Grolier Electronic Publishing CD-ROMs, the AppleSearch workgroup information product, and DataTimes newspaper automation (as described below). A DIALOG vice-president will join the PLS Board of Directors. The first target area for joint development will be DIALOG's CD-ROM line.

DIALOG also announced an agreement with Sun Microsystems Computer Corporation. Sun will assist in transforming DIALOG's massive centralized computing environment into a networked, client-server system. The changes are designed to provide DIALOG customers with better, faster, and more flexible information search, retrieval, and delivery tools compatible with the client-server environments in which most corporate customers now operate. Scalable open system architecture should also handle DIALOG's massive and rapidly growing data collection better, according to the announcement. DIALOG's data center currently handles over two terabytes of DASD (Direct-Access Storage Device) and expects to double storage by 1996. Goals of the new configuration will include international offerings of local data, support of data delivery to various desktop computing environments, customized corporate information systems, display of integrated documents containing both text and graphics, and a published Applications Programming Interface (API) that supports third-party reseller development. Conversion to the new system will take several years and involve Sun SPARC workstations and servers.

In recent months, DIALOG has announced other partnership activities designed to change their technological base including a collaborative research agreement with Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), a consulting partnership with SRI International to develop a new technology plan, and strategic alliances with Advanced Research Technologies (ART) and Telebase Systems, two leading gateway designers. …

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