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UMI's New Online Service to Include Text and Images from the New York Times

Magazine article Information Today

UMI's New Online Service to Include Text and Images from the New York Times

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UMI and The New York Times Information Services Group today announced an agreement for UMI's new client-server host computer system to provide researches with online access to news from The New York Times beginning in early 1996. The announcement was made by Jim Roemer, president and chief operating officer of Bell & Howell, UMI's parent company, and James A. Cutie, president of The New York Times Information Services group.

As an information provider to UMI's ProQuest Direct system, The Times will be online for a period of 90 days, updated daily with the most recent New York Times edition. In addition to searchable ASCII (unformatted digital) text, the newspaper will, for the first time, be delivered in image form in an online environment. Articles older than 90 days will be delivered by UMI off-line via fax and traditional document delivery methods.

"We will be offering customers a different way to access information from The New York Times," Roemer said. "By combining ASCII text and scanned images from the newspaper, people will have a powerful new tool with which to harness one of the leading newspapers in the world. …

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