Magazine article Information Today

IAC's Industry Express Speeds Industry News to Fast-Track Online Users' Desks

Magazine article Information Today

IAC's Industry Express Speeds Industry News to Fast-Track Online Users' Desks

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Information Access Company is a database factory. Over the years it has developed products that have become research necessities in business, technology, and other subjects. Its business/technology quartet of PROMT, Trade & Industry Database, Newsletter Database, and Computer Database provides unsurpassed coverage of markets, companies, products, and trends for industry sectors worldwide.

However, this cluster of related yet distinctive files goes against today's great trend toward online simplicity. Each of the four databases overlaps with others in subject coverage and sometimes in source publications. There are numerous differences from one to another in file structure: PROMT and Computer Database have full text and abstracts; Newsletter Database has full text only; Trade & Industry has full text, abstracts, and citations. Each also has distinctive indexing practices and update schedules. Even for expert online business searchers, it is a chore to keep track of the individual characteristics of these four databases. As for end users - not a chance.

Industry Express is a partial solution to these complications. It takes timely, significant publications from PROMT, Trade & Industry Database, Newsletter Database, and Computer Database and merges them into a single consistent file. It specializes in fast-moving high-tech fields, where command of current information is particularly important. It is a full-text file, with common indexing and exceptional timeliness. It is by no means a complete replacement for the four source databases, because it makes great sacrifices in comprehensiveness and retrospective coverage, but for getting insightful analysis of the latest high-tech developments, it can make one search take the place of four.

High-Tech Hot News Only

Industry Express concentrates on fastmoving, technology-based industry sectors: computing, electronics, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and health care. The exception to this sector emphasis is a small group of general business periodicals, including Forbes and industry Week, that present the overall business picture. The database contains only 52 publications from among the thousands covered in the source databases, but the periodicals chosen are the major titles in their respective fields. Other industry sectors are expected to be added in the future. Industry Express contains cover-to-cover full text, excluding short items such as letters and reviews.

Industry Express is a "hot news only" database that is updated daily, with rolling coverage of the previous 30 days' records. Articles from a source publication appear online within 24 hours after IAC receives an electronic feed from the publisher, which sometimes makes Industry Express' version more timely than the source's print edition. It is also often more up-to-date than the source databases; the contents of a publication will appear in Industry Express at the same time or earlier than in the main database. This can result in overlap between searches run in Industry Express and a source database. On DIALOG, deduplication commands can help.

Several Search Options

Industry Express has thorough indexing, especially for a database whose records appear online so quickly. Topical content is represented by company names and ticker symbols, subject descriptor names and codes, industry sector names and codes, geographic area names and codes, event names and codes, and segment names and codes. …

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