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Questel-Orbit Brings Full Service to the Web with QWEB, Introduces Internet Protocol Network

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Questel-Orbit Brings Full Service to the Web with QWEB, Introduces Internet Protocol Network

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Questel-Orbit, a France Telecom subsidiary and leading intellectual property and science-technology search service, has brought the full array of its databases to the Web. The new QWEB interface supports full functionality by offering the full command structure of Questel-Orbit's software. The company has added a high-speed Questel-Orbit Internet Protocol Network to support higher speeds and greater security. Though the Internet Protocol Network can support intranet connections and carries special institutional pricing options, the lack of end-user focus in the design of Web-based services would confirm Questel-Orbit's contention that its target market remains professional searchers and knowledge workers with heavy demand for its data.

David Dickens, director of patent products at Questel-Orbit, said that the QWEB interface makes all of Questel-Orbit's 100 databases--covering patents, trademarks, technical and scientific information, and chemistry--available via the Web. Four years ago, the company began offering QPAT, but only for patent files. All features available over the traditional search software now appear in the QWEB interface, including the "Print Legal" and "Print Cited" functions. Menus support users in building and saving search strategies (e.g., a database menu by subject). Searchers also have the option of an expert mode. They can prepare scripts off-line and upload them complete, line by line, or in any order. The interface can export sessions--including images--straight into word-processing software in RTF format.

The new QWEB interface particularly supports fast, high-quality display of images such as logotypes and patents drawing. Searchers just click to view integrated images, including a link to very-highquality TIFF images. QWEB provides additional security with SSL search encryption. A "Remember My Details" option lets users store user IDs and passwords for automatic use.

Searcher Nancy Lambert from Chevron Research (and the "Better Mousetrap" columnist for Searcher magazine, covering patent and sci-tech searching) looks forward to speedy downloading of images. According to Lambert, downloading chemical structure images integrated into files has been endurable, but "downloading Derwent images takes forever. …

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