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The Information Industry in Europe

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The Information Industry in Europe

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European hosts have a hard time persuading technology shy end-users or non-users that they can carry out online searches. The services receive a more enthusiastic welcome from school pupils. The Garth Hill School, a state comprehensive school in Bracknell, Berkshire, UK, boasts a computerised school library, and recently added access to the Profile Information service for retrieval of full-text news. The service will be used primarily by students studying for advanced examinations. Profile, IBM, DEC, Hewlett-Packard, Acorn and the Times Network Service, are providing services in schools.

Other news from Profile is that the market reports published by Marketing Strategies for Industry (MSI) are to be online in full text. These cover UK markets and some European markets. Unlike other market research reports on Profile, MSI reports will be offered on a payas-you-use basis. Profile has also opened a gateway service to the Infocheck database of UK company data.

The full text of leading French national newspaper Le Monde went online via G Cam in 1987. Updated daily, articles from January 1987 onwards are included.

IBISCUS is a French language bibliographic database covering Third World development. Subjects covered include rural development, industrial development, energy, raw materials, economics and finance, politics, administration, trade, demography, education and training, environment, civil rights and transport. Grey literature is also included (maps, reports, etc.). IBISCUS is accessible on G Cam and is produced by a cooperation of organisations headed by the French Ministere des Relations Exterieures. (Contact Catherine Cyrot, 1 bis, avenue de Villars, 75007 Paris, France.)

One of the Royal Society of Chemistry's databases, Chemical Engineering Abstracts, now incorporates Theoretical Chemical Engineering Abstracts, which has been taken over from another publisher.

Data-Star has produced a Teach Yourself Diskette for IBM and compatible PCs. The program prompts the user through a basic search. It costs 35 Swiss Francs and over 350 copies have been sold since December. Another welcome training feature from Data-Star is the introduction of a free file (30 minutes) on the first Friday of each month. This may be a new file or just one that is not well understood, has undergone changes or needs more marketing.

KOSMET (searched as KOSM) is a database on cosmetics .It was developed when the International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists investigated coverage of existing medical and chemical databases, and concluded that coverage of the specialised sources of cosmetic chemistry was inadequate. KOSMET is produced by the Federation, in cooperation with Data-Star. Scientific, technical and medical aspects predominate in KOSMET, including manufacture, R&D, clinical studies, properties, analysis, safety and packaging, and trade aspects. The database covers periodical articles and conference papers from 1985, with coverage of the IFSCC congresses from 1968. KOSMET is available via Data-Star. A list of subject descriptors can be obtained from the producer, the International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists, Delaport House, 57 Guildford Street, Luton, Bedfordshire LU1 2NL, United Kingdom.

Other databases to be added to Data-Star in 1988 are DISCLOSURE, Hazardous Substances Database, International Pharmaceutical Abstracts, Human Sexuality, Robotics and TOXLINE. Tradstat, the database of international trade statistics, now covers Brazil, the USA, Canada, Japan and seven European countries. It is still necessary to sign a separate contract to access Tradstat, but for infrequent users, there is a new payment option which avoids the minimum commitment. These users can choose to pay a higher charge per report ([pound]10 to [pound]45 according to format instead of [pound]5 to [pound]15) plus a once only sign up fee of [pound]50. …

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