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KAware Disk Publisher Offers In-House Solution

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KAware Disk Publisher Offers In-House Solution

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KAware Disk Publisher Offers In-house Solution

An increasing number of companies are turning to CD-ROM and in-house development to solve their information needs. Software that permits a development team to format their raw data for mastering has greatly reduced disc-processing costs.

Two organizations outlined below have implemented such a strategy with the help of Knowledge Access International, one of several companies offering in-house data preparation systems. Intended for editors and publishers rather than programmers, Knowledge Access' KAware Disk Publisher is a system for preparing, indexing, and assembling full-text and image information.

Abt Books

Clark Abt of Abt Books, Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts is developing the National Institute of Justice Drugs and Crime CD-ROM Library. Abt says, "This is a pioneering product bringing together information from numerous datasets, dozens of books, and hundreds of government reports. University researchers, criminologists, law enforcement professionals, and public health researchers will have instant access to statistics, survey data, and research reports that simply have never been available before in any one place. We will be able to put a comprehensive library of almost 500 megabytes of information about drugs and crime into thousands of locations ranging from institutions to individual researchers' offices for only $195 each."

Abt contracted with an outside organization for his company's first CD-ROM. He has since decided to develop skills to do premastering within the company because the results are, he says, "more accurate, reliable, and economical."

Abt used three criteria in selecting a production system: technical performance, economy and delivery of what is promised. After a process of examining different development systems, evaluating previously-completed products, and checking references, Abt chose KAware Disk Publisher for the National Institute of Justice Drugs and Crime CD-ROM Library. Of the three selection criteria, Abt rated Knowledge Access the best on economy and technical performance.

The book company is using or plans to use KAware Disk Publisher for three other products: two separate disc data-bases on Massachusetts and Connecticut real-estate transfer, and a CD-ROM containing international information on illegal drugs. …

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