Information Today
Volume 18, Issue 11 — December 2001
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Dialog Enhances DialogSelect, Intranet Toolkit Products; Adds Australian Content

Dialog Corp. has announced content and service enhancements to its DialogSelect and Dialog Intranet Toolkit products and that it has expanded its collection of full-text content available through its online information services with the addition of several Australian newspapers and periodicals published by John Fairfax Holdings, Ltd.

DialogSelect, Intranet Toolkit
The service enhancements recently added to DialogSelect and Dialog Intranet Toolkit include greater flexibility and control over the Alerts feature, which allows users to set up personalized clipping services. When new content is added that matches an Alert profile (such as a patent filing submitted by a competitor), the end-user is automatically notified via e-mail. These improvements let customers use multiple e-mail accounts to receive documents sent as Alerts.

The new content added to the Intranet Toolkit increases its roster of intellectual property, insurance industry, petroleum industry, and transportation-related sources. New content sources include seven patent-related CLAIMS databases offered by patent database producer IFI. These give the Intranet Toolkit the full array of IFI files available on any Dialog product.

Other new content sources include Derwent World Patents Index Extension, Insurance Periodicals Index, ISMEC (Information Services in Mechanical Engineering): Mechanical Engineering Abstracts, Microcomputer Software Guide, and TULSA T (Petroleum Abstracts).

"Helping our core constituents of information professionals use DialogSelect and Dialog Intranet Toolkit to successfully deploy information within their organizations is an important strategic thrust for us," said Paul Colucci, Dialog's senior vice president of product development. "The enhancements we are announcing today illustrate our efforts to listen to and meet the changing needs of our customers. Improved Alerts allow us to combine Dialog's breadth and depth of content with up-to-the-moment information for customized enterprise delivery."

DialogSelect is a menu-driven product that provides access to databases and information files relevant to targeted industries and that focus on business, chemical, intellectual property, and pharmaceutical subject areas. Dialog Intranet Toolkit allows customers to customize DialogSelect to work within the enterprise's information system.

Dialog Intranet Toolkit enables knowledge professionals—such as corporate librarians, marketing professionals, and intranet managers—to create customized sites within their intranets that make Dialog-accessible databases and files directly available to professionals throughout an enterprise. Custom applications created with this tool allow professionals to search for and retrieve information needed to meet their business responsibilities, such as competitive intelligence, market research, new-business development, and industry tracking.

John Fairfax Content
The John Fairfax titles added to Dialog include The Australian Financial Review, Business Review Weekly, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sun Herald, The Sunday Age, The Newcastle Herald, and The Illawarra Mercury. These publications are provided through the Profound service's NewsLine section and will be available early next year through the Dialog and DataStar services.

"We are delighted to add the prestigious titles published by Fairfax to our products," said Roy M. Martin Jr., Dialog's president and CEO. "Australian financial and business news and research is relevant far from its shores. Not only is Australia a dynamic economy in its own right, it is also a major player in Asia, the Pacific Rim region, and beyond. Our commitment is to continue adding to the comprehensiveness and depth of our information resources, and our new alliance with Fairfax is a big step for us."

Source: Dialog Corp., Cary, NC, 800/3-DIALOG;

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