According to the announcement, the Work.com site will give technical professionals one-stop access to the vast amount of industry information on the Internet, while focusing on technical business-oriented search results. Users searching for technical information at Work.com will be instantly linked with the appropriate data in DataGalaxy, a Web community of technical knowledge.
“When professionals search the Internet for needed business information, they usually get a good deal of unrelated consumer information in their results,” said Mike Timbers, chairman and CEO of IHS Group. “The integration of IHS content with Work.com will offer engineering design and procurement professionals a powerful business tool that will significantly reduce search time because it returns only useful business information.”
IHS’s engineering databases contain more than 20 million pages of text and graphics and are expanding at the rate of approximately 2 million pages annually. Included in the databases are industrial vendor catalogs, industry standards, government parts, electronic components, obsolete parts information, replacement information, and military specifications.
“We are working with IHS Group on this site because IHS’s services are uniquely valuable to professionals in technical fields,” said Don Hutchison, senior vice president and general manager of the @Work division of Excite@Home. “We share a vision with IHS of making the Internet a more useful, streamlined tool for business-to-business transactions.”
IHS reports that the integration of its DataGalaxy service and content will be unveiled through Excite within the next few months. The IHS databases in DataGalaxy service a variety of industries and organizations including the Department of Defense, electronics, aerospace, automotive, petrochemical, government agencies, architecture/engineering/construction, utilities, computers, and telecommunications. The site will be free to all users.
Source: IHS Group, Englewood, CO, 303/387-2882; http://www.ihs.com.
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