Volume 17, Number 5 May 2000
Suppose we bought Dialog...
What steps would we take to improve and enhance its database?
by Barbara Quint
QUINT'S ONLINE column recalls the second annual Southern California
Online Users Group (SCOUG) meeting with the entire retreat focused
on a model question: What would searchers do if we bought Dialog?
Says that the question has resurfaced as Thomson has bought Dialog
from U.K.-based MAID. Maintains that Thomson should embark on a
program to integrate links to full-text articles on publisher Web
sites. Adds that users still want online systems that can deliver
what they need as quickly and as completely as possible. Points out
that the first order of business at Thomson Dialog should be the
addition of full-featured listservs and e-mail for gathering user
input. Concludes that more than anything, the new Thomson must look
for new worlds to conquer and expect to use and develop new tools
and new relationships to get the job done.
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