Dialog Expands Dialog Choice Pricing Plan; Offers Streaming Real-Time News Through Enhanced Dialog NewsEdge Service

Oct 01, 2004

Dialog, a Thomson business and a provider of online-based information services and integrated information solutions, has added databases of global intellectual property records and business information to its roster of content available through Dialog Choice, the company's fixed-fee enterprise subscription pricing plan. Dialog has also announced that it is now offering streaming live news to subscribers of its Dialog NewsEdge service.

Dialog Choice is designed to enable corporations, government agencies, law firms, and other enterprises to offer unlimited access to in-depth information resources from information providers, directly to the desktops of professionals throughout their organizations or to selected departments and units. Some enterprises distribute their Dialog Choice content through their portals, intranets, and other in-house information-sharing systems. More than 120 databases, provided by 62 information providers, are now available through the Dialog Choice plan. Content available through the Dialog Choice plan includes intellectual property data, scientific research, and business information and news that are often unavailable on the open Web. New content sources recently made available for site licensing include 10 files offered by ProQuest Information and Learning, which creates and publishes databases for libraries and educational institutions. ProQuest is offering databases such as ABI/ INFORM (company histories, competitive intelligence and new product development research) and Business Dateline (regional perspectives reported in more than 550 local business publications across Canada and the U.S.). International intellectual property records now available through the Dialog Choice plan include Internet domain names (a database of worldwide Internet domain names with more than 100 million records) and abstracts of archived and new patent records from the People's Republic of China. Business information files recently added to the Dialog Choice program include company data published in the American Business Directory and the Canadian Business Directory.

Dialog NewsEdge users can now monitor breaking news stories throughout the day without disrupting their workflow with the streaming live news. Based on individual user profiles, Dialog NewsEdge filters wire services, pre-publication newspapers, and other sources of news reporting from around the world to deliver stories to a user's desktop. Scrolling news headlines can be read through a floating window or may be accessed through a tab labeled "My Live News." The new feature is offered without additional charge to Dialog NewsEdge subscribers. Dialog NewsEdge is a Web-based personalized news monitoring and current awareness platform designed for senior management, legal departments, competitive intelligence specialists, corporate communications and public relations departments, marketing managers, investor relations professionals, consultants, and others who need access to daily news, breaking stories, and a historical archive of articles and reports. The live news feed can be used to monitor media activity related to a user's company or its competitors, mergers and acquisitions, product and brand changes, earnings announcements, court rulings and regulatory announcements, and general industry events. The content available through Dialog NewsEdge is indexed by a Dialog-proprietary taxonomy called SmartTerms. A subscribing organization's internally created documents, such as materials produced by a corporate communications department, may also be indexed through SmartTerms and distributed through Dialog NewsEdge.
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