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Dialog Adds Searchable Database of Internet Domain Names

Exclusive New Global Service "Invaluable" for Intellectual Property Research and Tracking

LONDON (3 December, 2002) — Dialog, a Thomson (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC) business and a leading worldwide provider of online-based information services and integrated information solutions, today announced the launch of a searchable database of more than 65 million current and historic Internet domain name records. The database includes records for about 20 million currently active domain names, with most containing detailed "Whois" information.

Dialog made the announcement at the Online Information 2002 conference, the world's largest gathering of information industry professionals.

A domain name is an alphanumeric name or Web address used to identify a particular site on the Internet. The Whois record attached to a domain name is part of a publicly available registration document that lists registrant and technical information for each domain name.

The new Dialog service is the largest and most robust database of its kind available.

Unlike the simple domain name look-up services available on the open Web, Dialog subscribers may search from more than 50 indexed Whois data fields contained in domain registrations, including the registrant's name, corporate affiliation, address, phone number and specific technical information such as IP addresses.

The domain names database might be used by Dialog subscribers for:

  • Trademark clearance, litigation and infringement investigations
  • New product development
  • Audits of domain names during merger or acquisition due diligence
  • Maintenance of product names and internal corporate domain name inventories
  • Monitoring competitors
  • Criminal investigations by law enforcement officials, including cyber crime.

Unique to the new Dialog database is historic information that allows users to follow trails of domain registration transfers and changes. For example, a user might search by a single e-mail address or company name to pinpoint domain names associated with that piece of data, and then track transfers or other changes to that registration.

The new content source is available through the online services DialogWeb, DialogClassic and DialogLink.

Wide-Ranging Business Applications

"The Internet has clearly become a fixture in the everyday life of many professionals. This database — the most comprehensive collection of domain names available in the market today — gives our users around the world tremendous new leverage to research current and historical domain name registration information," said Viji Krishnan, Dialog's vice president of content.

"This is an invaluable tool for intellectual property management, as well as for a host of other applications.

"But there really is no limit to who can harness our new service," Krishnan added. "The ability to research domain names extends to literally every aspect of business and beyond. Just as the Internet is central to so much of our lives now, so too is the ability to monitor and track the backgrounds of domain name owners."

Broad Coverage and Multiple Database Searching

Containing more than 65 million records — a number Dialog says it expects to expand in the months ahead — the new database, File 225, is now Dialog's largest single database.

The database includes data from several leading registrars from around the world, including VeriSign, BulkRegister, DomainPeople, DomainSite, eNameCo, eNom, MelbourneIT, NamesBeyond and Tucows. Additional registrars will be added later, Dialog said.

File 225 may be searched as a single file or concurrently with other content and data sources available on Dialog services, such as patent and trademark information. Retrieved information may be sorted, ranked and reformatted in other ways, based on user needs. In addition, users will soon be able to set up ongoing Alerts for File 225, allowing them to receive notifications automatically when new relevant information (such as a competitor's name) has been added to the database.

The database initially will be updated monthly, though Dialog said it expects to move to weekly updates.

File 225 currently is limited to those domain names with the .com, .org and .net suffixes, also known as generic top-level domain (gTLD) registrations. However, Dialog plans to add additional gTLD registration data in upcoming months (those ending in .biz, .edu, and others) as well as country code top-level domains (ccTLDs — those ending in an abbreviation for a home country, such as .uk for the United Kingdom or .ca for Canada). (Note: Whois record formats vary among TLDs.)

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About Dialog
Dialog, a pioneer in developing the technology behind electronic information retrieval, is the world leader in providing online-based information services to organizations seeking competitive advantages in such fields as business, science, engineering, finance and law.

Today, Dialog's online services — offered through the Dialog®, Dialog Profound®, Dialog DataStar™, NewsEdge and Intelligence Data brands — give users the ability to precisely retrieve data from more than 1.4 billion unique records, accessible via the Internet or through delivery to enterprise intranets. Searchable content includes articles and reports from thousands of real-time news feeds, newspapers, broadcast transcripts and trade publications, plus research reports and analyst notes providing support for financial decision-making, as well as in-depth repositories of scientific and technical data, patents, trademarks and other intellectual property data.

Corporate librarians, knowledge managers, other information professionals and end-users at business, professional and government organizations in more than 100 countries prize Dialog services for their depth and breadth of content, precision searching and speed.

Based in Cary, N.C., USA, Dialog has operations in 31 other countries worldwide. For more information about Dialog, please visit www.dialog.com. Or, please call (U.S./Canada) 800-3-DIALOG or (U.S.) 919-462-8600. Dialog's London office may be reached at (44) (0) 207-940-6900.

About The Thomson Corporation
The Thomson Corporation (www.thomson.com), with 2001 revenues of US$7.2 billion, is a global leader in providing integrated information solutions to business and professional customers. Thomson provides value-added information, software applications and tools to more than 20 million users in the fields of law, tax, accounting, financial services, higher education, reference information, corporate training and assessment, scientific research and healthcare. The Corporation's common shares are listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC).

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