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U.S. Government's World News Connection® Database to Be Hosted, Maintained by Dialog
CARY N.C., USA (March 10, 2003) — Dialog, a Thomson (TSX: TOC; NYSE: TOC) business and a leading worldwide provider of online-based information services and integrated information solutions, said today that it will take over hosting and maintaining World News Connection (WNC), the U.S. Government's daily online global news monitoring service.
WNC is published by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. It is a Web-accessible service that offers an extensive array of translated and English-language news and information compiled daily by the U.S. government's Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS).
FBIS bureaus around the world monitor news sources in their regions, covering virtually all countries worldwide except the United States. Editorial content includes articles and reports originating in countries that are not normally included in publicly available news digests, such as Iraq, Iran and North Korea.
WNC is currently offered directly by the NTIS. The service offers the full text and summaries of newspaper articles, conference proceedings, television and radio broadcasts, periodicals and non-classified technical reports. Content is added to the online service every government business day, and generally is available for electronic searching and retrieval within 24-72 hours of original publication or broadcast.
"We are delighted to partner with NTIS and to host and maintain this vital information resource," said Cliff Pollan, Dialog executive vice president, strategy and alliances. "The World News Connection plays a unique role for its users. We intend to add value to the service through improved functionality while maintaining its global comprehensiveness and timeliness."
Pollan added that Dialog and NTIS will make a more detailed announcement later in the year when WNC is re-launched by Dialog. He said that Dialog expects to incorporate the WNC into its family of online services, and also to offer it as a separate, stand-alone service.
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