Dialog Information Services Changes Name to Knight-Ridder Information
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) _ Dialog Information Services has changed its name and unveiled new computer access tools in hopes of positioning itself as a key information provider.
The Palo Alto-based company announced the name change - to Knight-Ridder Information Inc. - at the International On-line show in London on Monday.
In addition, it unveiled new Windows-based search tools that will enable the general public to more easily access the wealth of information available in the company’s databases.
The Windows system is now being tested and is expected to be available to customers on March 1, said Heinz Ochsner, an official at the company’s European office. Currently, the databases are used mainly by trained librarians.
″The service is powerful, but complex,″ said chief executive officer Pat Tierney.
The company also will begin offering subscriptions rather than just charging on a minute-by-minute basis.
The average Dialog user pays about $100 a month, although some companies spend up to a $1 million a year on the service. The company hopes the changes will attract hundreds of thousand of new users.
The service grew out of a system launched by Lockheed in 1963 to organize research information. In 1988, Dialog was purchased by Knight-Ridder Inc., the Miami-based media company.
The Dialog system’s computers store everything from U.S. census data to the complete text of the King James Bible and the archives of 56 U.S. newspapers.