A SEARCH SUB PLUMBS THE WEB'S DEPTHS
THE WEB'S POWERFUL search engines, such as AltaVista and Lycos, may impress with their rapid location of documents concerning seemingly any topic. But those systems have no record of the bulk of information that's actually available over the Web. That includes, for instance, documents and databases available for payment only and run by publishing companies and news agencies.
Personal Library Software Inc., maker of a popular text-searching software package called CPL, is out to change that. At www.at1.com., it has set up AT1, a public advertising-supported index of what's available in about 1,000 private databases on the Web. Specifically, AT1 searches sites that already use CPL internally--and that choose to add their indices to AT1's master index. For now, AT1 will just send you to the appropriate Web site, where you'll have to pay standard fees. In six months, it will bring the information to your screen and collect payments for the owner, the company says. Some early participants: America Online, ZDNet, Associated Press, Congressional Quarterly, DataTimes, and Knight-Ridder Information.
EDITED BY JOHN W. VERITY
Updated June 15, 1997 by bwwebmaster
Copyright 1997, Bloomberg L.P.