Inmagic, Inc., a leading developer of knowledge management and special library software, announces Inmagic.NET, a new extension of its core text-based information management product, DB/TextWorks, and soon to be an extension of its second major product, BiblioTech PRO. Inmagic.NET allows information professionals to speed acquisitions workflow by purchasing, cataloguing, indexing and disseminating information throughout an organization via a seamless, net-connected environment.
Soon to be enabled for e-information of all kinds, Inmagic.NET’s current version allows information professionals to order physical books directly from Baker & Taylor, Barnes & Noble.com, Fatbrain.com and a growing list of other information vendors. Purchases are enabled through a Web link to these vendors placed directly in DB/TextWorks. Those who order through Baker & Taylor have the ability to request that Baker & Taylor download core bibliographic data to Inmagic’s servers, where it can be imported directly into the customer’s DB/TextWorks database. From there, bibliographic data can be edited by the customer to meet individual preferences and needs.
“What Inmagic and our growing list of e-commerce partners are developing with Inmagic.NET is an evolving platform our special library customers can use to benefit from the fast changing Internet and e-commerce world around them”, explains Phil Green, President and CEO of Inmagic, Inc. “By melding desktop computing, the Web and e-commerce, we’re providing information professionals with a comprehensive, net-connected environment that will enable them to place the right information in record time into the hands of decision-makers.”
States Inmagic customer Cliff Mills, Manager of the Information Resource Center at Phillips Semiconductors, “We intend to use Inmagic.NET to speed acquisitions workflow by downloading core bibliographic data into our DB/TextWorks database. In addition, since Inmagic.NET allows us to directly download this data, we’re excited about the data accuracy this system provides.”
Inmagic’s e-commerce partners will utilize their participation in Inmagic.NET to help drive traffic to their Web sites, as well as provide services that are recognized as value-added by their special library customers. Explains Pamela Smith, Sr. Vice President, Internet Portals for Baker & Taylor, “Our participation with Inmagic’s Inmagic.NET program will allow us to provide superior value-added benefits to special libraries that would be very difficult for us to implement on our own.”
XML based technology
Inmagic.NET works because it makes use of XML technology, enabling the electronic tagging of information much like a Web page is tagged. Tagged information, such as core bibliographic records, or even financial data related to a transaction, can be downloaded in the format preferred by the customer, enabling the speedy updating of DB/TextWorks files.
Future plans include increasing the number of Inmagic.NET information vendors in North America and globally, as well as aggressively expanding beyond books to include online acquisition of such e-information resources as serials, journals, news-feeds and other types of e-publications. In addition, Inmagic’s other core product, BiblioTech PRO, will also soon be enabled for Inmagic.NET. Says Green, “We’re committed to providing, under one platform, all information resources of importance to our customers. As just-in-time information delivery becomes a reality, Inmagic.NET will evolve with the industry to enable librarians to purchase and pay for online material only at the time of end user access. We’re serious about helping our customers save significant amounts of time and money. Through Inmagic.NET, we’ll leave no stone unturned to enable them to do this.”
Inmagic, Inc. is a global leader in providing library automation and information management software and services to corporate libraries. Harnessing leading-edge technology, the company helps information professionals manage and disseminate today’s diverse corporate resources via networks, the Web and intranets, as well as stand alone PCs. Information professionals choose Inmagic software for traditional library applications as well as for the management of competitive intelligence, patents, technical reports, annual reports and photo archives. Inmagic’s information management solutions are installed in more than 15,000 special libraries and information centers in over 50 countries.
Baker & Taylor
Based in Charlotte, N.C., Baker & Taylor, Inc. is a global information and entertainment services company that offers books, videos, music and services to libraries, traditional and Internet retailers, and educational institutions.
Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble.Com offers a comprehensive range of books and related information products. It has the largest audience reach of any brick and mortar with an Internet presence. It stocks the largest in-stock selection of in-print book titles, supplemented by more than 12 million listings from its nationwide network of out-of-print, rare and used book dealers.
Fatbrain.com, a wholly owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble.com, helps organizations capitalize on business information and professionally published materials by streamlining their management and distribution. The company’s Web-based information management services reach more than 3.5 million desktops at almost 350 of the Fortune 1000 corporations worldwide.