MONTEREY, Calif. -November 2, 1998 - Internet Librarian '98 - Booth #206 -Open Text Corporation (NASDAQ:OTEXF, TSE:OTC) announced that Corning Incorporated has won Open Text's 1998 BASIS Best Practices Award. The Best Practices Awards honor companies which have developed a BASIS or Techlib application that provides a competitive business advantage. The Defense Technical Information Center and the Chinese University of Hong Kong were selected as honorable mentions for their outstanding achievement.
"We are pleased to have the opportunity to recognize the achievements of those customers who are using our products in innovative ways," said Bill Forquer, president of Open Text's BASIS Division. "While BASIS provides all our customers with superior technology, Corning, the Defense Technical Information Center and the Chinese University of Hong Kong have demonstrated creative and exciting solutions that make a significant impact on their bottom line."
Corning's award-winning BASIS application allows Corning scientists and engineers to easily customize personal profiles that filter weekly updates from more than 4,100 selected journal titles to their areas of interest. By using BASIS to isolate the relevant portion of massive incoming information, Corning scientists and engineers are kept up-to-date on the efficient flow of relevant technical information.
"BASIS has played a key role in my department's successful initiatives to provide Corning employees with regular updates to the technical journal literature," said Richard Dreifuss of Corning's Technical Information Center. "Being able to receive filtered information, quickly scan those titles and still have direct access to abstracts are a highly valued features of the application. The efficient and flexible loading, storing, retrieving, and distribution of this information are responsible for keeping Corning scientists and engineers at the forefront of their fields."
Open Text also honored outstanding achievement to the following organizations:
Defense Technical Information Center: The MATRIS Office (DTIC-AM) of the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC), a field agency of the Department of Defense, operates several web sites using BASIS. The DTIC intranet uses BASIS to secure job-related resources for Family Resource Center professionals worldwide. In May 1998, DTIC's intranet received the Hammer Award from U.S. Vice President Al Gore's National Partnership for Reinventing Government because of the department's "contribution to building a government that works better and costs less." Using BASIS WEBserver Gateway, DTIC stores the information once and accesses it directly from DTIC's Internet and intranet applications using different security views. The Chinese University of Hong Kong: BASIS is part of an extranet of nine university campuses in Hong Kong serving approximately 100,000 students and faculty. The NewsBot application contains newspaper clippings from several Internet newspapers and four popular local newspapers in Hong Kong, with about 300 new clips added every day. Using the Traditional Chinese version of BASIS, users access an article by full-text searching in either English or Chinese. This BASIS full-text application clearly outperforms the previous keyword search system, which required five librarians to read newspapers and assign keywords. As a result the annual return on staff cost is 85%.
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Open Text Corporation's software and services enable the world's largest companies to leverage the global reach and openness of intranets, truly "Putting the Web to Work"ä . Open Text has a worldwide installed base of 2.5 million users in 3,400 corporations. The company has been named the growth leader by the Delphi Group and the market share leader by International Data Corporation. Further information about the company, its products and services, and its partners and customers can be found at www.opentext.com.