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Teleshuttle CorporationResource Guide on Distributed Media:
Local / CD-ROM / Online / Web

This survey/guide relates to all aspects of integrating local and online information access. Such hybrid combinations of online and offline resources complement the inherent limitations of single-mode solutions to provide maximum power and economy, and are gaining wide attention. Examples typically exploit online/offline modes of communication to achieve efficiency, economy, convenience, and portability, and often rely on offline, distributable storage media (such as CD-ROM and diskette) to complement online access, such as in CD/online hybrids.

The guide is offered as an industry service by Teleshuttle Corporation, the first independent provider of enabling technology for local/online/offline solutions. Teleshuttle no longer offers software or operations services of its own--now Teleshuttle offers consulting services on all aspects of distributed media, connective media, and e-business.

Links to this area are invited. Suggestions for additional resources which should be listed here, or for clarifications/corrections to our commentary are welcome and may be sent to info@teleshuttle.com. Our objective is not to be exhaustive, but to include references which are stimulating or noteworthy (with a moderate level of editorializing).

Note (8/28/98):  This guide currently represents significant developments through most of 1996.  Resources have not be available to keep this current due to other business commitments (and it is known that some links are no longer active). Those who would like to encourage further updates are invited to email.

Part 1: General Information - Technology, Concepts, and Business Issues

Part 2: Product/Vendor Information

(Updated 11/25/96)


Part 1: General Information

Concepts

Other General Resources


Part 2: Vendor/Product Information

General Technology and Business Information:

Search Engine Vendors:

A number of search engine vendors have provided for use of their tools for combined CD and online searches. Some provide standard support for integrated local and online searches. Others offer special tools or custom solutions. Most of these solutions are based on live online searching, which requires network access for the duration of the search session (which typically involves searching, browsing, search refinement, and further browsing), and thus are not yet integrated with online/offline modes of Internet access.

An alternative approach is the online/offline or intermittent connect approach. A typical strategy is to go online to retrieve updated contents or an update index, then disconnect and do unlimited searching and browsing offline. This is useful for users who lack online subscriptions, or for mobile users, and tends to be more economical.

Internet Software Vendors:

As Internet tools evolve, facilities for integration of local and network content, and for integration of Internet function into distributed applications are becoming key areas of competitive development. This area is obviously very dynamic.

Online/Offline Internet Tools and Services:

This mode of access has emerged as a hot area as the limitations of purely online access have become increasingly apparent. Offline searching of local content downloaded by these tools is not yet supported, but should be expected to be added as their usage becomes established.

Packaged Hybrid Technology:

Online Services:

The major consumer online services selectively permit links from CD-ROMs (or other applications) to their services. These usually target specific areas such as bulletin boards or chat areas. Such arrangements typically require users to join the online service. Inclusion of this capability in a CD-ROM product is generally subject to an approval/negotiation process based-on the ability of the CD offering to bring new significant numbers of new users to the online service.

Internet Service Providers:

ISPs are increasingly turning to OEM or affinity group "bundles" which package a browser pre-set to a sponsor's home page. This is a win-win solution to bringing customers to the sponsor's Web site and acquiring new subscribers for the ISP. These are particularly well suited to CD-ROM and Enhanced CD, but can be distributed on diskette as well.

Publishers and End-Products:


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Contact Information

Comments, suggestions, corrections:

Richard R. Reisman, President, Teleshuttle Corporation
799 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
(212)-673-0225 fax: (212)-673-0226
e-mail: info@teleshuttle.com

Note (8/28/98):  This guide currently represents significant developments through most of 1996.  Resources have not be available to keep this current due to other business commitments (and it is known that some links are no longer active). Those who would like to encourage further updates are invited to email.


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