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Sep 14 – Dialog: The Beginning of Online Search

Thursday, September 14, 2017
6:00 PM: Doors open for refreshments and networking
6:30 to 8:30 PM: Presentation and Questions

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Venue: KeyPoint Credit Union
2805 Bowers Ave (just off Central Expressway)
Santa Clara, CA 95051

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Our Thanks To KeyPoint Credit Union

IEEE SV Tech History committee is extremely grateful to KeyPoint Credit Union for use of their auditorium as our prime venue.
Many thanks to Doron Noyman of KeyPoint for his support in making this happen.


Dialog: The Beginning of Online Search

Abstract

A panel of Dialog employees and a Dialog user will discuss growth of Dialog starting with its conception within Lockheed.

Dialog is a computer service that allows users to interactively search databases using keywords. When it was first used by NASA in 1967 and then commercially available in 1972, remote access was by way of a modem and telephone line. Dialog’s unique capabilities allow scientists, engineers and others to stay current with work in their fields. Created within Lockheed Corp., the system has been particularly popular for pharmaceutical, engineering, scientific, medical, educational and intellectual property research.

Prior to the availability of Dialog, research of existing work was performed primarily using printed published literature, microfilm and periodically-published indexes. The system has been in continual use for 50 years, including the 27 years that preceded the emergence of Internet search engines such as Lycos, Infoseek, AltaVista, Yahoo! and Google. Dialog broke ground for online search and provided a sound foundation for all that followed.

The panel will discuss insights that led to its development, how it grew as an intrepreneurial project within Lockheed, the transition to a services business as the Dialog Information Services company, strategies that led to its growth and dominance within the industry, and how Dialog was an important government, educational and corporate tool.  Also discussed will be its sale to Knight-Ridder in 1988.

Panelists

Dr. Roger K. Summit is the founder and Chairman Emeritus of Dialog. He conducted pioneering work starting in 1964 that led to the creation of Dialog, and held executive positions there until his retirement in 1992. He has served on national and international advisory boards, in professional associations, has received numerous honors, and has published over 100 papers and journal articles based on his knowledge of and experience with online information services.

Elizabeth Trudell was a long-time member of the executive team at Dialog, serving as VP of Global Marketing and VP of Product Management. She has extensive experience in marketing, product management and strategic planning in the information industry, and she led the development and launch of the first web interface for Dialog. Since 2014, she has been an Associate in the Information and Knowledge Strategy (IKNS) program at the Columbia University School of Professional Studies. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Information Research and Innovation (CIRI) at San Jose State University’s I-School, and is Vice Chair of the Board of the non-profit organization Subud California.

Robert A. “BoB” Simons was General Counsel at Dialog Information Services for 17 years.  Because of Dialog’s unique data access requirements, BoB’s activities ranged from developing database license agreements to serving as Dialog’s liaison to the Information Industry Association.  He also testified before government committees and panels in the US, Europe and Asia about the value of information to the emerging institutions that were able to benefit from online research. BoB currently provides legal guidance and advice to the pathology imaging products team of Leica Biosystems, a division of the Leica’s microscope company.

Sally Peters was an information specialist at Xerox PARC in Palo Alto for 28 years.  As an extensive user of Dialog at PARC, she used the system to perform searches supporting the development of several projects.  Sally has degrees in chemistry and Library and Information Science.  Earlier in her career, she conducted virus research at Stanford under the direction of Dr. Hubert Loring, the chemist who first crystallized the polio virus, which was later used by Jonas Salk to create the first effective vaccine for the disease.

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