DOD's bugs get stuck on Web -

A Defense Department group that tracks disease-bearing insects and other pests across
the globe has put indexing software on its World Wide Web server so users can trap bug
information more easily.


The Defense Pest Management Information Analysis Center used ZyImage Web Server to
trace more than 160,000 text files from 200 scientific journals going back to the early
1900s, said Lt. Cmdr. Jeffrey A. Corneil, the deputy chief.


The center, at the Army's Walter Reed Army Medical Center, supplies information about
disease-carrying pests to DOD units during deployment.


The center bought ZyIndex Web Server, an earlier iteration of ZyImage Web Server, in
early 1996 from ZyLab International Inc. of Rockville, Md., for $5,995 in an open-market
purchase. Added imaging features brought the total to about $17,000, said Jackie Karlin, a
spokeswoman for ZyLab.


Corneil said users don't have access to the full articles through the center's
Literature Retrieval System at http://134.152.11.41 ,
but they can make Boolean, field or keyword searches and see listings complete with
author, title, abstract, keywords and location data.


To get complete text, users can contact the Armed Forces Pest Management Board, Corneil
said.


The search software runs on a 166-MHz Pentium server with 32M of RAM, 2G SCSI hard
drive and Microsoft Windows NT 4.0.


The center contracted to have articles through 1996 scanned into a master database on a
Sun Microsystems Inc. Sparcstation 20 with a 180G redundant disk array storage subsystem.
Corneil said the contractor will have the database current by the end of 1997.


ZyImage Web Server is priced from $9,995. Other ZyLab customers include the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, FBI and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


Contact ZyLab at 301-590-0900.


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