Medline on CD-ROM: Knowledge Finder vs Silver Platter

Song Tan tan at aeolus.vmsmail.ethz.ch
Tue Feb 22 08:33:30 EST 1994

Our lab is considering getting Medline on CD-ROM with either the Knowledge
Finder or Silver Platter package for Macintosh computers.  Both packages have
apparently similar costs and functionality.  One major difference is that
Knowledge Finder provides 3 years of Medline on 1 CD-ROM (updated quarterly)
whereas Silver Platter comes with only 1 year of Medline per CD-ROM (updated
monthly).  All the information I have indicates that both Knowledge Finder and
Silver Platter contain unabridged Medline, so it would seem that Knowledge
Finder is using a more efficient compression system.  

We're leaning towards getting the Knowledge Finder package because of the fewer
CD-ROMs, but I'm curious to know what other people think about either Silver
Platter or Knowledge Finder, especially if you have evaluated both of them.  I
did look up the bionet archives with Gopher and found a few postings from 1992
with some gripes about Silver Platter, but I couldn't find anything on
Knowledge Finder.  

BTW, we are only considering Medline on CD-ROM and not other possibilities like
Internet Medline access with Grateful Med.

Thanks very much!!

Song Tan
Institute for Molecular Biology and Biophysics
ETH-Honggerberg (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)
8093 Zurich, Switzerland
email:  tan at aeolus.vmsmail.ethz.ch

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