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The following stories appeared on the Potomac KnowledgeWay's "Regional News" page during August 1998.

All links within stories are verified at the time of publication, but some may have changed or no longer be available.

Historical Revitalization Resource Online

August 31, 1998 - The National Trust for Historic Preservation, headquartered in Washington, D.C., offers historical revitalization information via the Internet. The Web site offers information on nation-wide workshops, events and conferences concerning the restoration of historic or traditional commercial areas. Visitors can access research, an online book store and news from the National Trust Department. Users can also find information on historical hotels, tourist attractions and browse historic property reality classifieds.

Second Annual NetExpo To Take Place At Washington Convention Center

August 28, 1998 - The second annual NetExpo, highlighting the latest Internet and Web products and services, will take place at the Washington Convention Center September 9-11. Over 85 seminars on e-commerce, Web design, publishing and marketing will be held and approximately 200 vendors from across the country will exhibit their products. For registration information, visit the NetExpo Web site.

PSINet Launches International Fiber Connections

August 27, 1998 - The Herndon based PSINet recently activated a fiber linked network connecting London, New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo. This network is wholly owned and operated by PSINet. Customers will now have end-to-end Internet connections. PSINet is a global facilities-based Internet Protocol (IP) data communications carrier focused on the business marketplace.

Women's Connection Online Offers "Womenconnect Politics Daily"

August 26, 1998 - Women's Connection Online (WCO) and the National Journal Group recently teamed to publish "Womenconnect Politics Daily" on the WCO Web site. "Womenconnect Politics Daily" provides news on "women to watch" in politics, elected officials and those in behind-the-scenes roles. Based in McLean, WCO offers an online community for women business owners and professionals. The National Journal Group, based in the District of Columbia, develops government related publications.

Association for Interactive Media's Web Site

August 25, 1998 - The Association for Interactive Media (AIM) is a trade organization for business on the Internet. AIM serves businesses that use the Internet by providing protection and promotion essential to the health of the businesses' Internet projects. They do this by defending the industry in Washington, promoting consumer confidence and providing business-to-business networking opportunities.

Local Company Presents Consulting Web Site

August 24, 1998 - Vienna-based Ernst & Young LLP will be presenting Ernie, their online consultant, at the upcoming Bioscience Forum presented by the High Technology Council of Maryland. Ernie allows subscribers to maintain dialogue with consultants and keep track of industry trends. Visitors to the site can read articles on selected topics and take virtual tours of their business assisting Web applications.

Browse Reports of Information Technologies on the Web

August 21, 1998 - Communications Industry Researchers, Inc. (CIR) is a consulting and publishing house that tracks and assesses the commercial impact of new information technologies. CIR produces reports on the telecommunications, data communications, computer, cable television and broadcasting industries. Through CIR's Web site visitors can read general descriptions of their reports, order reports online and read commentary on the technologies. CIR is headquartered in Charlottesville.

Fairfax County Launches Statewide Online Business Calendar

August 20, 1998 - Unity Data Systems and the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce has unveiled Virginia Biz-Events, a statewide online business calendar. It was developed to promote events throughout the state to build and strengthen the business community. Events are promoted free-of-charge to eligible organizations.

PEOPLink Helps International Artists Market Over the Web

August 20, 1998 - Kensington-based PEOPLink, is a non-profit organization that trains people all over the world to use digital cameras and the Internet to market their products over the Web. Through PEOPLink's Web site, visitors can browse baskets, clothing, sculptures and other works by international artisans and purchase them online. PEOPLink also has a Web-based fundraising program for non-profits and other organizations.

Buy Office Products Online

August 18, 1998 -, an online office products company recently made its debut on the World Wide Web. Headquartered in the District of Columbia, the site offers over 26,000 discounted office products delivered free of charge. Users also have access to a variety of business services designed to assist entrepreneurs, small offices, telecommuters and home office workers.

Home Organizer Web Site Recently Unveiled

August 17, 1998 - American Dream LLC, recently released their Web site. The site provides home-related information to assist home owners, buyers and sellers in making decisions on remodeling, mortgages, safety, realtors, buying, selling and more. Site visitors can also order home buying information, sample contracts and mortgage payment tables online. American Dream LLC is based in Arlington and their Web site was developed by MEDIAbase, Inc., also headquartered in Arlington.

Demos of Electronic Commerce Software on Web

August 14, 1998 - Spaceworks, Inc., of Rockville, recently made two demonstrations of their "OrderManager" electronic commerce software available on their Web site. The program provides a corporation's internal and external selling organizations and supply chain partners with an electronic order processing and management channel. SpaceWorks, Inc., develops Web-based electronic commerce software applications for use on the Internet.

Local Company Participates at Scan-Tech '98

August 13, 1998 - The Alexandria-based Data Interchange Standards Association (DISA), a not-for-profit corporation supporting the development and use of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) standards in electronic commerce, will be sponsoring four technology pavilions at Scan-Tech '98. This trade show will have over 300 exhibitors dealing with integrated data capture and information management. DISA's pavilions include Electronic Commerce, Card and Biometrics, Wireless Solutions, and Logistics. They will offer information on electronic commerce products and software solutions. The conference will be held in Chicago on September 14-16.

Participate With Washington Building Congress Through Internet

August 12, 1998 - The Washington Building Congress (WBC) is a group of companies and individuals representing many facets of the commercial real estate, design and construction industries in the Greater Washington region. Visitors can use their Web site to check current events, post and respond to messages, submit news to their bulletin board and find information on joining committees. WBC's Web site was developed by Frost Miller Group, Inc., a company specializing in marketing communications headquartered in Bethesda.

UVA's New Technology Leadership Certificate

August 11, 1998 - The University of Virginia's Northern Virginia campus will unveil a new Technology Leadership Certificate this September. The six course program is designed to meet the training needs of today's technology leaders. The curriculum was developed by an advisory board composed of representatives from EDS, Lockheed Martin, NASA, SAIC and others.

Online Library of Remediation Technologies

August 10, 1998 - Remedial Technologies Network, L.L.C. (RTN), offers subscribers an online library of information on over 800 remediation technologies. The Remediation Information Management System (RIMS) site contains journals and newsletters, abstract summaries, cost information and case studies on the technologies. Visitors to the site can view a slide show and download their software to test drive the library.

Buy College Text Books Over the Internet

August 10, 1998 - Inc., located in the District of Columbia recently unveiled their Web site. The business sells college textbooks online to area universities including Georgetown University, George Mason University, George Washington University, University of Maryland and University of Virginia.'s Web site was developed by Reston-based Proxicom Inc., an Internet-services company.

French Bistro Goes Online

August 7, 1998 - The Café La Ruche of Georgetown recently launched their Web site. Visitors can browse the menu, cooking tips, some of Chef Jean-Claude's own recipes and a little French history. The site also features RealAudio samples from The Boston jazz duo who perform twice-weekly at the café. The site was designed by the Arlington Web developer MEDIAbase.

Community Information Exchange Launches Online Service

August 6, 1998 - The Community Information Exchange, located in the District of Columbia, recently launched its new electronic information service, "Community Development Online." The online service is available to subscribers and provides practical information about affordable housing, economic development and community revitalization programs. The Community Information Exchange is a national non-profit organization that provides community revitalization information through their databases and publications.

Marketplace Online for Government and Private Sectors

August 6, 1998 - FedCenter is an Internet-based marketplace supporting electronic commerce between government agencies and the private sector. Government contracting personnel can use FedCenter to search pricing information on over 200,000 products and services from hundreds of government suppliers. Companies also can register their contact information for business. FedCenter, was developed by Digital Commerce Corporation (DCC), and AltaVista. DCC is headquartered in Reston and is an Internet-based electronic commerce and procurement solutions provider.

Download a Demonstration of InforMax's Molecular Biology Software

August 4, 1998 - InforMax, Inc., a consulting and custom software developer in the fields of medical and bio-informatics has created software that assists drug developers. The software, "Vector NTI," analyzes DNA and protein sequences and yields information that assists in designing chemical compounds for drugs. InforMax, Inc., a recipient of Biotechnology Software & Internet Journal's "Product of the Year" award, is based in Bethesda. Visit their Web site to download a demonstration version of "Vector NTI."

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