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VANCOUVER, July 10 /CNW-PRN/ -, Inc. (OTC BB: BOWG) and Forest Press Distributions, a subsidiary of OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Incorporated (owner of the world's most popular and recognized information classification system, the Dewey Decimal Classification(R) (DDC) system), announced today that they have signed a licensing agreement. The agreement moves one step closer to launching its Best-of-Web Millennium Directory, the first commercial Web Directory that will incorporate both the DDC(R) system, used by 95 percent of US school and public libraries, and the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), the most widely-used thesaurus in the English-speaking world.

``Incorporating the two systems into our Best-of-Web Millennium Directory will make it even easier for our visitors and Members to quickly get better, more predictable search results,'' said Sandra Singh,'s Head Cybrarian. ``Because all of our content will be organized using these systems, users will be able to quickly find and then cross-reference information on the Web with information in most public and online libraries.''

``It's all about connecting users with information,'' Singh said. ``A visitor to our new Directory will be able to find links to all the best Web sites on say, theatre, for example, and then, using the DDC number or subject headings for that topic, zip over to their local public library and quickly and easily find books on theatre.''

``We're excited that a major Web directory service is seeking the same features for its knowledge organization tool that libraries value in the DDC,'' said Joan Mitchell, executive director, OCLC Forest Press, and editor-in-chief, Dewey Decimal Classification. ``These features include Dewey's well-defined categories, well-developed hierarchies, meaningful notation, rich network of relationships, worldwide use and continuous updating.'''s Best-of-Web Millennium Directory project was launched late last year when the company appointed Elizabeth Smith, PhD, Dean of University Libraries at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ, to its Advisory Board and hired Sandra Singh as its Head Cybrarian. Singh, along with a team of some 30 cataloguers from across the Internet, are working to reorganize and reclassify's 87,000 unique pieces of content, including the 28,000 articles, 33,000 links, and 28,000 discussions contained in its Best-of-Web Directory.

``Incorporating both the DDC (R) system and the Library of Congress Subject Headings will ensure maintains its leadership position as one of the most comprehensive Web directories on the Internet,'' said Julie Bradshaw, Managing Director of ``It's all part of our vision,'' Bradshaw said. ``Creating order out of chaos for the Internet user.'''s Directory currently has over 1,000 Contributing Editors, working from 30 different countries, who each manage a unique topic. Started in 1996 to provide better, more reliable search results for users looking for information on the Internet, the Directory is now attracting over half a million unique users each month. plans to launch the Best-of-Web Millennium Directory later this year.

About was the first virtual community to have Web guides (``Contributing Editors'') search the Internet for the best Web sites in their areas of expertise. As of June 21, 2000, the Best-of-Web Directory had 1034 unique topics, each managed by a Contributing Editor. Collectively, the Editors have created 33,300 reviewed links, written 28,000 articles, and hosted 27,800 discussions, all archived and readily available at Since 1996, the community now has grown to over 220,000 Members, all of whom have unlimited access to a full suite of Web-based services, including topic-specific discussions and chats, personal start pages and HomePages, Web-based email, and electronic postcards.

About OCLC

OCLC Forest Press, a division of OCLC since 1988, publishes the Dewey Decimal Classification system and a variety of related materials to help people keep pace with knowledge and distributes them through OCLC's subsidiary, Forest Press Distributions ( ). Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization whose computer network and services link more than 37,000 libraries in 76 countries and territories. OCLC is dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing information costs. More information about OCLC, its affiliated U.S. regional networks, international divisions and distributors is available on the OCLC Web site ( ). Dewey, DDC, Dewey Decimal Classification, Forest Press and OCLC are registered trademarks of OCLC. All copyright rights in the DDC system are owned by OCLC.

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