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USERS OF LEXIS(R)/NEXIS(R) SERVICES SHATTER RECORD FOR SEARCHES

 USERS OF LEXIS(R)/NEXIS(R) SERVICES
 SHATTER RECORD FOR SEARCHES
 DAYTON, Ohio, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Users of the LEXIS(R)/NEXIS(R) electronic research services conducted a record 200,858 searches on Oct. 20 and brought the total number of searches for a single day above 200,000 for the first time.
 The old record was 195,833 searches, set on Sept. 23, 1992. Use of the services first exceeded 100,000 searches on Feb. 7, 1990, at 101,697.
 Coincidentally, the services were prominently cited by Ross Perot during Monday night's (Oct. 19) presidential debate in East Lansing, Mich. Perot was discussing instructions given in 1990 to April Glaspie, former U.S. ambassador to Iraq. He suggested that President Bush turn to the LEXIS/NEXIS services for background on the events.
 The next day, users of the LEXIS/NEXIS services conducted 782 searches that included the name "Glaspie." By contrast, a week earlier only nine searches included her name.
 "Obviously, we are pleased that Mr. Perot thinks highly of the value of the LEXIS/NEXIS services," said Jack W. Simpson, president of Mead Data Central, Inc. "Hundreds of thousands of additional customers in the media, business and the legal profession do, too, as shown by the record number of searches."
 During the past 12 months, the LEXIS/NEXIS services have been used for an average of about 170,000 searches during a weekday. The volume is somewhat lower on weekends and holidays. (A "search" is an individual request for information transmitted by a customer.)
 Simpson said the surge in the number of searches conducted produced no slowdown in responsiveness to customers.
 "We have more than adequate capacity in our computers to handle demands such as this," he said. "During the past year, our services have been available 99.98 percent of the scheduled hours, only one-fifth of one percent of the searches were interrupted, and a typical search took only about 20 seconds to run.
 "We plan to improve on those numbers, too," he said.
 An increasing number of the searches involve "group files" that enable customers to cover large amounts of material in a single search. An example is the MEGA library of the LEXIS service, which allows searches of all federal and state caselaw at one time.
 Customers have access to more than 167 million documents through the services, via personal computers or a variety of other methods, virtually 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The services are unavailable from 2 a.m. to 2:15 a.m. Eastern time Monday through Saturday, and from 2 a.m. until 10 a.m. on Sundays. The inactive time is used for maintenance at the company's data center in Dayton, Ohio.
 Mead Data Central has issued more than a million identification numbers (a "password" needed to log on to the services) during the past two decades. Currently, there are about 300,000 active identification numbers worldwide, many of which are used by more than one individual within a business.
 The LEXIS service, primarily used by the legal profession, is the world's leading full-text computer-assisted legal research service, providing caselaw, statutes and specialized law libraries. It was the first commercially successful service of its kind, making its debut in 1973.
 The NEXIS service, primarily used by the news media, businesses, and the legal profession, offers full-text articles and broadcast transcripts from more than 1,000 of the world's leading news and business sources, and is the exclusive online source of The New York Times. It is also the source of financial information including brokerage house reports, stock quotes and the full text of patents dating to 1975. The NEXIS service was first available in 1979.
 Mead Data Central, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Mead Corporation (NYSE: MEA), a leader in forest products and electronic publishing. Both companies have their headquarters in Dayton, Ohio.
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