RadixIndex Newsletter Vol. 1 no. 1 (February 1, 2000)
Ladies and Gentlemen, dear folks,
Welcome to the first ever issue of the RadixIndex Newsletter.
This newsletter is published ocassionally when there are some exciting news around RadixIndex.com. And now there is something really hot:
I am very much pleased to let you know that the first batch of RadixIndex's planned databases, the Industry and trade directory of Hungary in 1891 database is now available on the web.
The work started in mid-1999 now reached the significant point of going public. With its approx. 380,000 persons, who lived in old Hungary's more than 10,000 settlements, this database is one of the largests of its sort in Hungary.
The language of the search interface is English, its Hungarian version is to be released in the not-too-distant future. It is not only the interface that is written in English, all the first names and occupations are also translated into English. Also, besides the old names of settlements, their current versions are provided.
As of current, database is indexed by the occurences of surnames in counties. Having put in the surname the engine fetches numbers of occurences of the surname in different counties. Then records can be downloaded county by county. Other query methods will be developed in the future, responding to users' needs.
This database is not free, there is a small subscription fee of 20-25 US Dollars. The actual fee depends on the payment method chosen. This sum is deposited as credit, it allows users to download 100 records. Subscribers also receive 15 free copies of pages of their choice. These copies are digital, downloadable from the web.
I understand that not all interested people would need up to 100 records, some would like to see only 10 or 15. Later this year, probably in March 2000 "RadixIndex Light" will be available. Price will be about 10 US Dollars, and this package would have a limit of downloading 15 records and requesting 3 free copies of pages.
People who wish to subscribe now have several payment options. RadixIndex has established partnership with a third party, iBill, Ltd. http://www.ibill.com
This way online shoppers can use their credit cards or US based checking accounts. Shopping is secure. Choosing this method means that accounts can be opened and access to database is granted instantly. Web900 payment is also applied, owners of US telephones can debit their phone account with subscription fee.
People who are afraid of paying online can send travellers' or personal checks, international money orders, international postal money orders cashable in Hungary, wire transfer or other, negotiated payment to RadixIndex address. Having received payment their accounts are set up immediately.
There are things to discover for those who do not intend to subscribe, too. Guests can use the already known feature to search for counties where people with researched surnames lived. There is a toolbox, where researchers can can get more acquianted with the structure of the book, see screenshots from the subscribers area, review maps showing distribution of craftsmen from the 1900 census, scroll through a list of occupations listed in the book. The next thing to be included would be some sort of soundex system that would enable easier navigation amongst surnames.
Thank you so much for the encouragement I have received so far from many of you, it has been a tender drive to accomplish this project. For those of you curious about how many people would be interested in these resources, I can tell you that this issue of the newsletter is delivered to more than 500 people opted in for it.
Have questions? They are always welcome at support ..at.. radixindex.com .
To improve interactivity, an online forum has been set up on the website.
The database has been beta-tested, still, there might be bugs. I am sorry for that and I would like to assure you of my commitment to permanent improvement.
Anyway, development is not stopped. My intention is to add more research utilities to this first database, and also, some of its features. Yes, this is the first database. If everything goes well, more to come in 2000.
And now, please let me invite you to the newly opened website. Point your browsers to http://www.radixindex.com, and see, what this site has for you.
Should I say more, I wish you happy and successful data mining!
Janos Bogardi / Radix.
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