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LEXIS-NEXIS Customizes Web-based Universe For Asia

LEXIS-NEXIS, a leading provider of networked information to business and legal professionals, has customized Universe, its newly launched Web-based product, for Asia.

Universe is the company's full-on venture into the general and customized online information business.

The product is a resource environment powered by the LEXIS-NEXIS search engine and stocked with over 7,000 newspapers, magazines, trade journals, industry newsletters, and sources of financial data.

"Universe provides us with a browser based platform," said James King, vice president, NEXIS strategy & business Development enterprise knowledge services.

Going beyond providing content solutions for professionals, Universe is designed to serve as an easy-to-use portal for the typical end user, according to King.

For the Asian version of the product, LEXIS-NEXIS has indexed a large range of regional sources including prominent publications like The Straits Times, The Business Times, Bangkok Post and South China Morning Post.

"Universe is going to be a family of products," added King. "The Asia version is one of them."

By mid-year, Universe will also include integrated Internet and LEXIS searching.

Like it's competitors, LEXIS-NEXIS is also developing business "behind the firewall" - that is providing similar services for Intranet customers and managing the private data of corporations.

LEXIS-NEXIS is a member of the Reed Elsevier Group, a large publishing and information business with annual sales of $5 billion and 27,000 employees.