Updated 17 July, 2008
Proposal & Trial] [Q&A] [Agreement
for CAUL members]
for 2000 subscriptions] [Introductory offer to CAUL,
(14 June 2002)
The WebReports database
by TransData Corporation (http://www.transdatacorp.com)
is an archive of colour scanned images of public company documents, which
include all pictures, graphs and tables from annual, periodic, prospectus
and other documents, including media releases, issued by public companies.
The archive includes more than 30,000 reports from over 6,000 companies
in over 30 different countries around the world. Australian coverage of
all publicly quoted companies dates back to the early 1980ís and New Zealand
coverage dates back to the early 1990ís.
Prospective Client : CAUL
Members & Associates
Product : WebReports
Publisher : TransData Corporation
(now Mergent.com at 17/7/08)
Documents are obtained from
numerous sources, including direct contact with the companies themselves,
regulatory bodies and other archives of reports obtained by TransData from
clients disposing of their collections of reports.
The conversion of the hardcopy
reports into digital Adobe pdf images is carried out in the Brisbane office
of TransData. The Brisbane office is also the location of the hardcopy
document archive and the servers through which the WebReports service is
made available to subscribers via the internet.
Once scanned, reports obtained
from Australian companies are sent to the National Library of Australia.
Through an arrangement with the Library, TransData is able to dispatch
reports for inclusion in the holding of the National Library and hence
be properly filed and catalogued. TransData may at any time borrow back
the reports for re-scanning purposes.
The following offer provides
unlimited access to the full WebReports scanned archive and includes a
one month free access period to support internal marketing of this image
The structure of the proposal
allows CAUL to leverage their membership to push down the annual subscription
fee, based on the level of collective up take of this offer.
Offer as follows:-
Group Bands Annual Fee
Per CAUL Member in Australian Dollars
Basic Terms and Conditions:
|# users (institutions
||Cost per Member or Associate
|16 - 30
|31 - 50
All subsequent signups would
be entitled to enter at the discounted level set initially and align to
a master subscription period.
IP addresses and ranges will
be required from each organisation.
Should a document from an existing
document type not be available on the system, TransData will endeavor to
source this document and make it available as a downloadable image.
If your answer to question
6 was "no", could you provide a couple of lines as to why.
1. Does this product fit
with the curricula of your University?
2. Do you require source
documents for Domestic, Regional and Global public companies?
3. TransDataís Australian
collection of annual reports, interimís and prospectus documents dates
back to the early 1980ís. Is historical content important to your users?
4. To increase document
integrity, particularly for annual reports, is colour scanning considered
a value-added feature?
5. To support distance
education and walk in users is it fundamental that all web based subscription
services include authorised access for these user types?
6. If you have answered
yes to all of the above questions, would you subscribe to this product?
A free trial of Web Reports
is included as part of this offer.
Tracy Mayfield, 20 July 2000:
We cannot set-up IP Address
ranges for the complete University, as the ranges can range anywhere from
1 to 300 different addresses. To do this, we would have to enter each IP
Address separately. However, for the trial, we could set-up three or four
IP Addresses for each university. The passwords I sent to you in the last
email, are current and the Universities should be using them.
Our IP Address set-up is
not that far advanced to handle the ranges some of the Universities require,
we could however, set-up an IP Address that is connected to an intranet,
and all PC's connected to that intranet would gain access that way.
Transdata 8 May 2000:
WebReports for the Year
is an internet delivered database consisting of annuals, financial statements,
half-yearlies, interims, information booklets, media releases, preliminaries,
quarterlies, report to shareholders and governmenr reports for publicly
listed companies in over 33 countries worldwide.
As of this morning, we have
over 23,750 reports in our archives, and 2,451 Australian companies. You
can get a full breakdown of our archives by going to our Statistics page
on the website above.
We are currently in the process
of converting our entire archive of reports into PDF format, and we are
happy to confirm that Australia is near completion.
If anyone is interested in
a trial, we offer a four week trial period which allows the University
to evaluate the service.
We offer an academic subscription
which allows for unlimited downloading of the entire archive of reports
for up to 400 simultaneous users for AUD$3,500.00 plus GST. We also have
subscriptions which may suit some Universities, such as a single-site,
multi-site and intranet/network.
Transdata 15 Sep 1999:
I am writing this email
in regard to our special introductory offer for CAUL members for access
to our company reports database - WebReports (http://www.webreports.net).
WebReports covers public
company reports and announcements from companies located not only in Australia
but also overseas. The WebReports data is available over the web or through
a variety of other media, including CD ROM and hardcopy.
We have recently negotiated
a special offer with Bond University in Queensland, which we would like
to make available to your other members.
The offer is as follows :
1. Annual subscription for
up to 400 users at one establishment - $AUD 3500.00.
2. The annual subscription
is made-up of the following components :
(a) Supply of CD-ROMs of all Australian public company reports available
on the service, updated quarterly, commencing with 1998 reports;
(b) Access to all reports available on the service via the web on the basis
that library staff may log individual users onto the service but must keep
the passwords to the service confidential.
3. If additional CD-Rom's
are required for other parts of the collection apart from those provided
for the Australian reports since 1998 then an additional charge of $AUD5.00
to cover the costs of materials will be made for each CD-Rom burnt.
4. General conditions :
(a) the standard conditions
regarding reproduction of data which are in our standard subscription agreement
(available via the website) ;
(b) more than one user may
access the data either via the web or on the CD-Rom at the same time ;
(c) if the subscription
is cancelled, then all CD-Roms provided must be returned ;
(d) access may be provided
to associate borrowers.
I hope that this offer will
be of interest to you. Given the ever expanding coverage of data on WebReports,
plus ready access via the web, then I think that this is a good opportunity
for students and staff to obtain access to a wide array of valuable company
1. Trial. I
see that there is an abbreviated trial available from the web site.
Members are always keen to have a serious look at any service before buying,
preferably for 30 days. Is this possible?
Yes, no problem with a thirty
day trial. We would probably put a limit on the number of reports downloaded
per trial (one customer downloaded half the database once during a trial!)
2. Software. Is
it necessary to download the PaperPort software to every machine that uses
the service before you can take full advantage of it? Non-standard software
will always cause hassles for our users.
We are moving everything
across to Adobe pdf, which will avoid this potential problem (although
most people do seem to cope with PaperPort, it is standard with Hewlett
Packard scanners, and it is also faster at downloading the full colour
reports). People will have a choice ;
3. Access. You
refer to password access as long as the password is kept confidential to
library staff. This also has the potential to be problematic. Is
there any access by IP or domain authentication?
Good question and something
we are working on. However, currently, this is not available. It requires
some further software development at our end (not huge, so manageable!).
An impetus to move this up the list would be customer (i.e. your) demand.
Some of our suppliers, such as RDS, allow this and it certainly expedites
access. It is a good way to allow easy and secure access ;
4. Content. Is
all the content web-accessible? Most universities won't want cd-roms
if it is all on the web.
Yes, all the content is
web accessible, and we prefer this as it saves the need to burn the CDs
for each individual client. Some clients prefer to have the data available
locally as their internet access may be slow. We can provide also DAT tapes
as an alternative. However, our preference is web delivery and all our
materials are accessible via the web.
5. Two institutions have
commented on the undesirability and impracticality of users being logged
in by library staff. One has refused to trial because of this limitation.
To my knowledge, all universities use some method of scripting passwords
into their web pages so that the users (and library staff) do not need
to remember multitudinous passwords. They also have methods of preventing
unauthorised users accessing licensed databases.
Fully understand re the
passwords. The scripting solution will be quite acceptable. The IP address
logon is being investigated currently. However, we need to be sure that
we can retain security levels.
6. It is preferable for
all if you can define the group of authorised users, then leave it to the
institutions to manage that.
IP logon functionality is
now in place. (18 November, 1999)
We are happy if the universities
allow access to their own users and also any users visiting from other
universities. We are also happy if they provide access over the internet
to their remote users.
7. Re software.
Does this imply that you haven't yet moved to Adobe? When will this
happen. The requirement to download software is going to inhibit
access to the service, especially during the trial period.
Re Adobe, we are gradually
converting to Adobe. However, this will not happen overnight. We have most
of our historical collection now converted and we will be loading this
up over the next few weeks. However, PaperPort is actually a better viewer
than Adobe for large scale documents such as these. The viewer is free
and can be downloaded from our site. Other universities appear to have
coped so far, I am sure the current crop will as well. (12 October 1999)
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