Oracle Corporation Forms Electronic Publishing Subsidiary

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Database management software supplier Oracle Corp. is forming a subsidiary to sell business databases and reference materials in electronic form. Called Oracle Data Publishing (ODP), the new subsidiary will operate out of Seattle, home of its president, Dick Brass, a former journalist who has headed other electronic publishing ventures.

Oracle's move is startling because it reverses an industry trend wherein data providers have sought to sell products on the basis of value-added software. Now