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              Copyright 1998 PR Newswire Association, Inc.
                                PR Newswire

                          March 24, 1998, Tuesday

SECTION: Financial News

DISTRIBUTION: TO BUSINESS AND FEATURES EDITORS

LENGTH: 602 words

HEADLINE: Holocaust Site Uses New Software to Post Nazi Trial Transcripts
on the Internet;
Nizkor Puts Metaphoria to Test Converting Volumes for Display in Web
Browsers

DATELINE: NEW YORK, March 24

BODY:
    Transcripts from the Nuremberg trials of convicted Nazi war criminals
are now available to Internet users, posted to the Web by Nizkor,
www.nizkor.org, using Metaphoria Data Transformation Server (DTS) 1.1 --
new software introduced today by Pencom Web Works, www.pww.pencom.com.

Pencom made beta versions of Metaphoria DTS available to Nizkor at
no charge, to help the volunteer organization combat anti-Semitic
propaganda posted to the Internet by neo-Nazis, skinheads and white
supremacists claiming the Holocaust did not happen.

Metaphoria DTS culls and integrates database, spreadsheet, electronic mail,
text, graphics and other digital information for display in a Web browser,
generating Internet, Intranet and Extranet pages that are tailored on the
fly for each user.

Using Metaphoria DTS to automate the process of formatting text for display
on the Web, Nizkor posted two transcript volumes and half of a third in one
week.

By comparison, it took Nizkor one month to manually convert a fourth volume
into transcribed text and then HTML code -- and a year to complete
the transcription and posting of a fifth volume, funded by a grant that
permitted Nizkor to hire a programmer.

Nizkor estimates manual transcription of the Metaphoria-posted
volumes would have taken three months -- plus another three months to
convert the transcribed text into HTML.

"The significance is stunning," said Kenneth McVay, director of
Nizkor. "We're buried in information, but have no time to process it for
posting. It's tedious to convert it manually. By hand, we can add 7,000 to
8,000 pages per year. With Metaphoria, we have the potential for 850,000
pages. Without Metaphoria, we would probably never be able to add that much
information in our lifetime.

"Information is currency on the Web, and the plan now is to get
more information," said McVay, who launched Nizkor's Web site with 27 pages
and 30 megabytes of Holocaust information in 1995 -- on the anniversary of
Adolf Hitler's birthday, April 20.

Metaphoria DTS is a server-side Java Application Development Platform.
It enables application developers to divorce raw data from the way it
is presented, creating an environment that connects any kind of
network- accessible data to a Web browser. It resides between the server
and the data, using scriptable templates to retrieve and present content --
potentially displaying thousands of Web pages based on as few as 10 or 20
templates.

Metaphoria DTS is designed for business users that want to provide
quick and easy access to data from multiple sources and, especially,
legacy applications -- no matter where the data is stored and how it was
created -- to any desktop computer, either across a corporate network or
via the Internet.

Users do not need to cobble together expensive, time-consuming,
hard-to- develop custom applications, convert incompatible data from
diverse applications into one common format, move data to one shared
repository, or deal with the nightmare of creating and updating duplicate
data in multiple formats.

Pencom Web Works, based in New York, develops sophisticated
business applications running in a Web environment, including the
deployment of legacy data to the Web, Intranet or Extranet. The company is
a startup business unit of Pencom Systems Inc. (PSI) Founded in 1973 as a
recruiting firm for the computer industry, PSI today comprises a
constellation of technology businesses and a business incubator with
combined projected 1998 revenues of $120 million.

SOURCE  Pencom Web Works

     CONTACT: Steven J. Leon, President of Technopolis(R)
Communications Inc., 310-670-5606, sleon@technopolis.com; or Tristan Louis,
Director of Marketing of Pencom Web Works, 212-513-7777,
tristan@pww.pencom.com; or Ken McVay, Director of The Nizkor Project,
Kmcvay@nizkor.org


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