Thomson Scientific's Techstreet Selected as Primary Distributor of ASC X9 Financial Industry Standards



    PHILADELPHIA and LONDON, Jan. 24 /CNW/ -- Thomson Scientific, part of The
Thomson Corporation (NYSE:   TOC; TSX: TOC) and leading provider of information
solutions to the worldwide research and business communities, has signed an
agreement with the Accredited Standards Committee X9, Inc. - Financial
Industry Standards (ASC X9) to make Thomson Scientific's Techstreet
(www.techstreet.com) the primary distributor for ASC X9 publications in print
and electronic format. ASC X9 publications can be ordered through the new
online publications store at www.X9.org, operated by Techstreet.
    Cynthia Fuller, Executive Director of ASC X9, said, "We chose Techstreet
because they are an acknowledged leader in online delivery and customer
service. Our members and customers will benefit from the self-serve features
and functionality, new electronic download options, free tracking alert system
and web-based enterprise subscriptions. Customers will also appreciate the
enhanced customer service we are now able to offer because of our partnership
with Thomson Scientific."
    Members and customers who visit the ASC X9 online store can search and
order ASC X9 publications and related codes and standards in print and
downloadable PDF formats, sign up for free document alerts and learn about
multi-user subscription services. As part of the agreement, Thomson Scientific
also will support the marketing of ASC X9 publications.
    ASC X9 American National Standards, Technical Reports and Draft Standards
includes over 70 publications covering Card and Check standards; Security
standards: Paperless Contract standards: and Securities Processing and Data
and Information Security standards. ASC X9 also offers the Check 21
Collection, a group of standards that facilitate Check 21 requirements.
    "By providing world-class customer service and applying our proven e-
commerce methods to X9's operation, we are speeding the delivery of standards
required for critical financial services," said David Brown, Executive Vice
President, Corporate Markets, Thomson Scientific. "The new store gives
financial professionals easier access and more control over how they retrieve
the information they need."
    Techstreet provides web-based technologies to support online delivery of
industry codes and standards to technical professionals worldwide.
    
    About ASC X9
    
    The Accredited Standards Committee X9, Inc., is the only industry-wide
forum that brings together bankers, securities professionals, manufacturers,
regulators, associations, consultants and others in the financial services
arena to address technical issues, find the best solutions, and codify them as
nationally and internationally accepted standards.  The American National
Standards Institute officially accredited ASC X9 in 1984. In addition, ASC X9
is recognized as the official secretariat to the International Organization
for Standardization (ISO) committee TC68 on Banking and Financial Services.
    
    About The Thomson Corporation
    
    The Thomson Corporation (www.thomson.com) is a global leader in providing
essential electronic workflow solutions to business and professional
customers.  With operational headquarters in Stamford, Conn., Thomson provides
value-added information, software tools and applications to professionals in
the fields of law, tax, accounting, financial services, scientific research
and healthcare.  The Corporation's common shares are listed on the New York
and Toronto stock exchanges (NYSE:   TOC; TSX: TOC).
    Thomson Scientific is a business of The Thomson Corporation.  Its
information solutions assist professionals at every stage of research and
development-from discovery to analysis to product development and
distribution. Thomson Scientific information solutions can be found at
scientific.thomson.com.




For further information:

For further information: Kevin Bonsor, Thomson Scientific, 
+1-919-461-7428, kevin.bonsor@thomson.com, or Cindy Fuller, ASC X9, Inc., 
+1-410-267-7707, cindy.fuller@x9.org Web Site:
http://www.scientific.thomson.com                  http://www.techstreet.com

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