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Re: Contracts

The software publishing industry has been using a software product called
FLEXlm for license management for a while. This isn't the only license
managemnet software out there, it just one on the most commonly used. 
Basically, the software helps a publisher control access to their products
and the various license agreements they would have for their products.
This software probably isn't exactly what was looked for in "contract
management" software, but I have found that looking at what the software
publishers are doing to be very interesting. Large consortia may find they
could use the software to manage their different licenses and modes of

You can find out more about FLEXlm and about software licensing from a
software publisher's perspective at

Steve Bosch
Information Access Librarian
University of Arizona Library
Tucson, AZ  85721-0055

On Wed, 13 Aug 1997, ss wrote:

>      There may well be software to help create contracts.  On the storage 
>      part of Diane's question, I have tried fairly hard to find what I 
>      would call "contract management software."  Soon after I began at 
>      JSTOR I ran into a friend who happened (at the time) to be the 
>      contract administrator for Radio City Music Hall here in New York.  
>      "Arlene, please tell me what contract management software you use!"  
>      She looked at me blankly and said that to her knowledge none exists.  
>      "So what do you do?" I asked.  "A big chart on the wall."
>      Since then I have reviewed a couple of software programs produced for 
>      attorneys, but none do specifically what I wanted, namely, enable me 
>      to track contracts, especially changes in specific clauses to a form 
>      agreement that is getting signed by a lot of people.  (We have over 
>      200 participating libraries, each with a signed agreement, and some 37 
>      publisher agreements in place.)
>      My answer has been to create an electronic "chart" using Microsoft 
>      Access.  I imagine there are any number of database type programs that 
>      would do the same thing.  It's very simple, actually, but it serves 
>      the purpose for us.  I'd be happy to share the details with anyone who 
>      is interested.  And would also love to hear if anyone has come up with 
>      a better mousetrap!
>      Sarah E. Sully
>      General Counsel
>      JSTOR
>      188 Madison Avenue
>      New York, NY  10016
>      tel: (212) 592-7345
>      fax: (212) 592-7355
> ______________________________ Reply Separator _________________________________
> Subject: Contracts
> Author: at ~Internet-Mail
> Date:    8/11/97 2:53 PM
> Has anyone ever done any work on trying to find a piece of software that
> will help you create and store contracts.  In otherwords, this software
> would store all of the contracts that you created in-house, clause by
> clause and also have available to you different types of generic clauses
> to use when creating a contract.  I have no idea if there is such a beast
> or if I am asking a stupid question.  Thanks!!! 
> Diana Robertson, Law Librarian
> Manulife Financial - Canadian Operations 
> 500 King St. North, Waterloo, Ontario 
> (519) 747-7000 ext. 6240
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