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webpage UKOP Database and UKOP Online     (March, 9th 1999).

UKOP, as you would have read, is a large database of UK government publications. The database is available from a purpose-built website, the first place for background. I had further questions which I emailed to Liz Marley, Editor, Official Publications Department of Chadwyck-Healey Ltd (one of the database producers). I have abbreviated the discussion.

UKOP has since been purchased by Bell and Howell, a database producer and retailer to the library market.




Would you please explain the difference between UKOP Online ( and the database available through the online bookstore of the Stationery Office (

Thank you,


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To: "David Novak" ...

Dear Mr Novak

Thank you for your enquiry about UKOP Online.

The UKOP Online database is a comprehensive record of all British Official publications from the beginning of 1980 onwards. It includes the Stationery Office catalogue but also the records compiled by staff at Chadwyck-Healey Ltd for the 'Catalogue of British Official Publications Not Published by The Stationery Office', which comprise 40% of the database. These are publications produced independently by over 500 government bodies and agencies. Together, the two datasets add c. 25 000 records a year to the database. There is a single subject index to all the publications over 19 years, and there are links both to the URLs of individual documents and to online ordering of publications by the different agencies (including links to the Stationery Office bookshop) Microfiche of selected non-Stationery Office publications is also available from Chadwyck-Healey. The database is also available on CD-ROM.

If you would like further information please don't hesitate to contact me.


Liz Marley
Editor, Official Publications Department

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