Features

News roulette started out, like so many other projects, with an idle conversation between friends. Intrigued by the idea, Daniel Vydra went to his computer and designed an application that would call up a random article published in The Guardian in the previous 24 hours. Vydra's Random Guardian application is not a major corporate initiative or an attempt to change the way we view news-Random Guardian only took Vydra "2 or 3 hours" to create.
By - June 2010 Issue, Posted May 28, 2010
On May 24 and 25 the Software & Information Industry Association held its annual NetGain conference in San Francisco. Starting with a high-energy "Speed Networking" session in which the 80 attendees held three-minute one-on-one conversations in a grown-up version of musical chairs, the conference maintained a focus on the practical over the theoretical.
By - Posted May 27, 2010
The number of mobile app downloads will increase from 7 billion in 2009 to an astonishing 50 billion in 2012. That translates into a $17.5 billion market by 2012. Even if these numbers are wildly exaggerated, and there is no reason to believe they are, this is a huge market and it's no wonder content providers everywhere are clamoring for a piece of this action. These numbers are enough to get anyone's attention, but there are many roads that can lead to app success… or failure, so content players need to get an accurate lay of the land.
By - June 2010 Issue, Posted May 26, 2010
Content management systems do not always like to play nice with each other. With the May 4 announcement of the OASIS international consortium's approval of Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) version 1.0—a new open standard that enables information to be shared across Enterprise Content Management (ECM) repositories from different vendors—that could all be changing.
By - Posted May 20, 2010
While certain segments of the economy are rebounding, the content industry has continued to struggle to get back on its feet. With that in mind, many of the top executives from companies across the content spectrum gathered on April 18-20 at the 11th annual Buying & Selling eContent conference in Arizona to discuss Reigniting the Content Economy.
By - June 2010 Issue, Posted May 19, 2010
Electronic health records are not new. The concept has been around since the first PC hit the stores. Yet despite the much improved systems and greater reasons to use them, fewer than 20% of physicians' practices use electronic medical records.
By - May 2010 Issue, Posted May 14, 2010
Enterprise search is not just about search any more. When you start throwing things like e-discovery and social media into the mix, search within the enterprise becomes exponentially more complicated...and interesting. The Enterprise Search Summit 2010, held in New York City, May 11-12, took a look at some of the timeless questions presented by enterprise search, as well as the newest problems--and opportunities--in the space.
Posted May 13, 2010
With the Active Intelligence Engine (AIE), Attivio provides a tool capable of accessing any information, not limiting itself to vast arrays of media, data, and documents. However, as anyone who works inside an enterprise knows, finding information is not enough; information must be actionable. However, as anyone who works inside an enterprise knows, finding information is not enough; information must be actionable. That's why Attivio emphasizes the "Active" part of its product name with the release of version 2.1, enhancing the way it enables information to be actionable and how it interacts with customer systems.
May 2010 Issue, Posted May 13, 2010
A new partnership between INgage Networks and Michigan State University is looking to strengthen the ties between social media research and business practice, bringing innovation from the classroom to the boardroom.
By - May 2010 Issue, Posted May 13, 2010
How do we communicate online, and what does that mean for businesses? That was the central question posed by last week's J.Boye conference.
By - Posted May 11, 2010
Linguistic and cultural issues impact the success of businesses seeking to expand throughout the increasingly global marketplace, as well as successes closer to home—given the fact that many countries are populated by those speaking different languages. Previously, only companies of a certain size looked beyond their borders. Today, every business is in competition with every other business across the planet.
By - May 2010 Issue, Posted May 10, 2010
Thomas the Train had a vision ("I think I can, I think I can"), never let obstacles get in his way, stayed focused on his goal and eventually realized success! As I looked across the landscape of this year's Open Government and Innovations (OGI) Conference held this week in Washington, D.C. , it became apparent there were more Thomas-train types than the doubting Thomases I talked to last year. Like Penn Station at rush hour, the ballroom at the Grand Hyatt was jammed as people listened, tweeted and tapped their keyboards to spread the message of the keynote speaker, Cory Ondrejka, co-creator of Second Life, whose message was like a trumpet sounding the cry for government to become more open and agile. To those present, he seemed to say, "You can, You can, You can."
By - Posted May 06, 2010
All across Kenya and in the rural parts of Africa, digital villages are emerging. These spell a new dawn for people by opening up a whole new world that is rich in information and faster communication channels that will most definitely empower them to become better students, better citizens, better farmers, and skilled workers.
May 2010 Issue, Posted May 04, 2010
Since its founding in 2002, InQuira has concentrated on delivering business intelligence software to companies, primarily on the customer service side of the equation. Now, the San Bruno, Calif.-based company is using the same approach to tackle inefficiency in sales with the April 27 release of InQuira SalesIntel.
By - Posted Apr 27, 2010
OnCopyright 2010, a 1-day event held at the Union League Club in New York City and sponsored by the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), tackled the issue of copyright from four vantage points: art, society, technology, and law. The 19 experts from these four sectors provided insights into the changing parameters of remixing, mashups, collaboration, and disruptive technology.
By - May 2010 Issue, Posted Apr 23, 2010
When it comes to writing for the web, who sets the rules? For most publications, it used to be The AP Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law. But now Yahoo! is hoping to set the standards for online writing with The Yahoo! Style Guide: The Ultimate Sourcebook for Writing, Editing, and Creating Content for the Digital World, which is set to be released this July. Can these two editorial guides work together to help users, or is there only room for one?
By - Posted Apr 22, 2010
study by the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) shed some light on the issue of speed versus accuracy in online journalism and the secrets to profitability.
By - May 2010 Issue, Posted Apr 19, 2010
Although evidence continues to suggest that students and consumers in general are not yet ready (if they ever will be) to entirely give up print as an information source, e-readers, e-technology, and etextbooks are becoming increasingly common. As consumers become more familiar with the options that technology provides in terms of lower cost, personalized access to information, and accessibility anytime, anywhere, the impact on the textbook market is unavoidable.
By - April 2010 Issue, Posted Apr 14, 2010
As anyone who's ever shopped online can tell you, finding a general category of items is the easy part. The hard part is figuring out which one you want to buy. On Monday, April 12, Endeca released Commerce Suite 2.1 with hopes of helping companies combat this conundrum.
By - Posted Apr 13, 2010
The beginning of a new decade may feel like a fresh start for some, but for many publishers, 2010 is simply another year of trying to figure out how to survive in a changing, sometimes crumbling, industry. Research and advisory firm Outsell, Inc. offers strategies for dealing with the current environment in its report, "Information Industry Outlook 2010: A New Dawn, New Day, New Decade," which was released in January.
By - April 2010 Issue, Posted Apr 12, 2010
Before Apple CEO Steve Jobs even officially announced the iPad on Jan. 27, the publishing world was a twitter with theories about how the device would revolutionize the industry. Likely to be on the market in late March, iPad started making an impact before it even hit the shelves. Meanwhile, the industry scrambled to predict just what the iPad and accompanying iBook store would mean to the industry: Will this new device do for ebooks what the iPod and iTunes did for music?
By - April 2010 Issue, Posted Apr 08, 2010
Prerecorded television that is watched later greatly affects the accuracy of television viewership ratings. Nielson's new rating system counts viewers who records their their program with DVR or online streaming.
By - April 2010 Issue, Posted Apr 07, 2010
The question bellows this year from every podium, in every digital media conference panel, and in reams of articles. Will users finally start paying for their online content when so many alternatives crowd a search-driven, user-generated, all-you-can eat buffet of free? Well, we'll spare you the suspense. The short answer is: Online, users already pay for content.
By - April 2010 Issue, Posted Apr 07, 2010
If 2009 was the worst of times for most of the information industry, it was a decidedly good year for manufacturers of digital e-reading alternatives. In a year when 34% of Americans reported cutting down on the number of books they were purchasing, the news of e-readers and tablet devices flying off shelves should be encouraging to businesses whose lifeblood is the provision of engaging content. Yet for publishers, the mainstream adoption of digital reading alternatives and ebooks brings huge financial challenges alongside the tantalizing opportunities.
By - April 2010 Issue, Posted Apr 02, 2010
When a 15-year-old kid doesn't know or care what people think about him, he tends to get a boost in punk-rock credibility. When a company doesn't know or care what people think about it, it tends to go out of business. Brand and reputation management is obviously important to a company, and Amherst, Mass.-based Lexalytics is trying to bring the kind of analytical advantages enjoyed by large corporations to smaller companies with Lexascope, the company's latest web-based API for the masses released Tuesday, March 23.
By - Posted Mar 25, 2010
The IPSO Alliance, which promotes the use of internet protocol (IP) for smart object communications, has added a new heavy hitter to its lineup: Google.
By - March 2010 Issue, Posted Mar 17, 2010
Nothing is free ... usually. But from March 15 to April 15, Alacra is offering free, unlimited access to its updated PulsePro, a configurable desktop and mobile solution that detects key business events from 3,000 hand-curated news feeds and blogs, extracting business intelligence in near-real time and delivering it to users.
By - April 2010 Issue, Posted Mar 16, 2010
Many forces are impacting innovations in content management, including an increasing need for agility, the growth of social media, and globalization. This vibrant industry is responding to meet the expectations of organizations and their customers today and in the future.
By - March 2010 Issue, Posted Mar 15, 2010
From I'm-not-a-crook crooks to the financial thievery of the first decade of this century, the trust between the big institution and the people it purports to serve has eroded. Trust today is a big issue. Earning it—and keeping it—is the Holy Grail of achievement. If you win trust, you gain entry into someone's mind, values, passions, and even their checkbook.
By - March 2010 Issue, Posted Mar 11, 2010
An emerging branch of environmentalism, armed with startup attitude and the analytical framework of behavioral economics, is positing that given the right combination of information, social pressure, and incentives, behavior can be influenced in an environmentally beneficial way. One element of this strategy involves social media, which can exert positive social pressure.
By - March 2010 Issue, Posted Mar 08, 2010
Socialtext announced the 4.0 iteration of its enterprise social software platform on Wednesday, March 3, including some major additions and updates. The latest version brings enterprise customers many of the tools that users of public social networking tools have become accustomed to, yet with the needed structure and security companies require.
By - Posted Mar 05, 2010
The set of crises facing publishing today is enough to make the most hardened of journalists curl up in the fetal position. But there is a subset of journalistic visionaries who are hoping that this time of tumult will allow for real innovation in media, resulting in fresh ideas and, perhaps paradoxically, a return to the basics of investigative reporting.
By - March 2010 Issue, Posted Mar 01, 2010
In just a few weeks my colleagues and I will be launching the 2010 Intranet Innovation awards. What can we expect to see this year?
By - Posted Feb 26, 2010
It isn't easy to make predictions about the future. But doing so about the ever-changing world of communications and technology can be especially difficult. Avaya, a business communications provider, decided to try and tackle this with its "Ten Communications Trends for 2010."
By - March 2010 Issue, Posted Feb 26, 2010
When ContentNext founder Rafat Ali, took the stage at the debut paidContent Conference, he made his position clear saying that he "supports a variety of business models and revenue streams." And for this event, the bottom line theme was supporting the bottom line.
By - Posted Feb 22, 2010
Speakers at the Information Industry Summit (IIS) held in New York, Jan. 26-27, agreed about one thing: Content providers can survive. However, everyone seemed to have a different idea about how.
By - March 2010 Issue, Posted Feb 22, 2010
Nuxeo announced the general availability of its DAM 1.0 on February 4. Derived from its open source ECM platform, the new application allows users to manage rich media assets such as image, video, or audio.
By - Posted Feb 09, 2010
To try to address the range and scope of its clients' conversion projects, LuraTech on February 1 announced that it will launch DocYard, a software platform enabling clients to build their own production-level document conversion and capture environments out of a series of modules designed to integrate a range of in-house needs, from different formats and source materials to outside software and even human resources.
By - Posted Feb 05, 2010
While tempting, it would be a mistake to write off the dire state of the news business as simply a reflection of the general decline in print readership since the rise of the internet or as just another casualty of the recession. The problems run deeper. And to make things worse, the newspaper industry finds itself in this sorry state just as a new generation enters the work force-one with less connection to traditional news media than ever before.
By - January/February 2010 Issue, Posted Feb 05, 2010
In discussing the decision to shake up the CODiE Awards by moving the program from its traditional home during the spring NetGain conference in San Francisco, SIIA Content Division vice president Ed Keating noted that "there's not much difference between a rut and a groove." That premise of breaking out of a rut was certainly in evidence in the product strategies of the 15 winning companies, winnowed from more than one hundred nominees through two rounds of voting.
By - Posted Jan 29, 2010
Detroit is, undoubtedly, among the cities hardest hit by the recession. The city's biggest employers have been under siege, and abandoned homes line the streets. Thanks to a $40-million deal with Houghton Mifflin Co., Detroit's public schools are now on the leading edge of a technological movement to replace printed textbooks with computer software. They aren't the only ones.
By - January/February 2010 Issue, Posted Jan 25, 2010
While it may be assumed that most professionals in the business technology industry have a general concept of cloud computing, an August 2009 survey by Proofpoint, a provider of SaaS email security, email archiving, and data loss-prevention solutions, found that may not be the case. Many IT professionals are still confused about the term's actual meaning.
By - Posted Jan 22, 2010
Personal e-reader devices appeared on plenty of wishlists during the recent holiday season, and Amazon's Kindle seems to have taken an early lead in reaching out to readers.
Posted Jan 22, 2010
In September, The Washington Post's senior editor Milton Coleman published guidelines to the paper's staff members about their activities on the internet-while on and off the job. His email to staff said, in part: "Social networks ... can be valuable tools in gathering and disseminating news and information. They also create some potential hazards we need to recognize. When using social networking tools for reporting or for our personal lives, we must remember that Washington Post journalists are always Washington Post journalists." It was the "or for our personal lives" part that created a firestorm for The Washington Post. But its concern about what its staff members-particularly reporters-are saying online is understandable.
By - January/February 2010 Issue, Posted Jan 22, 2010
In late November, news broke that Murdoch was reportedly in talks with Microsoft to negotiate a deal in which the giant media conglomerate would pull or deindex its content from Google-keeping the search giant from crawling its content and making it exclusively available to Bing. Unfortunately, the major players are not going on the record regarding this controversial speculation. And if you believe the blogosphere, the whole thing might just be a bluff.
By - Posted Jan 20, 2010
With the first decade of the new millennium coming to a close, the Webby Awards announced the 10 most influential internet moments of the decade on Nov. 18-finding the websites, technological advancements, and more that have transformed not only the way we live but also the world around us.
By - Posted Jan 15, 2010
It's no secret that "cloud computing" is fast becoming one of 2010's hottest buzzwords. With this in mind, Alfresco, an open source enterprise content management system provider, announced on Tuesday, January 12, the company the availability of Alfresco Enterprise Edition 3.2 - the new features of which focus largely on cloud capability.
By - Posted Jan 15, 2010
Qualifying the value of something such as "community" is no easy task: What exactly is an online community worth? And how do you measure its effectiveness or know for certain that you are getting a return on your investment when you allocate resources for this purpose?
By - January/February 2010 Issue, Posted Jan 15, 2010
Representatives of four major publishing houses and international media conglomerate News Corporation announced last Tuesday, Dec. 8, that they will launch a joint venture to develop a digital storefront and a set of standards for the sale and distribution of media content.
By - Posted Dec 15, 2009
One of the world's biggest publishers wants to get rid of its inventory. That doesn't mean global scientific publisher Springer Science + Business Media is going out of the business—in fact, it's hoping to add even more science, technology, and medical titles to its lineup.
By - Posted Dec 11, 2009
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