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President Bush signed The Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2008 (PRO-IP) into law on October 13. The act is designed to give the government more leverage in pursuing pirated or counterfeit media software, and pharmaceutical drugs. The act also creates an IP enforcement coordinator—or IP czar—position to oversee and enforce the new, strengthened laws.
By - Posted Oct 21, 2008
From recent college graduates to veteran employees, there are four generations in the work force today: Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Gen X-ers, and Millenials. With each of these groups comes a different opinion on how to best get the job done. More often than not, these different views on productivity collide and affect more than just the process—they affect the results. As technology advances, it is difficult to reach all four groups effectively, but it is essential for productivity to reconcile generational differences and get every employee, regardless of his or her generation, on the same page.
By - November 2008 Issue, Posted Oct 20, 2008
While web marketers have long been tracking the growing influence of online consumer reviews, the influence of these reviews has reached a tipping point and the time is right for companies of all kinds to take a closer look.
By - November 2008 Issue, Posted Oct 15, 2008
A year ago, when Vivisimo launched Velocity 6.0, it focused heavily on incorporating collaborative features into the enterprise search solution. This time around, as Vivisimo today launches Velocity 7.0 "the theme is conceptual search—it's about discovery and personalization," says Rebecca Thompson, vice president of marketing.
By - Posted Oct 14, 2008
Today's content has no respect for yesterday's silos. Documents and assets end up on pages, screens, and devices—or, inevitably, all of the above. That means extra work for designers and developers to constantly manage and repurpose material. It also means extra pressure for them to operate outside the comfort zones of their original disciplines.
By - November 2008 Issue, Posted Oct 14, 2008
It seems that everyone is blogging these days. However, despite the proliferation of blogs that range from diaries and niche subjects to celebrity, corporate, and expertly written blogs, some publishers are still hesitant to add blogging to the mix. The web has opened up a world of communication to people across the globe, but the new culture of user-generated content can mean a lot of things to those in the publishing industry, good and bad.
By - November 2008 Issue, Posted Oct 10, 2008
During one eventful week in mid-September, two big names in American commerce gingerly announced that they would be reinventing their business models for the digital age. Time Inc., the publisher of Time magazine, Sports Illustrated, and People, announced on September 15, a Monday, the launch of Maghound.com, a service that allows users to manage their magazine subscriptions online. Then on September 18 the online retail behemoth Amazon released the news that it would be adding a content delivery network to its suite of web services.
By - Posted Oct 07, 2008
We find ourselves perched on the crest of a third web wave, one that could take this social web even further by adding a semantic layer, in which the underlying systems begin to have an inherent semantic understanding of the content and take us to what we need without even being told what we want.
By - October 2008 Issue, Posted Oct 02, 2008
While magazines remain portable, not every magazine is available when needed, such as on a long flight. On September 22, 2008, the Read Green Initiative from Zinio launched to the public, and may give readers more options.
By - Posted Sep 30, 2008
Those who work in content management systems (CMSs) know that the content creation process can often be time-consuming and unwieldy. Ideally, the best content management system should enable the user to post content to the web seamlessly, without having to click back and forth between different programs. After all, it's difficult—or, at the very least, annoying—to be in two or three places at once. However, as wonderful as this utopian ideal may sound, it is very rarely the case. Web content creators are usually required to collaborate with one another in a wiki, edit images for the web in Photoshop or a similar program, and then upload everything into the CMS. Functionality is lost in the quest for a visually compelling website with top-notch content.
By - October 2008 Issue, Posted Sep 29, 2008
There seems to be a never-ending list of companies experiencing data breaches, which can lead to the theft of information and even identity. Database security is a serious issue that affects every business or organization, and one of the most effective means of database security is good database auditing.
By - October 2008 Issue, Posted Sep 25, 2008
From September 16th-19th, the Web 2.0 Expo took to the floors of the Javits Convention Center in New York City. With over 100 exhibitor booths and sessions ranging in topic from media and marketing to a multitude of workplace applications, the opportunities attendees had to learn and socialize were abundant. Still, with the amount of diversity the Web 2.0 Expo offered, there was one theme that dominated the others: People come first in Web 2.0.
By - Posted Sep 23, 2008
Can't find video about the latest news without searching dozens of websites? Are you sick of sitting through 5 minutes of an audio clip just to hear the 30 seconds you're interested in? These problems could be things of the past. Last February, Massachusetts-based EveryZing announced the debut of its ezSEO and ezSEARCH, designed to make audio and video content more searchable on the web. In October the company will launch its new media player, hoping to go a step further and change the way users interact with multimedia content.
By - October 2008 Issue, Posted Sep 22, 2008
Findability is about making information easier to find. After all, if it cannot be found, it may as well not exist. In addition to traditional controlled vocabulary-based indexing, information architecture has evolved to make browsing and navigation methods more effective. "Semantic tagging," in the various ways that it is understood, is a term that describes many of these new (and some not-so-new) findability approaches.
By - October 2008 Issue, Posted Sep 22, 2008
On Oct. 1, natural language search company Semantra will release Semantra 2.5 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM. With this new product, Semantra seeks to bring effective, efficient search capabilities to the realm of business intelligence (BI). Semantra 2.5, which sits on top of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, streamlines searching within that enterprise application, with capabilities including summary analytics, linking results back to the CRM, exporting results into Excel, and dynamically adjusting results sets. This set of functions and Semantra's streamlined search interface are designed to simplify business intelligence and analytics so that every member of a sales team, irrespective of their technical expertise, has access to as much valuable BI information as possible.
By - October 2008 Issue, Posted Sep 18, 2008
YellowBrix has been in the content syndication and analytics business for more than 10 years. The company, which is based in Alexandria, Virginia, specializes in providing business, industry, and financial markets news and general consumer information for websites, intranets, wireless devices, and telephony services requiring real-time information. Within the next few weeks, in a step toward providing its analytical capabilities directly to consumers, YellowBrix will release a new product called RightTrade.
By - Posted Sep 16, 2008
Effectively targeting specific audiences is one of the leading objectives of online advertisers. Websites have long used demographic information to help advertisers, but the Sept. 15 premier of Bizo aims to make it easier for business-to-business marketers to reach their desired online audience.
By - October 2008 Issue, Posted Sep 15, 2008
It takes a lot of time, effort, and money to build your company's brand and corporate identity. When you move into foreign markets, you don't want your message to get garbled—literally lost in translation. As with any complex business problem, technology can help, but it only takes you so far.
By - Sept 2008 Issue, Posted Sep 08, 2008
Email has not just revolutionized the way we communicate, it has transformed the way we do business today. Along the way, it also added a significant layer of security risk. However, most corporations lack policies, much less solutions, to help mitigate the potentially costly problems of unmanaged email.
By - Sept 2008 Issue, Posted Sep 01, 2008
There may be an ocean between them, but the U.S. and the U.K. are on the same wavelength when it comes to Enterprise 2.0 tools. These tools are increasingly in demand on both sides of the Atlantic. Recently, Trampoline Sytems—a London-based provider of social networking software—released research echoing these sentiments; of 111 businesses surveyed in the U.K. and U.S., 84% said that social networking would help with sharing knowledge and expertise across the organization.
By - Sept 2008 Issue, Posted Aug 28, 2008
New York is hoping a partnership with Trafficland might help clean up the state's skies and will conduct a one-year investigation into the energy and environmental benefits of improving the delivery of traffic video information to the public.
By - Posted Aug 26, 2008
The holidays came early to 125 high school students when Microsoft gave Zune players to students in exchange for research data, in hopes of expanding its products into schools across the country. Devices were given to 100 Fort Sumner High School students in New Mexico and 25 at South Valley Junior High in Liberty, Mo. The idea was for students to watch videos and listen to podcasts recommended by teachers and fellow students with the expectation of enhancing their educational experience.
By - Sept 2008 Issue, Posted Aug 25, 2008
In a world of social media and online conversations, an increasing number of voices can be heard, and word certainly travels fast. Unfortunately, that word isn't always complimentary. Yet, many companies have no idea what negative information is being circulated and possibly eating away at their businesses and the reputations they have worked so hard to build.
By - Sept 2008 Issue, Posted Aug 25, 2008
For more than 70 years, Disney has been engaging children and adults alike with clean, wholesome entertainment. Now, as the world of online content and media expands, Disney.com is following suit, implementing new features to bring the familiar aspects of the Disney brand to web users. To further achieve this goal, in late August, Disney Family.com will launch a free social network designed particularly for parents and family called Disney Family.com Community.
By - Sept 2008 Issue, Posted Aug 22, 2008
When one thinks about the attacks of 9/11, and the ensuing national security hysteria, anthrax scares, and the impact it all has had on daily life and our government, the first thing that comes to mind probably is not the workings of the United States Copyright Office. Yet the effects of this tragedy resonate throughout the nation and into every aspect of our government activities.A lot of attention has been paid to the restructuring of the FBI and CIA, but the Copyright Office has also undergone a major overhaul as a result of that infamous day. On July 1, 2008, the Copyright Office (USCO) went public with the eCO (Electronic Copyright Office) after beta testing the system for about a year, and the all new FormCO, as part of a major overhaul of its system. These developments are, in many respects, a result of changes in Washington, D.C., following the anthrax scares of 2001, says David J. Christopher, associate COO at the USCO.
By - Sept 2008 Issue, Posted Aug 18, 2008
in its eagerness to make an impact in the enterprise search marketplace—a sector it has yet to satisfactorily conquer—Microsoft may have overlooked, or been inclined to dismiss, a number of apparent accounting irregularities on Fast Search & Transfer's books when it acquired the Norwegian search company for $1.2 billion in January 2008. The problems were no secret even then—inquiries related to FAST's accounting practices during the press conference call announcing the acquisition were met with pregnant pauses and "no comments"—but the story has grown more embarrassing for Microsoft in recent weeks as more details emerge about FAST and amid reports in the Norwegian press that the matter may come under criminal investigation.
By - Sept 2008 Issue, Posted Aug 15, 2008
UCrime is a free service launched on August 4 that maps crimes on college and university campuses; users view the date, time, location, and type of crime and have the option to comment on incidents as well as link to source information. Information is gleaned from police departments, campus safety departments, and newspapers, among other sources and data is shared with SpotCrime.com
By - Posted Aug 12, 2008
Many factors go in to running a successful business: great ideas and great workers are essential. In an age when technology and business go hand in hand, it is important to provide a place for the two to come together to maximize their effectiveness. Central Desktop, a web-based, wiki-enabled collaboration tool was designed to do just that. It allows small and medium businesses to provide a workspace that is accessible to anyone in their company, anywhere, at anytime.
By - Posted Aug 05, 2008
Attivio's Embedded Active Intelligence Engine (AIE) search engine was specifically designed from the ground up for the OEM Search market. The 1.2 version made its debut earlier this week with a few big changes, query-side JOIN, real-time processing with alerting, comprehensive connectivity and language support, and enhanced user experience with easy navigation. This version also marks Attivio's move from strictly-OEM into the direct-to-enterprise market.
By - Posted Aug 01, 2008
People around the globe have become increasingly dependent on their cell-phones. They are often our only phone lines, our media players, our digital cameras and even our Internet browsers. Yet individuals are not the only ones relying on mobile devices these days. Colleges have recognized the trend and are using it to their advantage.
By - Posted Jul 29, 2008
OverDrive, Inc., a Cleveland, Ohio-based provider of downloadable eBooks, audio books and other media for libraries and schools, announced in June 2008 that the District of Columbia Public Library was the first public library in the nation to offer popular audio book titles in MP3 format.
By - Posted Jul 22, 2008
My plan was to pick up a few different e-readers, play with them for a while, and then happily give them back. This plan has backfired. My name is Sherry. I am a Kindle-aholic. This is my story.
By - July/August 2008 Issue, Posted Jul 15, 2008
BudgetTravel.com has begun incorporating social media tools into its online experience, with the aid of the on-demand social media platform KickApps. Visitors to the site now find that they have several creative ways to share their travel advice with one another, and they can even make an impact on the print edition of the magazine.
By - July/August 2008 Issue, Posted Jul 11, 2008
Each day, in boardrooms across the world, professionals gather with one common goal in mind: to improve upon their corporation's best practices and the productivity of its workers. And yet, in some ways, the very act of these daily meetings goes against precisely what companies strive to achieve.
By - Posted Jul 08, 2008
As Web 2.0 tools have developed, audiences have grown to expect to be involved. While many new businesses have developed around this idea, traditional media has had little choice but to jump on the bandwagon. The results have been mixed, but companies new and old are finding ways to leverage community for content and revenue.
By - July/August 2008 Issue, Posted Jul 08, 2008
In an age when most information is transmitted digitally and most digital information takes the form of words and letters projected on a computer monitor, the visually impaired may often feel hopelessly and helplessly left out in the cold. The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is taking efforts to ameliorate this all-too-common problem by launching the DAISY Digital Talking Book, a centerpiece for a free, downloadable plug-in to provide feature-rich, structured information for individuals who are blind or print-disabled.
By - July/August 2008 Issue, Posted Jul 04, 2008
With its unique publishing and editorial structure, and limitless topical scope, Wikipedia traffics a huge amount of information. Out of more than 2.3 million entries in English, the mere presence of some entries is enough to offend certain groups.
By - July/August 2008 Issue, Posted Jul 01, 2008
Released on June 30th, Filtrbox addresses the complex issue of knowledge overload by making it easier to track online content for mentions of companies, competitors, or industry. Filtrbox persistently searches mainstream media outlets such as blogs and twitters to find the most relevant information for a business, providing noise control, and helping business owners tune their focus to something that matters to them.
By - Posted Jul 01, 2008
Blogs have come a long way from their earliest manifestations as little more than the online journal entries of individuals wearing bunny slippers while typing away on a home computer. These days, traditional media companies are still struggling to figure out how to leverage the innate characteristics of blogging—immediacy, focus, global reach, interactivity—in a way that will complement existing media channels.
By - July/August 2008 Issue, Posted Jul 01, 2008
A study conducted by AIIM in May has found that enterprise search is still lags behind consumer-oriented search when it comes to helping people find the information they need inside the firewall, but enterprise employees may have unreasonable expectations based on their experiences on the consumer web.
By - Posted Jun 27, 2008
Google Friend Connect lets websites grow traffic by adding social features simply by adding a few snippets of code—no programming necessary. Social features are chosen from a catalog of widgets on the Friend Connect website that enable an end-user website to engage more people.
By - July/August 2008 Issue, Posted Jun 24, 2008
Businesses are seeing the full benefit of keeping their employees connected by turning their intranet sites into social networks. Enter NewsGator technologies, which on June 9th released Social Sites 2.0, an upgraded version of its social computing solution for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.
By - Posted Jun 13, 2008
With all of the momentous world events that have been in the news of late, from presidential elections to natural disasters, this past Wednesday may have come and gone without you even realizing that a new holiday had been declared. It was Data Independence Data—at least according to business information and data services company, Jigsaw. The company marked the occasion by dressing its founders in powdered wigs and Revolution-era waistcoats and breeches, and parading them through San Francisco's eclectic Haight-Ashbury district.
By - Posted Jun 10, 2008
With all the talk of FEMA trailers, insurance fiascos, and rebuilding efforts in New Orleans, it's easy to forget that Hurricane Katrina hit area libraries hard. Library management had to make quick decisions about what to save and enlisted Belfor, a disaster restoration specialist, to help recover collections of government documents, microforms, newspapers, and a music library.
By - June 2008 Issue, Posted Jun 09, 2008
Information tools such as taxonomies, social networking, blogging, and multimedia content are as important as methods of research and collaboration in the academic world as they are in government and the enterprise. The Society for Scholarly Publishing's (SSP) annual conference on May 28-30 at the Copley Westin hotel in Boston explored these common themes from a scholarly perspective.
By - Posted Jun 06, 2008
Managing rich media is no longer just an issue faced by entertainment companies; it is becoming a widespread enterprise content management problem, with rich media files entering the enterprise content repository in ever-growing megabytes. Organizations need to plan for managing these assets to maximize their overall content management initiatives.
By - June 2008 Issue, Posted Jun 06, 2008
The release of the Scopus Journal Analyzer will provide a way for librarians and researchers to not only refer to Scopus's offering of publications but also to make evaluating the quality and popularity of those publications easier, thus making the research process more effective and efficient.
By - June 2008 Issue, Posted Jun 03, 2008
Above all, search is about finding information, be it about a product or a bit of data essential for closing a deal. Thus, content providers leverage dynamic navigation to better lead customers to what they are looking for.
By - June 2008 Issue, Posted May 30, 2008
The presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama uses Web 2.0 tools to further engage its participants in campaign work and to better understand the issues that are important to voters.
By - June 2008 Issue, Posted May 28, 2008
Dieselpoint announced a new product in late April, called OpenPipeline, which is open source middleware for crawling, parsing, analyzing, and routing documents.
By - June 2008 Issue, Posted May 20, 2008
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