Features

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
Dynamic navigation provides an approach to search that strives to alleviate some of the frustration users experience when trying to locate essential information. Instead of assuming that all users will take the same path to get to an answer, dynamic navigation provides a variety of routes to information, often in ways that can change on-the-fly.
By - June 2008 Issue, Posted May 19, 2008
Despite living in a world saturated with new technology, much of it able to process words as never before, 60% of teens do not view instant messaging, phone text messaging, e-mail and social network sites as real writing, according to an April 2008 study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project and the National Commission on Writing.
By - Posted May 16, 2008
Copyright Clearance Center hosted its first-ever copyright conference at the Union League Club in New York City last Thursday. OnCopyright 2008 was an engaging, cerebral affair that featured four long panel discussions, each of which examined copyright issues from a different perspective, including technology, society, law, and the arts.
By - Posted May 06, 2008
It's been 8 years since the Electronic Signature Act—legislation that makes electronic signatures as legally binding as paper-based signatures—was signed by President Clinton. Although it's been nearly a decade, the use of e-signature technology is now steadily gainingmore widespread prominence and acceptance—savingtime and making money.
By - May 2008 Issue, Posted May 06, 2008
The Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) was awarded a grant in February from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to further develop standards for museum data exchange.
By - May 2008 Issue, Posted May 01, 2008
The free flow of information is the lifeblood of any organization, but it's critical that organizationshave a way to ensure control of documents wherever they travel. This is where Information Rights Management (IRM) comes into play.
By - May 2008 Issue, Posted Apr 29, 2008
On March 17, MadCap announced the launch of its XML Documentation Suite to provide a native XML alternative to Adobe. The product offers authoring, review, collaboration, analysis, translation, and localization tools, including an authoring tool that supports DITA.
By - May 2008 Issue, Posted Apr 24, 2008
In recent weeks, Vignette, the Austin, Texas-based web content management solution provider, has unveiled a slew of new products aimed at making the company's offerings more personalized and more social.
By - Posted Apr 22, 2008
With the rapid evolution of interactive Web 2.0technologies, corporate marketing departments are presented with challenges and opportunities. Thechallenges come from selecting the right tools for the intended audience and figuring out how to mesh the new technologies with traditional approaches.Opportunity derives from the inherent democratizationof online marketing.
By - May 2008 Issue, Posted Apr 22, 2008
On March 26, Footnote.com introduced its Interactive Vietnam Veterans Memorial—a Web 2.0 way to make history new again by providing an online space for reflection and sharing.
By - May 2008 Issue, Posted Apr 21, 2008
WikiProteins, which went live in early spring, has adapted the ubiquitous Wikipedia model in an effort to aggregate biomedical information from a collection of databases and resources into a single portal.
By - May 2008 Issue, Posted Apr 18, 2008
On Tuesday, Automotive News and News Technologies, LLC partnered to launch the TriggerWidget, a webpage-hosted widget designed to help users personalize the content that they receive.
By - Posted Apr 18, 2008
Writers, consultants and EMC employees gathered at the Nine Zero Hotel in Boston last Friday for the Content Management Writers' Summit to discuss the future of enterprise content management (ECM) in general with a focus on where EMC hopes to take the EMC-Documentum platform.
By - Posted Apr 11, 2008
Controlled circulation trade pubs are now putting more of their print content online and uncontrolled for all to see, but despite the good press for "free" of late, the pay model is alive, even if it is struggling to find its proper place in an increasingly ad-driven digital media market.
By - April 2008 Issue, Posted Apr 11, 2008
Adoption of social media tools in the business-to-business environment is still in early stages, as companies contend with issues of productivity, security, privacy, and content ownership related to enterprise social media usage. These issues may be worth tackling, however, as many believe that social media tools, properly designed and deployed, can pay off big in B2B environments.
By - April 2008 Issue, Posted Apr 04, 2008
Last week, the Follett Corporation, a company that provides products and services to the educational marketplace, subscribed to Johnson's digital approach to learning by acquiring technology firm Fourteen40—thus expanding its digital content platform with the addition of CafeScribe.
By - Posted Apr 04, 2008
Net neutrality advocates are riled up over AT&T’s recent announcement that it may start playing traffic cop, sniffing and snuffing out illegally transmitted copyrighted material sent over its network.
By - April 2008 Issue, Posted Apr 04, 2008
MySpace launched the MySpace Developer Platform in February, officially opening its network to outside developers.
By - April 2008 Issue, Posted Apr 01, 2008
Taxonomy tools are used by individuals who call themselves taxonomists or who otherwise are familiar with best practices for creating taxonomies, including librarians, controlled vocabulary editors, lexicographers, and some information architects. The products covered in this evaluation all meet the basic requirements and share several additional features. These include designating candidate and approved terms, indicating term creation date and modification date, permitting multiple hierarchies (polyhierarchies), and disallowing illegal term relationships. They all run only on Windows and include online Help. They are available as affordable single-user desktop tools in addition to having multi-user versions and can export taxonomies in platform-neutral formats for use in other systems.
By - April 2008 Issue, Posted Mar 30, 2008
Officially launched this month, Northern Light Search provides access to thoroughly vetted business and industry news from thousands of hand-selected business news sites, leading business publications, industry authority blogs, regional newspapers, and national news sources.
By - April 2008 Issue, Posted Mar 25, 2008
With a nod toward broadcasters and media companies that are looking to deliver and protect Flash video, Adobe Systems Incorporated announced on Wednesday the availability of the Adobe Flash Media Rights Management Server software.
By - Posted Mar 21, 2008
Changes in Microsoft Office and increasing comfort with web-based business tools could well provide an opportunity for online-only office suite vendors to make inroads into professional environments, but are these tools ready for the enterprise?
By - April 2008 Issue, Posted Mar 21, 2008
outside.in, a fairly new website that is built primarily upon user-generated content, and the venerable washingtonpost.com have bridged the divide with their recently announced partnership.
By - April 2008 Issue, Posted Mar 19, 2008
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