Late last month, approximately 1,300 executives, IT professionals, and curious onlookers descended upon the opulent Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in balmy Orlando, Florida for FASTforward '08, a three-day business and technology conference--with an emphasis on search technologies and strategies--hosted by Fast Search and Transfer (FAST).
By Michael LoPresti
Posted Mar 11, 2008
The Ladies Who Launch team views social and online networking as a necessary component for business today. However, unlike many social networking sites, this one relies on paid membership to sustain its business model. The benefit of a paid membership, according to site co-founders Victoria Colligan and Beth Schoenfeld, is that it helps ensure an elite and quality-controlled social networking site.
Offering a variety of gateways to access—from the familiarity of a web browser to the hand-held reader in an easy chair-—ebooks are here to stay. However, as the market matures, they continue to change … and to change the way we think about their print counterparts.
Given the wide range of content and the many different objectives, it is difficult to evaluate the return on investment (ROI) on content. One way to get a handle on this information is to use web analytics software to help you identify a range of metrics that, depending on your goals, help you decide if you are getting a decent ROI.
By Ron Miller
- March 2008 Issue
Posted Mar 04, 2008
Twing.com, a property of Accoona Corp., is a free service that aims to help users search for opinions, information, and conversations that match their particular interest—however obscure that particular interest may be.
By Ashley Jones
Posted Mar 03, 2008
The 27 European Union Member States don’t just have a variety of national languages; their markets and laws are equally diverse. As the internet and mobile communication devices become ever more popular, these countries face a new conundrum: how to protect creative online content and make it available to all EU citizens. Content developers and the online industry are unable to take full advantage of the potentially huge EU market and consumers are missing out on a wide range of online content.
Out on the limitless frontiers of the wild wild web, the right to privacy can’t always be enforced for the simple reason that the existing laws don’t apply to this new medium, or the medium is just evolving too quickly for the laws to keep up. The other side of this issue is that the notion of privacy is evolving itself as web users increasingly live public lives online. So where's the harm in exchanging just a bit of data for content online?
Humans, by nature, are social beings. Teenagers, by nature, are social machines. The advent of online social networking giants Facebook and MySpace—among others—has reshaped the face of a mainstay within teenage culture: socializing. A new study released by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, "Teens and Social Media," shows that teens today are more connected than ever, and with the help of the web, they will become even more intertwined.
Javien, Inc. is a well-known provider of content commerce technologies, primarily because of its platform product, Javien Digital Payment Solutions (DPS). The technology is aimed primarily at new media companies, such as digital music sites, to deploy and manage subscriptions, pay-per-view, downloads, micropayments, and alternative billing. In late January, the company announced the release of its New Media Payment Gateway, a product that allows customers to directly process payments for their content.
Recently, the European Commission announced its plans for the European Digital Library (EDL) to develop a prototype site, which will allow users to access digitized content from European archives. The first theme of the prototype, better known as the CITY, will be launched in November 2008.
Sitecore, founded in 2001, is a San Rafael, Calif.-based company that provides web content management and portal software for organizations. This month, the company will add Foundry to its product offerings in order to address the needs of decentralized organizations.
Companies eager to implement Web 2.0 for collaboration purposes in the enterprise, and those vendors with products to sell, will be better positioned to succeed by preparing themselves for the fundamental changes that these technologies will bring to their organizations.
The art, science, and craft of typography are thousands of years old. Today, more than 550 years after Gutenberg, anybody with a personal computer can self-publish and anyone with an internet connection can be read by millions. But somewhere in the democratization of the displayed word, many of the traditional lessons of message and meaning have been forgotten.
The Association of American Publishers (AAP) has entered talks with universities in order to uphold copyright laws for course content in digital formats.
By Ashley Jones
Posted Jan 29, 2008
PersonalBrain, a product of TheBrain Technologies, links networks of information including ideas, concepts, files, and webpages in a manner that attempts to mimic the thought processes of each unique user.
Google’s recent surprise entry into social networking has kicked off a land rush that has developers scrambling for real-estate and first-mover status in a massive, largely untapped, and previously closed-off market.
It takes more than desire to move your business into other countries. Companies that successfully transition to world markets understand the cultural, legal, and linguistic differences across these different markets. Further, they build technology and content infrastructure to support a global presence.
Our list of the 100 companies that matter most in the digital content industry.
December 2007 Issue
Posted Nov 16, 2007
Welcome to the Seventh Annual EContent 100—our list of companies that matter most in the digital content industry.
The EContent team suggests some sites, projects, and resources that--while outside the scope of the EContent 100 list--are well worth a closer look.
Get to know the judges behind the EContent 100 List of companies that matter most in the digital content industry.
December 2007 Issue
Posted Nov 15, 2007
A closer look at Adobe, which offers the premiere tools for desktop content creation across all platforms.
A closer look at Bango, whose founders envisioned that the mobile web would someday become as open and user-friendly as the PC web.
A closer look at Connectbeam, which has already earned a high profile and glowing reviews by offering an ingenious combination of bookmarking, tagging, and social software functionality.
A closer look at iCopyright, which boasts an 80% market share of major publishers and newswire services in the United States.
A closer look at Liferay, which started as a website project for founder Brian Chan's church and has turned into a leading open source enterprise portal framework for integrated web publishing and content management.
A closer look at LinkedIn, a social network that attracts a mature audience by emphasizing the "network" over the "social."
A closer look at Macrovision, which helps keep content vendors in control of their creations online.
A closer look at Near-Time, which is trying to help business users tap their promise by offering a way to build wikis as publishing and collaboration platforms without IT help.
A closer look at Newstex, which doesn't add just any old blog to its network.
A closer look at O’Reilly, which is pioneering an electronic subscription-based reference library for programmers and IT pros.
A closer look at Siderean, which has developed a relational navigation approach using its own information platform system, Seamark, that is built around three basic principles: relationship, context, and participation.
A closer look at Sitecore, a content management system and portal software solutions-provider that has built a strong presence in the U.S., the U.K., and Scandinavia in its more than five years in business.
These days, the maturing of the business intelligence market and heightened user expectations for easy information access means the gap between BI and search is narrowing. The question is: Will the two every become one?
A recent partnership launched between Near-Time, Inc. and Wiley Wrox Press has opened the door to interaction among P2P digital publishing communities.
By Ashley Jones
Posted Nov 13, 2007
The Fair Use Doctrine, as outlined in Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976, attempts to strike a balance between copyright holders and those who seek to use copyrighted materials for noncommercial uses, parodies, or transformative works.
YouTube has found itself facing a whole new slew of legal issues beyond copyright, which may force the site to take control over its content.
While this one-size-fits-all search approach has proven adequate at delivering the expected results, it has created a market opportunity for search engines that dive deep into the areas we're passionate about to bubble up answers that are more tailored to our individual interests.
The trouble with streaming communications begins when you try to define it: Ask 10 different people, and you'll likely get 10 different answers. Whatever the definition, however, streaming offers teh world of business communication an exciting new medium to deliver its message.
Launched on Oct. 30, Eluma 2.0 is a new personal web organization tool designed to aid personal productivity.
The Wikimedia Foundation, founded in 2003, has created several past programs aimed at tackling the language barrier so that learning can thrive in the developing world.
By Ashley Jones
Posted Oct 26, 2007
Velocity, Vivisimo's flagship product, was built on a search philosophy that distinguishes it from the enterprise search platform pack.
Social networking is all the rage online, and businesses are trying to get into on the action. In response, Generate has introduced a new technology designed to provide enterprise class social networking.
By Carl Pino
- October 2007 Issue
Posted Oct 02, 2007
We offer a strategic look at some of the latest tools and trends in the content management melee.
Managing content and measuring results have been two distinct domains. Increasingly, the two are converging, as site publishers and marketers seek to take action based on measurable results.
Companies are only as good as the content they deliver, so it pays to go past thinking globally and start structuring content that can play as well in Pakistan and Paris as it does in Peoria.
Customer relationship management and content management have traveled parallel paths inside the enterprise. Though the two systems have a great deal in common, they rarely interacted, until now.
As companies seek to create stickier, more interactive online experiences, they look to Web 2.0 approaches, creating new CM challenges.
Insights into the difficult process of ECM purchase and implementation from industry experts.
While the internet and its contents are more accessible now than ever before, search tools remain somewhat archaic by comparison. One company tackling the problem, Collarity, Inc. was founded in 2005 by CEO Levy Cohen as a response to typical search frustrations.