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Every corner of the web and enterprise technology spectrum is trying to cash in on the Web 2.0 promise (and hype). In the not-so-distant future, your office network might look a little less like Windows Office and a little more like MySpace.
By - January/February 2007 Issue, Posted Jan 26, 2007
Thumbnails could become a new source of livelihood for web publishers who opt to work with PixsyPower—a new monetized image and video search program launched by the Pixsy Corp. in December. Having powered visual search for companies such as PureVideo and Info.com, Pixsy decided to expand its service and provide its platform to anyone with a web page.
By - January/February 2007 Issue, Posted Jan 25, 2007
It may be important for user-generated content (UGC)/search provider GooTube to reach out to major copyright owners in order to avoid major lawsuits. But it’s equally important for content producers to take some initiative and secure rights management into their content as well.
By - January/February 2007 Issue, Posted Jan 23, 2007
Businesses today face a monumental challenge trying to contain and secure confidential content in a high-tech enterprise setting. With more content in motion via email and a variety of devices, the need has never been greater to develop policies and employ solutions to protect sensitive information.
By - January/February 2007 Issue, Posted Jan 19, 2007
Since its founding in 2001, the main goal of ediscovery company Attenex Corp. has been to increase the efficiency of legal professionals during the ediscovery process. The company is now positioned to help its customers abide by new federal rules as well.
By - January/February 2007 Issue, Posted Jan 18, 2007
With the rise of online classifieds, the internet is often seen as a direct competitor to local newspapers. However, in order to survive, many news organizations are figuring out that the internet actually needs to become a trusted ally.
By - January/February 2007 Issue, Posted Jan 16, 2007
A collection of blogs EContent 100 team members hit (or write) on a regular basis. Click and learn.
By - December 2006 Issue, Posted Jan 01, 2007
So who put the “e” in econtent? I’d like to meet this guy. When collections are digitized, why don’t we call it “econtent”? Instead, we talk about creating a “digital library.” The information industry has been busy making content digital for 30 years or so. Yet somehow the idea of turning print indexes into online databases or digitizing entire runs of scholarly journals so that they are full-text searchable just doesn’t capture the public’s attention. It’s only when we call it “econtent” that everyone gets all interested and excited.
By - December 2006 Issue, Posted Nov 28, 2006
Large mergers this year at the top of the content technologies marketplace have led some to opine that these markets are finally maturing. I’m not so sure. Large mergers this year at the top of the content technologies marketplace (IBM swallowing FileNet, Open Text buying Hummingbird, Autonomy taking Verity) have led some to opine that these markets are finally maturing. I’m not so sure.
By - December 2006 Issue, Posted Nov 27, 2006
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.
By - December 2006 Issue, Posted Nov 15, 2006
Welcome to the sixth annual EContent 100—our list of companies that matter most in the digital content industry.
By - December 2006 Issue, Posted Nov 15, 2006
Get to know a bit about the twelve members of the EContent 100 judging team, the group of experts and industry watchers who formulated the 2006 list of companies that matter most in the digital content industry.
By - December 2006 Issue, Posted Nov 15, 2006
This year we profile the 20 companies that generated the most banter among the EContent 100 Judging team during our month-long wiki-based judging process.
December 2006 Issue, Posted Nov 15, 2006
Our list of the 100 companies that matter most in the digital content industry.
December 2006 Issue, Posted Nov 15, 2006
As enterprise DRM deployments increase in number and scale from single-department to organization-wide, integration with other elements of the enterprise architecture and ease of use by both business and IT users are the two essential requirements for the E-DRM market to fully mature.
By - November 2006 Issue, Posted Nov 14, 2006
These five case studies explore the day-to-day impact of digital content on the way people really work. They demonstrate the transformative power of econtent on the way we create, collaborate, and connect.
By - November 2006 Issue, Posted Nov 07, 2006
Entertainment content creators today must focus on creating content strategies that can evolve along with consumers' perceptions. This content-flexibility conundrum is one that Hollywood and her siblings are rallying to confront.
By - November 2006 Issue, Posted Oct 31, 2006
By sharing cultural history, the countries of the world can come to a better mutual understanding through the digitization of historical newspapers. That’s the idea behind Apex CoVantage’s creation of the Apex Advisory Board for its Global Newspaper Initiative. The purpose of the advisory board is to bring together experts, literaries, and leaders who share the aspirations for the global newspaper. The first advisory board meeting was held on August 22 in Seoul, Korea, during the IFLA World Library and Information Congress.
By - November 2006 Issue, Posted Oct 30, 2006
Sony Pictures’ acquisition of video sharing site Grouper Networks in August 2006 marked another significant move in the shakeout of the social media market. The acquisition, valued at $65 million, gives Sony a powerful Web 2.0 marketing and distribution platform for its media properties and offers Grouper’s consumer creators direct access to a major media distributor. Of course it remains to be seen how Sony will cope with the digital-rights-management conundrum presented in its ownership of a site where copyright policing is almost entirely performed by users themselves.
By - November 2006 Issue, Posted Oct 26, 2006
An executive order signed late this past summer by President George W. Bush requires that government agencies make available to the public information about public health-care cost and quality, creating an unexpected, and unprecedented, opportunity for the health care information management industry.
By - November 2006 Issue, Posted Oct 24, 2006
To thwart shoplifters, retail stores electronically tag merchandise with sensors that can trip invisible alarms on the way out the door. To thwart content thieves, the Software Information Industry Association (SIIA) is launching a similar initiative: the Corporate Content Anti-Piracy Policy (CCAP). CCAP will tag digital print content so that illegal use can be detected. Its two-pronged attack on copyright violations will use both prosecution and education
By - November 2006 Issue, Posted Oct 19, 2006
Times have sure changed since archiving records meant organizing paper files and boxing them up for storage. Today, companies must cope with electronic records including emails, instant messaging, and local and online documents—all compounded by compliance requirements. It’s high time to get these records under control.
By - October 2006 Issue, Posted Oct 10, 2006
Preserving seemingly ephemeral web content is a daunting task. The problem is even more difficult because the content of web pages changes and the pages themselves come and go with great frequency, which means simply collecting URLs isn’t enough to keep tabs on valuable content. To help make digital content preservation possible, Internet Archive, a San Francisco-based nonprofit has led a charge to effectively capture and store web content.
By - October 2006 Issue, Posted Oct 05, 2006
In June, cable giant Comcast paid a reported $80 million for thePlatform, an online media publishing system. Then in July, EchoStar, owner of the nation’s second largest satellite TV service (the DISH Network), made a sizable investment in CinemaNow, the popular movies-on-demand portal. Add to these big high-profile investment deals the smaller content-sharing deals recently struck between NBC and YouTube and between Viacom and Google, and the picture of a trend comes into focus.
By - October 2006 Issue, Posted Oct 03, 2006
Surely, the search paradigm has won the day as the de facto, undisputed interface for digitized content. Google and Yahoo! alone account for a one-third or more of traffic coming to many of the top branded content sites online. And yet, now at the top of their game, the major engines are looking outside the search box for future business strategies, from web services-based software applications to content creation.
By - October 2006 Issue, Posted Oct 03, 2006
Emerging forms of online collaboration and social networking foreshadow an always-connected future and the biggest change in communication in a century. They may be about accelerating individual careers now, but tools and solutions are coming online that will connect people based on their knowledge and talents, to unleash innovation and create new forms of content.
By - October 2006 Issue, Posted Sep 25, 2006
iStockphoto, a provider of royalty free stock photography, pioneered a micropayment model to bring affordable stock photographs to the masses and shook up the stock photo industry in the process. Now, following its acquisition by Getty Images earlier this year, iStockphoto is leveraging its parent company’s expertise to add video clips and broaden the site’s international appeal.
By - October 2006 Issue, Posted Sep 20, 2006
In order to support the emerging needs of its clients and meet the expanding definition of search, ISYS Search Software has introduced the latest version of its flagship suite.
By - October 2006 Issue, Posted Sep 18, 2006
Comparing the costs of different doctors and medical procedures can be a time-consuming affair for consumers but a number of digital initiatives have emerged that will help provide consumers with more information to medical data. Yet more access means more risk for consumers and providers alike.
By - September 2006 Issue, Posted Sep 12, 2006
In the wake of July’s click-fraud settlement, experts are speculating on its effects on web advertising and on how the industry can prevent click fraud in the first place.
By - October 2006 Issue, Posted Sep 11, 2006
For companies with thousands of employees, resetting forgotten or compromised passwords and replacing key cards is not only irritating, it is a downright costly and risky proposition. In terms of data security, biometrics offers a solution that makes passwords obsolete and keys a thing of the past. Lose your keys? Never again . . . because you are your keys.
By - September 2006 Issue, Posted Sep 05, 2006
Anticipation grows as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) prepares for one of its most significant meetings, to be held in Marrakech, Morocco. The meeting will cover aspects of the ongoing heated debate over the September 30, 2006 expiration of the Memorandum of Understanding with the United States. Pressure builds as the international community favors that the authority of ICANN be relinquished to an international organization such as the United Nations for the purpose of adding diverse flavor to the corporation.
By - September 2006 Issue, Posted Sep 01, 2006
The concept of “net neutrality” sounds quite reasonable in theory, but the policy proposals coming from federal legislators and bureaucrats may in reality be quite discriminatory.
By - September 2006 Issue, Posted Aug 31, 2006
RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, provides an outlet for publishers to distribute their content to a wide audience without worrying about email subscriptions or spam filters. Unfortunately, RSS may well have made it easier for unscrupulous website owners to steal content.
By - September 2006 Issue, Posted Aug 29, 2006
If you’re reading EContent, no one needs to tell you what an important medium the internet has become for delivering content and reaching consumers across the world. But, according to a June 2006 study conducted on behalf of the Online Publishers Association (OPA) by the Center for Media Design at Ball State University, advertising dollars aren’t keeping up with skyrocketing consumer web demand.
By - September 2006 Issue, Posted Aug 28, 2006
To many, the word bibliography sounds about as pleasant as nails on a blackboard, calling to mind unpleasant recollections of last-minute, late-night research reports: After burning the midnight oil completing a scholastic epic, you still face the daunting task of sifting through mountains of research materials, then citing sources—including book title, author, publisher, copyright date, and page numbers. Luckily, there are those hard at work trying to make at least the citation part of this familiar academic drama fade into distant memory.
By - September 2006 Issue, Posted Aug 24, 2006
Controversy trails Google Book Search wherever it goes. The latest bout of trouble comes from France. La Martinière Groupe, an international French publisher, filed a suit in early June against both Google, Inc. and Google France on behalf of three of its publishing houses, Le Seuil (France), Delachaux et Niestlé (Switzerland), and Abrams (The United States). La Martinière claims Google has disregarded intellectual property rights and has produced counterfeits of its books on the Book Search site.
By - September 2006 Issue, Posted Aug 18, 2006
Whether by acquisition, merger, or the expanding global marketplace, more and more companies find themselves handling content in multiple languages. Managing multilingual content adds (at least) a layer of complexity to the overall content management process. Fortunately, there are systems available that involve both CMS vendors and translation service providers to bring the process under control.
By - July/August 2006 Issue, Posted Jul 25, 2006
Though the term portal remains a broadly misused word, enterprise IT leaders consistently rank portal technology near the top of their investment plans. So it’s no surprise that open source portal projects are trying to claim their share of the buzz.
By , - July/August 2006 Issue, Posted Jul 18, 2006
Content creators and users alike leverage tracking tools to help determine how content is being used. Accurate tracking allows content to be delivered in more meaningful contexts for users and advertisers, and can make a significant impact on the bottom line.
By - July/August 2006 Issue, Posted Jul 11, 2006
Look closely at your cell phone. Watch out! It might be looking right back at you, sending information about your location to a map, where you will join other people in your town as dynamic parts of a real-time geophysical landscape. Cell phones like these are drawing the map of the future, according to the research team behind the SENSEable City Lab.
By - July/August 2006 Issue, Posted Jul 11, 2006
Can’t wait for the kettle to boil? Frantically pushing elevator buttons in a futile attempt to make it come a bit faster? Well, Amazon’s Upgrade was made for you. In May, Amazon announced Upgrade, which gives users immediate online access to the entire text of a purchased book at a fee of an additional 10%–20% above a book’s list price. It also enables customers to search, annotate, bookmark, and print individual pages, leveraging digital functionality to enhance the book buyer’s experience. Amazon Upgrade is built on the same technology as its “Search Inside the Book” program launched three years ago.
By - July/August 2006 Issue, Posted Jul 07, 2006
Copyright is not user-friendly. In fact, copyright issues are so complex it is hardly friendly to publishers or lawyers either. The complexity of copyright presents such a high hurdle that most users don’t even try to decipher its vagaries and just hit the Send button and hope for the best. Even those who personally want to adhere to copyright or whose organizations mandate it often find the process of clearing rights so daunting that it hardly seems worth it, thus inhibiting their ability to share valuable resources. In an effor to clarify the process, CCC has introduced Rightsphere, which provides “an instant, unambiguous answer to the user’s question, ‘What am I allowed to do with this content?’”
By - July/August 2006 Issue, Posted Jun 23, 2006
While Government regulation of communication may seem like a crystal-clear area of the law, the internet has kicked up a whole lot of static. The demand for anytime, anywhere internet access has gone sky-high. In June, the FCC auctioned off frequencies for in-flight wireless internet access on all domestic flights.
By - July/August 2006 Issue, Posted Jun 22, 2006
These days, Tim Berners-Lee’s dictum, “If it’s not on the Web, it doesn’t exist,” may need to be supplemented with, “And if your business is not creating XML content, it may soon cease to exist.” Here we take an extensive look at many of the popular XML content-creation tools on the market to help you navigate the power and potential of XML.
By - June 2006 Issue, Posted Jun 13, 2006
Parents are between a rock and a hard place: they want to encourage their children to be creative individuals—and blogging offers an excellent opportunity to learn to express thoughts and feelings—however, they must balance this against the risk of exposure to Internet predators. Jeanette Symons, founder of San Francisco Bay Area-based Industrious Kid, thinks blogging is worth the risk, but believes that risk can be mitigated by limiting social networking to a familiar community. She put $6 million from private investments into development of imbee.com, a blogging site for children ages 8 to 14 years olds.
By - June 2006 Issue, Posted Jun 12, 2006
PTC has launched its enhanced Windchill 8.0 content management system, which features integration with Arbortext XML authoring software. PTC, a Product Lifecycle Management and Enterprise Content Management solutions provider, acquired Arbortext in July of last year, and PTC developers have worked to leverage the synergies between the two companies to provide an integrated PLM content management and publishing system.
By - June 2006 Issue, Posted Jun 06, 2006
New, global software standards are emerging for the publishing industry, promising to allow content to do more and make more. However, many publishers are hesitant to embrace these standards despite the potential they offer in easing workflow and enabling content reuse.
By - June 2006 Issue, Posted Jun 01, 2006
A judgment entered in December against bloggers, alleging that they illicitly disclosed trade secrets from Apple Computer, Inc., online, may have free speech implications for all online publishers. “This is not the usual, run-of-the-mill trade secrets case,” according to Karna Berg, an intellectual property attorney with Halleland Lewis Nilan & Johnson, in reference to Apple v. Does. The case is now on appeal with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the online civil rights group handling the defense.
By - June 2006 Issue, Posted May 24, 2006
While enterprise search technology has been capable of searching multiple repositories for some time, it required a great deal of programming overhead and didn’t necessarily allow users to manipulate the results. XML and other Web Services have changed all that, enabling more effectual search results.
By - June 2006 Issue, Posted May 23, 2006
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