Features

The brain may hunger for content, but employees and internet users—despite more information available than ever before—are malnourished, starving for the right informational diet, and many are looking to Web-enabled initiatives like portals for sustenance.
By , - March 2004 Issue, Posted Mar 15, 2004
The academic world has been particularly traumatized by the rising costs of the traditional publishing paradigm. Every university and college is constrained by these challenges, but few have attempted to reinvent the wheel. The University of California is one of those few.
By - March 2004 Issue, Posted Mar 10, 2004
If you need something done right, sometimes you have to do it yourself. Such was the case for ContentGuard and their work in the DRM space.
By - March 2004 Issue, Posted Mar 10, 2004
Increasingly, companies embrace the extranet as a better way to communicate with partners faster and more consistently. But once internal content becomes available outside the firewall, security needs increase exponentially.
By - March 2004 Issue, Posted Mar 08, 2004
Today’s enterprise employees have more information at their fingertips than at any point in history. While this information can certainly help companies, how is an individual or even a large group able to keep up with the volume? One way may be with RSS.
By - March 2004 Issue, Posted Mar 08, 2004
NewsGator, makers of the NewsGator news aggregator, announced the release of version 2.0 in February, adding a slew of significant new features.
By - March 2004 Issue, Posted Mar 05, 2004
Twice, Apple has stared down the barrel of organized customer dissatisfaction and dissent given life through Internet-enabled technologies.
By - March 2004 Issue, Posted Mar 03, 2004
For most Americans, knowledge of nautical weather patterns is cursory or anecdotal at best, but for those whose livelihoods and lives depend on understanding the ocean’s every move, technological advances have made the waters of the Gulf of Maine safer and more predictable than ever.
By - January/February 2004 Issue, Posted Feb 09, 2004
It’s easy to understand that when multiple users try to create, share, analyze, and store data, problems can surely escalate. Hence the evolution of content analysis tools, designed to meet the challenges of handling and understanding the use of information found not only on public Web sites, but also company intranets, extranets, and portals.
By - January/February 2004 Issue, Posted Feb 09, 2004
In April of 2003, EContent reported on the strides Mirror Image had taken in moving beyond content delivery, Web computing, and streaming, towards offering a complete end-to-end package to its Global 2000 customers. January brings a major announcement as the company unveils its new positioning as an “adaptive network for smart content,” whereby it bundles content management and content delivery solutions and makes aggressive moves into application and transaction support.
By - January/February 2004 Issue, Posted Feb 06, 2004
For better or worse, publishers choosing an ejournal hosting provider today have many options and capabilities to choose from that weren’t available in the first generation. The rapidly changing landscape also means that publishers should reassess their ejournal delivery method to evaluate new opportunities every two to three years. The need to address rising user expectations, continual technological developments, and powerful new standards means every econtent provider in the library market can gain insights directed to journal publishers.
Take a look at three content management scenarios in vertical markets that each has unique needs in order to help make a decision about the content management solution that will be right for your organization.
By - January/February 2004 Issue, Posted Feb 02, 2004
Imagine a digital content-commerce environment where buying and selling the rights to a game, song, or ring tone is as easy as buying a newspaper. That is exactly the goal of Navio, a digital commerce service provider that launched a brandable version of its primary customer interface this month.
By - January/February 2004 Issue, Posted Jan 30, 2004
The entertainment industry has been plagued with problems since the advent of digital distribution, but there are industry leaders trying to propose a new way of doing things; the founder of the Moving Pictures Experts Group (MPEG), Leonardo Chiariglione, founded a new organization, the Digital Media Project (DMP), to do just that.
By - January/February 2004 Issue, Posted Jan 30, 2004
The EContent team suggests some sites, projects, and resources that - while outside the scope of the EContent 100 list - are well worth taking a closer look at.
By - December 2003 Issue, Posted Dec 19, 2003
Drawing from a data archive of nearly one billion proper names used worldwide, LAS software uses patent-pending technology to identify names by culture and confidence factor both for its core government market and for general business intelligence usage.
By - November 2003 Issue, Posted Nov 20, 2003
A great deal of business content is unstructured information or, even harder to pin down, it’s somewhere out on the World Wide Web waiting to be found. There exists a range of business intelligence software available to help companies use this information to run their businesses more efficiently.
By - November 2003 Issue, Posted Nov 12, 2003
Digital content storage is big and dumb. To effectively do more than sit and store, it requires layers of complexity on top of its simple archival core. But the evolution of digital content has changed our expectations: We don’t just want to keep content, we want to access it, collaborate on it, and re-use it. Thus, stuffing assets away in some big box won’t do and if getting to it has to be a high-level IT function, then what happens to the goals of building a broader user base?
By - November 2003 Issue, Posted Nov 12, 2003
In 2001, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approved seven new top-level domains (TDLs) for Web addresses. Although these seven extensions provide some much needed elbow room on the Internet, they leave out a vast array of possible extensions that could serve some practical—if not legal or ethical, purposes—such as the .xxx extension for use by purveyors of adult content.
By - November 2003 Issue, Posted Nov 07, 2003
When it comes to a specific question, such as, “How does XML support taxonomy development and usage?” the answers that come forth can be far-flung, disparate, and confusing. The waters get muddied further if you tune into all the announcements from the vendors, industry groups, and analysts who have opinions about such matters.
By - November 2003 Issue, Posted Nov 03, 2003
Gale’s ambitious Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) project currently consists of seven subject modules containing 150,000 works totaling approximately 33 million pages and will allow a plethora of works to be added digitally to the collections of libraries worldwide.
By - November 2003 Issue, Posted Nov 03, 2003
This was the year of steak—lean steak—and little unnecessary sizzle at the Seybold San Francisco 2003 conference held in early September. The Seybold Seminars management team—faced with contemporary economic realities in the IT industry and recognizing that past exhibitors needed at least as much bang for fewer show-budget buck—reinvented the event, implementing a modular, homogeneous booth design for all participants.
By - November 2003 Issue, Posted Oct 31, 2003
Until recently, weblogs were primarily the domain of a tightly knit community of personal bloggers offering their insight and opinions, but they are finding their way into the workplace as organizations begin to recognize their promise as an inexpensive way to communicate information about dynamic events.
By - October 2003 Issue, Posted Oct 20, 2003
Speedy communication is only one aspect of doing business in real time. Even more important: the ability for execs to find out what's going on under the hood in time to fix problems before they cause something important to blow up.
By - October 2003 Issue, Posted Oct 15, 2003
Libraries lead the way in pioneering many digital initiatives, but what the local library implements to manage its ejournal collection or even a more ambitious digital archiving project will rarely scale to enterprise proportions
By - October 2003 Issue, Posted Oct 14, 2003
"In two years, KM will be a subset of elearning. Or elearning will be a subset of KM." That Gartner prediction, cited in Rosenberg's book e-Learning, was made three years ago. Neither variation has come to pass. Instead, the interactions of the two fields continue to increase and there seems to be a widespread agreement that KM and elearning are converging.
By - October 2003 Issue, Posted Oct 13, 2003
Until recently, the publishing models in science, technology, and medicine—the STM market—have been twofold. You published your research results either in a journal sponsored by a professional association or in one produced by a for-profit company. Enter the Public Library of Science (PLoS).
By - October 2003 Issue, Posted Oct 10, 2003
To combat the ebb and flow of inforation from internal corporate computing networks, corporations, institutions, and organizations alike have, until now, protected their digital documents, multimedia, and code with perimeter-based systems, but there are a new crop of IRM tools that strive to ease the burder of manageing secure collaboration and allow for the flexibility that the corporate environment requires.
By - October 2003 Issue, Posted Oct 07, 2003
In an era when cyberterrorism is more than just a nuisance, the need to provide effective means to thwart such attacks is critical for today's leading businesses and universities, as well as the general public.
By - October 2003 Issue, Posted Oct 06, 2003
Where should the line between maintaining national security and infringing on personal freedoms be drawn? The Department of Defense has recently added some fuel to the fire in this perpetual debate.
By - October 2003 Issue, Posted Oct 01, 2003
Mobile needs to be free to take any shape in order to find and empower users when and where they need it. But by virtue of its malleable nature, mobile is difficult to grasp and as a result, content providers—already cautious from scars garnered during the wild and wooly dotcom days—aren’t so quick to chase what might seem like a PDA pipe dream.
By - August/September 2003 Issue, Posted Sep 22, 2003
Once the province of teenagers, IM has percolated through the mainstream until, by natural extension, it has reached into the enterprise.
By - August/September 2003 Issue, Posted Sep 17, 2003
Looking for a solution to manage all your digital assets? EContent looks at two companies that took divergent paths in building a DAM solution.
By - August/September 2003 Issue, Posted Sep 17, 2003
The technology’s readiness should be welcomed by those who have wanted to mobilize corporate content but found that the infrastructure, devices, and software platforms couldn’t deliver anytime/anywhere access to corporate data in practical formats.
By - August/September 2003 Issue, Posted Sep 17, 2003
Typically with B2C, much of the fresh content is free and includes ads, but readers are charged for archived data. That’s all well and good for B2C, but what about business-to-business publishers and their online properties?
Perhaps no group of workers needs quicker access to accurate, current information than medical professionals. So it comes as little surprise that the medical community has been among the early adopters of mobile content.
By - August/September 2003 Issue, Posted Sep 10, 2003
Adobe's recently announced intelligent forms designer product expects to target three main users: the graphical designer who is interested in the look of the form, the developer who writes text for the document, and the business user who needs to be able to edit the form but lacks the technical skills of a developer. Adobe expects it will be ready to ship in early 2004 and you can bet that one way or another you will encounter the product before long.
By - August/September 2003 Issue, Posted Sep 01, 2003
It is a case of musical Darwinism. When your career spans decades, it is inevitable that you have adapted to the times in order to survive. Such is the case with Metallica and Pearl Jam who have both made major strides in adapting to the use of the Internet for digitally distributing their music.
By - August/September 2003 Issue, Posted Aug 29, 2003
No stranger to the rise and fall of marketing budgets, Leopard, a business-to-business marketing communications services provider, saw a need for outsourcing the digital asset management that effective marketing mandates. After frequently finding itself in the position of actually having to create technologies to better deliver marketing messages, the company added technology services or “business process outsourcing” to its traditional role as developer and deliverer of marketing strategies.
By - August/September 2003 Issue, Posted Aug 25, 2003
Thanks to an innovative digitization project adopted by the British Library, appropriately called Turning the Pages (TTP), patrons are now able to digitally view collections of priceless rare books.
By - August/September 2003 Issue, Posted Aug 19, 2003
The security of customer information and customer-facing applications has gotten plently of attention, thanks in part to some spectacular gaffes. But only a few leading-edge enterprises have implemented content security practices within the organization.
By - July 2003 Issue, Posted Jul 20, 2003
One of the most maligned delivery systems from the early days of the over-hyped Web is ready for its second act…and this time it wants to pay its own way. Is push being pulled back into the digital delivery mix?
By - July 2003 Issue, Posted Jul 20, 2003
While the end-user experience is as important today as ever, a tougher business climate is forcing reevaluation of CDNs’ value. Some CDNs have simply fallen by the wayside, and the rest are under increasing pressure to justify their expense in terms of ROI.
By - July 2003 Issue, Posted Jul 18, 2003
When EContent looked at P2P last year, much of P2P's promise for B2B was still only theoretical, but this year we were surprised to see how quickly a number of organizations are exploring various types of peer-to-peer content delivery for internal and business-to-business purposes.
By - July 2003 Issue, Posted Jul 13, 2003
While many in the econtent industry have sought growth through all things to all people strategies, Hoover's developed a simple formula for success that they call SMB2. This equation translates into the company's focus on the Sales, Marketing, and Business development professionals found in Small and Medium sized Businesses.
By - Posted Jul 11, 2003
Sonic Foundry, the company that has been known as a digital audio and video software developer, now bills itself as a provider of professional digital media solutions, focused on enterprise rich media applications.
By - July 2003 Issue, Posted Jul 08, 2003
When the company adopted the name Neoteris, they believed the definition, new land, reflected their mission of "pioneering a new land in simple, secure remote access." But three years later, these self-styled frontiersmen have set their sites on taking over some turf from the Web-based conferencing and collaboration providers.
By - Posted Jul 08, 2003
Remember when a Social Security Number was supposed to be a top-secret identifier for government use only? Now SSNs are bandied about and companies don't blink before asking you for such personal information. As a result, people have a great deal of valuable personal data that needs to be secured and managed and a new law in California, the Security Breach Notification Act (SB 1386) intends to keep your information safe and sound.
By - Posted Jul 01, 2003
Though perhaps not as well known to the general public as the Nielsen Media Research "Nielsen Ratings," Gallup is practically synonymous with the origins of widespread opinion polling.
By - July 2003 Issue, Posted Jul 01, 2003
The fallout from the actions of the New York Times reporter Jayson Blair has been pervasive.
By - July 2003 Issue, Posted Jun 30, 2003
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