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The ability of wireless networks to reach virtually any point on the planet makes mobile communications one of the most important and challenging frontiers for the enterprise. To be successful, organizations must absorb mobility into their way of doing business. This fundamental transformation demands new methods—and a new mindset.
By - September 2004 Issue, Posted Sep 13, 2004
About.com, an online source for original consumer advice and information, has announced agreements with editorial brands to provide select content across the health, auto, technology, and travel channels on the About.com network.
Posted Sep 10, 2004
News Technologies LLC has introduced the latest member of its TriggerNews family dubbed TriggerNews PL Multi-Brand. The product, announced in late August, builds on the company’s premise that information consumers need meaningful ways to bypass the information overload problem presented by the open Web and publishers need to get content to them in more targeted ways.
By - September 2004 Issue, Posted Sep 09, 2004
Picture this. You’re going to visit relatives across the country; to amuse yourself on the journey you take a few movies and favorite TV shows, a couple of audio books, a few thousand of your favorite songs, and an inordinate number of new photos to show your family when you arrive. So what did you have to cram in your carry-on? Nothing more than a slim Portable Media Center (PMC) that takes up about as much room as a couple of CD cases.
By - September 2004 Issue, Posted Sep 07, 2004
Newspapers grew out of local communities’ need to communicate, for the most part, the more mundane aspects of life, but over time, the newspaper’s role shifted from community service tool to expertise and entertainment vehicle. The Northwest Voice has gleaned a lot of press for being one of the first print and Web newspapers to be produced almost completely by voluntary contributions, in its case, from the people living in the northwest part of the Bakersfield, CA community it serves.
By - September 2004 Issue, Posted Sep 03, 2004
Increasing complaints by new media firms that big-name media companies are blocking their access to content has prompted EU Competition Commissioner Mario Monti to launch an investigation. Speaking before an audience of telecommunications and entertainment companies in Brussels, Monti said his office would open an inquiry later this year into the provision of content—music, films, and sports—over the Internet for such services as video-on-demand (VoD).
By - September 2004 Issue, Posted Sep 01, 2004
Disagreement in understanding can make a big difference in the end result of an IT project. In a discussion involving data, the terms content management, digital asset management, enterprise content management, and even enterprise resources management may be bandied about almost interchangeably. In business, things can get tricky surprisingly fast if the meaning of certain terms isn’t clear to everyone.
By - July/August 2004 Issue, Posted Aug 19, 2004
It would seem that traditional publishers have much to teach other types of organizations about the digital content mantra: Create once, use many. And what better way to use a CMS than to channel content into multiple outlets, allowing an initial expense to yield multiple revenue streams. But in reality, are traditional media companies deploying content management systems?
By - July/August 2004 Issue, Posted Aug 16, 2004
Trials of a national identity card system in the United Kingdom are producing some mixed results as well as some protests from privacy advocates, but will likely get more testing as well as continued support from government officials, according to industry analysts.
By - July/August 2004 Issue, Posted Aug 12, 2004
The Adobe PDF has become the de facto standard for distributing documents on the Web. Yet the story can’t simply end there, can it? Surely technology must find a way for digital publishing to evolve, and, in fact, there are a number of competing and complementary technologies on the market that push the digital delivery methodology well beyond the elementary PDF.
By - July/August 2004 Issue, Posted Aug 11, 2004
Ever wish that you could know the temperature outside without having to read any numbers? Are you the type of person who can’t resist going online every five minutes to check the price of your Ebay auction or your stock portfolio? Well a company called Ambient Devices is designing with you in mind.
By - July/August 2004 Issue, Posted Aug 09, 2004
When Doyal Bryant recently took over as CEO of Market Central, Inc., a CRM portal company, he realized that he’d inherited a diamond in the rough. This particular gem was an “intent-based” deductive search engine that was “just sitting there” within the company languishing, according to Bryant. Just released to the general market, this gem has been dubbed SourceWare Search, and with the release, he’s anxious to see if it shines. The company has begun selling licenses and believes the product will appeal to both the commercial and enterprise markets.
By - July/August 2004 Issue, Posted Aug 05, 2004
Ofcom, the regulatory agency for the U.K. communications industries, has proposed a universal content tagging system, according to a consultation document on their Web site. Although this is still very much at the preliminary stage, one of the goals of the proposal is to provide a way to label content that might be offensive or inappropriate, ostensibly to protect young people using electronic media.
By - July/August 2004 Issue, Posted Jul 26, 2004
It’s enterprise everything these days. With the exception of gadgets, start big and get bigger seems to be the American way. But Macromedia took a different approach with its products from the start. It focused first on the single user with a need to create an attractive site. Then, with its Contribute product, Macromedia stepped up its offerings to teams and small businesses that wanted to more easily create and update site content. A few weeks ago, the company officially tossed its hat into the enterprise ring with the introduction of its Macromedia Web Publishing System. As much a strategy as a solution, the System combines new versions of Contribute and FlashPaper with Studio MX 2004, and adds Macromedia Contribute Publishing Services to unify and empower the suite to scale up to meet the needs of organization-wide deployments.
By - July/August 2004 Issue, Posted Jul 20, 2004
Scholarly research has come a long way since the days of poring over stacks at the library, and search engine companies are beginning to explore the particular opportunities within academic research. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one of the most venerated American institutes of higher learning, made its own foray into the search market with DSpace, a joint project with Hewlett-Packard that was first launched in 2002. DSpace is open-source software designed to assist colleges and universities in creating, managing, and maintaining digital repositories. There are currently about 125 schools using this software, but no tool existed that enabled searching across repositories instead of just within them. Enter Google into DSpace.
By - July/August 2004 Issue, Posted Jul 19, 2004
In an effort to release wireless’ potential, the the New Media Institute (NMI) has launched a Mobile Media Consortium to foster collaborative relationships with mobile-minded companies.
By - June 2004 Issue, Posted Jun 21, 2004
In March 2004, representatives from 48 leading non-profit medical and scientific societies and publishers announced their commitment to providing free access and distribution of published research findings.
By - June 2004 Issue, Posted Jun 11, 2004
In these days of random hacking and other senseless acts of computer violence, how do you give the people the information they need to do their jobs wherever they are doing them, without saddling them with long delays or sacrificing computer security?
By - June 2004 Issue, Posted Jun 09, 2004
Most Americans have at least a general understanding of the atrocities of slavery, but that knowledge likely comes from middle school history class, the media, and works from historical figures such as Frederick Douglass. One aspect many are not aware of is how geographically widespread slavery was and how it extended far beyond the small set of Confederate states all the way to the golden state of California.
By - June 2004 Issue, Posted Jun 07, 2004
A serendipitous result of the vast amount of information now available on the Internet is that it can be sifted and used by organizations for the betterment of the general population. While some of the health conscious may surf for nutritional data or new exercises, the possible impact of widespread access to this type of information extends far beyond, to diseases that are mysterious, life altering, and—thus far—incurable.
By - June 2004 Issue, Posted Jun 04, 2004
What we think we know about digital asset management and collaboration by teams using rich media assets constantly changes. Today the process differs from only a few years ago due to modern work habits, the economic downturn, and the increased use of outsourced service providers to manage and contribute broadly to projects.
By - June 2004 Issue, Posted Jun 04, 2004
Later this year, Adobe plans release a series of new 2D barcode technology products dubbed the Intelligent Document Platform. The product line, which was beta released at the March AIIM On Demand show, is aimed at government and enterprise users who have to process a mix of online and offline forms.
By - June 2004 Issue, Posted Jun 01, 2004
As the portal market matures, users are looking at more innovative ways to combine external content with their internal systems, and recent and emerging standards just may make the process easier for portal providers and customers alike.
By - May 2004 Issue, Posted May 17, 2004
When you think about it, a Web site’s primary purpose is to provide content to visitors, but the real trick is presenting the most relevant content for any given visitor at any particular moment in time. While the objective may be clear, the process of generating dynamic content isn’t.
By - May 2004 Issue, Posted May 12, 2004
Most companies rely on several team members to create documents or employ a review process where a file passes through a potentially labyrinthine approval hierarchy. While word processing tools have eliminated issues like trying to read a colleague’s indecipherable handwriting or epic retyping projects, they come with their own shortcomings. Add to the process the advantages and limitations of email and the need to ensure that workers can use familiar office software in secure, accurate, efficient, and traceable ways becomes increasingly important.
By - May 2004 Issue, Posted May 12, 2004
Nintendo’s Gameboy has been strengthening kids’ thumb muscles since its introduction over a decade ago. But those countless hours of button smashing were invariably spent doing one thing: playing games.
By - May 2004 Issue, Posted May 10, 2004
On May 1st, 10 countries joined the European Union’s existing 15 members, increasing the EU’s GDP by 5% to W 9.6 trillion, its population by 20% to 454 million, and its official languages by 82% from 11 to 20.
By - May 2004 Issue, Posted May 06, 2004
While all enterprise-level IT projects prove to be difficult and risky undertakings, a deeper examination of the ECM challenge in particular will reveal an endemic inattention to its critical corollary: the need for Enterprise Information Architecture.
By - May 2004 Issue, Posted May 05, 2004
In 1990, before the World Wide Web played a role in the lives of the general public, the Library of Congress (LoC) set out to build a digital library.
By - May 2004 Issue, Posted May 03, 2004
In stark contrast to last year’s show, when economic concerns (and terrible weather) kept people away, this year’s AIIM On Demand Conference and Expo, held in New York City March 8-10, featured crowded hallways and standing room-only attendance at many vendor presentations.
By - May 2004 Issue, Posted May 01, 2004
In the world of content management, the road to bliss can only be found when content flows efficiently, with nothing hindering it on its path to usefulness. While content management can function to keep businesses healthy and profitable, unstructured information has the potential to weigh companies down in content chaos.
By - April 2004 Issue, Posted Apr 23, 2004
According to many publishers large and small, the contextual ad programs set up by the major search engines and some other ad networks are spreading ad revenue wealth generously. But will it last?
By - April 2004 Issue, Posted Apr 19, 2004
Who wants to read a whale of a book like Moby Dick on a minnow of a display like a PDA? So instead of fighting this fact of life, a new, yet not so new, technology has risen to the challenge: epaper.
By - April 2004 Issue, Posted Apr 13, 2004
In an effort to simplify the searching process and bring more meaning and context to the results, a number of search engines and tools have been developed over the last several years that present a visual map of the results, rather than a text list.
By - April 2004 Issue, Posted Apr 07, 2004
Companies everywhere are trying to conjure the magic formula that will miraculously transform their corporate intranet from being just another place to find the company phone list to its rightful role as the lifeblood of corporate communications. Intranets.com has developed a philosophy to coincide.
By - April 2004 Issue, Posted Apr 01, 2004
Two companies have recently entered the scene with the intent to turn your musical affinities into recommendations for other titles, albums, and artists, and, not only could it revolutionize the way consumers find music, but it has implications in a host of other consumer arenas.
By - April 2004 Issue, Posted Mar 31, 2004
Safari Books Online, a joint venture between technology book publishing giants O’Reilly and Pearson Technologies, has managed to succeed in the ebook market where so many others have failed.
By - April 2004 Issue, Posted Mar 15, 2004
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
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