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.
- July/August 2008 Issue, 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- April 2008 Issue, Posted Apr 04, 2008
MySpace launched the MySpace Developer Platform in February, officially opening its network to outside developers.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- April 2008 Issue, Posted Mar 19, 2008
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).
- 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.
- March 2008 Issue, Posted Mar 10, 2008
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- March 2008 Issue, Posted Feb 29, 2008
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?
- March 2008 Issue, Posted Feb 26, 2008
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.
- March 2008 Issue, Posted Feb 22, 2008
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.
- March 2008 Issue, Posted Feb 12, 2008
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.
- Posted Jan 29, 2008