Journal rankings: What is it about this modest little metric that causes such uproar in the research community? Hiring, tenure, and grant awards are often influenced by whether or not one’s research has been published in a journal deemed “prestigious” by its placement in the ranks.
As digitized content disperses, publishing brands and content wares splinter across countless platforms, devices, feeds, and syndication venues; the business and editorial infrastructure beneath it all, is fragmenting and reassembling just as quickly. The business models, like the content, are flying everywhere and the trick is to keep the overall vision on target, not just cope with content shrapnel.
By Steve Smith
- April 2007 Issue
Posted Mar 23, 2007
"How does one quantify the cumulative impact and relevance of an individual’s scientific research output? In a world of not-unlimited resources, such quantification (even if potentially distasteful) is often needed for evaluation and comparison purposes (e.g., for university faculty recruitment and advancement, award of grants, etc.),” from An index to quantify an individual’s scientific research output by J. E. Hirsch, Department of Physics, University of California, San Diego, September 2005. Hirsch's solution considers the publication record of an individual, the number (Np) of papers published over n years, the journals (j) where the papers were published, and the number of citations (Njc ) for each paper.
Given the emergence of two wildly popular online communities—MySpace and Facebook—and new social networks springing up every month, it’s a tall task for parents to determine which sites their kids are logged onto, what information they’re sharing, and with whom.
The concurrent ascendancy of taxonomies and XML isn’t surprising, yet regardless of their complementary nature, the two technologies are rarely in the same place at the same time. However, when they get together, the result is not only powerful, but flexible as well.
Anticipation grows as technophiles eagerly await the launch of Sony’s new video download service for its PlayStation Portable (PSP). Although Sony spokesperson Al de Leon declined to comment on the service’s launch, there’s no shortage of commentary going on: Bloggers, analysts, and investors are all speculating about Sony’s new video downloading service.
By Bela Nizami
- March 2007 Issue
Posted Mar 06, 2007
New DNA microarrays that can profile more than 500,000 exact genetic variations are giving researchers a better view of the genetic causes of many illnesses and helping them work towards more personalized treatments. While experts are nothing but pleased by the new crop of gene chips, they say that five to ten years from now researchers may shift away from current profiling methods toward new sequencing technologies that are currently in their infancy.
By Brad Flora
- March 2007 Issue
Posted Mar 01, 2007
An essential part of managing business processes is ensuring that documents get to those who are supposed to see them—and don’t get to those who shouldn’t. This month, IBM FileNet will release its latest product, IBM FileNet P8 4.0, to help ensure that only certain employees within an organization can view particular documents.
Chances are, if you have done something with your computer, determined investigators will find it. In fact, a whole industry has developed around helping government, law enforcement, and enterprises follow digital evidence trails and extract the bits and bytes that trace the path of our digital lives.
By Ron Miller
- March 2007 Issue
Posted Feb 27, 2007
Moving from one office to the next takes hundreds of boxes and backbreaking labor. By contrast, moving a company's entire digital content collection from a variety of locations or a legacy content management system into a new CMS to the next doesn't require a single box or any heavy lifting. However content migration is no small undertaking.
By Jessica Dye
- March 2007 Issue
Posted Feb 20, 2007
Ektron Inc. has introduced new, enhanced search capabilities and other features for version 7.0 of its CMS400.NET Ektron Markup Language, which the company released in late February at the cost of $9,650 for a 10-user license.
When news broke late last year that Microsoft was attempting to patent technologies related to Really Simple Syndication (RSS), it was met with outrage, fury, and countless cries of theft and corporate tyranny.
Looking for a cost-effective way to get new customers for your content? Using public search engines effectively should be your first step. Increasingly, customers are finding companies and products by starting with one of the major search engines. You need to pave the path that will get them to yours.
In order to keep up with the challenges and emerging needs of business organizations, ClearStory Systems has introduced PowerDeck, a new addition to the company’s suite of solutions for managing digital assets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A collection of blogs EContent 100 team members hit (or write) on a regular basis. Click and learn.
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.
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.
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.
Welcome to the sixth annual EContent 100—our list of companies that matter most in the digital content industry.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.