Twelve Trends That Will Shape the News You Get
Ken Doctor

Reports of the death of the news media are highly premature, though you wouldn't know it from the media's own headlines. Ken Doctor goes far beyond those headlines, taking an authoritative look at the fast emerging future.

The Twelve Laws of Newsonomics reveal the kinds of news that readers will get and that journalists (and citizens) will produce as we enter the first truly digital news decade. A new Digital Dozen, global powerhouses from The New York Times, News Corp., and CNN to NBC, the BBC, and NPR will dominate news across the globe. Locally, a colorful assortment of emerging news players, from Boston to San Diego, are rewriting the rules of city reporting. Newsonomics provides a new sense of the news we'll get on paper, on screen, on the phone, by blog, by podcast, and via Facebook and Twitter. It also offers a new way to understand the why and how of the changes and where the Googles, Yahoo!s, and Microsofts fit in. Newsonomics pays special attention to media and journalism students in a chapter on the back-to-the-future skills they'll need, while marketing professionals get their own view of what the changes mean to them.

How Societies Embrace Information Technology: Lessons for Management and the Rest of Us
James W. Cortada


No technology in our history has spread as fast as computers and their digital technologies. In How Societies Embrace Information Technology, leading IT authority James W. Cortada examines how this phenomenon is shaping contemporary society, focusing on the role of corporations and governments. By revealing what history teaches about the adoption of information technologies, Cortada prepares business and government leaders to spot new trends and successfully develop strategies for implementing and managing emerging technologies.

The book will summarize the new best practices based on 60 years of historical experience; explore how technology spread so quickly and completely across the globe; look at the decision-making process of managers in the private and public sectors and how governments leverage IT to improve their national economies. It will also examine the "Information Age" and whether it actually exists.

This authoritative reference is ideal for government policymakers and for private-sector managers who routinely make decisions to acquire and use information technology. It is also aimed at academics concerned with the sociology, history, economics, and effects of IT on contemporary society, as well as business schools and engineering and IT professionals serving in management roles or interested in the managerial/user history of IT.

Information Representation and Retrieval in the Digital Age, Second Edition
Heting Chu
Information Today, Inc.
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This second edition of Heting Chu's popular work on information representation and retrieval (IRR) features numerous updates and revisions, including coverage of taxonomies, folksonomies, ontologies, social tagging, search/retrieve web service, and next-generation OPACs. The chapter on artificial intelligence has been significantly expanded to include a host of related topics such as automatic summarization, question answering, natural language searching, and the semantic web.

As in the first edition, Chu emphasizes principles and fundamentals. She reviews key concepts and major developmental stages of the field, and then systematically examines information representation
methods, IRR languages, retrieval techniques and models, and internet retrieval systems.

In addition, she explains the retrieval of multilingual, multimedia, and hyperstructured information and explores the user dimension and evaluation issues.

Designing Social Interfaces: Principles, Patterns, and Practices for Improving the User Experience
Christian Crumlish, Erin Malone
O'Reilly Media

From the creators of Yahoo!'s Design Pattern Library, Designing Social Interfaces provides you with more than 100 patterns, principles, and best practices, along with salient advice for many of the common challenges you'll face when starting a social website. Designing sites that foster user interaction and community-building is a valuable skill for web developers and designers today, but it's not that easy to understand the nuances of the social web. Now you have help.

Christian Crumlish and Erin Malone share hard-won insights into what works, what doesn't, and why. You'll learn how to balance opposing factions and grow healthy online communities by co-creating them with your users.

Search User Interfaces
Marti A. Hearst

This book focuses on the human users of search engines and the tool they use to interact with them: the search user interface. The truly worldwide reach of the web has brought with it a new realization among computer scientists and laypeople of the enormous importance of usability and user interface design. In the last 10 years, much has become understood about what works in search interfaces from a usability perspective, and what does not. Researchers and practitioners have developed a wide range of innovative interface ideas, but only the most broadly acceptable make their way into major web search engines. This book summarizes these developments, presenting the state of the art of search interface design, both in academic research and in deployment in commercial systems. Many books describe the algorithms behind search engines and information retrieval systems, but the unique focus of this book is specifically on the user interface. It will be welcomed by industry professionals who design systems that use search interfaces as well as graduate students and academic researchers who investigate information systems.

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