Heidi Gautschi

Heidi Gautschi lives in the north of France where she teaches and is studying Information and Communication Sciences at Université Paris X.



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Articles by Heidi Gautschi


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.
News/News Feature - 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?
Editorial/Feature - March 2008 Issue, Posted Feb 26, 2008
Controversy trails Google Book Search wherever it goes. The latest bout of trouble comes from France. La Martinière Groupe, an international French publisher, filed a suit in early June against both Google, Inc. and Google France on behalf of three of its publishing houses, Le Seuil (France), Delachaux et Niestlé (Switzerland), and Abrams (The United States). La Martinière claims Google has disregarded intellectual property rights and has produced counterfeits of its books on the Book Search site.
News/News Feature - September 2006 Issue, Posted Aug 18, 2006
The French minister of culture, Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, has a growing controversy on his hands: the DADVSI law on copyright in the digital age. The most contentious aspect of the DADVSI law is the attempt to curb illegal downloading of music and movies via P2P programs through the use of Digital Rights Management (DRM). This has caused uproar amo486ng the Internet-using public and divided the governing political party representatives in the national assembly.
News/News Feature - May 2006 Issue, Posted Apr 25, 2006
“Search,” as Steve Cohen, EVP and VP of products at Basis Technology, explains, “is made up of two stages: indexing and retrieval.” Monolingual search is relatively straightforward, but things get much more complex when you start offering search options in more than one language. Given that the Web is increasingly multilingual, the need for robust search options in a wide variety of languages is growing. As such, major search engines Google, Yahoo!, and MSN Search all offer multilingual search, to varying degrees. Google is the polyglot of the group, supporting more than 100 languages. MSN Search offers the fewest, but this may be due to its relative newness to the search game.
Editorial/Feature - May 2005 Issue, Posted May 13, 2005
How did a 200-year-old French library turn to an American company with headquarters in Alabama and Missouri to help them whip their catalogue into shape? Not unlike the library’s own epic history, the search for solutions took a meandering route.
Editorial/Feature - June 2003 Issue, Posted Jun 09, 2003