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LexisNexis Legal & Professional, a provider of content and technology solutions, announced that, together with Reed Elsevier Properties SA, it has acquired the publishing brands and businesses of Sheshunoff and A.S. Pratt from the Thompson Media Group. Financial details were not disclosed.
Posted May 23, 2013
ProQuest, an information company, has completed its acquisition of Ebook Library (EBL), significantly expanding its e-book delivery and aggregation capabilities with libraries worldwide. Kari Paulson, president of EBL, and EBL's current staff have joined ProQuest with Paulson in the role of VP and GM of the combined ebrary and EBL e-book business unit.
Posted May 14, 2013
Credo, a provider of information skills solutions - in partnership with YBP Library Services (YBP), the academic division of Baker & Taylor - has made its titles available for purchase through GOBI3, YBP's acquisition and collection management database. Libraries now have the ability to select Credo as their preferred vendor for reference material as part of their eApproval Plans.
Posted May 08, 2013
Critical Media, provider of the Critical Mention real-time broadcast intelligence platform, announced the addition of Sky News to its expanding UK broadcast content selection. The licensing agreement with British Sky Broadcasting provides real-time content from Sky News globally to subscribers of Critical Mention and to third-party media monitoring platforms that leverage the Critical Mention API.
Posted May 07, 2013
Simulmedia, a provider of audience-based television ad targeting, announced it has launched Open Access Project, an initiative that will allow free access on its website to key parts of its database, insights, and platform tools. This includes access to reach, frequency, and cost performance data on recent national TV campaigns from more than 100 national advertisers.
Posted May 07, 2013
Be it in the form of a private collection of rare manuscripts to the massive assortment of images, documents, letters, and much more gathered at the grandest public institutions, curation - organizing and maintaining a collection -- has been around as long as there were things of value and places to keep them safe. Yet many of these collections sit in isolation, available to only a privileged few. They also are at risk of damage, deterioration, and even destruction.It is with these issues in mind that Gale, part of Cengage Learning, set about to create its Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) collection. NCCO brings together rare primary source materials - monographs, newspapers, pamphlets, manuscripts, ephemera, maps, photographs and more - from more than 100 individual collections.
By Michelle Manafy
Posted May 18, 2012
These days, getting lots of information is easy; it's using that information productively that's the tricky part. The task is even more difficult when that information comes not from a single information resource, but from several. But for users of Elsevier's various scientific resources, that task just got a little easier thanks to the August 30 release of a unified research platform called SciVerse.
By Kurt Schiller
Posted Aug 31, 2010
Content might still be king at global health and science publisher Elsevier, but the old definitions of content can't keep pace with the increasingly fast and faceted data needs of core audiences such as researchers, librarians, universities, and corporations. Taking some inspiration from consumer-driven sites such as Apple.com, Netflix.com, and nytimes.com, Elsevier is putting its content API up for grabs and opening an app marketplace.
While certain segments of the economy are rebounding, the content industry has continued to struggle to get back on its feet. With that in mind, many of the top executives from companies across the content spectrum gathered on April 18-20 at the 11th annual Buying & Selling eContent conference in Arizona to discuss Reigniting the Content Economy.
When a 15-year-old kid doesn't know or care what people think about him, he tends to get a boost in punk-rock credibility. When a company doesn't know or care what people think about it, it tends to go out of business. Brand and reputation management is obviously important to a company, and Amherst, Mass.-based Lexalytics is trying to bring the kind of analytical advantages enjoyed by large corporations to smaller companies with Lexascope, the company's latest web-based API for the masses released Tuesday, March 23.
By Michael Baumann
Posted Mar 25, 2010
For electronic content providers and digital publishers, the age-old question remains: fee or free? Today, the answer for many lies somewhere in between-in other words, freemium. As a business model, freemium-offering a completely gratis but possibly feature-limited product or service that also allows options for premium upgrades/options that users can pay for-is increasingly in vogue, as evidenced by the popularity of Facebook, Twitter, Skype, LinkedIn, Dropbox, Google, and countless other businesses offering free versions of products used by millions today. (Case in point: IHS recently revealed that an astounding 96% of all smartphone apps downloaded in 2011 were free.)
As recently as the last decade, content marketing - that is, content not as the product itself but as the basis for engaging a target audience and helping compel that audience to purchase a company's product - was reduced to a fairly short list of flavors. Today, however, companies have an opportunity to engage customers directly with endlessly unfolding content communication opportunities.
In September, The Washington Post's senior editor Milton Coleman published guidelines to the paper's staff members about their activities on the internet-while on and off the job. His email to staff said, in part: "Social networks ... can be valuable tools in gathering and disseminating news and information. They also create some potential hazards we need to recognize. When using social networking tools for reporting or for our personal lives, we must remember that Washington Post journalists are always Washington Post journalists." It was the "or for our personal lives" part that created a firestorm for The Washington Post. But its concern about what its staff members-particularly reporters-are saying online is understandable.
While tempting, it would be a mistake to write off the dire state of the news business as simply a reflection of the general decline in print readership since the rise of the internet or as just another casualty of the recession. The problems run deeper. And to make things worse, the newspaper industry finds itself in this sorry state just as a new generation enters the work force-one with less connection to traditional news media than ever before.
As we enter 2009, it's clear to any reputable scientist that our planet is in peril. Individuals and institutions alike—have begun to look at ways to reduce our impact on the planet. The publishing industry is no different, and there are a number of ways that it is working to minimize its negative impact.
Publishing and education group Pearson, PLC announced in August that it has launched a higher education college in the U.K. As of September 2012, Pearson College offers business degrees to a small "pioneer" intake of 40 students, becoming the first FTSE 100 company directly delivering undergraduate degrees in the U.K. A larger intake of students will embark on their studies in September 2013.
By Katherine Allen
- November 2012 Issue
Posted Nov 20, 2012
One of the curious things about romantic breakups is the way that former lovers suddenly turn on one another and seem blind to their former partner's good qualities. Something like that is happening in this much-hyped move off of the digital desktop and onto "consumer devices."
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By Steve Smith
- September 2010 Issue
Posted Sep 06, 2010
Rupert Murdoch threw his annual anti-Google hissy fit this past April, when he screamed to anyone who would listen that Google is stealing his content. As usual, it was timed to coincide with the annual meeting of the American Society of News Editors (ASNE). Excuse me while I yawn.
By Ron Miller
- July/August 2010 Issue
Posted Jul 09, 2010
I never did believe that information wanted to be free ... just respected for more than its good looks. Apparently, no one else got the memo. Econtent, in and of itself, often isn't seen as particularly valuable. We can find the same material elsewhere on the web if we look hard enough, or we can find something else that we perceive as good enough. For information-and access to it-to be priced profitably, the value of the content must be readily apparent.
By Mary Ellen Bates
- June 2010 Issue
Posted Jun 09, 2010
You can't read a story or watch a broadcast report about the news business without hearing dire predictions of how bad things are. Yet while so many people are focused on the bad news, both Politico.com and TMZ.com, in just a very short time, have built major media companies. So what makes these two upstarts so successful while stalwarts lay off staff and struggle to say in the black?
By David Meerman Scott
- January/February 2010 Issue
Posted Jan 20, 2010