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Involving the users, and integrating their content, requires deeper engagement and the right tools. Building and improving social networks to meet the needs of diverse communities is no small task. Fortunately, the maturing of technology and business models has spawned a new generation of enablers to help get users to join in.

Posted Mar 30, 2007

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.

Posted Mar 23, 2007

Online media rooms provide many lessons in leveraging the value of econtent. This is the one place on any type of organization’s site where marketers and communicators act like publishers to create valuable and original content that reaches all of their constituents.

Posted Mar 23, 2007

Examples of fixed and fluid organizations abound. There are those that rely on size and dominance to maintain the status quo and those which, even if they are large, stay nimble and evolve with the marketplace, in part by tapping the collective web whims and wisdom.

Posted Mar 16, 2007

The Laser Institute of America has announced that beginning with the February 2007 issue, the Journal of Laser Applications (JLA) will post each accepted paper online as soon as it is copy edited, composed, and approved for publication.

Posted Mar 09, 2007

Texterity, Inc., a provider of digital magazine solutions, has been selected to provide the digital publications for National Business Media (NBM).

Posted Mar 06, 2007

Ovidius has announced that the XML-based Content Management System TCToolbox is available with a publishing solution for EasyBrowseMax.

Posted Mar 02, 2007

MadCap Software has released MadCap Echo. MadCap Echo is an application that provides a way for authors to create and incorporate audio and customizable Flash files into online output, and it works with file formats such as XML, SWF, MP3, and WAV.

Posted Feb 27, 2007

iCopyright has announced an upgrade to Conductor, its copyright licensing and management system for online publishers.

Posted Feb 20, 2007

MadCap Software, a provider of multi-channel content authoring, has launched the MadPak suite and MadCap Capture 2.0, a screen capture and graphics editing program.

Posted Feb 13, 2007

Macmillan has launched over 30 ebook titles from its Macmillan New Writing and Macmillan Science imprints.

Posted Feb 06, 2007

VISTA International, a provider of software systems and support services for the publishing industry, and Ingenta, a provider that connects the publishing and information industries, have announced they will merge to create Publishing Technology plc.

Posted Feb 06, 2007

Cadmus Communications Corporation has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire LexisNexis’ conventional printing operations in Charlottesville, Virginia and its digital printing operations in Conklin, New York, and simultaneously has entered into a five-year agreement with LexisNexis to produce substantially all of LexisNexis’ printing requirements.

Posted Feb 06, 2007

EBSCO has announced that the Health Library will allow for its content to be used with patients during their hospital visits.

Posted Jan 23, 2007

HarperCollins Publishers and LibreDigital, a division of NewsStand, Inc., have announced a partnership, designed to create, market, and operate digital services for the publishing industry.

Posted Jan 16, 2007

JustSystems, Inc., a global enterprise software company, has announced its new Xelerate Partner Program.

Posted Jan 16, 2007

The University of Pittsburgh Library System (ULS) has embarked on a project to digitize and make freely available the holdings of the Darlington Memorial Library.

Posted Jan 05, 2007

Cadmus Communications Corporation and Cenveo, Inc. have entered into a definitive merger agreement for Cenveo to acquire Cadmus in an all-cash merger at a price of $24.75 per share. The total value of the transaction, including Cenveo’s assumption of Cadmus’ debt, is expected to be approximately $430 million at closing.

Posted Dec 29, 2006

eZ Systems has released eZ Publish 3.9.0, which includes various enhancements designed to benefit users and integrators of the Open Source Enterprise Content Management System and Framework.

Posted Dec 22, 2006

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.

Posted Nov 28, 2006

PTC, a product development company, has announced the availability of Arbortext Content Manager to expand the PTC Dynamic Publishing System.

Posted Nov 17, 2006

CrossRef, a reference linking network for scholarly publishing, has released an OAI-PMH (Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting) interface to its web services metadata distribution program.

Posted Nov 10, 2006

Inform Technologies has developed Publisher Services, a suite of solutions designed to allow traditional media companies to serve online visitors in new ways.

Posted Nov 07, 2006

In a recent edition of John Lienhard's The Engines of Our Ingenuity, which I heard in the car on National Public Radio, Lienhard discussed the demotion of Pluto from planet to dwarf planet—brilliantly tying in the naming of the Disney dog. When I went to the University of Houston's site to check the name of the episode ("Poor Old Pluto"), I found that in addition to offering online transcripts of his commentaries on NPR, Lienhard now also provides them as podcasts. I will admit that I got what I needed from the transcript, but I clicked to listen anyhow, to reignite the flame of inspiration.

Posted Oct 31, 2006

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.

Posted Oct 30, 2006