July/August 2009 Issue

News Features

Gone are those innocent days at the turn of the century when the worst accusations being leveled at peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing networks were that they facilitated the unauthorized swapping of Metallica songs among tech-savvy teenage boys. The interminable hullabaloo over Napster seemed like ancient history in early May when the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection convened a hearing to discuss the Informed P2P User Act (H.R. 1319), which was crafted in the wake of the discovery of documents on P2P networks that raise strong privacy and even national security concerns.
- Posted Jul 03, 2009
The vertical ad-network model, in which marketers reach readers interested in niche markets, offers a target-rich environment for those with a solid strategy for navigating the world of contextual advertising. When run properly, it provides a setting in which advertisers, content creators, and visitors all stand to gain from their participation.
- Posted Jul 09, 2009
Whether it's the Seattle Post-Intelligencer giving up the printed ghost and going all-digital or the Rocky Mountain News going out of business, the world of journalism has been in a constant state of flux lately. As media giants such as News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch reconsider the possibility of making users pay for content, there are emerging solution providers, such as Journalism Online, LLC, that hope to make the task of monetizing content easier for content providers and consumers alike.
- Posted Jul 16, 2009
If you use email, you've probably managed to embarrass yourself by hitting "reply all" and broadcasting what was supposed to be a private email to the masses. You are not alone; email blunders have become almost as ubiquitous as the use of email itself. With this in mind, Proofpoint, Inc., a provider of unified email security, archiving, and data loss prevention solutions, says it's time to take email security seriously, as mishaps are not just embarrassing—they are potentially damaging.
- Posted Jul 13, 2009

Featured Stories

Today, many business intelligence tools offer an array of event-driven and proactive features designed to provide information and to enable employees to take action. From Google to the Grateful Dead and from direct response fulfillment to sustainability management, interactive intelligence is helping a variety of organizations extend tightly stretched resources to create new avenues of efficiency and profitability.
- Posted Jul 01, 2009
In today's challenging economic times, organizations are trying to do more with less. This effort is proving a strong selling point for the implementation of digital forms processing solutions. Through the design, creation, and management of digital forms, companies can improve efficiencies across all aspects of their organizations—both internally and externally.
- Posted Jul 08, 2009
As far as metaphors go, a 1920s-era steel filing cabinet remains a rather apt construct for considering the management of enterprise documents. Of course—as enterprise knowledge has exploded and become overwhelmingly resident in electronic format—filing cabinets are no longer an appropriate or desirable means of performing all the various aspects of document management.
- Posted Jul 15, 2009


The Strix Award might best be described as the Oscar of the information retrieval research world. It's presented annually to a person who has made a significant impact on research in information retrieval. The award was set up in memory of Tony Kent, Ph.D. (1933-1997), who made a major contribution to the development of information science and to information services, particularly in the field of chemistry. The 2008 award was presented to professor Kalervo Järvelin of the University of Tampere, Finland.
- Posted Jul 06, 2009
Many mainstream media outlets are reducing their staff journalists. At the same time, many organizations finally understand the value of "brand journalism," creating interesting information online that serves to educate and inform consumers. This convergence has opened up an entire new world for aspiring journalists to consider.
- Posted Jul 13, 2009
Generation gaps are influenced by many factors: Some are moral, religious, and sociopolitical, while others are little more than quibbles over style. (Though at 18, fashion can take on fairly grandiose connotations.) While some gaps can be measured in hair or skirt lengths, others are almost unquantifiable in scope: shaped by political transformation, war, economic collapse.
- Posted Jul 01, 2009
As I write this at the end of 1Q 2009, things look especially grim for business information on almost any platform. In print, across 200 B2B titles that ad auditing group IMS tracks, ad pages were down in January and February 28.3% from the same 2-month span in 2008.
- Posted Jul 20, 2009
I'm still searching for e-readers … but I'm getting close. Last year in my column "It Ain't Easy Being Green," I noted the problems newspapers face and the benefits of "going green." Since then, subscription costs have continued to rise and newspapers now need their own bailouts.
- Posted Jul 29, 2009

Faces of EContent

"Using scrum allows me to provide a rapid, flexible response to our client's business needs."
- Posted Jul 17, 2009

Case Studies

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower as a partial response to the first artificial satellite launched by the Soviet Union. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., NASA currently focuses on four research categories: aeronautics, exploration systems, science, and space operations. Recently celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2008, NASA continues to be a leader in scientific research, declaring its mission "to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery, and aeronautics research."
- Posted Jul 17, 2009