July/August 2004 Issue

News Features

Scholarly research has come a long way since the days of poring over stacks at the library, and search engine companies are beginning to explore the particular opportunities within academic research. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one of the most venerated American institutes of higher learning, made its own foray into the search market with DSpace, a joint project with Hewlett-Packard that was first launched in 2002. DSpace is open-source software designed to assist colleges and universities in creating, managing, and maintaining digital repositories. There are currently about 125 schools using this software, but no tool existed that enabled searching across repositories instead of just within them. Enter Google into DSpace.
- Posted Jul 19, 2004
When Doyal Bryant recently took over as CEO of Market Central, Inc., a CRM portal company, he realized that he’d inherited a diamond in the rough. This particular gem was an “intent-based” deductive search engine that was “just sitting there” within the company languishing, according to Bryant. Just released to the general market, this gem has been dubbed SourceWare Search, and with the release, he’s anxious to see if it shines. The company has begun selling licenses and believes the product will appeal to both the commercial and enterprise markets.
- Posted Aug 05, 2004
Trials of a national identity card system in the United Kingdom are producing some mixed results as well as some protests from privacy advocates, but will likely get more testing as well as continued support from government officials, according to industry analysts.
- Posted Aug 12, 2004
The BBC recently launched a trial program called BBC Backstage that allows developers to use some BBC content free of charge for non-commercial purposes. The BBC hopes the program encourages creativity and produces interesting ways to use its content in the same spirit in which Google and Amazon (and others) have opened up their application program interfaces (APIs) to developers.
- Posted Jul 25, 2005
Ofcom, the regulatory agency for the U.K. communications industries, has proposed a universal content tagging system, according to a consultation document on their Web site. Although this is still very much at the preliminary stage, one of the goals of the proposal is to provide a way to label content that might be offensive or inappropriate, ostensibly to protect young people using electronic media.
- Posted Jul 26, 2004
It’s enterprise everything these days. With the exception of gadgets, start big and get bigger seems to be the American way. But Macromedia took a different approach with its products from the start. It focused first on the single user with a need to create an attractive site. Then, with its Contribute product, Macromedia stepped up its offerings to teams and small businesses that wanted to more easily create and update site content. A few weeks ago, the company officially tossed its hat into the enterprise ring with the introduction of its Macromedia Web Publishing System. As much a strategy as a solution, the System combines new versions of Contribute and FlashPaper with Studio MX 2004, and adds Macromedia Contribute Publishing Services to unify and empower the suite to scale up to meet the needs of organization-wide deployments.
- Posted Jul 20, 2004
Ever wish that you could know the temperature outside without having to read any numbers? Are you the type of person who can’t resist going online every five minutes to check the price of your Ebay auction or your stock portfolio? Well a company called Ambient Devices is designing with you in mind.
- Posted Aug 09, 2004

Featured Stories

It would seem that traditional publishers have much to teach other types of organizations about the digital content mantra: Create once, use many. And what better way to use a CMS than to channel content into multiple outlets, allowing an initial expense to yield multiple revenue streams. But in reality, are traditional media companies deploying content management systems?
- Posted Aug 16, 2004
The Adobe PDF has become the de facto standard for distributing documents on the Web. Yet the story can’t simply end there, can it? Surely technology must find a way for digital publishing to evolve, and, in fact, there are a number of competing and complementary technologies on the market that push the digital delivery methodology well beyond the elementary PDF.
- Posted Aug 11, 2004
Disagreement in understanding can make a big difference in the end result of an IT project. In a discussion involving data, the terms content management, digital asset management, enterprise content management, and even enterprise resources management may be bandied about almost interchangeably. In business, things can get tricky surprisingly fast if the meaning of certain terms isn’t clear to everyone.
- Posted Aug 19, 2004


You may have invested a great deal in site design and maintenance yet still have a silent majority of frustrated Web visitors. Help might help.
- Posted Aug 04, 2004
Just about every two years or so in the short, happy life of the Web we get word that the local online ad market is about to take off...no, really this time.
- Posted Aug 11, 2004
Undoubtedly, making content easier to find is an issue of increasing focus both in and outside the firewall, but it is important to recognize that enterprise search cannot be take out of context from other routes to information discovery.
- Posted Aug 23, 2004
I’m a diehard news junkie. My particular interest? Anything at the convergence of politics, business, and the media—especially the way the media covers itself.
- Posted Aug 06, 2004
You don’t necessarily have to hang out at the water cooler all day, but you need to find a way to get to the information inside your coworkers’ heads.
- Posted Jul 26, 2004

Faces of EContent

"I'm upping thr skill quotient of our end users."
- Posted Aug 09, 2004