November 2005 Issue

News Features

People archive all the time and don't even realize it, much less realize its value. For instance, a mother may want to have records about her son who recently enlisted in the Army. Her pride may cause her to keep track of his accomplishments, yet these records will take on profound importance if he loses his life fighting in Iraq. We often do not grasp the importance of archiving until a major event in history shows us why we should stay connected with the past.
- Posted Oct 28, 2005
Vasont Systems is releasing the newest version of its Vasont content management software at the Gilbane Conference in Boston this month. Vasont’s CMS is designed to enable users to manage, organize, and reuse content for multiple print, CD, wireless, and Web formats. In fact, Vasont boasts that its clients report 71% content reuse.
- Posted Nov 04, 2005
So far, the big online search companies such as Yahoo!, MSN, and Google have been slow to answer, which has allowed smaller, more nimble companies like Technorati (the current leader), Daypop, Feedster, and IceRocket to gain a foothold in the market for blog search tools. It is a potential gold mine of a market for big and small companies alike.
- Posted Oct 25, 2005
Trying to download the same song to your PC, MP3 player, and cell phone usually means downloading three different files from three different sources, thanks to the brand-exclusive DRMs that come with each individual digital content player. Sun Microsystems is trying to find a way to simplify that process with its Open Media Commons initiative, a cross-industry, open source project aimed at developing a royalty-free rights management standard for digital content.
- Posted Nov 01, 2005

Featured Stories

In contrast to previous generations of technology that focused primarily on automating business processes within the organization largely to reduce cost, this new generation of technology will shift to amplifying the practices of people, especially as they seek to collaborate. This new breed of software—which includes collaborative workspaces, blogs, and wikis—allows companies and individuals to address unexpected challenges and opportunities.
- Posted Nov 01, 2005
RSS feeds offer a revolutionary way for Web publishers to reach their audience. Instead of relying on the mercurial nature of readers’ online viewing habits or the increasingly ineffective use of email to push content to users, RSS allows publishers to enable readers to pull fresh site content into a desktop RSS aggregator. Yet getting eyeballs on the content is only part of the equation—content providers are still seeking out the best way to monetize RSS feeds.
- Posted Nov 01, 2005
When you think of KM, you probably think of the corporate variety, but there is also a more personal type of knowledge management whereby individual workers try to keep track of the information they encounter in their daily work lives, and more importantly, make intelligent use of that information.
- Posted Nov 01, 2005


Back in the day (in Internet years, that’s 1998) the term “coopetition” became one of the keywords of the dotcom revolution. The uniqueness of the Web link, the sheer interdependence of one site with another to push and pull eyeballs around this vast new terrain, made it imperative that rival publishers of content partner share traffic and often ad revenues. All boats will rise, they said. Fallen out of favor in the post-bubble years, “coopetition” is exactly what I see evolving in the complex search/content economy.
- Posted Nov 01, 2005
I got to thinking about the impact on information professionals of all the alternative avenues our clients have for getting access to the high-end content; we used to be able to control access, as owners of a Dialog or LexisNexis password. It is almost staggering to see how many sources people now have for published articles.
- Posted Nov 10, 2005
One of the mantras in the CM profession that is right up there with “Separate the content from the presentation” is the hard rule, “It’s never the technology, it’s the people and processes.” Most of the rest of us think of a CMS as software that helps people implement their processes, especially processes that involve digital content. But there is good reason to think of the software itself as involving three groups of very important people and processes.
- Posted Nov 14, 2005
I won’t go into book cover-judgment platitudes here; rather, I’ll suggest thinking a bit about the whole what-you-see-is-what-you-get proposition. In life, it usually means that just wanting something (or someone) to be one way or another won’t make it so. The problem with the assessment phase, I find, is spin. Like cars: one person’s standard is another’s option—and software’s no different.
- Posted Oct 25, 2005
I witnessed on television what I’ve often been critical about in Web multimedia use in business: the inability to search and quickly click to the precise part of content that I’m interested in. I’ve tried messing around with podcasting for things like listening to conference panels and keynotes that I missed, but my efforts always ended in frustration because I couldn’t go directly to the spot in the audio that I was most interested in. In other words, I couldn’t search on a big fat audio stream.
- Posted Nov 03, 2005

Faces of EContent

“If you are a researcher who goes to many different data sources or search engines, we can make all of those come together in one place.”
- Posted Nov 01, 2005

Case Studies

ClearStory Systems helps SPE find a better way to manage its assets and to compress the time associated with review and approval cycles
- Posted Nov 01, 2005