April 2006 Issue

News Features

Users taking control was the theme of this year’s Software Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) Summit held in New York City January 31 and February 1, 2006. However, another underlying current flowed through the event: a shift in the business model to leverage the appeal of free content.
- Posted Mar 15, 2006
For years, the ebook industry has been trying to bring ebooks into the mainstream, but hardware issues with the reader devices have held back widespread adoption. This could change this year when Sony debuts its reader featuring E Ink screen technology this Spring.
- Posted Mar 28, 2006
You can’t live forever, but thanks to a StoryBooth coming to a town near you, you might be able to live on in digital form (and even tell your grandkids what life was like before the Internet, though they might not believe you). StoryCorps, a national project designed to inspire people to record others’ stories, was formed to make digital recording accessible to the general public.
- Posted Apr 07, 2006
The “badware” problem—the plague of viruses, Trojan horses, worms, spyware, adware, and similar applications that hurt business and consumers alike—has become so pervasive that three major technology companies, two universities, and a consumer’s watchdog group have banded together in an attempt to deter these malicious software programs.
- Posted Apr 10, 2006
Information-security problems caused by metadata, like the Pentagon fiasco from last spring, are becoming a pressing issue for the government and many corporations, are concerned that may transform the way information is shared online. The National Security Agency (NSA)—charged with protecting U.S. government information systems and producing foreign signals intelligence
- Posted Apr 13, 2006

Featured Stories

Welcome to an on-demand nation, an emerging Web where users don’t just demand content, they also define its value in unanticipated ways. From the simplest of Web Services, RSS, to advanced database publishing and even APIs that let users drill into your content repository, the emerging service orientation model argues that users not only provide the demand for content but also provide its value.
- Posted Apr 07, 2006
Rich Internet Applications increasingly provide access to applications of all sorts—from email to mission-critical ones—via Web interfaces. This article takes a look at the burgeoning Rich Internet Application (RIA) space and explores some of the reasons for its growing popularity.
- Posted Mar 27, 2006
In an age when whole lives are lived online, people not only create content, they're building their own infrastructure for making it easier to find. The term folksonomy was coined to name the growing phenomenon of users generating metadata by tagging pieces of digital information with their own searchable keywords, a phenomenon picking up steam all over the Web.
- Posted Apr 03, 2006


After so many lean years and post-bubble disgrace, it is hard to believe the gusher of ad dollars and profitability flowing to some segments online. A year ago I wrote about the industry’s need to wake up to the reality that the Web bounce back was for real. Now even I am a bit amazed at the sustained double-digit ad sales growth we are seeing. In fact, some sites are butting up against the limits of their own success with a problem most publishers would love to suffer—sold-out inventory
- Posted Apr 03, 2006
I've been thinking about the skills that are no longer taught to the next generation of workers (and, I might add, contributors to my Social Security payments). Information-seeking literacy seems to be up there at the top of the list. With the increase in deployment of information to the desktop, and with the arrival of a generation of workers who have always had the Web as an information resource, there is a growing need to raise the dissatisfaction level of information users. Why?
- Posted Apr 14, 2006
OpenOffice is a suite of free office tools originally developed as StarOffice for Sun Microsystems to compete with Microsoft Office. Microsoft and Sun have both developed XML support for their office suites, with major implications for managing structured content. Advanced content management systems allow contributors to edit in standard office documents, and XML simplifies the ingestion of that content into a CMS
- Posted Apr 10, 2006
The opening of the 2006 Winter Olympics was a picture of postmodernism. The athletes pointed still, phone, and video cameras back at the world watching them. It is interesting so many chose to be chroniclers of the moment rather than simply experience the fact they are living history. Yet, as each Olympics offers a time-lapse look at how humans push the boundaries of physical achievement forward—for me embodied in the women’s halfpipe snowboarding competitors, who only four years ago barely met TV cameras head on and now soar high above them—they provide similar insight into the way technology and the coverage of the events changes as well.
- Posted Apr 12, 2006
Mobile technologies are becoming embedded, ubiquitous, and networked—paving the way for an always-on and always-aware society. The enhanced capabilities mobile technologies offer for rich social interaction could totally transform how we work, learn, and live. Yet most content providers remain unimpressed. They focus on delivering a few wireless-enabled enterprise applications with a preponderance of predictable mainstream mobile content like ringtones, wallpapers, and logos, which by definition often appeals to the lowest common denominator. Mobile content can—and must be—much more
- Posted Apr 14, 2006
In our dynamic industry, new companies form all the time. Start-ups in the content technology business as well as online publishing ventures appear at such a rapid clip that it is difficult to keep up. Imagine what it’s like for the executives of a new company in this business to get their brainchild noticed in a crowded field. A typical launch involves months of planning, lots of hard work, and often a substantial budget for PR, analyst relations, and advertising I found it remarkable, then, that a new company called Squidoo was successfully launched in late 2005 without any of the traditional marketing and PR techniques.
- Posted Apr 09, 2006

Faces of EContent

“We make being a reference for EMC Documentum fun.”
- Posted Apr 17, 2006

Case Studies

IBM and Collaborative Learning Network provide the Nechako Lakes School District with a robust educational portal to help it provide adequate educational resources to all of its students, regardless of the size or financial resources of their local schools.
- Posted Apr 14, 2006