September 2006 Issue

News Features

Controversy trails Google Book Search wherever it goes. The latest bout of trouble comes from France. La Martinière Groupe, an international French publisher, filed a suit in early June against both Google, Inc. and Google France on behalf of three of its publishing houses, Le Seuil (France), Delachaux et Niestlé (Switzerland), and Abrams (The United States). La Martinière claims Google has disregarded intellectual property rights and has produced counterfeits of its books on the Book Search site.
- Posted Aug 18, 2006
To many, the word bibliography sounds about as pleasant as nails on a blackboard, calling to mind unpleasant recollections of last-minute, late-night research reports: After burning the midnight oil completing a scholastic epic, you still face the daunting task of sifting through mountains of research materials, then citing sources—including book title, author, publisher, copyright date, and page numbers. Luckily, there are those hard at work trying to make at least the citation part of this familiar academic drama fade into distant memory.
- Posted Aug 24, 2006
If you’re reading EContent, no one needs to tell you what an important medium the internet has become for delivering content and reaching consumers across the world. But, according to a June 2006 study conducted on behalf of the Online Publishers Association (OPA) by the Center for Media Design at Ball State University, advertising dollars aren’t keeping up with skyrocketing consumer web demand.
- Posted Aug 28, 2006
Anticipation grows as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) prepares for one of its most significant meetings, to be held in Marrakech, Morocco. The meeting will cover aspects of the ongoing heated debate over the September 30, 2006 expiration of the Memorandum of Understanding with the United States. Pressure builds as the international community favors that the authority of ICANN be relinquished to an international organization such as the United Nations for the purpose of adding diverse flavor to the corporation.
- Posted Sep 01, 2006
The concept of “net neutrality” sounds quite reasonable in theory, but the policy proposals coming from federal legislators and bureaucrats may in reality be quite discriminatory.
- Posted Aug 31, 2006

Featured Stories

RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, provides an outlet for publishers to distribute their content to a wide audience without worrying about email subscriptions or spam filters. Unfortunately, RSS may well have made it easier for unscrupulous website owners to steal content.
- Posted Aug 29, 2006
Comparing the costs of different doctors and medical procedures can be a time-consuming affair for consumers but a number of digital initiatives have emerged that will help provide consumers with more information to medical data. Yet more access means more risk for consumers and providers alike.
- Posted Sep 12, 2006
For companies with thousands of employees, resetting forgotten or compromised passwords and replacing key cards is not only irritating, it is a downright costly and risky proposition. In terms of data security, biometrics offers a solution that makes passwords obsolete and keys a thing of the past. Lose your keys? Never again . . . because you are your keys.
- Posted Sep 05, 2006


By the time you read this, Sprint Nextel customers will be getting their first taste of free mobile TV, and thus also tuning in to the real future of wireless content. The young male-oriented “Fast Lane” channel will have on-demand clips of tech reviews, poker tips, stand-up comedy, and all the other usual Spike TV/Maxim oafish male fare. It will also have ads, usually tucked as mid-roll breaks of 15 seconds or so. Yup, the free, ad-supported TV model is coming to mobile, and my guess is that it will proliferate quickly and accelerate the use of ad subsidies across all handset content.
- Posted Sep 05, 2006
The other day, my sweetie taught me a new word: virga (defined as “wisps of precipitation streaming from a cloud but evaporating before reaching the ground”). We see a lot of that here in the Rockies—long trails of rain in the distance that never get to us, tantalizing us in the middle of yet another summer of drought.
- Posted Sep 15, 2006
In a follow-up to their landmark publication The Digital Classroom: How Technology is Changing the Way We Teach and Learn, the Harvard Education School noted that essentially all the K–12 classrooms in the U.S. have been wired (though many still have slow dial-up connections). So here, the “digital divide” is fast disappearing, from a pure technology standpoint. For the world as a whole the picture is not so uniformly bright. Asian countries like Korea and Japan have even greater connectivity than we do, while Africa, the Near East, Latin America, and Caribbean countries lag way behind.
- Posted Sep 18, 2006
Overwhelmed by the choice of web and mobile content—ranging from news services to video clips—users increasingly gravitate to services that are designed from the ground up to give them content before they ask for it.
- Posted Sep 12, 2006
Before the web created micro-markets for virtually any business niche or quirky hobby, people were without information and places to do business. Not anymore. Yet while most content executives understand that there is now information available on the web on any topic, many are still unsure how to take advantage of the opportunity.
- Posted Sep 01, 2006
Most of the media is breathless about Web 2.0. While we’ve dipped our toes into the hyperbolic floodwaters here at EContent, our reporting has mostly been of specific applications, rather than a lot of the rah-rah coverage I’ve read in a number of mainstream and technology publications.
- Posted Aug 29, 2006

Faces of EContent

“Our profiles are written by real people and are not just boilerplate.”
- Posted Sep 08, 2006

Case Studies

Traction and help SITA foster collaboration and communication between about 100 of its team members and enable them to create a searchable knowledge base.
- Posted Sep 15, 2006