June 2007 Issue


News Features

For its part, the information industry has been abuzz with talk of how technology can be used to disseminate information rapidly and efficiently to contained environments like college campuses in the event of an emergency. Companies across the industry are taking this opportunity to promote concepts such as collaboration, mobile, and search as solutions to these very topical concerns.
By - Posted Jun 01, 2007
Video search solutions have begun to emerge. The latest is a new product from Gemstar-TV Guide, which enables users to effectively search, browse, and watch clips from American Idol or any of their favorite television shows or movies.
By - Posted May 15, 2007
A one-year global initiative may prove to be not only a vital step in developing a vaccine for avian flu and other viruses but also a revolutionary scientific method. A research team with members from the University of California, San Diego and the University of Hawaii, along with people in Japan, Korea, and China, will use bioinformatics, grid computing, and networking infrastructure to understand the molecular structure of the virus.
By - Posted May 29, 2007
Investors never stray very far from their favorite source of financial news. Whether it comes in over the internet, their BlackBerries, or even old-fashioned newspapers, getting business information from Bangladesh to Boston before it becomes old news is a big business in its own right.
By - Posted May 21, 2007

Featured Stories

While the use of video in corporate environments for webcasting earnings calls and the like is taking off, and vodcasting—or video distributed via RSS—has gained some traction in the entertainment space, vodcasting in the enterprise has yet to realize widespread adoption. What is holding it back?
By - Posted May 29, 2007
In the beginning, there was text search and we had some keywords and a title and it was good. Then we came to expect full-text search. Now, the content that people want to find—inside and outside the enterprise—has grown to include audio and video, and search technologies are struggling to keep up with expectations.
By - Posted May 15, 2007
In the days of the dot-com bubble, many people believed that web content management (WCM) was just a hype-induced fad that would never become more than just “document management for the web.” But WCM technology has bounced back from the dot-com bust, underwriting thousands of vendors around the world. Those vendors are growing, which means that people are buying. WCM is back.
By - Posted Jun 01, 2007

Columns

OK, let’s start out by acknowledging that Web 2.0 is so last week—or, in the parlance of Wired magazine, “expired.” Guess if I were really wired, I’d be writing about Web 4.3 or something. That said, I still find it intriguing to think about how collaborative technologies have had an impact on how we interact.
By - Posted Jun 01, 2007
The localization industry is, by its nature, distributed worldwide. The best translators are native speakers living in their locales, though their knowledge of technical content means many are part of the brain drain from developing countries. Common Sense Advisory estimates that the global market for outsourced language services was $8.8 billion in 2005, growing at 7.5% per year. This is big business and localization has seen many revolutions in the technology used to move content to and from translators, each one improving speed and accuracy.
By - Posted Jun 01, 2007
Bad marketing makes me sick. From releases comprised of extreme hyperbole to buckshot-spray pitches and spam-filter clogging quantity, I am inundated with the bad and the ugly, along with the good. This week, I read a press release that had the profoundly poor taste to “leverage” the shooting at Virginia Tech in order to promote its video search engine. I won’t mention the company’s name here because I wouldn’t want to give them more attention than they deserve. What is significant about the release, other than the depths to which those who aren’t good at their jobs will sink in an effort to get a little ink, is how it highlights the hottest marketing tool of the moment: user-generated video
By - Posted May 15, 2007
Caught off guard by the explosive growth of online social networking sites like MySpace and Flickr, many companies are racing to replicate this success in the mobile space. However, building mobile social networks to meet the needs of diverse user communities requires business models and platforms that encourage user acceptance and participation. The technology exists. However, the current range of business models and strategies is limited by a lack of imagination and vision
By - Posted May 29, 2007
I have been in and around content syndication since 1983. Just writing that sentence makes me feel like an old-timer, yet I remember as if it were yesterday how bond prices and news were the fuel of the bond-trading work I did right after college. Young men bellowed into multiple telephones—buying and selling as a result of the syndicated prices and news that appeared on the Reuters and Dow Jones Telerate screens.
By - Posted Jun 08, 2007
You and I may conceive of the digi-verse as something we access but for my teenage daughter Sam, it is more of a presence. With her WiFi network and laptop, the IM window always open, her social network of scores of contacts are like constant companions. The creaking door sound effect on AIM tells her when people are coming and going. For her peers, being online or offline seems like a distinction that sounds too technical for what they experience. For them, you are either here or away.
By - Posted Jun 05, 2007

Faces of EContent

“I work with salespeople to make sure they have the tools they need to make sales.”
By - Posted Jun 01, 2007

Case Studies

Ektron helps the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General update its website and implement a CMS in order to better facilitate the public-safety needs of the citizens of Pennsylvania.
By - Posted Jun 01, 2007