April 2008 Issue


News Features

outside.in, a fairly new website that is built primarily upon user-generated content, and the venerable washingtonpost.com have bridged the divide with their recently announced partnership.
By - Posted Mar 19, 2008
Officially launched this month, Northern Light Search provides access to thoroughly vetted business and industry news from thousands of hand-selected business news sites, leading business publications, industry authority blogs, regional newspapers, and national news sources.
By - Posted Mar 25, 2008
Net neutrality advocates are riled up over AT&T’s recent announcement that it may start playing traffic cop, sniffing and snuffing out illegally transmitted copyrighted material sent over its network.
By - Posted Apr 04, 2008
MySpace launched the MySpace Developer Platform in February, officially opening its network to outside developers.
By - Posted Apr 01, 2008

Featured Stories

Controlled circulation trade pubs are now putting more of their print content online and uncontrolled for all to see, but despite the good press for "free" of late, the pay model is alive, even if it is struggling to find its proper place in an increasingly ad-driven digital media market.
By - Posted Apr 11, 2008
Adoption of social media tools in the business-to-business environment is still in early stages, as companies contend with issues of productivity, security, privacy, and content ownership related to enterprise social media usage. These issues may be worth tackling, however, as many believe that social media tools, properly designed and deployed, can pay off big in B2B environments.
By - Posted Apr 04, 2008
Changes in Microsoft Office and increasing comfort with web-based business tools could well provide an opportunity for online-only office suite vendors to make inroads into professional environments, but are these tools ready for the enterprise?
By - Posted Mar 21, 2008
Taxonomy tools are used by individuals who call themselves taxonomists or who otherwise are familiar with best practices for creating taxonomies, including librarians, controlled vocabulary editors, lexicographers, and some information architects. The products covered in this evaluation all meet the basic requirements and share several additional features. These include designating candidate and approved terms, indicating term creation date and modification date, permitting multiple hierarchies (polyhierarchies), and disallowing illegal term relationships. They all run only on Windows and include online Help. They are available as affordable single-user desktop tools in addition to having multi-user versions and can export taxonomies in platform-neutral formats for use in other systems.
By - Posted Mar 30, 2008

Columns

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) gave the digital content industry a dubious present last Christmas. At the same time the FTC approved a merger of Google with ad network and services provider DoubleClick, it also lobbed the issue of privacy back over the net for the companies to solve. At issue for the first time in a very public way is a topic I have been writing about in these columns since 2002: behavioral targeting (aka BT).
By - Posted Apr 01, 2008
If Web 2.0 is all about the tools and technologies that allow users to freely create, share, and connect around content, as well as interact with content companies, then the next evolutionary step is Mobile 3.0, which places location and the mobile device at the core of this exchange.
By - Posted Mar 18, 2008
The toolsets alone can run to hundreds of thousands of dollars when a fully automated publishing solution is integrated with an XML CMS, such as those from Astoria, Vasont, and XyEnterprise, or integrated editing, styling, publishing, and CM systems from PTC Arbortext. Significantly, however, where free content management solutions have been driven by the open source community—who built the leading CMSs such as Drupal, Joomla, and Plone—the free structured publishing option for DITA is the gift of one of those large corporations: IBM.
By - Posted Mar 21, 2008
Back in ancient times when the Earth’s crust had not fully hardened and bulletin board services (BBSs) were bleeding edge, I got hooked on The Well, a vibrant BBS with an unusual premise—no anonymous users. Subscribers had a persistent username, and, in fact, people were encouraged to meet face-to-face, in order to connect each username with a real person. The idea was to encourage deep conversations and to eliminate at least some of the trolling and flamefests that erupt in some virtual communities. A corollary to the principle of no anonymous postings was “you own your own words” (or YOYOW in Well-ese); you are responsible for what you say, and no one can port your words outside the discussion where you posted them.
By - Posted Mar 25, 2008
I earned a couple of memorable C’s in my academic history. One was for my capricious foray into physics, which I took as a college elective in an effort to follow the cryptic conversations my physics-major best friend had with her science pals. The other was in fifth grade handwriting. My teacher was appalled at my sloppy penmanship. She sent home a note to my mom, and they both stepped up the practice sessions … to no avail. Two years later, my grandmother bought me my first typewriter. I am forever indebted.
By - Posted Apr 04, 2008

Case Studies

Beyond helping Bowker solve its immediate need for a better search engine, Mark Logic also assisted the company with its long-term goals for a solid content repository that can grow with it.
By - Posted Mar 25, 2008