June 2008 Issue

News Features

Dieselpoint announced a new product in late April, called OpenPipeline, which is open source middleware for crawling, parsing, analyzing, and routing documents.
- Posted May 20, 2008
The release of the Scopus Journal Analyzer will provide a way for librarians and researchers to not only refer to Scopus's offering of publications but also to make evaluating the quality and popularity of those publications easier, thus making the research process more effective and efficient.
- Posted Jun 03, 2008
The presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama uses Web 2.0 tools to further engage its participants in campaign work and to better understand the issues that are important to voters.
- Posted May 28, 2008
With all the talk of FEMA trailers, insurance fiascos, and rebuilding efforts in New Orleans, it's easy to forget that Hurricane Katrina hit area libraries hard. Library management had to make quick decisions about what to save and enlisted Belfor, a disaster restoration specialist, to help recover collections of government documents, microforms, newspapers, and a music library.
- Posted Jun 09, 2008

Featured Stories

Managing rich media is no longer just an issue faced by entertainment companies; it is becoming a widespread enterprise content management problem, with rich media files entering the enterprise content repository in ever-growing megabytes. Organizations need to plan for managing these assets to maximize their overall content management initiatives.
- Posted Jun 06, 2008
Dynamic navigation provides an approach to search that strives to alleviate some of the frustration users experience when trying to locate essential information. Instead of assuming that all users will take the same path to get to an answer, dynamic navigation provides a variety of routes to information, often in ways that can change on-the-fly.
- Posted May 19, 2008
Above all, search is about finding information, be it about a product or a bit of data essential for closing a deal. Thus, content providers leverage dynamic navigation to better lead customers to what they are looking for.
- Posted May 30, 2008


Cool gadgets alone do not change engrained media consumption habits. It took nearly 2 decades for PCs, broadband, and ease of use finally to converge to the point that Googling for the answer to anything became a reflex. Media change is a long, complex, and very unpredictable interplay of cultural, technological, and economic forces slowly transforming conventions over time. No single device is responsible for such shifts. They represent the accumulated energy of many confluent forces.
- Posted Jun 03, 2008
Predictably, mobile content delivery scenarios require publishers to develop made-for-mobile sites and destinations. It's not a mammoth task for major publishers, but it can be a huge headache for eager independent publishers or smaller content providers anxious to move their old media into new territory.
- Posted May 23, 2008
It is a truism that tools and technology are not the answer. Success depends on people and processes that make good use of those tools. The best content management system (CMS) may not help. As someone who has followed tools and technology for many years, I see a seismic shift away from monolithic content management systems to parallel distributed processing models that mirror the latest thinking in cognitive science about how our minds work.
- Posted Jun 06, 2008
It seems like everyone's talking about free information again: The old meme that "information wants to be free" appears to be recycling in the web's hive-mind. I am still not convinced that information cares one way or the other, but I do know that content owners and providers have widely divergent views on whether or how they should be compensated.
- Posted Jun 10, 2008
In my 4 years of college, I don't ever recall giving the authors of the books we were reading for class any thought. I vaguely recall Milton Somebody wrote my Economics 101 text, but I don't recall any other authors' names. I never met any authors of the textbooks I used, and they were not a part of my learning experience whatsoever. There is a new model for learning today, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it.
- Posted May 27, 2008
I don't understand knowledge management. Yes, it is among the things we cover, but I swear it is the one of the most elusive. While content may be reduced to something as ephemeral as zeros and ones or bits and bytes, knowledge is one of the ultimate intangibles. How do you capture it in the first place so that you can make it manageable? It's like trying to catch air with a net.
- Posted May 20, 2008

Faces of EContent

"I'm measured on the maintenance of the site's content."
- Posted Jun 02, 2008

Case Studies

Every day, the small editorial staff of the B2B publisher Smart Brief is responsible for churning out more than 60 email newsletters. Such an endeavor requires diligence, patience, sound editorial judgment … and a really good text analytics tool. Smart Brief found that tool Lexalytics, which offered a rapid installation time for its products in addition to all of the text analytics essentials.
- Posted Jun 10, 2008