December 2008 Issue


Featured Stories

The EContent team suggests some sites, projects, and resources that—while outside the scope of the EContent 100 list—are well-worth a closer look.
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A collection of blogs hit by the EContent 100 judges on a regular basis.
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Welcome to the eighth annual EContent 100—our list of companies that matter most in the digital content industry.
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Learn more about the 2008-2009 EContent 100 Judging Team.
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Our list of the 100 companies that matter most in the digital content industry.
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Take a closer look at Attributor Corp., one of the 12 companies that inspired the most banter among the EContent 100 judges during the voting process.
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Take a closer look at Autonomy Corp., one of the 12 companies that inspired the most banter among the EContent 100 judges during the voting process.
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Take a closer look at ChangingWorlds, Ltd., one of the 12 companies that inspired the most banter among the EContent 100 judges during the voting process.
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Take a closer look at Code Green Networks, Inc., one of the 12 companies that inspired the most banter among the EContent 100 judges during the voting process.
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Take a closer look at Demand Media, Inc., one of the 12 companies that inspired the most banter among the EContent 100 judges during the voting process.
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Take a closer look at Ektron, Inc., one of the 12 companies that inspired the most banter among the EContent 100 judges during the voting process.
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Take a closer look at Pressmart Media, Ltd., one of the 12 companies that inspired the most banter among the EContent 100 judges during the voting process.
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Take a closer look at ProQuest, one of the 12 companies that inspired the most banter among the EContent 100 judges during the voting process.
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Take a closer look at Quark, Inc., one of the 12 companies that inspired the most banter among the EContent 100 judges during the voting process.
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Take a closer look at SchemaLogic, Inc., one of the 12 companies that inspired the most banter among the EContent 100 judges during the voting process.
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Take a closer look at SORCE, Ltd., one of the 12 companies that inspired the most banter among the EContent 100 judges during the voting process.
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Take a closer look at TransMedia Corp., one of the 12 companies that inspired the most banter among the EContent 100 judges during the voting process.
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Columns

There have always been families who lived in remote areas, but most of us count on an extensive network of interconnectivity with friends, family, co-workers, and even random encounters with strangers. This has become amplified by our always-on connectivity and intense social interaction online.
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Time once again to crawl out on that slippery limb encrusted with winter ice: the predictions branch. Above and beyond the expected recession woes, digital content is dangling over some sharp challenges in 2009, or at least it looks that way from my chilly perch. Look out below for falling commentators.
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The emergence of empowered consumers, the advance of so-called digital natives, and the abundance of applications designed to give consumers more control over how they create, access, and enjoy content have transformed publishing and content creation.
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In early 2008, I dropped my monthly online column for EContent, and this will be my last print column. I will focus my remaining time and energy on Information Philosopher and my I-Phi blog (http://blog.i-phi.org), an attempt to examine many classic philosophy problems from the standpoint of information.
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As anyone with kids—or a good memory—knows, when you cross the "double digits" birthday threshold, it's a big deal. This year, XML crossed this threshold on Feb. 10, and this got me thinking about questions that I might ask this 10-year-old in order to gain perspective on its past and future. I know I'm late, but XML is nothing if not flexible. It assured me that even a belated party is better than none.
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I recently received a telephone call from a communications manager at a major German company asking if I could provide her with a copy of Intranet Management, a report that I had written 10 years ago when I was working for TFPL, Ltd. TFPL provided recruitment and consulting services to the information profession, and it was a leader in knowledge management methodologies. was inclined to tell my enquirer that the report was now hopelessly out-of-date, but I decided to read through it and remember old times with some great colleagues...
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A significant segment of the enterprise social software landscape has gone comparatively under-reported: white label community services. These commercial offerings allow companies to use their platforms to create branded online communities. They employ a mixture of social applications—discussion, blogs, podcasting, profiles, tagging, rating, and so on—to get customers, partners, and employees interacting.
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I don't want to sound ungrateful to our long-time econtent providers; I cannot imagine running my business without the value-added information I can find through them. However, I have taken a few new search interfaces out for a spin, and that familiar old search screen from my tried and true online service is starting to look a bit, well, dated.
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Have you noticed there are a bunch of polls and research reports that ask questions such as, "Do you read blogs?" or "Do you use social media?" or "Do you go to video- sharing sites?" The resulting data often show rather small use compared to the use of other online services such as search engines or email.
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