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Most of the country has been looking at President Obama's stimulus package and wondering just what's in it for them. Among the millions of people wondering what economic relief might come their way are researchers—people whose success, and sometimes their jobs, rely on government funding. With $10 billion earmarked for the NIH and another $3 billion of stimulus funds set aside for the National Science Foundation, researchers will be scrambling to compete for the highly sought-after funds.
By - May 2009 Issue, Posted Apr 30, 2009
Some internet scams are easy to spot—pop-ups boasting miracle weight loss or emails claiming you've won the lottery—but other, more subtle scams aren't as easy to identify. With the rise of Web 2.0 tools, advertisers have a plethora of new opportunities to promote products and, unfortunately, dupe online users. For this reason, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has proposed new regulations regarding misleading online endorsements, which could hinder online advertisers' ability to use social networking sites and blogs to promote products.
By - June 2009 Issue, Posted Apr 28, 2009
Amid wall-to-wall news coverage about banks, insurance companies, auto manufacturers, and other pillars of the American economy that are buckling under the oppressive weight of the global financial crisis, the fact that the print media outlets reporting that news are themselves on the verge of financial ruin may be lost on readers.
By - May 2009 Issue, Posted Apr 27, 2009
The digital ad market today is dominated by one thing: lead generation. Into the fray comes Madison Logic, a full service ad-serving platform created by IndustryBrains founder Erik Matlick. The New York-based company--officially launched on April 20—is working to bridge the gap between lead sources, back-end systems, and external lead buyers. Madison Logic's debut product, LeadFocus, aims change the way companies approach buying and selling lead generation campaigns.
By - Posted Apr 21, 2009
Has the enterprise portal been helped by or swept into oblivion by the successive waves of progress of Web 2.0 and the already-much-ballyhooed Web 3.0? Despite the phenomenal growth of collaborative web culture, the notion of a centrally managed, single point of entry to reach company applications and content persists in companies across the globe. Yet the opinions of experts in the field differ greatly on what the priorities should be today.
By - April 2009 Issue, Posted Apr 09, 2009
The web has radically transformed the way we think about content creation; we have witnessed the democratization of media. We are no longer bound to the owners of the press to print our writing because today, anyone with a computer and an internet connection can be a publisher. Yet most academics still find themselves constricted by the 20th-century system.
By - April 2009 Issue, Posted Apr 06, 2009
It would have been hard to avoid news of Autonomy's acquisition of Interwoven last month. In some cases of acquisition or merger, things go dark for a long time, leaving consumers to wonder what is happening with affected products. Not so Autonomy. On Thursday, April 2, though, the company announced that the company's flagship document management solution for the legal market, iManage WorkSite (previously known as Interwoven WorkSite), is now powered by Autonomy's Intelligent Data Operating Layer (IDOL). This represents the third major product integration since the acquisition, with IDOL already having been teamed up with Interwoven TeamSite and iManage Universal Search.
By - Posted Apr 03, 2009
Most of us only work at one desk. We've got it all there—our computer monitors, our sticky notes, our files and folders, our staplers, the pictures of our friends and family, and everything else we need to get the job done. The developers at EverEZ Systems, Ltd. hope to bring the one-desk theory to business computers with the April launch of their new software integration technologies, EverDesk Optima and EverDesk Mail.
By - April 2009 Issue, Posted Apr 02, 2009
During the inauguration of President Barack Obama, people across the country put down their political boxing gloves long enough to celebrate the historic event, but behind the scenes a debate was brewing. It started when it was reported on Wikipedia, a web-based, free-content encyclopedia project, that Sens. Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd had died during the inauguration luncheon. Both men were still alive, and within a few moments Wikipedia editors had erased the inaccurate post, but the damage was done. This latest snafu ignited talk of Wikipedia possibly changing its information verification process, angering Wikipedia users and adding more fuel to the information accuracy fire.
By - April 2009 Issue, Posted Mar 30, 2009
With so much enterprise information now residing online and in overlapping applications both inside and outside firewalls, with employees and contractors dispersed in offices around the globe, and with software as a service becoming an everyday part of enterprise architecture, the need for flexible and secure identity and access management has become of foremost importance for any organization.
By - April 2009 Issue, Posted Mar 27, 2009
Few will argue with the idea that in a time of tight budgets, pared-down IT departments, and slashed staffs, it's imperative to do more with less and adopt efficient, streamlined, and easy-to-use solutions. The tanking of the economy last September may ultimately prove a boon to the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model, where ease of use and little need for tech support are major selling points.
By - April 2009 Issue, Posted Mar 25, 2009
Ross Mayfield, chairman, president, and co-founder of Socialtext—a provider of Web 2.0 solutions for the enterprise and other organizations—heard the news about massive layoffs at companies across the country. But unlike many of us, he was in a position to help.
By - April 2009 Issue, Posted Mar 20, 2009
Nestled firmly between St. Patrick's Day and the spring equinox, another celebration is quietly gaining recognition. March 15-21 is Sunshine Week, a national initiative to open a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. According to the website, Sunshine Week "is about the public's right to know what its government is doing, and why." Many government agencies, large and small, are jumping on the transparency bandwagon by setting up digitized databases of government files for public viewing.
By - Posted Mar 17, 2009
Open source software always seems attractive because of the absence of license fees. However, as we'll see, not all open source tools are free of cost, and, at the end of the day, you may actually spend more money going the open source route.
By - March 2009 Issue, Posted Mar 13, 2009
Is it possible that a major conference with the sole purpose of launching technology startups could take place in our current economic environment? If it's DEMO, yes, the show had to go on, and the vibe was much more positive than most people would have expected. Held March 1-3 in Palm Desert, California, the semiannual event drew 450 attendees and 39 presenting companies. DEMO is known for launching some of the technology industry's biggest innovators and is now in its 19th year. Each event features a hand-selected crop of companies demonstrating their new products in six-minute live stage demonstrations to an audience of media, investors, and fellow entrepreneurs from around the globe.
By - Posted Mar 06, 2009
As technical and cost barriers fall and security issues are addressed, the cloud has become a viable platform not only for back-end operations but also for key business practices, including content management and distribution.
By - March 2009 Issue, Posted Mar 05, 2009
Reality Digital CEO Cynthia Francis imagines a world where the subtlety and nuance of language—which are so often lost in the text-based world of the internet—become a natural part of online communication. The panacea she has in mind is the integration of audio and video capabilities into social media in a way that is easy to implement and moderate. Her company's latest upgrade to its flagship social media product, Opus 3.0, contains an array of new features and capabilities, with a particular focus on advanced video functionality.
By - Posted Mar 03, 2009
From sloppy reporting to outright libel, not to mention web-speed requirements and confusing advertising placement. Journalism faces a slew of new challenges online. Can the old rules of media be applied? And if not, what is to become of journalistic ethics online?
By - March 2009 Issue, Posted Mar 02, 2009
Gone are the days of handwritten grocery lists and family calendars hanging on the fridge. Moms today have gone high-tech. From cell phones to blogs, more and more mothers are using technology to organize their busy lives. According to Maria T. Bailey, author of Mom 3.0: Marketing with Today's Mothers by Leveraging New Media & Technology and CEO of BSM Media, in 2009, moms will continue to leverage growing technologies and combine multiple high-tech devices to simplify their daily schedules.
By - March 2009 Issue, Posted Feb 27, 2009
The success of President Barack Obama's campaign last year may have been the final stroke of validation businesses needed to support a focus on user-generated content (UGC). The high-profile nature of the campaign may even have been the impetus for the first-ever UGC Conference & Expo, held here this week. Whatever the case, interest is certainly on the upswing: Despite concerns that the recession might lead to cuts in travel spending and correspondingly anemic attendance, approximately 500 creative, technical, or "hybrid" professionals showed up, representing a spectrum of UGC experience that ranged from those just getting started to those already monetizing the material. In one of the conference's opening keynotes, in fact, presenters Bruce Livingstone and Kelly Thompson examined the case of iStockphoto, an online stock-image provider founded on user-generated content -- and offered attendees a fairly unique perspective, considering their roles as the company's chief executive officer and chief operating officer, respectively.
By - Posted Feb 27, 2009
Elsevier, a global healthcare and scientific publisher, announced the four finalists chosen in the first Elsevier Grand Challenge on Jan. 6. The competition invited researchers to prototype tools dealing with the ever-increasing amount of online life sciences information. With cash prizes of $35,000 for first place and $15,000 for second, the winners have quite a bit at stake. Finalists will move on to present their solutions for the judges via webinar at the Experimental Biology conference in April.
By - March 2009 Issue, Posted Feb 25, 2009
In the next iteration of the protracted battle between the recording industry and online music networks, both MySpace and Facebook have agreed to remove the popular Project Playlist widget from their sites. Succumbing to pressure from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which claims copyright infringement, the sites issued takedowns in mid-December 2008.
By - March 2009 Issue, Posted Feb 23, 2009
No one knows more about us—our ailments, significant others, favorite music, what we're thinking about buying, and how much we spend—than our search engines. However, this is stuff we probably wouldn't choose to share with a multimillion dollar web company. Every major search engine in the world, however, retains every search query ever typed into its field, and privacy advocates are calling for search engines to change their ways.
By - March 2009 Issue, Posted Feb 19, 2009
For decades, the fee versus free debate has carried on—with content industry players digging in deep at each end of the spectrum. Yet a more moderate model seems to be emerging: freemium. While not an entirely new concept in other sectors, traditional content players have only recently begun to leverage the business model in which the owner or service provider offers basic features to users at no cost and charges a premium for supplemental or advanced features. The term, which combines the words free and premium, was coined by Jarid Lukin of Alacra in 2006 after venture capitalist Fred Wilson developed the concept. With the launch of its Alacra Street Pulse product this week, the company is drinking its own catchphrase Kool-Aid.
By - Posted Feb 18, 2009
FASTForward, held in Las Vegas, NV, February 9-11, began amidst a sound and light extravaganza. Jared Spataro, director of enterprise search for Microsoft was the emcee for the "Engaging the User"-themed conference and summed up the event's focus over three days as "people, search, and the future."
By - Posted Feb 13, 2009
It's no big news that social computing is mainstream—I recently learned that my grandmother is on Facebook—but just as Grandma is unsure how to make the most of her experience, most companies entering the fray are there out of some vague notion that it's what they are "supposed" to do. A few, though, are using wikis, blogs, forums, and other tools to creatively market to potential and existing clients—particularly useful as traditional marketing costs are steep and the recession may extend into 2010.
By - January/February 2009 Issue, Posted Feb 11, 2009
The field of life science is always in flux. New ideas and theories are popping up by the minute, making it difficult for experts to stay on top of the newest, most timely information. Bioalma, an IT company based in Madrid, Spain specializing in the research and development of biomedical software, aims to simplify information discovery in the life science field with a new search engine, novo|seek.
By - Posted Feb 03, 2009
Like everyone else, website authors are always on the lookout for tools to make the way they do their jobs simpler and more efficient. With an abundance of products flooding the market claiming to make web-authoring easier, it becomes increasingly difficult to choose the right program to fit a company's needs. One approach is to build on an already familiar web-authoring program instead of requiring users to adapt to an entirely different tool. One company taking this approach is Ephox, a provider of solutions for web content authoring. On Jan. 18, at the IBM Lotusphere conference, Ephox announced a new integration of its EditLive! solution for IBM Quickr for J2EE and Domino users.
By - January/February 2009 Issue, Posted Jan 28, 2009
As we enter 2009, it's clear to any reputable scientist that our planet is in peril. Individuals and institutions alike—have begun to look at ways to reduce our impact on the planet. The publishing industry is no different, and there are a number of ways that it is working to minimize its negative impact.
By - January/February 2009 Issue, Posted Jan 28, 2009
Green IT is all around. These days, anyone so inclined could fill his or her days signing up for green IT initiatives. Now, companies in the software-as-a-service sector are leading a charge to show how SaaS is the ultimate secret weapon for reducing any client company's carbon footprint.
By - January/February 2009 Issue, Posted Jan 28, 2009
For proponents of virtual events, a perfect storm has created an opportunity: The struggling economy that has forced many companies to reduce their travel budgets and an increased focus on being "green" have converged to make virtual shows a realistic endeavor for the conference business.
By - January/February 2009 Issue, Posted Jan 28, 2009
There's an argument to be made that econtent is green content. Of course, the "e" in econtent doesn't refer to ecologically friendly; it is for electronic, which bears its own significant environmental footprint. However, we are pleased to report that our industry prides itself on recognizing the opportunity that digital alternatives may provide to possibly alleviate some of the impact the content industry has on our planet.
By - January/February 2009 Issue, Posted Jan 28, 2009
These are not the best of times to be a technology start-up. Then again, the economy isn't being particularly kind to any industry—from those ripe for a business model overhaul to the seemingly infallible. SIIA Previews--which kicked off this year's Information Industry Summit, held in New York January 26th-28--offers a place for new ideas to bubble up. However, given the tone of the day's keynotes, this is neither the time nor place for bubble business models.
By - Posted Jan 27, 2009
On Tuesday, January 20--while the rest of the country was glued to their television and computer screens, watching an historic inauguration--MarkLogic, provider of XML servers, announced two new offerings. Like President Obama's inaugural address, MarkLogic's Connector for SharePoint and free Toolkit for Word seem to have been shaped, at least in part, by the struggling economy.
By - Posted Jan 23, 2009
An idea that has been years in the making will finally come to fruition at the ALA Midwinter Conference, Jan. 23-26, in Denver. A new, online open access journal called Collaborative Librarianship will see its inaugural issue be released to the public at the conference; and it should be no surprise that working together is at the heart of this project.
By - January/February 2009 Issue, Posted Jan 23, 2009
The French search company Exalead has long maintained a reputation for the scalability of its OEM solutions. With the Jan. 26 release of the 5.0 version of its CloudView OEM Edition, the company has once again aimed to make strides in this area in order to enable organizations large and small to manage their information more effectively.
January/February 2009 Issue, Posted Jan 21, 2009
The rise of TiVo and DVR has permanently changed the way many of us watch television. Now, audiences can speed through five minutes of commercials, skipping those carefully placed product advertisements, all with the touch of a remote. While that may be great for viewers, it poses a dilemma for advertisers as more viewers are skipping their commercials, and maybe even passing up tuning in to their favorite show on TV for logging on to their favorite site. Even as advertisers turn to the internet to reach customers, they wonder what the best way to reach those people is. Some say widgets and social networking are the wave of the future when it comes to getting your message across, but others say there's just no way to know which avenues will turn out to be the best paths to reach audiences.
By - Posted Jan 20, 2009
While the news surrounding this year's Consumer Electronics Show may have started with the lack of a Bill Gates keynote, the show is going strong and product launches include a major move by Hoover's Inc into the mobile space. Launched January 8, Hoover's Mobile is a free application available for iPhone, BlackBerry, and Windows Mobile smartphones and Hoover's MobileSP (targeting the sales professional) is a for-fee application available for BlackBerry and Windows Mobile phones.
By - Posted Jan 13, 2009
This month, Aspera announced the release of its new Aspera Console a web-based, enterprise-scale management platform for global file transfer networks. The company has also upgraded its faspex server. Aspera's high-speed file transport technology--fasp (fast and secure protocol) now in its 2.2 version, is essentially the underlying engine that allows Aspera server and client software to transfer massive data sets at maximum speed, regardless of distance and network conditions, according to Michelle Munson, president and co-founder of Aspera.
By - Posted Dec 23, 2008
On December 16th, Xeround announced its latest version of its patented Intelligent Data Grid (IDG) Suite, and with the announcement, a host of new enhancements designed to further capitalize on the common need for more fluid data management and greater organization. Since its inception, Xeround has worked to unify data spread out across many networks, and thus increase a business' efficiency. Its goal is to provide database virtualization software to companies such as service providers looking to reduce costs and enable faster time-to-market of new products and services. Xeround has done so most notably with its patented Intelligent Data Grid (IDG) Suite, a database virtualization solution used by partners like IBM and T-Mobile. In other words, the IDG Suite delivers in-network data management without the need for customers to restructure the network, first.
By - Posted Dec 16, 2008
The internet has forever changed how media is consumed--with one click of a mouse we can get breaking news and up-to-the-minute updates, making sitting down to watch the nightly news feel like old news. To help radio and TV broadcasters face increasing pressure to produce timely content as quickly as possible, Magnolia recently released Magnolia-on-Air--a content management system designed specifically for broadcasters and large organizations to manage their own broadcast content.
By - Posted Dec 09, 2008
ClearStory Systems announced on December 1, 2008 that it has been acquired, in whole, by The FeedRoom. A leading provider of online video solutions for media companies, corporations and government agencies, The FeedRoom bought--for an undisclosed sum--ClearStory Systems, a digital asset management (DAM) software provider, offering advanced capabilities for managing a full range of digital marketing assets.
By - Posted Dec 02, 2008
We are pleased to announce the eighth annual EContent 100--our list of companies that matter most in the digital content industry. We hope that you find the list as valuable as we did the process of creating it. As ever, we welcome your feedback and look forward to the continued innovation in the tools and the way they are applied in the year to come.
Posted Dec 02, 2008
Our list of the 100 companies that matter most in the digital content industry.
December 2008 Issue, Posted Dec 01, 2008
A collection of blogs hit by the EContent 100 judges on a regular basis.
December 2008 Issue, Posted Dec 01, 2008
Welcome to the eighth annual EContent 100—our list of companies that matter most in the digital content industry.
By - December 2008 Issue, Posted Dec 01, 2008
Learn more about the 2008-2009 EContent 100 Judging Team.
December 2008 Issue, Posted Dec 01, 2008
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.
By - December 2008 Issue, Posted Dec 01, 2008
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.
By - December 2008 Issue, Posted Dec 01, 2008
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.
By - December 2008 Issue, Posted Dec 01, 2008
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