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Articles from Vol. 22, No. 8, September

After the Sunset
It did not begin with 9/11. It did not even begin with the jihadist terrorists. It can at least be traced back to the 1960s, when a hijacker would stand up during a flight and say, "Take this plane to Cuba." (And let's not forget the bomb that exploded...
Allen Powell, Vice President and General Manager, EBSCO Information Services
As Allen Powell settles into his new role as vice president and general manager of EBSCO Information Services, he's aware of the challenges facing information service providers in the 21st century. "As we've seen within the past few years," he said,...
Archives Don't Lie
CyberSportsOne of the more famous quotes that a president made about another president fell out of the mouth of Lyndon B. Johnson one day in the 1960s. When asked about then-Rep. Gerald Ford of Michigan, the crusty LBJ observed that Ford had played football...
Archives Don't Lie: CyberSports
One of the more famous quotes that a president made about another president fell out of the mouth of Lyndon B. Johnson one day in the 1960s. When asked about then-Rep. Gerald Ford of Michigan, the crusty LBJ observed that Ford had played football too...
AusWeb05 Channels Innovation through Round-Table Forum
The 11th Australasian World Wide Web Conference (AusWeb05) was the star attraction on Australia's Gold Coast in early July. AusWeb is the second-longest-running international conference to be endorsed by the International World Wide Web Conference...
Blogging and the Law
One of the more recent (and curious) items to appear on the Internet is the biog. These public online diaries have received attention lately for letting ordinary people air their views about personal--and sometimes very private--matters. There's...
Conference Calendar
September11-13: Napa, Calif. (Silverado Eesort). ASIDIC will host its Fall 2005 Meeting, the theme of which is The Changing Value of Content. According to the announcement, the meeting will look at how publishers are continually pressured to add more...
Conference Overview
Exhibition The Internet Librarian 2005 exhibition features leading edge companies, offering visitors a choice of products covering all aspects of Internet technologies, including content providers, online services, software, document and Web delivery...
Consider Your Source
Wikipedia has a tagline on its main page: "the free-content encyclopedia that anyone can edit." That's an intriguing revelation. What are the selling points of Wikipedia? It's free (free is good, whether you mean no-cost or freely accessible). That's...
Designing the (Almost) Perfect Library
Designing the (Almost) Perfect Library Building Libraries for the 21st Century: The Shape of Information edited by T. D. Webb Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., reprinted 2004 (originally published 2000) ISBN: 0-7864-2034-0 270 pages $49.95 softcoverBuilding...
Emerging Intelligence Tools
Infonortics, Ltd., the firm that organizes the Search Engine Meeting and the International Chemical Information Conference & Exhibition, launched a new conference about deriving intelligence from data. Titled Intelligence Tools, Data Mining, Visualization,...
Ethical Hackers: Testing the Security Waters
Several companies are employing ethical hacking--an oxymoron at first glance--to help ensure that their networks and customer databases are protected from unwanted intrusions. These firms hire computer specialists who, with a customer's knowledge,...
Everybody Had a Gimmick at the ALA Chicag05 Exhibits
Daily WinnersAmong the winners in ALA's daily floor drawings were these two Dianes, who luckily were in the exhibit hall when their names were called. Diane Lockridge (left, Kildeer Countryside Elementary School, Long Grove, Ill.) won a free trip to...
Information Privacy Forum
With Gen. Colin Powell, Bill Clinton, and Tom Peters headlining the event, who wouldn't jump at the chance to attend the 5th Annual Information Privacy Forum? Sponsored by OneSource Information Services and The Donnelley Group of info-USA, the forum...
Joel Mokyr: Knowledge, Technology, and the Economy
As the Internet becomes more ubiquitous, the amount of open source software and OA publications increase. Government and foundation research funding are also increasingly requiring researchers to publish OA sources and/or to make methods and findings...
Letter from the Editor
The Waiting GameOK, I'm the first to admit it. I like shoes. I like them even better when I can get designer shoes at a good price. That's what brought me into a local DSW store with my credit card last spring.Then, at the beginning of the summer, I...
Multimedia, Mapping, and 'Made to Order' Products Top the News
While news within the information industry seemed to take a short summer breather (the pace of announcements definitely slowed), there seemed to be no lack of big news elsewhere. Suicide bombings once again distressed our world. Horrific flooding in...
Outsourcing: Blessing or Curse for America?
With hacks into databases, credit card schemes, and identity fraud on our V V list of challenging domestic issues, we might ask: Why send sensitive work and data overseas? An evening panel probed the reasons that companies use offshore outsourcing and...
PATRIOT Summer: Extending the USA PATRIOT Act
Writer George Orwell was under surveillance by Scotland Yard's Special Branch from 1936 to 1948, according to recently released records. Ironically, 1948 was also the year he published his classic novel, 1984, the futuristic and frightening tale depicting...
People Line & the Executive Profile
OCLC announced that Robert S. Martin has joined the company as special advisor to the president for cultural heritage institutions. In this position, Martin will consult for OCLC on special assignments. He recently completed a 4-year term as director...
RCUK: Free for All
The Research Councils UK (RCUK), "a strategic partnership through which the UK's eight Research Councils work together," released its long-awaited draft statement in July regarding the dissemination of and access to U.K.-research outputs of RCUK-funded...
Searching with Watson
Think about how many times you've searched for your car keys, rummaging in pockets and drawers and under papers. Then imagine what it would be like to have your keys come to you just as you're heading out the door. That's basically what Chicago-based...
Semetric: Building a Bigger, Better Query
As the world of search continues to evolve, more players and new technologies continue to enter the marketplace. Engenium Corp., a Dallas-based firm founded in 1998, has a tool called Semetric that searches by conceptual meaning and context, not just...
SIA 2005 Technology Management Conference and Exhibit
Vendors of products and services for the securities industry staked out their booths on the three floors at the Hilton New York for one of the largest exhibits of its kind. Although longtime attendees said the Securities Industry Association (SIA)-sponsored...
Studies Come to Life at Harvard Business School
Faculty and students at the Harvard Business School (HBS) can literally watch their studies come to life, thanks to the school's Online Video Library (OVL). HBS faculty members post classroom lectures, interviews, documentaries, and on-site tours...
The ALA Annual Conference: A Post-Show, Paper-Based Log
This year's ALA Annual Conference (aka Chicag05) was a veritable world's fair for librarians. Stretching for miles from the grand and historic Loop hotels in Chicago along the park to the remotely located McCormick Place exhibition center, this ALA...
The Busy Conference Season Has Arrived
Fall and spring are especially busy times for conferences, particularly in the information industry. This year is no exception--there are almost 50 of them happening this month alone. Here are some top picks. Association Meetings Two divisions...
The Future of Internet Governance Remains Unresolved
The Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG), an independent group charged with deciding how the Internet should be run and governed in the future, has been meeting since November 2004. On July 14, it released its report (http://www.wgig.org/ docs/WGIGREPORT.pdf)....
The Future of P2P
For some law teachers, the highlight of the summer season is the end of the U.S. Supreme Court term in late June. This year was particularly entertaining with the speculation about retirements. But the decisions released by the court at the end of...
The LLN Commons Rolls off the E-Presses
The first issue of The LLN Commons is hot off the virtual presses. The new e-publication from the Library Leadership Network (LLN) is specifically designed to cater to the business needs of today's library managers. "This is a true e-publication,"...
The LLN Commons Rolls off the E-Presses
The first issue of The LLN Commons is hot off the virtual presses. The new e-publication from the Library Leadership Network (LLN) is specifically designed to cater to the business needs of today's library managers."This is a true e-publication," said...
The New View at the Top
Y.S. Chi is confident, assertive, and even a little intense. Whenever I looked up from my note-taking, he was looking at me eye-to-eye--focused, aggressive, sure. Maybe his intensity comes from his father, the ambassador. Maybe he picked it up during...
Theory of Relativity
Everything's relative--relatively speaking. Yet, my version of reality may be different than yours. While humans have a practically identical basic OS and many shared components, we are certainly wired differently. Like snowflakes, probably no two...
The Waiting Game
OK, I'm the first to admit it. I like shoes. I like them even better when I can get designer shoes at a good price. That's what brought me into a local DSW store with my credit card last spring. Then, at the beginning of the summer, I received a...
Value Perceived Is Value Achieved
For many years, the traditional information industry--from the venerable publishing end to the semi-Net Newbie to enterprise-oriented services--has defended its pricing policies on the basis of the value it adds. In a Web world where pampered end users...
Wikipedia: Encyclopedia or Not?
Q: Why is Wikipedia like a landfill? A: Everybody dumps on it, and it keeps getting bigger. Yes, the library and reference book establishments love to attack Wikipedia, the collaborative encyclopedia (http://www.wikipedia.org) as a fraud, a brazen...
ZoomInfo Makes Ego-Browsing Easier
ZoomInfo provides profiles of more than 26.6 million people. One of them might be you.Have you ever gone ego-browsing? That's what some people call searching the Web for your own name. According to many sites, it's one of the most popular types of online...
ZoomInfo Makes Ego-Browsing Easier: ZoomInfo Provides Profiles of More Than 26.6 Million People. One of Them Might Be You
Have you ever gone ego-browsing? That's what some people call searching the Web for your own name. According to many sites, it's one of the most popular types of online research. A search engine launched last March promises to make ego-browsing...