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Articles from Vol. 23, No. 10, November

Acrobat 8 Rolls Out
What if Adobe Systems, Inc. released an Acrobat upgrade and nary a sound was heard in the publishing forest? The release of Acrobat 8 was quiet, but it wasn't because Adobe didn't try. The release made me wonder what's left in the arsenal to fire at...
Anonymity, Privacy, and Full Disclosure
Business contact information provider Jigsaw Data Corp. raised a few eyebrows recently with what has been called an audacious approach to community building on the Web. Here's how the Jigsaw service works: Subscribers pay a monthly fee to access...
A Safe Harbor against Lawsuits
Congress first attempted to regulate content on the Internet with the Communications Decency Act (CDA), which became well-known for its efforts to outlaw indecent and obscene speech online. The CDA was eventually challenged on the grounds that it infringed...
A Wiki of Muppet Mania
On my way home from work on the train one evening, I was going through the new additions to my aggregator and I came across a wild dedicated to the Muppets (http://muppet.wikia .com/wiki/Muppet_Wiki). This open page was edited by the masses with...
Conference Calendar
November3-8: Austin, Texas (Hilton Austin). The theme for the ASIST 2006 meeting will be Information Realities: Shaping the Digital Future for All. The meeting will challenge attendees to "explore this moment in the history of information science as...
Convera: A New Product Platform for Professionals
The time spent on research is not always fruitful. In fact, only 17 percent of Internet users admit to finding the information they were looking for when using a search engine, according to a 2005 Pew Internet & American Life Project report. For...
Convera: A New Product Platform for Professionals
The time spent on research is not always fruitful. In fact, only 17 percent of Internet users admit to finding the information they were looking for when using a search engine, according to a 2005 Pew Internet & American Life Project report. For...
Cream Rises to the Top with Helium
With the Internet becoming increasingly user-oriented, everyone has the potential to contribute his or her knowledge to what has become an endless pool of information. As a result, the task of sorting through the information available online is...
Factiva: Dow Jones Buys Reuters' Interest
Dow Jones & Co. signed an agreement to acquire Reuters' 50percent interest in Factiva, establishing Dow Jones as the sole parent company of Factiva at 100 percent. Alan Scott, Factiva's chief marketing officer, said the acquisition was a "win-win...
Factiva: Dow Jones Buys Reuters' Interest
Dow Jones & Co. signed an agreement to acquire Reuters' 50- percent interest in Factiva, establishing Dow Jones as the sole parent company of Factiva at 100 percent. Alan Scott, Factiva's chief marketing officer, said the acquisition was a "win-win...
Factoids & Other Snippets
"Two billion hours a week are spent online by the Chinese, far more than anyone else outside the U.S., and it is thought Chinese usage will soon surpass the U.S. ..." --Karen Christensen, CEO of the Berkshire Publishing Group, LLC "One has to...
Fantasy Golf? Sounds Good
At a newspaper long, long ago and far, far away, when fantasy sports leagues were managed on Big Chief tablets by a little copy editor, your Field Correspondent was asked to sign up. Me? I'd rather eat dirt. Hey, some of us can barely stand real...
Following the Eyeballs
Publishers at SIIA's New European Event Keep Their Eyes on the MoneyREPORT FROM THE FIELDFrom the moment the SIIA (Software & Information Industry Association) Content Division's Global Information Industry Summit (GIIS), held Sept. 14-15, kicked...
Following the Eyeballs: Publishers at SIIA's New European Event Keep Their Eyes on the Money
From the moment the SIIA (Software & Information Industry Association) Content Division's Global Information Industry Summit (GIIS), held Sept. 14-15, kicked off in Amsterdam, the message was clear. Opening keynoter Rudd Bakker, CEO of VNU Business...
Google Book Search Has Far to Go
Over the past 2 years, trade journals, magazines, and newspapers have been publishing articles about Google Book Search (http:// books.google.com). But even if you had read every one of them, you still wouldn't know much about the project itself, because...
Information Architecture: Building Our Practice
As information architecture (IA) becomes a bigger part of the overall business plan in commercial organizations, the role of information architects is also moving to strategic levels. This movement was one of the trends presented at the Euro IA Summit...
Jay Ven Eman, CEO, Access Innovations, Inc
In 1978, 8-track tapes were all the rage, iPods didn't exist, and if you wanted to communicate with a friend across the country, you had to either pick up the phone or wait 3 days for snail mail. So you can imagine the technological advances that...
Law and Leverage: Google Book Search's Future
Some of my best friends are lawyers. My mother worked all her professional life for lawyers. Shakespeare or no Shakespeare, I don't think we should kill them. That suggestion, by the way, comes from a comical character named Dick Butcher in the second...
Lost Data: The Legal Challenges
Another day, another data breach, another lawsuit. On Sept. 22, 2006, a lawsuit was filed against AOL over its release of 19 million search requests affecting 650,000 subscribers. The suit was filed by three AOL subscribers as a class-action lawsuit...
Lost Data: The Legal Challenges
Another day, another data breach, another lawsuit. On Sept. 22, 2006, a lawsuit was filed against AOL over its release of 19 million search requests affecting 650,000 subscribers. The suit was filed by three AOL subscribers as a class-action lawsuit...
Major End-of-Year Conferences
It's November, and that means Online Information 2006 is rapidly approaching. This major information industry event, which will be held Nov. 28-30 at the Olympia Exhibition Centre in London, is billed as "The world's no. 1 event for online content and...
News Flash
Study Reports Password Security ConcernA study released by global research firms Nucleus Research and Knowledge- Storm revealed that one in three people (based on 325 U.S. employees surveyed) write down their computer passwords. This undermines security,...
New Titles for the Information Professional
The Visible Employee: Using Workplace Monitoring and Surveillance to Protect Information Assets-Without Compromising Employee Privacy or TrustBy Jeffrey M. Stanton and Kathryn R. StamIf you think the information stored, used, and shared across your company's...
Partnerships, Online Video, and More
Partnerships seemed to be the main game in the information world during the past few weeks. In fact, EBSCO announced two recently. In partnership with Elsevier, EBSCO is offering individual e-journals to academic and government institutions. This offering,...
People Line & the Executive Profile
OCLC Research announced that Ross Singer, an applications developer at Georgia Tech Library, is the winner of the Second OCLC Research Software Contest. Singer's winning project, Umlaut, is an OpenURL link resolver that aims to improve access to library...
Plagiarism: The New 'Piracy'
Ohio University, the oldest public university in the state of Ohio, is an institution with an enrollment of about 20,000 students. For the past year, the university has been besieged by a crippling plagiarism scandal. Based on an alumnus' allegations...
Preparing for the Unexpected
Although we don't like to think about it, disasters can strike any company at any time. Earthquakes (think the Big Island of Hawaii), hurricanes (think Katrina), or even fires, floods, or flu can cause problems for companies of any size. A survey...
Preparing for the Unexpected
Although we don't like to think about it, disasters can strike any company at any time. Earthquakes (think the Big Island of Hawaii), hurricanes (think Katrina), or even fires, floods, or flu can cause problems for companies of any size.A survey by Forsythe...
Reaching out to the Library Community
Reaching Out to the Library Community Sacred Stacks: The Higher Purpose of Libraries and Librarianship by Nancy Kalikow Maxwell Chicago: American Library Association, 2006 ISBN13: 9780838909171 168 pages $32 softcoverFor this book review column, I'm...
Reading Resources on the Web
The English language consists of about 40 phonemes, which combine to form syllables and words.The Web is a significant boon to reading education, right? After all, kids love to visit Web sites, so they're reading pages of text. And they're always sending...
Reading Resources on the Web: The English Language Consists of about 40 Phonemes, Which Combine to Form Syllables and Words
The Web is a significant boon to reading education, right? After all, kids love to visit Web sites, so they're reading pages of text. And they're always sending each other messages, which is sure to boost literacy, isn't it? Well, this is not necessarily...
Really Strategies Debuts RSuite CMS
Really Strategies, Inc. has introduced RSuite, a content management suite (CMS) powered by MarkLogic Server that is designed especially for publishers. The out-of-the-box system offers all the basic CMS features: a central storage facility, check in/checkout,...
Really Strategies Debuts RSuite CMS
Really Strategies, Inc. has introduced RSuite, a content management suite (CMS) powered by MarkLogic Server that is designed especially for publishers. The out-of-the-box system offers all the basic CMS features: a central storage facility, check in/checkout,...
Search, Harvest, and Archive the Web
With the large number of medical information resources on the Internet, you're officially forgiven if you think there is no room for another. So let me introduce SearchMedica, a new search engine designed to provide links to high-quality medical...
Ten Ways to Boost Data Security
Today, most companies are focusing on data security issues and finding ways to ensure that sensitive information doesn't fall into the wrong hands. According to Paul Giardina, senior vice president for marketing at Protegrity Corp. in Stamford, Conn.,...
The Next Generation
For all you Trekkies: Don't get too excited. This column isn't about those who served on the Starship Enterprise. Instead, I'm boldly going where no one has gone before (at least within this column), highlighting next-generation tools and programs...
The Past and Future of Hard Drives
The hard drive in a computer (aka its long-term memory) recently celebrated a milestone: It just turned 50. Back in September 1956, IBM introduced the world's first hard drive---the IBM 350 Disk Storage Unit. It was 5 megabytes in size, which was...
Trials: The New E-Book Readers
Despite high expectations, the e-book market just hasn't been very successful until now. Over the years, we've seen many companies come and go in this space. Dedicated e-book reader devices have not been hot sellers either, with hardware limitations...
What's New with VNU
European information services giant VNU has confirmed that it is diversifying one of its most traditional business lines as part of a continuing evolution of the newly privatized operation. In early October, the firm confirmed that it had hired...
Your Tax Dollars?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is closing its Headquarters Library to the public, as well as its own staff, effective October 1. This shutdown is the latest in a series of agency library closures during the past few ...