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Articles from Vol. 28, No. 1, January

ADmantX: Matching Ads and Emotion
The 1960's advertising firm on Mad Men would have a field day with ADmantX, a semantic-based technology that drills down to the root of human behavior. The new private beta release of ADmantX is designed to improve matching ads and content by discovering...
Another Election, Another Congress, Another Set of Questions
The historic elections of 2010 are now in the rearview mirror, and the lame-duck session of the 111th Congress is officially underway. The Republican Party is gearing up to take over the House of Representatives, and a nearly equal balance will exist...
Blog Buzz
Quotables from industry notables"All of these posts point out that librarians must and can't be passive consumers in the current information landscape. I've written about this in a post before and what I said then is especially true during periods of...
Blog Buzz: Quotables from Industry Notables
"All of these posts point out that librarians must and can't be passive consumers in the current information landscape. I've written about this in a post before and what I said then is especially true during periods of rapid change and economic crisis....
Cherwell Software: A Hybrid Approach
The team at Cherwell Software, Inc. is intent on serving the customer. Its corporate mission of providing "innovative technology built on yesterday's values" keeps the focus on the customer. Users want options, and Cherwell wants to provide an innovative...
Connectivity to Die For
The Nielsen Co. reported that Americans view 143 hours of TV a month (plus another 24.5 hours of time-shifted TV if they own a DVR). While video consumption on computers, cell phones, and tablet devices is up and video traffic now accounts for more than...
Content On-the-Go and the Mobile Office
If mobile had a motto, it would be "do anything, anywhere." The idea of the office as a physical location is not as important as it once was. And even if we're not ready to say goodbye to our desks, staplers, and water cooler conversations just yet,...
Criminal Minds
After spending 2010 chronicling ITI's 30-year history, I went back to the drawing board for this year. Luckily, IT editor-in-chief Barbara Brynko had a novel, er, make that a newsletter, idea. Since ITI's four information-packed newsletters sometimes...
Discovering the Value and Impact of Info Pros
Online Information consists of multiple pieces, one of which is the 3-day full conference. Although the conference is in the same building as the exhibition, it's quite a distance from the exhibit floor. Therefore, many conference delegates spend time...
EBSCO and Serials Solutions Face off over Search Discovery
Two industry giants stood tall, ready for the showdown of the century at the 30th Annual Charleston Conference in November. Perhaps the only showdown that gained more attention was the gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona Territory, in...
Elsevier's SciVerse Hub Adds Apps Module
Last August, Elsevier introduced its SciVerse Hub platform for scientific researchers with a trio of search-and-discovery applications for starters. By last November, Elsevier delivered what it had promised right on time, adding more apps and a SciVerse...
Executive Profile
MICHAEL GERSCH, the new senior vice president of ProQuest and general manager of Serials Solutions, says joining the company was much the same as hopping onto a moving train. "Serials Solutions has grown dramatically," he says. "The big challenge...
Expert System: Strategic Search
In Italy, Expert System S.p.A. made a name for itself in the mid-1900s as a pioneer in linguistics before branching out into semantic search and discovery, and the company has kept the innovations coming. Luca Scagliarini, partner and vice president...
Gear for the Digital Set
Just as a rising tide lifts all boats, the success of one tech device can radically increase demand for others just like it. Take a look at tablets and set-top boxes, neither of which are new, but they are riding the wave of popularity along with the...
Global Outlook
CONFERENCES AROUND THE WORLDJANUARY4-7: Koloa, Hawaii (Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa). The 44th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences is a long-running scientific conference where researchers can examine topics such as collaboration...
Good Video on the Web
Video on the web is mostly a giant dumping ground of horrible political ads, celebrity and noncelebrity sex romps, bad music videos, and billions of clips of adorable kids and cute pets. With popular, easy-to-use platforms such as YouTube and Facebook,...
Google Opens eBookstore
Just when you thought the ebook market couldn't get any more crowded, another familiar face is entering the space. In December, Google opened the digital doors of its Google eBookstore and accompanying Google eBooks app, a full-featured digital...
IFRRO's Global Reach
Digital rights, licensing, and legislation were just some of the hot topics at the 39th IFRRO (International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations) General Meeting in Boston, the first time in more than 20 years that the global event was...
Information Builders
Fighting Crime With AnalyticsFEATURED PRODUCTToday's law enforcement officers rely on a galaxy of interlocking systems and devices, from computerized records management systems to sophisticated dispatching software. Until now, the lack of standardization...
Information Builders: Fighting Crime with Analytics
Today's law enforcement officers rely on a galaxy of interlocking systems and devices, from computerized records management systems to sophisticated dispatching software. Until now, the lack of standardization for different police departments often...
Keeping Pace with Mobile Madness
Not long ago, it was hard to imagine what life was like before email. Instant communication across cubicles, borders, and hemispheres at the touch of a button. Just think, before 2008 (just 2 years ago), there was no iPhone app store. Today, Apple...
Keeping Pace with Mobile Madness
Not long ago, it was hard to imagine what life was like before email. Instant communication across cubicles, borders, and hemispheres at the touch of a button.Just think, before 2008 (just 2 years ago), there was no iPhone app store. Today, Apple is...
Lingering Lawsuits
Law is supposed to be a reflection of society by imposing structure and finding balance among the various needs, goals, and demands of individuals and communities. Therefore, law is supposed to evolve and change as the needs, goals, and demands of...
MiMedia Stores Expanding Digital Collections
Here's a company that gives users a way to store and back up digital media content safely. FOUNDER Erik Zamkoff, co-founder of MiMedia, came up with the concept for the company nearly 5 years ago. While awaiting the birth of his first child in...
Nature Expands OA Journals, Launches Services
It may still be the dead of winter, but there's some surprising growth going on over at Nature Publishing Group. Along with the debut of more new open access (OA) journals, the Macmillan-owned publishing house is continuing with the rollout of its...
Not Looking for Sympathy
A well-regarded and talented publisher, Derk Haank is a key player in an industry that currently faces a number of difficult and interlinked challenges. Some of these include addressing the so-called serials crisis, completing the migration to an online...
Of Social Media and Science Publishers
Tim Berners-Lee, the British physicist inventor of the World Wide Web, recently inveighed against social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, calling it a threat to the open culture of the web. The world of social media indeed resembles...
Online Information: Braving the Elements
London's wintry mix of snow, ice, and cold didn't deter attendees from queuing up in front of Olympia's Grand Hall for the 3-day Online Information conference Nov. 30-Dec. 2. Delegates from more than 40 countries made their way through the compact...
On the Move
Andrew Prozes officially retired as CEO of LexisNexis and from the boards of Reed Elsevier at the end of 2010. Prozes, who was CEO and executive director of the Reed Elsevier boards (Reed Elsevier, PLC; Reed Elsevier NV; and Reed Elsevier Group, PLC),...
Open Source Search: Revolution or Evolution?
Open source software continues to capture the interest of information technology professionals. In 2009, I interviewed Marc Krellenstein, one of the founders of Lucid Imagination. He oversaw search and retrieval for Northern Light and then tackled...
Pew Study: Tracking User Footsteps
No need for campaign signs or catchy slogans. Becoming the mayor of your home turf is only a few clicks away. OK, much of this is based on the fun factor, but a few location-based, social networking sites such as foursquare and Gowalla can actually...
Product News
Gale, a part of Cengage Learning improved the search efficiency of its historical resources. Through a partnership, research company 18thConnect uses supercomputer time awarded through the National Endowment for the Humanities to fine-tune the results...
SAGE Takes an OA Leap
We all know by now that publishing is going through more growing pains. While ebooks and tablets have kept the focus on the fate of print books, less attention has been given to the smaller market of academic scholarly materials in the humanities and...
Schulman: The View from Dow Jones & Co
This month, Scott Schulman is celebrating his first year as president of corporate markets at Dow Jones & Co. But he's far from being a newcomer to the company. He first crossed the threshold at Dow Jones in 1999, when he became vice president...
Sharecare: Getting a Healthy Prognosis
The internet offers thousands of health-related sites, but that doesn't mean it's always easy to find reliable information. The sheer volume makes information on the internet overwhelming, hard to navigate, and hard to validate. Enter Sharecare.com...
Specialized Social Networks Gain Traction
Facebook continues its meteoric growth; it now claims about 500 million active users. People seem to love sharing comments, links, and photos with the folks in their social circles. However, privacy issues lurk in the background; there's also some...
Study Reveals Mobile Sites Go Unchecked
Have you checked out your site lately? A recent study of 818 small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) shows that half of them have never checked the appearance or functionality of their mobile websites accessed by smartphone users. The web-hosting company...
TokBox
Video Chat Without the HassleFEATURED PRODUCTVideo chat has a long history. From the writings of 19thcentury futurists such as Albert Robida to the obsession with video phones in the 1990s, Uve video chat is as much a part of speculating about the future...
TokBox: Video Chat without the Hassle
Video chat has a long history. From the writings of 19th-century futurists such as Albert Robida to the obsession with video phones in the 1990s, live video chat is as much a part of speculating about the future as are jet cars and teleporters. Yet...
Vendor News from On/off the Exhibit Floor
Online Information is always a prime venue for information companies to introduce new and revamped products, and this year was no exception. Oxford University Press (OUP) demonstrated its new version of the Oxford English Dictionary Online website....