Information Today

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Articles from Vol. 22, No. 3, March

2005 McGraw-Hill Media Summit
The group that convened at the 2005 McGraw-Hill Media Summit in New York was high-powered, diverse, opinionated, and ready to tackle the theme of the 2-day affair: Global Media + Technology Innovation = Communications Revolution. Approximately 750...
A Crystal Ball for Congress
Whenever I'm writing about legal issues that impact the information industry, I frequently comment that the law has a difficult time keeping up with changing technology. Much of our copyright, contract, jurisdiction, and First Amendment laws were developed...
An End and a Beginning
With this issue of Information Today, I'm delighted to turn On the Road over to a true information professional, experienced conference speaker, and observer--Don Hawkins. Don's industry perspective will add immeasurably to the depth of this column...
Conference Calendar
March20-22: New Orleans (Royal Sonesta Hotel). The Association of Information and Dissemination Centers (ASIDIC) will hold its Spring 2005 Meeting, the theme of which is Search Wars and the Next Wave of Internet Innovation.Contact: ASIDIC, P.O. Box 3212,...
Connecting for Growth: SIIA Information Industry Summit 2005
More than 350 people arrived at New York's Gotham Hall, a converted bank on Broadway, for the fourth annual SIIA (Software & Information Industry Association) Information Industry Summit, held Feb. 1-2. The nametags dangling from lanyards and pinned...
David Kellogg, President and CEO, Mark Logic Corp
David Kellogg, who joined Mark Logic Corp. in September 2004 as president and chief executive officer, loves a challenge. As a seasoned expert in the database and applications software industry, Kellogg brought 20 years of experience in enterprise...
Growth Continues for Information Online Conference
The Information Online 2005 12th Exhibition and Conference took place Feb. 1-3 at the Sydney Convention Center in Darling Harbor, Australia. As the self-proclaimed "No. 1 event for the online information industry in the Asia-Pacific region," the...
Internet Governance Issue Heats Up as Next World Summit Nears
In the February 2004 issue of Information Today, Dick Kaser, Information Today, Inc.'s vice president of content, reported on the first-phase conference of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which was held in Geneva in December 2003....
iPod Sprouts Successful Changes in Media Landscape
The iPod is turning out to be a far more versatile, solidly useful device than most of us ever imagined at the outset.PerspectivesThings are seldom what they seem; Skim milk masquerades as cream.Gilbert and Sullivan's character Little Buttercup (from...
iPod Sprouts Successful Changes in Media Landscape: The iPod Is Turning out to Be a Far More Versatile, Solidly Useful Device Than Most of Us Ever Imagined at the Outset
Things are seldom what they seem; Skim milk masquerades as cream. Gilbert and Sullivan's character Little Buttercup (from HMS Pinafore) is right: Things often disappoint. Not so the iPod (http://www.apple .com/ipod), though. Last year's must-have...
Let's Talk about Sex
As if the election last Nov. 2 wasn't enough to show that the U.S. is a nation divided by the concept of moral values, the movie Kinsey was released on Nov. 12. Roger Ebert called it "a fascinating biography of the Indiana University professor" whose...
Makeover News: Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Released
Acrobat is probably the most misunderstood software in history. Many people think of Acrobat strictly in terms of Acrobat Reader. As for where PDFs actually come from, they don't really know. Or maybe they know Acrobat Elements, a stripped-down version...
March Madness
When I began typing this, the Super Bowl kickoff was about 4 hours away. As you read this, it's now March, a month associated with leprechauns, the arrival of spring, and the general "wearin' o' the green." The question that was answered on Feb....
Moreover, the News Aggregator
When it comes to real-time news, Moreover offers a wealth of options harvested continuously from more than 8,000 online news and information sources across 115 countries in 23 languages. Articles are aggregated from a broad range of publications, including...
Not for Love or Money
In previous issues, my column has criticized the vendor policies of building products and services that are only available to academic libraries. The rationale of a business strategy that ignores the potential market of building upon student content...
Optimism Pervades the Industry
As we head into the third month of the year and anticipate the arrival of spring, I sense a mood of optimism in the information industry. We're seeing some interesting company acquisitions, reports of improved financial results, increased customer...
People Line & the Executive Profile
Dialog has announced the winner of its Roger K. Summit scholarship. A graduate student at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, Retha Claasen-Veldsman, won the award for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region. This award is named for the founder...
Search Me
Pour yourself a fresh cup of coffee and get comfortable, folks. It's quiz time. Since each Web search engine has its own way of identifying "pay for play" search results (where some entity has coughed up a chunk of change so that its link will be...
Sims Play Matchup
First of all, this is just a disclaimer: Any Web site that opens up with photos of two members of the Baseball Hall of Fame is just dandy with your Field Correspondent. Yes, we baseball aficionados are suckers for old pictures, as any number of...
Sims Play Match Up
CyberSportsFirst of all, this is just a disclaimer: Any Web site that opens up with photos of two members of the Baseball Hall of Fame is just dandy with your Field Correspondent.Yes, we baseball aficionados are suckers for old pictures, as any number...
Southampton Workshop Tackles Open Access
"Successful" and "well-attended" are the key descriptions of the 2-day Southampton Workshop on U.K. Institutional OA Repositories, held Jan. 25-26 at the New College campus of the University of Southampton. Representatives from the two partners...
The Bloggers & Embargoes Thread
The other day around our shop, we got to chatting about whether bloggers need to follow the same rules that we do as professional journalists working for traditional media. The case in point? News embargoes. When a company has something big and...
The EPIC Fight for Privacy
If you're reading this column, you've probably heard of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). If nothing else, you've read news stories about its lawsuits or seen quotes from its officials. In fact, EPIC is active wherever technology assails...
The New Set of Electronic Rules
The New Set of Electronic Rules Legal Solutions in Electronic Reserves and the Electronic Delivery of Interlibrary Loan by Janet Brennan Croft New York: Haworth Information Press, 2004 Published simultaneously as Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document...