Information Today

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Articles from Vol. 22, No. 5, May

Arie Jongejan, CEO at Swets
Arie Jongejan is known for his legendary business vision, especially from a global perspective. He's looking forward to using his experience in managing international organizations and e-business models while settling into his new position as CEO of...
Baseball and Fish
Poor ol' Mark McGwire. The guy who helped save Major League Baseball with his record-breaking 1998 season was recently hauled before a Congressional committee looking into the improper use of anabolic steroids. There, he was stricken with a case...
Conference Calendar
May14-19: San Antonio, Texas (Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center). The Medical Library Association will hold MLA '05, its annual meeting. The program includes symposia, round-table discussions, and continuingeducation courses.Contact: Medical Library...
Fame or Fortune? the Appeal of Numbers
It's not that I hold grudges or anything, but the other day, I ran across an infotoday.com NewsBreak that I wrote last October, and I started musing about a negative experience that happened a decade earlier. (Caveat, vendors! Never deny a journalist...
Global Technology and Local Patents
The Internet is generally perceived as an American invention, which is true for the most part. The global interconnection of computers using shared protocols was based on the Cold War-inspired ARPANET. developed by the U.S. Advanced Research Projects...
Global Technology and Local Patents
Legal TrendsThe Internet is generally perceived as an American invention, which is true for the most part. The global interconnection of computers using shared protocols was based on the Cold War-inspired ARPANET, developed by the U.S. Advanced Research...
Google Slices, It Dices
Google's recent upgrade to Google News brought back memories of the Veg-o-Matic, a vintage food slicer, and its memorable television slogan, "It slices, it dices...." Google News has been a bit of a sleeper in the Google family of products--just...
How Did We Get Here from There? Entrepreneur Steve Case Talks about Early Online Days
The elders of search love to talk about the early days of online information retrieval. Pre-PC, the machine of choice was the TI-745, also known as the Texas Instruments Silent 700. No memory, acoustic coupler modem, 300 baud, no screen, continuous...
INTERVIEW with STEVE CASE
How Did We Get Here from There?Entrepreneur Steve Case Talks About Early Online DaysThe elders of search love to talk about the early days of online information retrieval. Pre-PC, the machine of choice was the TI-745, also known as the Texas Instruments...
In the Beginning, There Was Content
Content producers and providers are being buffeted by a number of forces. Users who expect to find everything on the Web and expect it to be accessible through the "great Google gateway" have caused a number of content providers to find ways to have...
Life's Milestones Are Celebrated Online
Going online to remember a loved one with a eulogy, a poem, a photo, or a virtual lit candle is commonplace.PerspectivesNot too long ago, a beloved business professor was suddenly stricken with a paralyzing illness. E-mails about his devastating situation...
Life's Milestones Are Celebrated Online: Going Online to Remember a Loved One with a Eulogy, a Poem, a Photo, or a Virtual Lit Candle Is Commonplace
Not too long ago, a beloved business professor was suddenly stricken with a paralyzing illness. E-mails about his devastating situation spread rapidly among his wide circles of friends, acquaintances, students, readers, and clients. For a short while,...
May Flowers
With all the rain we've had in the early part of the spring (not that I'm complaining, because it sure beats snow), New Jersey really should live up to its Garden State nickname this summer. OK, I am not a gardener. My mom loved to garden, a trait...
MSN Search and Everyman Searching
We are in an exciting period of search engine innovation, with remarkable advances from leaders such as Google and Yahoo!, as well as from many creative newcomers. Microsoft, meanwhile, is lagging at the back of the pack. Microsoft typically hovers...
Off to the Fair
On the RoadOh, dear! What can the matter be?Dear, dear! What can the matter be?Oh, dear! What can the matter be?Johnny's so long at the fair.We don't know much about the fair that delayed Johnny in this nursery rhyme, but he could have been lingering...
Off to the Fair: On the Road
Oh, dear! What can the matter be? Dear, dear! What can the matter be? Oh, dear! What can the matter be? Johnny's so long at the fair. We don't know much about the fair that delayed Johnny in this nursery rhyme, but he could have been lingering...
People Line & the Executive Profile
EDGAR Online, Inc. announced the appointment of Mike Frank to the position of director of investor relations. He will oversee the company's communications with investors and the content of the investor relations portion of the company's Web site.Most...
Privacy and the Database Industry
It has been a difficult couple of months for many of the data broker industry's heavyweights. In mid-February, ChoicePoint reported that credit reports and other data for more than 140,000 people were provided to criminals posing as legitimate businesses....
Protecting Private Information
Al Decker, executive director of security and privacy services for Electronic Data Services (EDS), the Plane, Texas-based business and technology services company, is one of three people in charge of security at his company. While he oversees design...
Support for Libraries in Tsunami Aftermath
Months have already passed and millions of dollars have been donated or pledged in aid to the victims of the Asian tsunami. Following the initial relief to provide food and emergency shelter, attention is now turning to plans for rebuilding the infrastructure...
The Latest on RSS, Search Engines, Privacy, and More
Almost daily during the past several weeks, I've stumbled across sites and resources that now offer to deliver information directly to users' desktops via RSS feeds. The Coalition for Networked Information, the Encyclopaedia Britannica, Yahoo! Shopping,...
This Is No False Alarm, Folks
The glowing rhetoric from Republicans and Democrats alike promising first responders the funds needed to keep American communities and their residents safe after the tragedy of 9/11 has now faded into a bitter reality in which police, fire, and EMT...
Time on Your Hands? Try These Boredom-Relief Sites
How could anyone get bored today? We have televisions in our cars and music libraries in our pockets. We have cell phones that take pictures. The online world offers a seemingly endless amount of interesting stuff to read and look at. We have more...
Watch out for Internet Governance
Who makes decisions about how the Internet will be developed, deployed, and (shudder) "governed?" The Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG), which was ordered by the first World Summit on the Information Society, is due to have its report on...
Where Have All the Chemists Gone?
Where Have All the Chemists Gone? Emerging Issues in the Electronic Environment: Challenges for Librarians and Researchers in the Sciences edited by Jeannie P. Miller Binghamton, N.Y.: Haworth Information Press, 2004 Published simultaneously as Science...