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Articles from Vol. 21, No. 7, July-August

2004 SIIA Content Forum
"Show Me the Money!" was the theme of the 2004 SIIA Content Forum, held May 17-18 at San Francisco's Palace Hotel. This gathering attracted content industry leaders who met to make deals and grapple with the "disruptive technology" that's impacting...
A High-End Deep-Web Portal
One of the Web's great contributions is the portal. (Let's define it as an organized and integrated set of links to specific content pages, usually based around a topic.) As the Web rapidly evolved into a mass medium in the late 1990s, organization...
Answering the Right Questions about Search
today the typical mid-sized organization accumulates more information in a week than the whole of mankind did between the years 1 and 1500 A.D. Masses of documents, e-mails, databases, images, audio and video recordings form vast repositories of information...
A Panel for Search Progress
Our premise was pretty simple: Let's get a bunch of vendors who understand the "search" industry (formerly known as the "search and retrieval industry," I suppose) and get various opinions from them regarding the marketplace in general, their approaches...
Automate Classification and Improve Information Discovery
Whether you are in a large or small company serving as a line-of-business manager or an IT professional, chances are there are large stores of unstructured information--word processing documents, presentations, e-mail, even Web content--within your...
A World of Search: Key Thoughts from an Expert Panel
The marketplace for search technology is filled to overflowing with bright and thoughtful marketers, technicians and visionaries. We gathered many of the leading ones into a panel in March, 2004, to discuss the state of the search market ("hot"), the...
Beyond Search: The Business Case for Intellectual Capital Management
The statistic that only 20% of a company's information is in the form of structured data found in databases, while the remaining 80% consists of unstructured and unmanaged documents and content, is cited so often that it's become a cliche. Yet, it's...
Categorization-It's All about Context
Unstructured data is estimated to comprise more than 80% of all corporate data. To tackle this "elephant in the corner," a multitude of technology solutions have been offered up--search, visualization, entity extraction, link analysis, etc. Each of...
Copyright Clearance Center Raises Transactional Fees
As a licenser of print and digital rights, the Copyright Clearance Center is almost certain to enter the work lives of those responsible for delivering information: librarians, educators, nonprofits, document suppliers, public relations experts, or...
Creating and Using Taxonomies to Enhance Enterprise Search
businesses today have invested heavily in enterprise applications such as CRM, ERP and content management. These investments have led to the creation of vast repositories of corporate information. In addition, these applications contain information...
Cyber-Touring the World's Best Buildings: Glass, Steel and Stone Lets You Explore the Pantheon in Rome, the Great Wall of China, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa
The Vontz Center for Molecular Studies is a staid name for a building that looks like a fun house. Walls bulge and windows tilt at crazy angles. Located at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, the building has been called "an island of disharmony...
Finding the Right Web Host
If you're in business and online, it's likely that at some point as the business changes you'll want to switch Web hosting companies or consider using one. The greatest benefit of using a Web host is the assurance that it will keep your site up...
Getting Just What You Need
in a recent keynote speech delivered to the 11th European Business Information Conference (EBIC), Richard J. Harrington, president and CEO of The Thomson Corporation, said, "We need to get the right information to the right people at the right time...
Good Taxonomy Is Key to Successful Searching
Today's knowledge workers increasingly demand immediate access to precise, current and trustworthy content to meet their information needs. A properly constructed taxonomy is key to meeting this demand. Business taxonomies must be constructed to mimic...
Greece Is the Word: CyberSports
Late last year, my bosses at the Word Factory--where I earn a living, as opposed to this job, which just pays the taxes--decided it would be fun to send a few people on a 3-week vacation to Greece this summer. So they forked out about a zillion...
How Online E-Mail Deflection Can Benefit Your Bottom Line
Content management is typically applied to the functional content that users and employees consume every day. Support for authoring, approval workflows and publishing has been a boon to this process. These same capabilities, however, can be of major...
ICSTI Public Conference
The International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) provides a unique forum for the exchange of information and opinions in the field of STM communication. The organization's members include governmental agencies, all types of...
Internationalizing the Web
Internationalizing the Web? Now I know what you're thinking: Hey, they call it the World Wide Web, don't they? Doesn't "World Wide" already imply international? Well yes, but not exactly. True, the Web does travel worldwide. But to create an analogy,...
Is Better Search the Answer?
The answer is "yes" for users that can afford to read volumes of information, but "no" for organizations that increasingly rely on business intelligence systems. Both search and business intelligence handle text information in a simple way--search...
Libraries in the Digital Age 2004
Human Information Behavior" and "Competences for Digital Libraries" were themes of the sixth Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) conference, held May 24-27 in Dubrovnik, Croatia, and May 28-29 in Mljet, Croatia. Conference co-organizer Tatjana Aparac,...
Linking on Steroids
I wrote this column just before going to the Society for Scholarly Publishing's (SSP) 26th Annual Meeting. There, I spoke at a half-day seminar titled "Linking on Steroids" with my esteemed peers from the scholarly publishing world. We discussed the...
Metadata Practices on the Cutting Edge
Metadata is currently a topic of wide interest, as evidenced by the sellout crowd of more than 125 people who gathered May 20 in Washington, D.C., for Metadata Practices on the Cutting Edge, a 1-day workshop sponsored by NISO. The event featured presentations...
Moving beyond Search
Organizations are continuously investing resources in technology in order to improve disappointing search results. End users, customers and employees alike complain that they cannot find anything. However, search only addresses a portion of the overall...
New Ovid/LWW CEO Brings a Fresh Look
In early April, Wolters Kluwer Health announced that Gary Foster had joined the company as president and CEO of its global Medical Research division. This business unit includes Ovid, a provider of aggregated online medical and academic content for...
News about SLA, ProQuest, Search Technologies, and More
Attending the SLA Annual Conference while helping record the event on Information Today, Inc.'s Live from Nashville blog (http://www.infotodayblog.com) was both exhausting and exhilarating. It was great to experience the networking, sessions, exhibit...
News from the U.K., Finland, India, and China
TFPL, the London-based information-professional recruitment specialist, has been sold to software vendor i-documentsystems (IDOX) for about $7.3 million. IDOX will make an initial payment of $3.7 million in cash and shares and another $3.7 million...
One Ringy-Dingy
Maybe we just get too old to appreciate new things. Maybe we just get too tired of figuring new stuff out. Maybe it's because we just grow too wise to even want to get near the bleeding edge of technology. Or maybe it's because some new bells and whistles...
One-Stop Searching Bridges the Digital Divide
The term "digital divide" is often used to describe the difficulty of making information easily available, despite the explosion in networked collections of digital content. A lot of information is available only from the so-called "hidden Web"--the...
Patriotic Acts
My dad turns 82 this month. Like many in his generation, he enlisted in the service just out of high school and fought in World War II. I hope that over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, you took a moment to recognize and appreciate the sacrifice...
Robert J. Massie, President of Chemical Abstracts Service
Bob Massie has led Chemical Abstracts Service, a division of the American Chemical Society, since 1992. He came to CAS with an extensive background in publishing, having served last as president and CEO of what is now Thomson Gale. Prior to that, he...
Search and the Strategic Value to the Enterprise
It's impossible to know how much content on your intranet or corporate Web site people need to find, but can't. What is known is the amount of critical information generated across an enterprise continues to multiply like never before. According to...
Search Engines and Trademarks
Let's talk about the word "playboy." My Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary defines it as "a man who lives a life devoted chiefly to the pursuit of pleasure." "Playmate," its more innocent cousin, is defined as "a child's companion in play." However,...
Searching and Streaming in New York
Industry analyst John Blossom called it "a huge hit, well-attended and stocked with expertise and insights from today's leading suppliers and implementers." He was speaking about Information Today, Inc.'s new Enterprise Search Summit, which premiered...
Site Search: Delivered On-Demand
There are two primary ways to navigate a Web site: searching and browsing. According to Jupiter Research, 90% of consumers who have made an online purchase in the past six months said they used site search to access self-service content. With this...
Solving Web Search Dilemmas
The Web is the world's greatest repository of information ... if you can efficiently find what you're looking for. The ability of Web sites and intranets to effectively deliver information to users often depends on a critical, overlooked element: search....
The Bad News Is the Good News
I know how you all love to see me go ballistic and lock and load on someone. (No one you work for, of course.) Well, I recently caught Amazon up to their hips in evil deeds. Or I thought I had. A blistering column was well underway when further research...
True Relevancy: Who Cares?
Search has improved dramatically over the last 20 years from the humble beginnings of full text (or keyword) search in the early '70s, to the paradigm shift of semantic search in the late '90s. However, enterprise content is multiplying at astonishing...