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Articles from Vol. 29, No. 11, December

A Landmark Year for the Supreme Court
A few days ago, I received an email from PayPal notifying me of a policy update. The update involved a change to section 14.3 of the Terms and Conditions, which deals with how any disputes that I had with PayPal would be resolved. The new provision...
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Apple's Feud with Google
At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our...
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At the Heart of the Campus
The Changing Academic Library: Operations, Culture, Environments Second Edition by John M. Budd Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2012 ISBN: 978-0838986127 416 pages, softcover; $58 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Many...
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Blog Buzz
Quotables from industry notables'FTC Settles Web Tracking Case ... The FTC Announces Settlement With Web Tracking Company'The FTC announced yesterday that it has settled a case filed against market research company Compete, Inc., on the grounds that...
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Brand Publishing: From Crowd Fusion to Ceros
Here's a company that has a cloud-based platform and interactive tools to help firms brand their content. FOUNDER Brian Alvey founded Crowd Fusion, a CMS (content management system) company, 5 years ago. The company's cloud computing offering...
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Calculating the IQ in Your Content
The phrase "smart content" grabs the attention of anyone who has tried to locate a specific PowerPoint presentation armed only with a vague memory of the subject and creation date. The problem is big enough to warrant a conference on the subject. ...
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Charleston: Accentuating the Positive
Highlighting its theme of Accentuate the Positive, this year's Charleston Conference put on a happy face for its 32nd annual conference on issues in book and serials acquisitions. About 1,500 librarians, chiefly from academic institutions, and information...
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Data Visualization
DelphixFEATURED PRODUCTJedidiah Yueh, president and CEO of Delphix, doesn't mince words. When he says his company's data synchronization and virtualization technologies can deliver the right data to the right teams at a fraction of the cost and time,...
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Delphix: Data Virtualization
Jedidiah Yueh, president and CEO of Delphix, doesn't mince words. When he says his company's data synchronization and virtualization technologies can deliver the right data to the right teams at a fraction of the cost and time, he means what he says....
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Embedded Online
The word "embed" has more than a few definitions, including to set in earth (as in planting flowers) or to fix firmly (as in setting tiles in cement), according to a 1999 print edition of Webster's New World College Dictionary. But for this column,...
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Executive Profile
Combine years of ecommerce experience with a master's degree in information and knowledge strategy, and you're likely to create the perfect job for BENJAMIN ROYCE. Royce, who recently joined Alacra, Inc. as its manager of ecommerce, is currently...
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Frankfurt Book Fair
special reportThe Greatest Content Show on EarthEvery October, the book world flocks to Frankfurt, Germany. For more than a decade, the Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF) has grown increasingly digital in scope. The 2012 fair, however, made it clearly evident...
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Frankfurt Book Fair: The Greatest Content Show on Earth
Every October, the book world flocks to Frankfurt, Germany. For more than a decade, the Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF) has grown increasingly digital in scope. The 2012 fair, however, made it clearly evident that digital is now thoroughly integrated into...
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Global Outlook
CONFERENCES AROUND THE WORLDDECEMBER2-4: Nara, Japan (Nara Prefectural New Public Hall). The Joint International Semantic Technology Conference (JIST2012) will include three workshops: Semantic Web-Based R&D Trend Analysis on Big Data, the 1st International...
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Good Will Funding
Using technology in a public library to promote literacy may sound like a pretty basic service, but to 11-year-old Lucy, it's much more than that. Lucy is a familiar face at the Ngwerere Lubuto Library, one of two indigenously designed libraries...
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Hiring the Right Team to Scale the BI Summit
Insider's Perspective gives guest columnists a chance to write about challenges and solutions in their corner of the information technology industry. A sherpa, according to Dictionary.com, can be a member of a community of people (who often serve...
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Insight: The Keys to Customer Retention
Every enterprise strives to build a loyal customer base, but it's not easy. Ask Tom Cates, president of The Brookeside Group, about the "deadly F word" in business. "It's not what you're thinking," he says. "In business, the F word is 'fine,' as...
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Introducing Data Citation Index
Thomson ReutersFEATURED PRODUCTThe Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has given researchers worldwide an easier way to discover, use, and attribute data sets and data studies.The recent rollout of the Data Citation Index...
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Literati: Catering to Libraries
For librarians who are pressed for time and resources, Credo Reference has come to the rescue with Literati by Credo and Literati Public. Considering that Literati by Credo was released in January of this year and Literati Public in September, more...
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Money Is Funny, but We're Not Laughing
Many moons ago when the web was still in its infancy, I pitched an idea to a man with money about a service I thought would appeal to the millions of users already starting to use the new marketplace to make purchase decisions. My idea was to scan...
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My Opinions Have Evolved
Politicians do not like to be called "flip-floppers" when they change their minds about a particular issue. After all, it is a label that does have a derisive tone. It connotes someone who alters his or her views in response to public opinion, someone...
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New Search Gizmos from Google
Last year, Google closed Google Labs, which was a development area for dozens of search and utility apps. It was a high-tech petting zoo where you could observe tech tools in their fuzzy puppy stages. Many of these experiments went nowhere, but...
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News Makers
Cathy Wolfe will begin her new role as president and CEO of the Medical Research business at Wolters Kluwer Health on Jan. 1. Wolfe, who started at Wolters Kluwer in 1996, has been the CEO of Wolters Kluwer U.K. since 2007. She will succeed Karen Abramson,...
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'Open Health Data in Practice: Increase Your Access to Lab Results: Voice Your Support for a Proposed Federal Rule That Expands Patients' Access to Test Results.'
I'm convinced that there's a wave of innovation coming in healthcare, driven by new kinds of data, new ways of extracting meaning from that data, and new business models that data can enable. That's one of the reasons why we launched our StrataRx Conference,...
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Palgrave Pivot: A New E-First Format
Palgrave Macmillan opened a new chapter in publishing with Palgrave Pivot, a revolutionary new format for peer-reviewed research that fits comfortably between a monograph and an article. The e-first initiative was introduced in December 2011, after...
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Product News
SCOAP3 (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics) selected two Springer physics journals to convert into its open access forum. The two journals are Journal of High Energy Physics and European Physical Journal C, both of which...
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Public Data Explorer Maps Top Data Searches
Google's Public Data Explorer (www.google.com/ publicdata/directory) was launched in March 2010, so it isn't that new. It is the successor to Google's Public Data Search, a special search capability for public data sets, such as population and demographics....
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Quotient Integrated Solutions: Tackling Big Data
Although enterprises are eager to leverage their Big Data, chances are it won't be happening anytime soon if the data wasn't stored properly in the first place. "I like to think of a data warehouse as a Walmart where you can store data in an organized...
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Records Management Made Easy
Iron Mountain, Inc. and M-Files, Inc. both released new products designed to take the guesswork out of managing corporate records. Iron Mountain announced a records management system designed to supplement ECM, while M-Files introduced an enterprise...
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Rising Tide of OA
More authors are turning to open access (OA) journals as a way to share their research, according to a recent survey by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Wiley tracked the factors that authors used in assessing where to publish their research and whether...
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Roly Keating: His Journey to the British Library
Listening to Roly Keating explain the digitization and preservation efforts of The British Library (BL), it's hard to believe he had only been on the job as the new chief executive of the institution for less than 2 months. His grasp of the library's...
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Social Media: Too Much of a Good Thing
Facebook, Google+, and Twitter are everywhere. If you have an account, you can log in on any device and share your status with the world. You can upload pictures, share articles, and even like someone else's status updates. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
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Tablets: The Latest Threesome
The 7" tablet market now offers three big choices, all of which are similar in function but different in form: the Kindle Fire HD, the Nexus 7, and the iPad mini. If price is your sole concern, the Nexus and the Fire are less expensive than the iPad...
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Tackling Big Data
Quotient Integrated SolutionsAlthough enterprises are eager to leverage their Big Data, chances are it won't be happening anytime soon if the data wasn't stored properly in the first place."I like to think of a data warehouse as a Walmart where you can...
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Taking Steps to Help Visually Impaired
In 2013, millions of visually impaired people worldwide may be given the prospect of gaining easier access to copyrighted published works. This is a goal of the World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright and...
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The Copyright Game Is Over
Another legal battle, another "win." In early October, a federal trial court judge ruled favorably for higher education in The Authors Guild's copyright infringement case against HathiTrust and affiliated universities. About a year ago, The Authors...
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The Keys to Customer Retention
FEATURED PRODUCTEvery enterprise strives to build a loyal customer base, but it's not easy.Ask Tom Cates, president of The Brookeside Group, about the "deadly F word" in business. "It's not what you're thinking," he says. "In business, the F word is...
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Thomson Reuters: Introducing Data Citation Index
The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has given researchers worldwide an easier way to discover, use, and attribute data sets and data studies. The recent rollout of the Data Citation Index builds on Thomson Reuters'...
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Wordle Packs Fun into a Message
Wordle (www.wordle.net) doesn't claim to be an extremely important or even an especially useful website. In fact, the first words on the homepage are "Wordle is a toy for generating 'word clouds' from text that you provide." [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
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