Searcher

A monthly professional magazine for professional searchers of databases. Covers a variety of issues of importance to information professionals, evaluates data content, and discusses delivery media. Includes articles on hot topics, present and future datab

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 7, September

Clinical Trials: Part 1. How Prescription Drugs Are Developed, Tested, and Approved
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In my last column ("How Safe Are the Prescription Drugs We Take?" June 2012), I reviewed and recommended web-based resources for monitoring drug adverse events and recalls. Continuing with this theme, I thought it might be...
Contacts
Stephanie C. Ardito 9951 Veiled Dawn Laurel, MD 20723 (302) 229-2006 Internet: sardito@ardito.com Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP) 8550 United Plaza Blvd., Suite 1001 Baton Rouge, LA 70809 (225)...
Content Curation: Quality Judgment and the Future of Media and Web Search
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The term "content curation" was apparently first used in 2009 when Georgetown University marketing professor Rohit Bhargava was brainstorming about the future of web information. Bhargava predicted, "In just a few years we...
Household Tips on the Web
I once bought a Roomba vacuum [www.irobot.com/us] because I loved the idea of a robot cleaning my house. The thing was loud (it went "chunk! chunk! chunk!"), it only picked up surface bits, and it was hellish to empty the tiny dust cup. Dirt and hair...
Info Pros of a Feather Flock Together: AIIP 2012 Conference
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Behold the independent information professional (IIP), delivering information products and services as a freelancer, consultant, or contractor. More often than not, the IIP works as a sole proprietor, running a small business...
Searcher's Voice: Equality Is Overrated
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I remember reading a book decades ago by Jacques Barzun, the cultural historian, a book full of strong and cogent arguments against equality. Actually, it wasn't really the principle of equality that he opposed, but rather...
Streaming Video: The Battle Is Joined
Images and video have conquered the world. When I went to the movies as a child, the newsreel with the rooster crowing updated us with a few highlights about what had happened last week. When television arrived, it started with live shows, then went...
When Is 1923 Going to Arrive and Other Complications of the U.S. Public Domain
The best thing about copyright is that it expires. The Constitution gives Congress the power to grant the monopoly we call copyright if it wishes, but stipulates that it can only be for "limited times." Once copyright in a work expires (or if it never...