Information Today

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Articles from Vol. 20, No. 1, January

1901 U.K. Census
Not just flaky, but launched and sunk in only 2 days in early 2001 because of overwhelming demand, the searchable U.K 1901 Census site is finally getting into shape. Service availability has now increased to 24/7, but researchers are restricted to 2...
1901 U.K. Census. (International Report)
Not just flaky, but launched and sunk in only 2 days in early 2001 because of overwhelming demand, the searchable U.K. 1901 Census site is finally getting into shape. Service availability has now increased to 24/7, but researchers are restricted to...
A Gaggle of Gadgets
All manner of gadgets were shown at Internet Librarian 2002, including an alarm clock that connects to the Internet to retrieve traffic reports and then adjusts wake-up time, eyeglasses that display text on the glass, and virtual projected keyboards--...
A Gaggle of Gadgets. (Internet Librarian 2002)
All manner of gadgets were shown at Internet Librarian 2002, including an alarm clock that connects to the Internet to retrieve traffic reports and then adjusts wake-up time, eyeglasses that display text on the glass, and virtual projected keyboards--very...
Archive Newsreels Go Online
Seventy-five years of cinema newsreel footage have been digitized and made available on the Internet by British Pathe in what is claimed to be the "world's first digital news archive." Owned by the Daily Mail and General Trust Group, Pathe has benefited...
Archive Newsreels Go Online. (International Report)
Seventy-five years of cinema newsreel footage have been digitized and made available on the Internet by British Pathe in what is claimed to be the "world's first digital news archive." Owned by the Daily Mail and General Trust Group, Pathe has benefited...
Are We Being Ripped Off?
Investigative REPORT Pricing for electronic information is a minefield of strong and often disparate views. Customers don't want to be overcharged, and suppliers don't want to leave money on the table. Neither side wants to feel that they're being ripped...
Are We Being Ripped off? (Investigative Report)
Pricing for electronic information is a minefield of strong and often disparate views. Customers don't want to be overcharged, and suppliers don't want to leave money on the table. Neither side wants to feel that they're being ripped off. This dichotomy...
ASIST 2002 Annual Meeting
"Information, Connections, and Community" was the theme of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) 2002 annual meeting, chaired by Edie Rasmussen of the University of Pittsburgh. The event was held November 18-21 at the...
Back Again and Better Than Ever
Personally, I kind of liked the old column title. I always thought "Quint's Online" had a nice ring to it. "Up Front with Barbara Quint" is more directional, don't you think? Or maybe it implies a greater forthrightness of manner? (Some might even say,...
Back Again and Better Than Ever. (Upfront)
Personally, I kind of liked the old column title. I always thought 'Quint's Online" had a nice ring to it. "Up Front with Barbara Quint" is more directional, don't you think? Or maybe it implies a greater forthrightness of manner? (Some might even...
Back in the Saddle
Internet Waves Two interesting events have occurred in my life since my column last appeared in the pages of Information Today. I have gone from unemployed to employed, and I have moved from Clearwater, Fla., to Nashville, Tenn., where rve joined the...
Back in the Saddle. (Internet Waves)
Two interesting events have occurred in my life since my column last appeared in the pages of Information Today. I have gone from unemployed to employed, and I have moved from Clearwater, Fin., to Nashville, Tenn., where I've joined the staff at Vanderbilt...
Bringing Local Data into the Information Age
Online Community Information: Creating a Nexus at Your Library by Joan C. Durrance and Karen E. Pettigrew Chicago: American Library Association, 2002 ISBN: 0-8389-0823-3 208 pages $42 Public libraries in the U.S. have a notable tradition of providing...
Collectors' Clubs Online
When people visit my home, they are confronted by families of objects in almost every room. My office displays elephants, my kitchen walls are lined with tins, and my bedroom shelves house perfume bottles and boxes. People will collect anything. And...
Collectors' Clubs Online. (Link-Up@Home)
When people visit my home, they are confronted by families of objects in almost every room. My office displays elephants, my kitchen walls are lined with tins, and my bedroom shelves house perfume bottles and boxes. People will collect anything....
Communications Bill
While Prime Minister Blair was setting out his vision for a wired U.K at the e-Summit, his government introduced a Communications Bill to the House of Commons that's intended to reform the regulatory framework for the communications sector. The bill...
Communications Bill. (International Report)
While Prime Minister Blair was setting out his vision for a wired U.K at the e-Summit, his government introduced a Communications Bill to the House of Commons that's intended to reform the regulatory framework for the communications sector. The bill...
Content Integration for Customer-Focused Applications
Most corporate applications focused on delivering client information on an enterprise basis--particularly customer portals and CRM installations--fail to achieve anywhere near their full potential. They don't fail for lack of technical expertise or...
Creating Community
One characteristic of the Internet that distinguishes it from other media is its ability to unite a community of people who want to exchange information and ideas. Magazines and newspapers try to do that by publishing letters to the editor. Television...
Creating Community. (Link-Up@Home)
One characteristic of the Internet that distinguishes it from other media is its ability to unite a community of people who want to exchange information and ideas. Magazines and newspapers try to do that by publishing letters to the editor. Television...
Defining an Industry Leadership Series: The Econtent White Paper Story
The digital content marketplace is far too complex, and the competitive landscape too crowded to accurately describe in a simple, short blurb. We believe the proper articulation of something as important as this marketplace deserves an adequate platform....
Digital Content Sales: The Time Has Arrived
Over the last year or two, collecting fees for digital content has gone from a fashionable idea to the new reality of online business. With consumers increasingly interested in buying digital wares online--and Web advertising revenues plummeting--virtually...
Digital Rights Hangover
If you woke up on January 1 and thought about digital rights and copyright, did you resist the urge to go back to sleep? While nobody should start a new year with a sour taste from leftover legislation and heartburn-causing business issues, be sure...
Digital Rights Management Track
INTERNET LIBRARIAN 2002 REPORT FROM THE FIELD When I attend an information-- packed conference, rm usually not intrigued enough by any one track to stay in it for a whole day and forsake all the other offerings. But at Internet Librarian I broke with...
Digital Rights Management Track. (Internet Librarian 2002)
When, I attend an information packed conference, I'm usually not intrigued enough by any one track to stay in it for a whole day and forsake all the other offerings. But at Internet Librarian I broke with tradition and spent an entire day in a track...
E-Books Are Not Dead Yet
E-books are still alive and kicking in libraries, regardless of what pundits are saying about their viability in the consumer marketplace. Libraries with e-book programs are learning about patron usage and are moving from pilot experimentation to adoption....
Emap's 6-Month Results
Emap is an FTSE 100 media company that focuses on three core areas: B2B events and magazines, radio stations and TV channels, and consumer magazines. With more than 350 titles and events, Emap aims to create must-have entertainment and information that...
Emap's 6-Month Results. (International Report)
Emap is an FTSE 100 media company that focuses on three core areas: B2B events and magazines, radio stations and TV channels, and consumer magazines. With more than 350 titles and events, Emap aims to create must-have entertainment and information...
End of Year Events Spark a Flurry of Announcements
News Break With several key conferences occurring at the end of the year-Internet Librarian 2002 in November and Online International 2002 in December-the company press releases have really been bombarding my electronic desk over the last month or two....
End of Year Events Spark a Flurry of Announcements. (Newsbreak Update)
With several key conferences occurring at the end of the year--Internet Librarian 2002 in November and Online International 2002 in December--the company press releases have really been bombarding my electronic desk over the last month or two. Such...
E-Summit
International REPORT The international e-Summit was held Nov. 19-20, 2002, in London. The meeting was hosted by Britain's e-envoy, Andrew Pinder, and was attended by e-government delegates from around the world. British Prime Minister Tony Blair pledged...
E-Summit. (International Report)
The international e-Summit was held Nov. 19-20,2002, in London. The meeting was hosted by Britain's e-envoy, Andrew Pinder, and was attended bye-government delegates from around the world. British Prime Minister Tony Blair pledged [pounds sterling]6...
Forrest Sawyer's Opening Keynote
That voice is unmistakable. Away from the news desk during his opening keynote speech at KMWorld & Intranets 2002, NBC/MSNBC news anchor Forrest Sawyer appeared a little out of context. But as soon as he .started speaking, he was instantly familiar....
From the Publisher
Information Today is entering its 20th year of publication with this issue. For me, that's really difficult to believe. About 20 years ago, I had the crazy notion that the information industry had reached the stage at which it could support a trade...
From the Vice President of Content
Investigators say a missing map could have prevented a coal mine disaster in Pennsylvania last summer. Using a 1963 map of the adjacent Saxman mine, which was abandoned in 1964, miners at Quecreek thought they had 300 feet to spare when they began...
Getting Users to Pay the Freight
Last May, FT.com, the London Financial Times' Web site, followed in the footsteps of WSJ.com, the Economist, and Salon .com and began charging users to access content. Has the move come 6 years too late? Or was FT.com right to bide its time? When FT.com...
Getting Users to Pay the Freight. (Poynder on Point)
Last May, FT.com, the London Financial Times' Web site, followed in the footsteps of WSJ.com, the Economist, and Salon.com and began charging users to access content. Has the move come 6 years too late? Or was FT.com right to bide its time? When...
Giving Away the MIT Store
Focus on Publishing If a university were to provide its course material to the world for free, what would happen? Well, we're about to find out. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has opened up a Pandora's box of educational possibilities...
Giving Away the MIT Store. (Focus on Publishing)
If a university were to provide its course material to the world for free, what would happen? Well, we're about to find out. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has opened up a Pandora's box of educational possibilities and legal quagmires...
Google Views the Present, Future
Craig Silverstein is Google's director of technology. Although he's sometimes referred to as a co-founder of the company, he's actually Google's first em- ployee, hired by the real co-founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page. As Employee No. 1, there's no...
Google Views the Present, Future. (Interview)
Craig Silverstein is Google's director of technology. Although he's sometimes referred to as a co-founder of the company, he's actually Google's first employee, hired by the real co-founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page. As Employee No. 1, there's no...
Management Changes at Thomson Corp
In November 2002, the resignation of Patrick Tierney as head of Thomson Financial sparked a shift in management at Thomson Corp. (See the News-Break at http://www.infotoday.com/newsbreaks/nb021125-1.htm.) Richard J. Harrington, Thomson's president...
Morningstar Seeks Library Markets
Database Review How do you sell something that's already free? This is the dilemma for anyone who wants to sell content on the Web when something comparable is available on free sites. Many (would-be) content vendors haven't solved this problem, but...
Morningstar Seeks Library Markets. (Database Review)
How do you sell something that's already free? This is the dilemma for anyone who wants to sell content on the Web when something comparable is available on free sites. Many (would-be) content vendors haven't solved this problem, but Morningstar, a...
New Title Encourages Net Users to Get Street Smart
Web of Deception: Misinformation on the Internet Anne P. Mintz, editor Medford, NJ: CyberAge Books 2002 ISBN: 0.910965-60-9 275 pages $24.95 I have received them every day for years: half-baked, half-English letters requesting me to launder money for...
Online Information 2002
This report went to press just as Online Information 2002, held Dec. 3-5 in London, closed the doors on its 26th annual conference and exhibition. A full report on the event will appear in the February issue, but I'll mention a couple of items here....
Online Information 2002
While there wasn't any really earthshaking news from this London conference, a number of products and enhancements were announced. The following are a few items of interest. Some may be the subject of upcoming columns or reviews. * Factiva announced...
Online Information 2002. (International Report)
This report went to press just as Online Information 2002, held Dec. 3-5 in London, closed the doors on its 26th annual conference and exhibition. A full report on the event will appear in the February issue, but I'll mention a couple of items here....
On the Road. (Conference Circuit)
Welcome to the first On the Road column in the newly redesigned Information Today. The conventional wisdom is that spending several days at a conference totally immersed in a topic, meeting new colleagues and old friends, and learning what's happening...
Outsell Looks at CCF Users: How Does Your Searching Compare? (from the Analysts)
According to analysts at Outsell, the number-one information resource for companies is news (used by 77 percent of those responding to the survey), followed by reference sources. Though company, credit, and financial (CCF) information represents...
Personal Journals: New Uses for an Age-Old Practice
When our rabbi advised a congregant in a book discussion group a few months ago to "journal" her reactions to a rather disturbing book we had been talking about, I knew not only that a new verb had come into common use but that journaling had gone mainstream....
Personal Journals: New Uses for an Age-Old Practice: Online Journal Writing Is a New Way of Reaching out to People Who Care Enough to Read an Account of a Person's Thoughts and Feelings. (Perspectives: Where Do We Go from Here?)
When our rabbi advised a congregant in a book discussion group a few months ago to "journal" her reactions to a rather disturbing book we had been talking about, I knew not only that a new verb had come into common use-but that journaling had gone...
Recall, Relevance, and Database Design: The Role of Quality Indexing
How do most people search for information? They don't. Studies of the way people use technology to find information show that most people enter one or two keywords into a search engine and then scan the results looking for a few relevant items near...
Scientific Information Update
In November we reported that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) had discontinued the PubSCIENCE site. (See http:/ www.infotoday.com/newsbreaks/wnd0211 18.htm.)Amessage on the site states: "Scientific and technical information is available at www.osti.gov....
Search Strategies and Information Professionalism
INTERNET LIBRARIAN 2002 REPORT FROM THE FIELD Interestingly, Internet Librarian's track on search strategies didn't have a whole lot of information on how to construct a Boolean strategy. Perhaps we've moved to a post-Boolean era. Perhaps it's just that...
Search Strategies and Information Professionalism. (Internet Librarian 2002)
Interestingly, Internet Librarian's track on search strategies didn't have a whole lot of information on how to construct a Boolean strategy. Perhaps we've moved to a post-Booleanera. Perhaps it's just that FROM speakers who've been doing Boolean searches...
The Digital Content Market: Rushing toward Fate
Like two freight trains rushing toward one another on the same track, two equally powerful forces are propelling the digital content marketplace speedily toward an abruptly altered state. And, as in the train example, something's going to hit the fan....
The Information Marketplace: Models and Methods
Information seekers value many things, among them quality, quantity, currency and completeness. Over the years, Gale's distribution strategy has evolved in tandem with these marketplace imperatives. We've carved out a place for ourselves that emphasizes...
The M&A Scene
Consolidation within the information industry continues. D&B has announced a definitive agreement to acquire Hoover's, the Austin, Texas-- based business information provider. Reasons for the D&B purchase include Hoover's strong subscription...
The New Business Intelligence
KMWORLD & INTRANETS 2002 REPORT FROM THE FIELD Every year, when you walk through the aisles of the KMWorld conference, you hear a bevy of buzz phrases bandied about: "value proposition," "win-win situation," "pain points." Then there are the acronyms....
The New Business Intelligence. (Kmworld & Intranets 2002)
Every year, when you walk through the aisles of the KMWorld conference, you hear a bevy of buzz phrases bandied about: "value proposition," "win-win situation," "pain points." Then there are the acronyms. You've heard them all: CM, DM, EIP, ERP, CRM....
The Total Information Awareness System
Legal Issues As a girl, I remember how upset my mother was when Richard Nixon ran against John F. Kennedyand her relief when Kennedy was elected. In 1968 and 1972, 1 again heard her anger when Nixon won his first and second terms in office. She was furious...
The Total Information Awareness System. (Legal Issues)
As a girl, I remember how upset my mother was when Richard Nixon ran against John F. Kennedy--and her relief when Kennedy was elected. In 1968 and 1972, I again heard her anger when Nixon won his first and second terms in office. She was furious with...
Tierney Update: Moving On
In November 2002, we reported the resignation of Patrick Tierney as head of Thomson Financial. (See http://www.info today.com/newsbreaks/nb021125-1.htm.) His move sparked a shift in management at Thomson Corp.-a sort of musical chairs among its top executives....
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