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Articles from Vol. 26, No. 10, November

Altus: Giving Enterprises an Edge with Video
Video is quickly becoming the medium of choice for knowledge transfer," says Mark Pollard, vice president of marketing and business development at Altus Learning Systems, Inc. "Just look at the popularity of YouTube and TiVo." Since Altus specializes...
An Ode to Odious Ballparks
There are few things in this wacky world of sports that evoke more lines of poetry than the homes of our baseball nines.As the late, great George Carlin once observed, these venues even sound more inviting than the facilities for other sports: Baseball...
An Ode to Odious Ballparks: CyberSports
There are few things in this wacky world of sports that evoke more lines of poetry than the homes of our baseball nines. As the late, great George Carlin once observed, these venues even sound more inviting than the facilities for other sports:...
Baseball and the Search for Electronic Records
It is not often that I have a chance to write about baseball in this column, or about steroid use. However, a recent court decision involving baseball and steroids may end up being a landmark decision limiting the right of the government to seize electronic...
Change: The Fall 2009 ASIDIC Meeting
Change is happening all around us, but attendees at the ASIDIC (Association of Information and Dissemination Centers) Fall 2009 Meeting only needed to look out the window to see the change in front of them. This year's conference, which was appropriately...
Conferences around the World
For information on ITI's conferences, turn to page 24.November1-4: Ann Arbor, Mich. (University of Michigan). The Fourth International Conference on Digital Information Management is a multidisciplinary conference on digital information management, science,...
Connotate: Letting Agents Do the Work
In this era of information overload, shrinking budgets, and doing more with less, enterprises are eager to stay on the cutting edge of competitive intelligence. Since its launch in 2000, Connotate has been changing the way enterprises leverage data...
Connotate: Letting Agents Do the Work: FEATURED PRODUCT
In this era of information overload, shrinking budgets, and doing more with less, enterprises are eager to stay on the cutting edge of competitive intelligence.Since its launch in 2000, Connotate has been changing the way enterprises leverage data from...
Employers Crack Down on Social Networking
A survey of 1,400 companies by IT staffing firm Robert Half Technology revealed that more than half of those surveyed prohibit the use of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter while at work. The survey, which asked CIOs to categorize...
Five Immutable Canons of Copyright
For better or worse, copyright law is as important to the average person as it ever has been. But it is not any easier to learn or figure out. In one way or another, I have been dealing with copyright issues for more than 30 years. Yet I continue to...
Good News, at Last
I was so taken by one recent headline that I actually left the newspaper folded back so that I can see the front page every time I enter my office. There on the salmon-pink front page of the Financial Times (FT) from Sept. 16 are the bold words: "Recession...
Harris V. Blockbuster: Questioning 'Terms of Use'
For virtually every website these days, the "terms of use" now provide the disclaimer that the site "can unilaterally revise these terms without notice to users." However, a dramatic new ruling from a recent Texas case specifies that websites need...
Harris V. Blockbuster: Questioning 'Terms of Use'
For virtually every website these days, the "terms of use" now provide the disclaimer that the site "can unilaterally revise these terms without notice to users." However, a dramatic new ruling from a recent Texas case specifies that websites need to...
Hugh McKellar: Riding the KMWorld Wave
It was a busy September for Hugh McKellar, the editor-in-chief at KMWorld. In between his daughter's wedding and all his deadlines, he still managed to find some spare time to talk about his KMWorld. For the record, I met him years ago when I was...
Hyperlocal News, Ebook Readers, and Search Engines Top the News
As newspapers struggle to stay relevant in a digital world, a new type of news site has emerged that is designed to cover niche community news on a very focused basis. These new "hyperlocal" news sites tend to focus on a community in a tight geographic...
I'm Not a Lawyer, I Just Play One at the Library
I'm Not a Lawyer, I Just Play One at the Library Licensing Digital Content: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Second Edition) by Lesley Ellen Harris Chicago: American Library Association, 2009 ISBN: 978-0-8389-0992-8 176 pages; $57, softcoverIt didn't...
Implications of Google Agreement for Europe
The federal court has postponed the Oct. 7 fairness hearing on the Google Book Search settlement to allow the parties to hammer out an amended agreement. Meanwhile, Europeans who are faced with the possibility of an agreement that could set the standard...
Let's Get This Party Started-On the Web
You know that a website has become part of the popular culture when it's lampooned on The Simpsons. In one episode, a prisoner says he wasn't aware of an imminent jailbreak. Another prisoner - the criminal character by the name of Snake - says, "I sent...
Let's Get This Party Started-On the Web: Sending and Receiving Are Free; Evite Makes Money through Ads on the Site
You know that a website has become part of the popular culture when it's lampooned on The Simpsons. In one episode, a prisoner says he wasn't aware of an imminent jailbreak. Another prisoner--the criminal character by the name of Snake--says, "I sent...
Lock-and-Load Security for PCs
While most people know about the dangers of suspicious websites and unknown email attachments, what about physical security? Leaving your computer unsecured or unattended could be the biggest mistake you ever make, according to Christina Hansen, a...
Newstex: The Voice of Authoritative Content
Ask Larry Schwartz, president of Newstex, what he was doing last summer, and he'll tell you that he and his team were busy developing a new brand and new products. First out of the gate is the announcement that Newstex is tagging its aggregated...
OA Journals Are Advancing
Two significant milestones recently demonstrated the world's increased acceptance of open access (OA) journals. First, the Compact of Open-Access Publishing Equity, released on Sept. 14, featured five of the nation's premier institutions of higher...
People Line
Information Services Group, Inc. announced that David E. Berger has been elected executive vice president and CFO of the company.Most recently, Berger was senior vice president, corporate controller and investor relations at The Nielsen Co. Before that,...
Preholiday Industry Events
As we approach another holiday season, the conference season begins to wind down. But there are still some important conferences before the end of the year. However, we have some news that is definitely worth mentioning: Information Today, Inc....
Public Libraries Step into Job-Search Niche
The most pressing question for working Americans during the current financial crisis has not been "What is the federal deficit?" or "How much has the Dow dropped this week?" It's been something much more basic: "Will my job still be there tomorrow,...
Public Libraries Step into Job-Search Niche
The most pressing question for working Americans during the current financial crisis has not been "What is the federal deficit?" or "How much has the Dow dropped this week?" It's been something much more basic: "Will my job still be there tomorrow, and...
Really Strategies User Conference: A Publisher's Toolbox
The Hub at the Cira Centre in Philadelphia was the setting for the 2009 RSuite User Conference, marking the third year for the event. "Each year, we listen to the feedback from the attendees after the conference to find out what they want," says...
Safari Books Online: More Power for Digital Library
Safari Books Online just boosted user access to its digital library with Safari Books Online version 6.0 and a host of enhancements that are designed to improve the reader experience. Now readers can easily access the on-demand digital library with...
Social Media: Investing in What Works
Today, it seems that if your company is not using social media, you're at risk of falling woefully behind the competition and missing out on significant opportunities to engage thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) of rabid consumers who are just...
Social Net Working
I love my day job. It's crazy-busy, and I'm never, ever bored. My colleagues are among the best of the best, and it's very rewarding to work for a media organization that actually appreciates the value of research, especially in these troubled economic...
Social Net Working
I love my day job. It's crazy-busy, and Fm never, ever bored. My colleagues are among the best of the best, and it's very rewarding to work for a media organization that actually appreciates the value of research, especially in these troubled economic...
Social Score Cards Give U.S. Poor Grades
Countries are continually being ranked, measured, rated, and scored in terms of GDP, national deficit, trade balances, and so on. These metrics are undoubtedly important, but they are also remote and impersonal. What about you and me? How are we doing?...
The Perils of Content Crunching
Many years ago (OK, OK, several decades ago), I heard a techie expert use an analogy that I have never forgotten as he explained a data-handling process. (It was actually packet switching, as I recall. Now there's a blast from the past.) He compared...
Tracy Eiler, Vice President, Marketing, Mark Logic
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The information industry is in a state of rapid evolution, according to Tracy Eiler, vice president of marketing at Mark Logic. "The current economic climate introduces so much uncertainty that our marketing execution needs...
Vitrium Adds Sales Power to PDFs
Here's a high-tech company offering an innovative sales force tool built around document usage analytics and information gathering. FOUNDER In 2005, Peter Nieforth and Narayan Sainaney created Vitrium Systems, Inc., a PDF technology provider....
Walkshed: A Walk in the Park
Any city dweller knows the benefits of having useful amenities within walking distance. Need some milk? It's half a block to the corner store. Want a bite to eat? Grab your jacket and go. But determining "walkability" in an unfamiliar area isn't easy,...
With Liberty and Free Court Documents for All
In my November 2007 column, I discussed sites that provided case law for free. At the time, I wondered if access to this particular area of law was public record. While the answer is still not clear, the question remains: Are opinions issued by...
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