Information Today

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Articles from Vol. 24, No. 6, June

Absolute Software to the Rescue
In an age where laptops and personal identities are stolen in record numbers, Absolute Software Corp. has a way to take a "byte" out of crime. The Canadian-based computer company, with satellite offices throughout the U.S., has a list of happy endings...
Advertising and Amateurs
Disintermediation, democratization, or just proliferation. Whatever the term or angle of vision, the number of content sources continues to explode as more and more individuals use the Web and the Internet to reach readers directly. By the way,...
Ain't No One Thing
Working with cutting-edge technologists and covering all the latest fads and gadgets can make a person feel very cutting edge, but it can also lead to delusions about the real state of information technology adoption. In the latest study from the...
A Revolution in Online Healthcare
Steve Case has been busy since he left his post as co-founder, chairman, and CEO of AOL in 2003. He just introduced his biggest labor of love from among the many projects he has developed since his departure: RevolutionHealth.com. Case introduced...
BBC Announces Groundbreaking Projects
The goal to open the BBC's entire audio and video archive came one step closer to fruition in April with the announcement of an extensive archive trial involving 20,000 people in the U.K. Ultimately, the BBC wishes to help any viewer access any BBC...
BSeC: Content Longing to Be Free
For a show called Buying & Selling eContent (BSeC), it was surprising to leave with the overriding impression that content wants to be free. While this is a recurring idea in the content world-particularly popular among end users-it isn't one you...
Cities Compete to Hold the Games
Your Field Correspondent is rooting quietly for Chicago to win the right to host the 2016 Olympics, if for nothing else than the thought of being able to get to the games without spending 14 hours crammed into a flying Greyhound bus. Of course,...
Conference Calendar
June3-6: Denver (Colorado Convention Center). The SLA Annual Conference will feature keynote sessions by former Vice President Al Gore and Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert cartoon.Site: Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., Denver, CO 80202; contact...
Dealing with New Ethical Issues on the Internet
Dealing with New Ethical Issues on the Internet Cybersins and Digital Good Deeds: A Book About Technology and Ethics by Mary Ann Bell, Bobby Ezell, and James L. Van Roekel New York: Haworth Press, 2007 ISBN: 978-0-7890-2954-6 $22.95, softcover 187 pagesAs...
EUSIDIC Explores Web 2.0 and Library 2.0
For its 2007 conference, EUSIDIC (www.eusidic.net) chose the historic Danish town of Roskilde, Denmark, which is about 30 km. west of Copenhagen and more than 1,000 years old. EUSIDIC brought the modern concepts of Library 2.0 and Web 2.0 into this...
Experts Tighten Security on Online Fraud
As consumers continue to warm up to paying bills online, businesses have started converting checks into electronic images for faster processing and settlement. As a result, electronic payments have created their own security and fraud issues, according...
Have You Reddit? Digg This
Four feeds come into my Google Reader that help me keep up-to-date on the most popular topics on the Web. Two are subject-specific, and the others are a free-for-all that sometimes make me want to shake my head in disgust, exhaustion, and hilarity...
How-To Sites: The Bad, the So-So, and the Good
We Americans are practical, can-do problem solvers. We always want to figure out how to do things, so it's no surprise that we've carried this trait over to another one of our handiest inventions: the Internet. In fact, that wonderful problem-solving...
Innovative Interfaces
When you want world news, you probably turn to television, newspaper, radio reports, or a Web site that usually follows an older media model despite a few interactive enhancements.But imagine an entirely new interface that gives you an overview of global...
Innovative Interfaces: New Ways to Look at News, Art, and Love
When you want world news, you probably turn to television, newspaper, radio reports, or a Web site that usually follows an older media model despite a few interactive enhancements. But imagine an entirely new interface that gives you an overview...
Intellectual Property in the Digital Environment: An NFAIS Update
If you think the fine line between copyright and fair use is getting hazy for digital as well as print, you are not alone. At an NFAIS meeting last month in Philadelphia, 25-plus attendees gathered to try to decipher a few of today's most topical copyright...
Johan Van Campen, COO/CIO, Swets
Johan van Campen sees Swets taking a pivotal role in the e-world revolution. As Swets' new chief operations officer/chief information officer, he's ready to find ways to help the information industry meet the needs of electronic access to information....
Large Association Conferences on the Horizon
In June, schools in the northern hemisphere close for the summer holidays, and people start planning or taking vacations. However, in the information industry, several major association annual meetings are held in June, including the SLA conference from...
News Makers
Art Lovers, Rejoice!A $669,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will give the Frick Art Reference Library and the libraries of the Brooklyn Museum and The Museum of Modern Art the backing to help them integrate their respective online catalogs...
Online Marketing's New Spin
Online Marketing's New SpinDavid Meerman Scott has spent most of his career in the online news business. He was vice president of marketing at NewsEdge Corp. and held executive positions in an electronic information division of Knight Ridder, which was...
People Line & the Executive Profile
Inference Data announced that Lou Andreozzi has joined the company as CEO.Most recently, Andreozzi was president and CEO of LexisNexis North American Legal Markets, a division of Reed Elsevier. While in that position, he was responsible for broadening...
Presidential Archives: Hype, Reality, and Limits to Access
"Open and accountable government is one of the bedrock principles of our democracy," according to a report titled Secrecy in the Bush Administration 2004 by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform--Minority Staff...
Privacy Issues, Healthcare Info, and Vertical Search Top the News
I came across a real shocker when I was working on this column in late April: The Social Security numbers of thousands of people have been disclosed for years in a publicly available database from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Gary Bass, executive...
Publishing Technology Is Poised for Growth
VISTA International (www.vista comp.com), a provider of software solutions and services for all aspects of the publishing industry, and Ingenta (www.ingenta.com), a provider of technology and services to the publishing and information industry, announced...
Rightsphere: A Big Vote of Confidence
Less than a year after Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC) rolled out Rightsphere at the SLA conference in Baltimore, the buzz surrounding this cutting-edge rights advisory and management tool keeps growing. In April, Rightsphere won a CODiE Award...
Road Maps
It's hard for me to believe, but this June marks the 30th anniversary of my 3-week trek across the country with my sister, brother-in-law, and his sister. We drove west from New Jersey to Grand Teton National Park, stopping along the way at such landmarks...
Search Ranks High in Gilbane Conference Topics
Representatives of Google, Microsoft, Convera, Molecular, and other vendors faced off at the Gilbane Conference on Content Management April 10-12 in San Francisco, debating which solution is better for the enterprise: lightweight appliances or software...
SLA's Click University Expands Support to Info Pros
The main goal of information professionals is to help individuals within their organizations find the resources they need to be successful. For the last 2 years, SLA has provided its postgraduate information professional members the same courtesy through...
Spotlight on Presidential Libraries
The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), originally named the National Archives Establishment and created by Congress in 1934, is in charge of collecting and organizing federal records, a job previously left to the individual agencies...
Spotlight on Presidential Libraries
The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), originally named the National Archives Establishment and created by Congress in 1934, is in charge of collecting and organizing federal records, a job previously left to the individual agencies...
Taxing the Internet
As the income-tax filing season was winding down in mid-April, the debate over the taxation of the Internet was just stepping up. Several actions in state legislatures as well as proposals in Congress are prompting a fresh look at options for Internet...
Ten Years Later: A Reflection
I can't believe I've been writing this column for 10 years. The time seemed to go by so fast, particularly when I was pushing a deadline. I suppose if we use the Internet rule of thumb that 1 year in the real world equals 10 on the Internet, then this...
That Was Then, This Is Now
Here in the Tampa Bay area, we have a home-brewed professional organization called Suncoast Information Specialists (SIS; www.tblc.org/sis) that attracts information professionals from all over the six-county area. Since the University of South Florida...
The Indiana Online Users Group Celebrates 25 Years
In 1982, the notion of online was brand new, and a group of four "ahead-of-the-times" Hoosier librarians (Miriam Bonham, Meri Meridith, Pat Riesenman, and Becki Whitaker) founded the Indiana Online Users Group (IOLUG). Amazingly, the organization is...
The 'Net Effect' on Political Campaign Strategy
The 2008 presidential election and the preceding primaries could be the first political decisions largely influenced by the Internet and new media, much like the pivotal role television played in the 1960 election. In fact, much has been written about...
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