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Articles from Vol. 25, No. 3, March

A Busy Year for NIH
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) moved quickly after President Bush signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008 on Dec. 26, 2007. The act made the NIH's voluntary Public Access Policy (NOT-OD-05-022) mandatory. The new policy was posted...
Adobe InDesign CS3: Collaboration in Action
In a David versus Goliath scenario, Adobe InDesign emerged in 1999 as a competitor to QuarkXPress in the professional desktop publishing software application arena. But the process of getting designers to switch allegiance from then-market standard...
A Plethora of Early Spring Conferences
As surely as spring follows winter, April's conference scene is one of the annual highlights of the information industry. This year, the first week of April showcases a number of interesting meetings. But first, we should mention a few notable conferences...
Barbara Wasserman, Executive Vice President of Operations, Knovel
The information industry is in a unique position as the business world adjusts to the changing ways of accessing content. Just ask Barbara Wasserman, Knovel Corp.'s new executive vice president of operations. "What makes me so excited about my new...
BUDDIE Winners Expose Federal Flaws
Dear Readers: It's time again to announce the long-awaited, long-anticipated BUDDIE award for the Best Unknown Database. It's been a dicey year for awards: The Oscars were jeopardized by the writers' strike and the Grammies were threatened by lots...
Conferences around the World
March16-18: Las Vegas (Wynn Hotel and Resort). The ASIDIC Spring Meeting is billed as an "opportunity to be part of an intimate gathering of thought leaders from across the information industry." This year's theme is As Worlds Collide, offering insight...
Don't Shoot the Messenger
I f you're a writer and your work appears publicly in print or online, people who like or don't like something you have written will tell you about it sooner or later. Considering how long I've been writing for Information Today, writing for other...
Facebook 101: Ten Things You Need to Know about Facebook
When Mark Zuckerberg was 19 and a student at Harvard University, he wanted to find a way for his fellow Harvard colleagues to connect with each other. So in February 2004, Zuckerberg introduced Facebook (www.facebook.com) and a new era of networking...
Free Pint: The FUMSI Generation
After a decade in the global publishing arena, Free Pint is hardly resting on its laurels. The U.K.-based publisher recently announced the official launch of its latest product called FUMSI, "Tools and resources for people who find, use, manage and...
IFLA: Libraries on the Agenda
Claudia Lux, director-general of the Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin (ZLB, Central and Regional Library of Berlin), began her term as president of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) in August 2007. After...
International REPORT
All age groups seem to be equally as impatient when it comes to dealing with search and navigation tools. The Google generation does not have a monopoly on poor informationseeking behavior, according to a new study. However, the young still exhibit a...
Invisible Web or Just an Invisible Information Industry?
Back when I was a pup, all the way back to my days in library school, the teacher who taught reference work turned to one source and one source alone as her bible. And in my decades as a working reference librarian in a traditional (though hardly hidebound)...
J. J. Keller: Regulatory/compliance by the Book
On Jan. 14, 2001, in the waning days of the Clinton administration, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) ergonomics program standard went into effect. Regulatory/compliance publishers savored the prospect of a new regulation that...
Just Say 'OK'
I was busy working on a present for a few close friends recently when an alarming message popped up on my computer screen. The iTunes message informed me that "my" license permitted me to make only seven copies of the playlist I was burning. Unfortunately,...
Lingoport: Taking the Guesswork out of I18n
Lingoport recently released its new Globalyzer Diagnostics at a good price: It's free, at least for a time. This new tool can help companies assess their source code readiness for global markets to guarantee that their apps can make the multilingual...
Magpie Builds Its Brand as It Helps Companies Build Theirs
Here's another high-tech company with an innovative service that offers a special method for tracking the online chatter about an enterprise, product, or service. FOUNDER CEO Giles Palmer has guided his company through an evolution of product...
MuseGlobal Unleashes the Hounds
MuseGlobal has long been known for its content integration platforms, but the company has recently added two new products to its repertoire: News Hound and Blog Hound. The two hounds are designed to aggregate, integrate, enrich, and deliver timely...
News Makers
Lights, Camera, Action ...Take one best-selling book about cybercrime and then add its highlights to a trio of CDs. The result is a tutorial on how to "Protect Yourself Online: Viruses, Scams and Social Networking." Video Professor, a firm specializing...
Outsell, Inc. Broadens Its Reach with New Acquisition
Outsell, Inc., based in Burlingame, Calif., and London, recently acquired the business research division of Boston-based Eduventures, Inc., one of the company's several divisions, in a deal that Outsell officials say will be accretive to Outsell's...
Patent Reform in 2008?
After several years of fits and starts, proposals and counterproposals, and debates and hearings, the possibility of substantial patent reform is on Congress' front burner again. Since a patent reform proposal has already passed in the House, the Senate's...
People Line & the Executive Profile
Ingram Book Group, Inc. announced that David (Skip) Prichard is its new president and CEO.Prior to this, Prichard was COO at Ingram Book Group, where he oversaw finance, operations, and information technology. He also was involved in the development...
Retrospective: 25 Years Ago in Information Today
As Information Today celebrates 25 years in print this year, we're taking a closer look at the hot news from 1983, gleaned from the actual issues. The front-page headlines herald upcoming corporate spins from enterprises that are still making news...
Safari Online: Adventures in Elearning
With today's ever-changing technology, traditional classroom learning just doesn't provide emerging skill sets fast enough. So businesspeople are turning to blogs, wikis, and online communities to get the information they need quickly. In fact, according...
Serendipity
I love the word "serendipity." It's fun to say and I like the concept of it: Finding something unexpectedly or by chance. Usually, serendipity has a positive connotation, but in some instances, especially those involving end users and the internet,...
Seriously, What's So Great about Gmail-Part II
[Here's Part II of a two-part series on Steven M. Cohen's insights about Google's Gmail. Part I appeared in the February issue of IT.--Ed.] In my last column, I discussed some Gmail applications that many users might not know about. With a few setting...
SIIA Announces 2008 Codie Finalists
The first round of voting has been completed for the 2008 finalists for the 23rd Annual Codie Awards. The winners will be announced at the SIIA NetGain this May in San Francisco. In the content category, here are the finalists: Best Content Aggregation...
SIIA Information Industry Summit: State of the Industry
As the rest of the nation wrestled with the possibility of a recession, the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) members sat down for the 7th annual 2-day Information Industry Summit in late January, ready to find out what kind of...
Social Networking, Openness, and M&A Activity Lead the News
The Library of Congress (LC) captured front-page billing on MSNBC recently, as well as other respectable coverage in most major news media. It was great to see a Web 2.0 story featuring the venerable institution. LC has teamed up with Flickr, the photo-sharing...
Teenage Brains on the Loose
Teenage Brains on the Loose Sex, Brains, and Video Games: A Librarian's Guide to Teens in the Twenty-first Century by Jennifer Burek Pierce Chicago: ALA, 2008 ISBN: 978-0-8389-0951-5 130 pages; $35, softcoverMost of us encounter teenagers on a regular...
Thomson Innovation: One-Click Patent Discovery
In an age when information is power, staying on the cutting edge of innovation is more critical than ever. And when Thomson Scientific rolled out Thomson Innovation last December, researchers of all calibers could unleash a floodgate of patent data...
Website Chronicles One of Baseball's Biggest Flakes
For whatever reason, baseball is a game that seems to breed... flakes. (I'm not sure how else to say it.) The history of the game is filled with Characters with a capital "C," from Rube Waddell (who supposedly missed a game because he was chasing firetrucks)...
Web Users Are Getting Crafty
The world is using one of its most sophisticated information and communications technologies to draw attention to some low-tech, homemade items, including a pure beeswax candle in the shape of a toad on a toadstool, a pillow cover with a colorful hibiscus...
Web Users Are Getting Crafty: Etsy' Mission in 'To Enable People to Make a Living Make Things, and to Reconnect Makers with Buyers'
The world is using one of its most sophisticated information and communications technologies to draw attention to some low-tech, homemade items, including a pure beeswax candle in the shape of a toad on a toadstool, a pillow cover with a colorful hibiscus...
We're All Members of the Google Generation
All age groups seem to be equally as impatient when it comes to dealing with search and navigation tools. The Google generation does not have a monopoly on poor information-seeking behavior, according to a new study. However, the young still exhibit...
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