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Articles from Vol. 30, No. 1, January

25 Top Business Apps of 2012
When it comes to business apps, there are plenty of options to choose from these days that can make your workflow easier, more fluid, and more productive. Whether your world revolves around Apple [*] or Android [**] applications, here are 25 tried-and-true...
Access Innovations: Achieving Data Harmony
Most readers are familiar with success stories about startups that were first launched in garages, basements, or dormitory rooms. And Access Innovations, Inc. (AI) is one of them. The roots of the company took hold in October 1978, when Marjorie M.K....
Analytics for Pain-Free Number-Crunching
For more than 18 months, I have been monitoring Quid, Inc., a San Francisco-based analytics and intelligence startup. The company received $17 million in financial support from Atomico Ventures; SV Angel; Founders Fund, LLC; Endeavour Vision SA; and...
Android Turns 5 and Leads the Market
What do Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Jelly Bean have in common? They are all dessert-flavored versions of Google's Linux-based Android operating platform for smartphones. Five years ago, on Nov. 6,...
Blog Buzz
Quotables from industry notables'The Hall of Mirrors - Trying to Explain Why Users Value Free Content Differently'Recently, traffic from a set of journals from the American Physiological Society (APS) was studied, and it was found that PubMed Central's...
China Amends Copyright Laws
Copyright holders whose works are published or used in China should see additional protection this year. Amendments to China's copyright laws, which should be effective in 2013, will specify how holders' rights will be protected and what payments...
Dancing Babies and the Future of Digital Copyright
In early 2007, a young mother named Stephanie Lenz filmed a 30-second video of her then13-month-old son and posted it on YouTube so she could share it with her family. I'm sure it seemed very innocuous at the time. The video (www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1KfJHFWlhQ)...
Executive Profile
As information continues to grow at an unprecedented rate, new digital devices are redefining how we work and how we interact with information. To CATHY WOLFE, the new president and CEO of Wolters Kluwer Health Medical Research, this presents a...
Getting a Handle on Email
Welcome to another new year and another fresh start. Many of us make resolutions for the new year, and I'm no exception. I'm always looking for new ways to improve, manage my time better, and keep my life more balanced. As I look at how I spend my...
Getting Back to Books
More Americans aged 16-29 are reading thanks to the rising tide of digital content, according to "Younger Americans' Reading and Library Habits." The report from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project (Oct. 23, 2012) also indicated...
Getting Back to Books
More Americans aged 16-29 are reading thanks to the rising tide of digital content, according to "Younger Americans' Reading and Library Habits." The report from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project (Oct. 23, 2012) also indicated...
Global Outlook
JANUARY15-17: New York (The Hilton New York Hotel). The 2013 Digital Book World Conference + Expo offers a variety of topics and events about the world of digital books, including actionable business plans. More than 1,000 publishing professionals will...
Go, Alumni! Go, Go, Go!
Hallelujah! Major library vendors in the academic marketplace have begun to recognize and accommodate the essential relationship between on-campus service and post-campus service, which is long overdue in my opinion. After all, the knowledge workers...
Going Social
Most people can't share enough of their lives on social media these days, according to Morrison & Foerster, LLC, host of the Socially Aware blog. To reach users on their home turf, businesses are also changing the way they interact with their clients...
Librarians: Paper or Digital
Here's a question for all the librarians out there. What's on your desk? Mary Whisner, reference librarian at Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library at University of Washington School of Law, recently wrote an article for the American Association of...
Little Bird
In these days of information overload, finding the right experts can be just as important as discovering what they know. One startup company called Little Bird can direct users to the right people and find out who is listening to them.Marshall Kirkpatrick,...
Little Bird: Finding Big Connections
In these days of information overload, finding the right experts can be just as important as discovering what they know. One startup company called Little Bird can direct users to the right people and find out who is listening to them. Marshall...
LOL: How It All Started
More than 2 decades ago, Neil Papworth sent a brief message via his personal computer to a colleague. Papworth, then a 22-year-old test engineer at the Sema Group in the U.K., sent a simple two-word text on a Vodafone network that said, "Merry Christmas."...
News Bytes
* Golden Gate Capital, the world's sixth largest software company, recently acquired the Ex Libris Group. Ex Libris will remain an independent business headquartered in Jerusalem under its current management, according to Golden Gate Capital. Source:...
Online Information's Extreme Makeover
Long a fixture on the fall calendar of information professionals and vendors alike, the Online Information show underwent an extreme makeover this year. The venue changed from the Olympia Conference Centre, where it had been for more than 20 years,...
On the Move
The Ingram Content Group, Inc. welcomed two vice presidents to the fold. Pamela Smith joined Ingram in late 2012 as the vice president of global sales for the library group, where she will oversee the sales teams for Ingram Public, K- 12, and Academic....
Passwords
The formula for a secure password adheres to a predefined checklist of do's and don'ts. Security experts suggest that a password should include a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters and incorporate numerals and special characters. It should not be...
Passwords: A Tangled Web
The formula for a secure password adheres to a predefined checklist of do's and don'ts. Security experts suggest that a password should include a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters and incorporate numerals and special characters. It should not...
Product News
FIZ Karlsruhe-Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure now includes the entire Elsevier B.V. -produced Reaxys database on ReaxysFile on STN International. The update to ReaxysFile includes data on several million substances including patent-generated...
Save the Time of the User
Actually, I don't remember hearing about Ranganathan's Five Laws of Library Science when I was in library school. But in my years as an information professional, I've stumbled across them periodically. 1. Books are for use. 2. Every reader his...
Science Sites Survive Political Challenge
Among the many salutary effects from last November's election was the salvation of science. We can thankfully expect that science will not be excised from the nation's governance (at least for the next 4 years). I was developing this review in late...
Swets and Mendeley
It didn't take long for David Main, CEO of Swets Information Services, to act on what he saw as a great opportunity.The more that Main learned about Mendeley and how it manages research, the more he liked what he heard. Since both Main and Victor Henning,...
Swets and Mendeley: Partners in Research
It didn't take long for David Main, CEO of Swets Information Services, to act on what he saw as a great opportunity. The more that Main learned about Mendeley and how it manages research, the more he liked what he heard. Since both Main and Victor...
Techstreet
Techstreet, part of the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, is starting to bring the information industry up to code.More than 35 industry experts participated in Techstreet's first Standards Publishers Innovation Forum last...
Techstreet: Fast-Forward Forum
Techstreet, part of the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, is starting to bring the information industry up to code. More than 35 industry experts participated in Techstreet's first Standards Publishers Innovation Forum...
The Future of Open Access
As open access (OA) and other "open" movements continue to grab more of our collective mainstream consciousness, conversations surrounding OA continue to evolve. Discussions about whether OA is a good approach lead to far more provocative issues such...
Thoughts That Resonate
Have you ever attended an event where a speaker shares an idea that just sticks, puts forth a remark that resonates with the crowd, or says something that becomes the buzz of the show? Sure, you've seen it happen, but it doesn't happen at every...
What's Hot for 2013
Seen any good trends lately? Just ask Patricia Sabosik, president of Elm City Consulting, LLC, who has been monitoring the vital signs of the information technology industry; here are just a few of the hottest trends she sees for 2013. People can't...
When You Are Ready to Leave
Pre- & Post-Retirement Tips for Librarians Edited by Carol Smallwood Chicago: ALA, 2012 ISBN: 978-0838911204 256 pages; $47, softcover [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Retirement is a big step. As with many other things in life, there are...
Your Best Game Face
When I was young, the word "gamification" (with its unique concept of using rewards to promote social engagement) didn't exist in any dictionary. But times have changed, and the November/December issue of Intranets examines how gamification can be...
YouTube's Funny Side of Baseball
We know this keeps you up at night, even as you sit by the window anticipating the return of baseball in the spring: "Who picks out the music that plays over the public address system when a batter strides purposefully to the plate?" In your Field...
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