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Articles from Vol. 30, No. 5, May

A2K: Access to Knowledge
Libraries Driving Access to Knowledge Edited by Jesus Lau, Anna Maria Tammaro, and Theo J.D. Bothma Berlin: Walter de Gruyter GmbH De Gruyter Saur, 2012 ISBN: 978-3110253269 402 pages; $140, softcover [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Why do we need...
Acunu: A DIY Option for Cassandra
Acunu Ltd., a pioneer in real-time Big Data analytics, just released Acunu Analytics for Cassandra. Now users of Cassandra, Apache's open source distributed database management system, won't be turning to database experts to build their applications;...
AIIP Recharges in Denver
The Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP; aiip.org) held its 27th annual conference in Denver in early April under the theme of Rocky Mountain Recharge. Members of AIIP are small-business owners, and the conference mixed sessions...
Association for Cultural Equity Preserves Glorious Cultural Heritage
Among the world's cultural glories, America's music ranks at the very top. From the invention of recording, which allowed music to be heard far beyond its local performance, American composers and performers have inspired the world. American styles--jazz,...
Baseball Theme Songs to Remember ... or Forget
If you're a baseball fan, you've probably heard more than a couple of cheesy attempts at theme songs. Your Field Correspondent recalls cringing at the sound of an old 45 of "The Houston Colt .45's Fight Song," which begins with this bit of wishful...
Blog Buzz
Quotables from industry notables'SafeNet and SUA Survey Reveals Where Software Publishers Are Losing Up to 50% of Revenue1Software monetization leader, SafeNet, joined SUA today in releasing the results of a joint survey of more than 620 software developers...
Branding Time
The other day, I interviewed an executive from one of the leading discovery engine companies that is launching a major upgrade to the service this summer. There was one note in the press release that popped out at me, and he confirmed it. It was...
Elsevier Acquires Mendeley
For some industry onlookers, the news that Elsevier acquired Mendeley in early April came as no surprise. But the initial rumors in late December/ early January about the possible sale shook the foundations of the research community. And just as the...
Four Ways to Kick-Start Innovation in Your Company
Insider's Perspective gives guest columnists a chance to write about challenges and solutions in their corner of the information technology industry. The world's future leaders overwhelmingly believe that today's businesses can grow only if they...
Goods and Gadgets
I've always found that conference exhibit halls are a hotbed of new ideas, and the Computers in Libraries (CIL) conference was no exception in early April. Sure, there is always a bevy of vendor enticements to attract attendees, ranging from environmentally...
Internet-Related Research Roundup
Yes, it's time once again to survey some of the latest internet-related scholarly research. So kick back, put your feet up, and become "currently aware." 'Anger on the Internet: The Perceived Value of Rant-Sites' Martin, Ryan C.; Coyier, Kelsey...
JEGI: State of the Industry
The Jordan, Edmiston Group, Inc. (JEGI) predicted the resulting flurry of M&As before the close of 2012 because of the pending tax changes coming in 2013. And as a result, JEGI also expected lighter-than-normal M&As in 1Q 2013. So far, this...
Kevin Stone
For KEVIN STONE, the new chief sales and marketing officer at Cengage Learning, "[T]he entire education industry is in rapid and dramatic transformation as our business evolves from traditional print publishing to digital solutions." But Stone is...
Kirtsaengs Impact Still Resonates
It's often called the "gray market," the practice of obtaining products and goods at lower prices overseas, then reselling those goods in the U.S. at retail prices that are lower than normally charged in the U.S. markets. The products are obtained...
Kirtsaeng's Impact Still Resonates
* It's often called the "gray market," the practice of obtaining products and goods at lower prices overseas, then reselling those goods in the U.S. at retail prices that are lower than normally charged in the U.S. markets.The products are obtained overseas...
LinkedIn: Must-Have Business Information
Traditional publishing has been struggling for 20 or 30 years to generate revenues from the fast-changing online world. The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism's Nieman Journalism Lab article, "Press Publish 9: Pew's Amy Mitchell...
News Bytes
* Adata Group Berhad and the Wildmedia Foundation, Inc. teamed up to offer customers of the Asian telecommunications company free access to Wikipedia. This initiative is part of the Wikimedia Foundation's Wikipedia Zero program that is dedicated to helping...
NewsLook: Enriching the Content Experience
Here's an innovative company that is supplying publishers with top-quality video content to enhance the user experience. It's been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and Fred Silverman is one entrepreneur who is making sure that adage...
New Zealand Proposes Hike in Student Copyright Fees
It's a common practice for educational establishments to dole out copies of copyrighted works to students. Of course, it's perfectly legal if they hold a license to do so and pay the appropriate fees to a recognized body acting on behalf of copyright...
Performance Reporting 2.0: Using Socrata's GovStat
GovStat is a new performance measurement platform for government where every goal that is set by a team, agency, or department (short-term, intermediate, and long-term) has metrics against which it is measured. Data automatically feeds into dashboards...
Product News
* Advanced Chemistry Development (ACD/Labs) released ACD/Spectrus DB, a new cheminformatics platform that offers a range of knowledge management tools for chemical and analytics professionals. The new platform extends the scope of ACD/Labs' software...
Scout Analytics: Predicting the Future
Scout Usage Data Hub, the latest offering from Scout Analytics, Inc., is a tool designed to help subscription services' brokers on two levels: retain their customers and boost revenue in the process. Matt Shanahan, co-founder and senior vice president...
Shield Act to Fight Patent Trolls
In a NewsLink Spotlight article last fall, I noted that the contentious Apple-Samsung patent dispute highlighted America's troubled patent system, particularly in relation to granting software patents. I also mentioned some highly visible patent lawsuits...
SIIA Acquires ABM
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) announced the acquisition of American Business Media (ABM) in mid-April. While ABM has officially OK'd the deal, the ABM membership still needs to weigh in on the decision, which was expected...
Special Sites for Specialized Needs
If you're looking for a site that provides a more specialized, focused search experience or if you have any clients with special needs due to a disability, then read on. Articles from the April issue of The Information Advisor and the May issue of...
Sweet: Building on Innovation
Change. It's something that Mike Sweet, CEO of Credo, is getting used to these days. In fact, he now considers it the new normal. In the first quarter of 2013, Credo has already seen plenty of change: * Credo's Literati Public, a solution blending...
Test Your Knowledge
How much do you know about the Library of Congress (LC)? If you think you know plenty, take a peek at some of these facts and figures: * As the world's largest library, the LC has 155.3-million-plus items resting on about 838 miles of bookshelves....
The Future of National Security Letters
Benjamin Franklin once wrote, "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Unfortunately, history establishes that when national safety is threatened, the country seems willing to...
Thomson Reuters: One-Stop IP Management
When it comes to driving a business to the next level, not every CEO has all the answers. That's why companies such as Syngenta turn to the Intellectual Property (IP) & Science business of Thomson Reuters for help. Syngenta, an agricultural...
Vision Solutions: Double-Take Share 5.1
Enterprises deal with data problems every day: They may have multiple databases after an M&A or work with a combination of new and legacy databases; several companies may also be sharing databases along a supply chain. Vision Solutions, Inc....
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