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Articles from Vol. 26, No. 5, May

A Decade of Innovation
As chief executive of The British Library (BL), Lynne Brindley is still brimming with ideas after nearly 10 years at the post. She has developed a strategic vision that continues to shape a new generation of libraries in their quest to help today's information...
And the Password Is
In this digital, password-protected world, just how many passwords do you have to remember at any given time? While it's not a good idea to use the same password for all your accounts or to leave a list of your passwords posted on your computer terminal...
Arity Takes Research to a New Level
Heres a high-tech company offering a product that helps users conduct well-rounded research.FOUNDERThe beginnings of Arity Corp., a semantic web technologies company, can be traced back to 1984. At the time, Peter Gabel, Arity's founder and president,...
Association Conferences: A Recurring Theme in June
In every one of my previous columns written at this time of year, you will notice a recurring theme: June is a popular month for major library and information association annual meetings. Perhaps this is because good weather is more likely, not to mention...
BSeC: Industry Insights
During the concluding panel of the 2009 Buying & Selling eContent (BSeC) conference (April 5-7 in Scottsdale, Ariz.), attendees were asked to name what they felt were the key themes of the event. What emerged was a list of key themes including a...
CIL 2009: Socializing On-the-Go
Information's pretty thin stuff unless mixed with experience.-Clarence DayWith this quote, Information Today, Inc. president Tom Hogan kicked off the 24th annual Computers in Libraries (CIL) conference, which sought to harness the knowledge of its presenters...
Comments Sought on Digital Rights Proposals
The U.K. government invited views on two timely questions: What is the role that a digital rights agency should play in protecting and promoting the legal use of copyright content online, and how can industry, consumer groups, and government work together...
Conferences around the World
May4-5: San Francisco (The Palace Hotel). The second annual SIIA NetGain focuses on the Convergence of Content & Technology with discussions ranging from business models and developing applications to content for the mobile web, cloud computing,...
Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen: Streaming Is Boss
Another column, another out-of-town colleague to get to know. While Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen and I have exchanged emails and phone calls during the 8 years that he has been part of the Information Today, Inc. family, it took the interview for this column...
Eye of the Tiger
At ITI's Computers in Libraries conference in Washington, D.C., in March, someone ordered pizza for gaming night, and about a hundred librarians showed up to test-drive the interactive games on display.The entire notion of gaming in libraries, while...
Filtrbox: Tracking Real-Time Market News
Filtrbox just made tracking the latest buzz in the marketplace easier. Its Filtrbox G2 tool keeps users up-to-date about the competition, prospects, and even a company's own brand by delivering critical information in real time.Ari Newman, president...
Following Tweets and Sharing Reads
I am a huge Twit, and the odds are good that a lot of people reading this are too. According to Nielsen, Twitter .com had more than 7 million unique vis- itors in February 2009, representing a 1,382% year-over- year growth (http:// tinyurl.com/dbz xgx)....
Getting a Little Perspective on Social Networking
My late mother (rest her soul) blamed it all on Richard Milhous Nixon. The divisiveness in society, that is."All those campaign buttons," she would grumble. "Jews for Nixon." "Irish for Nixon." "Poles for Nixon." "I thought we were all Americans."And...
iSEEK: Does It Out-Google Google?
One of my favorite sites is AltSearchEngines (www. alt se arch engine s .com), the web headquarters for alternative search engines (IT, May 2008). It's the site where you'll find news, reviews, and rankings for hundreds of exotic, little-known search...
Jigsaw Launches Data Fusion
One of today's biggest business problems revolves around data. Just consider the following statistics:* The U.S. spends about $50 billion on B2B marketing data annually, according to the Direct Marketing Association.* About 97% of survey respondents...
Journal Bridges Print and Digital Worlds
The American Journal of Archaeology (AJA), which offers the best of both publishing worlds to its readers with print and online subscription options, is now reaching out to a global authence.AJA, the Archaeological Institute of America's academic journal...
M&A: Good News for Healthcare Data and Technology
While consumers have been bombarded for months with doom-and-groom economic news and less-than-stellar projections, there is some good news on the horizon about the healthcare information and technology sector.The Jordan, Edmiston Group, Inc. (JEGI)...
News Makers
Have Tweets, Will TravelTwitter has become a hot commodity. In fact, Twitter grew 1,383% in the past year from 475,000 users to 7 million users, according to Nielsen. Tweeting is so hot that web entrepreneur Jeff Pulver is planning a conference in its...
Onshore Outsourcing Helps Venture Capitalists Strengthen Investments
[This column lets experts in the information technology industry discuss the challenges and trends in their special niche in the marketplace. -Ed.]After a venture capital (VC) firm invests in a startup or expansion company, its commitment to that company...
Open Government, More OER, and the State of News Media
President Barack Obama named Vivek Kundra, the former chief technology officer for the local government of the District of Columbia, to two posts: He is now the federal CIO in the White House and the Office of Management and Budget's administrator for...
Patent Reform Is Back before Congress
Patent reform emerged from a 7-month congressional hiatus with the simultaneous introduction of companion bills in the U.S. Senate and the US. House of Representatives. The identical bills, H.R. 1260 in the House and S. 515 in the Senate, would overhaul...
People Finding 2.0
My clients ask me to locate background information on individuals at least once a week. The requests range from attorneys to CEOs of big corporations to employees of small businesses.While traditional searches still apply to these requests (web search,...
People Line & the Executive Profile
John Wiley & Sons, Inc. announced the appointment of Stephen M. Smith as executive vice president, chief operating officer. In this position, he will be responsible for the direction and leadership of the company's publishing businesses.Most recently,...
Pew Reports: Internet Age Barrier Vanishing
Three new reports from the Pew Internet & American Life Project show that the internet isn't just for teens and young adults anymore.The reports - "Generations Online in 2009" by Sydney Jones and Susannah Fox; "Adults and Social Network Websites"...
Ramblings from a Baseball Celebrity ... and a Bit of Recorded Wit
Anyone who knows your Field Correspondent or who has shared a press box with him knows how he feels about Tommy Lasorda.Let's just say the sainted former Los Angeles Dodgers manager isn't right up there with the Guys We'd Like to Spend a Weekend at Bernie's...
Securing Your Digital Future
In the mid-1970s, three new file formats hit the information indus- try: Dialog, VRS, and ITSC: Orbit. Eager to hop on board with the latest technological trends, many organizations began using these standards to encode information for future use. But...
The 2009 CODiE Finalists
Each year, the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) holds its "Academy Awards," celebrating and recognizing innovation in the software and information industry. The 24th annual CODiE Awards, billed as "the industry's only peer-reviewed...
The Foresight of Searchers, or How I Love Being Right
Polite prescience is a difficult trick to pull off. The sheer yumminess of having spotted something before it happened, of having seen the path to the dreamed-of goal, of having called the shots before the game was played can leave one's ego so a-tingie...
Theme Park Sites Help You Plan Summer Fun
Theme parks are offering great deals this year. A New York Times article pointed out that "[if] you've long put off your kids' entreaties to take them on a Disney vacation because of an aversion to long lines, high prices and throngs of mouse-eared fans,...
The New Public Library: Becoming More Than an ISP
The New Public Library: Becoming More Than an ISP by GWEN M. GREGORY Public Libraries and Internet Service Roles: Measuring and Maximizing Internet Services by Charles R. McClure and Paul T. Jaeger Chicago: ALA, 2009 ISBN: 978-0-8389-3576-7 112 pages;...
The Spring 2009 ASIDIC Meeting: Innovation in a Time of Change
It should come as no surprise that we are in the middle of a period of rapid and extensive change: New tech- nologies appear frequently, services based on Web 2.0 technologies con- tinue to be developed, and global economic change causes turmoil in the...
The Tide Has Changed, Get over It
We seem to have developed a mandate mantra: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) unanimously passed an open access (OA) mandate for the entire institution, and Harvard's schools seem to be embracing OA one by one (the third, the Kennedy School...
Thoughts on the Future of Publishing
The news was disheartening by the first half of 2009: The Rocky Mountain New s and the Ann Arbor (Michigan) News closed their doors; the Seattle Post Intelligencer ceased printing on paper and turned to web -only; and the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit...
Web 3.0: The Next Step for the Internet
Everyone remembers about 5 years ago when sites such as Wikipedia started popping up, and we started hearing the new catchphrase of "Web 2.0" being tossed around. That's all old news. Now there's a new and more ephemeral buzzword: Web 3.0.Now that we...
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