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Articles from Vol. 22, No. 11, December

Are Authors and Publishers Getting Scroogled?
On Oct. 19, five publishers sued Google claiming that the Google Print Library Project violated their exclusive rights provided by U.S. copyright law. The suit-along with the suit filed by The Authors Guild on Sept. 20-is the culmination of months of...
Behind the Scenes: VeriSign's Acquisition of Moreover
The news of VeriSign, Inc.'s $30 million acquisition of Moreover Technologies in October has been making headlines for the past month. But behind the scenes, negotiations between the companies were active long before.Tolman Geffs, managing director of...
Blogger Beware
A person standing on a soapbox in the middle of the town square is the historic and romantic embodiment of the First Amendment's right to free speech. The freedom to comment on political and social issues of the day, even in opposition to government...
By Law: Catching Up with Malware
Companies large and small are still feeling the effects of spyware. While spyware is damaging from a productivity standpoint in an enterprise, it is not as threatening as some better-known viruses. Spyware programs often contain one or more additional...
Conference Calendar
December13-15: Cairo, Egypt (Cairo Marriott hotel). The International Business Information Management Association will host the fifth IBIMA Conference, which is themed The Internet & Information Technology in Modern Organizations. The event will...
Counting OA Journals
I think we are getting confused about what an open access journal actually is. Granted, we never had an ironclad definition of what a print journal was either. But I have seen this problem brewing for a while. "The facts about Open Access" suggested...
Digital Book Index Mirrors World of E-Books
The world of e-books is bigger than you think. No matter how much time you've spent working with and learning about e-books, there are more of them than you know. Just spend some time browsing through the Digital Book Index and you'll be convinced.The...
Digital Book Projects Proliferate
It was definitely no contest-digital books were the hands-down winner in the news this month. The announcements seemed relentless, in fact. Almost every day there was a press release from the main players: Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and Yahoo!. Here's...
Disintermediation Marches On
All automation is considered to be "disintermediation." Instead of having processes repeated by humans in distinct, repetitive acts, the analyst or programmer identifies the decision points in the process and translates them into machine instructions....
Finding Items Hidden in the Shadows
When I heard about Shadows, the new search and blogging tool that Pluck Corp. (http:// www.pluck.com) unveiled in October at the BlogOn 2005 Social Media Summit, I decided to give it a try. My search topic? Boots. (Hey, if I have to wear winter shoes,...
Give Them What They Want
There needs to be a balance between integrating library resources into Google and educating users to understand that they sometimes need to be where the library is.-Steven J. Bell, "Submit or Resist: Librarianship in the Age of Google," American Libraries,...
ILI 2005: Oxford University's New Mission
Two world-renowned information resources are on a mission. The first-the Bodleian Library (http://www.bodley .ox.ac.uk)-was founded in 1602 "to maintain and develop collections and services in support of the present and future teaching and research needs...
In Search of Swarm Creativity
In December 1991, Peter Gloor gave a presentation at the ACM Hypertext conference in San Antonio. He was in the middle of a poster session about his Internet startup company CyberMap Systems when a gentleman came over and asked if he could drop off a...
iPods: The New Prescription for Viewing Medical Images?
These days, iPods seem to be everywhere. There's no doubt that you've seen them around the necks of people on the street and in the gym. But if you thought iPods were only for listening to music and playing podcasts, think again. The tiny devices are...
Letter to the Editor
In Defense of WikipediaI read with interest the article written by Shirley Duglin Kennedy in the September 2005 Internet Waves column of Information Today about the free online dictionary, Wikipedia. As a library science student, I was surprised to learn...
Managing Mobile Security
There are many benefits of deploying a remote workforce, but companies can reap bigger benefits with minimal security risks by following a few simple steps, according to Stephanie Burnham, general manager of managed mobility for Sprint Business Solutions.The...
McCarver's Classic Phrases
No matter which team makes your blood boil, almost every baseball fan agrees on one thing: Tim McCarver is a leading cause of boiling blood.The former big-league catcher and current analyst on Fox Network's baseball broadcasts is famous for his malapropisms,...
People Line & the Executive Profile
HighBeam Research, Inc. announced the appointment of Thomas M. Ballard as vice president of engineering and chief technology officer. He will manage the company's engineers and lead the evaluation and development of new search and publishing technologies.Most...
Ringing in the New
By the time you read this, we will be getting ready to turn to the next page of the calendar and start the new year. Like many industries, the information industry takes a holiday from conferences from mid-December through the new year. But the following...
Search Sites for Your Kids
A child's first word, step, and bike ride. Now we can add another milestone to the list of great childhood moments: first Internet search.It's probably a good idea to teach children how to use search sites on the Web soon after they learn how to use...
Shifting Worlds: Internet Librarian 2005
Nearly 1,100 attendees representing 44 states, Canada, and several other countries turned out for Internet Librarian 2005 (IL 2005), which was held Oct. 24-26 in Monterey, Calif. The roster included 120 speakers and moderators and 45 exhibitors.This...
SIIA's Stand
As the debate ensues, the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is actively monitoring the implementation of the Google Print Library Project and the responses of publishers and authors. SIIA represents a wide variety of authors, publishers,...
Sites Unseen: Spies 'R' Us and More
The Web site of Britain's secret Intelligence Service (SIS), or MI6 as it is better known, must rate as one of the most surprising new sites launched in 2005. The home page (http:// www.mi6.gov.uk) features a photograph of the service's new Thames-side...
Tomes for the Holidays
Once again for the December issue of IT, I am a columnist without articles to review, since all of the Information Today, Inc. (ITI) publications except IT have a combined November/December issue. And while I would certainly enjoy taking the month off...
Virtual Museums
While the general public may think of museums as large, architecturally spectacular edifices with dramatic, corporatesponsored exhibits, museums see themselves as collections of artifacts that help people understand past and present cultures.The word...
War and Peace
It was a time when ladies wore corsets and men adjourned to parlors to smoke cigars. The economy was based on widgets and measured in bushels. Imperialism was in vogue.Welcome to the marvelous retro world that will be revealed online when Google finishes...
What Are Your Information Ethics?
What Are Your Information Ethics? Information Ethics: Privacy, Property, and Power edited by Adam D. Moore Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2005 ISBN: 0-295-98489-9 455 pages $30 softcoverAs information professionals, we spend a great deal of...
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