Magazine article Information Today

IIA Annual Convention Examines Strategies for the 21st Century

Magazine article Information Today

IIA Annual Convention Examines Strategies for the 21st Century

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Washington, DC, was the setting last month for the Information Industry Association's 25th Anniversary Convention and Global Congress. "Harnessing the Winds of Change," the conference theme, provided an excellent platform for an interesting and varied program. In addition to the usual conference program, the convention offered a track on world financial information and a small and emerging business council program track. If there was a negative, it was that there was too much going on at one time, making it impossible to take part in everything the program had to offer.

Space does not permit describing the complete program, but I would like to mention a few highlights. One of the most well-attended plenary sessions, "The Business Realities of Internet," dealt with the impact the Internet is having on information companies. Of main concern to data providers are the issues of access, privacy, payment and control mechanisms, business relationships, and intellectual property rights. Although this session was very well attended, it did receive mixed reviews at its conclusion. …

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