Magazine article Information Today

Online Information 2002

Magazine article Information Today

Online Information 2002

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This report went to press just as Online Information 2002, held Dec. 3-5 in London, closed the doors on its 26th annual conference and exhibition. A full report on the event will appear in the February issue, but I'll mention a couple of items here.

For the first time in many years, the exhibits occupied just one floor of Olympia's Grand Hall. There are a couple of reasons for this. Consolidation in the information business has changed the face of a typical exhibition, with multiple stands now swept up under the single brands that make up the Thomson Group, Kluwer, Elsevier, et al. Inevitably, this leads to economies in overall booth space.

Some exhibitors from prior years were simply not there. Many of the smaller dotcom businesses that helped to fill up the balcony level have gone altogether. Some companies that exploded in presence and impact in past years have either chosen not to attend or have been absorbed.

For example, Northern Light, now a part of divine Information Services, did not have an independent stand. Verity did not exhibit, but many services that use its products did. Autonomy was not present, yet an Autonomy press release issued on Dec. …

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