In the beginning, there was text search and we had some keywords and a title and it was good. Then we came to expect full-text search. Now, the content that people want to find—inside and outside the enterprise—has grown to include audio and video, and search technologies are struggling to keep up with expectations.
By - June 2007 Issue, Posted May 15, 2007
Not all that long ago, content flowed one way. These days, however, content is a two-way street. The trick is how to avoid content traffic jams.
By - May 2007 Issue, Posted May 08, 2007
Most citizens equate the national emergency alert system with an annoying green screen accompanied by a high-pitched screech that inevitably interrupts a favorite TV program. However, recent natural disasters have left Americans wondering why government officials are still tied to old technologies—land-line phones, TVs, radios, and even wailing sirens—in their efforts to warn citizens about emergencies.
By - May 2007 Issue, Posted May 03, 2007
YouTube, social networking sites like MySpace, and the internet in general have become significant factors that must be taken into account by any political campaign with designs on electoral success. TechPresident is a blog that was created in early 2007 with the aim of covering the web’s effect on the 2008 presidential campaign.
By - May 2007 Issue, Posted May 01, 2007
The Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (GAID), borne from the United Nations’ Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Task Force, has some ambitious plans regarding accessibility.
By - May 2007 Issue, Posted May 01, 2007
Generation C is the "You" in YouTube, the "My" in MySpace, and the "i" in iPod. They're you (and me), and they're shaking up the way people make, think about, and use digital content. Get to know them, and get to know how to connect with their content expectations.
By - May 2007 Issue, Posted May 01, 2007
There are clear signs that momentum is building for enterprise implementation of social networks as tools to improve internal communication and to deepen customer relationships. However, companies are cautiously matching up collaborative functionality with measurable ROI before throwing resources into social networking.
By - May 2007 Issue, Posted Apr 26, 2007
Vasont Systems, supplier of content management systems to Motorola, Hewlett-Packard, and General Electric Healthcare, rolled out a new version of its flagship software earlier this month, with a drastically revamped user interface that aims to streamline common publishing tasks. Vasont version 11, released April 2, replaced version 10, which has been in use since November of 2005.
By - May 2007 Issue, Posted Apr 26, 2007
Over time, a rift has grown between those who use the internet to expand their sense of community and those who devalue the internet’s ability to foster a sense of community at all.
By - May 2007 Issue, Posted Apr 24, 2007
In the wake of the Kathy Sierra incident—in which a female technology blogger received misogynistic hate comments on her Creating Passionate Users blog, and elsewhere on the internet, that eventually escalated to death threats—publisher Tim O'Reilly has proposed a blogger code of conduct to address issues of incivility, misogyny, and racism in blogs.
By - May 2007 Issue, Posted Apr 18, 2007
When most of us think of content management, we think of the enterprise variety—a large database repository for all of our documents—or we think of the web type, which manages our web content from the back end. However, another type of content management has emerged, one that has been specifically designed to let users slice, dice, and reuse information at virtually whatever level of granularity they desire.
By - April 2007 Issue, Posted Apr 06, 2007
Involving the users, and integrating their content, requires deeper engagement and the right tools. Building and improving social networks to meet the needs of diverse communities is no small task. Fortunately, the maturing of technology and business models has spawned a new generation of enablers to help get users to join in.
By - April 2007 Issue, Posted Mar 30, 2007
Scott Madry remembers how hard it was to get a decent aerial photo before Google Earth. Getting these views, however, often required snapping photos through rented airplane windows during low-level flyovers, an expensive process he describes as “extremely inefficient and not a little dangerous.”
By - April 2007 Issue, Posted Mar 30, 2007
To turbo-charge child-abuse investigations, LTU Technologies has combined two investigative tools that will provide enhanced resources for victim identification and rescue.
By - April 2007 Issue, Posted Mar 27, 2007
Journal rankings: What is it about this modest little metric that causes such uproar in the research community? Hiring, tenure, and grant awards are often influenced by whether or not one’s research has been published in a journal deemed “prestigious” by its placement in the ranks.
By - April 2007 Issue, Posted Mar 23, 2007
As digitized content disperses, publishing brands and content wares splinter across countless platforms, devices, feeds, and syndication venues; the business and editorial infrastructure beneath it all, is fragmenting and reassembling just as quickly. The business models, like the content, are flying everywhere and the trick is to keep the overall vision on target, not just cope with content shrapnel.
By - April 2007 Issue, Posted Mar 23, 2007
"How does one quantify the cumulative impact and relevance of an individual’s scientific research output? In a world of not-unlimited resources, such quantification (even if potentially distasteful) is often needed for evaluation and comparison purposes (e.g., for university faculty recruitment and advancement, award of grants, etc.),” from An index to quantify an individual’s scientific research output by J. E. Hirsch, Department of Physics, University of California, San Diego, September 2005. Hirsch's solution considers the publication record of an individual, the number (Np) of papers published over n years, the journals (j) where the papers were published, and the number of citations (Njc ) for each paper.
By - April 2007 Issue, Posted Mar 20, 2007
Given the emergence of two wildly popular online communities—MySpace and Facebook—and new social networks springing up every month, it’s a tall task for parents to determine which sites their kids are logged onto, what information they’re sharing, and with whom.
By - April 2007 Issue, Posted Mar 16, 2007
The concurrent ascendancy of taxonomies and XML isn’t surprising, yet regardless of their complementary nature, the two technologies are rarely in the same place at the same time. However, when they get together, the result is not only powerful, but flexible as well.
By - March 2007 Issue, Posted Mar 08, 2007
Anticipation grows as technophiles eagerly await the launch of Sony’s new video download service for its PlayStation Portable (PSP). Although Sony spokesperson Al de Leon declined to comment on the service’s launch, there’s no shortage of commentary going on: Bloggers, analysts, and investors are all speculating about Sony’s new video downloading service.
By - March 2007 Issue, Posted Mar 06, 2007
New DNA microarrays that can profile more than 500,000 exact genetic variations are giving researchers a better view of the genetic causes of many illnesses and helping them work towards more personalized treatments. While experts are nothing but pleased by the new crop of gene chips, they say that five to ten years from now researchers may shift away from current profiling methods toward new sequencing technologies that are currently in their infancy.
By - March 2007 Issue, Posted Mar 01, 2007
An essential part of managing business processes is ensuring that documents get to those who are supposed to see them—and don’t get to those who shouldn’t. This month, IBM FileNet will release its latest product, IBM FileNet P8 4.0, to help ensure that only certain employees within an organization can view particular documents.
By - March 2007 Issue, Posted Feb 27, 2007
Chances are, if you have done something with your computer, determined investigators will find it. In fact, a whole industry has developed around helping government, law enforcement, and enterprises follow digital evidence trails and extract the bits and bytes that trace the path of our digital lives.
By - March 2007 Issue, Posted Feb 27, 2007
Moving from one office to the next takes hundreds of boxes and backbreaking labor. By contrast, moving a company's entire digital content collection from a variety of locations or a legacy content management system into a new CMS to the next doesn't require a single box or any heavy lifting. However content migration is no small undertaking.
By - March 2007 Issue, Posted Feb 20, 2007
Ektron Inc. has introduced new, enhanced search capabilities and other features for version 7.0 of its CMS400.NET Ektron Markup Language, which the company released in late February at the cost of $9,650 for a 10-user license.
By - March 2007 Issue, Posted Feb 20, 2007
When news broke late last year that Microsoft was attempting to patent technologies related to Really Simple Syndication (RSS), it was met with outrage, fury, and countless cries of theft and corporate tyranny.
By - March 2007 Issue, Posted Feb 15, 2007
Looking for a cost-effective way to get new customers for your content? Using public search engines effectively should be your first step. Increasingly, customers are finding companies and products by starting with one of the major search engines. You need to pave the path that will get them to yours.
By - January/February 2007 Issue, Posted Feb 02, 2007
In order to keep up with the challenges and emerging needs of business organizations, ClearStory Systems has introduced PowerDeck, a new addition to the company’s suite of solutions for managing digital assets.
By - January/February 2007 Issue, Posted Jan 30, 2007
Every corner of the web and enterprise technology spectrum is trying to cash in on the Web 2.0 promise (and hype). In the not-so-distant future, your office network might look a little less like Windows Office and a little more like MySpace.
By - January/February 2007 Issue, Posted Jan 26, 2007
Thumbnails could become a new source of livelihood for web publishers who opt to work with PixsyPower—a new monetized image and video search program launched by the Pixsy Corp. in December. Having powered visual search for companies such as PureVideo and Info.com, Pixsy decided to expand its service and provide its platform to anyone with a web page.
By - January/February 2007 Issue, Posted Jan 25, 2007
It may be important for user-generated content (UGC)/search provider GooTube to reach out to major copyright owners in order to avoid major lawsuits. But it’s equally important for content producers to take some initiative and secure rights management into their content as well.
By - January/February 2007 Issue, Posted Jan 23, 2007
Businesses today face a monumental challenge trying to contain and secure confidential content in a high-tech enterprise setting. With more content in motion via email and a variety of devices, the need has never been greater to develop policies and employ solutions to protect sensitive information.
By - January/February 2007 Issue, Posted Jan 19, 2007
Since its founding in 2001, the main goal of ediscovery company Attenex Corp. has been to increase the efficiency of legal professionals during the ediscovery process. The company is now positioned to help its customers abide by new federal rules as well.
By - January/February 2007 Issue, Posted Jan 18, 2007
With the rise of online classifieds, the internet is often seen as a direct competitor to local newspapers. However, in order to survive, many news organizations are figuring out that the internet actually needs to become a trusted ally.
By - January/February 2007 Issue, Posted Jan 16, 2007
A collection of blogs EContent 100 team members hit (or write) on a regular basis. Click and learn.
By - December 2006 Issue, Posted Jan 01, 2007
So who put the “e” in econtent? I’d like to meet this guy. When collections are digitized, why don’t we call it “econtent”? Instead, we talk about creating a “digital library.” The information industry has been busy making content digital for 30 years or so. Yet somehow the idea of turning print indexes into online databases or digitizing entire runs of scholarly journals so that they are full-text searchable just doesn’t capture the public’s attention. It’s only when we call it “econtent” that everyone gets all interested and excited.
By - December 2006 Issue, Posted Nov 28, 2006
Large mergers this year at the top of the content technologies marketplace have led some to opine that these markets are finally maturing. I’m not so sure. Large mergers this year at the top of the content technologies marketplace (IBM swallowing FileNet, Open Text buying Hummingbird, Autonomy taking Verity) have led some to opine that these markets are finally maturing. I’m not so sure.
By - December 2006 Issue, Posted Nov 27, 2006
The EContent team suggests some sites, projects, and resources that—while outside the scope of the EContent 100 list—are well worth a closer look.
By - December 2006 Issue, Posted Nov 15, 2006
Welcome to the sixth annual EContent 100—our list of companies that matter most in the digital content industry.
By - December 2006 Issue, Posted Nov 15, 2006
Get to know a bit about the twelve members of the EContent 100 judging team, the group of experts and industry watchers who formulated the 2006 list of companies that matter most in the digital content industry.
By - December 2006 Issue, Posted Nov 15, 2006
This year we profile the 20 companies that generated the most banter among the EContent 100 Judging team during our month-long wiki-based judging process.
December 2006 Issue, Posted Nov 15, 2006
Our list of the 100 companies that matter most in the digital content industry.
December 2006 Issue, Posted Nov 15, 2006
As enterprise DRM deployments increase in number and scale from single-department to organization-wide, integration with other elements of the enterprise architecture and ease of use by both business and IT users are the two essential requirements for the E-DRM market to fully mature.
By - November 2006 Issue, Posted Nov 14, 2006
These five case studies explore the day-to-day impact of digital content on the way people really work. They demonstrate the transformative power of econtent on the way we create, collaborate, and connect.
By - November 2006 Issue, Posted Nov 07, 2006
Entertainment content creators today must focus on creating content strategies that can evolve along with consumers' perceptions. This content-flexibility conundrum is one that Hollywood and her siblings are rallying to confront.
By - November 2006 Issue, Posted Oct 31, 2006
By sharing cultural history, the countries of the world can come to a better mutual understanding through the digitization of historical newspapers. That’s the idea behind Apex CoVantage’s creation of the Apex Advisory Board for its Global Newspaper Initiative. The purpose of the advisory board is to bring together experts, literaries, and leaders who share the aspirations for the global newspaper. The first advisory board meeting was held on August 22 in Seoul, Korea, during the IFLA World Library and Information Congress.
By - November 2006 Issue, Posted Oct 30, 2006
Sony Pictures’ acquisition of video sharing site Grouper Networks in August 2006 marked another significant move in the shakeout of the social media market. The acquisition, valued at $65 million, gives Sony a powerful Web 2.0 marketing and distribution platform for its media properties and offers Grouper’s consumer creators direct access to a major media distributor. Of course it remains to be seen how Sony will cope with the digital-rights-management conundrum presented in its ownership of a site where copyright policing is almost entirely performed by users themselves.
By - November 2006 Issue, Posted Oct 26, 2006
An executive order signed late this past summer by President George W. Bush requires that government agencies make available to the public information about public health-care cost and quality, creating an unexpected, and unprecedented, opportunity for the health care information management industry.
By - November 2006 Issue, Posted Oct 24, 2006
To thwart shoplifters, retail stores electronically tag merchandise with sensors that can trip invisible alarms on the way out the door. To thwart content thieves, the Software Information Industry Association (SIIA) is launching a similar initiative: the Corporate Content Anti-Piracy Policy (CCAP). CCAP will tag digital print content so that illegal use can be detected. Its two-pronged attack on copyright violations will use both prosecution and education
By - November 2006 Issue, Posted Oct 19, 2006
Times have sure changed since archiving records meant organizing paper files and boxing them up for storage. Today, companies must cope with electronic records including emails, instant messaging, and local and online documents—all compounded by compliance requirements. It’s high time to get these records under control.
By - October 2006 Issue, Posted Oct 10, 2006