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Custom Printing at 10K Wizard

Marydee Ojala @ 11:34 am

Via their blog post , I learned that 10K Wizard how has custom printing, so you can print just the part of a filing that you want. Cool.

Internet Librarian International 2006

Marydee Ojala @ 9:30 pm

We haven’t put out the call for papers yet, but if anyone’s interested in giving a talk, let me know!

Knovel Bear Cubs

Marydee Ojala @ 8:00 pm

As the Online Information exhibition was closing, I went past the Knovel stand. A friend very kindly provided me with some of the bear cubs saying I would probably find good use for them. Well, I did. In fact, I think it would be interesting for Knovel to have a contest similar to Peter Morville’s Laughing Lemur contest. He challenged people to put copies of his book, Ambient Findability, which has a lemur on the cover, in interesting places, photograph them, and upload the photos to Flickr.

Surely I’m not the only one to have such inquisitive Knovel bear cubs!

Business Week Deinternationalizes

Marydee Ojala @ 9:15 am

OK, so maybe deinternationalize isn’t a word. I even thought about calling it reinternationalizing. Business Week has decided to do away with its various international editions in print while creating specialized international content on the Web site. The press release notes the increase in traffic to the site from “international” users, by which I assume it means non-U.S. readers. On the surface, this looks like a step away from reporting on international business news. I don’t think that’s it. In a global economy, what happens in any country could be of interest to someone in another country. By putting all its stories on the Web, BW is acknowledging that regional editions are no longer viable in today’s Internet-centric world. That’s what I’m calling reinternationalization.

The BW announcement reminded me of an incident from years ago when I worked at a multinational bank. One of our “frequent traveler” executives had read a story in BW and had, of course, left the copy on the plane. We couldn’t find it in any of the databases that purported to carry the full text of BW. I phoned the local BW business office and they determined the story had only run in the European edition. They got the issue for me from their internal contacts. Shortly thereafter, ABI/INFORM began to carry all the stories from all the regional editions of BW, for which I was duly thankful. That anecdote seems so quaint today and will be even quainter as other publications follow BW’s lead and reinternationalize.

Reflecting on Online Information

Marydee Ojala @ 12:27 pm

We closed out the InfoToday Blog midday (London time) on Friday. Somehow there were lots of other things I wanted to say that I lacked the time for during the Online Information show. Not to mention the lack of a decent connection other than in my hotel room. And if I’m in my room blogging, I’m missing the conference.

At least one person (thanks, Anne) took me to task for my post about Factiva. I guess I wasn’t clear enough. The Wall Street Journal Europe subscription includes a subscription to WSJ.com . The Wall Street Journal here in the U.S. does not. My point was that, even if you weren’t in Europe, you could access stories from the paper if you were a Factiva subscriber.

Other impressions: On the exhibit floor, there was very little French presence. I can recall when numerous French information companies banded together and there was an entire French section of the hall. An interview with Dominique Vallee, the president of GFII, by Francois Libmann, that appeared in the October 2005 issue of BASES (full text is not online, but the publisher can be found here ) explains that GFII this year decided not to organize the French Pavilion but rather to concentrate its efforts on its own conference, the i-expo.

The EUSIDIC organization was back. Earlier this year, there was concern about the future of this association for European information professionals and information companies. It lost its URL, which is now owned by a bank, and postponed its Fall conference. The conference is now scheduled for 9-11 April 2006 in Innsbruck. I wish they’d picked different dates, since those conflict with Buying & Selling eContent in Arizona to which I’m already committed to going. I’m afraid EUSIDIC still has some problems, however. At Online Information, all its information about how to become a member said that prospective members should contact CAOS, the Dutch firm that had acted as Secretariat to EUSIDIC. But CAOS (what an unfortunate acronym!) says they no longer represent EUSIDIC. The new Web site’s link to “member registration” takes you to a dead CAOS page. For a struggling organization, to turn away prospective members like that is not a good sign.

Speaking of associations, I had the impression at this year’s SLA breakfast that it was populated mainly by British members, plus some Americans. I think in prior years, there were more members from outside the UK.

It was good to see companies like Google exhibiting this year. I’d love to see more Web companies having exhibit stands next year.

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