As someone who worked for a historical society during the time of its initial
transition into digital formatting, I have first-hand knowledge of the
complexities involved. When this major change first began, we were in a small
building where almost all of our records were cataloged and accessioned in
the old fashioned way. That meant card catalog indices housed in wooden cases
with drawers full of hard copy records. It seems hard to imagine that little
over a decade ago we were working in such a, retrospectively speaking,
primitive environment. Since then, so much has changed it seems like I have
been a character in a science fiction novel. My experience is something being
felt throughout the world of historical archives.
All you need to do is plug in a few keywords on a search engine to see how
widespread this movement is becoming. People not only want, but now deman... (more)
During this week's Federal News Radio Federal Executive Forum pre-recording,
Dr. Leslie Lenert, Director, National Center for Public Health Informatics
(NCPHI) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), shared some
of his thoughts on the future of health care information technology. His
comments included the following:
The NCPHI is focused on (1) improving the link between public health and our
national clinical care systems and (2) automating public health practice. The
biggest change in health care information technology is the establishment of
communications between public health and the health care system. Health
situational awareness is crucial to our ability to monitor public health
problems. We must target situational awareness so that it makes a difference
in individual patient care. One key to addressing privacy and confidentiality
Publisher and author associations sought today to cancel a key hearing in the
Google Books case to allow private negotiations with Google over digitizing
books online. Consumer Watchdog warned that important issues affecting
copyright law should not be negotiated behind closed doors.
Notice of the motion was filed in U.S. District Court today after the
Department of Justice raised objections to the proposed Google Books deal
late last Friday. The nonpartisan, nonprofit Consumer Watchdog had also filed
an amicus brief opposing the settlement. A hearing was scheduled before Judge
Denny Chin on Oct. 7, but the publishers and authors associations said they
are negotiating a new deal with Google and claimed it would make no sense for
a hearing until that is reached.
Read the publishers and authors filing here.
Consumer Watchdog said the settlement cannot be approved in t... (more)
REDWOOD SHORES, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/19/14 -- Oracle (NYSE: ORCL)
To define and benchmark the key attributes of modern, technology-enabled
finance, Oracle and Accenture co-sponsored a global study with Longitude
Research, entitled "Empowering Modern Finance: The CFO as Technology
Evangelist." Respondents included 1,275 CFOs, senior finance executives and
line business executives from organizations around the world of varying sizes
and industries -- 300 of whom were senior non-finance executives -- and found
that: The modern CFO is a technology evangelist who recognizes the value of
digital and cloud technologies for the finance function and the business as a
whole, but a gap remains between CFO ambitions and reality; Finance
departments recognize that cloud capabilities will be useful for budgeting,
planning and forecasting as they fulfill modern fin... (more)
Scriptel® Corporation (Scriptel), a leading provider of electronic signature
capture solutions and devices, today announced the launch of its OmniScript
product, a small integrated web server that can be installed on a personal
computer or embedded device to connect Scriptel ScripTouch® electronic
signature pads to a computer network or local application.
“One of the objectives when designing OmniScript was to give users the
ability to locate and connect to any ScripTouch signature device within their
available network and process workflows on multiple devices
simultaneously,” said Codey Jenkins, Product Manager at Scriptel
Corporation. “OmniScript has many advantages that simplify integration
issues including any web based or installed applications which can directly
manage Scriptel ScripTouch signature pads and create two-way
The resulting produc... (more)
Are you old enough to remember the 1982-1993 TV show Cheers and its theme
song lyrics by Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart Angelo?
“Sometimes you want to go
where everybody knows your name,
and they're always glad you came;
you want to be where you can see,
our troubles are all the same;
you want to be where everybody knows your name.”
Now imagine the creation of that same kind of community feel, but instead of
inside a common location of physicality put the community within the confines
of an electronic screen and you have the popular phenomenon of Facebook.
“We believe that Facebook represents an understudied offline to online
trend in that it originally primarily served a geographically-bound community
When data were collected for this study, membership was restricted to people
with a specific host institution email address, further tying offline
networks to onl... (more)
Box today announced it has brought on Aneesh Chopra, the first Chief
Technology Officer of the United States, and Glen Tullman, former CEO of
Allscripts, to serve as special advisors for the company’s healthcare and
life sciences practice. As advisors, Chopra and Tullman will help Box deepen
its expertise in the healthcare industry and support the growing number of
hospitals, health insurance firms, and medical and pharmaceutical companies
on its platform. In the past year, sales in healthcare and life sciences has
grown six-fold, with new customers like MD Anderson Cancer Center, St. Joseph
Health, UnityPoint Health, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason
(BRI) and Mount Sinai Health System.
"Healthcare is Box's fastest growing vertical, and it’s clear that
there’s a remarkable opportunity to improve the way information is
captured, managed and shared betwe... (more)
HEART on Ulitzer
Ulitzer.com, the first revolutionary "new-media" platform in the
world, announced today that the news syndication for the Holocaust Research
Project topic on Ulitzer has been expanded to include breaking news from news
wires as it happens.
HEART on Ulitzer was launched on April 9, 2009. The aim of H.E.A.R.T is to
inform and educate people about the Holocaust and the extermination programs
conducted by the Nazi regime throughout Europe during the Second World War.
H.E.A.R.T research and material is contributed from a group of independent
Holocaust researchers who devote their spare time to research for the
production of this website and other forms of related publications, such as
leaflets and books.
H.E.A.R.T is run by its trustees and directors, who manage the daily
administration of the website, review all research materials, fact checking,
and ... (more)
We have come a long way in the history/archives /library world. The internet
and now open source programming is swinging doors & windows wide open for the
little guy or gal.
The audience can now be wooed and targeted like never before and across the
globe to boot!
I own a website http://researchhistory.org that utilizes the relatively
inexpensive resources of open source programming.
As the domain name indicates my site's content is about history. Over many
years of experience, I have gained the knowledge of web hosting, programming,
and digital history.
Digital History is the process of taking historical materials books,
manuscripts, image indexes, maps and more and making them accessible
globally. Another key element is making sure your site is an e-commerce site.
That way clients can easily navigate and purchase items at will.
If you are interested in seeking o... (more)
IBM on Thursday announced plans to enlist some of the company's leading
scientists and technologists to help medical practitioners and insurance
companies provide high-quality, evidence-based care to patients. As part of
this initiative, IBM is collaborating with clinicians in medical institutions
and hiring medical doctors to work alongside its researchers to develop new
technologies, scientific advancements and business processes for healthcare
and insurance providers.
Dedicating $100 million over the next three years, the initiative will draw
on IBM's leadership in systems integration, services research, cloud
computing, analytics and emerging scientific areas - such as nanomedicine and
computational biology - to drive innovations that empower practitioners to
focus their efforts on patient care.
More than 100 researchers across IBM's nine worldwide research labo... (more)
Jon Orwant is an Engineering Manager at Google, with Google Books under him.
He used to be CTO at O’Reilly, and was educated at MIT Media Lab. He’s
giving a talk to Harvard’s librarians about his perspective on how
libraries might change, a topic he says puts him out on a limb. Title of his
talk: “Deriving the library from first principles.” If we were to start
from scratch, would they look like today’s? He says no.
NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key
information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small
matters. Paraphrasing badly. Not running a spellpchecker. Mangling other
people’s ideas and words. You are warned, people.
Part I: Trends.
He says it’s not controversial that patrons are accessing more info online.
Foot traffic to libraries is going down. Library budgets are being squeezed.
“Public libraries are d... (more)