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I’m a little proud of this, although it’s a total hack job, and not in the good sense.Take it as a library mashup. Harvard Library has 13M items in its collection. Harvard is digitizing many of them, but as of now you cannot do a full text search of them. Google Books had 30M books digitized as of a year ago. You can do full-text searches of them. So, I wrote a little app that lets you search Google Books for text, and then matches up the results with books in Harvard Library. It’s a proof of concept, and I’m counting the concept as proved, or at least as promising. On the other hand, my API key for Google Books only allows 2,000 queries a day, so it’s not practical on the licensing front. This project runs on top of LibraryCloud, an open source library metadata server created by the Harvard Library Innovation Lab that I co-direct (until Sept.). LibraryCloud provide... (more)

Health IT and Cloud Based Mobility Solutions

Stephen Chilton Last week I wrote that I believe enterprise mobility will transform Healthcare more than just about any industry outside of media.  Healthcare requires access to a lot of data, the collection of a lot of data and collaboration with many others in mobile environments.  This traditional paper intensive industry is already rapidly digitizing, and now in the process of mobilizing.  However, some of the biggest challenges are figuring out how to mobilize large numbers of back-end systems and processes cost effectively. Stephen Chilton, Director of IT for the University Hospital Birmingham (UHB) in the UK faced these challenges.   I recorded a podcast with him last year that you can listen to here.  He researched how he could use cost effective mobile solutions to assist doctors, nurses, clinical staff and executives in their every day routine jobs that di... (more)

Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of September 15, 2013

The Mobile Commerce News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile commerce and marketing, mobile payments, mobile money, e-wallets, mobile banking, mobile ads and mobile security that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting market size and market trend information. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Mobile sales rose by 133 percent year on year in August to £1.6 billion, underlining the huge growth in consumer awareness and confidence in shopping on smartphone and tablet devices.  The figures, from Capgemini consultancy and UK online retail association IMRG, also found that overall online sales rose by 18 percent in August 2013, compared with the same period in 2012.  Read Origin... (more)

Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of September 29, 2013

The Mobile Health News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to mobile health that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly With the rise of the iPhone, Android and other mobile devices has come a flood of applications designed to help people stay healthy. Now, the FDA will focus on monitoring a handful of apps that turn smartphones into devices, like a heart monitor, or medical attachments that plug into smartphones, like arm cuffs that measure blood pressure.  Read Original Content For people who forget to take their meds—which is about half of us—Janssen Healthcare Innovation has introduced a free mobile app... (more)

Security in the Frenetic Age

There has been a lot of talk about data leaks and data privacy lately, not naming any names. The articles and blog entries on this topic are filled with outrage and spoken with dropped jaws. I have to admit that the only shock I experience on this subject is at how shocked people are. As divisive as these issues are, fundamental questions remain. How much privacy should be expected? How many times a week are you prompted to accept a long block of terms and conditions in order to access online services? How many times do you read them? Isn’t that the scary part? The mobile revolution has brought us into the Frenetic Age. Hear two bars of a song you like? Buy it on iTunes. Order a tasty looking burrito? Instagram it.  Overcome by wit?  Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr…  Digitizing our social lives — and our lives in general — leaves a trail of data.  Eric Schmidt claims th... (more)

Clio and Fujitsu Partner to deliver Cloud Document Scanning for Legal Offices

Themis Solutions Inc releases ScanSnap integration as part of Clio's mobile app SUNNYVALE, Calif, and DUBLIN, Ireland, March 28, 2014 — Clio, the leading cloud-based practice management solution, and Fujitsu, the market leader in document imaging scanners, have teamed up to offer a wireless scanning solution built into Clio's award-winning iOS application. Touted as a marked leap forward towards paperless legal offices, the integration offers the ability to scan documents directly to a Clio account via your iPhone from a Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 scanner. By taking advantage of the integration, mobile lawyers on the go can utilize their ScanSnap scanner to scan documents directly to the appropriate matter within Clio, whenever they like, wherever they are. This added productivity feature continues to provide lawyers with greater freedom and flexibility when managing ... (more)

Mobile Apps, Code Halos, the Sharing Economy and Trustonomics

I love receiving gifts in the form of new insights!  It doesn't matter if others received the same gift years ago and I am just getting it now.  If it is new to me, I get excited.  It is like waking up in the morning and discovering a new room in your house.  I read an article by Thomas Friedman in the New York Times this weekend titled, "And Now for a Bit of Good News."  The subject of the article was the new "sharing economy," think Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, etc.  In the article, Friedman calls Airbnb a "Trust Platform."  To me, this weekend, this term was a gift.  He is so right. I have used Airbnb many times when traveling with my family, and to date have been very pleased with our experiences.  Often the transactions are sizeable as I am reserving a home in a desirable location for a week.  I am engaging in a transaction of some size with a person I don't know, in a ho... (more)

A Win for DocuSign is a Win for Customers

The morning our e-mail inbox flashed the news that DocuSign picked up a Tabby Award for Best Personal Productivity app, we let out “woohoos” not only for the success of DocuSign’s mobile app, but for our customers who are rapidly digitizing their businesses and lives and using mobile to stay productive no matter where life takes them.   As a quick recap, the Tabby awards are a global competition for the best tablet apps worldwide. This year came with some pretty impressive competition from around the world. This makes us that much more honored to be a 2014 Tabby Award User’s Choice Winner amongst well-known publishers like Disney, Flipboard, Kobo, National Geographic, Nickelodeon and Rosetta Stone from across the globe including Belarus, Canada, the Czech Republic, Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.   The “Users Choice” award is extra special ... (more)

MMR Information Systems, Inc. to Enter Into Definitive Agreement With Unis-Tonghe Technology in China

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/19/09 -- MMR Information Systems, Inc. (OTCBB: MMRF) ("MMR"), and Unis-Tonghe Technology (Zhengzhou) Co., Ltd ("UNIS"), announced that they will enter into a definitive agreement by the end of this year to form a joint venture to build a customized version of MMR's proprietary personal health record ("PHR") services (www.mymedicalrecords.com) and professional document imaging and management solutions in China. Luo Jianhui, Vice President and Chairman of Unisoft Group, Unis-Tonghe Technology, and Robert H. Lorsch, Chairman and CEO of MMR Information Systems, Inc., made the announcement today following meetings held last week at UNIS' corporate offices adjacent to Tsinghua University in Beijing. UNIS is a subsidiary of Unisplendour Corporation Limited (SHE: 00938) (www.unis.cn), one of China's leading IT firms employing more than... (more)

MMR Information Systems to Become MMR Global

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/19/10 -- MMR Information Systems, Inc. (OTCBB: MMRF), parent of MyMedicalRecords, Inc., which provides consumer-controlled Personal Health Records (PHRs) (www.mymedicalrecords.com) and electronic safe deposit box storage solutions (www.myesafedepositbox.com), announced today that it will begin doing business as MMR Global as a result of its rapidly expanding its products and services worldwide, from the U.S. to countries in Asia, Europe and South America. MMR also announced it has scheduled an investor call hosted by Chairman and CEO Robert H. Lorsch that will be webcast on Thursday, January 21 at 1:15 p.m. PST (4:15 p.m. EST) to inform investors about its growing international business. "MMR Global more accurately reflects the Company's evolution into a true worldwide provider of solutions and services that help consumers and... (more)

iCIMS Hosts Conference for Dallas HR Executives

MATAWAN, N.J., Oct. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- iCIMS, a leading provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) talent acquisition software solutions for growing businesses, today announced that the company will be hosting a complimentary HR Executive Luncheon at the Crowne Plaza in Dallas, Texas on Thursday, November 8, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event, titled "The Future of Recruiting in the Age of Social Media and a More Mobile Workforce," will include topical presentations from industry executives and a networking session. (Photo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121029/NY01030 ) The event will kick-off with a presentation from Susan Vitale, Chief Marketing Officer, iCIMS. Vitale will be sharing valuable information regarding where the talent acquisition market is moving for applicants, hiring managers, and HR professionals in her presentation, "The Future ... (more)