Friday, 21 December 2007
Merry Christmas to all BIALL Members and readers of the blog! See you all in the New Year.
The Blog Team
Wednesday, 19 December 2007
Despite the fact it is Christmas I'm not talking about expanding waistlines. In fact what is referred to here is the strategy of Professional Publishing Companies which has seen them move from single volume print publishers to suppliers of "integrated content"
Leading this change is Reed Elsevier (LNB) who are the subject of an article on the Times Online. In it Reed Elseiver Chief Executive Sir Crispin Davis discusses how he sees their strategy developing and perhaps more importantly for Law Firms how he "sees the phenomenon as a route to winning more spending from law firms and medical institutions, as well as increasing contract-renewal rates" Sir Crispin also sees a trend developing in the amount of time an "average" fee-earner now spends using LNB products.
Wednesday, 12 December 2007
The Publishers Association have released the details of their Annual Conference for 2008. Called "What does Higher Education want from Publishers?" the conference will look at the "impact that publishers make on today’s learning experience" More information and registration forms are available on the Publisher Associations website.
Thursday, 6 December 2007
The CLA has introduced a new licence for the Adult Education sector. The enhanced Trial Scanning Licence is now available to all Adult and Community Education and Learning (ACL) providers.
The licence allows for the creation of Digital Copies made from print originals owned by the licensee and for those Digital Copies to be used with technologies such as digital whiteboards, within Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) including email and fax.
A joint standard which has been developed by the publishing industry, working with search engines was launched at the end of last month. The ACAP (Automated Content Access Protocol) initiative allows online content owners to grant search engines like Google rights to "display" their content in search results. Traditionally websites have used a file called Robots.txt to tell search engines which parts of their sites should be indexed and which shouldn't. Recently there has some discussion whether the Robots.txt file provided sufficient depth and complexity to the rules that could be set. It was from these discussions that the ACAP initiative was born.
What does ACAP mean for content owners?
ACAP is seen as a positive move by some content owners with the owners believing the ultimate outcome will be to make more content available by brining it out from behind subscription firewalls. Content owners are being "encouraged" to implement ACAP, the Times Online recently announced that they had done so.
What does ACAP mean for us?
Information Specialists wont see much change in the first instance as very few search engines including Google have yet to sign up or implement ACAP. What ACAP may mean is that more content will become available via search engines that we wont have access to. Information Specialists should be aware of this and the copyright/legal implications of using this content.