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EFF amicus brief urges protection for news search engine

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AP argues for dangerously narrow view of ‘fair use’ in battle over news-tracking service

San Francisco – The Electronic Frontier Foundation has urged a federal judge today to protect fair use of news coverage and reject the Associated Press’ (AP’s) dangerously narrow view of what is “transformative” in a copyright court battle over a news-tracking service. Continue reading


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Alfresco unveils Records Management 2.0

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Open source Alfresco launches Records Management 2.0

Open source doyen Alfresco takes wraps off latest Records Management 2.0 for enterprise file capabilities

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus /London/ +++ Alfresco’s newest Records Management 2.0 is now available for serving enterprise organisations and government departments for management of governance and compliance processes.

According to the open source content software specialist, RM 2.0 boasts open source records management and retention tools. Continue reading

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Book search case threatens librarians’ access to information

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Hugh D’Andrade’s design to commemorate Electronic Frontier Foundation’s 20th Birthday.

Ignoring fair use doctrine, Authors Guild suit tries to block valuable resource

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus /London/ +++ The Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed an amicus brief urging a federal court to find that the ‘fair use doctrine’ shelters Google’s Book Search “snippet” project from copyright infringement claims from the Authors Guild.

EFF was joined by three associations representing over 100,000 libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, the American Library Association, and the Association of College and Research Libraries. Continue reading

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Judges find Feds’ GPS surveillance breaches Fourth Amendment

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Supreme Court finds against Feds

Unanimous Supreme Court ensures Americans have protections from GPS surveillance – EFF amicus brief argued that government installation and use of GPS is a search

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has confirmed that Americans have constitutional protections against GPS surveillance by law enforcement, holding in U.S. v. Jones that GPS tracking is a “search” under the Fourth Amendment. Continue reading

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REVIEW: Plustek OptiBook 3800 Professional Book Scanner

Optibook 3800 scanner

Specially-designed to scan books, without the dreaded ‘shady-spine-bending’ of traditional scanners


ECM Plus +++ Many people these days are throwing out their old flatbed scanners for more ‘upright’ pert multifunction devices, which makes the debut of new flatbed machines that much more challenging. Continue reading

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DataStoreDSX ups the ante in ECM fray

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Enterprise content and compliance controls relentless growth of content

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Enterprise content, risk and compliance management software vendor Hitec has just launched DataStoreDSX enterprise content management platform. Continue reading

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REVIEWS: Scanners – Plustek SmartOffice PS286 Plus

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Even as the Internet has made online viewing and transferring of documents more commonplace, the rise and rise of document capture continues unabated.

Driven in no small part by increasing levels of compliance and red tape bureaucratic processes imposed by the burgeoning ‘jobsworth’ industry of central state ‘regulations’ and nannying ‘procedures’, a good scanner is your best friend in the home or office these days, with the need for nifty scanners for personal document capture continuing at breakneck speed. Continue reading

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Fourth amendment adds encryption protection for PDFs

Introducing Scroogle

WebSearch claims to be easier to use than other search engines. Image: Edgeworks Ltd.

New search and retrieval capabilities for encrypted PDF documents

By ECM Plus staff

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+++ New protection capabilities in the latest WebSearch v 4.0 component of DocuLex’s Archive Studio Content Management Suite can now search documents and retrieve content in real-time with password-protected PDF files. Continue reading

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Jahia hones sixth sense with latest UberCMS

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Jahia now boasts myriad new features

V 6.5 enterprise content management system is first zero-coding user experience composition, bridging web, portal, social, search, mobile, and content management, with a single composite platform


ECM Plus +++ Jahia, provider of open source CMS has just taken the wraps off Version 6.5, in what it claims is ‘the first open source, zero-coding, next-generation CMS’, boasting a raft of new features with enterprise capabilities.

V6.5 now bridges web, portal, social, search, mobile user experience, and content management, with a single composite platform. Continue reading

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Search engine behemoth lambasted in new book


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New book alleges that search behemoth has become a serial violator of privacy and property rights

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ ‘SEARCH & DESTROY: Why You Can’t Trust Google Inc.’ is the first book to critically examine Google’s business practices, mission, and unprecedented power over information access and the digital economy.  Continue reading

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Mozilla Firefox sallies fourth into browser hegemony

Firefox: Insurgent burning down the established order

Firefox insurgency burning down the ancien regime

Open source web browswer Firefox 4 eclipses Internet Explorer 9 – StatCounter


ECM Plus +++ Insurgent Internet web browser player Mozilla Firefox has just launched Version 4 of its popular web software, and according to independent webstat bellwether StatCounter, has already nabbed 1.95 percent of the worldwide Internet browser user base.

StatCounter reports that on the first day of Firefox 4’s official release yesterday, it scored higher globally than even the new Internet Explorer Version 9 which was launched over a week ago. Continue reading

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Upcoming UK Census data offshoring destined for more debacles

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ONS offshoring Briton's personal data for £150m

Report reveals 2011 UK Census of private data set to go offshore to foreign agencies, increasing probability of yet more Government-sanctioned personal data breaches

ECM Plus – A new Guardian report indicates that the British Government’s Office of National Statistics is to pay a foreign agency £150 million in taxpayer money to undertake the collection and processing of Britain’s families and personal income data, with new extra questions in this year’s Census demanding to know the details of sources of incomes as well as additional personal data in the 32-page questionnaire, now destined to go offshore in the government cutbacks and ‘efficiency-savings’ outsourcing deal. Continue reading

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Sitecore supports JFK legacy with CMS content migration

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Inaugural Address of John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the U.S.

Kennedy’s legacy informs and inspires world with help from Sitecore and Velir

ECM Plus – The John F. Kennedy Library has just completed a major digitisation project for the museum’s archives of hundreds of thousands of documents, photographs and sound recordings.

The content is now more accessible and useful for educational and public service, the Museum curators said.

CMS vendor Sitecore and Velir said that the contents of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library saw the launch of a new website using Sitecore’s software which helped the JFK Library’s Digital Archives go live last week.

In preparation for the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s inauguration as the 35th President of the United States, the website has been designed to improve access to some 200,000 pages of textual content, 1,500 images, as well as 1,250 files of audio recordings and moving images and even 340 telephone conversations.

According to the curators, the new website now offers the public access to the JFK archival assets with an enhanced search function for easier and faster access.

John Hawley, director of web development for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library’s Museum said: “We wanted to ensure that we created a virtual experience that made it easy for people from around the world to discover and access educational and inspirational content that has the power to inspire all generations. From a technology perspective, improved site navigation was a large focus of the website redesign. The website needed to be easy to navigate so that it properly showcased the newly available information. For example, the new search engine allows visitors to enter the word ‘moon’ and pull up virtually every document, tape, and speech related to JFK’s mission to land men on the moon.”

Sitecore and technology partner Velir collaborated using its Content Management System to customise the new website and to integrate Sitecore’s CMS to enable online video, faceted search, and digital asset management.

The project, dubbed as “Access to a Legacy,” is the largest, most advanced digital archive created by a Presidential Library not “born digital”.

Among the documents include a handwritten version of Kennedy’s inaugural address and notes and tapes made during the Cuban missile crisis.

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IE slide sees Mozilla on the march

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Mozilla Firefox gaining market share

Internet Explorer market share collapsing as insurgents gain

ECM Plus – Internet Explorer browser has fallen below 50 percent of the worldwide market for the first time, according to new data from StatCounter.

According to the web analytics firm, the current use of the Internet Explorer web browser software application has now collapsed to just 49.87% during September of 2010, followed by Mozilla Firefox, rising to 31.5 percent of total worldwide web browser usage, 

Aodhan Cullen, CEO at StatCounter said “Just two years ago IE dominated the worldwide market with 67%.”

Cullen noted that the recent European regulators’ demand that citizens in European nations be offered a choice of web browser with the Windows operating system may have tipped IE below 50% globally.

In Europe, StatCounter found, Internet Explorer has collapsed even further, with just 40.26 percent usage in September 2010, slumping from 46.44 percent in the same month just a year earlier.

In North America, Internet Explorer is still being used by slightly more than half of all web browsers, at 52.3 percent, followed by Firefox rising to 27.21 percent and Chrome bacl at 9.87 percent.

StatCounter Global Stats are based on aggregate data collected by StatCounter on a sample exceeding 15 billion page views per month collected from across the StatCounter network of more than three million websites.

Source: StatCounter Global Stats – Browser Market Share

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Exalead and Objective marry document management with cloud for semantic search


Objective opinion: semantic search does it for DM

Enterprise search becomes object of desire for Exalead

ECM Plus – Objective Corporation has just inked a new strategic partnership with Exalead for full-text and enterprise search technology.

Exalead, a division of Dassault Systemes, is a global leader of information access solutions and search-based applications for the enterprise.

Tony Walls, CEO at Objective Corporation said: “Our customers’ document volumes continue to grow exponentially. By 2020, we anticipate our largest customers will have in excess of one billion documents in their Objective repositories and potentially more than 10 million documents re-indexed every day.

“To support this growth, we needed a search partner that could ensure performance and scalability into the future. Exalead’s technical vision and shared philosophy for delivering beneficial customer outcomes made them our preferred partner.”

Exalead CloudView uses semantic technologies to bring structure, meaning and accessibility to previously unused or under-used data in the new hybrid enterprise and web information cloud.

Walls added: “As our portfolio of public sector solutions expand, search technology plays a vital role in many contexts. This includes leveraging the rich search indexes constructed by Exalead to reduce the cost and complexity of systems integration, helping to realize Objective’s broader connected government vision.”

Exalead’s CloudView will be a core technology in the integrated enterprise / software-as-a-service platform that underpins Objective’s portfolio of public sector solutions and will be included in the solutions from Q4 2010.

“For our customers, the benefits from this partnership are substantial. Increasingly, our customers are focused on leveraging the value of their growing document repositories” Walls added. “The capability and flexibility of CloudView will be delivered to our customer’s in the form of new simple, fast and engaging user experiences.”

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Long search ends for DocStor

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Isis, sister and husband of Osiris, mother of Horus: a hard act to follow

DocStor selects ISYS Embedded Search for eStor document management integration

By Paul Quigley

ECM Plus – ISYS Search Software has just formed a new OEM partnership with document management firm DocStor that will see DocStor using the ISYS Integration Kit to embed enterprise search functionality to access required information, irrespective of location or format.

DocStor’s eStor product has a range of document management solutions for organisations to help cut storage costs, as well as move towards the renowned ‘paperless office’ utopia.

The company said that the addition of ISYS helps find and locate stored information quickly and enabled enterprise-class federated search, text-mining and embedded search capabilities across a broad range of formats, languages and platforms.

Barry Minty of DocStor said: “The ISYS technology was incredibly straightforward to implement and adds significant value to our customers. We are already progressing a number of other deals involving ISYS, and we feel this will be the start of a successful partnership.”

Nicky Doherty, VP EMEA at ISYS Search Software added “Once information has been uploaded and stored, the challenge is enabling enterprise-wide information access. Searching for and locating the required content, whatever and wherever it is, becomes vital to ensuring productivity and efficiency levels remain high. This is the part of the jigsaw that we can work closely with DocStor to accomplish for existing clients like the RMP and others in the future.”

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