XBRL International, Inc. (XII) announced that during its October meeting in Beijing, Arleen Thomas, Senior Vice President, Member Competency and Development, AICPA, has been elected Chair of the XII International Steering Committee (ISC) for 2011. David G. van den Ende, Director with Deloitte Netherlands, was elected as 2nd Vice Chair representing At-Large members. Five At-Large members of the ISC were also elected: Li Dan, China Ministry of Finance; John Turner, CoreFiling; Caetano Nobre, MZ Consult S.A.; Shiping Liu, Global Business Intelligence Consulting Corporation (GBICC); and Avinash Chander, The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). www.xbrl.orgRead More
What is hot in XML these days? I have been to a few conferences and meetings, talked with many clients, participated in various research projects, and developed case studies on emerging approaches to XML adoption. DITA (Darwin Information Typing Architecture) is hot. Semantically enriched XML is hot. Both enable some interesting functionality for content delivered via print, on the web, and through mobile delivery channels. These include dynamic assembly of content organized into a variety of forms for custom uses, improved search and discovery of content, content interoperability across platforms, and distributed collaboration in creating and managing content.
On November 30, prior to the Gilbane Conference in Boston, Geoff Bock and I will be holding our 3rd workshop on Smart Content which is how we refer to semantically enriched, modular content (it’s easier to say). In the seminar we will discuss what makes content smart, how it is being developed and deployed in several organizations, and dive into some technical details on DITA and semantic enrichment. This highly interactive seminar has been well received in prior sessions, and will be updated with our recently completed research findings. More information on the seminar is available at http://gilbaneboston.com/10/workshops.html.
By the way, t The research report, entitled Smart Content in the Enterprise, is now available at the research section at Gilbane.com. It (now available from Outsell Inc) includes several interesting case studies from a variety of organizations, and a lot of good information for those considering taking their content to the next level. We encourage you to download it (it is free). I also hope to see you in Boston at the workshop.
Accredited Standards Committee X12 announced the release of a collection of XML schemas supporting the content mandated under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The schemas are generated from the same database used to publish the HIPAA mandated ASC X12 Technical Reports. Over the past several years organizations have created proprietary XML schemas based on the generic ASC X12 standards and associated implementation guides. Some of those schemas are sold as part of vendor applications, some are freely distributed, and many are internal to an organization. None represent official derivatives of the associated ASC X12 work products. This schema production approach ensures that every structure and all data elements can be represented in an XML document and validated with the schemas. ASC X12 TR3 Schemas are licensed for internal use or for redistribution in vendor products. Applicable errata will be incorporated into each ASC X12 TR3 Schema, and a new version made available to purchasers at no additional cost, once the errata is mandated under HIPAA. Each schema package also includes the ASC X12 Technical Report Type 2, Constructing XML Schema Definition Element Names from ASC X12 Metadata.Read More
IBM has announced further expansion of its information management portfolio, this time in the compliance and legal hold space with the acquisition of PSS Atlas, an e-Discovery vendor that provides software for document analysis, management and disposal. How much IBM paid for PSS has not been made public, but the acquisition adds a piece to its GRC solutions, to which it recently added Open Pages, a company that provides software for developing risk, compliance and internal audits strategies in the financial space. Designed specifically for enterprise legal departments, PSS’s software gives enterprises an overview of their corporate information, automates governance of that information and ultimately sets out disposal schedules for information that is no longer needed. PSS Systems was one of the founders of the Compliance, Governance and Oversight Council (CGOC), as well as the Information Governance Process Maturity Model, which includes process assessment and business case methodologies as well as models for best practice in the industry. IBM is not the only one starting to play big in the security and compliance market. This summer alone, Intel agreed to pay US$ 7.68 billion for McAfee, HP announced that it was buying security software provider ArcSight for US$ 1.5 billion and only a few weeks prior to that had beat Dell to pay US $2.07 billion for data storage and security company 3Par. http://www.ibm.com http://www.pss-systems.com/Read More
Amazon has announced a new format of eBook which will provide writers with 10,000 to 30,000 words (roughly 30 to 90 pages), and will get a separate section dedicated to it in their store. Amazon argues that a good writer could produce a well researched, argued and illustrated point across various topics effectively with these constraints. "Kindle Singles" will be Kindle books that are twice the length of a New Yorker feature or as much as a few chapters of a typical book. Kindle Singles will have their own section in the Kindle Store and be priced much less than a typical book. They aimed their announcement as a call to serious writers, thinkers, scientists, business leaders, historians, politicians and publishers to join them in making such works available to readers around the world. Like all Kindle content, Kindle Singles will be "Buy Once, Read Everywhere"–customers will be able to read them across Kindle compatible devices. http://www.amazon.com/Read More
Traditionally, publishing is a pushy process. When I have something to say, I write it down. Perhaps I revise it, check with colleagues, and verify my facts with appropriate authorities. Then I publish it, and move on to the next thing – without directly interacting with my audience and stakeholders. Whether I distribute the content electronically or in a hard copy format, I leave it to my readers to determine the value of whatever I publish.
However, as we describe in our recently completed report Smart Content in the Enterprise, XML applications can transform this conventional publishing paradigm. By smart content, we mean content that is granular at the appropriate level, semantically rich, useful across applications, and meaningful for collaborative interaction.
From a business perspective, smart content adds value to published information in new and compelling ways. Let’s consider the experiences of NetApp and Warrior Gateway, two of the organizations featured in our report.
As a provider of storage and data management solutions, NetApp has invested a lot of time and effort embracing DITA and restructuring its technical documentation. By systematically tagging and managing content components, and by focusing on the underlying content development processes, writers and editors can keep up with the pace of product releases.
But there is more to this publishing process orientation. Beyond simply producing product information faster and cheaper, NetApp is poised to make publishing better. The company can now easily support its reseller partners by providing them with the DITA tagged content that they can directly incorporate into their own OEM solutions. Resellers’ customers get just the information they need, directly from the source. With its XML application, NetApp incorporates its partners and stakeholders into its information value chain.
As a content aggregator, Warrior Gateway collects, organizes, enriches, and redistributes content about a wide range of health, welfare, and veteran-related services to soldiers, veterans, and their families. Rather than simply compiling an online catalog of service providers’ listings, Warrior Gateway restructures the content that government, military, and local organizations produce, and enriches it by adding veteran-related categories and other information. Furthermore, Warrior Gateway adds a social dimension by encouraging contributions from veterans and family members.
Once stored within the XML application powering Warrior Gateway, the content is easily reorganized and reclassified to provide the veterans’ perspective about areas of interest and importance. Volunteers working with Warrior Gateway can add new categories when necessary. Service providers can claim their profile and improve their own data details. Even the public users can contribute to content to the gateway, a crowd sourcing strategy to efficiently collect feedback from users. With contributions from multiple stakeholders, the published listings can be enriched over time without requiring a large internal staff to add the extra information.
Capturing New Business Value
There’s a lot more detail about how the XML applications work in our case studies – I recommend that you check them out.
What I find intriguing is the range of promising and potentially profitable business models engendered by smart content. Enterprise publishers have new options and can go beyond simply pushing content through a publishing process. Now they can build on their investments, and capture the pull of content value.Read More
Attributor, provider of DRM solutions, has released it’s latest piracy study that quantifies book piracy, including the number of downloads taking place. The latest report in January 2010 had the lost value from book piracy in the U.S. estimated at $2.8 billion. Attributor has released new research that examines the demand for pirated e-books across the Web and calculates how many people look for pirated e-book material on a daily basis. The study aims to determine the behavior of Internet users with regards to book piracy and highlights the growing problem of online piracy. Based on this research, Attributor also today announced partnerships with Macmillan and Kensington Publishing Corp. to support its Attributor Protected Badge program, a global campaign to drive consumer awareness about fair trade and distribution of e-books and protection of author royalties. Key findings from the recent study include: 50 percent increase in online searches for pirated downloads throughout the past year; 1.5-3 million daily Google queries for pirated e-books; 20 percent increase in demand for pirated downloads since the iPad became widely available in mid-May 2010; 54 percent increase in pirated e-book demand since August 2009; Proliferation of smaller sites that host and supply pirated e-books – a shift from larger sites like Rapidshare dominating the syndication market; “Breaking Dawn” by Stephanie Meyer registered the most pirated copy searches throughout the study; Widespread international demand, with the largest number of searches during the study originated in the United States (11 percent), India (11 percent) and Mexico (5 percent).Read More
XBRL International, Inc., (XII), the global standard setting body for the XBRL, released “Preserve. Promote. Participate. Moving XBRL Forward,” a core vision document that outlines six strategic initiatives to continue the momentum of the XBRL standard. “Preserve. Promote. Participate.” invites all business reporting stakeholders to get involved in advancing the XBRL standard, outlines the strategic initiatives proposed by the XBRL International Standards Board (XSB), and discusses how these initiatives position XBRL for the future while preserving current investments. Developed after deliberations and consideration of worldwide input received from XII’s February 2010 Discussion Document, “Preserve. Promote. Participate.” outlines these initiatives: 1. Create an abstract model to provide a conceptual framework for understanding XBRL and give developers a strong foundation for implementing XBRL solutions. 2. Produce quality training materials to support developers and educate those new to XBRL. 3. Define standard Application Programming Interface (API) signatures that enable software applications to more easily and consistently connect with XBRL-enabled systems. 4. Reorganize the existing XBRL technical specification to make it more readable and easier to understand. 5. Enhance data comparability to enable richer analysis across a wider set of data, regardless of project boundaries. 6. Create application profiles to simplify the application development process by decomposing the XBRL technology stack into smaller components. A copy of the document can be downloaded at http://www.xbrl.org/2010Initiatives/XBRL2010Initiatives.pdf.Read More
Percussion Software, the Web Content Management (WCM) vendor, announced the immediate availability of CM1, a new web content management system for organizations to create, deploy, and maintain sophisticated websites with no development required. Percussion CM1 is intended for marketing teams who don’t have access to development resources but still want to quickly build and manage highly interactive, social, scalable websites and open up content contribution to users across their organizations. CM1 replaces complex development with a drag-and-drop interface, not only for contributors, but also for website designers and administrators. With CM1, business users can: Create and modify page templates by simply dragging and dropping regions onto pages; Use a library of widgets to add functionality and interactivity to pages; Leverage in-context (WYSIWYG) or form-based content editors to allow any user to easily add content; Reuse content assets across their website; Integrate social media content from sources such as Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and Facebook with a few clicks; Create SEO-friendly pages and clean URLs; Preview and stage content before it goes live; Control workflows and tiered user administration; and manage an unlimited number of websites from within the same system. CM1 is based on Percussion’s enterprise platform, CM System. http://www.percussion.com/Read More