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Month: November 2008 (Page 1 of 5)

Welcome Dale Waldt!

I am happy to announce that long time colleague Dale Waldt has joined us officially as a Senior Consultant. Dale has worked with us on a few projects over the years, and I have known him since the early days of SGML when he was at the IRS (who were early supporters of SGML). Dale also spent many years as VP Product Technology at RIA, the tax publishing business unit of the Thomson Corporation designing SGML and XML applications, and has spent the last few years helping organizations understand the business benefits of, and implement, XML strategies. We’ll post Dale’s bio shortly, but Dale will be at Gilbane Boston next week, along with most of us, where someone at out booth can help you track him down to meet him.
Dale is obviously steeped in XML expertise, and he is also a great communicator. Dale will be joining our XML practice, but will also be helping out in other areas where he has expertise including content management, digital asset management, and social media.
Dale’s email address is: dale@gilbane.com and his phone extension is 155.
Welcome Dale!

Gilbane Boston: Content Globalization Track

We’re looking forward to a great conference, and especially excited for the globalization track. Although our state-side audience is gearing up for turkey dinners, there’s still time get a great education at Gilbane Boston next week!

Register here for the full conference or for free – yes, I said free – access to the Technology Showcase, keynotes, and sponsor reception.

Gilbane Boston Content Globalization Track

Special Keynote 2: Foundations for Global Content Value Chain Strategies
Moderator: Mary Laplante, Vice President, Consulting, Gilbane Group
Speakers:
David Lee, Manager eBusiness, 3M Company
Nicholas McMahon, VP & General Manager, Jonckers
Leonor Ciarlone, Lead Analyst, Gilbane Group

GCM-1: Optimizing the Global Content Value Chain: Focus on Product Content
Moderator: Leonor Ciarlone, Lead Analyst, Gilbane Group
Speakers:
Fred Hollowood, Director Language R&D, Shared Engineering Services, Symantec Corporation
Natasja H.M. Paulsen, Partner, Ordina Consulting
Sophie Hurst, Senior Product Marketing Manager, SDL

GCM-2: Optimizing the Global Content Value Chain: Focus on Brand Content
Moderator: Karl Kadie, Senior Analyst, Gilbane Group
Speakers:
Gary Muddyman, Managing Director and CEO, Conversis
Anne Casson, Principal Consultant, Content Management Practice, Molecular

GCM-3: Designing Culturally Customized Web Sites: The Next Localization Frontier
Moderator: Ulrich Henes, President, Localization Institute
Speaker:
Nitish Singh, Assistant Professor of International Business at Boeing Institute of Int. Business, St. Louis University

Footnotes, which way is the point?

I always took footnotes for granted. You need them as you’re writing, you insert an indicator at the right place and it points the reader to an amplification, a citation, an off-hand comment, or something — but it’s out of the way, a distraction to the point you’re trying to make.
Some documents don’t need them, but some require them (e.g., scholarly documents, legal documents). In those documents, the footnotes contain such important information that, as Barry Bealer suggests in When footnotes are the content, “the meat [is] in the footnotes.”
The web doesn’t make it easy to represent footnotes. Footnotes on the Web argues that HTML is barely up to the task of presenting footnotes in any effective form.
But if you were to recreate the whole thing from scratch, without static paper as a model, how would you model footnotes?
In a document, a footnote is composed of two pieces of related information. One is the point that you’re trying to make, typically a new point. The other is some pre-existing reference material that presumably supports your point. If it is always the new material that points at the existing, supporting material, then we’re building an information taxonomy bottom up — with the unfortunate property that entering at higher levels will prevent us from seeing lower levels through explicitly-stated links.
To be fair, there are good reasons for connections to be bidirectional. Unidirectional links are forgivable for the paper model, with its inherently temporal life. But the WWW is more malleable, and bidirectional links don’t have to be published at the same time as the first end of the link. In this sense, HTML’s linking mechanism, the ‘<a href=”over_there”>’ construct is fundamentally broken. Google’s founders exploited just this characteristic of the web to build their company on a solution to a problem that needn’t have been.
And people who have lived through the markup revolution from the days of SGML and HyTime know that it shouldn’t have been.
But footnotes still only point bottom up. Fifteen to twenty years on, many of the deeper concepts of the markup revolution are still waiting to flower.

Case Studies and Guidance for Search Implementations

We’ll be covering a chunk of the search landscape at the Gilbane Conference next week. While there are nominally over 100 search solutions that target some aspect of enterprise search, there will be plenty to learn from the dozen or so case studies and tool options described. Commentary and examples include: Attivio, Coveo, Exalead, Google Search Appliance (GSA), IntelliSearch, Lexalytics, Lucene, Oracle Secure Enterprise Search, Thunderstone and references to others. Our speakers will cue us into the current state of the search as it is being implemented. Several exhibitors are also on site to demonstrate their capabilities and they represent some of the best. Check out the program lineup below and try to make it to Boston to hear those with hands-on experience.

EST-1: Plug-and Play: Enterprise Experiences with Search Appliances

  • So you want to implement an enterprise search solution? Speaker: Angela A. Foster, FedEx Services, FedEx.com Development, and Dennis Shirokov, Marketing Manager, FedEx Digital Access Marketing.
  • The Make or Buy Decision at the U.S. General Services Admin. Speaker: Thomas Schaefer, Systems Analyst and Consultant, U.S. General Services Administration
  • Process and Architecture for Implementing GSA at MITRE. Robert Joachim, Info Systems Engr, Lead, The MITRE Corporation.

EST-2: Search in the Enterprise When SharePoint is in the Mix

  • Enterprise Report Management: Bringing High Value Content into the Flow of Business Action. Speaker: Ajay Kapur, VP of Product Development, Apps Associates
  • Content Supply? Meet Knowledge Demand: Coveo SharePoint integration. Speaker: Marc Solomon, Knowledge Planner, PRTM.
  • In Search of the Perfect Search: Google Search on the Intranet. Speaker: June Nugent, Director of Corporate Knowledge Resources, NetScout Systems,

EST-3: Open Source Search Applied in the Enterprise

  • Context for Open Source Implementations. Speaker: Leslie Owen, Analyst, Forrester Research
  • Intelligent Integration: Combining Search and BI Capabilities for Unified Information Access. Speaker: Sid Probstien, CTO, Attivio

EST-4: Search Systems: Care and Feeding for Optimal Results

  • Getting Off to a Strong Start with Your Search Taxonomy. Speaker: Heather Hedden, Principal Hedden Information Management
  • Getting the Puzzle Pieces to Fit; Finding the Right Search Solution(s) Patricia Eagan, Sr. Mgr, Web Communications, The Jackson Laboratory.
  • How Organizations Need to Think About Search. Speaker: Rob Wiesenberg, President & Founder, Contegra Systems

EST-5: Text Analytics/Semantic Search: Parsing the Language

  • Overview and Differentiators: Text Analytics, Text Mining and Semantic Technologies. Jeff Catlin, CEO, Lexalytics
  • Reality and Hype in the Text Retrieval Market. Curt Monash, President, Monash Research.
  • Two Linguistic Approaches to Search: Natural Language Processing and Concept Extraction. Speaker: Win Carus, President and Founder, Information Extraction Systems

Exhibitors with a Search Focus:

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