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Information Today

Vol. 29 No. 9 — October 2012

EDITOR'S NOTE
Next Big Thing
by Barbara Brynko


Big Data keeps making headlines everywhere … online, in print, on billboards, in conversation. And big business has been finding plenty of ways to make sense out of Big Data instead of simply being overwhelmed by it. In fact, enterprises are finally realizing the value of the information reserves they already have, a virtual goldmine of untapped riches.

So once the untold value of Big Data becomes more tangible, what’s the best way to tap into these reserves? Author Erik Arnold provides a Big Data primer for users in “The Big Deal About Big Data,” beginning on page 1.

Likewise, Steven Goldstein, founder, CEO, and chairman of Alacra, Inc., has been in business since 1996, creating workflows and tools that channel the best content to Alacra’s customers to meet the next big challenge. Read more about it in “Goldstein: Staying the Course With Alacra,” beginning on page 1.

Then, the topic of copyright always generates a clash of opinions, whether from industry pundits or self-published authors. As author George H. Pike points out in “Shifting Balance in Copyright,” beginning on page 1, “Copyright law is supposed to be about balance,” preserving the equilibrium between the rights of the copyright owner and the rights of users. But some scholars have commented on the recent interpretation of copyright law as having tipped the balance in favor of copyright owners, which leads us to ask where we go from here.

Be sure to check out our new column called POV 2.0, designed to offer insights on key industry initiatives. For the premiere, Caspar de Bono, managing director, B2B, Financial Times, provides his view of the metered-model licensing that the Financial Times introduced in 2007, and what’s happened since then.

Enjoy the issue and be sure to let me know your thoughts.

— Barbara Brynko


Barbara Brynko is Editor-in-Chief of Information Today. Send your comments about this article to itletters@infotoday.com.
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