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Information Today

Vol. 21 No. 7 — July/August 2004

Searching and Streaming in New York
By Dick Kaser

Industry analyst John Blossom called it "a huge hit, well-attended and stocked with expertise and insights from today's leading suppliers and implementers." He was speaking about Information Today, Inc.'s new Enterprise Search Summit, which premiered May 11 in New York. But he could have also been speaking about either of the other two conferences ITI was conducting on the same dates.

Collocated with Enterprise Search Summit were the popular traveling workshop WebSearch University (WSU) and Streaming Media East, ITI's other new conference and trade show. All three events took place at the New York Hilton, a venue that would traditionally have been the scene for ITI's InfoToday conference, which is on hiatus this year.

Enterprise Search Summit

ITI's first Enterprise Search Summit attracted both the interest and imagination of information users and technology experts alike. The intensive 2-day program garnered more than 20 search engine companies as official sponsors and drew several hundred information and IT professionals to the program sessions, which at many points were standing room only.

In conjunction with the summit, ITI worked with search engine companies to develop Enterprise Search Center (, a site where the companies are demonstrating how their engines work on ITI's content. It allows users to test-drive search technologies from Copernic, ISYS, Mondosoft, Northern Light, and Synomia. More companies are on the way. Registration is free.

The Enterprise Search Summit covered the building blocks of search, such as selection and deployment strategies, taxonomy, metadata, and information architecture. Speakers included Joseph Busch, Avi Rappoport, Martin White, Sue Feldman, Eric Woods, Tony Byrne, Peter Morville, and Steve Arnold. In addition, technical specialists from FAST, Endeca, Northern Light, Convera, Inxight, Google, Open Text, and Verity also provided tutorials on the use of their products.

WSU, Streaming Media East

Now in its fifth year, WebSearch University's New York event continued the tradition of providing intermediate and advanced Internet searchers and Web researchers with tools, tips, and techniques for updating and sharpening their skills in a rapidly evolving search environment.

Streaming Media, acquired by ITI in late 2002, drew more than 2,400 business executives and streaming media professionals. It showcased the latest in streaming and digital media technologies, including Webcasting applications, MPEG-4 appliances, content management systems, IPTV, video-on-demand delivery services, enterprise software applications, and related technologies.

The Streaming Media East conference sessions, which featured 125 speakers, have been archived and are available for free, on-demand viewing at The streaming audio/video library at this site covers all of the meeting sessions, including keynotes "How to Thrive and Profit in the Digital Media World," by Amy Lipton, director of marketing at IBM Digital Media, and "Digital Home: Emerging Opportunities in IPTV," by Chris Wimmer, IPTV product marketing manager at Microsoft's TV division. Visitors to the site will also have access to the PowerPoint slides from Steve Mack's pre-conference workshop on best practices in producing and distributing technology.

The Streaming Media East trade show featured technology demonstrations from approximately 30 companies. The event's gold sponsor was Mediasite, a company that offers turnkey solutions for digital production facilities.

What's on Tap

The next Streaming Media conference, Streaming Media West 2004, will be held Oct. 26—28 in Santa Clara, Calif.

The next WebSearch University will be held Sept. 27—28 in Washington, D.C.

The next Enterprise Search Summit will be held in New York in May 2005.

And stand by for word about the return of a new Information Today, Inc. event to be the official successor of the InfoToday conference.

Dick Kaser is Information Today, Inc.'s vice president of content. His e-mail address is
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