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Mining One Million Tweets About #Syria

By Matthew Russell
September 11, 2013

I’ve been filtering Twitter’s firehose for tweets about “#Syria” for about the past week in order to accumulate a sizable volume of data about an important current event. As of Friday, I noticed that the tally has surpassed one million …

Author platforms and the Black Box Effect

By Anne Hill
February 20, 2013

If you’ve spent as much time reading author blogs as I have, you may have noticed a disturbing pattern. In nearly every “here’s how I did it” post in which the author explains her route to greater visibility and sales, …

A Publisher’s Job Is to Provide a Good API for Books

By Hugh McGuire
February 1, 2013

Intro Here is a radical statement: A publisher’s job is to provide good APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) for their books. Now that almost all books are made into digital products (that is, ebooks), good publishers of the future will be …

Strata Week: Harvard Library releases big data for its books

Strata Week: Harvard Library releases big data for its books
By Audrey Watters
April 26, 2012

In this week's data news, Harvard releases millions of library catalog records as part of its Open Metadata Policy, Cloudera unveils the fourth version of its Hadoop distribution, and big data company Splunk has its IPO.

Strata Week: Harvard Library releases big data for its books

By Audrey Watters
April 26, 2012

In this week's data news, Harvard releases millions of library catalog records as part of its Open Metadata Policy, Cloudera unveils the fourth version of its Hadoop distribution, and big data company Splunk has its IPO.

Metadata is everyone's responsibility

By Jenn Webb
April 3, 2012

Firebrand Technologies communication chief Laura Dawson says publishers are starting to come around to the importance of metadata, but they still don't quite get it.

Metadata is everyone's responsibility

Metadata is everyone's responsibility
By Jenn Webb
April 3, 2012

Firebrand Technologies communication chief Laura Dawson says publishers are starting to come around to the importance of metadata, but they still don't quite get it.

Publishers need broader and broader shoulders

By Joe Wikert
November 16, 2011

It's more challenging than ever to handle all aspects of content management internally. In this podcast, Firebrand Technologies founder and president Fran Toolan addresses a myriad of content management issues.

Publishers need broader and broader shoulders

Publishers need broader and broader shoulders
By Joe Wikert
November 16, 2011

It's more challenging than ever to handle all aspects of content management internally. In this podcast, Firebrand Technologies founder and president Fran Toolan addresses a myriad of content management issues.

Hooked on context

By Jenn Webb
October 10, 2011

While some companies try to solve the recommendation problem, Small Demons has other ideas. "Discovery is the ultimate problem we're trying to solve and the ultimate value we're trying to create," says Small Demon's founder and CEO Valla Vakili in this interview.

Hooked on context

Hooked on context
By Jenn Webb
October 10, 2011

While some companies try to solve the recommendation problem, Small Demons has other ideas. "Discovery is the ultimate problem we're trying to solve and the ultimate value we're trying to create," says Small Demon's founder and CEO Valla Vakili in this interview.

The digital rights quagmire

By Jenn Webb
October 4, 2011

Digital publishing has stirred up a number of issues that didn't exist in traditional publishing. In this interview, Sebastian Posth, a partner at A2 Electronic Publishing and a speaker at TOC Frankfurt, talks about the unique issues and why the waters are so muddy.

The digital rights quagmire

The digital rights quagmire
By Jenn Webb
October 4, 2011

Digital publishing has stirred up a number of issues that didn't exist in traditional publishing. In this interview, Sebastian Posth, a partner at A2 Electronic Publishing and a speaker at TOC Frankfurt, talks about the unique issues and why the waters are so muddy.

Strata Week: Cracking a book's genetic code

By Audrey Watters
August 18, 2011

BookLamp and the Book Genome Project look to book DNA for smarter recommendations, sorting through Wikipedia's vast data dump gets easier thanks to WikiHadoop, and a timeline from WolframAlpha charts major milestones in data knowledge.

Strata Week: Cracking a book's genetic code

By Audrey Watters
August 18, 2011

BookLamp and the Book Genome Project look to book DNA for smarter recommendations, sorting through Wikipedia's vast data dump gets easier thanks to WikiHadoop, and a timeline from WolframAlpha charts major milestones in data knowledge.

Strata Week: Cracking a book's genetic code

Strata Week: Cracking a book's genetic code
By Audrey Watters
August 18, 2011

BookLamp and the Book Genome Project look to book DNA for smarter recommendations, sorting through Wikipedia's vast data dump gets easier thanks to WikiHadoop, and a timeline from WolframAlpha charts major milestones in data knowledge.

Strata Week: How Facebook moved 30 petabytes of Hadoop data

By Audrey Watters
July 28, 2011

In the latest Strata Week: Migrating 30 petabytes of Hadoop data, democratizing cloud computing, and "liking" library metadata.

Strata Week: How Facebook moved 30 petabytes of Hadoop data

Strata Week: How Facebook moved 30 petabytes of Hadoop data
By Audrey Watters
July 28, 2011

In the latest Strata Week: Migrating 30 petabytes of Hadoop data, democratizing cloud computing, and "liking" library metadata.

Here's another reason why metadata matters

By Mac Slocum
April 18, 2011

The ratio of content to attention is not in publishers' favor. So if you really want your material to be seen, you'll put extra effort into metadata.

Here's another reason why metadata matters

Here's another reason why metadata matters
By Mac Slocum
April 18, 2011

The ratio of content to attention is not in publishers' favor. So if you really want your material to be seen, you'll put extra effort into metadata.

Structured data powers Google's Recipe View

Structured data powers Google's Recipe View
By Jenn Webb
March 1, 2011

Google's new Recipe View mines structured data from the underlying code of web pages to produce results.

Metadata isn't a chore, it's a necessity

By Jenn Webb
January 24, 2011

Ignoring metadata is akin to chopping a tomato with a butter knife: bad idea. In this interview, Firebrand Technologies content chief Laura Dawson explains why metadata is an integral part of digital publishing.

Metadata isn't a chore, it's a necessity

By Jenn Webb
January 24, 2011

Ignoring metadata is akin to chopping a tomato with a butter knife: bad idea. In this interview, Firebrand Technologies content chief Laura Dawson explains why metadata is an integral part of digital publishing.

Metadata and the Flash Platform

By Russ Ferguson
November 23, 2009

Readers of this site are familiar with the concept of metadata. Meta tags in websites for example, describe the site and the individual pages within. Files can also have meta data, this can be anything from where in the world that picture was taken and that kind of camera, to the track number of the mp3 your listening to.

Four short links: 30 October 2009

By Nat Torkington
October 30, 2009

The3is In Three -- PhD students must explain their thesis topic in three minutes and one Powerpoint slide. Winner had written on the last words of Shakespearean characters as they met unlikely ends. No video alas, but what a great idea for an Ignite! (via sciblogs) Google Wave: We Came, We Saw, We Played D&D (ArsTechnica) -- gamers using...

Potomac - Bringing OSGi Modularity to Flex

By Chris Gross
September 30, 2009

OSGi is taking over the Java world. The modularity features offered by OSGi have become so popular that it seems like all the major Java enterprise applications and frameworks have adopted OSGi or have plans to. Products and frameworks such as Eclipse (and therefore Flex Builder), Spring, Websphere, Guice, Weblogic, and JBoss all use OSGi. Even organizations such as NASA have adopted OSGi. So what is OSGi and why is it so popular? This article will try to answer those questions and introduce you to Potomac - the new OSGi inspired framework for Flex.

Reviving the Labs - "It's alive...."

By Simon St. Laurent
February 10, 2009

After a long hibernation, O'Reilly Labs has returned, with a mix of software and code that should excite casual ebook readers as well as dedicated publishing technologists.


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