Enterprise search: free as in free beer?

Searching information — really, how hard can it be? So, why wouldn’t you go out and get a search engine that’s for free? Well, to stick to the analogy of “free beer,” you might wake up in the morning with a headache, only to find your wallet gone. Continue reading “Enterprise search: free as in free beer?”

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All universities are equal…

…though some (especially the larger, more disparate institutions) may be more equal than others. I remember talking about web content management problems with Gerry McGovern in 2006, and he told me “all universities are the same.” At the time, I was still project manager at Leiden University, so naturally, I had to disagree and say ours really was different — to which he replied “that’s what they all say.” I liked the irony in that comment, and talking to visitors at conferences recently, I’m starting to see his point. Continue reading “All universities are equal…”

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Coming second in a one-horse race

While writing reviews for the new Enterprise Search Report, I found myself frequently saying you should test the effectiveness of a given product against your own corpus of content, which is reiterated in the Report’s “Advice” section. But I can’t help but wonder how often an actual bake-off between vendors on a shortlist is organized. Continue reading “Coming second in a one-horse race”

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CM, IA, UX and other alphabet soup

I suppose this must have come up before – most notably, at the inception of CM Pros (sorry – I wasn’t there). But what exactly would we define as the difference between content management and information architecture? Is CM part of IA, parallel, overlapping or something altogether different? Not to mention the further confusion that user experience (UX) is adding to the soup. Continue reading “CM, IA, UX and other alphabet soup”

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What’s the use of Dublin Core?

While designing a new CMS implementation we wanted to really get it right. That meant outputting strict xhtml, css formatting, trying to adhere to accessibility guidelines, etcetera. Of course, the issue of metadata came up. What metadata would we render to the web pages? And in what format? Which is what got me looking at Dublin Core. Continue reading “What’s the use of Dublin Core?”

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