Bulletin, February/March 2006


From the Editor's Desktop

In this issue's Inside ASIS&T, you’ll find photo coverage of the 2005 Annual Meeting and full coverage of the prestigious ASIS&T annual awards. Meeting coverage is further supported by feature articles on the two plenary sessions. In the first plenary Matthew Szulik, founder of Red Hat, discusses the philosophy and progress of the open source movement, while the second plenary speaker, Pattie Maes of the MIT Media Laboratory’s Ambient Intelligence Group, reviews its work in providing "just-in-time-information."

Two other feature articles address information policy questions. Lee Strickland makes his recommendations concerning the policies and reforms the new director of national intelligence should instigate to improve the effectiveness of our intelligence collection and analysis, while Tomas Lipinski continues his discussion of the possible effects of the Grokster decision, focusing on how it might affect entrepreneurs and new products.

Peter Morville, president of Semantic Studios, is our featured IA columnist in this issue. Where Maes focuses on getting relevant information to people in all situations, Morville speculates about another aspect of a future that includes pervasive computing - ambient findability, which "describes a world in which we can find anyone or anything from anywhere and anytime."

As a timely example of applied advanced findability, President Michael Leach urges us all to hasten to the new ASIS&T website to update our personal directory information, noting particularly which information we are willing to have displayed online. He also urges us to contribute chapter and personal announcements and write-ups to the website (and the Bulletin) to benefit our fellow members planning events or just trying to keep up with what is going on.

Finally, library collections in a networked environment are also the subject of a separate submission by William Walters, who looks at how a book’s being widely held by other members of a network might influence local acquisition decisions.