Viva The Academic Publisher Boycott!

July 30, 2015

Academic databases provide access to quality research material, which is key for any student, professor, or researcher to succeed in their work.  One major drawback to academic databases is the high cost associated with subscription fees.  Individual researchers cannot justify subscribing to an academic database and purchasing a single article runs high.  This is why they rely on academic libraries to cover the costs.  Due to changing publishing trends, academic publishers are raising subscription fees.

Elsevier is one of the largest and most well-known scientific journal database, but it is also the most notorious for its expensive subscription fee and universities are getting tired of it.  Univers reports that “Dutch Universities Start Their Elsevier Boycott.”  The Netherlands, led by state secretary Sander Dekker, want all scientific content to be free online.  In order to be published, the university or financier pays to be so.  All content by Dutch scientists will hopefully be open access by 2024.

In the meantime, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands has asked all Dutch scientists that work with Elsevier to resign from their positions.  As to be expected, some are willing and others are more reluctant.  The goal is to pressure Elsevier to change its practices.

“In Univers nr. 8, in January, professor Jan Blommaert called the current publishing system ‘completely absurd’. Not only because of the costs for subscription, but also because the journals have a lot of power over the content: ‘A young PhD student who has been able to get an article accepted by a journal may still have to wait 18 months for it to be published, because the editors prefer well-known names. It is not unthinkable that if I would submit a love letter, it would be published sooner than an intelligent scholarly article by a young researcher.’ ”

The Dutch universities are setting a standard that many libraries and universities will also follow, but the hardest part is encouraging more to participate.  Libraries and universities have an obligation to provide needed materials to researchers and a boycott will hinder the step.  Large boycotts, rather than individual, will be more effective and instrumental in changing Elsevier’s practices.

Whitney Grace, July 30, 2015
Sponsored by, publisher of the CyberOSINT monograph

Chris McNulty at SharePoint Fest Seattle

June 18, 2015

For SharePoint managers and users, continued education and training is essential. There are lots of opportunities for virtual and face-to-face instruction. Benzinga gives some attention to one training option, the upcoming SharePoint Fest Seattle, in their recent article, “Chris McNulty to Lead 2 Sessions and a Workshop at SharePoint Fest Seattle.”

The article begins:

“Chris McNulty will preside over a full day workshop at SharePoint Fest Seattle on August 18th, 2015, as well as conduct two technical training sessions on the 19th and 20th. Both the workshops and sessions are to be held at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle.”

In addition to all of the great training opportunities at conferences and other face-to-face sessions, staying on top of the latest SharePoint news and online training opportunities is also essential. For a one-stop-shop of all the latest SharePoint news, stay tuned to Stephen E. Arnold’s Web site,, and his dedicated SharePoint feed. He has turned his longtime career in search into a helpful Web service for those that need to stay on top of the latest SharePoint happenings.

Emily Rae Aldridge, June 18, 2015

Sponsored by, publisher of the CyberOSINT monograph


Silobreaker Forms Cyber Partnership with Norwich University

March 4, 2015

I learned that cyber OSINT capable Silobreaker has partnered with Silobreaker. Norwich, the oldest private military college in the US, has a sterling reputation for cyber security courses and degree programs. The Silobreaker online threat intelligence product will be used in the institution’s cyber forensics classes.

Silobreaker’s cyber security product automatically collects open source information from news, blogs, feeds and social media. The system provides easy to use tools and visualizations to make sense of the content.

Kristofer Månsson, CEO and Co-Founder of Silobreaker told Beyond Search:

By offering Silobreaker as part of their studies, Norwich University is addressing the need for a more holistic approach to threat intelligence in cyber security. This partnership showcases the power of Silobreaker to provide relevant context beyond the technical parameters of a threat, hack or a new malware. Understanding the threat landscape and anticipating potential risks will unquestionably also require the analysis of geopolitics, business and world events, which often influence and prompt attacks. We are excited to continue working with Norwich University and to open up the young minds of tomorrow to the ever-evolving cyber landscape.

Silobreaker is used by more than 80 Norwich students. The university offers the product across its cyber security classes including Cyber Criminalistics, Cyber Investigation and Network Forensics. Students learn how to apply Silobreaker’s next generation system to intelligence gathering in the context of their investigations. Students are required to use the technology throughout their independent research projects.

Aron Temkin, dean of the College of Professional Schools said:

In order to maintain our excellence in cyber security research and training, we need to stay on top of the latest emerging technologies. Silobreaker is a powerful tool that is both user-friendly and flexible enough to fit within our cyber education programs.

Dr. Peter Stephenson, director of the university’s Center for Advanced Computing and Digital forensic added:

Students can get useful output quickly, and we do not have to turn a semester forensics class into a ‘How To Use Silobreaker’ session. Cyber events do not occur in a vacuum. There is context around them that often is hard to see. Silobreaker solves that. It cuts through the mass of information available on the Internet and helps our students get to the meat of an issue quickly and with a variety of ways of accessing and displaying it. This is a new way to look at cyber forensics.


Silobreaker is a data analytics company specializing in cyber security and risk intelligence. The company’s products help intelligence professionals to make sense of the overwhelming amount of data available today on the web. Silobreaker collects large volumes of open source data from news, blogs, feeds and social media and provides the tools and visualizations for analyzing and contextualizing such data. Customers save time by working more efficiently through big data-sets and improve their expertise and knowledge from examining and interpreting the data more easily. For more information, navigate to

Interviews with Silobreaker’s Mat Bjore are available via the free Search Wizards Speak service.

Channel 19 Offers Office 365 Rest Point Training

November 20, 2014

With all the intricacies of SharePoint, continued training and education is important. Short training videos are getting easier to find, so that users don’t have to subscribe to large training programs, or hire someone to come in. It is worth giving these short tutorials a short. We found an interesting one on Channel 19 called, “Azure, Office 365, and SharePoint Online has REST endpoints with Mat Velloso.”

The summary says:

“Mat Velloso explains how to create applications and services in Azure that get permission to access OTHER applications like SharePoint! We’ll dig into the URL Structure of these services, see how to get events when things are updated, and figure out how ODATA and REST fit into these cloud building blocks.”

Stephen E. Arnold of pays a good amount of attention to training and continuing education regarding SharePoint. His web service,, is devoted to all things search, including a large SharePoint feed that helps users and managers stay on top of the latest tips, tricks, and news that may affect their implementation.  Keep an eye out for further learning opportunities.


Emily Rae Aldridge, November 20, 2014

SharePoint Training Now Focuses on 2013

January 22, 2014

Many companies make their success on the basis of SharePoint. Some may provide customization while others will offer training. Once such company is PremierPoint Solutions and they made the latest headlines on PRWeb in, “PremierPoint Solutions Reduces Training Prices, Unveils New ‘SharePoint 2013 Power User Fast Track’ Course.”

The article begins:

“PremierPoint Solutions has reduced the prices of its SharePoint training classes and unveiled a new three-day course called ‘SharePoint 2013 Power User Fast Track.’ ‘We are concentrating primarily on SharePoint 2013 training courses in the new year, as more and more organizations are deciding ‘out with the old; in with the new’ when it comes to SharePoint,’ said Randy Moody, sales and marketing representative for PremierPoint Solutions.”

The surge in SharePoint training and customization is proof that out-of-the-box, SharePoint alone is not enough. Stephen E. Arnold is a longtime leader in search and follows this trend on his Web service, Much of his coverage focuses on what companies are doing to make the most of SharePoint through customization, add-ons, and increased training.

Emily Rae Aldridge, January 22, 2014

Ironic Programming How To Guide Teaches Programmers How Not To

October 29, 2013

An article from Typical Programmer titled How to Develop Unmaintainable Software is written by a programmer who spends most of his workdays debugging, maintaining and fixing systems. The almost entirely ironical article is a how-to (or how-not-to) code in a way that will make maintenance possible. Tips like “don’t use version control” and “write everything from scratch” are followed with explanations of how such techniques will make it almost impossible for another programmer to address issues in the coding. For example, “Use a bunch of different programming languages and stay cutting-edge” is followed up with,

“Every day HackerNews and Reddit buzz with cool new languages. Try them out on your client’s time… The boundaries between the languages, the incompatible APIs and data formats, the different server configuration requirements are all fun challenges to overcome and post about on StackOverflow…Half-baked caching, aborted Rails and Node.js projects, and especially NoSQL solutions (“It’s more scaleable!”) are my bread and butter.”

We have to wonder if the author had enterprise search systems in mind while writing this hilarious article. In the end, the author explains to his brother and sister programmers that the beauty and functionality of a code is secondary to it being easy to work with. Source control, fewer dependencies, and a testing/staging facility are vital to maintaining a system.

Chelsea Kerwin, October 29, 2013

Sponsored by, developer of Augmentext

SharePoint User Training Cannot be Overlooked

October 11, 2013

SharePoint is a huge deployment for any organization. Most will just focus on implementation and many make the mistake of overlooking user training. CMS Wire gives many reasons to invest in SharePoint user training in their article, “Don’t Overlook the Importance of Effective SharePoint User Training.”

The article begins:

“While most of the recent stories about SharePoint revolve around the latest buzzwords and hot topics — gamification, cloud, mobile, social, Yammer, etc. — one component of a successful SharePoint rollout that is often overlooked is an effective user training program. Although talking about training seems to be out of fashion at the moment, it’s still very important.”

User training is so important for SharePoint because it is a huge, complicated deployment. User satisfaction is pitifully low for the enterprise search solution, and training can only help improve those numbers. Stephen E. Arnold, a longtime expert in search and the brains behind, is a critic of SharePoint. He recently covered a story that revealed that only 6% of enterprises found their SharePoint deployments to be successful. There is clearly room for improvement.

Emily Rae Aldridge, October 11, 2013

SharePoint Training Makes A Novice An Expert

September 29, 2013

Stephen Arnold, the noted search expert of Arnold IT, alerted me to PR Web’s news on trainings: “SharePoint Solutions Announces New SharePoint Training Classes In Nashville.” The different types of experience you have under your belt make all the difference between failure and success. Arnold notes that with the proper training the chances of success are increased, so it might be a good idea for those in or near the Nashville area to sign up for the classes. If one cannot make it to Nashville, the classes are offered live online.

SharePoint Solutions will be teaching the sessions, with the first beginning September 24. Training sessions have been scheduled for September, October, and November.

“ ‘Our courses provide students with practical hands-on training from instructors who are not only experts in SharePoint, but also experts in communicating technical information in a helpful, easy-to-understand manner,’ said Randy Moody, sales and marketing representative for SharePoint Solutions.”

The classes cover a variety of topics that include an introduction to SharePoint, basic business intelligence training, and trainings involving InfoPath. Becoming an expert in anything, such as Arnold with search, takes time to learn the fundamentals. SharePoint Solution’s courses are the basic tools to get you started on becoming a SharePoint expert.

Whitney Grace, September 29, 2013

LucidWorks Continues Training through Webinars

June 7, 2013

SearchHub is one way that LucidWorks keeps in touch with the open source developer community, particularly those concerned with Apache Lucene and Solr. In addition to providing videos, podcasts, and other reference materials, LucidWorks also posts upcoming webinars and other training opportunities. Check out the latest in the entry, “Webinar: Solr 4, the NoSQL Search Server.”

The webinar will cover:

“The long awaited Solr 4 release brings a large amount of new functionality that blurs the line between search engines and NoSQL databases. Now you can have your cake and search it too with Atomic updates, Versioning and Optimistic Concurrency, Durability, and Real-time Get! Learn about new Solr NoSQL features and implementation details of how the distributed indexing of Solr Cloud was designed from the ground up to accommodate them.”

LucidWorks continues to invest in the open source community through such training and support opportunities. LucidWorks as a company is known for their support and services that surround their value-added enterprise search and Big Data solutions. But LucidWorks is also committed to the foundation of their success – the open source community and innovation and agility it brings.

Emily Rae Aldridge, June 7, 2013

Sponsored by, developer of Beyond Search

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