Automated Content Access Protocol v1
Put simply, ACAP enables the copyright terms, conditions and permissions that would routinely be read by a human in the offline environment to be read and unambiguously interpreted by the machines that replace the human in the online environment. ACAP will help maximise the potential of publishing on any web-based device, both in terms of improving the management of the relationship with search engines and other content aggregators, and in terms of facilitating existing, new and future online publishing business models. ACAP is essentially a free-to-use tool for the business-to-business environment, but end-users will benefit when content owners have the confidence, thanks to ACAP, to put their high-value, high-quality, diverse content on the net, safe in the knowledge that third parties can no longer exploit that content without appropriate permission. ACAP is a crucial tool for the future of internet publishing and for publishers and content providers of all shapes and sizes. Despite the impressive number of sites and publishers worldwide that have already implemented ACAP, the major search engines and content aggregators have – as of yet – declined to adopt ACAP and have yet to positively engage in any meaningful dialogue with rightsholders about their requirements for more effective control over the way that their content is used online.
You can read our responses to the substantial amount of misinformation that has been spread about ACAP by those who have a business interest in restricting the effectiveness of copyright on the Internet here. We continue to hold out an olive branch to, and work with, those search engines who value the rights of the content providers, and we also continue to talk with legislators and regulators on how a tool like ACAP can be used to avoid copyright infringements and the lawsuits that are the inevitable result. The more support we have from the rightsholder community, the stronger our case. Implement ACAP, spread the word and not only preserve, but enhance the value of your content and your enterprise.
Reuters is the latest large news agency to embrace content automation – TechCrunch
Reuters is the latest major news agency to embrace content automation. Reuters isn’t replacing human reporters and editors with software and self-flying cameras quite yet. The news organization has struck partnerships with Graphiq Inc. and Wibbitz Ltd., to automate the creation of simple graphics and video clips, respectively, to run alongside relevant, human-reported Reuters news content on the third party sites that pay for and run it. Graphiq Inc.
based in Santa Barbara, Calif., has integrated its free-to-use visualizations platform with Reuters News Agency to make the simple graphs and visualizations it creates in thousands of Reuters articles wherever they run on 3rd party sites. According to Graphiq GM Alex Rosenberg, Graphiq works with hundreds of publishers, including TechCrunch and now Reuters, to put dynamically generated infographics into articles. The company’s systems ingest data from public and private sources to create instant infographics. Graphiq generates revenue when readers of a Reuters or other news article see and click on a graphic, and visit the company’s own website which is ad-supported. Tel Aviv-based Wibbitz uses natural language processing and algorithms to scan text captions and news articles to understand what a story is basically about.
Its software-as-a-service then automatically summarizes a story, can create a voiceover or script for a story, and packages up video clips, photos and infographics available within a publisher’s platform or Wibbitz’s own, to generate a ready to publish video version of a story, in minutes. She said new technologies are constantly evaluated by Reuters by a team there called the Emerging Technology Group which is separate from the news agency. AP uses software to automate local sports reporting, and earnings reports. ProPublica has used software to help conduct an investigation into which states are providing, or failing to provide, low-income high school students with the coursework they need to get into and succeed in college.
Using Word Automation Services in combination with the PDF Converter for SharePoint
When Microsoft introduced Word Automation Services as part of SharePoint 2010 we were worried as its functionality overlaps somewhat with the features provided by our popular PDF Converter for SharePoint. As WAS is completely integrated with SharePoint, the Muhimbi Conversion Service must run on a SharePoint Server. If you are only looking to convert Word, HTML, MSG, AutoCAD and Image based formats – and don’t need to convert Excel, InfoPath, PowerPoint, Visio – AND you are using SharePoint Server then you may want to consider going down the Word Automation Services road. If you do need any of the other formats then there is no benefit in using WAS, it just complicates installation and maintenance. We have implemented Word Automation Services as a plug-in that transparently replaces the stock MS-Word converter.
The only thing you need to do is enable Word Automation Services and make a change in the Document Converter’s configuration file. Providing SharePoint Server has already been installed, enabling Word Automation Services is relatively simple. If the service is not already listed, use the ‘New’ menu in the ribbon and add Word Automation Service. In the page opened as part of step #2 above click Word Automation Service in order to configure it. Accept the default settings except for the following values: Disable Embedded Fonts: No Conversion Processes: ‘2’ Maximum Conversion Attempts: 1 Navigate to System Settings / Manage services on server and enable Word Automation Services.
Navigate to Application Management / Configure Service Application Associations and make sure Word Automation Services is enabled in at least one proxy group. Once the Word Automation Service has been installed and configured, the final change that needs to be made is disabling the stock MS-Word Converter in the Conversion Service’s configuration file and enabling the Word Automation Service’s plug in. Make sure the account the Conversion Service and Word Automation Services run under have read and write access to this library.