The Associated Press ranks in Top 10 on 2011 InformationWeek 500

Sept. 14, 2011
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AP Senior Vice President and CIO Lorraine Cichowski
AP Senior Vice President and CIO Lorraine Cichowski

AP recognized for creating innovative digital content tagging-and-tracking service


NEW YORK – InformationWeek has ranked The Associated Press No. 6 on this year’s InformationWeek 500, an annual list of the nation’s top technology innovators. The list was revealed last night at InformationWeek’s awards ceremony in Dana Point, Calif.


The AP was honored for developing the AP News Registry, a content tagging-and-tracking service that laid the foundation for creation of the U.S. news industry’s first digital content and data licensing agency. The News Registry technology essentially puts a bar code on every piece of online news content registered with the News Registry, enabling usage tracking on that content on digital platforms. The News Registry platform and its usage data were spun off from AP in late July as the independent News Licensing Group, which is owned by publishers and is designed to help them get compensated for original news content that is republished by third parties online and on digital devices.


This is the second straight year that AP has earned a ranking in the Top 100. In 2010, AP earned the No. 12 spot for the transformation of its end-to-end technology infrastructure, including more than 50 major software development, metadata, business technology and infrastructure projects over a four-year span to support AP's evolving digital businesses.


“AP has invested heavily to transform itself from an analog wire service to a multimedia information company serving the rapidly evolving news media marketplace,” said AP Senior Vice President and CIO Lorraine Cichowski.


“It is gratifying to be recognized by InformationWeek for the results of this work and investment.”


InformationWeek identifies and honors the nation's most innovative users of information technology with its annual 500 listing and also tracks the technology, strategies, investments and administrative practices of America’s

best-known companies. The InformationWeek 500 rankings are unique among corporate rankings as they spotlight the power of innovation in information technology, rather than simply identifying the biggest IT spenders.


Additional details on the InformationWeek 500 can be found online at See AP’s ranking at


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