the econtent top 100 Back for a seventh year, EContent Magazine has spent agonizing days, weeks, months -- or just a lot of time, compiling their annual Top 100. Top 100 what? Well, it's the best of digital content companies in the industry today. You've seen many such lists covered here before, I'm sure.According to Michelle Manafy, Editor-in-chief at EContent, the list represents the "best and the brightest digital content companies" as judged by a list of industry experts (including CMS Watch founder Tony Byrne). While the list is too huge to cover here, we thought we'd provide you with a sampling of companies from each of the 12 categories covered.

Classification & Taxonomy

* Connectbeam, Inc. * Digg.com

Collaboration

* 37signals * CentralDesktop * Jive Software * MindQuarry * Near-Time * Socialtext

Content Commerce

* Copyright Clearance Center * Macrovision Corporation

Content Creation, Production, and Digital Publishing

* Adobe

Content Delivery

* Akamai Technologies, Inc. * BitTorrent, Inc. * NewsGator Technologies, Inc.

Content Management

* Alfresco * Astoria * ClearStory Systems * Day Software * Ektron * EMC * eZ Systems * Interwoven * Mediasurface * Open Text * Percussion * Plone * SDL / Tridion * Sitecore * TYPO3 * Vasont

Content Security

* iCopyright, Inc.

Fee-Based Info Services

* Dow Jones & Company

Intranets & Portals

* BEA * IBM * Microsoft * Oracle No surprises here: the big boys always have the biggest guns to play with, and that goes for the portal world too.

Mobile Content

* Apple, Inc * Nokia

Search Engines & Technologies

* Autonomy * Google * Mondosoft (!!)

Social Media

* Automattic (related: WordPress Wins Best Social Networking CMS) * Awareness * Digg * Drupal * LinkedIn * Six Apart (related: Six Apart Says It's All About Community; Releases MTCS) * Technorati * Tiki Wiki * Wikia Did this list whet your appetite for more? Wonder if your company is one of the Top 100? Pop on over to EContent Mag and view whole shebang.