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Internet Happenings, Events and Sources

Sunday, February 29, 2004  

Academic Resources

Articles, Abstracts, Documents, Papers, Reports, and Literature Resources 2004 - Internet MiniGuide By Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. ISSN: 1540-1995 Copyright 2004 © Marcus P. Zillman 55 Pages .pdf Format - Table of Contents:

Research Sources
Reference Sources
Search Engine Sources
Directory and Database Sources
Articles, Abstracts, Documents, Papers, Reports and Literature URLs
Articles, Abstracts, Documents, Papers, Reports and Literature Bots
Dissertations, Theses and Lectures Sources
Technical Reports and Manuals
Research Papers, Terms Papers and Essays

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:20 AM

Comprehensive Risk Analysis and Management Network (CRN)

The Center for Security Studies at the ETH Zurich maintains the Comprehensive Risk Analysis and Management Network CRN – a complementary service to the International Relations and Security Network ISN. The current project partners are listed in the about section of this site. The CRN is an electronic platform for promoting the risk profiling dialogue. The site contains methodologies, procedures, tools and case studies for the security risk profiling process at the national, sub-national and local levels. The project is supported by the Swiss government as an official part of Switzerland's contribution to the Partnership for Peace (PfP). This will be added to Security Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:16 AM

Out of the Vault and Onto the Web

Hewlett-Packard has won a bid to create a digital archive of every issue of Time magazine ever published -- more than 4,000 issues dating back to 1923. The archive will be available on Time's Web site at no charge. "This to us represents on of the more noteworthy points where people will soon, I think, understand (that) more and more content that's been hidden in a vault is now becoming available," says Time marketing communications VP Gary Elliott. HP is also working with Getty Images to digitally archive its more than 70,000 film clips.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:15 AM

Factors Affecting Internet Development: An Asian Survey by Hao Xiaoming and Chow Seet Kay

This study examined the relationship between the Internet development and various social, economic and political factors that are hypothesized to affect the Internet growth. Using secondary data for 28 sampled Asian countries, this study tested seven hypotheses about the impact of various factors on Internet growth. The findings show that the Internet penetration is related to a country’s wealth, telecommunication infrastructure, urbanization and stability of the government, but not related to the literacy level, political freedom and English proficiency.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:10 AM

What's up with blogging, and why should you care? by Dan Farber

What's all the fuss about blogging? It looks and smells mostly like writing, self-expression conveyed in a chronological format that invites comments and the inclusion of a variety of media types and links, similar to a Web page or e-newsletter. In fact, blogs (weB LOG) provide a way for non-programmers or HTML jockeys to present their writings, ramblings, diaries, rants, marketing spiel, political advocacy, research or whatever online communication with simple, yet increasingly powerful tools......

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:05 AM


The Internet has afforded hundreds of millions of people the opportunity to access thousands of sites on almost every topic imaginable, and has created a myriad of new employment opportunities, interest groups, and cybercommunities. Regrettably, not every person merging onto the information superhighway is there for such laudable reasons. Stepping into the fray of n'er-do wells is the WiredSafety website, headed by Perry Aftab, an international cyberspace privacy and security lawyer and children's advocate. Registered as a non-profit organization, WiredSafety offers help for online victims of cybercrime and harassment, educational materials about cybercrime, and assistance for law enforcement worldwide on preventing and investigating cybercrimes. A good place to start on the site is Parry's Internet Safety Guide for Parents, which offers a number of helpful tips for parents about monitoring their children's interactions with others over the Internet. WiredSafety also offers Wired-Ed, which is offered free of charge and allows users to learn more about surfing the net safely. Also featured is a wide range of other online courses. This has been added to Privacy Resources and Internet Hoaxes Subject Tracer™ Information Blogs. [From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003. http://scout.wisc.edu/]

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:00 AM

Saturday, February 28, 2004  

Heated Debates Over Open Source Software

1. _Nature_: Openness makes software better sooner
2. Slashdot.com: Is Open Source Fertile Ground for Foul Play?
3. Mircosoft Approach to Source Code Sharing Balances Accessibility with Responsibility
4. GNU Project: Information on Licenses
5. Open Source Initiative (OSI)
6. Daemon News
7. Openknowledge.org on History of Open Source
8. O'Rielly: Open Source Resources

Open source code has allowed for the proliferation of open source software that competes with the big guns of software development, like Microsoft. Tempers run high, with the key issues focused on differing philosophies on the best business model to use and disputes over copyright, leading to lawsuits and heated online discussions. This issue of Topic in Depth provides an overview of open source software, and a selection of websites that discuss some of the pros and cons to the different approaches to software development.

Some argue that open source is the best way to improve software, because developers can share the code and discuss issues. This article from _Nature_reviews some of those arguments (1). Slashdot.com posts this article, which offers a counter argument (2) by raising concerns about security. Security has been a key issue for Microsoft -- along with copyright -- and it posts this statement on the company website regarding its "Approach to Source Code Sharing Balances Accessibility with Responsibility" (3). More information on copyright issues can be found on the GNU Project website (4 ). The GNU project was initiated by Richard Stallman and sponsored by the Free Software Foundation, which "supports the freedoms of speech, press, and association on the Internet, the right to use encryption software for private communication, and the right to write software unimpeded by private monopolies." The Open Source Initiative (OSI) emphasizes the management and promotion of the Open Source Definition "for the good of the community" and provides some basic information on open source software (5 ). Another online news source on open source software -- Daemon News(6 )-- posts an article that argues for other ways open source can be a learning tool in "Teaching Kids to Think for Themselves." This website provides a brief history of open source software (7), tracing the initiation of open source software to Stallman and his colleagues during "the 'hacker' culture of U.S. computer science laboratories." For more on the extent of open source software now available, see O'Reilly's list of resources (8 ). [From The NSDL Scout Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003. http://scout.wisc.edu/]

posted by Marcus Zillman | 5:00 AM


The Digital Reference Education Initiative (DREI) announced QuestionAuthority, a new feature to their site. QuestionAuthority is a blog where various individuals in the reference community can post their thoughts on current issues in digital reference education and training. The blog is meant to disseminate information, pose questions, and provoke creative thinking about how we teach digital reference to practitioners and LIS students alike. QuestionAuthority supports full-text searches, and features a calendar for viewing postings by specific dates.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:10 AM

Gene Ontology™ (GO) Consortium

The goal of the Gene Ontology™ (GO) Consortium is to produce a controlled vocabulary that can be applied to all organisms even as knowledge of gene and protein roles in cells is accumulating and changing. GO provides three structured networks of defined terms to describe gene product attributes. GO is one of the controlled vocabularies of the Open Biological Ontologies. This has been added to Biological Informatics Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:07 AM

The Cover Pages

The Cover Pages is a comprehensive Web-accessible reference collection supporting the SGML/XML family of (meta) markup language standards and their application. The principal objective in this public access knowledgebase is to promote and enable the use of open, interoperable standards-based solutions which protect digital information and enhance the integrity of communication. A secondary objective in The Cover Pages is to provide reference material on enabling technologies compatible with descriptive markup language standards and applications: object modeling, semantic nets, ontologies, authority lists, document production systems, and conceptual modeling. NB. This statement and the resource itself are works in progress, subject to continuous revision.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:00 AM


For anyone interested in the field of online education and its management, this internet e-learning platform will be of great interest. Developed in Italy (and available in both English and Italian), this platform allows teachers the ability to upload lessons, track students, offer tests, provide online forums, and post notes. The platform also comes with an auto-install feature and an auto-upgrader as well. This particular version is compatible with all systems running Windows 98 and above. This will be added to Education and Distance Learning Resources 2004 Internet Miniguide. [From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003. http://scout.wisc.edu/]

posted by Marcus Zillman | 3:58 AM

Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL)

CIRTL will develop a national faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse student audiences as part of their professional careers. Nearly 4000 institutions in the United States offer STEM undergraduate education. Their faculty come from graduate programs at only 100 research universities. These universities are leverage points for change in STEM undergraduate education. CIRTL will create, implement, and transfer to national research universities a program of graduate-through-faculty development in STEM higher education, founded on teaching-as-research concepts implemented within learning communities.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 3:55 AM

Friday, February 27, 2004  

Sample Size Calculator

This Sample Size Calculator is presented as a public service of Creative Research Systems. You can use it to determine how many people you need to interview in order to get results that reflect the target population as precisely as needed. You can also find the level of precision you have in an existing sample.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:31 AM

UCSC Genome Bioinformatics

This site contains the reference sequence for the human and C. elegans genomes and working drafts for the chimpanzee, mouse, rat, Fugu, Drosophila, C. briggsae, yeast, and SARS genomes. It also shows the CFTR (cystic fibrosis) region in 13 species. The Genome Browser zooms and scrolls over chromosomes, showing the work of annotators worldwide. The Family Browser shows expression, homology and other information on groups of genes that can be related in many ways. The Table Browser provides convenient access to the underlying database. Blat quickly maps your sequence to the genome. This has been added to Biological Informatics Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:25 AM

ISBN : International Standard Book Number

This site is the United States and Puerto Rico homepage for information on ISBN standards, applying for ISBN numbers and details on the history and future of the International Standard Book Number system. Links to international ISBN agency homepages are made available, as well as foreseen updates to current standards, and a paper supporting the change to a 13-digit ISBN number (replacing the current 10-number ISBN) by January 2005.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:20 AM

Internet Commons Congress

Internet Commons Congress, March 23-24, 2004 in DC. - ICC seeks to develop more cohesion among the many Internet advocacy campaigns by providing an opportunity for education, networking, and cross-fertilization. They have 60 speakers representing dozens of projects and initiatives from VoIP and P2P to digital divide and Internet tax moratoriums to free software and open scholarship. Registration is free.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:15 AM

Latin American Studies Online Protocol

Edited by the Library of Congress Hispanic Division, the Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS) Online is the first Library database to implement the OpenURL protocol, which provides a standardized mechanism for linking from citations and bibliographic records to full text, library catalogs, Web search engines, and other Web services. The project is the result of collaboration between the Library of Congress and the Princeton University Library. The Handbook of Latin American Studies is a multidisciplinary bibliography on Latin America and consists of works selected and annotated by scholars throughout the world.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:10 AM

Genomics Glossaries & Taxonomies

An extremely comprehensive and valuable resource created and maintained by Mary Chitty of the Cambridge Healthtech Institute. This resource has been listed in my Biological Informatics Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. A must bookmark and source for all researchers in the area of biological and genomics informatics as well as related research resources.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:05 AM

Agricultural Statistics Data Base: Field Crops

The USDA-NASS is a searchable database including data going back to 1866 for various field crops. The data can be searched by all states or for an individual state. Information includes Planted, Harvested, Yield, Production, Price (MYA), Value of Production, and forecasted yield. This will be added to Business Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:00 AM

Thursday, February 26, 2004  

AwarenessWatch™ Newsletter V2N3 March 2004
http://virtualprivatelibrary.blogspot.com/Awareness Watch V2N3.pdf
Awareness Watch™ Newsletter

The March 2004 V2N3 Awareness Watch™ Newsletter is available as a 22 page .pdf document (439KB) from the above URL. The Awareness Watch Featured Report this month covers an in depth and extremely comprehensive listing of knowledge discovery, knowledge management and knowledge harvesting sources on the Internet. The Awareness Watch Spotters cover many excellent and newly released research resources as well as the latest identified Internet sources for information retrieval and current awareness. The book review highlights a newly released book on agent software development and the Subject Tracer™ Information Blogs have been updated with three new subjects: Finding People Resources, Genealogical Resources and Internet Alerts.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 5:00 AM

EH.Net - How Much is That

"EH.Net - How Much is That?. Have you ever wondered what the value of a dollar was in 1895? Or what the GDP was in 1929? Here is a place where you can ask questions of comparative value covering purchasing power, exchange rates [from 1791], and other variables between the past and today." Also included are the price of gold from 1257-2001, cost of unskilled labor from 1774 -present, and five ways to compare the worth of the dollar.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:20 AM

Encyclopedia of Economic and Business History

The "Encyclopedia of Economic and Business History is designed to provide students and laymen with high quality reference articles in the field. Articles for the Online Encyclopedia are written by experts, screened by a group of authorities, and carefully edited. A distinguished Advisory Board recommends entry topics, assists in the selection of authors, and defines the project's scope." This will be added to Business Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:15 AM

Author Pseudonyms

This site, "a.k.a," is an online index dictionary list of more than 11,000 "real" and "pseudo" names of authors. Simply arranged, the site is made to be browsed alphabetically, with each "real" name linking to all of the noms de plume a particular writer has used. A large list of books available on the subject of pseudonyms and a bibliography of sources are also posted on this website.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:15 AM


Think of it as an online calculator that solves equations and does all sorts of algebra and calculus problems - instantly and automatically! When you submit a question to QuickMath, it is processed by Mathematica, the largest and most powerful computer algebra package available today. The answer is then sent back to you and displayed right there on your browser, usually within a couple of seconds. Best of all, QuickMath is 100% free! QuickMath is a new service which is being continually expanded.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:05 AM

International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law (IAAIL)

The International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law (IAAIL) is an organization devoted to promoting research and development in the field of AI and and Law with members throughout the world. The IAAIL organizes a bi-annual conference (ICAIL), which provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of the latest research results and practical applications and stimulates interdisciplinary and international collaboration. IAAIL also offers its members an excellent subscription rate to Artificial Intelligence and Law, the premier scholarly journal in the field. which is published by Kluwer Academic Publishers. The IAAIL website is a virtual meeting place for AI and Law researchers. Here you can find news, articles, links, a guestbook and a discussion forum. This will be added to Legal Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:00 AM

Wednesday, February 25, 2004  

LLRX February 2004 Issue Deep Web Research Featured Article

The February 2004 Issue of LLRX has a feature article written by Marcus P. Zillman titled Deep Web Research. The guide includes links to dozens of websites to assist researchers in mining the so-called "invisible" data available in web pages hosted by government, academic, corporate, scientific and other sources.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 8:04 AM

Update on e-Paper

Researcher Nicholas K. Sheridon of Xerox subsidiary Gryicon LLC is convinced that true digital paper is at most five years away, and predicts that the technology will go mainstream with a six-inch tube that fits into anyone's pocket. Paper will roll in and out of the tube like a window shade, with the tube's innards serving as a writing mechanism, pixels will be rearranged on ultra-thin plastic screens, and a satellite will beam signals to the tube so that people can read their e-mail and surf the Web. Sheridon says, "I can see everyone on the globe having one of those."

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:35 AM

The Art of Taxonomy

Perhaps building on his ancestral relationship to impressionist painter Henri Matisse, Michael C. Daconta is passionate about the art of Web taxonomy, not just the bits and bytes of its design. Daconta is director of Web and technology services for systems integrator APG McDonal Bradley, Inc. Part of that job puts him in the role of chief architect of the Defense Intelligence Agency's Virtual Knowledge Base, a project to compile a directory of Defense Department data through Extensible Markup Language ontologies. Co-author of the 2003 book "The Semantic Web," Daconta explains that there is a right way and a wrong way to do a taxonomy-- and many current Web designers are going about it the wrong way. The semantic Web, he says, is a web of machine-processable data, unlike the current Web, which is human-readable data. Should the semantic Web become a reality, searches will be more fruitful, and many Internet-based activities that must be user-managed today will be largely automated. "The compelling goals are targetless query and targetless production," he says. "By targetless, I mean that if you want information, you shouldn't have to know where the information resides…The idea is that Virtual Knowledge Base will know where X is stored."

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:30 AM

PPARC: The Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council

The Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC), the United Kingdom's science investment agency, developed this extensive website to illustrate its work to promote the scientific research and public interest in astronomy, space science, and particle physics. Visitors can find out about the council's numerous projects including the e-science program and the KITE club. Students and researchers can find out about fellowships, training programs, grants, and post-doctoral careers. The website features the educational and public outreach program, Science and Society. [From The NSDL Scout Report for the Physical Sciences, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003. http://scout.wisc.edu/]

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:25 AM

ARL Bimonthly Report

ARL is the bimonthly report on research library issues and actions from ARL (Association of Research Libraries), CNI (Coalition of Networked Information), and SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition). ARL reports on current issues of interest to academic and research library administrators, staff, and users; higher education administrators and faculty; information technologists and those who depend on networked information; as well as anyone concerned with the future of scholarly communication or information policy developments. Each issue explores a broad range of education topics of particular importance to research institutions and academic librarians.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:20 AM

Finding Quality Information on the World Wide Web

Unlike most print publications which have editors and editorial boards to screen and select content, any individual or group can publish on the world wide web. This lack of quality control and the explosion of web sites makes the task of finding quality information on the web especially critical. Numerous studies report that search engines are difficult to use, only cover a fraction of existing sites and often are not selective in terms of quality.

This presentation will focus primarily on finding quality subject guides and other resources on the web itself utilizing Internet Catalogs and Web Rating and Evaluation Sites produced, for the most part, under the auspices of libraries and librarians. The web contains numerous subject guides on various disciplines and topics which have been selected and edited by scholars and librarians. These guides often include descriptive annotations and sometimes graphical ratings such as stars or check marks. They usually list and evaluate "megasites" within a field. These megasites, in turn, link to more specific sites. Secondarily, this presentation will include some tips for locating subject guides utilizing search engines.

This has been added to Information Quality Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:15 AM


europrospectus.com provides a fully text and field searchable database of debt, equity and warrant prospectuses, SEC filings and mergers & acquisition documents. They also offer a fully text searchable clause database with millions of prospectus clauses to easily derive examples from to compare and contrast. Their service brings direct benefits to investment bankers, lawyers, asset managers, regulators, trustees, paying and listing agents, consultants and sophisticated investors. This has been added to Business Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:10 AM

IBM's Blue Gene Goes Dutch

A Dutch organization called Astron is acquiring an IBM Blue Gene/L supercomputer as part of a new radio telescope project dubbed Lofar, short for Low Frequency Array. Astron's Blue Gene/L machine, based on the Linux operating system and designed to perform at about 34 trillion calculations per second, is expected to be completed in 2005; IBM's first Blue Gene/L supercomputer is slated for use at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Today's fastest machine, NEC's Earth Simulator, was built in 2002 and has a demonstrated speed of 35.6 trillion calculations per second. (CNet News.com 23 Feb 2004)

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:00 AM

Tuesday, February 24, 2004  

Asia-Pacific News

This live news feed, updated every fifteen minutes, aggregates Asia-Pacific news, reported as it happens, from the BBC, the World Press Review, and many other online sources. This site complements an Asia-Pacific Newsfeeds site hosted by the ANU's Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies and is available by clicking here. These sources have been added to International Trade Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 7:44 AM

GGF Papers Availability

Five groups have worked very hard to complete their working drafts and welcome you to publicly comment on them! With each draft posted for public comment, GGF further establishes itself as the leader of the global standardization of grids. The GGF Editor reminds you that the public comment period is both a critical step in the open standards process as well as the community’s last opportunity to comment on a draft prior to publishing. Please take advantage of this opportunity to by visiting the above URL and downloading one or more of these documents for review. Use the associated discussion forum (http://sourceforge.net/forum/?group_id=74759) to provide your public comments. The documents currently available for public comment are:

*A Hierarchy of Network Performance Characteristics for Grid Applications and Services (Recommendation) Author(s): B. Lowekamp, B. Tierney, L. Cottrell, R. Hughes-Jones, T. Kielmann, M. Swany

*Persistent Archive Capabilities (Informational) Author(s): R. Moore, A. Merzky

*Peer to Peer and Grid: Synergy and Opportunities (Informational) Author(s): A. Chien

*Distributed Resource Management Application API Specification 1.0 (Recommendation) Author(s): H. Rajic, R. Brobst, W. Chan, F. Ferstl, J. Gardiner, A. Haas, B. Nitzberg, J. Tollefsrud

*An analysis of “Top N” Event Descriptions (Informational) Author(s): D. Gunter, J. Magowan

posted by Marcus Zillman | 5:00 AM

Internet2 Completes Abilene Upgrade

Internet2 has completed an upgrade to its Abilene network, raising the network's speed to 10 billion bits of information per second. Abilene's capacity for data transfer is four times as fast as it was prior to the upgrade and 15,000 times faster than a typical dial-up connection. According to Internet2, hardware and services for the upgrade were provided by Indiana University, Juniper Networks, and Qwest Communications. In addition to speed increases, the new network is capable of using IPv6, the newest version of the protocol used to transmit information. Officials from Internet2 said researchers are already working on projects that can take advantage of extremely high speeds of data transfer, including a project last year that transferred data from a particle-physics laboratory in Switzerland to the California Institute of Technology at seven billion bits per second. Chronicle of Higher Education, 27 February 2004 (sub. req'd)[Edupage Educause February 23, 2004]

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:30 AM


The dbMHC database provides an open, publicly accessible platform for DNA and clinical data related to the human Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC). The need to share research and clinical data focused on the MHC has led to a series of meetings such as the International HLA WorkShop & Congress (IHWC). The data generated within these workshops has proven to be valuable for the international HLA research community. To make these data easily available, the NCBI has committed itself to building dbMHC in close cooperation with the 13th IHWC. The goal is to display and maintain a permanent archive that contains the data generated within the 13th IHWC. In addition, dbMHC will provide tools for further submission and analysis of research data linked to the MHC.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:20 AM

All About Facets & Controlled Vocabularies

Information architects are fascinated with faceted classification and its application to information architecture problems. However, facets remain difficult to understand and there are few options for learning about them. This is the first in a series of articles that aims to correct this situation. They intend to explain both facets and the more general concept of controlled vocabularies. They want to make the subject accessible to those who don't have advanced degrees in library and information science. Furthermore, they want to show how these concepts can be applied to solve information architecture problems for the Web and other digital information environments.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:10 AM

Elance Online

Elance Online is the quick, easy and secure way for businesses to outsource projects to a global pool of high - quality service providers. This will be added to Business Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:00 AM

Monday, February 23, 2004  

This edition of Current Awareness Happenings on the Internet by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. (February 23, 2004 V2N8) is dedicated to my latest series of workshops titled SourceSeries Internet Research Workshops. Click on the below audblog link to hear a two minute audio describing these workshops. These resources are available from the following URL:

SourceSeries™ Internet Research Workshops

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posted by Marcus Zillman | 10:19 AM

Literary Studies: Most Prolific U.S. Universities, 1998-2002

Of the top 100 federally funded U.S. universities, those listed contributed the greatest number of papers to the field of literature over a recent five-year period. Based on each university's percentage of the 19,980 papers processed from Thomson ISI-indexed literature journals between 1998 and 2002.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:25 AM

Design Science to Enhance Search Technology

Design Science has announced that it will lead a project aimed at enhancing search technology for science, technical and medical (STM) documents. Funded in part by the US National Science Foundation's National Science Digital Library programme, it will begin with a workshop in April, bringing together researchers and managers of STM document collections from academia and industry. The goal is to facilitate searching for mathematical formulas and notation in scientific literature, in the same way as one can now do full-text keyword searches. Dr Robert Miner, director of new product development at Design Science, said: 'With better searching, researchers in one area have a much better chance of discovering connections with other seemingly unrelated fields. For example, one can imagine a heart researcher might find the same equations describing cardiac electrical signals turning up in the work of astronomers studying solar flares, where the problems have already been solved.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:20 AM

PubSub NNTP Topic

PubSub's newest service lets you create susbcriptions to newsgroup (NNTP) posts. The PubSub newsgroup service works just like their weblog subscription service - you can create subscriptions to the content of postings, and get matching results in an RSS file. They have started with a small set of technical newsgroups but we'll be adding more groups over the next few weeks. If you're interested in a particular group or set of groups, please let them know by email. This is an excellent service that brings together two very exciting Internet resources .... weblogs and newsgroups using both email alerts as well as RSS feeds... neat bleeding edge stuff!

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:15 AM

M.I.N.D. ( Media Interface and Network Design Labs)

M.I.N.D. Labs are dedicated to research on how technology can augment human ability. They subscribe to the principle that minds linked via intelligent virtual environments can work better than minds alone. They study technology-augmented human cognition and action, human computer interaction, and communication applications of emerging technologies. In short, the interaction between the mind and medium is the core of their research. The MIND Labs are integrated through the central lab at Michigan State University campus.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:10 AM

UCI Machine Learning Repository Content Summary

This international machine learning database repository is an archive of over 100 databases used specifically for evaluating machine learning algorithms. A comprehehsive listing has been created by the UCI Machine Learning Group. This has been added to the Subject Tracer Information Blog Knowledge Discovery.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:05 AM

NTRS: NASA Technical Reports Server

The NASA Scientific and Technical Information (STI) Program'smission is to collect, archive, and disseminate NASA aerospace information, and locate domestic and international STI pertinent to NASA's missions and Strategic Enterprises. Examples of NASA's STI include research reports, journal articles, conference and meeting papers, technical videos, mission-related operational documents, and preliminary data. NASA's technical information is available via the NASA Technical Report Server (NTRS) is to provide students, educators, and the public access to NASA's technical literature. NTRS also collects scientific and technical information from sites external to NASA to broaden the scope of information available to users. NTRS's Simple Search searches for NASA information only and its Advanced Search can search for NASA and non-NASA information. Most of the NASA information does not have full-text document images and documents can be ordered by contacting the NASA Center for AeroSpace Information. This has been added to Articles, Abstratcs, Documents, Papers, Reports, and Literature Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:00 AM

Sunday, February 22, 2004  

Religion Sources on the Web

The American Academy of Religion now has its free referral service on-line. Journalists can access sources on virtually any religion topic, including world religions, religion and politics, ethics, and much more. The Religion Source Referral Service provides quick access to more than 5,000 American and Canadian scholars, including contact information, titles of their relevant publications, institutional affiliations and academic rank. [NetGold]

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:35 AM

E-Cell Project

E-Cell Project is an international research project aiming to model and reconstruct biological phenomena in silico, and developing necessary theoretical supports, technologies and software platforms to allow precise whole cell simulation.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:33 AM

CRISP (Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects)

CRISP (Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects) is a searchable database of federally funded biomedical research projects conducted at universities, hospitals, and other research institutions. The database, maintained by the Office of Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health, includes projects funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ), and Office of Assistant Secretary of Health (OASH). Users, including the public, can use the CRISP interface to search for scientific concepts, emerging trends and techniques, or identify specific projects and/or investigators. This will be added to Healthcare Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:25 AM

Platform for Privacy Preferences (P3P) 1.1 Working Draft Published

The P3P Specification Working Group has released the First Public Working Draft of the "Platform for Privacy Preferences 1.1 (P3P1.1)." P3P simplifies and automates the process of reading Web site privacy policies, promoting trust and confidence in the Web. Version 1.1 has new extension and binding mechanisms based on suggestions from W3C workshops and the privacy community. .

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:20 AM

Biology in the Age of Computers

Information technology can play a critical role in understanding and cataloging the spectrum of life process, if appropriate research and development is devoted to the task. We are changing our environment at an accelerated pace. In order to predict the effects of our actions, we need to understand the interrelationships among all living organisms. The first step is to catalog and describe all life on earth, right down to the flora and fauna. Approximately 1.5 million species already have names; as many as 12 million more exist but haven't yet been documented. Many species are also traveling with us to new places around the world. Humans are introducing species where they never existed before, with far-reaching consequences for food supply and health. These range from Gypsy moths to invasive plants and exotic diseases like West Nile Virus and Monkey Pox. Thus, a field guide to ALL species would be invaluable -- but impractical as a paper-and-ink product. It would only be feasible as an online resource. Projects to create electronic catalogs of floras and faunas complement other major international initiatives designed to better understand and manage the world's natural heritage, including the Convention on Biological Diversity. Many private initiatives, such as NatureServe and the All Species Foundation, also need and use information technology to help address this problem.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:15 AM

Web Services Architecture Working Group Notes Published

The Web Services Architecture Working Group has released Working Group Notes representing the culmination of their work: "Web Services Architecture," "Usage Scenarios," the "Glossary," and "Requirements." The reference architecture identifies Web services components, defines their relationships and establishes constraints.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:05 AM

NASA Sun Earth Media Viewer: Live Solar Images [Media Viewer]

Developed jointly by NASA and the University of California at Berkeley, this elegant site allows the general public to look at a number of truly astonishing images of the sun, as rendered from various telescopes and other image-capturing devices such as NASA's Image Spacecraft. On the main page, there are twelve different views (all updated daily). Visitors can zoom in and out around areas of interest and read a helpful description of what they are observing, as well as how the image was captured. The Illustrations section is another treat, as viewers can peruse 12 high quality illustrations of such important phenomena as the electromagnetic radiation into the atmosphere and the four phases of matter. Within the visualization section, viewers can watch short movies of oxygen atoms in the near-Earth environment and take a virtual tour of the Earth's magnetosphere. The site is completed with a number of interviews with scientists answering questions about solar wind, the sun, Venus, and auroras. [From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003. http://scout.wisc.edu/]

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:00 AM

Saturday, February 21, 2004  

March 2004 Zillman Column - Privacy Resources and Sites on the Internet
http://virtualprivatelibrary.blogspot.com/Privacy Resources.pdf

The March 2004 Zillman Column is now available and is titled Privacy Resources and Sites on the Internet. This column is a comprehensive listing of privacy resources currently available on the Internet. These include associations, indexes, search engines as well as individual websites and sources that supply the latest technology and information about privacy and how it relates to you and the Internet. These sources are taken from my Subject Tracer™ Information Blog titled Privacy Resources and is constantly updated with Subject Tracer™ bots. This is a white paper "keeper" as privacy and especially Internet privacy is becoming a major issue and these are the sources that you need to monitor!!

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:45 AM

Math and Physics Applets

These are some applets that Paul Falstad wrote to help visualize various concepts in math and physics. You should be able to view them with any Java-capable browser. For optimum performance, he recommends using IE6.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:35 AM


eHistory is the site for history fans, enthusiasts and students. eHistory consists of over 130,000 pages of historical content, 5,300 timeline events, 800 battle outlines, 350 biographies, and thousands of images and maps.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:30 AM

American Law Sources Online

American Law Sources On-line (ALSO!), provides a comprehensive, uniform, and useful compilation of links to freely accessible on-line sources of law for the United States and Canada. (See also a link below for Mexico.) This site contains additional links to sources of commentary and practice aids that are available without charge (or available at a reasonable charge from governmental and nonprofit providers). This resource has been added to the Legal Resources 2004 InternetMiniguide.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:25 AM


SLOOH, the first of its kind, a LIVE astronomical experience giving large groups of users direct access to and control of high-altitude observatories. They invite you, their most early adopters, to explore with them the bleeding edge of technology at the fringe of the universe. After 3 years of preparation, today they initiate the final countdown, a phased launch that will unfold the power of SLOOH in stages as they introduce new features and enhance the experience.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:25 AM

GOLD™ Genomes OnLine Database

Free for academic and non-commercial use, the Genomes OnLine Database (GOLD) is an internet "resource for comprehensive access to information regarding complete and ongoing genome projects around the world. GOLD provides the largest available and most detailed monitoring of genome sequencing projects." This recently updated database presently contains 173 Published Complete Genomes (including 4 chromosomes, 445 Prokaryotic Ongoing Genomes, and 384 Eukaryotic Ongoing Genomes (including 8 chromosomes). The GOLD search engine allows users to search by Domain, Status, Institution, Phylogeny, and more. This site also contains GOLD-specific Links, related Other Links, and links to References, Statistics, and GOLD News. [From The NSDL Scout Report for the Life Sciences, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003. http://scout.wisc.edu/] This has been added to the Subject Tracer™ Information Blog Biological Informatics.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:20 AM

Academic Ranking of World Universities - 2003

Academic Ranking of World Universities - 2003 from Shanghai Jiao Tong University Institute of Higher Education. Site includes: 1. Ranking Methodology, 2. Top 500 World Universities, Top 100 American Universities, 4. Top 100 European Universities, 5. Top 100 Asian/Pacific Universities, and 6. Frequently Asked Questions.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:10 AM


Genetics, published by the Genetics Society of America, has finished retrospective conversion of the journal. Distributed via Highwire Press, the entire backfile conversion project has been gifted to the scientific community. Current material becomes freely available after 3 months. Fulltext v1+ (1916+)

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:00 AM

Friday, February 20, 2004  

Web Of Physical Objects Uniform Resource Identifiers

This document is an Internet-Draft and is in full conformance with all provisions of Section 10 of RFC2026. This document define Uniform Resource Identifiers for Physical Objects. It provides a proposal for the implementation of the Concept, ”Physical resources should be accessible over the Internet and an information object is on the web if it can have a URI ”. People should be able to access the physical resources, they possess, from anywhere in the world e.g. accessing a car from a remote location.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:28 AM

New Phase of Matter

Fermionic condensates are a new form of matter recently discovered by NASA-supported researchers. The substance was created by cooling a cloud of 500,000 potassium-40 atoms to less than a millionth of a degree above absolute zero. The condensates are so new that most of their basic properties are unknown. According to the "Pauli Exclusion Principle" of quantum mechanics, fermions are forbidden to gather together in the same quantum state. Any atom with an odd number of electrons + protons + neutrons, like potassium-40, is a fermion. However, the researchers found a way around this antisocial behavior by using a carefully applied magnetic field. The field causes loner atoms to pair up, while adjusting the field controls the strength of the pairing. A pair of fermions can merge with another pair -- and another and another -- eventually forming a fermionic condensate.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:21 AM


A Java interface and implementation for the W3C Web Ontology Language (OWL). The interface is focused towards the OWL Lite and OWL DL language species. It offers an interface to inference engines and provides validation functionality.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:20 AM

Directory of America's Hospitals

The U.S. News/American Hospital Association National Directory has facts and figures on more than 6,000 hospitals including A-Z index, state index, name search amd ddvanced search. This has been added to the Subject Tracer Information Blog Healthcare Resources.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:15 AM

T & T Virtual Library of Rare Books and Manuscripts

Get a preview of the worlds literary treasures at the T&T Virtual Library- now open to the general public. Explore the original works in the most realistic way online and stay updated with new features in their library collection.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:10 AM

Diplomacy Monitor

The St. Thomas University School of Law (Miami, Florida, USA) has deployed specially developed proprietary software to monitor the global output of communiqués, official statements, press briefings, position papers, interview transcripts and news releases from hundreds of diplomacy-related websites in near real-time and channel it into a synthesized information stream for scholars, diplomats, journalists, researchers, students and others interested in the interaction among nations. This will be added to Legal Resources 2004, International Trade Resources 2004, and Business Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuides.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:05 AM


OCLC ResearchWorks research laboratory - ResearchWorks demonstrates a few of their ideas for applying new technologies to organize information. In some cases, they serve as examples of things you can develop or incorporate into your own systems. These are explorations and works in progress. Just a note: these demonstrations are still in development, and they may perform erratically or disappear without notice. If something is not working on this page when you visit, please come back and try it again later. This has been added to the Subject Tracer™ Information Blog Research Resources.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:00 AM

Thursday, February 19, 2004  

Subject Tracer Information Blogs

The number of Subject Tracer™ Information Blogs has increased dramatically in the past month and here is the lastest listing of these resources created by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. :

Astronomy Resources

Biological Informatics

Bot Research

Business Intelligence Resources


Deep Web Research

Directory Resources

eCommerce Resources

Finding People

Genealogy Resources

Healthcare Resources

Information Futures Markets

Information Quality Resources

Internet Alerts

Internet Demographics

Internet Experts

Internet Hoaxes

Knowledge Discovery

Privacy Resources

Research Resources



Statistics Resources

Student Research

posted by Marcus Zillman | 5:00 AM

Semantic Web and Information Systems Special Interest Group (SIGSEMIS)

The portal site of Semantic Web and Information Systems Special Interest Group (SIGSEMIS). Through this portal a number of value adding services cultivate the semantic web vision in Information Systems Research Community. They are looking forward to active participation and collaboration for their initiative: SIGSEMIS is an open forum and they invite you to join them and to share your thoughts and perspectives.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:30 AM

Canada e-Book

Much like the rest of the world, Canada is still developing as a nation. To make sense of this ever-changing country, the Canada e-Book uses sound, images, tables, graphs and both analytical and descriptive text to look at Canada—The Land, The People, The Economy and The State.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:20 AM

Health Privacy Project

The Health Privacy Project is dedicated to raising public awareness of the importance of ensuring health privacy in order to improve health care access and quality, both on an individual and a community level. Founded in 1997 by Janlori Goldman, Director, the Health Privacy Project provides a broad array of healthcare stakeholders with the information and tools they need to work more effectively toward greater protection of health information through cutting-edge research studies, policy analyses, Congressional testimony, extensive work with the media, and a Web site. This has been added to the Subject Tracer™ Information Blog Privacy Resources.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:15 AM

WebUse: Scientific Research on the Internet

Funded by The National Science Foundation, the Department of Sociology at the University of Maryland is developing a set of resources to further the scientific study of the impact of the Internet on Societies. Central to this is understanding the transformative effect—both positive and negative—that the Internet has on human behavior and how the emerging persistent behaviors enable and constrain activities, understanding, knowledge, and culture. This research project is headed by Dr. John Robinson, Dr. Alan Neustadtl, and Dr. Meyer Kestnbaum, all at the University of Maryland. Additional support and cooperation has come from the University of California, Berkeley, The University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School, Princeton University, and Stanford University. We also have two advisory boards, one internal and one external to the University of Maryland. This project is coordinating several efforts to test competing theories and hypotheses about the Internet's impact on society, including functional equivalence and time displacement, declining social capital, classic innovation diffusion, and reconfigured social networks.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:10 AM

Research on Information Technology and Organizations (CRITO)

The Center for Research on Information Technology and Organizations (CRITO) at UC Irvine is one of the world's leading think tanks on the impact of information technology on organizations and society, and on the management of information technology. CRITO has a rich tradition of studying the impacts of information technology (IT) on organizations and society that stretches back more than two decades. It is home to well over a dozen internationally recognized experts in the fields of management, computer science, and social science, often bringing the advantages of multidisciplinary perspectives to the problems at hand. Researchers focus on the management of IT, the IT-enabled enterprise, technology-intensive user environments, and the increasingly global nature of IT use and production.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:05 AM

Asian-Pacific Library Conferences

This Calendar contains details of conferences and similar activities relating to the Asia-Pacific region which are of interest to librarians and other information managers.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:02 AM

Rural Areas and the Internet

There has been steady penetration of the Internet into rural areas in recent years and more than half of rural adults -- 52% -- now go online. However, a corresponding rise in the percentage of urban and suburban residents going online has left a persistent gap between rural areas and the rest of the country. Some 67% of urban residents and 66% of suburbanites are online. A new study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project finds that the gap is probably tied to the fact that rural residents as a group earn less and are older than their urban and suburban counterparts.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:00 AM

Wednesday, February 18, 2004  

Who's Mailing What! Archive

Every month the Who's Mailing What! Archive receives and analyzes approximately 4,000 to 5,000 pieces of direct mail in nearly 200 categories -- consumer, business, fundraising, catalogs, and much more -- forwarded to us from a network of correspondents around the country. Why? Because the best way to create successful direct mail is to study other company's mail to see which campaign and techniques show up again and again. If you're tracking a particular area of direct mail -- you can go right to that category, see what we've received and discover… This will be added to Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

* Who's mailing what…
* The offers…
* The controls…
* The complexity of the mailings…
* Whether there was 4-color work, sophisticated computer work, a poly envelope, a self-mailing format…

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:35 AM

HighBeam eLibrary Research

Search their extensive archive of more than 28 million documents from 2,600 sources -- a vast collection of articles from leading publications, updated daily and going back as far as 20 years. Save your searches, save articles and set up alerts to save time and increase your efficiency. This source will be added to eCurrent Awareness Resources 2004.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:30 AM

Competitive Intelligence Source

Competitive Intelligence research strategies from the UCLA Rosenfeld Library including Corporate Picture, Focus: Company & Competitors, Industry Environment, and Socio-Political Environment. This excellent source will be added to Competitive Intelligence Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:20 AM

Google Hits 6 Billion Items

Google Inc. yesterday announced it expanded the breadth of its web index to more than 6 billion items. This innovation represents a milestone for Internet users, enabling quick and easy access to the world's largest collection of online information. "People worldwide can find more information with Google than with any other search engine," said Larry Page, Google co-founder and president of Products. Google's collection of 6 billion items comprises 4.28 billion web pages, 880 million images, 845 million Usenet messages, and a growing collection of book-related information pages.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:15 AM

Evaliant Media Resources

Evaliant Services, a division of TNS Media Intelligence/CMR, is the leading provider of online advertising data. Everyday, Evaliant tracks more than 100,000 brands and products on thousands of sites in North America. Advertising agencies and advertisers, Web sites and Web representatives use our services to get complete, accurate, virtually real-time data—quickly and cost effectively. With just a click of the mouse, Evaliant answers questions like:

WHO is advertising on the Web and who the brand and agency contacts are
WHAT new ads ran for the first time yesterday
WHERE brands are advertising
WHEN and how much they are advertising
HOW the ads actually look
WHAT the media dollar value is (ad spending)
WHAT are the ads/creative and "sponsored links" on selected search engines
WHAT is the brand's media mix

This will be added to Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:10 AM

E-mail Alerts From News.com

Save time and stay current on items of interest to you, pulled from constantly updated, award-winning content. CNET News.com promises Tech News First. Now, we're delivering it to your e-mail in-box. Save time: See only the news you know you need. Free delivery: Notification via e-mail. Your schedule: Instant or daily delivery -- you choose. Choose an alert type from the following selections: 1) By keyword. 2) By company. and 3) By topic. This source will be added to eCurrent Awareness Resources 2004.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:05 AM

Politics Feedpapers

Feedster is working to ensure everyone's voice is heard by making political Feedpapers, up-to-the-minute digests of RSS-based news and blog commentary, available to all the campaigns and bloggers. In less than a minute, you can associate your blog with the candidates and parties you support and make sure your voice is heard.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:00 AM

Tuesday, February 17, 2004  

How to Learn About an Industry Or a Specific Company

This site is a major portal for those researching companies and industries. [Business Intelligence Resources and Business Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide]

posted by Marcus Zillman | 9:22 AM

Find People Resource

Before you start looking for someone on the web, figure out where is the best place to hunt. Is he or she an expert (try the above link for that)? Do you just want a phone number or address for an ordinary person -- try the directories linked on the above site. Is the person likely to be actively using their email in Usenet discussion groups? Or maybe he or she has created a web page? The links in the above site will definitely help! This resource has been added to my Subject™ Information Blog Finding People.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 8:54 AM


Established in March 2001, Harvard@Home enables you to experience some of the exciting research, teaching, and public addresses making news across the University today—right from your desktop. We hope you'll return often to experience the latest new program—which will be added each month—or to explore those stored in their program list. Harvard@Home is a University-wide, collaborative effort. These programs are being brought to your desktop thanks to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Information Technology Committee, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Instructional Computing Group, Harvard Magazine, the Harvard Alumni Association, and professors and visiting lecturers from across the University. Support for Harvard@Home has been generously provided by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Provost's Technology Innovation Fund.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:50 AM

Searching the Deep Web Video

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) provides access to a wealth of energy, science, and technology research and development (R&D) information. To support the needs of Web patrons, OSTI has developed state-of-the-art technologies and services including a Deep Web search capability. The Deep Web includes content in searchable databases available to Web users but not accessible by popular search engines. This video provides an introduction to the Deep Web search engine and how it can be used to access R&D information contained in previously hard-to-find databases. [Deep Web Research Subject Tracer Information Blog]

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:45 AM


ECOLEX is an information service on environmental law, operated jointly by FAO, IUCN and UNEP. Its purpose is to build capacity worldwide by providing the most comprehensive possible global source of information on environmental law. This unique resource, which combines the environmental law information holdings of FAO, IUCN and UNEP , seeks to put this information at the disposal of users world-wide, in an easily accessible service, employing modern technology. The ECOLEX database includes information on treaties, international soft-law and other non-binding policy and technical guidance documents, national legislation, judicial decisions, and law and policy literature. Users have direct access to the abstracts and indexing information about each document, as well as to the full text of most of the information provided. This will be added to Legal Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:42 AM

Nature-Inspired Computing

Nature-Inspired Computing - Increased understanding of biological systems will lead to breakthroughs in computing and artificial intelligence. By Nigel Shadbolt. IEEE Intelligent Systems. "It isn't hard to recognize the influence of biological processes and methods on our science and technologies. Norbert Wiener's cybernetics was very much influenced by feedback and control processes that he observed in biological systems. Warren McCulloch and Walter Pitts' characterization of the neuron owed much to their understanding of biology, mathematics, and electronics. In artificial intelligence and intelligent systems, we've also kept the faith with living systems even when not aiming to build exact simulations. AI and IS have been fundamentally interested in the phenomenology of living systems - perception, decision making, action, and learning. So we might say that we've been doing nature-inspired computing all along."

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:06 AM

WS-GAF ( Web Services Grid Application Framework )

There has been a lot of discussion in the community concerning the relationship between Web and Grid Services. The Web Services Grid Application Framework (WS-GAF) is a proposal on how Grid applications could be built using today's Web Services specifications. The aim of the WS-GAF proposal is to start a debate on the possible future evolution of Grid Service standards. In addition to the WS-GAF document, we have also made available the Grid Resource Specification which defines the way Grid resources are globally identified using Grid Resource Identifiers and provides the structure of an extensible XML document, the Grid Resource Metadata document, for describing metadata about globally identified resources.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:00 AM

Monday, February 16, 2004  

This edition of Current Awareness Happenings on the Internet by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. (February 16, 2004 V2N7) is dedicated to my latest Subject Tracer™ Information Blogs: Privacy Resources and Internet Alerts. Click on the below audblog link to hear an audio describing these sites. These resources are available from the following URLs:

Privacy Resources

Internet Alerts

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posted by Marcus Zillman | 1:30 PM

Lofty Goal - Computers People Can Talk With. Day Is Nearer When Devices Understand

Lofty goal - Computers people can talk with. Day is nearer when devices understand. By Robert S. Boyd. Philadelphia Inquirer. "Reading aloud is the simplest challenge in the 40-year struggle to teach human language to computers. Other computer-language skills are more complicated. They include taking dictation, responding to questions or commands, identifying a speaker, translating languages, and carrying on a modestly intelligent conversation on a limited subject, such as what's at the movies. The greatest challenge is to get a computer to 'understand' natural language and respond appropriately. The National Science Foundation is soliciting proposals for new research to enable people to 'address a computer at any time and any place at least as effectively as if they were addressing another person.' The goal is to make computers 'behave more like humans, so that humans don't have to adapt to a machine using a mouse and a keyboard, but instead the machine adapts to the human,' said James Glass at the Laboratory for Spoken Language Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ... Getting a computer to understand is harder than getting one to talk. Nevertheless, voice-recognition programs are in common use today by telephone companies, airlines, and business customer-service desks."

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:52 AM

Siena (Scalable Internet Event Notification Architectures)

Siena (Scalable Internet Event Notification Architectures) is a research project aimed at designing and constructing a generic scalable publish/subscribe event-notification service. The technical basis of Siena is an innovative type of network service called content-based networking.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:50 AM


AskNSDL - Ask Questions about education, NSDL subjects and the NSDL program. Find Information: additonal resources, FAQs, and previously asked questions and answers. Registered NSDL users can login and ask questions. Prior to asking a question, users will be asked for non-personal information that assists in assigning their question to the appropriate expert. Generally, questions will be answered within a few days via email. Answered questions will be available to other users, without personally identifying the questioner. The AskNSDL service, part of the NSDL Help system, was developed by the Information Institute of Syracuse and NSDL Core Integration.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:44 AM


uPortal, according to its website, "is a free, sharable portal under development by institutions of higher-education. This group sees an institutional portal as an abridged and customized version of the institutional Web presence... a 'pocket-sized' version of the campus Web. Portal technology adds 'customization' and 'community' to the campus Web presence. Customization allows each user to define a unique and personal view of the campus Web. Community tools, such as chat, forums, survey, and so on, build relationships among campus constituencies." uPortal is an open-standard effort. It is a collaborative development project with the effort shared among several of the the Java Architectures Special Interest Group (JA-SIG) member institutions. uPortal may be downloaded and use on your site at no cost.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:37 AM

LibQUAL+ ™

LibQUAL+ ™ is a suite of services that libraries use to solicit, track, understand, and act upon users? opinions of service quality. These services are offered to the library community by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). The program?s centerpiece is a rigorously tested Web-based survey bundled with training that helps libraries assess and improve library services, change organizational culture, and market the library. The goals of LibQUAL+(TM) are to: 1) Foster a culture of excellence in providing library service, 2) Help libraries better understand user perceptions of library service quality, 3)Collect and interpret library user feedback systematically over time, 4) Provide libraries with comparable assessment information from peer institutions, 5) Identify best practices in library service and 6) Enhance library staff members' analytical skills for interpreting and acting on data.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:30 AM

Vulcan Project' Digital Aristotle

Vulcan Project aims to build 'Digital Aristotle'..... By Luke Timmerman. The Seattle Times. "[Paul] Allen's private investment company, Vulcan, is announcing today that it is willing to bankroll three competing research teams from around the world for what it calls 'Project Halo,' a quest over the next 30 months to create a computerized tutor that's smart enough to pass college-level Advanced Placement (AP) tests in chemistry, biology and physics. Vulcan is trying to avoid being linked with forays into artificial intelligence -- colossally hyped flops since the 1980s that crumbled under sci-fi dreams of mimicking human motivation or emotion. This effort, they say, is more about 'knowledge representation and reasoning,' synthesizing existing information to produce not just a yes/no answer but a lucid explanation ... This is not going to be a sentient computer or have self-awareness or emotion or anything like that,' [Noah] Friedland said. 'We're going to have a hard-enough time with common-sense issues. But this is going to reason about science and be used as a tool for learning.'"

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:13 AM

The SAKAI Project

The University of Michigan, Indiana University, MIT, Stanford, and the uPortal consortium are joining forces to integrate and synchronize their considerable educational software into a pre-integrated collection of open source tools. This will yield three big wins for sustainable economics and innovation in higher education: 1) A framework that builds on the recently ratified JSR 168 portlet standard and the OKI open service interface definitions to create a services-based, enterprise portal for tool delivery, 2) a re-factored set of educational software tools that blends the best of features from the participants’ disparate software (e.g., course management systems, assessment tools, workflow, etc.), and 3) a synchronization of the institutional clocks of these schools in developing, adopting and using a common set of open source software. The products of this project will include an Enterprise Services-based Portal, a complete Course Management System with sophisticated assessment tools, a Research Support Collaboration System, a Workflow Engine, and a Tool Portability Profile as a clear standard for writing future tools that can extend this core set of educational applications. The modular, pre-integrated tools will greatly reduce the implementation costs of one or more of these tools at any institution. The Sakai Project Core universities are committing over $2 million per year to launch and support this two year project. The core universities are also committed to implementing these tools at their own institutions starting in Fall 2004 through the duration of the project. The commitment of resources and adoption is purposefully set on an aggressive timeline to swiftly integrate and synchronize the educational software at the core institutions. This effort will demonstrate the compelling economics of “software code mobility” for higher education, and it will provide a clear roadmap for others to become part of an open source community."

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:03 AM

Apache Cocoon Project

Apache Cocoon is a web development framework built around the concepts of separation of concerns and component-based web development. Cocoon implements these concepts around the notion of 'component pipelines', each component on the pipeline specializing on a particular operation. This makes it possible to use a Lego(tm)-like approach in building web solutions, hooking together components into pipelines without any required programming.
Cocoon is "web glue for your web application development needs". It is a glue that keeps concerns separate and allows parallel evolution of all aspects of a web application, improving development pace and reducing the chance of conflicts.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:00 AM

Sunday, February 15, 2004  

Privacy Resources

PrivacyResources.info is a Subject Tracer™ Information Blog developed and created by the Virtual Private Library™. It is designed to bring together the latest resources and sources on an ongoing basis for privacy resources. We always welcome suggestions of additional sites and resources to be added to this comprehensive listing and please submit by clicking here. This site has been developed and maintained by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A.. Additional links and resources by Marcus are available by clicking here.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 5:05 AM

RDF and OWL Resources:

The Resource Description Framework (RDF):

RDF/XML Syntax Specification (Revised)
Update for XML, namespaces, the Infoset, and XML Base

RDF Vocabulary Description Language 1.0: RDF Schema
Describes how to use RDF to build RDF vocabularies. Defines a basic vocabulary and conventions for use by Semantic Web applications

RDF Semantics
Formal mathematical theory for reasoning about RDF data

RDF Primer
An introduction for all readers

RDF Test Cases
Machine-processable test cases

Resource Description Framework (RDF): Concepts and Abstract Syntax
Syntax, design goals, concepts, the meaning of RDF documents, character normalization and handling of URI references

The OWL Web Ontology Language:

OWL Overview
A simple introduction

OWL Guide
Demonstrates OWL through an extended example. Provides a glossary

OWL Reference
A compact, informal description of OWL modelling primitives

OWL Semantics and Abstract Syntax
Normative definition of the OWL language

OWL Test Cases
Test cases illustrating correct OWL usage, the formal meaning of constructs, and resolution of issues. Specifies conformance

OWL Use Cases and Requirements
Usage scenarios, goals and requirements for a Web ontology language

posted by Marcus Zillman | 5:00 AM


This site was created with one goal in mind. To give you the opportunity to "try out" some of the best php/mysql based free and open source software systems in the world. You are welcome to be the administrator of any site here, allowing you to decide which system best suits your needs. The administrator username and password is given for every system and each system is refreshed on the hour, every hour. This allows you to to add and delete content, change the way things look, basically be the admin of any system here with no fear of messing anything up.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:57 AM


Bioknoppix is a customized distribution of Knoppix Linux Live CD. With this distriubution you just boot from the CD and you have a fully functional Linux OS distribution with open source applications targeted for the molecular biologist. Beside using some RAM, Bioknoppix doesn't touch the host computer, being ideal for demonstrations, molecular biology students, workshops, etc. This has been added to my Subject Tracer™ Information Blog Biological Informatics.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:27 AM

A Research Guide for Students

The goal of this Web site is to provide all the necessary tools for students to conduct research and to present their findings. Site provides a Quick Click to Search Engines, annotated Research, Writing, and Style Guides (MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian, CGOS, CBE, Harvard), and Worlds of Knowledge housing some of the best education Web sites in a Virtual Library arranged by the Dewey Decimal Classification System. This has been added this to my Subject Tracer™ Information Blog Student Research.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:10 AM

invisiblog.com (beta) - Anonymous Weblog Publishing

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Saturday, February 14, 2004  

Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

1. City Governments Map Trends
2. ESRI: Join the Spirit of Mars Exploration
3. Earth Satellite Corporation: GIS Services
4. GIS.com: Your Internet Guide to Geographic Information Systems
5. GISlounge: History of GIS
6. University Consortium for Geographic Information Science

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technology crosses many disciplines in research and encompasses a wide range of applications. The technology can be integrated with a system that combines aerial (or satellite) photography, census figures, crime statistics and other information and then overlaid on a highly-detailed interactive map. This Topic in Depth covers some of the current uses of GIS and resources for learning more about the technology.

City governments have found various uses for GIS technology, (1) including helping firefighters avoid closed roads when navigating through New York City. Moving even beyond Earth, GIS was also used to gather planetary geography and geographic characteristics in the rover mission to Mars (2). Visitors to this website can learn more about Martian GIS and visualization tools and find image viewers for the advanced and beginner users of GIS that allow you to get a closer look at Mars, Venus, the moon, or your hometown here on earth. The Earth Satellite Corporation (3) provides this overview of some applications for satellite imagery combined with GIS technology. This website, Your Internet Guide to Geographical Information Systems (4), provides general information on GIS, sample images, and ways to get software, training and data. To gain some perspective on the expansion of GIS, the GISlounge provides links to where you can learn more about the history of GIS (5), and describes the history project, which includes a "critical history" that asks the question, "What were the precursors and ways of understanding the world that provided the conditions of possibility for GIS to emerge in the forms that did?" To give you a better sense of the rapid growth that has occurred in the field of geographic information and steps being taken to ensure that a coherent view emerges, visit this website of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS)(6) [From The NSDL Scout Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003. http://scout.wisc.edu/]

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