Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. Author/Speaker/Consultant
Internet Happenings, Events and Sources

Tuesday, September 30, 2003  

Assessing Preservation Needs: A Self-Survey Guide

The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) announces the on-line availability of its latest publication, Assessing Preservation Needs: A Self-Survey Guide. This exciting multi-media project was funded by a Library Leadership Grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). NEDCC also receives major funding for its Field Service Program from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

An empowering and important new resource, the purpose of this guide is to help small to medium-sized institutions with limited preservation experience and budgets to design a program ensuring that their historical collections survive in usable condition as long as possible. In an effort to make this important information available at no cost to anyone
at anytime, NEDCC has posted the text on its Web site at

posted by Marcus | 3:03 PM

This edition of Current Awareness Happenings on the Internet by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. (September 29, 2003 V1N18) is dedicated to the latest information discovered and utilized by Marcus P. Zillman. Click on the below link to view a brand new ten minute streaming video titled Links By Marcus. A complete listing of all the latest URLs created by Marcus P. Zillman is available at the Links By Marcus™ link listed below:

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posted by Marcus | 2:29 PM

National Science Digital Library (NSDL)

The National Science Digital Library (NSDL) offers educational resources for science, technology, engineering and mathematics and is funded by the National Science Foundation.

posted by Marcus | 1:49 PM

Googlism will find out what thinks of you, your friends or anything! Search for your name or for a good laugh check out some of the popular Googlisms listed at the site!

posted by Marcus | 1:39 PM

Test Your Site Now With Cynthia Says™

Test your site now with Cynthia Says ™ to see if it is accessible! Created and developed by The International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet (ICDRI) and is a non-profit center based in the United States and designated as a 501 (c)(3) entity.

posted by Marcus | 12:10 PM

RedLightGreen Project

The immediate goal for RLG's "RedLightGreen" project (formerly known as the Union Catalog on the Web) is to offer rich, reliable library information that is unique in the Web environment and to deliver that information in ways that meet the expectations of Web-savvy users.

Goal: To help students find authoritative sources for research information, by leveraging data contained within the RLG Union Catalog
Intended users: Undergraduate students
Interface: Publicly accessible Web site
Underlying data: 126 million bibliographic records representing 42 million titles
Technologies used: IBM DB2®, XML, Recommind MindServer™
Pilot deployment: Scheduled for fall 2003

posted by Marcus | 12:07 PM

Research Mapper

xreferplus Research Maps enable you to quickly find information when you don't know exactly what to look for or want to expand your knowledge of a given area.

posted by Marcus | 12:03 PM

Deep Web Research

Deep Web Research is a Subject Tracer™ Blog developed and created by the Virtual Private Library™. It is designed to bring together the latest resources and sources on an ongoing basis from the Internet deep web research. 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 | 5:00 AM

Monday, September 29, 2003  

Monitoring Web Page Changes

An excellent resource that annotates a number of web page monitoring services written by Karen Blakeman of RBA Information Services.

posted by Marcus | 3:55 AM


SearchLight comes in two flavors -- select the one you wish to use:

SearchLight for "Sciences and Engineering" will help you locate articles and other materials in the areas of science and engineering, biological and medical sciences, and the physical sciences.

SearchLight for the "Social Sciences and Humanities" will help you locate articles and other materials in the areas of arts and humanities, social

posted by Marcus | 3:50 AM


SUMSearch is a unique method of searching for medical evidence by using the Internet. SUMSearch combines meta-searching and contingency searching in order to automate searching for medical evidence. Meta-searching, which is used by from general Internet search engines such as from Go2Net, Dogpile, and SavvySearch, means simultaneously searching multiple Internet sites and collating the results into one page. In addition, SUMSearch adds the idea of contingency searching. If SUMSearch finds too many ‘hits’ from an Internet site, SUMSearch will execute more restrictive, contingency searches. For example, if a search finds 1000 articles at PubMed, SUMSearch may do up to four additional searches until an optimal number is received. On the other hand, if SUMSearch finds few hits from an Internet site, it may add a search of another site.

posted by Marcus | 3:45 AM

Wall Street Executive Library

The Wall Street, The Web's Best Business Sites! Over 1450 content rich resources for an informed, intelligent perspective.

posted by Marcus | 3:38 AM

Sunday, September 28, 2003  

The Deep Web

The Deep Web has gotten a lot of press these days. The Web is becoming a complex entity that contains information from a variety of source types. It is much more than fixed Web pages. In fact, the part of the Web that is not fixed, and is served dynamically "on the fly," is far larger than the fixed documents that many associate with the Web.

posted by Marcus | 10:22 AM

Fast surfers, Broad Scanners and Deep Divers

In her Ph.D. dissertation, Jannica Heinström of the Department of Information Studies at Åbo Akademi University, Finland discusses if personality traits can explain some of the variances in information literacy skills that found amongst academics, students, staff and other people dealing with large quantities of information. Her research looks specifically at how personality differences affect how people handle and search for information.

posted by Marcus | 8:56 AM

Grant Proposal Guide, NSF 04-2

Effective for proposals submitted on or after October 1, 2003. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on proposal preparation and award administration is available as a .pdf document.

posted by Marcus | 7:49 AM

UK Central Government Web Archive

The UK Central Government Web Archive is a selective collection of UK Government websites, archived from August 2003, which has been developed by the National Archives of the United Kingdom, using the services of the Internet Archive.

The World Wide Web is increasingly becoming the principal means of interaction between Government, citizens and business, and the National Archives has a responsibility to collect and preserve websites as evidence of the changing nature of this interaction. The Modernising Government White Paper sets a target that all Government services to the citizen and to business should be available online by 2005.

A recent study suggested that there are currently approximately 2,500 separate UK Government websites. This project is being undertaken as part of the ongoing development of a web archiving strategy by the National Archives. 51 websites have been carefully chosen as a representative sample of the entire UK Government web domain, and have been selected in accordance with criteria designed to reflect the overall functions of government. A number of departments and agencies were then chosen which are representative of each of these functions. This provides a broad cross-section across UK Central Government.

The websites are harvested at varying intervals, to provide the flexibility to respond to changing circumstances. Initially, 10 websites are harvested every week, and the remaining 41 are harvested every six months.

posted by Marcus | 7:46 AM

AIM Race Robot

AMERICAN INDUSTRIAL MAGIC, LLC is an all volunteer organization of scientist and engineers working to solve the engineering problems associated with putting three vehicles in the DARPA Grand Challenge Race. Currently there are about 53 members spread over three continents.

Most of the members are planning to stay together after the race and continue to solve problems and develop new technologies, commercializes products, and provides solutions for industry and government with an emphasis on practical, technological solutions for challenges in national security, transportation, health and human services. The purpose of the race is to accelerate the development of autonomous ground vehicle technologies that the military can use

posted by Marcus | 7:42 AM

Mangle Random Link Generator

Mangle randomly sends you to one of over 3 billion webpages on the internet using the Google search engine.

posted by Marcus | 7:39 AM

Saturday, September 27, 2003  

Yahoo Product Search

Yahoo! Product Search is a new search tool designed to help you find a comprehensive listing of products available on the Web. Product Search enables you to search through millions of items from thousands of merchants, so you can find, compare, and buy almost anything. You can access Product Search by clicking the Advanced Search link on the front page of Yahoo! or any Yahoo! Search results page.

posted by Marcus | 3:40 PM

Froogle Feeder

Froogle Feeder is a software tool to create your Froogle data feeds easily & quickly. It eliminates tedious labor and save valuable hours when you create your Froogle data feeds. You can add your products interactively, check the validity of your data, generate the Froogle data-feed format and optionally submit the feed file to your account.

posted by Marcus | 3:34 PM

Floogle MX - Flash Google Web Services API

Flash MX - Google Web Services API
This application is an example of using Flash MX to communicate with a with a Web Service (Google). By using a combination of the Load Vars Object, Flash MX Components, and a PHP Soap Toolkit - we can easily build applications such as these. Their are lots of applications that this can be used for, from specific Site Search features to spell Checkers. The Google application should prove useful for almost any site - as it offers quite a few features. Hopefully this is just a starting point.

Google (Floogle MX) Web Service's
This application is more complicated then the previous Web service's we've had up for download on Flash-db (Currency Converter | Language Translator ). The result is sent back as an Array so we have to parse a couple of lines, by looking over the code it should be straight forward.

The google Web service's feature that we are concentrating on is an internet search feature. By using the google web service, Flash MX, and PHP with Soap we can build are own version's of Google. All the results will be the same as if you had searched directly from Google.

posted by Marcus | 3:30 PM

How Information Goes Bad

Do you want that information now -- or do you want it to be correct? Searchers, both expert and part-time, are expected to produce results quickly with a high degree of accuracy. Unfortunately, just as garden weeds are hardier than the desired plants, bad information is "stickier," lasts longer and rears its ugly head more virulently than good information. Information can be wrong in several ways. For example, the quality may be inappropriate for a particular audience segment. Information geared toward one set of consumers may be perceived as lousy by a different set. Mathematicians, for example, might want a measurement defined to 25 decimal places, while handymen want the same value defined to just the nearest 16th of an inch. Information items can also be ambiguous or even deliberately fraudulent. Some are biased or non-objective, like the paid listings that accompany a search engine's results page. Information can also be incomplete or out-of-date. There is a further risk: the perpetuation of incorrect data. Many established journals publish retractions or errata notices, but unless the searcher has reason to suspect in advance that a correction or retraction has been issued, it doesn't normally appear in the standard search results. If modern retrieval mechanisms can locate the erroneous item, shouldn't they be able to find the correction? This would seem to be exactly why hyperlinks were invented, but so far journal publishers and secondary service providers don't appear to be using them for this purpose.

posted by Marcus | 8:17 AM

PoliticsOnline Survey

PoliticsOnline and the 4th World Forum on e- Democracy announce the results of its second world wide survey recognizing the top 25 individuals, organizations and companies that are having the greatest impact on the way the Internet is changing politics. In recent years, the Internet and burgeoning information technologies have inexorably altered our body politic, fundamentally changing the way we do democracy. On Friday, at the 4th Annual Worldwide Forum on Electronic Democracy, PoliticsOnline recognized the best of the best -- the innovators and pioneers who blaze the e-political trails. PoliticsOnline asked it's 30,000 readers and subscribers to name the people, organizations and companies that are changing the world of Internet and politics. From these nominations, 25 world changers and five rising stars were selected.

posted by Marcus | 8:10 AM

Friday, September 26, 2003  

NSF: Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering - 2002

This report is the 11th in a series of biennial reports on the status of women and minorities in science and engineering. The reports are mandated by the Science and Engineering Equal Opportunities Act (Public Law 96-516), which was amended in 1998 to include persons with disabilities. The primary purpose of this report is as an information source on the participation of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in science and engineering.

posted by Marcus | 4:53 PM

Questia - The Online Library of Books and Journals

Questia offers 45,000 books and 360,000 journals, magazines, and newspaper articles. Excellent research resource....

posted by Marcus | 1:56 PM

Combining Search, Taxonomy and Classification

The more complex the enterprise, the greater the need to search among multiple sources. Unfortunately the one- or two-word search used by most people doesn't allow much complexity in the results. The problem with search technology lies in the vagaries of language. Each word can have many meanings, so it's important to categorize or classify our search. Combining taxonomy and classification with search gives users a map of the resources available to them. This kind of taxonomy, classification and search combination is becoming essential for the major search vendors. It also helps because not everybody knows exactly how to search. "Often you want to browse a directory because you're not quite sure how to ask the question," IDC analyst Sue Feldman explains. "Taxonomy gives you a display of information that doesn't require you to put your need into words." Prominent vendors such as Autonomy, Convera, Inxight, Stratity and Verity are among those attempting to bring all the pieces together. Some are also adding visual components to their search technologies. Leading examples use visualization for multidimensional taxonomy navigation and graphical user interfaces (GUIs) for understanding complex relationships across information sources. "Having a GUI makes categorization easier," says Tim Bray, co-inventor of XML and a developer of data visualization technology. "When you're looking for your own data on your desktop, you typically don't type in a search string; you know where things are and you click on folders. A GUI makes it easier to find shared information."

posted by Marcus | 10:39 AM

Data Mining Open Access Research by Matthew Cockerill

An excellent article on Data Mining Open Access Research by Matthew Cockerill, Technical Director, BioMed Central. This article spells out in nice detail the latest happenings in harvesting and data mining valuable information in Open Access Research. The Glossary of Data Mining as listed follows:

Data Mining
Using computers to extract information that is hidden within a large set of data. Data mining researchers who work with text use statistical, linguistic, and artificial intelligence techniques to go beyond simple text searching. - Natural Language Processing of Biological Text.
BioMed Central's Data Mining Information Page

Semantic Web
The vision of Tim Berners-Lee for an improved version of the World Wide Web in which content is annotated in a machine readable way, to allow its meaning to be analysed by automated 'agents'.

eXtensible Markup Language (XML) is a standard text format that allows information to be represented in a structured way, thereby facilitating automatic processing. Different dialects of XML (known as schemas) are used to describe different types of content (for example, CML describes chemical structures, MathML describes equations).

In artificial intelligence research, an Ontology refers to a structured collection of concepts relevant to a particular domain of knowledge. For example, an Ontology might incorporate the concept of engrailed, which would be an instance of the concept gene. And like all genes, engrailed would be associated with a specific organism (Drosophila), and chromosome (2).
Gene Ontology Consortium

PreBIND is a data mining tool that helps researchers locate biomolecular protein-protein interaction information in the scientific literature.
PreBIND Home Page
Article on PreBIND

posted by Marcus | 8:58 AM


The Semantic Web, which aims to link information stored in disparate formats intelligently using metadata tags, is on the brink of mainstream adoption, according to its proponents. Not convinced? Just look at blogging, says W3C Semantic Web Activity Leader Eric Miller, who says bloggers are some of the first end users enmeshed in the social network of the Semantic Web. "Some of the tools here are things like TrackBack and syndication," says Miller. "If you use any consistent blogging system, that system is available to RDF [Resource Description Framework], you can leverage RSS [Really Simple Syndication] tools and ask questions like 'show me all the people who are talking about grid technology.' What you get back is a more relevant response regardless of the data set. It's an interesting effect because it's typing those rants together in a cohesive way." You can also see Semantic Web influence in those automated phone systems that attempt to more efficiently steer callers through the maze of options. "They are moving from a series of prompt requests -- 'If you would like to do this press 1 or if you would like to do this press 2' -- to making them more effective by setting up preferences and profiles to get more streamlined," says Miller, who adds that the bio-informatics and life sciences communities are also some of the early adopters of the Semantic Web linking technology because it allows researchers to reference documents more quickly.

posted by Marcus | 8:48 AM

Knowledge Harvesting Toolkit

Knowledge harvesting is an approach that allows the tacit knowledge or know-how of experts and top performers in an organisation to be captured and documented. This know-how can then be made available to others in various ways such as through training programmes, manuals, best practices and knowledge management databases. Knowledge in organisations exists in two forms: explicit knowledge, which is easily captured and shared; and tacit knowledge, which is more experiential and intuitive, and so is less easy to articulate. Knowledge harvesting is about trying to make some of the tacit knowledge more explicit. Its aim is to help organisations make better and wider use of their existing knowledge by extracting it from the heads of a few key people and making it available to a much wider range of people.

posted by Marcus | 8:26 AM


The notion of grid computing is gaining popularity recently as a realistic solution to many of our large-scale data storage and processing needs. Because, it enables the sharing, selection and aggregation of resources geographically distributed across collaborative organisations. Now more and more people are beginning to embrace grid computing and thus are seeing the need to set up their own grids and grid testbeds. With this comes the need to have some means to enable them to view and monitor the status of the resources in these testbeds (eg. Web based Grid portal). Generally developers invest a substantial amount of time and effort developing custom monitoring software. To overcome this limitation, the Gridbus Project at the University of Melbourne, Australia has developed a tool called Gridscape -- it enables the rapid creation of interactive and dynamic testbed portals (without any programming effort). Gridscape primarily aims to provide a solution for those users who need to be able to create a grid testbed portal but do not necessarily have the time or resources to build a system of their own from scratch.

posted by Marcus | 5:33 AM

Thursday, September 25, 2003  

Business Intelligence on the Internet Intelligence on the Internet.pdf

The October 2003 Zillman Column is now available and is titled Business Intelligence on the Internet. It gives a sample listing of the resources available on the Internet for discovery of competitive and business intelligence on the Internet. A must read for all business owners and entrepreneurs to keep current on the lastest happenings with regards to business activities.

posted by Marcus | 12:18 PM

BlogPulse BlogBites

BlogPulse has a new section called "BlogBites". It presents the burstiest themes in blogosphere (sort of the most popular, new stories culled and mined automatically from blogs). In a single page, one is able to see a picture of the top themes / stories covered by bloggers on a given day. An example of this would be as follows:

BlogBites for September 24, 2003

Interestingly, my entry on the semantic web was picked as a representative entry for this popular theme covered overall by bloggers yesterday.

BlogPulse Key Phrases, Key People, BlogBites, and Top Links are mined daily from new entries in over 80,000 weblogs using machine learning algorithms and natural language processing techniques. BlogPulse mines for bursty phrases and person names instead of for the most popular ones. The most popular phrases and names change very slowly over time. The burstiest phrases and names are those whose frequency of occurrence has increased significantly over the past two weeks, often dramatically. Sep 24, 2003: BlogPulse crawled 82449 blogs, 19489 contained new entries. BlogPulse has also improved the phrase burst algorithms to give a more accurate sense of the "Key phrases" on a given day! Excellent job BlogPulse team!!

posted by Marcus | 10:32 AM

Student Research is a Subject Tracer™ Blog developed and created by the Virtual Private Library™. It is designed to bring together the latest resources and sources on an ongoing basis from the Internet to aid the student in performing research for their independent research projects as well as undergraduate and graduate subject research. 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 | 10:11 AM

Links By Marcus™

Links By Marcus™ is a site that I recently created that gives a listing of all the latest resources and sites that I have developed and created. The site will be continuoulsy updated as I bring new and exciting Subject Tracer™ Blogs online for the Internet community.

posted by Marcus | 5:53 AM

Seven New Papers on

Paper 1
Casadesus-Masanell, Ramon & Pankag Ghemawat
Dynamic Mixed Duopoly: A Model Motivated by Linux vs. Windows
This paper analyzes a dynamic mixed duopoly in which a profit-maximizing competitor interacts with a competitor that prices at zero (or marginal cost), with the cumulation of output affecting their relative positions over time. The modeling effort is motivated by interactions between Linux, an open-source operating system, and Microsofts Windows in the computer server segment, and consequently emphasizes demand-side learning effects that generate dynamic scale economies (or network externalities). Analytical characterizations of the equilibrium under such conditions are offered, and some comparative static and welfare effects are examined.

Paper 2
Demil, Benoit & Xavier Lecocq
Neither market or hierarchy or network: The emerging bazaar governance
Despite the growing body of literature describing the open-source phenomenon, few contributions have been theoretically grounded and research has largely focused on the software industry. Drawing on transaction cost economics, we go beyond these limitations and advance that open source constitutes a new generic governance structure—which we label bazaar governance— based on a specific contract. We characterize this structure in terms of its strengths and weaknesses and in comparison with market, firm and network structures. We consider how bazaar governance is actualized within an industry and the institutional entrepreneur’s crucial role in this process. Finally, we propose that bazaar governance has a profound impact on the structure of the industry in which it is introduced.

Paper 3
González-Barahona, Jesús M & Gregorio Robles
Free software engineering: A field to explore
The challenge of free software is not that of a new competitor who, under the same rules, produces software faster, cheaper and of a better quality. Free software differs from "traditional" software in more fundamental aspects, starting with philosophical reasons and motivations, continuing with new economic and market rules and ending up with a different way of producing software. Software Engineering cannot ignore this phenomenon, and the last five years or so has seen ever more research into all these issues. This article takes a look at the most significant studies in this field and the results they are producing, with a view to providing the reader with a vision of the state of the art and the future prospects of what we have come to call free Software Engineering.
Paper 4
Lakhani, Karim R & Bob Wolf
Why Hackers Do What They Do: Understanding Motivation and Effort in Free/Open Source Software Projects
In this paper we report on the results of a study of the effort and motivations of individuals to contributing to the creation of Free/Open Source software. We surveyed 684 software developers in 287 F/OSS projects, to learn what lies behind the effort put into such projects. Academic theorizing on individual motivations for participating in F/OSS projects has posited that external motivational factors in the form of extrinsic benefits are the main drivers of effort. We find in contrast, that enjoyment-based intrinsic motivation, namely how creative a person feels when working on the project, is the strongest and most pervasive driver. We also find that user need, intellectual stimulation derived from writing code, and improving programming skills are top motivators for project participation.
Paper 5
Stewart, Katherine J & Sanjay Gosain
Impacts of ideology, trust, and communication on effectivness in open source software development teams
This paper develops a framework of the OSS ideology (including specific norms, beliefs, and values) and a theoretical model to show how components of the ideology, combined with trust and communication, impact effectiveness in OSS teams. The research model proposes distinct roles for affective trust, cognitive trust, social communication, and task communication as determinants of OSS team effectiveness. The results suggest that in order for OSS projects to grow into the kind of large successes that prior work has studied, the teams that work on them should foster the norms and values of the larger community and maintain consistent task communication to develop cognitive trust among members.
van Reijswoud, Victor & Corrado Topi
Alternative Routes in the Digital World: Open Source Software in Africa
Software allows people to work with computers. Operating Software controls the hardware components and application software provide tools to facilitate and support the users' work. Most of the softwares are owned by private people or companies and users by licenses to use the software. This type of software is called proprietary or closed source software since the user purchases a license for using the product and the actual product (source code). At present Microsoft and Oracle are the biggest producers of this type software in the world. In the two decades a new approach for software development is emerging. Open Source Software movement is built on the premise that better software is produced when everyone is allowed to modify and change the software. So, in stead of selling user licenses, the product (source code) is distributed. The article discusses the differences between Open and Closed Source Software and reasons that organizations in the African context should decide to embrace the Open Source Software initiative. Several emerging initiatives promoting the use of Open Source Software are considered.
Paper 7
Barnes, Jonathan
Open Source Software as an organisational Technology
This paper is still relatively preliminary, yet it provides a decent introduction to open source, as well as including discussion on various economic issues, contained in the following sections: The benefits of Open Source, Possible incentives that encourage contribution, Barriers to widespread implementation of Open Source.

posted by Marcus | 5:24 AM

Globalization of Science - Research on the adoption of the Internet and related technology by Third World scientists.

This is a sociological project that seeks to understand the ways in which the introduction of the Internet changes interpersonal relationships in the process of knowledge production. The origin of this project was pure luck. The Dutch government funded a survey to understand the conditions of scientific work in three countries. They did a study in 1994 of scientific communication in Ghana, Kenya and Kerala, India. Only later did they realize that they had the perfect baseline for the study of the effects of the Internet on social relationships.

posted by Marcus | 5:17 AM

The European Library (TEL)

Europe's national libraries have important digital and other collections of the cultural and scientific publications of their respective countries at their disposal. As global networks grow in significance it is becoming more important to share knowledge and standards. By combining the resources of some of Europe's national libraries the idea of a single European Library has moved a step closer to becoming a reality. This new 'virtual library' will allow users to search for, and access, digital and other collections from all the participating libraries.

posted by Marcus | 5:12 AM

Wednesday, September 24, 2003  

Yahoo Shopping

Yahoo! Shopping - Compare Prices, Compare Products, Read Reviews and Merchant Ratings from millions of products and thousands of stores.

posted by Marcus | 5:34 AM

Google - Search By Location

Sometimes you want to search the whole worldwide web; sometimes you just want to find a pizza place close to home. Google's search by location service helps you focus your search on a specific geographic location.

posted by Marcus | 5:31 AM

National LambdaRail (NLR)

National LambdaRail (NLR) is a major initiative of U.S. research universities and private sector technology companies to provide a national scale infrastructure for research and experimentation in networking technologies and applications. NLR aims to catalyze innovative research and development into next generation network technologies, protocols, services and applications. NLR puts the control, the power and the promise of experimental network infrastructure in the hands of our nation’s scientists and researchers.

posted by Marcus | 5:29 AM

Terascale Cluster

Combining the power of 1,100 Apple computers, the Terascale Cluster project is bringing Virginia Tech to the forefront in the supercomputing arena.

posted by Marcus | 5:27 AM

NatureEvents is a free, fully searchable, multi-disciplinary scientific events database. Browse events, order brochures, register and purchase proceedings papers online.The most relevant conferences, meetings, courses, symposia, fora and programs are here at your fingertips. From apoptosis meetings to zoology conferences we've got the lot. Plus meetings and conferences in hot areas like oncology, biotechnology, pharmacology, nanotechnology and neuroscience Online and in Nature.

posted by Marcus | 5:26 AM

NSF - Division of Science Resources Statistics (SRS)

The Division of Science Resources Statistics (SRS) fulfills the legislative mandate of the National Science Foundation Act. SRS Provides a central clearinghouse for the collection, interpretation, and analysis of data on scientific and engineering resources, and provides a source of information for policy formulation by other agencies of the Federal Government. To carry out this mandate, SRS designs, supports, and directs about 14 periodic surveys as well as a variety of other data collections and research projects. These surveys yield the materials for SRS staff to compile, analyze, and disseminate quantitative information about domestic and international resources devoted to science, engineering, and technology

posted by Marcus | 5:23 AM

Tuesday, September 23, 2003  

Chatbot Bids To Fool Humans

The Loebner Prize is the annual competition to find the computer with the most convincing conversational skills and started in 1990. It is the ultimate Turing Test, which was designed by mathematician Alan Turing to see whether computers "think" and have "intelligence".


Alice: Rich Wallace, USA
Elbot: Fred Roberts, Germany
Eugene Goostman: Vladimir Veselov, USA
Jabberwacky: Rollo Carpenter, UK
Jabberwock: Juergen Pirner, Germany
Lucy: Saskia van der Elst, Mexico
Markbot: Mark Connell, USA
Talk-Bot: Chris Cowart, USA

posted by Marcus | 12:20 PM

IA Tools

AIfIA launched its IA Tools initiative today. The Tools are a collection of model templates and deliverables that can be used by information architects to help sell IA services to clients. The initial "toolkit"--which includes a sample creative brief, design review checklist and process map--can be downloaded for free from the AIfIA website. The IA Tools are available for anyone to use.

posted by Marcus | 9:16 AM

Berners-Lee Talks Up Semantic Web

Berners-Lee Talks Up Semantic Web by Thor Olavsrud

What if the World Wide Web were one giant database, linking both human readable documents and machine readable data in a way useful to both mankind and machine? It would be the future of the Web espoused by Tim Berners-Lee, father of the World Wide Web and director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Since Berners-Lee and a few other leaders at the W3C first mentioned it in May 2001, that vision has increasingly become a leading focus of the W3C's work. They call it the Semantic Web. Speaking before Britain's scientifically-minded Royal Society Monday, Berners-Lee attempted to explain the vision of the Semantic Web, and why he believes it will reinvent the existing Web for both end users and businesses.

posted by Marcus | 9:09 AM

Blog Change Bot

The Blog Change Bot is a blog monitoring service which updates you via AOL Instant Messanger (AIM) when a blog you are interested in is updated. It is available with the screen name blogchangebot on AOL IM.

posted by Marcus | 8:40 AM

Instant Gratification

An excellent service that sends out alerts via AIM to you whenever someone reads your blog entry. A neat program that allows you to know when anyone is reading your blog without going to your blog stats log to check! It's fairly simple to connect your blog and AIM. All you need to do is add a one line fragment of HTML to your blog entry. This fragment of HTML calls a script on the server which then sends the alert to you via AIM. The Instant Gratification service has been created by Dan Grigsby

posted by Marcus | 8:25 AM

Fazzle renamed from offers some unique search capabilities including: and, or, phrase, title, url and boolean. Search is completed through the following classifications: Web's Best, Entire Web, General Downloads, Images, and Videos. I searched for some of my Internet-101 television shows thirty minute archives and found some of them but it did not bring up my latest archive sites!

posted by Marcus | 8:09 AM


RDFMapper is a web service that searches an RDF file for resources with geographic locations, and returns a map overlayed with dots representing located resources. Clicking on a dot displays a web page representing the clicked resource. Arbitrary images can be treated as maps, so the service can be used for any kind of image annotation. The parameters to the web service specify what RDF file is to be mapped, what basemap (eg of San Francisco or the world) is to appear in the background, how to extract the relevant data from an RDF resource for mapping, and how to generate the web page describing the resource. Geographic data may be expressed in several ways, including the RDFIG Geo vocabulary, and the combined use of the Dublin Core and RDFGeom2d vocabularies.

posted by Marcus | 5:33 AM

DNS Report

This site will provide you with a DNS report for your domain. A very large percentage of domains have DNS problems; this site will help you find those problems and fix them. Also, the "Mail Test" tool will help find mail delivery problems for your domain.

posted by Marcus | 5:30 AM

Monday, September 22, 2003  

EgoBot Answering Marcus P. Zillman

"Egobot was happy to talk to bot expert and CEO of Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A.. I will now ask Egobot Zillman's suggested interview questions (note: I had to update Egobot with plural phrases)......"

Always enjoy chatting and interviewing with EgoBot...... ;-))

posted by Marcus | 7:10 PM

StateList: The Electronic Source for State Publication Lists

State government publications have long served as a vital source of information for government information professionals, state government officials and employees, and citizens. Checklists serve as guides to the publishing activities of state governments and, as such, they are both a valuable reference tool -- providing subject access to current government publications, and revealing the activities of various government agencies, and an indispensable acquisitions tool -- providing the timely information necessary to identify and order state publications that are printed in small quantities.

The StateList Project employs the World Wide Web to make the publishing activities of state governments known to a broad range of information professionals, Internet users, and library patrons, locally and globally. Our WWW site offers timely, centralized access to state checklists and/or shipping lists that are currently available on the Internet (a total of 32 states so far). A joint project of the Documents and Law Libraries at the University of Illinois. This project has received support from the UIUC Library's Research and Publications Committee.

posted by Marcus | 2:53 PM

Moodle - A Free, Open Source Course Management System for Online Learning

Moodle is a course management system (CMS) - a software package designed to help educators create quality online courses. Such e-learning systems are sometimes also called Learning Management Systems (LMS) or Virtual Learning Environments (VLE). One of the main advantages of Moodle over other systems is a strong grounding in social constructionist pedagogy.

Moodle is Open Source software, which means you are free to download it, use it, modify it and even distribute it (under the terms of the GNU General Public License). Moodle runs without modification on Unix, Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, Netware and any other system that supports PHP, including most webhost providers. Data is stored in a single database: MySQL and PostgreSQL are best supported, but it can also be used with Oracle, Access, Interbase, ODBC and others.

posted by Marcus | 10:26 AM

Turbo10 Search Engine

The Turbo10 Search Engine enables you to Search Deeper and Browse Faster.

posted by Marcus | 7:42 AM


Rosco - a non-judgemental RDF schema and document checker

posted by Marcus | 7:36 AM


EgoBot created by Philipp Lenssen with thanks to NuSOAP - Web Services Toolkit for PHP has the results automatically grabbed from the Google search result using the Google Web API. Philipp states that he does not completely control what will appear here after you press "Ask".....

posted by Marcus | 5:14 AM

Policy Research Watch

Policy Research Watch' is a web-based project that has grown out of NIRA's World Directory of Think Tanks (NWDTT). The project's objective is to gather and provide access to comprehensive bibliographic information on the periodicals and occasional papers of selected public policy research institutes. NIRA believes that it is essential to provide an efficient means for researchers and others interested in public policy to stay abreast of research output. It is our hope that ePolicy Research Watch' will serve as a vital reference portal for the many individuals and organizations concerned with public policy, and will also be of benefit to policy research institutions around the world.

I will be placing this excellent resource in eCurrent Awareness Resources™ 2003.

posted by Marcus | 5:07 AM

This edition of Current Awareness Happenings on the Internet by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. (September 22, 2003 V1N17) is dedicated to the latest information discovered and utilized by Marcus P. Zillman. Click on the below audblog for an audio tour and additional information! A complete listing of all the latest URLs created by Marcus P. Zillman is available by clicking here.

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posted by Marcus | 5:00 AM

Sunday, September 21, 2003  

Tim Berners-Lee Royal Society Webcast

Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director, presents "The Future of the World Wide Web" at the Royal Society in London, UK on Monday, 22 September. The keynote will be Webcast live at 18:00 UTC (7pm British Summer Time). Please visit the Royal Society site for system requirements and to test your connection. Mr. Berners-Lee is a Fellow of the Royal Society (2001).

posted by Marcus | 2:18 PM

Hot Potatoes

The Hot Potatoes suite includes six applications, enabling you to create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises for the World Wide Web. Hot Potatoes is not freeware, but it is free of charge for non-profit educational users who make their pages available on the web. Other users must pay for a licence.

posted by Marcus | 12:16 PM

Directory of Open Access Journals

Directory of Open Access Journals covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. They aim to cover all subjects and languages. There are now 529 journals in the directory.

posted by Marcus | 12:08 PM

WISER - Web Indicators for Science, Technology and Innovation Research

Science is turning to e-science. An increasing part of on-line scientific communication and research is not (or only incomplete) visible in traditional S&T indicators. The objective of this research proposal is to explore the possibilities and problems in developing a new generation of Web based S&T indicators. Web indicators should produce information about visibility and connectivity of research centres forming a common EU research area; innovations and new research fronts reached by e-science; about equal rights access and participation on e-science gender and regional. The main products will a web-portal about Web indicators and a proposal for an additional chapter for the next ERSTI report. Quantitative measurements of web activities based on advanced informetric methods will be combined with qualitative case studies about changing ways of knowledge production and traditional S&T indicators.

posted by Marcus | 12:05 PM

Links to Think Tanks

A comprehensive listing of international links to Think Tanks and Other Policy Research Resources by the National Institute for Research Advancement (NIRA).

posted by Marcus | 12:03 PM

How to Choose a Search Engine or Directory

An excellent resource by the University of Albany Universities Libraries that gives in detail resources and links to "How To" Choose a Search Engine or Directory based upon 1) Fields and File Types, 2) Search Logic, 3) Search Options, 4) Search Results, and 5) Specialty Searches

posted by Marcus | 11:49 AM

Saturday, September 20, 2003 is an event calendar, completely driven by the Internet community. Enter in the events you're attending, comment on events entered by others, and syndicate event listings to your own weblog.

posted by Marcus | 3:35 PM

PapersINVITED was conceived and developed to assist those numerous scientists, professors and student researchers who have had a difficult time in tracking Calls for Papers from professional bodies, universities, journal editors and other conference organizers. brings an exhaustive list of Calls for Papers in all areas of specialization to your fingertips.

posted by Marcus | 3:34 PM

Friday, September 19, 2003  

eBank UK: Building the Links Between Research Data, Scholarly Communication and Learning

Liz Lyon describes some new digital library development activities and considers the implications of linking research and learning outputs in an environment of asssured data provenance.

posted by Marcus | 2:26 PM

All in One secretmaker

All in One secretmaker is freeware and is designed for everybody who wants to avoid disturbing happenings, protect his privacy and use the internet efficiently for private or business use. secretmaker combines 7 powerful tool and includes a Spam Fighter, Pop-Up Killer, Cookie Eraser, History Cleaner, Privacy Protector, Banner Blocker and a Worm Hunter. secretmaker's PopUp Killer blocks unwanted PopUp Windows, Banner Blocker reduces advertising Banners. With the Spam Fighter and Worm Hunter technology, secretmaker secures you from Spam and spreading Email Viruses. With the Cookie Eraser and the Privacy Protector, secretmaker protects your external privacy while working with the internet efficiently. The 3 different History Cleaners are deleting all unnecessary files and protect your internal privacy and as a side effect respectable disk space is freed up and computers speed can be increased.

posted by Marcus | 1:10 PM

E-Government Bulletin

The E-Government Bulletin (formerly Internet Intelligence Bulletin), an email service covering electronic government, teledemocracy and the information society in the UK and worldwide. The Bulletin is a free, independent publication, aimed at internet users across government, local government, the social sector and their private sector partners

posted by Marcus | 1:06 PM

Archives Hub

The Archives Hub provides a single point of access to descriptions of archives held in UK universities and colleges. At present these are primarily at collection-level, although where possible they are linked to complete catalogue descriptions. The Archives Hub forms one part of the UK's National Archives Network, alongside related networking projects.

posted by Marcus | 8:22 AM

Thursday, September 18, 2003  

Groogler - A Google Browser

Groogler: a Google browser :: The Netron Project :: Generic diagramming, graph-drawing and graph-layout kit for the Microsoft .Net framework. Groogler allows you to enter a term and see related terms visually in a (interactive) graph. The term is sent to Google as a search via the Google webservice and it returns some web pages. The titles of the web pages are parsed for noise words and terms that have been put on the canvas before, what remains is put on the canvas as new nodes connected to the search term. If you double click on some node in the graph, that node is used for a new search ad infinitum.

posted by Marcus | 4:07 PM

The Protégé Ontology Editor and Knowledge Acquisition System

Protégé-2000 is an ontology editor and a knowledge-base editor. Protégé-2000 is also an open-source, Java tool that provides an extensible architecture for the creation of customized knowledge-based applications. Protégé-2000 now provides alpha level support for editing Semantic Web ontologies in OWL.

posted by Marcus | 4:02 PM

The Library Web Manager's Reference Center

These resources have been selected to be of possible use to library Web managers. Many of them have been announced on the Web4Lib electronic discussion, or have come from frequently asked questions on that forum. These are by no means intended to be comprehensive links to web design resources or products; rather, they are resources that librarians have found useful.

posted by Marcus | 3:59 PM

A Review of Image Search Engines

TASi did a excellent review of image search engines on the Internet. The Technical Advisory Service for Images (TASi) is a service that has been set up to provide advice and guidance to the Further and Higher Education community on the issues of creating, delivering and using digital images together with managing digitisation projects.

posted by Marcus | 7:32 AM

Smithsonian Education

The Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies provides leadership in education at the Smithsonian and produces a variety of programs, services, and resources for the education and museum communities. The Center studies education at the Institution and builds consensus on standards for strengthening its educational programs, publications, and websites including information for educators, families and students.

posted by Marcus | 5:43 AM

Wednesday, September 17, 2003  

Knowledge Management Bloggers - KmBlogger

A comprehensive resource on Knowlege Management Blogs (KmBlogs) featuring a variety of tools and resources. Also an excellent listing of many Knowledge Management Bloggers (KmBloggers) and their related resources. I listed this in my latest white paper "Using the Internet As a Dynamic Resource Tool for Knowledge Discovery" available by clicking here.

posted by Marcus | 2:38 PM


Bullfighter™ is software that runs in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, within Microsoft Windows 2000 or XP. It works a lot like the spelling and grammar checker in those applications, but focuses on jargon and readability. Download it for free, or order a CD-ROM/book package. Then install it. The new Bullfighter™ red and black bull icon on your Word and PowerPoint toolbar could change your life. Unless you believe in expressions like 'value-based paradigm shift' or in multi-syllabic sentences that run on for ages, you owe it to your loved ones and co-workers to try. The documents you save could be your own. Bullfighter™ Strippping the Bull Out of Business is created and presented by Deloitte Consulting, a part of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.

posted by Marcus | 9:34 AM

MetaData Demystified

This guide presents an overview of evolving conventions in publishing and related initiatives designed to standardize how metadata is structured and disseminated online.

posted by Marcus | 8:59 AM


Live RSS feeds from 130 important sources in online education and learning. Also an excellent website resource for online learning and education current awareness and resources:

Stephen's Web ~Knowledge ~ Learning ~ Community

posted by Marcus | 8:11 AM


MERLOT is a free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education. Links to online learning materials are collected here along with annotations such as peer reviews and assignments. MERLOT is also a community of people who are involved in education. Community members help MERLOT grow by contributing materials and adding assignments and comments. Many community members make their professional information available in MERLOT's member directory.

posted by Marcus | 8:00 AM

Voting - What Is, What Could Be

Report of the Caltech-MIT Voting Technology Project

posted by Marcus | 7:58 AM

Tuesday, September 16, 2003  

RSS in Depth Slides

Sam Ruby's presentation slides of "RSS in Depth" from Seybold 2003 Conference.

posted by Marcus | 9:02 AM

Research Notebook

"Research Notebook" offers tips, techniques, and observations about business research. It is written by the staff of Baker Library at Harvard Business School.

posted by Marcus | 8:51 AM

Music Information Retrieval Annotated Bibliography

This Music Information Retrieval Annotated Bibliography Website is a Web-based, two-level collection of annotated bibliographies:

The core research bibliography brings together those papers identified as being germane to the MIR as a nascent discipline. This contains papers about:

- MIR system development,
- experimentation ,
- and evaluation, etc.

The second level (or background bibliographies) is a set of discipline-specific bibliographies. Each discipline-specific bibliography in the set will provide access to background materials necessary for non-expert members of the other disciplines to comprehend and evaluate the papers from each participating discipline. For example: music librarians can have access to audio engineering bibliographies.

posted by Marcus | 8:39 AM


On September 15, 2003, the Department of Homeland Security , in conjunction with the CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC) at Carnegie Mellon University, announced the creation of the US-CERT. The US-CERT works with the National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) to prevent and mitigate cyber attacks and reduce cyber vulnerabilities.

The US-CERT is also the central element in the NCSD's Cyber Security Tracking Analysis and Response Center, which includes the Federal Computer Incident Response Center (FedCIRC).

The US-CERT initiative is designed to utilize the CERT/CC's capabilities to help accelerate the nation's response to cyber attacks and vulnerabilities. The initiative also enables DHS to provide expanded, cyber analysis, warning, and response coordination.

posted by Marcus | 8:35 AM


TheDataWeb is the infrastructure for intelligent browsing and accessing data across the Internet. TheDataWeb brings together under one umbrella demographic, economic, environmental, health, (and more) datasets that are usually separated by geography and/or organization.

TheDataWeb provides access across the Internet to demographic, economic, environmental, health, and other databases housed in different systems in different agencies and organizations. TheDataWeb is a collection of systems and software that provide data query and extract capabilities, as well as data analysis and visualization tools, i.e., the DataFerrett.

posted by Marcus | 5:25 AM

Floppy Disk Project

The CIC Government Publications Task Force Floppy Disk Project (FDP) is designed to provide a central location through which Federal Data, made available on floppy diskettes, can be located and downloaded. This site was developed and is maintained by Government Information, Microforms and Statistical Services, Indiana University Library, Indiana University Bloomington.

With the ever-increasing number of products being released by the Government Printing Office, FDP enables libraries to either fill in gaps to their collections, or provide immediate access point for patrons. While the collection represents over 200 entries, our collection is not complete. We would welcome contributions from your library's holdings or suggested titles.

posted by Marcus | 5:13 AM

Monday, September 15, 2003  

NELLCO Legal Scholarship Repository

The NELLCO Legal Scholarship Repository provides a free and persistent point of access for working papers, reports, lecture series, workshop presentations, and other scholarship created by faculty at NELLCO member schools. Powered by Berkeley Electronic Press technology, the aim of the NELLCO Legal Scholarship Repository is to improve dissemination and visibility of a variety of scholarly materials throughout the academic and legal research communities.

posted by Marcus | 4:25 PM

The Harrow Technology Report

Insight, analysis, and commentary on the innovations and trends of contemporary computing, and on its growing number of related technologies. An ongoing journey towards understanding, and profiting from, a world of exponential technological growth!

posted by Marcus | 2:45 PM

Libres Electronic Journal V13 Issue 2 September 2003


Research and Applications Section (peer reviewed)
Evaluation of Web-Based Search Engines Using User-Effort Measures
Adoption of Online Databases in Public Libraries: An Australian Case Study

Essays and Opinions Section
Overcoming the Systems Librarian Imposter Syndrome
A Working Academic Librarian's Perspective on Information Technology Literacy
Navigating a Raging River: A Canadian Teacher-librarian’s Experience Implementing Information Technology

Comment from the Editor:
Our archive of LIBRES has been incomplete and we have now placed a number of the past issues of LIBRES on our FTP site. This was in response to enquiries regarding early issues of the journal. It took a bit of sleuthing and technical know-how, but what we now have on the site is all that we believe is available. We will add the missing earlier issues if and as we locate them.

posted by Marcus | 2:21 PM

This edition of Current Awareness Happenings on the Internet by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. (September 15, 2003 V1N16) is dedicated to the latest and most competent sources for two sites. The first site Anti-Virus, Hoax, Myth, Fraud, Chain Letter and Anti-Spam Resources and Sites and the second site Internet Experts. Click on the below audblog for an audio tour and additional information! I have just updated and issued new domain names to these two sites that I have developed since the mid 1990's and am pleased to make them freely and continuously available to the Internet community:

Anti-Virus, Hoax, Myth, Fraud, Chain Letter and Anti-Spam Resources and Sites

Internet Experts

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posted by Marcus | 12:23 PM

UDRP Opinion Guide

The UDRP Opinion Guide summarizes opininion of the UDRP panelists on various issues. In addition to questions about procedures, the Guide looks at elements necessary to establish trademark rights, what activities constitute "bad faith" and the nature of legitimate interests.

The UDRP (Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy) was adopted in late 1999 by ICANN (the private authority responsible for the administration of certain Internet technical parameters) to offer an alternative to litigation in local courts to settle complaints by trademark owners about cybersquatting.

posted by Marcus | 10:15 AM

Secure Programming

The goal of is to provide a resource for programmers to find information on secure programming, whether it's for C/C++, Java, Perl, Python, or any other language. Our intention is to supply the site with our own content as well as accept submissions from visitors to the site that will be beneficial to others. Site content will be strictly limited to secure programming topics.

posted by Marcus | 7:39 AM

Sunday, September 14, 2003  

Internet Experts

I have just updated, reformatted and assigned a new domain name to my ongoing comprehensive site of Experts on the Internet. I also have applied my latest technology using Subject Tracer™ Bots from the Virtual Private Library™. This site has been freely and continuoulsy offered to the Internet community since 1997. I always welcome suggestions of additional sites and resources to be added to this comprehensive listing of Internet Experts and please submit by clicking here.

posted by Marcus | 12:34 PM

Historical Nursing Journals

Historical Nursing Journals is a freely available online database of journal page images combined with an index. You can access an online searchable database of pictures of the actual pages from the Nursing Record / British Journal of Nursing (1888-1956). This journal provides a primary source for the development of nursing as a profession. We want to promote research into the history of nursing by improving accessibility to rare resources.

The Nursing Record was one of the first nursing journals. It began publication in 1888, changing its name in 1902 to The British Journal of Nursing. It ceased publication in 1956. The complete run of The Nursing Record/The British Journal of Nursing has been digitised as part of the initial pilot project.

posted by Marcus | 10:39 AM


Betsie is the filter program used by the BBC to create an automatic text-only version of its website. This site contains full information about Betsie as well as pointers to accessible sites and resources across the web.

posted by Marcus | 10:22 AM

Saturday, September 13, 2003  

U.S. Government Manual 2003-2004 Edition

The 2003-2004 edition of the U.S. Government Manual is now available from the U.S. Government Printing Office. As the official handbook of the Federal Government, the United States Government Manual provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. It also includes information on quasi-official agencies, international organizations in which the United States participates, and boards, commissions, and committees. The Manual begins with reprints of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution and includes a section on terminated or transferred agencies.

Documents are available as ASCII text and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files. Files can be retrieved by
searching the U.S. Government Manual database or browsing a list of documents in table format.

posted by Marcus | 3:44 PM

Friday, September 12, 2003  

e-Service Journal

The e-Service Journal is a multi-disciplinary journal aimed at publishing high-quality, original, innovative, peer-reviewed research about the design, delivery and impact of electronic services rendered using a variety of computing and communication technologies. The journal combines both private sector and public sector perspectives regarding electronic services and thus bridges e-Business and e-Government.

The e-Service Journal is published by the Indiana University (IU) Press — the second-largest public university press in the U.S. — in both hard-copy and electronic formats. The IU Press, established over 50 years ago, produces more than 150 new books annually, publishes 13 journals and maintains a backlist of some 1,800 titles.

posted by Marcus | 2:20 PM

The Technology Source

The purpose of The Technology Source (ISSN 1532-0030), a peer-reviewed bimonthly periodical published by the Michigan Virtual University, is to provide thoughtful, illuminating articles that will assist educators as they face the challenge of integrating information technology tools into teaching and into managing educational organizations.

posted by Marcus | 2:14 PM

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Literacy

This Web site is the “public face” of a fast growing international movement focused on promoting Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Literacy. Building an international consensus is critical for advancing meaningful educational initiatives, training high skilled workforce, and understanding issues related to economic development.

The ICT resources are intended to build awareness, encourage debate, and promote the importance of ICT literacy. They provide practical information for business, government, and educational leaders, and encourage communication by employing technology tools in the most collaborative sense. Offerings on the site are dynamic to support a number of initiatives, including virtual conferences via a CYBER SUMMIT format to allow maximum participation worldwide, live and video archived web casts on topics related to ICT literacy, and keynote speakers.

posted by Marcus | 10:33 AM

Internet Demographics

We are pleased to announce the initial beta site opening of a new blog portal on Internet Demographics. This site will have the latest articles and resources for discovering Internet Demographics. Finding the correct resources to cite as well as the latest Internet demographic statistics have been very difficult to obtain and the mission of this Subject Tracer™ Blog Portal is to make available the latest and most competent Internet Demographics sites and resources. Access to the site is free to the Internet community.

This site will be continuously updated using the Virtual Private Library™ (VPL) Subject Tracer Bots™

Bookmark this site and return often to discover the latest Internet Demographics resources and sites!

posted by Marcus | 8:39 AM

Website Patterns

Patterns are optimal solutions to common problems. As common problems are tossed around a community and are resolved, common solutions often spontaneously emerge. Eventually, the best of these rise above the din and self-identify and become refined until they reach the status of a Design Pattern. Architect Christopher Alexander was the first to name this phenomenon with respect to living spaces. He and his co-writers introduced the concept of Architecture Patterns to describe features that living spaces share whether they be rooms, buildings or towns.

Patterns are atomic in that they can be grouped to form more complex patterns: a chair pattern nests within a dining room pattern that nests within a house pattern that nests within a town pattern. One idea that distinguishes Patterns from simple prescriptions is that Patterns never lose sense of their context; they describe things that work together and the rules that govern those collections. Software patterns have found great resonance in the software industry, particularly among those using Agile Methodologies. Some people have been inspired to document WebsitePatterns along the same lines.

1. Pattern Repositories
2. Online Articles, Papers
3. Books
4. Discussion

posted by Marcus | 5:48 AM

The Free Medical Journals Site

Free Medical Journals - Over the next few years, many important medical journals will be available online, free and in full-text. The access to free scientific knowledge will have a major impact on medical practice and attract Internet visitors to these journals. Journals that restrict access to their Web sites will lose popularity. If you wish to be informed about new free journals, you may subscribe to their Journal Alert. If you learn of a medical journal that offers free full-text access and is not listed on this site, please let them know.

The Free Medical Journals Site is dedicated to the promotion of free access to medical journals over the Internet. An excellent example of how the Internet continues to offer the ability to freely disseminate competent information to the professional and lay communities!

posted by Marcus | 5:40 AM

Thursday, September 11, 2003  

Web Research Guide

Elsevier has prepared the 'Web Research Guide' to help students, faculty members, authors and research scientists find the information they need on the Web. The guide covers a broad range of topics, including expert tips on how to:

* use search engines effectively
* focus your research on quality STM information only
* find hidden scientific information online
* locate peer-reviewed, subject-specific directories
* set up subject-specific alerts that automatically e-mail you the latest news

The 'Web Research Guide' is divided into ten themes, each focusing on a specific area of web research

posted by Marcus | 9:29 AM

Domain Count Tool via Google

Google Blogoscoped developed a tool that will allow you to use the Google Web API to query a keyword for all top-level domains (like .com, .de, .biz, .net and so on). The result is an overview table listing the pages found for that URL; e.g., Also, you can see the top result (1st ranking) for the query. I tested the application and it performed fine even though you should be prepared to wait for the results as it takes a few minutes to process.

posted by Marcus | 7:43 AM

WILL - What's in London Libraries

'What's in London's Libraries' (WiLL) is designed to allow you to search a range of London library, museum and archive information. There are 2 types of searches available:-

Search the collections:
Library catalogues, community information databases and a range of museum and archive collections can be searched simultaneously. You can choose to search as many or as few as you wish. The results from each information source will be brought together for you and will be displayed on a single screen.

Search the facilities:
Use this search option to find out practical information about the libraries, museums and archives involved in WiLL – where they are are, when they are open and what services they offer.

posted by Marcus | 7:34 AM


The Feedster RSS Search Engine offers an excellent tool to find the feed URLs for a Blog or URL. Neat tool that gives you the site information for your news aggregator!

posted by Marcus | 7:31 AM

Wednesday, September 10, 2003 Featured in URLwire

Eric Ward's URLWire has featured in a September 10, 2003 release to the international press. is a Subject Tracer™ Blog created and developed by The Virtual Private Library™ and is one of the first subject based blogs powered by Subject Tracer™ Bots. Other current examples of Subject Tracer™ Blogs are:


Internet Demographics

Internet Hoaxes

Internet Experts

posted by Marcus | 4:07 PM

AEI-Brookings Joint Center Publications

In response to growing concerns about understanding the impact of regulation on consumers, business, and government, the American Enterprise Institute and the Brookings Institution established the AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies. The primary purpose of the Joint Center is to hold lawmakers and regulators accountable for their decisions by providing thoughtful, objective analyses of existing regulatory programs and new regulatory proposals.

The Joint Center builds on AEI's and Brookings' impressive body of work over the past three decades that has evaluated the impact of regulation and offered constructive suggestions for reform.

posted by Marcus | 2:33 PM

Feedsters IM FeedBot

Feedster announced the creation of their "FeedBot" that allows you to search Feedster for the latest blog happenings through your Instant Message (IM) account. I knew this was going to happen and now FeedBot joins the other IM Bots (SmarterChild and many others) that will be more than pleased to help you with your searching requirements over the Instant Messenger protocol. ChatterBots have been on the Internet literally for years and now we are seeing new bots becoming more and more designed for specific niches even though I still enjoy talking with Eliza the original ChatterBot on the Net! An extensive listing of ChatterBots many being AI based is available by clicking here.

posted by Marcus | 11:15 AM

Waypath WebLog Buzz-o-Meter

The Waypath WebLog Buzz-o-Meter delivers the previous ten weeks of normalized mentions throughout the blogosphere. Enter up to five topics and click submit to see the Buzz-o-meter graph and the HTML that you can paste into your page to show the graph for those topics. Search terms may contain quotes to delimit phrases. Excellent resource for keeping up with the latest "buzz" and current happenings and awareness on the dynamic changing field of blogs!

posted by Marcus | 11:03 AM

MIT/Stanford Venture Lab (VLAB)

The MIT/Stanford Venture Lab (VLAB) is the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the growth and success of high-tech entrepreneurial ventures by connecting ideas, technology and people. They provide a forum for entrepreneurs, industry experts, venture capitalists, private investors and technologists to exchange insights about how to effectively grow high-tech ventures amidst increasing market risks and challenges. In a world where markets change at breakneck speed, knowledge is a critical source of competitive advantage. Their events provide an excellent opportunity to network and learn about pivotal business issues, emerging industries and latest technologies

posted by Marcus | 10:47 AM

Search Engine Keyword Tracker

This utility can be used to check Google for keyword ranking and track search engine ranking for your various keywords over time. In order to use this tool, you need to create a username and password.

posted by Marcus | 10:24 AM

Tuesday, September 09, 2003  

The Web Intelligence Consortium (WIC)

Web Intelligence (WI) has been recognized as a new direction for scientific research and development to explore the fundamental roles as well as practical impacts of Artificial Intelligence (AI) (e.g., knowledge representation, planning, knowledge discovery and data mining, intelligent agents, and social network intelligence) and advanced Information Technology (IT) (e.g., wireless networks, ubiquitous devices, social networks, and data/knowledge grids) on the next generation of Web-empowered products, systems, services, and activities. It is one of the most important as well as promising IT research fields in the era of Web and agent intelligence.

The Web Intelligence Consortium (WIC) is an international, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing world-wide scientific research and industrial development in the field of Web Intelligence (WI). It promotes collaborations among world-wide WI research centers and organizational members, technology showcases at WI related conferences and workshops, WIC official book and journal publications, WIC newsletters, and WIC official releases of new industrial solutions and standards.

posted by Marcus | 2:30 PM is a non-profit initiative to bring together PhD students' weblogs from all around the world. If you are preparing a PhD, and have a blog about your research interests, you can register it here. We also accept other research-related weblogs, even if they are not directly connected to a PhD.

posted by Marcus | 12:51 PM

A number of persons have requested that I list all my latest sites (URLs) in one posting so they may easily be forwarded to their friends and business associates. The following is a list of my frequently updated sites:

listen to marcus™

Watch Marcus™

Workshops By Marcus™

eCurrent Awareness Resources™ 2003

Internet MiniGuides™

Marcus P. Zillman's Columns

Marcus P. Zillman's Blog

Marcus P. Zillman's Latest Research White Paper titled Using the Internet As a Dynamic Resource Tool for Knowledge Discovery

Subject Tracer™ Blogs

Virtual Private Library™


Information Futures Markets

Internet Demographics

Internet Hoaxes

Internet Experts

posted by Marcus | 9:47 AM

RDF Core Working Group Publishes Six Working Drafts

The RDF Core Working Group has released six Working Drafts in response to Last Call comments. The Resource Description Framework (RDF) supports the exchange of knowledge on the Web. Also published as a Working Group Note is LBase, a framework for specifying the meaning of Semantic Web languages. Read about the Semantic Web Activity. (News archive)

* RDF Primer
* RDF Concepts and Abstract Syntax
* RDF Semantics
* RDF/XML Syntax Specification (Revised)
* RDF Vocabulary Description Language 1.0: RDF Schema
* RDF Test Cases

posted by Marcus | 7:40 AM

Amaya 8.1b Released

Amaya is W3C's Web browser and authoring tool. Version 8.1b has editing enhancements and bug fixes for XHTML, HTML, CSS and SVG. Download Amaya binaries for Solaris, Linux and Windows, and Debian and RPM packages. Source code is available. Visit the Amaya home page.

posted by Marcus | 5:48 AM


Info@UK - is your guide to major UK Information Society developments and news. The bulletin is compiled by the Information Management Research Institute, University of Northumbria on behalf of the British Council and is designed primarily to meet the information needs of British Council staff. However we recognise that it will be of interest to a wider audience and are happy to share Info@UK with you.

posted by Marcus | 5:46 AM

Monday, September 08, 2003  

The Alliance for Innovative Manufacturing (AIM) at Stanford Manufacturing Videos

The Alliance for Innovative Manufacturing (AIM) is a continuous learning community of industrial professionals, academics, and students passionate about the making of real things that improve people's lives. It is a cooperative venture among Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, School of Engineering, and member industrial firms.

If you've ever wondered how things are made - products like candy, cars, airplanes, or bottles - or if you've been interested in manufacturing processes, like forging, casting, or injection molding, then you've come to the right place.

AIM has developed an introductory website for kids and adults showing how various items are made. It covers over 40 different products and manufacturing processes, and includes almost 4 hours of manufacturing video. It is targeted towards non-engineers and engineers alike. Think of it as your own private online factory tour, or a virtual factory tour, if you wish.

posted by Marcus | 5:02 PM

Current Cites

The Volume 14 Number 8 August 2003 edition of Current Cites is now available and has it usual excellent resource of current literature and citations for the information professional.

A team of librarians and library staff monitors information technology literature in both print and digital forms, each month selecting only the best items to annotate for a free publication. The resulting issue of 10-15 annotated citations of current literature is emailed to a mailing list and is redistributed on other electronic fora. The individual citations are also individually indexed so that you can dynamically create your own Bibliography On-Demand. The items that are freely available on the Internet are also retrieved and indexed so that you can perform an Article Search of the full-text of these items. The editor is Roy Tennant, Current Cites, California Digital Library, 415 20th Street, 4th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612.

posted by Marcus | 1:12 PM

What's New - Government Resources on the Web

The University of Michigan's Document Center Government Resources on the Web has created a monthly "What's New" page that allows you to see their latest listings to this excellent resource for government information. This is another example of staying current using the latest current awareness resources.

posted by Marcus | 11:06 AM

New Formulas for America's Workforce: Girls in Science and Engineering

The National Science Foundation published a first-of-its-kind resource for educators, parents and professionals seeking examples of unique and creative ways to explore science and technology and examine successful inquiry- based learning. The book, titled "New Formulas for America’s Workforce: Girls in Science and Engineering," catalogs the methodology and results of 211 NSF grants issued since 1993. "This is a perfect back-to-school tool for those teachers, parents, homeschoolers, and administrators who want to see how research has identified hands-on learning that works," said Dr. Judith A. Ramaley, who leads NSF's Directorate for Education and Human Resources. "It is full of ideas, contacts, and research that makes it an essential element in the toolkit of every educator between the kindergarten and college undergraduate levels."

Each example begins with a concise description of a project and its elements, and emphasizes the related and supporting research. They are anchored by contact information, Web sites, the NSF grant number, key project members and associates, the products of the grant, and a list of key words. The book is written in plain language and was borne from NSF's continuing effort to make science and technology more accessible to girls and women. "The book's theme centers on transforming the science and technology learning experience so it is not limited by a student’s gender, race, disability, or other social factors," said Dr. Ruta Sevo of NSF. Sevo, who led the book's publishing, is NSF's senior program director for Research on Gender in Science and Engineering.

Find experts. Get ideas. More than 200 easy-to-read stories bring to life NSF-funded projects (1993-2001) to broaden girls’ and women’s participation in science and engineering. The book’s comprehensive index makes it easy to find descriptions of special programs for middle school girls, engineering students, museums, math teachers, learning technology, and more. A jargon-free guide to changing attitudes in teachers, students, parents, and administrators.

posted by Marcus | 10:59 AM

A Beginner's Guide to TrackBack

This document is an introduction to TrackBack from a non-technical perspective. The goal is to illustrate how the system can be used to enhance cross-site conversations and build community.

posted by Marcus | 10:45 AM

This edition of Current Awareness Happenings on the Internet by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. (September 8, 2003 V1N15) is dedicated to the latest and most competent sources for Researching on the Internet. Click on the below audblog for an audio tour and additional information! Click here for the site mentioned in my audblog that offers one of the most comprehensive research sites on the Internet featuring many excellent tools, databases and resources for the professional librarian and the serious researcher.

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posted by Marcus | 5:00 AM

Sunday, September 07, 2003  

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography

This bibliography presents selected English-language articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet. Most sources have been published between 1990 and the present; however, a limited number of key sources published prior to 1990 are also included. Where possible, links are provided to sources that are freely available on the Internet.

posted by Marcus | 8:43 PM

Goodbye, Galileo

"On the 21st of this month the [1]Galileo Space Probe, which has been orbiting Jupiter for nearly eight years, will
[2]plummet fatefully into the crushing pressures and searing heat of that planet's interior. The spacecraft's 14 year journey has brought the discovery of, among other things, the first [3]moon orbiting an asteroid, the first remote detection of life on earth when Carl Sagan used data from an onboard infrared spectrometer to observe the spectral
signature of Oxygen in our atmosphere, it has [4]caught snowflakes of Sulfur Dioxide as it flew through the [5]plume of an erupting volcano on Io, [6]snapped pictures of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 as it smashed into Jupiter's atmosphere and most importantly, provided proof a >60 Km deep [7]ocean on [8]Europa with hints of oceans on Callisto and
Ganymede([9]listen to Ganymede's eerie sounding plasma wind). And all this with scarcely more [10]computing power than a late '70s video game and a maximum data transfer rate of ~120 bits/s over a distance of more than 600 million Km. In a mission spanning three decades, the Galileo space probe has answered many of humanity's questions about space and presented us with the knowledge to ask many more which will be answered by the [11]next generation of Jovian explorer. Goodnight Galileo."

posted by Marcus | 8:38 AM

Saturday, September 06, 2003  

The Researching Librarian

Web resources helpful for librarians doing research. This site was created for librarians--new or experienced--who find themselves needing to perform research for purposes of publication, promotion, tenure, or other reasons. It is also hoped that it also might be useful for other audiences and needs.

Intended as a supplement to the print and electronic resources available in library collections, this site gathers links to selected web resources useful for research: freely searchable citation and full-text databases, funding information, relevant journals, statistics and statistical methods, useful research tools, current awareness sources, and conference papers and proceedings.

posted by Marcus | 5:59 PM


NutritionData (ND) generates nutrition facts labels and provides simplified nutritional analyses for all foods and recipes. ND tells you what's good and bad about the foods you eat, and helps you select foods that best meet your dietary needs.

Expand your nutritional knowledge: Use ND's Nutrient Search Tool to find the foods that are lowest in carbohydrates, highest in protein, or that match any other dietary restrictions or goals. Use ND's Custom Entry Tool to analyze foods that aren't in ND's database. Translate confusing ingredient labels with ND's Food Additive Identifier. Examine ND's list of the 50 Most Popular Foods.

posted by Marcus | 5:31 PM

Vivísimo Clustering Engine Demos

Your search query will be forwarded unchanged to the search engine at the corresponding site (identified by the logo) with a request for 200 results, which are then run through the Vivísimo Clustering Engine after removing any duplicates. The resulting folders are made automatically from the returned titles and brief page summaries.

posted by Marcus | 4:03 PM

Friday, September 05, 2003  

American Rhetoric: Online Speech Bank

An index to and database of over 5,000 full text, audio, and video versions of speeches, American Rhetoric includes speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, and interviews from public life, movies, and more. The site also offers an extensive directory of links to online newspapers, magazines, polling data, legal resources, and other research tools.

posted by Marcus | 12:46 PM

Search Engine Codes

Search Engine Codes is a page of free search engine codes, developed by others, that you can copy by accessing the link provided to the source site and copying the code from that site.

posted by Marcus | 5:55 AM

Thursday, September 04, 2003  

Internet Education Project

The Internet Education Project (IEP) is a means to promote and share peer reviewed instructional materials created by librarians to teach people about discovering, accessing and evaluating information in networked environments. The Committee hopes that publicizing selective, high quality resources will help librarians to respond to the educational challenges posed by still emerging digital technologies.

posted by Marcus | 5:34 PM

Argali White & Yellow

Argali White & Yellow offers one of the best ways to search for telephone numbers and email addresses on the Internet. Argali White & Yellow searches multiple telephone and email directories in a single mouse click. The found matches are combined, formatted in uniform way and displayed as if they came from one integrated metadirectory.

An excellent free research resource available for doing comprehensive email and telephone number search!

posted by Marcus | 7:08 AM

Search Engine for Internet Archive's Wayback Machine!

Brewster Kahle the creator and digital librarian of the Internet Archive wrote the following to the archives mailing list:

Anna Patterson built a search engine for the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine! She has indexed a portion of the full archive, 11 billion pages, and is available now at:

This search engine has a novel interface that shows hits over time and also catagories and topic related to the search. Please refer to Anna's slides that describe how it works:

The Internet Archive will be adding some more machines to this service and Anna will be changing this beta service based on feedback, so please use it and post feedback to the forum. We hope this will be useful to researchers and historians to make the web's past more accessible. Thank you to Anna!

I visited and did a search on my name and it did a great job searching "way back" .... keep up this very important work Internet Archive Team!!!

posted by Marcus | 6:58 AM

Wednesday, September 03, 2003  

NSF Post Digital Libraries Futures Workshop - Papers
The Future of Digital Libraries

posted by Marcus | 7:06 AM

Scientific American Web Awards

With more than three billion Web pages to sift through, finding great science sites is harder than ever. The good news is the editors at Scientific American have once again trawled the Internet for the best the Web has to offer. Their list of winners has something for everyone.

Grouped into 10 categories their 50 favorites are a diverse lot. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about the abacus, toast Watson and Crick's discovery of the structure of DNA, find out how to patent that invention you've been contemplating. Or maybe virtual stargazing is more your style.

posted by Marcus | 6:50 AM

Tuesday, September 02, 2003  

The Internet and Emergency Preparedness

The Internet and Emergency Preparedness: A study by Federal Computer Week and the Pew Internet & American Life Project has found that about one in every two Americans fear terrorists will launch cyberattacks on the large networks that operate the banking, electrical transportation and water systems, disrupting everyday life and possibly crippling economic activity. The poll was taken before the Blaster
worm infected millions of computers world.

posted by Marcus | 1:06 PM

SearchGuild Search Utitlities

This site lists SearchGuild developed utilities and/or utilities developed during the dicussions in the forums of SearchGuild

Search Engine Flash Viewer - See what Search Engines such as AlltheWeb see when indexing flash content in your web pages.

Even Better Keywords - enter some keywords and watch as the utility scans overture to get alternatives and then uses AlltheWeb to calculate how attractive the resultant phrases are in terms of SEO.

Gator Checker - PC utility. Enter a domain and it will tell you whether Gator/GAIN are modifying/serving content on it

Easy Search - Run your own search engine without all the hard crawling stuff, courtesy of XML feeds. [PHP script]

Search Query Difficulty Checker - Tells you how difficult it would be to rank on the first page for any query you specify [Web Based App]

posted by Marcus | 10:05 AM

WorldWide Press Freedom Index

The first worldwide index of press freedom has some surprises for Western democracies. The United States ranks below Costa Rica and Italy scores lower than Benin. The five countries with least press freedom are North Korea, China, Burma, Turkmenistan and Bhutan. Surprises among Western democracies : US below Costa Rica and Italy below

Reporters Without Borders is publishing for the first time a worldwide index of countries according to their respect for press freedom. It also shows that such freedom is under threat everywhere, with the 20 bottom-ranked countries drawn from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. The situation in especially bad in Asia, which contains the five worst offenders - North Korea, China, Burma, Turkmenistan and Bhutan.

posted by Marcus | 8:07 AM

How Much Information?

This study is an attempt to measure how much information is produced in the world each year. They look at several media and estimate yearly production, accumulated stock, rates of growth, and other variables of interest. If you want to understand what's been done, they offer different recommendations, depending on the degree to which you suffer from information overload: Heavy information overload: the world's total yearly production of print, film, optical, and magnetic content would require roughly 1.5 billion gigabytes of storage. This is the equivalent of 250 megabytes per person for each man, woman, and child on earth. Moderate information overload: read the Sound Bytes and look at the Charts illustrating our findings. Normal information overload: read the Executive Summary. Information deprived: read the detailed reports.... Or download the entire Web site as a PDF file. (It is about 200 pages long.)

Receive all of the above information by visiting the above website! Excellent job by the faculty and students at the School of Information Management and Systems at the University of California at Berkeley.

posted by Marcus | 7:24 AM

Monday, September 01, 2003  

This edition of Current Awareness Happenings on the Internet by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. (September 1, 2003 V1N14) is dedicated to the latest and most competent sources and will be discussing various World Wide Web Research Browsers. Click on the audblog at the bottom of this posting for my audio summary and additional information! The following research browser sites offer excellent information research and analysis for any of your upcoming projects!

Alexa Browser

The Alexa Browser powered by TouchGraph is a tool for browsing related websites, by exploring links between related sites. This will launch Alexa Browser, containing your URL in the central node, with links to the first 10 related sites in the surrounding nodes. Double-clicking on one of the surrounding nodes will expand the graph to include further related sites. Clicking on the 'info' icon above a central node will display a hint window containing a link to Alexa's details for that site and a snapshot image which links directly to the site itself.

An excellent resource for determining web site relationships and discovering new and related links of information.

Amazon Browser

Amazon Browser powered by TouchGraph is a tool for browsing the mass of literature, music and film contained in the Amazon database, by exploring links between related items. This will launch Amazon Browser in a new window, containing your search terms in the central node, with links to the first 10 search results in the surrounding nodes. Double-clicking on one of the surrounding nodes will expand the graph to include the first 10 related articles. Clicking on the 'inf' icon above each node will display a hint window containing the summary, a link to prices from international Amazon stores, one recommended customer review, and a link that will direct you to the item at, from where you can read more information, add to your shopping cart or wishlist and checkout.

BlogStreet Browser

BlogStreet Browser: powered by TouchGraph is a tool for browsing weblog neighborhoods, by exploring links between related sites. This will launch BlogStreet Browser, containing your URL in the central node, with links to the first 10 related sites in the surrounding nodes. Double-clicking on one of the surrounding nodes will expand the graph to include further related sites. Clicking on the 'inf' icon above a central node will display a hint window containing a link to the site and the most recent items from the site's RSS feed.

CiteSeer Browser

CiteSeer Browser powered by TouchGraph is a tool for browsing scientific literature in the CiteSeer database, by exploring links between related articles.

Google Relator Browser

Google Relator Browser powered by TouchGraph is a tool for browsing Google's internet database, by exploring links between related sites. This will launch Google Relator, containing your search terms in the central node, with links to the first 10 search results in the surrounding nodes. Double-clicking on one of the surrounding nodes will expand the graph to include the first 10 related articles. Double-clicking on the central node will retrieve the next 10 search results for your search terms (but you'll have to switch 'show first' to 'all' to be able to see them). Clicking on the 'inf' icon above each node will display a hint window containing a summary and a link to the site itself.

PubMed Browser

PubMed Browser powered by TouchGraph is a tool for browsing 40 years of medical literature contained in the MEDLINE database, by exploring links between related articles. This will launch PubMed Browser, containing your search terms in the central node, with links to the first 10 search results in the surrounding nodes. Double-clicking on one of the surrounding nodes will expand the graph to include the first 10 related articles. Double-clicking on the central node will retrieve the next 10 search results for your search terms (but you'll have to switch 'show first' to 'all' to be able to see them). Clicking on the 'inf' icon above each node will display a hint window containing the title, abstract and citation details, as well as a link to HubMed for extra information and external links.

Updates and New Research Browsers as of September 3, 2004:


AutoFocus Personal - Your Desktop Exploration Tool

Desktop Visual Search Engine Extends Researchers' Information View

Google Visual Search


Hoover's Company Search


NewsIsFree: News Maps

News Map

OPS Patent Search

Research Mapper

TouchGraph GoogleBrowser V1.01

Visualizing the Web with Google

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