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


Wednesday, March 31, 2004  

The Hindu Subject Tracers™ Article
http://www.hindu.com/biz/2004/03/29/stories/2004032900311900.htm

Subject Tracers were featured in the March 29, 2004 NetSpeak article in the Business Monday Section of The Hindu (Online Edition of India's National Newspaper). The Astronomy Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog was shown with discussion of the many other latest Subject Tracer™ Information Blogs created by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A..

posted by Marcus | 4:30 AM
 

Digital Library Construction Tools
http://www.bcdlib.tc.ca/

A guide to digital library collections, primarily text-based ones, and digital library construction technology in BC and around the world:

Digital Library Construction Tools: Standards
Digital Library Construction Tools: How-To Courses
Digital Library Construction Tools: How-To Manuals
Digital Library Construction Tools: Preservation
Digital Library Construction Tools: Software

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
 

New Applications of Knowledge Organization Systems
http://jodi.ecs.soton.ac.uk/?vol=4&iss=4

Knowledge Organization Systems/Services (KOS), such as classifications, gazetteers, lexical databases, ontologies, taxonomies and thesauri, model the underlying semantic structure of a domain. They can support subject indexing and facilitate resource discovery and retrieval, whether by humans or by machines. New networked KOS services and applications are emerging and we are reaching the stage where we can prepare the work for future exploitation of common representations and protocols for distributed use. A number of technologies could be combined to yield new solutions. The papers published here are concerned with different types of KOS, discuss various standards issues and span the information lifecycle. This has been added to Knowledge Discovery Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
 

Finders, Keepers? The Present and Future Perfect in Support of Personal Information Management by William Jones
http://www.firstmonday.org/issues/issue9_3/jones/index.html

To keep or not to keep? People continually face variations of this decision as they encounter information. A large percentage of information encountered is clearly useless — junk e–mail, for example. Another portion of encountered information can be "used up" and disposed of in a single read — the weather report or a sports score, for example. That leaves a great deal of information in a middle ground. The information might be useful somewhere at sometime in the future. Decisions concerning whether and how to keep this information are an essential part of personal information management. Bad decisions either way can be costly. Information not kept or not kept properly may be unavailable later when it is needed. But keeping too much information can also be costly. The wrong information competes for attention and may obscure information more appropriate to the current task. These are the logical costs of a signal detection task. From this perspective, one approach in tool support is to try to decrease the costs of a false positive (keeping useless information) and a miss (not keeping useful information). But this reduction in the costs of keeping mistakes is likely to be bounded by fundamental limitations in the human ability to remember and to attend. A second approach suggested by the theory of signal detectability is relatively less explored: Develop tools that decrease the likelihood that "keeping" mistakes are made in the first place.

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
 

The Tensions of Securing Cyberspace: The Internet, State Power & The National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace by Michael T. Zimmer
http://www.firstmonday.org/issues/issue9_3/zimmer/index.html

The National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace exposes a growing tension between the nature of the Internet and the regulatory powers of the traditional nation–state. The National Strategy declares, with all the strength and authority of the United States government, the desire to secure a space many consider, by its very nature, chaotic and beyond the reach any organized or central control. This paper will argue that both the structural architecture of the Internet and the substantive values codified within it clash with governmental efforts to "secure cyberspace."

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
 

Web Pages Search Engine Based on DNS by Wang Liang, Guo Yi-Ping, and Fang Ming
http://arxiv.org/pdf/cs.NI/0403035

Search engine is main access to the largest information source in this world, Internet. Now Internet is changing every aspect of our life. Information retrieval service may be its most important services. But for common user, internet search service is still far from our expectation, too many unrelated search results, old information, etc. To solve these problems, a new system, search engine based on DNS is proposed. The original idea, detailed content and implementation of this system all are introduced in this paper. This has been addded to Deep Web Research Subject Tracer™ Information Blog

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM


Tuesday, March 30, 2004  

Agriculture Resources
http://www.AgricultureResources.info/

Agriculture Resources is a Subject Tracer™ Information Blog developed and created by the Virtual Private Library™. It is designed to bring together the latest resources and sources on an ongoing basis for agriculture. 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 is 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 | 4:25 AM
 

IBM Releasing Free Tools for Java, XML, Unix by Paul Krill
http://www.infoworld.com/article/04/03/29/HNibmalpha_1.html
http://www.alphaworks.ibm.com/

BM on Monday is unveiling seven free developer tools intended to provide software engineers with advanced resources for developing and accessing applications based on Java, XML, and Unix. The tools will enable developers to perform tasks such as searching sequential data, accessing distributed Unix systems, querying views on XML data, and standardizing queries for deployment in an XQuery environment, according to IBM. This has been added to Biological Informatics Subject Tracer Information Blog. [InfoWolrd News 3-20-04]

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
 

Influential Scholar Distributes Book Online for Free
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/techpolicy/2004-03-26-lessig-book_x.htm
http://free-culture.org/freecontent

Lawrence Lessig, an influential scholar who advocates greater consumer rights to use copyright works, is making his latest book available free on the Internet. The book, Free Culture, explores technical and legal restrictions that publishers and other large media corporations use to control information and keep it from the public domain. Lessig says the process limits creativity. Lessig, a law professor at Stanford University, argues that making information more widely available can make business sense. His publisher, The Penguin Press, agreed to make the book available online to demonstrate the point. [USA Today - Associated Press]

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
 

WisStat
http://www.wisstat.wisc.edu/

For many decades, the University of Wisconsin has been known for its work in the fields of demography and sociology, so the appearance of the WisStat website is quite welcome, though not a surprise. Developed by the Applied Population Laboratory at the university, and drawing on a number of reliable data sources (including the 2000 Census), the WisStat server allows visitors to view various demographic data about a vast array of units (including by census tract, city, village, country) throughout the state of Wisconsin. First, visitors will need to select a unit of geography to examine (such as county, village, etc.), then select an appropriate search filter. This is probably the most powerful aspect of the site, as visitors can search by subject, keyword, data source, and year range. Upon completing these first two steps, visitors may then view the data in a table format, and they may also download this data for future use. This has been added to Statistics Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.[From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003. http://scout.wisc.edu/]

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
 

Spam Being Rapidly Outpaced By Spim
http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99994822

While the torrent of unsolicited spam emails continues to rise, it is being far outpaced by the surge in unwanted messages sent to the users of instant messaging programs, analysts have warned. The volume of so-called "spim" is set triple in 2004, according to a new report from the Radicati Group, a technology market research firm in Palo Alto, California. The company projects that 1.2 billion spims will be sent, 70 per cent of which are porn-related. This is a mere trickle compared to the 35 billion spams expected, but the researchers warn that spim is growing at about three times the rate of spam, as spammers adapt their toolkit to exploit a rapidly rising number of new instant messaging (IM) users.

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
 

W3C Launches XML Binary Characterization Working Group
http://www.w3.org/XML/Binary/
http://www.w3.org/XML/

W3C is pleased to announce the creation of the XML Binary Characterization Working Group in the XML Activity. Robin Berjon (Expway) chairs. Chartered for a year, the group will analyze and develop use cases and measurements for alternate encodings of XML. Its goal is to determine if serialized binary XML transmission and formats are feasible. Participation is open to W3C Members.


posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM


Monday, March 29, 2004  

Library Link of the Day
http://www.tk421.net/librarylink/

My interview by Robin Hood titled The Future Of News: The Digital Information Librarian was the featured site at the Library Link of the Day on Sunday March 28, 2004.

posted by Marcus | 5:00 AM
 

This edition of Current Awareness Happenings on the Internet by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. (March 29, 2004 V2N13) is dedicated to the current freely available Subject Tracer™ Information Blogs. Click on the below audblog link to hear a two minute audio describing these resources. These Subject Tracer™ Information Blogs are available from the following URL:

Virtual Private Library
http://www.VirtualPrivateLibrary.org/

Powered by audblogaudblog audio postThis research is powered by Subject Tracer Bots™ from the Virtual Private Library™. Isn't yours?

posted by Marcus | 4:32 AM
 

Easy Topic Maps - Page Index
http://www.easytopicmaps.com/wakka.php?wakka=PageIndex&v=dhw

An excellent resource on topic maps and related information architecture sources. This has been added to Deep Web Research Subject Tracer™ Information Blog



posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
 

MSN Shows BlogBot
http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/microsoft/archives/002505.html?wbfrom=rss

This is taken from March 26, 2004 SeattlePI.com: An interesting Microsoft-related development today for the weblogging community: MSN Blogbot. It's essentially a tool for searching weblogs, set to debut later this year. MSN exec Yusuf Mehdi showed it briefly on screen during a conference on the Redmond campus today, along with MSN Newsbot, a news search engine also in development. Mehdi was pressed for time and moved on quickly, so he didn't share many details about Blogbot. It's not yet clear, for example, if it will be based on RSS feeds, a la the popular Feedster, although that would make sense.....

I have been searching with bots and blogs for the last three years and in fact I have been presenting through my presentations for the last year .... see Bots, Blogs and New Aggregators.

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
 

OSTI GrayLIT Network : Full-Text Scientific Report Literature
http://www.osti.gov/graylit

The GrayLIT Network is a portal for technical report information generated through federally funded research and development projects. Developed by the Department of Energy's Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), in collaboration with DOD/DTIC, NASA, and EPA, the unique cross-searching capability called Distributed Explorer has been applied to some of OSTI's other major Web sites, including the EnergyFiles Virtual Library, the E-print Network and Federal R&D Project Summaries . Each of these sites applies the Distributed Explorer tool in a slightly different manner based on the unique attributes of site content. Since the GrayLIT Network search utilizes the capability of each individual site search, results may vary. For example, in the case of the DOE Information Bridge, the full text of each technical report is searched and the results are returned accordingly. In some of the other full-text databases only the bibliographic information is searched at the site. In these cases, the full text is accessible and may be downloaded. This has been added to Academic Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.


posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
 

Dictionary of Nomenclature of Celestial Objects
http://vizier.cfa.harvard.edu/viz-bin/Dic

"Designations of astronomical objects are often confusing. Astronomical designations (also called Object Identifiers) have been collected and published by Lortet and collaborators in Dictionaries of Nomenclature of Celestial Objects outside the solar system". This is the web-based look-up version of that text, with full references and usages for nearly 14,000 different acronyms and various (nonstandard) numbering-schemes and coordinate-systems. This has been added to Astronomy Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
 

Institute of Nanotechnology
http://www.nano.org.uk

The Institute of Nanotechnology has been created to foster, develop and promote all aspects of science and technology in those domains where dimensions and tolerances in the range of 0.1 nm to 100nm play a critical role. This web-portal provides information to the public; these resources at this portal-style website are available free: Latest -- the latest nanotech news worldwide; Events -- upcoming meetings, conferences, and seminars; Courses -- Universities that offer degree programs in nanotech; Links -- Universities, Research centers, Companies, and more; Books -- bibliography of books available on nanotechnology; Images -- SPM Scanning Probe Microscope images and movies and SPIP
Pioneers in nanotechnology; and Nanotechnolgy: What is it? Which countries are doing nanotech research?

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM


Sunday, March 28, 2004  

Global Legal Information Network Gets a Makeover
http://www.aallnet.org/press/press040318.asp

The Law Library of Congress is revamping its Global Legal Information Network -- a massive database containing statutes, regulations and related legal materials originating from countries in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. "This major system re-design will keep in step with 21st century expectations for GLIN performance," says Law Librarian of Congress Dr. Rubins Medina. New features will include the capability to input documents such as court decisions and legislative records, expanded multilingual options, and an improved user interface designed for "user friendly" access. Virginia-based Advanced Technology Systems has been selected to upgrade the system, which will be open to the public except where copyright restrictions or distribution agreements of particular countries preclude this. GLIN was recently cited by the Worldwide Forum on e-Democracy as an organization that "has made outstanding e-political and e-government achievements that have forever changed the political process." The GLIN database offers newly emerging democracies such as Afghanistan a ready-made system for organizing, processing, preserving and retrieving their laws.

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
 

Syllabus for a Course On the Semantic Web
http://polaris.gseis.ucla.edu/pagre/is277.html

This is a course by Phil Agre "on the semantic web, an important new document-centered computing technology in which web pages and other online resources are provided with metadata that can be automatically processed by computers."

posted by Marcus | 4:18 AM
 

Dictionary Of Occupational Titles Index
http://theodora.com/dot_index.html

Following is the alphabetical index to the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) revised fourth edition, as supplied electronically by the US Dept. of Labor, provided, as a public service, by ITA, makers of DOT and ONET software.

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
 

The Spread of the Witty Worm
http://www.caida.org/analysis/security/witty/

An analysis by Colleen Shannon and David Moore of the spread of the Witty Internet Worm in March 2004. The network telescope and associated security efforts are a joint project of the UCSD Computer Science and Engineering Department and the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis.

On Friday March 19, 2004 at approximately 8:45pm PST, an Internet worm began to spread, targeting a buffer overflow vulnerability in several Internet Security Systems (ISS) products, including ISS RealSecure Network, RealSecure Server Sensor, RealSecure Desktop, and BlackICE. The worm takes advantage of a security flaw in these firewall applications that was discovered earlier this month by eEye Digital Security. Once the Witty worm infects a computer, it deletes a randomly chosen section of the hard drive, over time rendering the machine unusable. The worm's payload contained the phrase "(^.^) insert witty message here (^.^)" so it came to be known as the Witty worm. In this document we share a global view of the spread of the Witty worm, with particular attention to somw worrisome features. This will be added to Security Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
 

The CAIDA Web Site
http://www.caida.org/home/

CAIDA, the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis, provides tools and analyses promoting the engineering and maintenance of a robust, scalable global Internet infrastructure. The website offers information on: papers, presentations, background, faq, program plan and joining. This will be added to Security Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
 

NET Institute
http://www.netinst.org/

The Networks, Electronic Commerce and Telecommunications ("NET") Institute is a non-profit institution devoted to research on network industries, electronic commerce, telecommunications, the Internet, "virtual networks" comprised of computers that share the same technical standard or operating system, and on network issues in general. Of particular interest is research on innovation and introduction of new technology in network industries. The NET Institute functions as a world-wide focal point for research and open exchange and dissemination of ideas in these areas. The NET Institute competitively funds cutting edge research projects in these areas of research. It organizes conferences and seminars on these issues. This has been added to eCommerce Resources Subject Tracer Information Blog and will be added to Business Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide/.

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM


Saturday, March 27, 2004  

Managing Information in the Digital Age
http://www.sis.pitt.edu/~dlwkshop/report.pdf

The National Science Foundation's (NSF) workshop on the future of digital library research has just published its final report, which is available online. The workshop brought together a team of educators, researchers, librarians and technologists to consider the future research agenda for digital libraries. The 57-page report recommends that, in order to maintain national expertise and achieve necessary gains in research and education, the NSF should provide $20 million per year for innovative and exploratory research to address challenges in the creation, collection, organization, use and long-term availability of digital resources of all sorts in a rapidly evolving global information infrastructure. The report also suggests that $40 million per year be budgeted for transformative change to infrastructure and practice. The danger facing digital libraries is an abundance of information paired with insufficient information management. As a result, individuals and communities risk losing the ability to control and manage their own data. (Knowledge Lost in Information: Report of the NSF Workshop on Research Directions for Digital Libraries June 2003)

posted by Marcus | 4:25 AM
 

e-Encyclopedia
http://www.dke-encyc.com/

e-Encyclopedia combines the best of a traditional encyclopedia with an extra digital dimension. The book's dedicated website has been created with Google, the world's leading search engine. It guides the reader to the most helpful, appropriate and amazing sites the web has to offer. When you look up a subject in the book, the article gives you key facts and displays a keyword that links you to a wealth of extra information online. The e-Encyclopedia is grouped thematically, in nine subject areas: Space; Earth; Nature; Human Body; Science and Technology; People and Places; Society and Beliefs; Arts and Entertainment; History. Links include: animations, videos, sound buttons, virtual tours,
interactive quizzes, databases, timelines, and realtime reports.

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
 

The Web Library: Building a World Class Personal Library with Free Web Resources
http://www.ccsu.edu/library/tomaiuolon/theweblibrary.htm

This is the resource list that is updated for the book The Web Library: Building a World Class Personal Library with Free Web Resources by Nick Tomaiuolo.

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
 

The Universal Library
http://www.ulib.org/

The mission of The Universal Library hosted by Carnegie Mellon University is to create a Universal Library which will foster creativity and free access to all human knowledge. As a first step in realizing this mission, it is proposed to create the Universal Library with a free-to-read, searchable collection of one million books, primarily in the English language, available to everyone over the Internet. Within 10 years, it is our expectation that the collection will grow to 10 Million books. The result will be a unique resource accessible to anyone in the world 24x7, without regard to nationality or socioeconomic background. The first major project of Universal Library is the Million Book Digital Library project. Typical large high-school libraries house fewer than 30,000 volumes. Most libraries in the world have less than a million volumes. The total number of different titles indexed in OCLC’s WorldCat is about 48 million. One million books, therefore, is more than the holdings of most high-schools, and is equivalent to the libraries at many universities and represents a useful fraction of all available books.

One of the goals of the Universal Library is to provide support for full text indexing and searching based on OCR (optical character recognition) technologies where available. The availability of online search allows users to locate relevant information quickly and reliably thus enhancing student's success in their research endeavors. This 24x7 resource would also provide an excellent testbed for language processing research in areas such as machine translation, summarization, intelligent indexing, and information retrieval. This will be added to Academic Sources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
 

Index of Learning Styles (ILS)
http://www.ncsu.edu/felder-public/ILSpage.html

The Index of Learning Styles is an on-line instrument used to assess preferences on four dimensions (active/reflective, sensing/intuitive, visual/verbal, and sequential/global) of a learning style model formulated by Richard M. Felder and Linda K. Silverman. The instrument was developed by Richard M. Felder and Barbara A. Soloman of North Carolina State University. The ILS may be used at no cost for non-commercial purposes by individuals who wish to determine their own learning style profile and by educators who wish to use it for teaching, advising, or research. This will be added to Education and Distance learning Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
 

FreeFullText.com
http://www.freefulltext.com/

FreeFullText.com provides direct links to over 7000 scholarly periodicals which allow some or all of their online content to be viewed by ANYONE with Internet access for free (though some may require free registration). The issue(s) which are available for free are indicated for each title on the alphabetical periodical lists. The design of this site is optimized for users seeking specific articles for which they already have the citation. This site does not attempt to list ALL periodicals on the Internet, only those which offer free full-text content. Titles will be removed from this list if they cease to offer any free full-text content. This will be added to Academic Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide. [Thanks to Gary Price's ResourceShelf for disocvering this fine resource]

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM


Friday, March 26, 2004  

AwarenessWatch™ Newsletter V2N4 April 2004
http://virtualprivatelibrary.blogspot.com/Awareness Watch V2N4.pdf
Awareness Watch™ Newsletter
http://www.AwarenessWatch.com/

The April 2004 V2N4 Awareness Watch™ Newsletter is available as a 26 page .pdf document (476KB) from the above URL. The Awareness Watch Featured Report this month covers an in depth and extremely comprehensive listing of research tools and research resources available on the Internet. The Awareness Watch Spotters cover many excellent and newly released current awareness and research sources as well as the latest identified Internet happenings and alerts. The book review highlights a newly released book on agent mediated knowledge management and the Subject Tracer™ Information Blogs have been updated with two new subjects: Information Quality Resources and Outsourcing/Offshoring Information and Resources.

posted by Marcus | 6:00 AM
 

Older Americans and the Internet
http://www.pewinternet.org/reports/toc.asp?Report=117

The Pew Internet & American Life Project release their latest report: Older Americans and the Internet. The percent of seniors who go online has jumped by 47% between 2000 and 2004. In a February 2004 survey, 22% of Americans age 65 or older reported having access to the Internet, up from 15% in 2000. That translates to about 8 million Americans age 65 or older who use the Internet. By contrast, 58% of Americans age 50-64, 75% of 30-49 year-olds, and 77% of 18-29 year-olds currently go online. Summary: Older Americans and the Internet [click to see chart]

posted by Marcus | 4:25 AM
 

GlobalSpec - Engineering Search Engine
http://search.globalspec.com/Search/WebSearch
http://www.globalspec.com/News/WhatsNew

GlobalSpec - The Engineering Web is designed to meet the demands of engineers and technical professionals. They have crawled, filtered and indexed the World Wide Web to focus your search on engineering-related information - filtering out what you don’t want and delivering only the relevant results you do. GlobalSpec gives you access to the hidden Web - exclusive content not available on any other search engine: Application Note Search - the largest searchable application note index. Using proprietary software, GlobalSpec has collected and categorized more than 50,000 application notes searchable by keyword or phrase. Material Properties Search - the largest material property database - critical information for designers. Standards Search - the world's largest file of active and historical standards, specifications, drawings, handbooks and related technical documents. Patents Search - a digital collection of patents, patent applications and grant information from around the world. This has been added to the Search Engine section of all the Internet MiniGuides.

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
 

An Expert Helps You Search the Internet
http://www.newmediamusings.com/blog/2004/03/an_expert_helps.html

J.D. Lasica's New Media Musings featured my latest white paper Searching the Internet. Thanks for the nice words JD .....

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
 

Working Draft: VoiceXML 2.1
http://www.w3.org/TR/2004/WD-voicexml21-20040323/
http://www.w3.org/TR/2004/REC-voicexml20-20040316/
http://www.w3.org/Voice/

The Voice Browser Working Group has released the First Public Working Draft of the "Voice Extensible Markup Language (VoiceXML) 2.1." Fully backwards-compatible with VoiceXML 2.0, the draft's purpose is to standardize eight additional features implemented by VoiceXML platforms.

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
 

The Portal Factory
http://iesl.mit.edu/

The Portal Factory is a new platform based architecture for information products. It allows many different kinds of information systems to be deployed from a single code base. The Portal Factory Manager can manage 100's of portals across an enterprise. This results in considerable savings in maintaining portals. Each portal can take advantage of the central Web Services, such as Content Stores and Registration Services. The platform has its own development SDK that allows the end user to extend both the Web Services and the Web Component library that allows dynamic rendering of the UI. We provide templates for different types of portal ranging from Course Management to Knowledge Repositories and Grid Computing. Our architecture is .NET Web Services based and exposes its interfaces using WSDL and SOAP. We use WS-Security and other GXA standard protocols that allow easy extension. This will be added to Education and Distance learning Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
 

The Digital Scriptorium
http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/Scriptorium/

The Digital Scriptorium was conceived as an image database of dated and datable medieval and renaissance manuscripts, intended to unite scattered resources into an international tool for teaching and scholarly research. It has evolved into a general union catalog designed for the use of paleographers, codicologists, art historians, textual scholars and other researchers. As a visual catalog, it allows scholars to verify with their own eyes cataloguing information about places and dates of origin, scripts, artistic styles, and quality. It documents visually even those manuscripts that traditionally would have been unlikely candidates for reproduction. It provides public access to fragile materials otherwise available only within libraries. Because it is web-based, it encourages interaction between the knowledge of scholars and the holdings of libraries to build an ever-enriched and corrected flow of information. This will be added to Academic Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM


Thursday, March 25, 2004  

Interview: The Future of News - The Digital Information Librarian
http://www.masternewmedia.org/2004/03/24/the_future_of_news_the.htm

Robin Hood interviewed me on The Future of News: The Digital Information Librarian and the complete interview including my answer to his ten questions is now online at the above URL. Robin has an excellent site and is a tremendous resource of information on the Internet.

posted by Marcus | 5:00 AM
 

Social Informatics
http://www.social-informatics.org/

Social Informatics includes comprehensive sections on relevant fields, infrastrctures, news, journals, associations, study programs and research centers. Social Informatics is an interdisciplinary perspective that uses both, the tools of the social science and the tools of the computer science to analyze the interaction between technology (usually information technology) and society. In other words we can say that SI takes into account social aspects of computerization. SI analyses consider an array of relevant factors, including social, cultural, organizational, and other contextual components.

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
 

Opera And IBM Team UP To Develop Voice Browser
http://www.techweb.com/wire/story/TWB20040323S0005

Opera Software is teaming up with IBM to develop speech-recognition technology for Opera's future, upgraded browser. Opera said the technology will be initially developed for its desktop browser, but it will appear later in its software for cell phones and PDAs. “By making this technology available today for the wider Web audience, the serious work of voice-enabling the Web can commence,” said Opera's VP of engineering Christen Krogh in a statement. Opera is utilizing IBM's Embedded ViaVoice speech technology in developing the voice features of the browser. The Norwegian firm said that by building on standard XHTML+Voice (X+V) technology, developers can add voice input and output to existing graphically based Web pages to achieve natural voice functionality. At first, Opera expects the voice browser to be available in English for Windows users, although the firm plans to offer it later in additional languages

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
 

Center for Internet Security
http://www.cisecurity.org/

The Center for Internet Security mission is to help organizations around the world effectively manage the risks related to information security. CIS provides methods and tools to improve, measure, monitor, and compare the security status of your Internet-connected systems and appliances, plus those of your business partners. CIS is not tied to any proprietary product or service. It manages a consensus process whereby members identify security threats of greatest concern, then participate in development of practical methods to reduce the threats. This consensus process is already in use and has proved viable in creating Internet security benchmarks available for widespread adoption.

On Tuesday March 23, 2004; the Center for Internet Security released an updated Windows Security Scoring Tool along with the Windows XP Benchmark for Secure Configuration. The XP scoring capability has four levels that correspond with Microsoft's security levels. You can test your system to see how safely configured it is, get a numerical score, and then see what needs to be done to raise the score. This will be added to Security Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
 

RepCheck'
http://www.RepCheck.com/

In this electronic age, where face-to-face meetings are few and far between, reputation is becoming progressively more difficult to ascertain, but no less important. RepCheck allows users to review, rate and search our database of people's reputations for both business and social purposes. Using RepCheck will allow users to gain a consensus insight into someone's social and business reputation instantly. It will also allow communication between its members when further info is required, and offers monitoring, search and reference services. RepCheck generates each individual's "RepScore" from the input of other users, and allows users to check someone's reputation with a simple mouseclick. RepScores are calculated using RepCheck's patent pending technology that attempts to simulate how you judge a person's reputation in real life. This will be added to eCurrent Awareness Resources 2004 Business Intelligence Report. [Robin Good 3-24-04]

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
 

Wrightman ChatBot
http://overstated.net/04/03/22-my-chat-with-a-nanniebot.asp

The Wightman Chat Bot (NannieBot) has many wondering if it is real or a hoax. This one deserves some very close scrunity to determine the source of it linguistic abilities i.e. algorithms used in the structure of its neural linguistics. Well worth a revisit from time to time to determine the latest findings on this interesting resource. This has been added to ChatterBots Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM


Wednesday, March 24, 2004  

April 2004 Zillman Column - Survey Resources on the Internet
http://virtualprivatelibrary.blogspot.com/Survey Resources.pdf
http://www.zillmancolumns.com/

The April 2004 Zillman Column is now available and is titled Survey Resources on the Internet. This April 2004 column is a comprehensive listing of online survey resources currently available on the Internet. These include individual websites and sources that supply the latest technology and information about online surveys and how it relates to your business and/or association and the Internet. With a number of free web applications you can have your survey up and published in a matter of minutes! Learn what your constituents have to say and what they want! A must resource to stay ahead of the curve with the latest survey resources available over the Internet.

posted by Marcus | 5:00 AM
 

OAIster
http://www.oaister.org/o/oaister/

OAIster is a project of the University of Michigan Digital Library Production Services, originally funded through a Mellon grant (see the final report). Our goal is to create a collection of freely available, difficult-to-access, academically-oriented digital resources (what are digital resources?) that are easily searchable by anyone. 3,045,063 records from 268 institutions (updated 5 March 2004). This will be added to Academic Resources Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 4:25 AM
 

Spam Reporting Addresses
http://banspam.javawoman.com/report3.html

Marjolein Katsma's excellent site Ban Spam offers a number of worthwhile resources including a section on Spam Reporting Addresses. This makes it a truly valuable resource for those who need to have the correct address to report Spam. This has been added to the Anti-Spam section of Internet Hoaxes Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
 

WebSM - Web Survey Methodology
http://www.websm.org/

The page is located at the Center for Methodology and Informatics at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. The core research team (Katja Lozar Manfreda, Zenel Batagelj, Gašper Koren, Vesna Dolnièar), lead by dr. Vasja Vehovar, studied the Web survey methodology for three years. They work on two Web surveys, the national RIS (Research on Internet in Slovenia) project and the RINE (Research on Internet in New Europe) project. They actively participate at conferences, and their results are available on the Web.

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
 

Survey Research Resources
http://members.bellatlantic.net/~abelson/

Survey research for social issues, policy analysis, and marketing with all links evaluated monthly. This site includes the following sections:

Poll and Survey Findings and Data
Primary locations; the place to begin

Other Research Resources
Foundations, government sources, statistical, demographic, and social science archives.

Research Practice
Data collection, survey analysis, report prep, plus a few realities like FEDEX and Purdue's Reference Desk.

Survey Research Centers
Academic and nonprofit. Diverse content and presentation.

The Establishment
Associations and societies, for survey research and related disciplines.

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
 

StudyResponse Research Panelist System
http://www.studyresponse.com/

The StudyResponse project facilitates the online research efforts of behavioral, social, and organizational science researchers by distributing email participation requests to volunteer research participants. The StudyResponse project accumulates the characteristics and outcomes across multiple research studies in order to explore the characteristics of studies that encourage quality responses. The StudyResponse project is hosted by the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University and has received institutional review board approval (#02165).

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
 

Andreessen: High on Offshore Outsourcing
http://www.ajc.com/business/content/business/0304/23outsourcing.html

Marc Andreessen, celebrated for creating the first Web browser a decade ago, is an enthusiastic supporter of "offshoring" because it "fundamentally reduces the cost of goods and services for Americans." He points out: "If I can get my tax return prepared for less money because the offshore labor is cheaper than the domestic labor, then as an American consumer, I'm better off. At the same time, when American companies engage in offshoring, they increase their own competitiveness worldwide -- delivering the same product or service at a lower cost. That increases their ability to win in the world market... The process of offshoring creates both jobs and consumer demand in countries. If you look at what's happening in India and China today, there's an incredibly rapid creation of a middle class. And of course, many of the goods and services they are going to buy are going to come from American companies. So they will be buying iPods from Apple and drinking Coke and wearing Nike shoes and getting their financial services from Merrill Lynch." Andreessen calls the desire of some members of Congress to restrict the use of offshore labor "the silliest, dumbest thing I've ever heard of in years. It's just nuts." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution 23 Mar 2004) [Copyright 2004. NewsScan Daily] This has been added to Outsourcing/Offshoring Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM


Tuesday, March 23, 2004  

Internet Sources™ Manual is a 378 page manual listing all the very latest and greatest sources and sites (URLs) on the World Wide Web by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. that he has compiled over the last ten years by surfing, browsing and using his Subject Tracer Bots™. Listed are many sites not available from search engines and called the "invisible" web.

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posted by Marcus | 4:30 AM
 

Asia Currents
http://coombs.anu.edu.au/SpecialProj/ASAA/asian-currents.html

"Asian Currents" ISSN 1449-4418 is published, since 23 March 2004, by the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA), thanks to a grant from The Myer Foundation made to assist the ASAA promote the study of Asia in Australia. "Asian Currents" aims to connect Australia's academic experts on Asia with journalists, policy makers, business people, artists and other educators. By telling you what is happening in the research world, we hope you will be able to make better use of the wealth of knowledge available and that you will recognize the importance of fostering Australia's Asia knowledge. This will be added to eCurrent Awareness Resources 2004 Business Intelligence report

posted by Marcus | 4:25 AM
 

SourceSeries Internet Research Workshops
http://www.SourceSeries.com/

SourceSeries Internet Research Workshops by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. are now available on the following subjects as one day workshops. These research and business intelligence workshops offer both the newbie to the Internet as well as the seasoned Internaut the latest Internet research sources to stay current and to keep ahead of your competition.

1) Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations Research Sources on the Internet.
2) Articles, Abstracts, Documents, Papers, Reports, and Literature Research Sources on the Internet.
3) Business Research Sources on the Internet.
4) Competitive Intelligence Research Sources on the Internet.
5) Education and Distance Learning Research Sources on the Internet.
6) Healthcare Research Sources on the Internet.
7) International Trade Research Sources on the Internet.
8) Legal Research Sources on the Internet.
9) Security Research Sources on the Internet.

The typical one day workshop schedule is as follows:

8:45 - 9:00 Introduction and Overview of the Internet Research Workshop.
9:00 - 10:00 Historical perspectives of the Internet to current day happenings.
10:00 - 10:15 Online live examples of above .
10:15 - 10:30 Coffee Break - CyberBreak
10:30 - 12:00 Listserv®, NewsGroups, Chat Channels, Bulletin Boards, Forums, Blogs, News Aggregators, Intelligent Agents and Bots .
12:00 - 1:15 Lunch Break (On Your Own)
1:15 - 1:45 Online live examples continued .
1:45 - 2:30 Online examples of the workshop "Sources".
2:30 - 2:45 Coffee Break - CyberBreak
2:45 - 3:45 Tools necessary to build Business Intelligence including Browser ToolKit and Searcher ToolKit to discover additional 2004 resources.
3:45 - 4:30 Current Awareness Resources and what the future holds....
4:30 - 5:00 Question and Answers

For additional information including upcoming dates and locations, registration or partnering an upcoming SourceSeries Workshop, please contact us by clicking here.

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
 

Google PageRank Value Report
http://www.top25web.com/pagerank.php

The Google PageRank Value Report will return the Google PageRank values for the list of urls you enter into a form. Put one url per line, and include the 'www.' in the domain for best results. Very useful if you're using any browser other than Internet Explorer

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
 

Earliest Printed Book Put Online By British Library
http://www.managinginformation.com/news/content_show_full.php?id=2515

A website allowing anyone interested in the history to explore in detail the British Library's rare copies of the Gutenberg Bible, the oldest surviving printed book produced in the Western World.

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
 

Additional Algorithms and Identifiers for RSA Cryptography for use in the Internet X.509 Public Key Infrastructure
http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-ietf-pkix-rsa-pkalgs-03.txt

The IESG has received a request from the Public-Key Infrastructure (X.509) WG to consider the following document:
Additional Algorithms and Identifiers for RSA Cryptography for use in the Internet X.509 Public Key Infrastructure Certificate and Certificate Revocation List (CRL) Profile 's a Proposed Standard. The IESG plans to make a decision in the next few weeks, and solicits final comments on this action.

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM


Monday, March 22, 2004  

This edition of Current Awareness Happenings on the Internet by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. (March 22, 2004 V2N12) is dedicated to one of my latest Subject Tracer™ Information Blogs: Outsourcing/Offshoring Information and Resources. Click on the below audblog link to hear a two minute audio describing this new resource. This Subject Tracer™ resource is available from the following URL:

Outsourcing/Offshoring Information and Resources
http://zillman.blogspot.com/2004_03_01_zillman_archive.html#107944650861196171

Powered by audblogaudblog audio postThis research is powered by Subject Tracer Bots™ from the Virtual Private Library™. Isn't yours?

posted by Marcus | 1:48 PM
 

eCurrent Awareness Resources 2004 Business Intelligence Report
http://www.eCurrentAwareness.com/
http://www.CurrentAwareness.net/

eCurrent Awareness Resources™ 2004 Business Intelligence Report is a forty page report listing all the very latest current awareness resources and sites(URLs) on the World Wide Web that have been compiled over the last ten years by Internet Expert and Guru Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. .

eCurrent Awareness Resources™ 2004 Business Intelligence Report is considered to be one of the most comprehensive reports on current awareness sources and sites on the Internet available today. It was updated March 22, 2004.

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posted by Marcus | 4:25 AM
 

Loggia : Exploring the Arts and Humanities
http://www.loggia.com

"The collections at Loggia explore select areas of study in art and art history, architecture and design, the decorative arts, industrial design, classical studies such as Greek, Roman, and Celtic mythology." A virtual library of the arts and humanities, the site presents weblinks as well as encyclopedia-style information on many topics.

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
 

Google Connects Searchers with Local Information
http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/040317/175282_1.html
http://local.google.com/

Find local businesses and services on the web with Local Google. Google Inc. announced the integration of local search results into Google.com with the availability of Google Local. This new feature enables users to find relevant local information with neighborhood business listings, maps, directions, and useful web pages. Google Local represents the next step in local search technology. Now, users can search beyond traditional sources of local information, such as the yellow pages and local business listings, to reach a greater diversity of local resources drawn from the web at large. This innovation demonstrates Google's commitment to developing products that make it faster and easier for people to search across diverse sources of information from a single search box.

"Google's goal is to connect searchers with the information they need whether it's half-way around the world or in their neighborhood," said Sergey Brin, co-founder and President, Technology of Google Inc. "Google Local combines a wide array of sources including Google's more than 4 billion web page index, to produce the deepest local search." Google Local search functionality is integrated into Google.com so relevant local information for specific keywords or locations is automatically presented to users at the top of search results pages. When these results are available, they are marked by a small compass icon which, when clicked, connects users to a Google Local search results page.

posted by Marcus | 4:18 AM
 

Political Advocacy Groups : A Directory of United States Lobbyists
http://www.csuchico.edu/~kcfount

"This site lists lobbying groups by issue. Entries include contact information and a brief description of the group. Selected entries also indicate the number of times 'news articles across the country quoted, mentioned, or cited each group'...and whether the group rates the performance of members of Congress."

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
 

Astronomy Picture of the Day
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html

"Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer." An archive of daily images is also available, starting from June 1995. A glossary of astronomy terms is offered. Each day's photo caption includes keywords that link to older images from the archive with a similar subject. This is in Astronomy Resources 2004 Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
 

International Access to Research Data Critical to Advancing Science for the Public Good, Report Says
http://www.nsf.gov/od/lpa/newsroom/pr.cfm?ni=59

Open access to data resulting from publicly funded research is essential to advance science and the public good, but lack of consistency in government policies and within the scientific community hinders the open-access ideal, according to a report in the March 19 issue of the journal Science. Open access leads to greater long-term economic benefits, to better-informed government decision-makers and to accelerated progress in science itself, the report states. The report's international team of authors studied data-access issues on behalf of the 30-nation Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

"Countries around the world have invested heavily in the promise of e-science and the emerging cyberinfrastructure, which will allow researchers to access data archives, instruments, computers and expertise without regard to geographic location," said Peter Arzberger, director of life sciences initiatives at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and lead author on the report. "On the other hand, the technological capabilities bring the social and political challenges to the forefront."

The report's U.S. authors were supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. At a recent meeting of the OECD Committee for Science and Technological Policy at Ministerial level, national science ministers, including John Marburger, director of the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy, adopted a Declaration on Access to Research Data from Public Funding. The declaration is based on the authors' full report to the OECD, on which the Science paper is based, and invites the OECD to develop a set of guidelines to ensure "optimal, cost-effective access" to digital research data resulting from publicly funded research.

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
 

M@n@gement : An International Review on Management Research
http://www.dmsp.dauphine.fr/management

"The purpose of M@n@gement is to represent the wealth and the diversity of management research at an international level. M@n@gement offers to authors and readers place to express and exchange ideas on management research, strategy, organizational theory..." Available free online, and also by email subscription. Coverage: Vol. 1, n. 1, 1998 - Vol. 7, n. 1, 2004, ongoing. This will be added to Business Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM


Sunday, March 21, 2004  

The Web Engineering Community Portal
http://www.webengineering.org/

Web Engineering - The application of systematic, disciplined and quantifiable approaches to the cost-effective development and evolution of high-quality applications in the World Wide Web. In this way, the objective of the WebEngineering.org site is to provide latest information on Web Engineering, push WebEngineering as a discipline by providing information about existing or upcoming methods, tools, models, and related approaches. The vision of this site is to become the forum for all parties interested in WebEngineering. This will be added to Business Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide and eCommerce Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus | 5:00 AM
 

Unleashing the Power of RSS
http://www.sls.lib.il.us/infotech/presentations/2004/cil-rss.pdf

An excellent presentation by Jenny Levine on the awesome power of RSS! I have added this to my presentation resources site for my speech on Bots, Blogs and News Aggregators.

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
 

The State of the News Media 2004
http://www.stateofthemedia.org/

The State of the News Media 2004 is an inaugural effort to provide a comprehensive look each year at the state of American journalism. Their goal is to put in one place as much original and aggregated data as possible about each of the major journalism sectors. For each area, they have produced original research and aggregated existing data into a comprehensive look at many of the pressing issues facing the news media. In addition, they have collected the statistical data in an interactive area called Charts & Tables where users can customize their own charts.

The study is the work of the Project for Excellence in Journalism, an institute affiliated with Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. The study is funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, and was produced with a number of partners, including Rick Edmonds, Andrew Tyndall, Esther Thorson, and Princeton Survey Research Associates International.

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
 

The Virtual Technical Reports Center
http://www.lib.umd.edu/ENGIN/TechReports/Virtual-TechReports.html

The Virtual Technical Report Center offers EPrints, Preprints, & Technical Reports on the Web. The Institutions listed here provide either full-text reports, or searchable extended abstracts of their technical reports on the World Wide Web. This site contains links to technical reports, preprints, reprints, dissertations, theses, and research reports of all kinds. Some metasites are listed by subject categories, as well as by institution. This site will be updated monthly. This will be added to Academic Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
 

National Cyber Security Partnership (NCSP)
http://www.cyberpartnership.org/

The National Cyber Security Partnership (NCSP) is led by the Business Software Alliance (BSA), the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA), TechNet and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in voluntary partnership with academicians, CEOs, federal government agencies and industry experts. Following the release of the 2003 White House National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace and the National Cyber Security Summit, this public-private partnership was established to develop shared strategies and programs to better secure and enhance America’s critical information infrastructure. The partnership established five task forces comprised of cyber security experts from industry, academia and government. Each task force is led by two or more co-chairs. The NCSP-sponsoring trade associations act as secretariats in managing task force work flow and logistics. The task forces include:

* Awareness for Home Users and Small Businesses
* Cyber Security Early Warning
* Corporate Governance
* Security Across the Software Development Life Cycle
* Technical Standards and Common Criteria

This wil be added to Security Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
 

Getting to the Hows and Whys of Electronic Research
http://www5.oclc.org/downloads/design/abstracts/03012004/researchgrant.htm
http://www.oclc.org/research/projects/imls/default.htm

"We know a lot about who is using these electronic resources, when they are using them and where," says Brenda Dervin, a professor of communication at Ohio State University and principal investigator for a new study on electronic research. "But there is just a dabbling of research on the hows and whys. We want to know how people are choosing their electronic resources, why they are choosing some resources over others, and how they are fitting them into their personal and professional lives." Researchers hope their study will help librarians develop user-centered services, resources and systems by discovering (among other goals) how well system design features meet users' needs and their use of those systems. The project will include telephone and online interviews, and focus group meetings with undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty members at 44 central Ohio colleges and universities. In addition, 32 of the participants will be observed while they use electronic resources. The $1-million study -- a collaboration of Ohio State, the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services -will conclude Dec. 31, 2005.

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM


Saturday, March 20, 2004  

UDEF - Universal Data Element Framework
http://www.udef.org/

UDEF - Universal Data Element Framework - e-Business, ebXML & Web Services: The Missing Semantic Link. The future of automated data, application and process integration: The Universal Data Element Framework (UDEF) is a cross-industry metadata identification strategy designed to facilitate convergence and interoperability among e-business and other standards. The objective of the UDEF is to provide a means of real-time identification for semantic equivalency, as an attribute to data elements within e-business document and integration formats. There is a distinction to be made between the document standards, core components, ontological and taxonomical efforts underway as a result of the wide ranging integration and application collaboration activities on the net: The UDEF seeks only be an attribute in the data element. There are no process, validation or handling requirements, it only seeks to communicate in a standard and repeatable way, the exact concept that the data element represents. There is very little about context, just enough to identify the data element exactly. The UDEF can be seen as the "Dewey Decimal System" across standards. This will be added to Business Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide and eCommerce Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus | 7:11 AM
 

Comm-Org: The On-Line Conference on Community Organizing and Development
http://comm-org.utoledo.edu

With origins in a 1994 online seminar on the history of community organizing led at the University of Illinois at Chicago, COMM-ORG has grown into a fine resource for persons interested in the current field (and history) of community organizing, both in the United States, and with an international perspective. COMM-ORG is currently under the direction of Randy Stoecker at the University of Toledo, and brings together a host of materials related to the field of community organizing, including a moderated listserv, various syllabi from courses about community organizing, and a collection of papers about this broad theme. The COMM-ORG Discussion listserv area allows visitors to view archives of the many interesting electronic listserv topics, and to join up to become a member of the listserv. The papers section is also worth a look, as it contains approximately 80 papers dating back to 1995 on the various subfields of community organizing, such as faith-based movements and social justice. [From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003. http://scout.wisc.edu/]

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
 

IPEDS College Opportunities On-Line
http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/cool/index.asp

IPEDS College Opportunities On-Line is your direct link to nearly 7,000 colleges and universities in the United States. If you are thinking about a large university, a small liberal arts college, a specialized college, a community college, a career or technical college or a trade school, you can find them all here. College Opportunities On-Line is brought to you by the National Center for Education Statistics in the U.S. Department of Education. NCES was authorized by Congress in 1998 to help college students, future students, and their parents understand the differences between colleges and how much it costs to attend college. College Opportunities On-Line helps you find out about a specific college or set of colleges, if you have some in mind. You can name the colleges and obtain information about them. This will be added to Education and Distance Learning Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
 

Library Instruction for Diverse Populations Bibliography
http://www.ala.org/ala/acrlbucket/is/publicationsacrl/diversebib.htm

The Instruction for Diverse Populations Committee of the Association of College and Research Libraries' Instruction Section is pleased to announce the publication of the Library Instruction for Diverse Populations Bibliography.The Committee has compiled this bibliography to meet the need of librarian-instructors for information about teaching diverse populations within college and university settings. The Committee hopes that librarians needing to teach a class to students of a particular group can turn to the relevant section of the bibliography, find an overview of issues and strategies relating to that population, and locate informational resources that will give them immediate help in preparing teaching methods and materials. The Bibliography includes print and electronic resources key to the development of effective methods and materials for providing library instruction and teaching information literacy competencies to diverse student groups.

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
 

Script-ed: An Online Journal of Law and Technology
http://www.law.ed.ac.uk/ahrb/script-ed/index.asp

SCRIPT-ed is an online, international, interdisciplinary and multi-lingual forum for articles, reports, commentaries, analysis, case and legislation critiques, and book reviews pertaining to law and technologies in the broadest sense. This will be added to Legal Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM


Friday, March 19, 2004  

The High Cost of Not Finding Information
http://www.kmworld.com/publications/magazine/index.cfm?action=readarticle&Article_ID=1725&Publication_ID=108

Businesses generally have a pretty good on handle on how much they spend to acquire information, but sometimes it's what they *don't* know that really trips them up. For instance, in 1999 NASA's Mars Climate Orbiter spacecraft traveled 416 million miles without a hitch only to crash on impact because a contractor had submitted acceleration data in pounds of force rather than its metric equivalent, newtons. Studies by IDC, AIIM, Reuters and others have shown that knowledge workers spend from 15% to 35% of their time searching for information, but searchers are only successful in finding what they're looking for about 50% of the time. Forty percent of corporate users report that they can't find the information they need to do their jobs on their intranets. And recent research shows that knowledge workers spend more time recreating existing information than they do turning out new information. A 1999 IDC study of the phenomenon they dubbed "knowledge work deficit" estimated that the cost of intellectual rework and inability to find knowledge resources worked out to about $5,000 per worker per year. IDC research VP Susan Feldman says, "The quest for information systems that deliver the right information -- and only the right information -- at the right time to the right people is by no means over. But companies like iPhrase, Inxightk, InQuira, Mindfabric, Siderean, Endeca, ClearForest, Verity, Autonomy, FAST or Convera have made great strides in developing the next generation of search and other more advanced finding tools."

posted by Marcus | 4:25 AM
 

WebFountain Takes Search To a Higher Plane
http://battellemedia.com/archives/000428.php#more

Tucked away at IBM’s remote Almaden research campus, researchers with alarmingly sophisticated PhDs are refining WebFountain, an analytics engine with search capabilities well beyond anything available on the public Web today. WebFountain came about, writes John Battelle, "because IBM noticed that large companies were drowning in information, that broad search engines like Google were not providing relief, and that corporate IT departments at large companies were trying to invent a new kind of mousetrap… Enter IBM. WebFountain is a classic IBM solution to the search problem. Instead of focusing on the consumer market and serving hundreds of millions of users/searches a day, WebFountain is a platform -- middleware, in essence -- around which large corporate clients connect, query and develop applications. It serves a tiny fraction of the queries Google does, but my, the queries it serves can be mighty interesting… A user could, for example, search for ‘all the places on the Web where 'The Passion of the Christ' is discussed that also mentions one of the top five box office movies that is not 'Lord of the Rings,' and throw out all sites that either are in Spanish, or are in the Southern hemisphere. Oh, and translate the ones that are not in English when you return results.'" Built on 256 dual-processor blades, WebFountain's throughput puts it in the top 50 supercomputers on earth, capable of scarfing up, tagging and re-tagging the entire Internet in less than 24 hours. With the corporate information marketplace currently at $18 billion a year, WebFountain may help IBM not only redefine it, but ultimately own it. [John Battelle's Searchblog 8 Mar 2004]

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
 

Top Medical And Scientific Societies Commit To Providing Free Access To Medical And Scientific Research
http://www.dcprinciples.org/

Representatives from the nation’s leading not-for-profit medical/scientific societies and publishers have announced their commitment to providing free access and wide dissemination of published research findings. Their commitment was conveyed today by the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association and others, during a news conference in Washington at which they released Washington DC Principles for Free Access to Science—a statement representing 48 not-for-profit publishers, over 600,000 scientists and clinicians, and more than 380 journals.

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
 

PIP Data Memo: Use of the Internet in Places Other Than Home or Work
http://www.pewinternet.org/reports/toc.asp?Report=115

As use of the Internet becomes more appealing and more essential to Americans, a growing number are using multiple locations to go online. And significant numbers are moving beyond the tradition places of access – home and work. The Pew Internet & American Life Project has found that 23% of adult U.S. Internet users have gone online from a place other than home or work. That is close to 30 million people. In that group of online Americans, 27% have used the Internet at school, 26% have used it at friends’ or neighbors’ homes, and 26% have used it at libraries. On any given day more than 4 million Americans are accessing the Internet from some place other than home or work.

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
 

PIP Data Memo: The CAN-SPAM Act Has Not Helped Most Email Users So Far.
http://www.pewinternet.org/reports/toc.asp?Report=116

The distress of Internet users at spam has increased in recent months and growing numbers of Internet users are becoming disillusioned with email, despite the first national anti-spam legislation which went into effect on January 1.
A new survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project between February 3 and March 1, 2004 shows the following:
29% of email users say they have reduced their overall use of email because of spam. That figure is an increase from last June, when we found that 25% of emailers were reporting a reduction in their email use; 63% of email users said that the influx of spam made them less trusting of email in general. That figure is higher than the 52% of email users who reported declining trust in email in June; 77% of emailers said the flood of spam made the act of being online unpleasant and annoying. That is an increase from the 70% of those who said in June that spam was making online experiences unpleasant and annoying; 42% of email users said they were aware that Congress and the Administration had approved anti-spam legislation and that it had gone into effect at the beginning of the year. In all, 86% of email users reported some level of distress with spam.

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
 

SISA - Simple Interactive Statistical Analysis
http://home.clara.net/sisa/

SISA allows you to do statistical analysis directly on the Internet. Click on one of the procedure names below, fill in the form, click the button, and the analysis will take place on the spot. Study the user friendly guides to statistical procedures to see what procedure is appropriate for your problem. This has been added to Statistics Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM


Thursday, March 18, 2004  

I have just completed my latest white paper titled "Searching the Internet" a primer for those new to searching the Internet or those using only one search source. It is freely available as a 12 page .pdf document (728KB) from the below link from the Virtual Private Library™: [updated 09-22-04]

Searching the Internet a White Paper by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A.
http://virtualprivatelibrary.blogspot.com/Searching the Internet.pdf

Buscando en Internet (Spanish Translation 8 Page)
http://virtualprivatelibrary.blogspot.com/Buscando en Internet.pdf

Searching the Internet Web Site including Audio and Video
http://www.SearchingTheInternet.info/

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posted by Marcus | 5:00 AM
 

Perfect Information
http://www.perfectinfo.com/

Perfect Information, established in 1991, is the premier online global provider of financial information. Investment banks, brokerage firms, consultancies and law firms use Perfect Information solutions. This will be added to Business Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
 

Working Draft: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0
http://www.w3.org/TR/2004/WD-WCAG20-20040311/
http://www.w3.org/WAI/

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Working Group has released a Working Draft for "Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0." Version 2.0 widens the range of technologies covered and simplifies wording. Following WCAG checkpoints makes Web content accessible to people with disabilities and to users of a variety of Web-enabled devices. Read about the Web Accessibility Initiative.

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
 

W3C Launches Phase 2 of Semantic Web Activity
http://www.w3.org/2001/sw/

W3C is pleased to announce the launch of phase two of the Semantic Web Activity. The W3C Membership approved two new Working Groups, the Best Practices and Deployment and RDF Data Access. They join the existing RDF Core and Web Ontology Working Groups and the Semantic Web Interest Group and Coordination Group. Participation is open to W3C Members. A continuation of the World Wide Web, the Semantic Web gives data precise meaning, allowing people and computers to cooperate fully.

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
 

Fotosearch
http://www.Fotosearch.com/

Fotosearch Stock Photos allows users to search from more than fifty quality stock photography vendors at one site. They can also find clipart pictures, royalty-free illustrations, royalty-free motion stock video clips, royalty free vector maps, and background clip art imagery. Fotosearch Stock Photos is the #1 stock photography portal as measured by Alexa.com. This has been added to ShoppingBots Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
 

Communications-related Headlines
http://www.benton.org

Communications-related Headlines is a free online news summary service provided by the Benton Foundation. Posted Monday through Friday, this service provides updates on important industry developments, policy issues, and other related news events. This will be added to eCurrent Awareness Resources 2004 Business Intelligence Report.

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM


Wednesday, March 17, 2004  

Trend Watching
http://www.TrendWatching.com/

TRENDWATCHING.COM and its 1,500+ trendspotters scan the US, Canada, European Union, Japan, South Korea, India, South Africa, Australia, Brazil and 50 other nations & regions for hot, emerging consumer trends and related new business ideas. They report on their findings in free, opinionated newsletters, combining global observations, insights and new business ideas into trends like 'POP-UP RETAIL', 'MASSCLUSIVITY', 'ONLINE OXYGEN' and 'EASY-ASIA', all colorfully explained and illustrated. Their 45,000 subscribers in 120 countries worldwide use these trends and real-world examples to stay in the know, and to dream up new profitable services, products and ventures. This will be added to eCurrent Awareness Resources 2004 Business Intelligence Report.

posted by Marcus | 4:25 AM
 

Beyond Google by Laurianne McLaughlin
http://www.pcworld.com/resource/printable/article/0,aid,114725,00.asp

The Web is so full of useful info that no search engine can find it all. But a multitude of specialty sites deliver shopping advice, reference databases, leisure-time ideas, and more--fast. This article mentions many of the Internet searching experts including Genie Tyburski of Virtual Chase ... congrats Genie on the nice quotes .....

I have added this under the reference section of all the Internet MiniGuides.

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
 

Onfolio
http://www.onfolio.com

Fully integrated with Microsoft Internet Explorer and Office, Onfolio has tools for capturing a wide range of content including links, text snippets, images, web pages, and documents. Onfolio lets you organize and find captured content quickly and easily. And with Onfolio, you can easily share your research in documents, presentations, emails, and research reports. This has been added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
 

BlogAds
http://www.BlogAds.com/

You need to woo the early adopters that traditional media can't reach. You need to impress 100,000 opinion makers with a colorful pitch, not pester 100,000,000 nobodies with a soulless textad or banner. You need Blogads. Read by fanatics, pundits and journalists, blogs increasingly set the insider agenda. Use blogads to start advertising where opinions are made. Could this be in the near future? Interesting time ahead for blogs!

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
 

Library of Congress and National Library of Brazil Launch Joint Web Site Dedicated to U.S.- Brazil Interactions
http://international.loc.gov/intldl/brhtml/

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington and President of the National Library of Brazil Foundation Pedro Correa do Lago have launched a collaborative Web site that explores the historical similarities and contrasts, ethnic diversity and interactions between Brazil and the United States. "The United States and Brazil: Expanding Frontiers, Comparing Cultures," part of the Library of Congress's Global Gateway collaborative digital library initiative [http://international.loc.gov/intldl/find/digital_collaborations.html], includes some 9,800 images from the rare book, manuscript, map, print and photographic collections of the Library of Congress and the National Library of Brazil. The site represents the first phase of a continuing project by the National Library of Brazil and the Library of Congress that is being carried out under a cooperative agreement signed by Billington and Correa a do Lago. The project focuses on five main themes related to the history of Brazil and its interactions with the United States: "Historical Foundations," "Ethnic Diversity," Culture and Literature, "Mutual Impressions" and "Biodiversity. "

Among the items available on the site in digital form are letters by President Thomas Jefferson about Brazil's independence movement, illustrations of 19th century Brazil by the French artist Jean Baptiste Debret, drawings by Maria Graham, Lady Calcott, documents relating to the reigns of the Emperors Pedro I and Pedro II, 18th century maps, and the text of "O Guarani," Brazil's earliest heroic poem. "The United States and Brazil: Expanding Frontiers, Comparing Cultures" is bilingual, in English and Portuguese, and is intended for use in schools and libraries and by the general public in both countries and around the world. The project grew out of a visit to Brazil in 1999 by Librarian of Congress Billington and subsequent discussions between the two libraries about the numerous parallels in the histories of the two largest countries in the Americas. Support for the project was provided by the Vitae Foundation of Sao Paulo, Brazil, directed by José Mindlin, and the Library of Congress.

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
 

Using Dublin Core
http://www.dublincore.org/documents/usageguide/

This document is intended as an entry point for users of Dublin Core. For non-specialists, it will assist them in creating simple descriptive records for information resources (for example, electronic documents). Specialists may find the document a useful point of reference to the documentation of Dublin Core, as it changes and grows.

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM


Tuesday, March 16, 2004  

Outsourcing/Offshoring Information and Resources
http://www.OutsourcingOffshore.us

Outsourcing/Offshoring Information and Resources is a Subject Tracer™ developed and created by the Virtual Private Library™. It is designed to bring together the latest resources and sources on an ongoing basis on Outsourcing/Offshoring. 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 | 9:15 AM
 

Recall
http://recall.archive.org/

Recall is a search engine at the Internet Archive that indexes the text of over 11 Billion pages. The archive has pages dating way back to 1996 through the present day. A presentation about this technology can be downloaded. This will be added to Search Engines chapter in Internet MiniGuides. [Thanks for this resource Sabrina beSpacific 3-15-04]

posted by Marcus | 4:25 AM
 

Blogs Go Commercial
http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB107930372750054907,00.html (sub req'd)

It didn't take long for advertisers to zero in on the latest Internet phenomenon -- a new breed of "bloggerpreneurs" whose weblogs cover the gamut from politics to personal poetry. The trend is still in its early stages -- blue chip firms like Procter & Gamble aren't yet lining up to buy blogger ad space -- but analysts point out that other Internet phenomena such as eBay had very modest beginnings as a market space for trading Pez dispensers and Beanie Babies. Statistics are sketchy, but most observers agree a popular blog can attract more than a million readers a month, with one study estimating that roughly 4% of the 126 million adult Internet users report visiting blog sites for information. Much of the current advertising is connected to the upcoming national election, but a few of the more well-known names are beginning to attract mainstream advertisers (Xerox on Slashdot and AOL and CNN on the Drudge Report). "They said nobody would want to advertise on personal diaries. Even my wife thought I was crazy," says Henry Copeland, founder of Pressflex, whose Blogads service connects advertisers with a network of bloggers. He's now expanded his business and has three programmers working for him in Hungary. (Wall Street Journal 15 Mar 2004) [NewsScan Daily]

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
 

BlogDigger Groups
http://www.blogdigger.com/groups/

Blogdigger Groups allows you to create a "group blog", which is basically a directory of blogs on any topic you like. The feeds are aggregated, and an RSS feed of the content is made available. The group page allows filtering of the posts by feed or, if available, by subject/category. In addition, the members of the group are available in OPML and OCS. Once they get a larger number of groups (there's around 75 now), they are going to look into a meta-taxonomy that will organize the Groups into a directory. The application is in Beta now, available at the above URL.

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
 

The Post-Google Generation
http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/blog.asp?blogID=1318?trk=nl

Several new players have emerged in the competition to provide next-generation Web search, putting pressure on Google to innovate faster if it intends to stay dominant.

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
 

Choosing and Using Open Source Software: A Primer for Nonprofits
http://www.nosi.net/

Choosing and Using Open Source Software: A Primer for Nonprofits describes what open source software is and what impact this type of software may have on the nonprofit sector. It includes:

* several case-studies of nonprofits of various sizes that are using open source software,
* a process for evaluating whether or not open source is right for an organization,
* and useful resources and information.

Written primarily in non-technical language, the Primer is accessible to a wide audience, including nonprofit managers with little hands-on technical expertise. Choosing and Using Open Source Software: A Primer for Nonprofits has been generously supported by a grant from the IBM International Foundation.

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
 

Language Observatory
http://www.language-observatory.org/

Although over 6,000 languages are currently spoken on the globe (see footnote 1), only a few of them has been properly represented in the virtual universe of the Internet. This situation we call "Digital Divide among Languages" or just "Language Digital Divide" (see footnote 2). We share the same concerns with UNESCO on this point when the latter stressing the importance of "the preservation of a balanced use of languages in cyberspace". Here, objectives of the Language Observatory Project can be stated as; 1) To raise public awareness on "Digital Divide among Languages" issues and 2) To encourage support to the processing of those languages now falling through the net.

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM


Monday, March 15, 2004  

This edition of Current Awareness Happenings on the Internet by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. (March 15, 2004 V2N11) is dedicated to one of my my latest Subject Tracer™ Information Blogs: Information Quality Resources. Click on the below audblog link to hear a two minute audio describing this new resource. This Subject Tracer™ resource is available from he following URL:

Information Quality Resources
http://zillman.blogspot.com/2004_03_01_zillman_archive.html#107892609011142642

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posted by Marcus | 9:46 AM
 

SAJA Roundup : Outsourcing
http://www.saja.org/outsourcing.html

This website provides updated news sources and articles on the topic of outsourcing, particularly articles focusing on contracting out work to India. In addition to the articles, there are opinion pieces from major news outlets, "pro-outsourcing" and "anti-outsourcing" sources, sources from India, and broadcast reports/transcripts. This has been added to Outsourcing Jobs Subject Tracer.

posted by Marcus | 4:25 AM
 

MemoryBlog - The Blog for the Memory Hole
http://www.thememoryhole.org/memoryblog/

The MemoryBlog is a blog for the Memory Hole. [ Thanks Sabrina for identifying this excellent archival resource].

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
 

Categorization Software Organizes eMail and Documents
http://www.fcw.com/fcw/articles/2004/0301/web-xerox-03-02-04.asp
http://www.xerox.com/innovation/categorize.shtml

Scientists at Xerox Research Centre Europe have developed an automated categorization software tool that performs "deep linguistic analysis" to "read" a document, decide how it should be categorized by subject, and then route it to the correct person's e-mail address (based on a pre-set user profile) or online document management software system. "This can be used, for example, to route incoming mail to the person responsible for a given topic and eliminate mail in your inbox you aren't interested in," says Xerox research scientist Eric Gaussier. Current categorization tools treat each subject category as a discrete grouping, unconnected to any other, but the Xerox system uses a hierarchical model that is able to understand the interdependency between two subjects, such as biochemistry and biophysics. A pilot test of the software drew rave reviews from participants: "We've found it to be extremely accurate in identifying documents containing the very specific information we need to conduct our research on human genes," says Anne-Lise Veuthey, a senior researcher at the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics. The system can handle documents in up to 20 languages and is easily customized for specific user requirements. "It's exciting news, if true," says J. Timothy Sprehe, who heads up an information management consultancy in Washington, DC. "There's enormous interest in auto-categorizing e-mail," especially among federal records managers.

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
 

Spoof eMail Hoax Scam and Web Pages
http://www.millersmiles.co.uk/

Spoof Email and Phishing Scams are making up a huge portion of online identity theft and fraud reports in todays ecommerce marketplace. This site reports on the latest scams and issues spoof email and Phishing Scams alerts. This has been added to Internet Alerts Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
 

News.NanoApex.com : Nanotechnology MEMS News
http://news.nanoapex.com/

"News.NanoApex.com is a portal that delivers breaking news, exclusive small-tech resources, large knowledge databases, and a place to discuss nanotech and MEMS..." This site contains collected news reports; older reports are archived, and all reports are searchable. Also available is a list of suggested books, discussion forums, employer search, and links to other newsfeeds.

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
 

NanoApex
http://www.nanoapex.com/

A nanotechnology site with business and science news updates, upcoming nanotech events (trade shows, conferences, etc.), and a web directory with nearly 2,000 links to nanotech-related sites.

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM


Sunday, March 14, 2004  

Technology and a Global Economy

1. Issues in Science and Technology: Globalization Causes and Effects
http://www.issues.org/issues/19.4/gomory.html
2. Your Jobs Going to India
http://www.yourjobisgoingtoindia.com/
3. Cato Institute: Center for Trade Policy Studies
http://www.freetrade.org/
4. The World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization
http://www.ilo.org/public/english/wcsdg/index.htm
5. Fairness in International Trade
http://internationalecon.com/fairtrade/index.html
6. Harvard University's Center for International Development: Global Trade Negotiations
http://www.cid.harvard.edu/cidtrade/
7. Global Issues website
http://www.globalissues.org/TradeRelated/TradeRelated.asp
8. The Globalisation Guide
http://www.globalisationguide.org/

From U.S. Democratic Presidential candidates to America's unemployed, people are talking about the global economy and job loss for U.S. workers. Catch phrases like outsourcing, protectionism, free trade and fair trade circulate in conversations and media programs, but what does it all mean? This Topic in Depth reviews some websites that address these issues from different perspectives. This article from Issues in Science and Technology provides an overview of some of the issues and impacts on technology research and scientific training. (1). A good deal of the websites on globalization follow a format similar to this website (2), providing articles, statistics on outsourcing, discussion groups, and generally opposing globalization. This website from the Cato Institute provides another perspective on outsourcing (3), noting that it's "not just a one way street." The World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization (4) takes the perspective that globalization is irreversible and seeks "innovative ways of combining economic, social and environmental objectives, based on worldwide expertise." In some circles, the debate is between "fair trade" and "free trade." This organization (5) provides a definition of fairness, asks others for their views on fairness, and offers some standards for fairness in terms of business practices. The Center for International Development at Harvard University offers this website as "an objective entry point to the many trade-related resources on the internet" (6). Another extensive overview of some of the issues is offered by this Global Issues website (7), which "attempts to highlight some of the misconceptions and unfairness in the current model for global trading, economics and the current form of overly corporate-led globalization." The Globalisation Guide (8) is designed as a resource for students, highlighting some of the key questions to ask as the debate continues. [From The NSDL Scout Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003. http://scout.wisc.edu/

posted by Marcus | 4:25 AM
 

Findory News: Personalized News
http://www.findory.com/

Findory News is a newspaper built just for you. Other web news sites show the same news to everyone, but not everyone is the same. Findory News shows you articles that you want to see. It adapts to your reading habits and emphasizes news articles from around the world that are most likely to be interesting to you. Findory uses a patent-pending method to order news articles gathered from a wide variety of sources. The algorithm combines statistical analysis of the article text and of users who viewed the articles with information about articles you previously viewed.

Findory helps you find what you want faster and more reliably. The important headline news is featured right at the top of the page. Findory News does its work without you having to do anything! Findory News processes thousands of articles that have appeared within the last two weeks using hundreds of news sources. Just by reading articles using Findory News, the list of articles you see will immediately change, showing you more news articles of interest to you and deemphasizing other news articles that don't appear to be of interest. Findory News helps you find articles you might otherwise miss while still providing broad coverage of recent major news.

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
 

A Home User's Security Checklist for Windows
http://www.securityfocus.com/columnists/220

Most people don't secure their computers or act in a secure manner, and the main reason is that the average user just doesn't know what to do. Here is a checklist on security for home computer users that you can share with your friends, family, churches and clubs. This has been added to Security Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
 

RedLightGreen Project Enters Phase Two
http://www.redlightgreen.com

RLG's RedLightGreen project, which launched about six months ago, is moving into its second phase with additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The RedLightGreen Web site provides a gateway to universities' local library holdings and is designed with undergraduates in mind, enabling them to locate research materials, check their availability through a link to their local online catalog, and create proper citations in a variety of standard formats. Current partners include Columbia University, New York University, Princeton University, Swarthmore College and the University of Minnesota, but any library with an interest in promoting RedLightGreen on its campus can take advantage of promotional texts and graphics available by here. The RedLightGreen site includes information from more than 120 million records contained in the RLG Union Catalog of research library holdings, and another 1.5 million records have been added since its launch. In response to user feedback, the site's interface has recently been tweaked to enhance usability and a new "My List" feature enables students to create a personalized citation list that they can continue to access in future sessions. "We joined this project because RedLightGreen is the most important effort yet to combine our years of expert library catalog creation with the power of contemporary search engines and the impact of Web delivery," says Carol Mandel, dean of libraries at New York University. "…RedLightGreen has the potential to be the library access catalog we have all been waiting for."

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
 

Advanced Placement Digital Library
http://apdl.rice.edu

In collaboration with the College Board, Rice University has developed this very helpful online digital library for high school Advanced Placement (AP) students and teachers of biology, physics, and chemistry. Through the website, students and teachers alike can access these materials (after filling out a free registration form), and use them at their own leisure and adopt them for individualized learning plans. These online resources are selected through a review panel that includes a higher education faculty member with in-depth knowledge of the AP curriculum, five AP teachers, two project context experts, and an undergraduate student who is studying the subject at the university level. The material itself made available here contains a topic outline for each subject, with extensive hyperlinks to the collected resources. Finally, visitors can also read about the members of the Advanced Placement Digital Library Review Panel and their backgrounds. [ From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003.
http://scout.wisc.edu/

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
 

Search and Retrieval in The European Library - A New Approach by Theo van Veen and Bill Oldroyd
http://www.dlib.org/dlib/february04/vanveen/02vanveen.html

Abstract provided by the authors:

The objective of the European Library (TEL) project [TEL] was to set up a co-operative framework and specify a system for integrated access to the major collections of the European national libraries. This has been achieved by successfully applying a new approach for search and retrieval via URLs (SRU) [ZiNG] combined with a new metadata paradigm. One aim of the TEL approach is to have a low barrier of entry into TEL, and this has driven our choice for the technical solution described here. The solution comprises portal and client functionality running completely in the browser, resulting in a low implementation barrier and maximum scalability, as well as giving users control over the search interface and what collections to search. In this article we will describe, step by step, the development of both the search and retrieval architecture and the metadata infrastructure in the European Library project. We will show that SRU is a good alternative to the Z39.50 protocol and can be implemented without losing investments in current Z39.50 implementations.

The metadata model being used by TEL is a Dublin Core Application Profile, and we have taken into account that functional requirements will change over time and therefore the metadata model will need to be able to evolve in a controlled way. We make this possible by means of a central metadata registry containing all characteristics of the metadata in TEL.

Finally, we provide two scenarios to show how the TEL concept can be developed and extended, with applications capable of increasing their functionality by "learning" new metadata or protocol options.

This has been added to Deep Web Research Subject Tracer Information Blog.

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM


Saturday, March 13, 2004  

K-Collector
http://www.evectors.com/itkcollector/home

K-Collector is an enterprise news aggregator that leverages the power of shared topics to present new ways of finding and combining the real knowledge in your organisation. Weblogs are most commonly published by individuals and organised chronologically. This presents a challenge when considering weblogging in the context of business groups which might expect information to be organised in more meaningful categories. The k-collector architecture, and applications based upon it, deliver an interface targetted at business users. The k-collector archicture combines clients for leading weblogging software with a server based aggregator and web application. WWWW is the first such application and is aimed at small business groups. An author can associate posts with relevant topics such as project names, people, etc.. The server automatically shares each newly created topic with every other user allowing them to use those topics themselves. News topics are created in one of four intuitive categories: Who, What, When, and Where. The server then uses these categories and topics to provide an effective interface for navigating posts. This has been added to Knowledge Discovery Subject Tracer Information Blog

posted by Marcus | 4:25 AM
 

Anti-Spam Solutions and Security, Part 2 by Dr. Neal Krawetz
http://securityfocus.com/infocus/1766

An excellent series of articles on Anti-Spam Sollutions and Security written by Dr. Neal Krawetz and gives some fine examples and historical perspectives of the problems involved. Well worth the read ....

This has been added to the Anti-Spam section of Internet Hoaxes Subject Tracer Information Blog

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
 

Yahoo and the Deep Web
http://news.com.com/2100-1024-5167931.html

Yahoo has developed its Content Acquisition Program in order to index what's called "the deep Web" or "the invisible Web" -- the billions of documents contained in public databases which, for whatever reason, have been largely inaccessible to search engines. In its new endeavor Yahoo is aligned with the Library of Congress, the University of California at Los Angeles, National Public Radio, the University of Michigan and Project Gutenberg. Yahoo VP Tim Cadogan says, "One of the challenges is that the interaction between content providers and search engines is lacking. So we said, let's reach out to the public domains and nonprofits and try to get more of that content exposed." Cardogan says that about 99% of the company's search results draw on documents it has obtained freely from public Web sites, with the other 1% coming from Yahoo's paid inclusion program. The company maintains that there's an "iron wall" between commercial and free search results on Yahoo. This has been added to Deep Web Research Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
 

African Studies Internet Resources
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/africa/cuvl/

Columbia University's collection of African Studies Internet Resources is an on-going compilation of electronic bibliographic resources and research materials on Africa available on the global Internet, created under the purview of the African Studies Department of Columbia University Libraries. Electronic resources from Africa are organized by region and country. All materials are arranged to encourage an awareness of authorship, type of information, and subject. The scope of the collection is research-oriented, but it also provides access to other web sites with different or broader missions. Beginning in early 1999, the site became the "official" African Studies web site for the World Wide Web Virtual Library.

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
 

Telemedicine Information Exchange
http://tie.telemed.org/

The Telemedicine Information Exchange (TIE) provides an all-inclusive platform without bias for information on telemedicine and telehealth including What's New, Bibliographic Citations, Active, Programs, Meetings, Funding, Vendors, Journals, Home Telehealth, Legal, Links, Classifieds, Telemed 101, Contact Us, and About TIE. TIE is a comprehensive, international, quality-filtered resource for information about telemedicine, telehealth, and telemedicine/telehealth related activities. This has been added to Healthcare Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
 

Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP)
http://www.globalknowledge.org/

The Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) is a worldwide network committed to harnessing the potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for sustainable and equitable development. GKP’s vision is a world of equal opportunities where all people can access and use knowledge and information to improve their lives. The network enables the sharing of information, experiences and resources to help reduce poverty and empower people.

Within the GKP framework, governments, civil society groups, donor agencies, private sector companies and inter-governmental organisations come together as equals to apply ICTs for development (ICT4D). Such alliances are known as ‘multi-stakeholder partnerships’, a relatively new approach to forging collaborations among different sectors sharing a common vision and goal. This has been added to Knowlege Discovery Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM


Friday, March 12, 2004  

EconData.Net
http://econdata.net/

EconData.Net is designed to help practitioners, researchers, students, and other data users quickly gain access to relevant state and substate socioeconomic data. The site aims to be a convenient, comprehensive first stop for anyone searching among the vast, disparate array of public and private data sources on the Web. EconData.Net is sponsored by the Economic Development Administration as a service to regional data users, and is jointly operated by Impresa, Inc. and Andrew Reamer & Associates, independent economic development consulting firms. This is in Business Resources 2004 and Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. [Thanks to Gary Price ResourceShelf for reminding me of this excellent resource.]

posted by Marcus | 4:25 AM
 

Encyclopedias Have Become Dead Weight
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A42602-2004Mar9.html?nav=headlines

Asked how the family encyclopedia is being used, one California high school senior replied, "Sometimes my mom uses it as a coaster" -- a typical from teenagers in the age of the Internet, as well as a sign that the age of the multi-volume encyclopedia is receding into history. Encyclopedia sets were once a status symbol of upper-class educated households, and in the 1980s installment plans were created to make $1,400 reference sets affordable for poorer families. But encyclopedia companies Colliers and Funk & Wagnalls are now long gone from the business, and the companies that survived the shakeout (Britannica, World Book and Grolier) have business plans now focused on the Web. Still, teachers and librarians worry that young students can easily get overwhelmed by the vast amount of information on the Internet. One librarian makes her students complete book-based research before going to the Web, and says: "Half of them want to jump on the computer and are not even sure what they want to look up." Maybe so, but one California mother points out: "The kids are so computer literate that it would seem almost foreign to them to use a book."

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
 

How News Travels on the Internet
http://stephenvandyke.com/2004/03/08/how-news-travels-on-the-internet/

How News Travels on the Internet is a highly circulated graphic created by Stephen VanDyke showing the relationships of news dissemination from blogs on the Internet......interesting in that he did not mention or show Google standard searches which accounts for the majority of my Blogsphere (50+ Subject Tracer™ Information Blogs) being found on the Internet and lots of hits! When my various articles are linked ( such as Deep Web Research ) or sites discuss any of my blogs I will see a temporary spike of hits and then back to the normal from search engines such as Google, Yahoo and others.

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
 

John Peter Zenger Lives - Editorials and Opinion from Daily Newspapers
http://johnpeterzenger.easycgi.com/

A daily index of opinion from mainstream American newspapers by Kate Fox, "recovering journalist," each day links to online editorials and columns, by topic, by news source, and by columnist. She thoughtfully provides links to primary sources to shed light on the opinions.

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
 

Brainstorming Software
http://www.brainstormingdss.com/

The 'Solutions Genie' is a unique, all-in-one corporate brainstorming and idea filtering software application, that caters to an organizations need for continuous quality and process improvement. The Genie addresses these needs by providing a plethora of time proven tools packaged into one powerful, user friendly, software application. The Genie may be used as a tool for process and quality improvement, decision making, strategic planning, risk analysis, and numerous other applications. Users may address areas for analysis or improvement by carrying out an unlimited number of timed, structured brainstorming sessions for a project, and group, clone, import or export ideas generated. Brainstorming sessions, using the Genie, may be carried out using a method or a combination of methods, and projected ensuring that team members build on each others ideas. This will be added to Business Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
 

Gurteen Knowledge Website
http://www.gurteen.com/

This website is a resource site aimed at people who wish to transform the way that they work; the way that they manage and interact with other people in their organization and who wish to better leverage workgroup technology. A wealth of information exists that can help us thrive in this new economy. This site acts as a gateway to much of this knowledge and covers a growing smorgasbord of topics (both business and spiritually oriented) including Knowledge Management, Learning, Thinking, Creativity, Personal Mastery; Personal Knowledge Management and the effective use of Technology. The site has also been designed to help you connect the unconnected. You should not only be able to easily find information you are searching for but hopefully tumble into new areas of interest. This has been added to Knowledge Discovery Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM


Thursday, March 11, 2004  

Online Collaboration, Independent Publishing, Privacy and Security on New Media and ICT
http://www.masternewmedia.org

This is an excellent site and resource edited by Luigi Canali De Rossi "Robin Good" that offers truly a plethora of information facts, statistics, papers and news on various facets of information discovery using the latest technology sources to obtain and use. A must bookmark for those interested in learning about just released, unique, alternative, hard-to-find, cost-effective tools and technology to empower you to communicate, collaborate and learn more and better. Independent, non-US-centric analysis and review of new media technologies and access to information from a user-centered viewpoint. Great information from one of the Internet's best ......

posted by Marcus | 4:25 AM
 

New Information Services for Federal Grants
http://www.fcw.com/geb/articles/2004/0308/geb-input-03-08-04.asp

Research firm Input said it will begin offering information on $54 billion in annual federal grants, including $11 billion specifically available for higher education. As part of the Bush administration's E-Government Strategy, federal officials are developing a Web site, grants.gov, to act as a clearinghouse for information about all federal grant programs. Officials from Input said, however, that even when finished, the grant.gov site will leave certain gaps that the company will try to fill. Information Input expects to provide includes data concerning the connection of grant funding and overall federal program funding; a tracking tool to follow funds as they work through the various steps in a grant program; and detailed contact information for federal grant programs. Federal Computer Week, 8 March 2004 [EDUCAUSE] This will be added to Education and Distance Learning Resources 2004 and Business Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuides.

posted by Marcus | 4:22 AM
 

The Report Gallery
http://www.reportgallery.com/

The Report Gallery is the most complete and up-to-date listing of Annual Reports and related financial reports online today. Save time and paper by researching your reports online. The Report Gallery currently lists over 2,200 Annual Reports and covers the majority of the fortune 500 companies. This has been added to Business Intelligence Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog and Business Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
 

ItrainOnline
http://www.itrainonline.org/

ItrainOnline is a joint initiative of six organizations with exceptional expertise in computer and Internet training. While there is an abundance of information on using ICTs on the web, their experience has shown that is difficult to locate high quality and appropriate information that is suited to the ways development organizations and civil society groups in the South learn about and use ICTs. ItrainOnline responds to the need for a single source on the web containing a selection of the best and most relevant computer and Internet training resources for development and social change. By pooling their resources to create this site, the ItrainOnline partners can reduce any overlaps in our online content and training programs, learn from each other, and better focus our investments in ICT training. Most importantly, we can ensure that learners and trainers in the South have a convenient entry point on the web for the resources and tools they need. This will be added to Education and Distance Learning Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
 

School Based Telecenters (SBTs)
http://www.worldbank.org/worldlinks/telecentres/

School Based Telecenters (SBTs) provides resources to schools to help them open their computer facilities for use as community telecenters. This will be added to Education and Distance Learning Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
 

Competing Blog Format Truce Proposed
http://news.com.com/2100-1032-5171882.html?tag=nefd_hed

Two competing weblog formats could solve their differences simply by merging, says Dave Winer, a fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society who is generally considered the arbiter of the RSS (Really Simple Syndication) format. The competing format, known as Atom, was launched last summer and scored a major victory recently when Google said it would support its feeds. The two technologies do essentially the same thing and would not be difficult to merge, according to proponents. The work of combining them could be done under the auspices of the Internet Engineering Task Force, an idea that seems to appeal to both parties. "As long as it's under the IETF, it's fine," says Sam Ruby, the IBM engineer behind Atom. "The IETF has a good history of dealing with personality disputes of all types, and I imagine we'll work through them." (CNet News.com 9 Mar 2004) [Copyright 2004. NewsScan Daily ®]

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
 

Business Intelligence Information Center - Intelligent Enterprise Magazine
http://www.intelligententerprise.com/info_centers/bi/

Intelligent Enterprise Magazine has a Business Intelligence Information Center with many excellent sources and resources available on business intelligence. This has been added to Business Intelligence Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM


Wednesday, March 10, 2004  

Information Quality Resources
http://www.InformationQualityResources.info/

Information Quality Resources is a Subject Tracer™ Information Blog developed and created by the Virtual Private Library™. It is designed to bring together the latest resources and sources on an ongoing basis on information quality. 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 | 8:41 AM
 

Watch360
http://www.watch360.com/watch360/index.do

Watch360 is a competitive intelligence service that alerts you whenever companies you specify update their Web sites. It sends you a daily email with any press releases, management changes, or other important new information posted on their websites -- automatically! Watch360 is simplest way for business professionals to monitor their competitors, prospects, clients, or portfolio companies. This will be added to Competitive Intelligence Resource 2004 Internet MiniGuide and eCurrent Awareness Resources 2004 Business Intelligence Report.

posted by Marcus | 4:25 AM
 

TECHAFRICA.NET
http://www.techafrica.net/

TECHAFRICA.NET is the FIRST online business directory of Information and Communications Technology Professionals, covering in more than 20 countries of Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. Developed with a strategic partnership with Telecom Plus / Wanadoo, it is the ONLY specialised database providing a comprehensive source of information for Technology decision makers and industry leaders in the region. This will be added to Business Resources 2004 and International Trades Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuides.

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
 

Librarian-Oriented Lists and Electronic Serials
http://www.aladin.wrlc.org/gsdl/cgi-bin/library?p=about&c=liblists

This document is a compilation of electronic discussion lists, distribution lists and serials which are of interest to library professionals and staff. This document is based on the original compilation and work of Charles W. Bailey, Jr., Assistant Dean for Systems at the University of Houston Libraries. He maintained, revised, and frequently published it from 1990 to 1994. From August of 1994 to June of 1995, this document was compiled by Ann Thornton and Steve Bonario, both formerly of the University of Houston Libraries. They converted the original document to HTML format. From December of 1996 to the present, it has been compiled by Wei Wu, initially at the University of Houston Libraries and later at the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC). The document has been published on the WRLC Web server since September 1998. This has been added to eCurrent Awareness Resources 2004 Business Intelligence Report.

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
 

ALT Codes
http://www.coloryourprofyle.com/phade/alt.html

ALT Codes are special characters such as ¿ © « ¤. Because your keyboard dosn't have all the keys it needs, you use the ALT key and your number pad. Don't use your the numbers on top, this only works with keypad off the the right, and make sure "NUM LOCK" is on. EXAMPLE: to make this symbol: ¿ CODE: ALT-0191 Hold ALT KEY down and press 0191 on the Number Pad. This has been added to Reference Resources Subject Tracer Information Blog.

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
 

XML Schema: Component Designators Working Draft Published
http://www.w3.org/TR/2004/WD-xmlschema-ref-20040309/
http://www.w3.org/XML/

The XML Schema Working Group has released an updated Working Draft of "XML Schema: Component Designators." The document defines a scheme for identifying the XML Schema components specified by the XML Schema Recommendation Part 1 and Part 2. Read about the XML Activity.

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
 

Hubble Finds Farthest Galaxies Strangest Yet
http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/hubble_ultradeep_040309.html

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) unveiled the deepest look into the universe yet, a portrait of what could be the most distant galaxies ever seen. The new image, called the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF), includes objects that until now have been too faint to be seen and includes ancient galaxies that emerged just 700 million years after the Big Bang from what astronomers call the "dark ages" of the universe. "This image is the deepest view in the visible that we've ever taken, where an object about as bright as a firefly on the Moon would be visible," said Massimo Stiavelli, of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore and the UHDF project leader. Stiavelli said the new image is six times more sensitive than previous deep sky surveys and four times better than even Hubble's last faraway looks, the Hubble Deep Fields (HDFs), taken in 1995 and 1998.

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM


Tuesday, March 09, 2004  

Eurekah Bioscience Collection
http://snipurl.com/4yvw

Almost 200 articles in 28 categories from the Eurekah.com Molecular Biology Intelligence Unit series. Internal cited-references and article bibliographies are linked-out to PubMed. The articles have been converted to hypertext by the NCBI Books Project. Below are listed topics which had 5 or more articles:
Apoptosis (programmed cell death);
Cancer metastasis;
Cell metabolism;
Coagulation;
Development;
Evolution;
Gene expression;
Neurodegenerative disease;
RNA;
Signal transduction;

This has been added to Biological Informatics Subject Tracer™ Information Blog

posted by Marcus | 4:25 AM
 

The Scannery
http://www.thescannery.com

The Scannery is "an investor focused web search platform that only searches the websites of publicly traded companies from around the world." The websites of 12,000 companies can be searched from The Scannery. Standard keyword search is augmented with options to search companies in a specific country and industry, as well as with fuzzy logic and syntactical devices such as stemming. Results can be consolidated and search returns grouped by company. Companion site TimBukOne allows searching of specific companies, but requires free registration. This will be added to Business Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide as well as Business Intelligence Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
 

Liblicense! - Licensing Digital Information
http://www.library.yale.edu/~llicense/intro.shtml

Increasingly, university and research libraries are being inundated with information that has been created in digital format and transmitted and accessed via computers. As the number of collections in digital formats increase exponentially, more and more libraries and information providers are facing a number of unique challenges presented by this relatively new medium. Chief among these new challenges is crafting agreements with information owners that adequately assure libraries will continue to provide users with comprehensive and timely access to information in digital formats.

The pages that follow include a collection of common terms usually found in licensing agreements, along with a discussion of the pros and cons of specific language in such agreements. We have tried to present language that we believe to be fair and workable for libraries and information providers as well. We have also included examples of provisions that we believe are unduly burdensome or otherwise do not adequately reflect the needs of libraries in providing digital information to their users.

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
 

Institutional Archives Registry
http://archives.eprints.org/eprints.php

They are promoting open access to the research literature pre- and post-peer-review through author self-archiving in institutional eprint archives. Open access to research maximises research access and thereby also research impact, making research more productive and effective. This registry has two functions: (1) to monitor overall growth in the number of eprint archives and (2) to maintain a list of GNU EPrints sites (the software Southampton University has designed to facilitate self-archiving). This will be adde to Academic Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
 

Evolving a Stigmergic Self-Organized Data-Mining by Vitorino Ramos and Ajith Abraham
http://alfa.ist.utl.pt/~cvrm/staff/vramos/ref_50.html

Abstract:

Self-organizing complex systems typically are comprised of a large number of frequently similar components or events. Through their process, a pattern at the global-level of a system emerges solely from numerous interactions among the lower-level components of the system. Moreover, the rules specifying interactions among the system’s components are executed using only local information, without reference to the global pattern, which, as in many real-world problems is not easily accessible or possible to be found. Stigmergy, a kind of indirect communication and learning by the environment found in social insects is a well know example of self-organization, providing not only vital clues in order to understand how the components can interact to produce a complex pattern, as can pinpoint simple biological non-linear rules and methods to achieve improved artificial intelligent adaptive categorization systems, critical for Data-Mining. On the present work it is our intention to show that a new type of Data-Mining can be designed based on Stigmergic paradigms, taking profit of several natural features of this phenomenon. By hybridizing bio-inspired Swarm Intelligence with Evolutionary Computation we seek for an entire distributed, adaptive, collective and cooperative self-organized Data-Mining. As a real-world / real-time test bed for our proposal, World-Wide-Web Mining will be used. Having that purpose in mind, Web usage Data was collected from the Monash University’s Web site (Australia), with over 7 million hits every week. Results are compared to other recent systems, showing that the system presented is by far promising. This has been added to Data Mining Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
 

Toward Equality of Access: The Role of Public Libraries in Addressing the Digital Divide
http://www.imls.gov/pubs/pdf/Equality.pdf

“Toward Equality of Access: The Role of Public Libraries in Addressing the Digital Divide,” recommends the public and private sectors work together to ensure that libraries can continue to provide this vital access to technology for years to come. Released at the Public Library Association’s Biannual Meeting, "Toward Equality of Access" is available online from the Institute of Museum & Library Services at the above URL.

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM


Monday, March 08, 2004  

This edition of Current Awareness Happenings on the Internet by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. (March 8, 2004 V2N10) is dedicated to my latest educational resource Searching the Internet. Click on the below audblog link to hear a two minute audio describing this new resource. This educational resource is available from the following URL:

Searching the Internet
http://zillman.blogspot.com/2004_03_01_zillman_archive.html#107842538045678942

Powered by audblogaudblog audio postThis research is powered by Subject Tracer Bots™ from the Virtual Private Library™. Isn't yours?

posted by Marcus | 4:30 AM
 

Security Resources 2004
http://SecurityResources.BlogSpot.com/

Security Resources 2004 - Internet MiniGuide By Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. ISSN: 1539-9885 Copyright 2004 © Marcus P. Zillman 48 Pages .pdf Format - Table of Contents:

Introduction
Research Sources
Reference Sources
Search Engine Sources
Directory and Database Sources
Security Resources URLs
Personal Computer Security and Analysis
Personal Computer Hard Drive Cleaning
Personal Computer Firewalls
Secure Havens
Secured Documents and eMail Transmission

"I'm personally recommending this MiniGuide to representatives of
several US government agencies that are concerned with Internet health.
...Great work, Marcus!" Best, Steve Thaler Imagination-Engines.com

posted by Marcus | 4:25 AM
 

Startups Line Up to Take On Google
http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/8031055.htm

A crop of new technologies designed to produce more sophisticated search results is challenging Google's market leader position. Eurekster, the brainchild of Grant Ryan, offers users "personalized" responses based on how long they perused various Web sites the last time they performed a similar search. The idea is, if someone finds a particular result valuable, it floats up to the top of the list on the next search. That same site may figure prominently in results delivered to designated friends of the original searcher as well. Ryan's next plan is to market a more specialized product -- search engines designed for particular topics, such as fly-fishing, which could then be installed on the Web site of a tackle shop. "You'll be able to have different views of the Internet," says Ryan. Other challengers are targeting geographically localized searches in their efforts to personalize results. A recent survey by Kelsey Group and BizRate found that 25% of online buyers were seeking merchants near their home or work. And Groxis Inc. is taking a different tack by adding value to the Google's search results through its Grokker search organization software. Grokker takes Google's results and categorizes them into groups displayed on the screen as bubbles. Click on a bubble and it expands to reveal the next layer of relationships between search terms. The search market is "going to evolve away from search engines to answer engines," says SearchDay editor Chris Sherman.

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
 

NHSE : National HPCC Software Exchange
http://www.netlib.org/nse

NHSE : National HPCC Software Exchange. The NHSE seeks to actively promote software-sharing and reuse within and across the High Performance Computing & Communications (HPCC) agency programs. The NHSE facilitates the development of discipline-oriented software and document repositories." Links to NHSE software repositories (under Software and Technology) include websites sponsored by government agencies (technology or defense): HPC-Netlib - high performance Math software; PTlib: Parallel Tools Library; BenchWeb - a repository for benchmarking software. Computational Chemistry and Materials Science Software Catalog; Computational Fluid Dynamics Software Catalogs (there are two); Grid Generation Software from ERDC MSRC; National Transport Code Collaboration (NTCC) Modules Library; Performance Case Studies; Programming Tools Catalog from ARL MSRC; Programming Tools and Environments Catalog (PTE) from NSF PACI; Scalable Programming Tools from ERDC MSRC; Signal/Image Processing (SIP) Software Catalog; This site also provide software-tools and legal-advice for building software repositories.

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
 

Black Star: Ghana, Information Technology and Development in Africa by G. Pascal Zachary
http://firstmonday.org/issues/issue9_3/zachary/

Abstract:

Accra, the capital of the West African country of Ghana, is technologically marginalized by any measure. But over the past ten years, the introduction of the Internet, wireless technology and freer radio broadcasts have vastly expanded communications and information. The Internet is widely available. E–mail usage is soaring. Wireless telephony is growing rapidly. Radio stations are proliferating. Once mired in information poverty, the people of Accra, Ghana now face the challenge of using information and connectivity to their best advantage. In examining how Accra adapts to technological change, we gain a better understanding of how people in poor African cities use technology and what they want from it. Debates over the so–called "digital divide" can be enriched by close studies of lived experience in parts of the world where the revolution in information technology remains more prospect than reality.

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
 

Business Schools Directory
http://www.businessschools.com/

Nearly 1,600 listings are searchable in this directory of business schools. Search criteria are location, specialty (such as accounting, e-commerce, logistics, etc.), and degree level. A school name search is also available. Listings give a sampling of the areas of study offered at the school and contact information (physical address, phone numbers, website, and email). This will be added to Business Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
 

Open Access News
http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/fosblog.html

This news weblog presents updates on the open access movement, defined here as the goal of: "Putting peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly literature on the internet. Making it available free of charge and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. Removing the barriers to serious research." The blog's archives are available in weekly installments, dating back to May 2002. In addition to news, the site has a lengthy guide to terms, software, and associations; sources; discussion forums, mailing lists, and internet resource links.

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM


Sunday, March 07, 2004  

Legal Resources 2004
http://LegalResources.BlogSpot.com/

Legal Resources 2004 - Internet MiniGuide By Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. ISSN: 1538-4209 Copyright 2004 © Marcus P. Zillman 41 Pages .pdf Format - Table of Contents:

Introduction
Research Sources
Reference Sources
Search Engine Sources
Directory and Database Sources
Legal Resources URLs
Legal Forms and Documents

"I recently purchased your internet guide for use by my law firm in Florida. Although I had heard of your high reputation and bought the guide with expectations, I must say that (almost from my first use of the materials) your work has exceeded these expectations. I recommend your guide to anyone in the legal profession who wants to increase their productivity using the internet. The wealth of material, organization and ease of use are commendable. Keep up the good work." James L. Karl II

posted by Marcus | 4:25 AM
 

The Tensions of Securing Cyberspace: The Internet, State Power & The National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace by Michael T. Zimmer
http://firstmonday.org/issues/issue9_3/zimmer/

ABSTRACT:

The National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace exposes a growing tension between the nature of the Internet and the regulatory powers of the traditional nation–state. The National Strategy declares, with all the strength and authority of the United States government, the desire to secure a space many consider, by its very nature, chaotic and beyond the reach any organized or central control. This paper will argue that both the structural architecture of the Internet and the substantive values codified within it clash with governmental efforts to "secure cyberspace."

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
 

Trackle
http://www.trackle.com/index.cgi

TRACKLE(beta)... Tracks ("trackles") Web pages for content changes, up to 24 times a day. Excerpts, combines and emails you changes in easy-to-read plain text format while preserving links (useful for following blogs). Trackle (beta) was created by Marc Fest because similar services didn't quite do what he was looking for. Marc has also created the following excellent solutions:

Quickbrowse.com: Combine your frequently viewed Web pages into a single page for faster browsing.

OnlineHomeBase.com: Reminders, online file storage, collaborations, with an interface as simple as a sheet of paper.

myHerald.com: View the entire Miami Herald on a single page, or as it appears in print.

MagicMinder.com: Use the power of randomness to never lose touch with friends.

OurNotepad.com: A Web-based collaboration tool that looks and works like a notepad.

Sideissue.com: Articles on making life simpler and funner using the Net.

I will be adding Trackle to my eCurrent Awareness Resources 2004 Report.

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
 

Redshift Record Smashed Again
http://SkyandTelescope.com/news/article_1201_1.asp

Just two weeks ago astronomers found their most distant object ever, at about redshift 7, using the Hubble and Keck Telescopes. Now a different group, using one of the Very Large Telescope (VLT) reflectors of the European Southern Observatory, claims to have smashed that record using a similar technique. Roser Pello (Midi Observatory, Pyrenees, France) and four colleagues say they have identified an extremely faint galaxy fragment that has a redshift of 10.0. This would mean we see it as it was just 460 million years after the universe was born -- at just 3.5 percent of the present cosmic age -- when the "dark age" that followed the Big Bang was ending and the first stars and galaxies were being born....

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
 

Cope Report 2003
http://www.publicationethics.org.uk/cope2003/pages2003/contents.phtml'

When formed in 1997, COPE's major objective was to provide a sounding board for editors who were struggling with how best to deal with possible breaches in research and publication ethics. Most case discussion has taken place during the bimonthly COPE meetings, but some editors have made written submission to the committee and advice has been offered through correspondence. The possibility of extending the work of COPE has arisen during preliminary discussions with the ethics committee of the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME). What happens when an editor suspects that data have been falsified or fabricated, but there is insufficient conclusive evidence? What should be done under these circumstances? What action should be taken? How soon should the response be made? Should a further investigation be conducted to obtain more evidence? What, if any, sanctions need to be applied?

The selection of anonymised case histories submitted to COPE for review address some of these very issues. They illustrate particular aspects of the complexities of publication ethics and provide a framework for tackling this pervasive and pernicious form of research misconduct. Following on from the highly successful COPE Guidelines on Good Publication Practice published in 1999, the sixth annual report from COPE details progress to date on its moves to put research misconduct firmly on the academic and educational agenda, not only in the UK but also at an international level.

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
 

IPS-Inter Press Service – the Global Gateway
http://www.ipsnews.net/

Inter Press Service News Agency (IPS), the world's leading provider of information on global issues, is backed by a network of journalists in more than 100 countries. Its clients include more than 3,000 media organizations and tens of thousands of civil society groups, academics, and other users. IPS focuses its news coverage on the events and global processes affecting the economic, social and political development of peoples and nations. This will be added to Business Resources 2004 and International Trade Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuides.

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM


Saturday, March 06, 2004  

International Trade Resources 2004
http://InternationalTradeResources.BlogSpot.com/

International Trade Resources 2004 - Internet Miniguide By Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. ISSN: 1538-8875 Copyright 2004 © Marcus P. Zillman 43 Pages .pdf Format - Table of Contents:

Introduction
Research Sources
Reference Sources
Search Engine Sources
Directory and Database Sources
International Trade Resources URLs
International Business Information Directories
International Trade Bulletin Boards
International Trade Journals, Newsletters & Reports

posted by Marcus | 4:25 AM
 

Legislatures Around the World
http://www.c-span.org/international/links.asp?Cat=Issue&Code=IRecord Id: 292556

C-SPAN.org links to: The homepages of the legislatures (country parliaments, state/province legislative bodies) of the world ---schedules of live broadcasts of the proceedings of the legislatures and more ....

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
 

Biological Diversity in Food and Agriculture
http://www.fao.org/biodiversity/index.asp?lang=en

Across the world, debates about the potential dangers of genetically modified food and the importance of biological diversity continue to dominate a good deal of public discourse, particularly with regard to developing nations. This website, designed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, explores some of the many issues
surrounding biodiversity in food and agriculture, with important sections devoted to genetic resources, ecosystems, and the socio-economic impacts upon this diversity. After reading the brief introduction, visitors may want to peruse the socio-economics section, as it outlines some of the many factors involved with this aspect of biological diversity, such as trade, gender, and ethics. Each one of these sections contains a number of related documents, such as "The role of women in the conservation of the genetic resources of maize" and "Genetically Modified Organisms, Consumers, Foods Safety, and the Environment." The website also contains the full text versions of important Food and Agriculture Organization documents dating back to 1993.

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
 

Finders, keepers? The Present and Future Perfect in Support of Personal Information Management by William Jones
http://firstmonday.org/issues/issue9_3/jones/

To keep or not to keep? People continually face variations of this decision as they encounter information. A large percentage of information encountered is clearly useless — junk e–mail, for example. Another portion of encountered information can be "used up" and disposed of in a single read — the weather report or a sports score, for example. That leaves a great deal of information in a middle ground. The information might be useful somewhere at sometime in the future. Decisions concerning whether and how to keep this information are an essential part of personal information management. Bad decisions either way can be costly. Information not kept or not kept properly may be unavailable later when it is needed. But keeping too much information can also be costly. The wrong information competes for attention and may obscure information more appropriate to the current task. These are the logical costs of a signal detection task. From this perspective, one approach in tool support is to try to decrease the costs of a false positive (keeping useless information) and a miss (not keeping useful information). But this reduction in the costs of keeping mistakes is likely to be bounded by fundamental limitations in the human ability to remember and to attend. A second approach suggested by the theory of signal detectability is relatively less explored: Develop tools that decrease the likelihood that "keeping" mistakes are made in the first place.

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
 

Turf Fighting In the Search Engine Wars
http://news.com.com/2100-1024-5165272.html

Long considered a dry area of academic research, search technology exploded into the business mainstream about two years ago, when it was realized that search results had the power to influence transactions. Search-engine advertising is now one of hottest segments of the rebounding Internet marketing sector, and helped fuel Yahoo’s earnings growth of 84% last year. The flip side of this newfound respect for search technology is a mad bloom of patents by players in the search market. Companies, having acquired and absorbed many of the smaller players in the search game, are racing to amass search patent arsenals as they prepare for a high-stakes war over the profitable technology that could one day control how most people get information. In addition, search is fast becoming an R&D priority at some of the biggest technology companies, including Microsoft and IBM. "They file patents like they're going out of style," said Jason Weiner, who plans to launch a new search engine called Dipsie later this year. "It's gotten much more important to make sure IP (intellectual property) is protected off the bat."

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
 

Genome Browsers

Genome Browsers are available for viewing genomic sequence and its annotation. The annotation includes: Genes, EST clusters, SNPs, diseases, and others linked to a particular genomic region or sequence. The major resources for browsing genomic sequences are:

Ensembl Genome Browser
http://www.ensembl.org/

Human Genome Browser Gateway
http://snipurl.com/4wsc

NCBI Map Viewer
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/mapview/

This has been added to Biological Informatics Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM


Friday, March 05, 2004  

Searching the Internet
http://www.SearchingTheInternet.info/

SearchingTheInternet.info is a resource created by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. highlighting many of the resources and sources that are used to search the Internet. These resources include his latest Subject Tracer™ Information Blogs as well as his recent white papers and articles on knowledge discovery, current awareness happenings and deep web research. Also additional searching resources that include his free columns, newsletters and links.

posted by Marcus | 5:00 AM
 

European Science Foundation
http://www.esf.org/

The European Science Foundation promotes high quality science at a European level. It acts as a catalyst for the development of science by bringing together leading scientists and funding agencies to debate, plan and implement pan-European initiatives.

posted by Marcus | 4:35 AM
 

Do You "Google"? Understanding Search Engine Use Beyond the Hype By Eszter Hargittai
http://firstmonday.org/issues/issue9_3/hargittai/

Abstract by Eszter Hargittai:

Much anecdotal evidence suggests that Google is the most popular search engine. However, such claims are rarely backed up by data. The reasons for this are manifold, including the difficulty in measuring search engine popularity and the multiple ways in which the concept can be understood. Here, I discuss the sources of confusion related to search engine popularity. It is problematic to make unfounded assumptions about general users’ search engine choices because by doing so we exclude a large number of people from our discussions about systems development and our understanding of how the average user finds information online.

posted by Marcus | 4:30 AM
 

Healthcare Resources 2004
http://HealthcareResource.BlogSpot.com/

Healthcare Resources 2004 - Internet MiniGuide Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. ISSN: 1538-330X Copyright 2004 © Marcus P. Zillman 49 Pages .pdf Format - Table of Contents:

Introduction
Research Sources
Reference Sources
Search Engine Sources
Directory and Database Sources
Healthcare Resources URLs
Top 10 Best Consumer Medical WWW Sites

"I want to thank you for making Healthcare Resources Internet Miniguide available for those of us practicing medicine and surgery. I am an orthopedic Surgeon and find it a valuable time-saving internet resource available at home or at the office for scientific research, risk management structuring, and for composing professional presentations." Edward J. Nebel, M.D., Port Huron, Michigan

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
 

Groowe Search Toolbar
http://www.groowe.com/

Search and browse Google, Yahoo, Teoma, Altavista, Ask Jeeves, MSN and other search engines directly from Internet Explorer toolbar with this FREE utility. Just like you have installed Google toolbar or Yahoo companion, Groowe Search Toolbar is customized for each search engine included in the list so with each engine you will have unique experience. You will be able to perform all kind of searches that some engine supports, for example image search, audio search, video search etc. If you can't find page you are looking for, you can easily perform the same search on another search engine from the list. On that way you spend less time searching for web pages on different engines, and more time looking at them. This will be added to the Search Engine section of all Internet MiniGuides.

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
 

Tapping Into Even More Information May Be Easier in 2004
http://www.siia.net/upgrade/1201_04_hart.pdf

With today's easy access to free Web content, information seekers (especially corporate employees) often develop a false sense of security, says Clare Hart, president and CEO of information content provider Factiva. But not all relevant or trustworthy information is available on the Web, she says, and employees can't really be sure they have full access to information stored within their own organizations. The good news is that technologies that tap into greater stores of information have caught up with demand, and companies concerned about pricey information technology purchases can breathe a little easier, assured that their investments will be tied to their business strategies. Several developments will help ensure that digestible amounts of relevant info are delivered to individuals at the point of decision, she says. Among them: Intelligent tools that understand our information needs, prompted by generations of workers who cut their teeth on video games and computers. These folks demand more and expect technology to "know who you are." New ways to analyze great quantities of information can quickly recognize associations among textural elements and present them graphically -- permitting executives to identify trends at early stages or display material relationships that might signal customer partner or supplier activity.

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
 

Study Finds Problems with Access to Credible Health Information Online, Calls for More Help for Consumers.
http://www.urac.org/news_release.asp?navid=news&pagename=news_releases&id=1049
http://www.urac.org/documents/URAC-CWWHealthSearchWhitePaper1203.pdf
http://searchenginewatch.com/searchday/article.php/3319441

URAC and Consumer WebWatch (CWW), a project of Consumers Union, released a report that finds problems with access to credible health information on the Internet and makes expert recommendations for improving access to health information for consumers. The project's review of information finds that: 1) consumers' ability to locate and evaluate health information online is hindered by access barriers for older, less well off, disabled, and non-English speaking Americans; 2) a difficulty in distinguishing credible health information from that which is not trustworthy; 3) Web sites contain inaccurate, outdated or incomplete information; and 4) consumers lack of knowledge on how search engines retrieve results or the impact of paid placements on listings of health Web sites.

"Searches for health information are one of the most common reasons consumers use the Internet," said Garry Carneal, URAC president and CEO. "One of our greatest challenges is helping consumers find the information they want that is also accurate, reliable and presented in an accessible format."

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
 

New York Public Library’s Digital Library
http://digital.nypl.org/

The New York Public Library’s Digital Library Collection Web site "provides online access to collections of unique and rare materials ... through searchable archival finding aids, full-text documents, digital surrogates and guides to images, and born-digital materials." Includes a browsable list of finding aids and links to collections on specific topics relating to American history.

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM


Thursday, March 04, 2004  

Astronomy Resources
http://www.AstronomyResources.info

AstronomyResources is a Subject Tracer™ Information Blog developed and created by the Virtual Private Library™. It is designed to bring together the latest resources and sources on an ongoing basis for astronomy. Areas inlude Astronomy, AstroPhysics, BioAstronomy, Radio Astronomy, RoboScopes, and Related Sources on the Internet. 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. whose life long hobby has been astronomy with his first speech at Cornell University on spectroscopy when he was 13. Additional links and resources by Marcus are available by clicking here.

posted by Marcus | 5:00 AM
 

Almanac of Policy Issues
http://www.policyalmanac.org

The Almanac of Policy Issues provides comprehensive background information and links on major U.S. public policy issues. The policy areas include: Criminal Justice, Culture & Society, Economic, Education, Environment, Government Operations, Health, Social Welfare and World: Foreign Affairs & National Security.

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
 

Education and Distance Learning Resources 2004
http://EducationResources.BlogSpot.com/

Education and Distance Learning Resources 2004 - Internet MiniGuide By Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. ISSN: 1538-9693 Copyright 2004 © Marcus P. Zillman 43 Pages .pdf Format - Table of Contents:

Introduction
Research Sources
Reference Sources
Search Engine Sources
Directory and Database Sources
Education Resources URLs
Distance Learning Resources URLs
Online Tutorials

"I'm personally very impressed with the Education and Distance Learning Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide since I finished 3 years of distance learning without any guide or guidance. The guide that Marcus has produced would have made my learning experience so much faster and less frustrating. As an ambassador to my University, I will recommend this guide to the Education and Distance Learning Deans, for their students to use as a resource. Amazing information! Betsy Glass, Ph.D. uniquegenes.us

posted by Marcus | 4:12 AM
 

Hot Paper Topics
http://library.sau.edu/bestinfo/hot/hotindex.htm

O'Keefe Library's Best Information on the Net Hot Paper Topics. This listing is constantly updated and expanded with the latest hot paper topics from their resources of best information on the Internet. This has been added to Student Research Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
 

Multiple Recipients Tend To Ignore eMail Requests
http://hbsworkingknowledge.hbs.edu/item.jhtml?id=3947&t=technology

Ever wonder why those mass-mailed pleas for help usually fall on deaf ears? Greg Barron, the CLER Research Fellow at Harvard Business School, and his colleague Eldad Yechiam, a post-doctoral research fellow at Indiana University's psychology department, say that the more people listed as recipients of an e-mail help requests, the lower the response rate. This is mostly attributable to "diffusion of responsibility," where each recipient assumes that someone else will respond, says Barron: "The fundamental part of this dilemma is that the utility of not volunteering is higher than the utility of volunteering, assuming that someone else has volunteered. The key to making the dilemma (and the diffusion of responsibility) disappear lies in increasing either the cost of not volunteering (i.e., of shirking) or the personal gain from choosing to respond. The easiest way to do this is simply to designate responsibility. In this context it is interesting to note that responsibility literally means the ability to respond." Barron suggests individualizing each e-mail request (forget those undisclosed listservs) and bemoans the technological efficiency of most e-mail clients that make such individual requests cumbersome to produce. "That is not surprising since the need here, for the personal touch, is not technological but psychological." (Harvard Business School Working Knowledge 1 Mar 2004) [Copyright 2004. NewsScan Daily]

posted by Marcus | 4:07 AM
 

Reports on Cybersecurity from the National Academies
http://www.nap.edu/collections/cybersecurity

This collection of electronic books provides titles dealing with computer security. Each book is searchable. Seven books are available, addressing various topics: Cybersecurity Today and Tomorrow Cryptography Protecting Electronic Health Information. This will be added to Security Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
 

The Digital Dilemma : Intellectual Property in the Information Age
http://www.nap.edu/books/0309064996/html

"The Digital Dilemma" is an electronic book which discusses the implications of the Internet on existing intellectual property laws. Key issues presented in the book are the availability of digital information that can be copied at will; ways to protect digital intellectual property; and a chapter on how the digital music revolution acted as an early indicator of extensive file sharing online.

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM


Wednesday, March 03, 2004  

Yahoo! Crawls Deep Into the Web
http://snipurl.com/4u7k

Yahoo! is hoping that it can exploit a weakness of Google's by burrowing deep into the Web to offer more content to surfers. The online portal announced its Content Acquisition Program, in which it will index billions of records in public databases. Yahoo! is also offering paid inclusion services to businesses, allowing them to pay a fee to be included in search results. Yahoo is trying to "get it" when it comes to the Deep Web. Those interested in the latest deep web resources need to visit my Subject Tracer™ Information Blog Deep Web Research. Also my latest article on Deep Web Searching is at LLRX.com and available by clicking here.

posted by Marcus | 4:35 AM
 

Competitive Intelligence Resources 2004
http://CompetitiveIntelligenceResources.BlogSpot.com/

Competitive Intelligence Resources 2004 - Internet MiniGuide By Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. ISSN: 1538-6953 Copyright 2004 © Marcus P. Zillman 39 Pages .pdf Format - Table of Contents:

Introduction
Research Sources
Reference Sources
Search Engine Sources
Directory and Database Sources
Competitive Intelligence Resources URLs

"I have been in technology for 45 years and consult in business strategy and marketing. In that capacity I have used a variety of sources to conduct competitive analyses and was extremely interested in finding out how the Competitive Intelligence Resources Miniguide might help me in my next assignment. I found that the list of URLs that it contained far exceeded my expectations; as well as containing sites that I already know to be valuable, it contained many, many more that I had not seen before. I expect to be using it on my next project in the coming months and believe that it will be an extremely valuable resource." Peter Gregory

posted by Marcus | 4:30 AM
 

W3C Hosts 4th Annual Technical Plenary Week
http://www.w3.org/2003/08/allgroupoverview

W3C holds its Technical Plenary Week from 1-5 March in Cannes-Mandelieu, France where 30 W3C Working Groups and Interest Groups hold face-to-face meetings. Participants and invited guests attend the plenary mid-week where they will be 3-minute lightning talks and presentations on Web architecture, mixed markup, quality assurance, new Web devices and searching the Web. W3C thanks sponsors IBM and Sun Microsystems for their generous support.

posted by Marcus | 4:25 AM
 

Content Creation Online by Pew Internet & American Life Report
http://www.pewinternet.org/reports/toc.asp?Report=113

The latest report from Pew Internet & American Life states that 44% of Internet users have created content for the online world through building or posting to Web sites, creating blogs, and sharing files. In a national phone survey between March 12 and May 20, 2003, the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that more than 53 million American adults have used the Internet to publish their thoughts, respond to others, post pictures, share files and otherwise contribute to the explosion of content available online.

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
 

Business Plans Index
http://snipurl.com/4u70

A subject guide to sample business plans and profiles for specific business types. The following subject index lists types of small businesses followed by a sample business plan, or plans, for the business. A bibliography including call numbers follows the index. This will be added to Business Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
 

Free Online Full-text Articles
http://highwire.stanford.edu/lists/freeart.dtl

Free Online Full-text Articles (List limited to journals published online with the assistance of HighWire Press). HighWire Press is the largest archive of free full-text science on Earth! As of yesterday (3-02-04) they are assisting in the online publication of 696,374 free full-text articles and 1,726,362 total articles. A truly excellent resource! They have been added to Academic Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
 

Open Channel Foundation - Publishing Software from Academic and Research Institutions
http://www.openchannelsoftware.org/

The concept for Open Channel Software was developed in early 1999 by Douglas Curry in collaboration with Professors Stuart Kurtz and Ridgway Scott, both on the faculty of the University of Chicago. These individuals saw the need for a new mechanism to efficiently publish software from the university while allowing for the commercialization of the most promising programs. They developed the idea of a separating the publishing entity from the commercialization process by creating a non-profit organization (Open Channel Foundation) devoted to publication and community building. The parent company, Open Channel Software, handles the commercialization process.

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
 

News Search Portal
http://www.newssearchportal.com/

A very comprehensive and up to date portal that offers News Search sites on the Internet. This excellent news search portal created and maintained by Wim Wylin has been added to Directory Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM


Tuesday, March 02, 2004  

The following papers have been recently posted to New Papers on:
http://freesoftware.mit.edu
http://opensource.mit.edu

Paper 1:
Authors:
Chan, Tzu-Ying & Jen-Fang Lee

Title
A Comparative Study of Online User Communities Involvement In Product Innovation and Development
http://opensource.mit.edu/papers/chanlee.pdf

Abstract:
The literature lacks a conceptual understanding on how different types of online user communities can influence the product innovation and development. Therefore, this research attempts to understand this phenomenon by re-classifying the current online user communities from the perspective of product innovation and development and has resulted in five different models of user communities. We compare and discuss of the five models. Lastly, we will further discuss the deficiencies of the User Collaboration Innovation Communities, theoretically and practically, to suggest the feasibility of the research direction in the future.

Paper 2:
Author:
Dahlander, Linus

Title:
Appropriating Returns From Open Innovation Processes: A Multiple Case Study of Small Firms in Open Source Software
http://opensource.mit.edu/papers/dahlander.pdf

Abstract:
This paper addresses a largely neglected area within the growing literature on open source software (OSS) namely how firms generate returns and how that changes over time. Firms exist and sell a variety of products and services related to OSS, even though the OSS community has used legal and normative mechanisms to avoid property right claims and commercial transactions. The paper draws upon an explorative multiple case study of six small firms in Sweden and Finland that try to commercialize OSS, with rich empirical evidence from various data sources. The cases illustrate how firms try a variety of approaches to generate adequate returns and that selling services seem to be the dominant trend. By being adaptive and change ways of generating returns over time, the firms tackle the rapidly changing environment and uncertainty of what works. Firm also balance the relative inefficiency of traditional means of intellectual property right such as patents by putting greater emphasi s on first mover advantages and creating network externalities.

Paper 3:
Author:
Hemetsberger, Andrea

Title:
When Consumers Produce on the Internet: The Relationship between Cognitive-affective, Socially-based, and Behavioral Involvement of Prosumers
http://opensource.mit.edu/papers/hemetsberger1.pdf

Abstract:
This article advances our understanding of the motivational sources for consumer involvement in online joint innovation. The 'free' or 'open-source' software movement is the largest socio-technical network and most visible empirical evidence of this new phenomenon. The paper promotes a behavioral view of involvement and offers a conceptualization and empirical evidence of the relationship between cognitive-affective, socially-based and behavioral involvement in online joint production. An Internet survey with 1486 contributors to open-source software revealed that the extent of behavioral involvement is strongly related to the structure and strength of relationships between different motivations. The relationship between concern for self and concern for others especially distinguishes the level of contribution to online projects.

Paper 4:
Author:
Hemetsberger, Andrea

Title: Fostering Cooperation on the Internet: Social Exchange Processes in Innovative Virtual Consumer Communities
http://opensource.mit.edu/papers/hemetsberger2.pdf

Abstract:
Virtual communities of consumers increasingly engage in voluntary collaborative production of digital goods and services which became highly successful in recent years. This paper offers a theoretical conceptualization and empirical evidence of the key elements and processes of exchange in those communities. Within a culture of gift-giving and generalized social exchange, knowledge as the main resource of the community is multiplied by giving it away freely to others and thus, fosters contribution behavior. Friendship, peer reputation and external feed-back provided by a global user community represent highly motivating social rewards which, combined with individual gain of knowledge, constitute a self-sustaining system of exchange.

Paper 5:
Author:
Hemetsberger, Andrea

Title:
Understanding Consumers' Collective Action on the Internet - A Definition and Discussion of Relevant Concepts for Research
http://opensource.mit.edu/papers/hemetsberger3.pdf

Abstract:
This paper offers a new approach for understanding online collaboration and collective action of 'prosumers'. It is proposed here that theories of collective action and social representations theory, in particular, provide a theoretical framework for studying the structural and social context of online collaboration of consumers, the social actors involved, and how public discourse contributes to shared meaning creation and dissemination in online communities. Processes of naming, classifying, personalizing and institutionalization give their actions ontological reality and contribute to the sustainability of the common effort. An overview and definition of these processes and relevant influencing factors is given and possible indicators of these concepts in open-source communities are highlighted.

Paper 6:
Authors:
Hemetsberger, Andrea & Christian Reinhardt

Title:
Sharing and Creating Knowledge in Open-Source Communities The Case of KDE
http://opensource.mit.edu/papers/hemreinh.pdf

Abstract:
Our research suggests that knowledge is shared and created in online communities of practice through the establishment of processes and 'technologies' that enable virtual re-experience for the learners at various levels. It demonstrates that online communities of practice overcome the problem of tacit knowledge transformation through the usage of technological tools, task-related features, analogies and usage scenarios. Three questions guided our research. The first one concentrates on how community members organize content with regard to their daily routines that potentially transforms into knowledge for other members. Secondly, as open-source communities depend on attracting and socializing new members, we inquired how new members are enabled to accumulate the knowledge necessary for becoming a valued member. Thirdly, we asked how members co-create and conceptualize new ideas - create new knowledge - in absence of physical proximity. Re-experience is enabled by modular tasks and transactive group memory, rigid guidance of new members, openness and legitimate peripheral participation, asynchronous communication, and virtual experimentation. Empirical evidence is based on an ethnographic investigation of the KDE project community.

Paper 7:
Author:
Scherler, Thorsten

Title:
Open Source Software Within Organization - Critical Factors for Consulting
http://opensource.mit.edu/papers/scherler1.pdf

Abstract:
The consultation of enterprises and organizations regarding the correct implementation of modern information technology is an important segment on the modern consulting market. The main focus of this work is to conduct the consultation in consideration of the topic “Introduction of Open Source e-Business Technologies”. Due to limited budget funds more and more enterprises are designing their value chain more cost-effective by using web based systems. Mostly all parts of the value chain can be supported by e-business technologies. To further reduce the costs this e-business technologies should be Open Source.

Paper 8:
Author:
Prufer, Jens

Title:
Network Formation via Contests: The Production Process of Open Source Software
http://opensource.mit.edu/papers/prufer.pdf

Abstract:
Why do both software developers and firms contribute to the production process of Open Source Software (OSS) despite not receiving direct monetary rewards for it? This papers extends results of the economic literature by modelling the OSS production process as an application contest to a "qualified network". The winners receive reputation and high investments. Investors searching for highly talented applicants profit from the selection mechanism of the OSS production process and finance it to receive inside information. We describe incentives for developers and firms and compare the mechanism with alternatives for its efficiency.

Paper 9

Author:
Masum, Hasan

Title:
TOOL: The Open Opinion Layer
http://firstmonday.org/issues/issue7_7/masum/index.html

Abstract:
Shared opinions drive society: what we read, how we vote, and where we shop are all heavily influenced by the choices of others. However, the cost in time and money to systematically share opinions remains high, while the actual performance history of opinion generators is often not tracked. This article explores the development of a distributed open opinion layer, which is given the generic name of TOOL. Similar to the evolution of network protocols as an underlying layer for many computational tasks, we suggest that TOOL has the potential to become a common substrate upon which many scientific, commercial, and social activities will be based.

Paper Thesis 10:
Author
McLaughlin, David

Title:
Opening The Code: Software Excellence As A Function Of Its Development Environment
http://opensource.mit.edu/papers/mclaughlin.pdf

Abstract:
Software is an increasingly important component of the modern world; indeed, software forms the architecture around which today’s digital society is built. Because of the complex interrelationship between computer code, liberty, and the distribution of power in society, the environment in which code is produced makes a tremendous difference in the resulting structure of the world. An "Open" foundation for software development provides a variety of economic and societal benefits, but there are a number of preconditions necessary for its full deployment. One of the primary stumbling blocks is the need for the Open development process to demonstrate its capacity for producing "excellent" software. This thesis tackles that obstacle by first defining excellence in software, and then examining the software ecosystems that surround proprietary and Open Source conceptions of digital property in terms of their incentive structures--incentives that either encourage or discourage quality. Herein, this thesis demonstrates that not only can an Open Source development model produce quality software, but it also takes advantage of the complex adaptive systems model of diversity and adaptation to better meet the established criteria of an "ideal" software development system.

posted by Marcus | 5:00 AM
 

Business Resources 2004
http://www.BusinessResource.BlogSpot.com/

Business Resources 2004 - Internet MiniGuide By Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. ISSN: 1538-5604 2004 © Marcus P. Zillman - 67 Pages .pdf Format - Table of Contents:

Introduction
Research Sources
Reference Sources
Search Engine Sources
Directory and Database Sources
B2B Vertical eMarketplaces URLs
Business Bids Resources URLs
Business Resources URLs
Business Intelligence Resources URLs
Economic Resources URLs
Electronic Commerce Resources URLs
Entrepreneurial Resources URLs
Small Business Resources URLs

“This is the most comprehensive internet business resource publication available anywhere. The Guide is my primary tool in assisting our over 1,700 members with questions regarding internet sources for data, intelligence and business start-up assistance.” Dennis Grady - President Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches

posted by Marcus | 4:59 AM
 

Crypto Law Survey
http://rechten.uvt.nl/koops/cryptolaw/

This is a survey of existing and proposed laws and regulations on cryptography - systems used for protecting information against unauthorized access. Governments have long restricted export of cryptography for fear that their intelligence activities are hampered by the crypto use of foreign states and scoundrels. Since the rise of crypto use over the past decades, governments increasingly worry about criminals using cryptography to thwart law enforcement. Thus, many countries are considering laws focusing on maintaining law-enforcement and national-security capabilities through regulation of cryptography. This will be added to Security Resources 2004 and Legal Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuides.

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
 

Agricultural Ontology Service Project (AOS)
http://www.fao.org/agris/aos/default.htm

In the agricultural sector there exist already many well-established and authoritative controlled vocabularies, such as FAO's AGROVOC Multilingual Thesaurus, the CAB Thesaurus, and AgNIC, the thesaurus of the National Agricultural Library in the United States. However, for these semantic tools to be entirely effective on the Internet, there is a need to re-assess the traditional "thesaurus" approach and move towards a more modern technique that better suits the Web environment, such as the development of "ontologies". Ontology is a new concept that is emerging from the various Semantic Web initiatives, which roughly speaking can be defined as a semantic system that contains terms, the definitions of those terms, and the specification of relationships among those terms. Such a semantic system can be referred to as an "Ontology Service". The Agricultural Ontology Service (AOS) workshops bring together metadata and ontology experts and researchers interested in the AOS project. The fifth AOS Workshop builds on the successes of previous workshops held in Rome, Oxford, Florida, and Copenhagen. The fifth AOS workshop will provide an opportunity for information management specialists in Asia to learn about the AOS and to strengthen partnerships in building the AOS.

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
 

Triple Bottom Line Taxonomies
http://www.montague.com/review/tbllinks.htm

The above is a list of selected taxonomies for triple bottom line — also called sustainable development — reporting.

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
 

MailBucket
http://www.mailbucket.org/

MailBucket is an experiment in alternative methods of email management. For now its only feature is a public email-to-RSS gateway. The service is probably most useful to those who lurk on high-traffic mailing lists, but it could also be used as a rudimentary bridge between applications, with email as the transfer protocol. The generated RSS feeds are valid and compressed (if your client supports compressed content); they are also public and impermanent, which may be a disadvantage for some.

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
 

An Introduction to Internet Mailinglist Research
http://www.irene-langner.de/docs/19990917/trier199909.html

This paper is intended as a practice oriented introduction to Internet mailinglists as research material for German researchers in Japanese Studies who have little previous experience with online material. After some general remarks about mailinglists they mention new opportunities as well as limitations when dealing with mailinglists as research sources and present some current approaches to mailinglist research, with a focus on examples from social and culture studies. This is an older document but still maintains some very pertinent points for doing research within mailinglist and Listservs®. Another excellent resource from the Virtual Chase is titled: Listserv Tips and Other Research Tricks and is available by clicking here.

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM


Monday, March 01, 2004  

This edition of Current Awareness Happenings on the Internet by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. (March 1, 2004 V2N9) is dedicated to my latest Subject Tracer™ Information Blog Astronomy Resources. Click on the below audblog link to hear a two minute audio describing this new Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. This resource is available from the following URL:

Astronomy Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog
http://www.AstronomyResources.info/

Powered by audblogaudblog audio postThis research is powered by Subject Tracer Bots™ from the Virtual Private Library™. Isn't yours?

posted by Marcus | 11:02 AM
 

Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations Resources 2004
http://AdvertisingMarketingResources.BlogSpot.com/

Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations Resources 2004 - Internet MiniGuide By Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. ISSN: 1538-9456 © Copyright Office Registration Number TX 5-492-854 38 Pages .pdf Format - Table of Contents:

Introduction
Research Sources
Reference Sources
Search Engine Sources
Directory and Database Sources
Advertising Resources URLs
Marketing Resources URLs
Public Relations Resources URLs

posted by Marcus | 4:30 AM
 

Space Calendar
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/calendar/calendar.html

The Space Calendar covers space-related activities and anniversaries for the coming year. Included are over 1,300 links to related home pages. This Calendar is compiled and maintained by Ron Baalke. This has been added to Astronomy Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus | 4:25 AM
 

Legal Links for College and University Attorneys
http://webpages.uah.edu/~woodwaw/ooch/zwebview.html

These links are arranged by categories. Any category with an entry reflecting the number of entries can be collapsed by left clicking on the category description and expanded by left clicking on that description again. Clicking on a link under a category will take you to a table entry which restates the entry's name under the heading "Subject" and has a corresponding entry entitled "Document" on the right. Under the Document heading will always be a link which you may left click on to go to the location. In many cases, under that link will be a short description of what is available at that link. Above the "Subject" entry will be an entry "Top" which returns you to the link from which you came. It may also contain entries for "Next" and "Previous" which allow you to navigate through the table entries without returning the category listing.

All of the links and descriptions are on a single page. While this makes the initial download take longer, it allows you to search all of the categories and descriptions for key words using your browser's Find function. To make full use of this feature you must leave all categories expanded. Internet Explorer uses Control/F or Edit|Find (On this Page) to find key words. An excellent comprehensive resource of legal links and will be added to Legal Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
 

Code Style: Open standards Web design with CSS, XHTML, Java servlets and Javascript
http://www.codestyle.org/

The Code Style Web site aims to answer key questions for Web developers. Which Web fonts are most common? What is the best way to use media dependent stylesheets? How can I design more robust, accessible Websites? Open standards Web design with CSS, XHTML, Java servlets and Javascript including web font statistics, media stylesheet guide and open standards design.

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
 

web.resource.org
http://web.resource.org/

This site is building a home for information that's useful to the Web community, like specifications, namespaces and schemas. Links to pages on this server should never break and the data should never go away. Current Collection includes: RSS 1.0, syndicating content and CC, describing copyright licenses.

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
 

Linking to Documents on GPO Access
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/help/linking.html

Documents that exist within databases on GPO Access cannot be bookmarked. In order to link to these types of documents, a unique URL string must be created. This string consists of three elements: the URL of the cgi script which retrieves the document, the Database Name which contains the document, and the Document ID of the document.

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
 

ChatterBots Chatting with Each Other at the Stage
http://193.197.170.79/portal/stage_new.htm

Experience ChatterBots chatting with each other at the Stage!! This is a very interesting site that can start to make you think about ChatterBots and what they can really say and could they possibly understand each other?? Hmmm .... Interesting ... This has been added to ChatterBots Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM
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