|Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. Author/Speaker/Consultant
Internet Happenings, Events and Sources
Wednesday, June 30, 2004
InternetExperts.info is a Subject Tracer™ Information Blog developed and created by the Virtual Private Library™. It is designed to bring together the latest resources and sources on an ongoing basis for Internet alerts. 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 | 4:25 AM
Rare Pictographic Manuscripts Online
The Naxi people of China's Yunnan Province use the only living pictographic language (similar to ancient Egyptian or Mayan writing) in the world today, and the Library of Congress's collection of Naxi manuscripts is considered the finest in the world. One hundred eighty-five documents plus a 392-foot funerary scroll from that collection are now available online in "Selections from the Naxi Manuscript Collection," which can be found under the link "Individual Digital Collections" at http://international.loc.gov/. The Naxi Kingdom flourished from the eighth century until 1724, when it came under Chinese rule. Naxi priests created the manuscripts on coarse, handmade paper, bound them into booklets, and used them while conducting religious rituals and shamanistic ceremonies. The edges of the manuscripts were burned during the ceremonies so that the resulting smoke would transmit the book's message up to the heavens. Because the sacred books were then either buried with the priests when they died or were burned on their funeral pyre, relatively few Naxi manuscripts are known to be in existence. The Library of Congress's collection of 3,342 Naxi items is the largest outside of China and this is the first time that such a large number of Naxi manuscripts have been cataloged, selectively digitized and put on the Web.
posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
Australian Centre for Astrobiology
The Australian Centre for Astrobiology performs research in physics, astronomy, and cosmology, as well as investigates the possibility of life beyond Earth. After learning about the Centre's latest news and events, users can find summaries of the many current research projects including studies of ancient hydrothermal systems, remote sensing of the atmosphere of Venus, and varying constants. The website features the research, papers, and achievements of Professor Paul Davies and the Centre's other members. Students and educators can discover research and scholarship opportunities. This has been added to Astronomy Resources 2004-05 Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
The online workplace of an international community of education professionals. K-12 teachers, librarians, administrators, and professional development staff, as well as university faculty, students, and researchers gather here to learn, collaborate, share, and support one another. This will be added to Educational and Distance Learning Resources 2004-05 Internet MiniGuide. posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
Corporations Still Not Cutting Web Pie By Jim Wagner
The Web sites of too many Fortune 100 companies in the United States don't take customers seriously, an upcoming report by research and consulting firm The Customer Respect Group concludes. The 2004 Online Customer Respect Study shows that while companies like Microsoft (No. 1) and Hewlett-Packard (No. 2) performed very well across the board, most had inadequate privacy, operational or security measures in place to reassure customers. The study evaluates the top 100 U.S. companies in six categories -- simplicity, responsiveness, transparency, principles, attitude and privacy -- and elicits end-user feedback on their experiences of visits to the Web sites. Grading is done on a 0 (worst) to 10 (best) scale. Roger Fairchild, president of the Bellevue, Wash.-based consulting firm, said he finds it amazing that after three years of publishing report results, companies still don't take their online sites seriously. posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM
Tuesday, June 29, 2004
InternetDemographics.info is a Subject Tracer™ Information Blog developed and created by the Virtual Private Library™. It is designed to bring together the latest resources and sources on an ongoing basis for Internet demographics. 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 | 4:25 AM
A Visual Sourcebook of Chinese Civilization
The goal of this "visual sourcebook" is to add to the material teachers can use to help their students understand Chinese history, culture, and society. It was not designed to stand alone; we assume that teachers who use it will also assign a textbook with basic information about Chinese history. Several pedagogical concerns shaped the design of this website. Although some topics (e.g. philosophy, religion, social distinctions, historiography) are best taught through written texts, many facets of Chinese civilization are more easily conveyed through images (material culture, technology, visual and performing arts, and so on). We have therefore not attempted to illustrate all the major themes of a course on China. Moreover, rather than give a few pictures of many topics, as illustrated histories often do, we have instead prepared substantial units on ten important subject areas spanning the length of Chinese history: geography, archaeology, religion, calligraphy, military technology, painting, homes, gardens, clothing, and the graphic arts. Students should be able to view these units before coming to class, much as they would read texts in a sourcebook of primary sources. This will be added to International Trade Resources 2004-05 Internet MiniGuide. posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
DocuTicker posts daily listings of new full text reports from governments, think tanks, and other groups. This has been added to Reference Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. This will be added to Academic Resources 2004-05 Internet MiniGuide. posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
Pluck's suite of integrated applications helps you search, retrieve, organize and share the best parts of the web. Pluck transforms Internet Explorer into a web workhorse and it’s free! This has been added to the research tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
Gauging Impact With Digitometrics
While online publishing has the advantage of making an author's work instantly available to millions of people, it also diminishes the author's ability to gauge the impact of that work. Tim Brody, a Ph.D. candidate at the U.K.'s University of Southampton, has been working with a new field called Digitometrics, which combines the results from citation analysis with Web logs. By counting the number of times an article has been downloaded, it's possible to get an idea of its impact. Brody has set up a citation analysis service called Citebase, based on the content in arXiv, a physics subject archive. He anticipates numerous similar services springing up in the Open Access environment. One of the most important aspects of Digitometrics, says Brody, is that it will shift analysts' focus from rating journals to rating specific articles. This in turn may lead to a system of looking for patterns to predict the future impact of an article. posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
The goal of Sitrends.org is to provide a clearinghouse for information about the world's service sectors. With virtually every country in the world having a service sector at, or over, 50% of employment and 50% of gross domestic product, this site fills, for the first time, a need to look at current events in those service sectors, whether that be the latest books and articles or the latest statistics. We hope that by making data, reading lists, ideas and information more readily available to the public we may motivate more research and discussion of service sector issues. This has been added to Statistics Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. This will be added to Business Resources 2004-05 Internet MiniGuide. posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM
Monday, June 28, 2004
AwarenessWatch™ Newsletter V2N7 July 2004
http://virtualprivatelibrary.blogspot.com/Awareness Watch V2N7.pdf
Awareness Watch™ Newsletter
The July 2004 V2N7 Awareness Watch™ Newsletter is available as a 32 page .pdf document (547KB) from the above URL. The Awareness Watch Featured Report this month highlights a comprehensive listing of deep web and invisible web resources. Included sections: a) Articles, Papers, Forums, Audios and Videos; b) Cross Database Articles; c) Cross Database Search Services; d) Cross Database Search Tools; e) Peer to Peer, File Sharing, Grid and Matrix Search Engines; f) Presentations; g) Resources - Deep Web Research; and h) Resources - Semantic Web Research. The Awareness Watch Spotters cover many excellent and newly released current awareness and research sources and tools as well as the latest identified Internet happenings and alerts. The book review highlights Legal Issues Relating to Free and Open Source Software and the Subject Tracer™ Information Blogs have been updated with three new subjects: Auction Resources, Employment Resources and Games Resources.
posted by Marcus | 11:04 AM
This edition of Current Awareness Happenings on the Internet by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. June 28, 2004 V2N26 discusses the latest Subject Tracer™ Information Blog Games Resources. Click on the below audio posting to hear an audio by Marcus P. Zillman on this latest Subject Tracer™. View this Subject Tracer™ Information Blog at:
Games Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog
posted by Marcus | 4:30 AM
InternetAlerts.info is a Subject Tracer™ Information Blog developed and created by the Virtual Private Library™. It is designed to bring together the latest resources and sources on an ongoing basis for Internet alerts. 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 | 4:25 AM
African Online Digital Library
MATRIX, working in cooperation with the African Studies Center at MSU, and in partnership with premiere research institutions in Africa, is pioneering the African Online Digital Library. The goal of this fully accessible online digital repository is to adopt the emerging best practices of the American digital library community and apply them in an African context. AODL benefits a wide variety of scholars, students, and institutions by producing multilingual, multimedia materials for both scholarly research and public viewing audiences. AODL serves scholars and students conducting research and teaching about West and South Africa as well as teachers and students of African languages in both the United States and Africa. It also provides a valuable model for creating and distributing a diverse array of materials in a region with very limited electronic connectivity. This will be added to Academic Resources 2004-05 Internet MiniGuide.
posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
Bot A Blog
Bot A Blog: Free Blog Update Notifications By eMail. Bot A Blog is a free service where bots send you simple text emails when your favorite blogs are updated and new entries are added. Add a subscription form or button to your blog to allow your visitors to bot your blog! This has been added to Bot Research Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.
posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
These pages show how to construct a dynamic virtual world of complex and interacting genes, genomes, organisms and populations that compete against one another in a rigorous selection regime in which fitness is judged by one criterion alone: intelligence. The genetic architecture underlying this evolutionary system is versatile, creative and powerful enough to engender a practically infinite variety of data processing and analysis capabilities, adaptable to almost any conceivable intellectual task. This virtual world could witness the emergence of our first learning, thinking machines, and provide a rich opportunity to study the nature of intelligence and foray into a vast, untapped technological market. This has been added to Biological Informatics Subject Tracer Information Blog. posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)have demonstrated "teleportation" by transferring key properties of one atom to another atom without using any physical link. The experiments used laser beam manipulations to transfer quantum states of one beryllium atom to another atom within a set of microscale traps, with a 78% success rate. The technique could be useful for transporting information in quantum computers of the future, which could use central processing elements smaller than a cube of sugar to carry out massively complex computations that are currently impossible. Someday, quantum computers might be used for applications such as code breaking of unprecedented power, optimizing complex systems such as airline schedules, much faster database searching and solving of complex mathematical problems, and even the development of novel products such as fraud-proof digital signatures. posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
The Case of the Vanishing Links
CalState Northridge business librarian Alan T. Schroeder Jr. calls attention to some research by Robert Dellavalle of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center on the phenomenon of so-called dynamic URLs. "In a recent issue of Science, Dellavalle and colleagues determined after only three months, the journals New England Journal of Medicine, Science and Nature had 3.8 percent of their article references inactive. After 15 months, 10 percent were found inactive and after 27 months, 13 percent were inactive. These journals are print staples in most research libraries and if references in these heavyweights are susceptible to incomplete research, imagine the percentages in less reputable publications related to URL longevity." He continues: "Incomplete repointing (or 'hardware reconfiguration') of servers leads many to a research dead end. If the required URL now has a new IP address with no legacy page or 'paper trail' created during repointing, you probably will never find that URL again. As server hosts come and go, mergers occur, data migrates to new systems and companies go bankrupt, expect this problem to continue. Expect URLs to continue to disappear with no explanation. And expect to see a lot of conflicting and duplicative research." What can be done in the short term? Schroeder urges researchers involved in ongoing, lengthy research to recheck URLs for accuracy and currency on a monthly or bi-weekly basis as their research progresses toward publication.
posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM
Sunday, June 27, 2004
Information Quality Resources
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 | 4:25 AM
World Waterfall Database
Eastern Waterfall Guide
Facts About Niagara Falls
National Geographic: Lost Tibetan Waterfall
Waterfalls of Western North America
Some of the most fascinating natural phenomena in the world are waterfalls. Cascading over and through the geological remnants of the earth's history, the water of the world falls, creating the familiar sounds of gurgling, crashing water. This topic in depth takes you on a tour of a few great websites devoted to waterfalls around the world and the U.S. The World Waterfall Database (1) site, from Bryan Swan and Dean Goss -- waterfall aficionados -- contains all sorts of great information about waterfalls of the world. They even include listings of the biggest falls, divided between the tallest and the most volume. The second (2) site, again from a waterfall aficionado, Robert Glaubitz, highlights the waterfalls of the eastern U.S. The third (3) site, from Niagarafallslive, features all sorts of great information about the several smaller falls that collectively make up Niagara Falls. Be sure to check out the live webcam of the falls. he fourth (4) site from National Geographic, includes a great story about a lost waterfall in Tibet. The final site, Waterfalls of Western North America, (5) website is offered by Dr. Stephen K. Wagner at Michigan State University. The site is an unbelievably well organized tour of the waterfalls of the U.S. [From The NSDL Scout Report for the Physical Sciences, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003. http://scout.wisc.edu/] posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
Blogging With The Boss's Blessing By Michelle Conlin and Andrew Park
More companies are helping employees to speak freely -- and bond with customers. Until recently, the thought of employees blabbing freely to the masses about their work on company time -- without the suits from PR hovering over them to stay "on message" -- would have created panic in the executive suite. But in the past year, employee blogs have begun to multiply across Corporate America -- and a growing number of companies approve. It started mostly as a techie thing when engineers and product developers at places such as Macromedia, Sun Microsystems (SUNW ), and Dell (DELL ) began posting first-draft free-for-alls of their own volition as a way of communicating with customers, each other, and the outside world. Though employees represent just a fraction of the 2.7 million bloggers today, experts predict they will grow robustly as consumers demand information in a more unvarnished way. Increasingly, execs see employee blogs as a way to transform a transaction with a faceless behemoth into a personal relationship with an employee. Blogs are also hyper efficient at driving product innovation. And they create loyal audiences. Once people get hooked, they keep coming back for more.[beSpacific 6-23-04] posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
The Congressional Research Service, an arm of the Library of Congress, serves the legislative process by providing Congress with non-partisan and in-depth legislative research and analysis on a variety of topics. CRS produces or updates more than 3,000 studies and other publications each year, none of which are distributed to the public. For more information about CRS and their reports, see Stephen Young, CRS Reports, LLRX.com (July 15, 2002). Because CRS reports are not readily accessible, the Thurgood Marshall Law Library has begun to create an online collection by providing links to CRS Reports available on the Web and by purchasing copies of relevant reports. Faculty and students who would like to see a particular report or reports on a particular topic here, please contact the library. This will be added to Academic Resources 2004-05 Internet MiniGuide. posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
Crawling the world for the latest news articles and headlines 24x7x365. This will be added to the search engines section of Internet MiniGuides 2004-05. posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
The Eisenhower Network
The National Network of Eisenhower Regional Consortia and Clearinghouse (The Eisenhower Network) works collaboratively to improve and strengthen K-12 mathematics and science education for all. It is a unique regional and national system that provides professional development, fosters collaboration, and disseminates exemplary products and resources.
The Eisenhower Network’s activities include:
• providing expert, research-based information and services to teachers, schools, and states to improve their mathematics and science programs
• developing and supporting programs and activities designed for underrepresented and underserved students
• facilitating educators’ professional development to improve knowledge and teaching skills
• assisting states in developing and implementing best practices in curriculum frameworks, performance standards, and assessments
• supporting an extensive electronic library of instructional resources and encouraging the use of technology in mathematics and science education
• disseminating exemplary mathematics and science materials posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM
Saturday, June 26, 2004
Information Futures Markets Portal
A Subject Tracer™ Information Blog that will bring the latest articles and resources on the Information Futures Markets is now freely available. This site will be continuously updated by the Virtual Private Library (VPL) Subject Tracer Bots™. Bookmark this site and return often to discover the markets of the future! An RSS News Feed is also available by clicking here. posted by Marcus | 4:25 AM
OpenOffice 1.1.2 Released
OpenOffice, the Open Source free Microsoft Office suite-compatible freeware, has a new stable release, version 1.1.2. OpenOffice.org 1.1.2 introduces the FontOOo Autopilot, which downloads and installs fonts; numerous bugs are also fixed. In addition to English, versions for Czech, Danish, French, German, Japanese and Slovak are ready now, with other localizations following shortly. OpenOffice provides an XML-based software platform for word processing, presentation software, HTML editing, database, and spreadsheet applications. Operating system support is catholic: Windows, Linux (both x86 and PPC), freeBSD, and Solaris (both SPARC and x86).
posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
Flawed Online Searches Cost Businesses $31 Billion Last Year
Amid the excitement with search advertising revenue growth and the upcoming Google IPO, a study finds US executives dissatisfied with the performance of online search engines.
According to a survey released by FIND/SVP, 84% of business executives feel that Web searches -- using the generally consumer-centric search engines now available --take longer than they should due to poor results. It is estimated that the loss of productive time using search engines to conduct online research cost businesses $31 billion last year. The study found that that not only are 71% of business executives frustrated with consumer search engines, 74% are not even confident that the results are reliable. However, despite this lack of confidence, 67% stated it would be difficult or impossible to do their jobs without Web-based search tools. Business professionals also question the reliability of search information, with 52% only "somewhat confident" that results originate from credible sources.
Interesting article and it just happens that FIND/SVP announces their "new" business search engine this week!! Hmmmm...... posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
The Seven Steps of the Research Process
The following seven steps outline a simple and effective strategy for finding information for a research paper and documenting the sources you find. Depending on your topic and your familiarity with the library, you may need to rearrange or recycle these steps. Adapt this outline to your needs. This has been added to Student Research Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
Knowledge Management: A Guide To Resources On the Internet by Michael M. Smith
Knowledge Management (KM) is one of many important topics being addressed by companies in today’s complex business environment. KM has spawned a new legion of consultants, it has provided a new direction for many software companies, and it has given purpose to many technologies that previously appeared to be only expensive executive toys. However, KM is nothing new. It is a synthesis of many ideas which when brought together create an exciting new paradigm of research. KM is multidisciplinary and draws from communications theory, organizational dynamics, and information organization. KM incorporates the concepts of Senge’s Learning Organization, builds on the foundation of intellectual capital management, and draws from business intelligence practices.
The underlying goal of KM is to use the knowledge embedded in the organization to maximize the effectiveness and competitiveness of the concern. This goal appears much too simple to have spawned such a massive movement. However, the current business environment requires new practices to accomplish this fundamental goal.
There are many excellent resources on the Internet addressing the many aspects of KM. The resources listed below offer a wide variety of information on KM provided by academic/research organizations, information portals, consultants, and governmental and nonprofit organizations. This has been added to Knowledge Discovery Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
Assessing Student Learning: Available Resources by Amy E. Mark
The national attention on assessment in education is here to stay. Teaching librarians are focusing on assessing student learning both to justify library instruction to stakeholders and to improve student learning by working toward graduating entire classes of information literate students from colleges and universities. Librarians have become increasingly involved in assessment culture while searching for methods to assess information literacy. This column of Internet resources on student learning assessment differs from a list of information literacy assessment Web sites by embracing the paradigm shift away from evaluation and moving toward the assessment of student learning. Librarians are transitioning from skill-based measurements of evaluations to outcomes-based assessment. By reviewing the resources below librarians also open themselves up to research outside of librarianship, cognizant that other disciplines have expertise with measurement and instruments from which we can borrow. This has been added to the Information Quality Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.
posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM
Friday, June 25, 2004
Healthcare 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 from the Internet on healthcare. 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 | 4:25 AM
User Experience Design Honeycomb
An excellent resource from Peter Morville"s column Semantics about information architecture and strategy discussing the user experience design Honeycomb. The Honeycomb is broken down into seven facets of user experience: Useful, Usable, Desirable, Findable, Accessible, Credible and Valuable. posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
Academic Use of Digital Resources: Disciplinary Differences and the Issue of Progression by Chris Jones, Maria Zenios and Jill Griffiths
This paper examines the use of digital resources by academics in UK Higher education. The explosive growth of the Internet and in particular the Web has led to a growth in speculation about networked and e-learning (Steeples and Jones 2003, Brown and Duguid 2000). Increasingly researchers have become aware of the ways the university resists such changes and provides a ‘resourceful constraint’ to the changes surrounding the introduction of networked learning (Brown and Duguid 2000, Cornford 2002). The take-up and use of digital resources by academic staff will be a critical factor in the success of attempts to integrate networked technologies into university teaching. There has been little research work to date that investigates the ways in which academic practice varies in relation to digital resources although there is a significant tradition of research concerned more broadly with disciplinary differences amongst academics. Two key issues are identified, different discipline and subject areas show significant divergence in the types and uses of digital resources and progression seems to affect the use of resources within the different disciplines. The research supports the view that disciplinary and subject differences reported in other contexts have a significant influence in relation to the use of digital resources. This will be added to Academic Resources 2004-05 Internet MiniGuide. posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
A Crisis for Web Preservation by Florence Olsen
The Federal Depository Library Program has fallen behind in cataloging and preserving access to government documents published only on the Web. As a result, public access to those publications is spotty at best. "This is not a problem; this is a crisis," said Daniel Greenstein, head of the California Digital Library, which serves the 10 universities in the University of California system. He said information is disappearing from government Web sites at an alarming rate. At the Government Printing Office, which runs the depository library program, officials are struggling with the problem, known as fugitive documents, said Judith Russell, superintendent of documents. Fugitive documents are electronic publications that remain outside the federal depository collections in 1,300 libraries nationwide. According to Greenstein, Web crawlers are fairly good at capturing documents from the Web surface, but the technology is not as good at capturing information from the Deep Web. The Deep Web is where databases and dynamic Web pages — pages that gather information in response to users' requests — reside. A recent California Digital Library study found that about 85 percent of the Deep Web is in the .gov domain. This has been added to Deep Web Research Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.
posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
THE DEEP WEB
Because search engines skim only the top layers of Web pages, they miss most of what's available on what is called the "deep Web," and there may be as many as 500 billion Web pages hidden from the view of most search engines. Paul Duguid, co-author of "The Social Life of Information," says: "Google searches an index at the first layers of any Web site it goes to, and as you delve beneath the surface, it starts to miss stuff. When you go deeper, the number of pages just becomes absolutely mind-boggling." Librarians are now working with Google and other search engines to solve that problem. Daniel Greenstein of the University of California's California Digital Library, the digital branch of the University of California notes: "If you could use Google to just look across digital libraries, into any digital library collection, now that would be cool. It would help libraries achieve something that we haven't yet been able to achieve by ourselves, which is to place all of our publicly accessible digital library collections in a common pool." (New York Times 21 Jun 2004)[NewsScan Daily, 21 June 2004] This has been added to Deep Web Research Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.
posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
Introduction to Research: Online Resources
Links to reliable, authoritative online resources for students of Introduction to Research. Includes links for style sheets, search engines and directories, and study skills, as well as the best free sources for reference and general knowledge on the Internet. This has been added to Student Research Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM
Thursday, June 24, 2004
GenealogyResources.info is a Subject Tracer™ Information Blog developed and created by the Virtual Private Library™. It is designed to bring together the latest resources and sources on an ongoing basis for genealogy resources. We always welcome suggestions of additional sites and resources to be added to this comprehensive listing and please submit by clicking here. This site has been developed and maintained by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A.. Additional links and resources by Marcus are available by clicking here.
posted by Marcus | 4:25 AM
Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science (CSISS)
The CSISS mission recognizes the growing significance of space, spatiality, location, and place in social science research. It seeks to develop unrestricted access to tools and resources that will advance the spatial analytic capabilities of researchers throughout the social sciences. CSISS is funded by the National Science Foundation under its program of support for infrastructure in the social and behavioral sciences. This has been added to Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
For Whom the Gate Tolls? How and Why to Free the Refereed Research Literature Online Through Author/Institution Self-Archiving, Now
All refereed journals will soon be available online; most of them already are. This means that anyone will be able to access them from any networked desk-top. The literature will all be interconnected by citation, author, and keyword/subject links, allowing for unheard-of power and ease of access and navigability. Successive drafts of pre-refereeing preprints will be linked to the official refereed draft, as well as to any subsequent corrections, revisions, updates, comments, responses, and underlying empirical databases, all enhancing the self-correctiveness, interactivity and productivity of scholarly and scientific research and communication in remarkable new ways. New scientometric indicators of digital impact are also emerging (http://opcit.eprints.org) to chart the online course of knowledge. But there is still one last frontier to cross before science reaches the optimal and the inevitable: Just as there is no longer any need for research or researchers to be constrained by the access-blocking restrictions of paper distribution, there is no longer any need to be constrained by the impact-blocking financial fire-walls of Subscription/Site-License/Pay-Per-View (S/L/P) tolls for this give-away literature. Its author/researchers have always donated their research reports for free (and its referee/researchers have refereed for free), with the sole goal of maximizing their impact on subsequent research (by accessing the eyes and minds of fellow-researchers, present and future) and hence on society. Generic (OAi-compliant) software is now available free so that institutions can immediately create Eprint Archives in which their authors can self-archive all their refereed papers for free for all forever (http://www.eprints.org/). These interoperable Open Archives (http://www.openarchives.org) will then be harvested into global, jointly searchable "virtual archives" (e.g., http://arc.cs.odu.edu/). "Scholarly Skywriting" in this PostGutenberg Galaxy will be dramatically (and measurably) more interactive and productive, spawning its own new digital metrics of productivity and impact, allowing for an online "embryology of knowledge." This will be added to Academic Resources 2004-05 Internet MiniGuide. posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
AJA - A Tool for Multi-Agent System Programming
AJA is an acronym for Adaptable Java Agents. AJA tool consists of two programming languages: A higher-level language used for the description of the main agent parts. This language is called HADL, which is the acronym for Higher Agent Definition Language. A lower-level language used for the programming of the agent parts defined in HADL. This language is called Java+. It is actually Java enriched with the constructs for accessing higher-level agent parts defined in HADL. This has been added to Bot Research Subject Tracer&Trade; Information Blog.
posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
Backflip gets you back to the good stuff. It's the easiest way to save and share important things you see on the Web. With Backflip's organization and powerful search, you'll never lose anything interesting again. You can use it from any computer. And it's totally free. As you discover interesting Web pages, use the Backflip it! button to save them and Backflip will organize them for you. Then, simply go to your Backflip account and you'll find all of your favorite pages filed in your personal directory -- which you can access from any computer. Backflipping is easy and fun to do. All it takes is a click, and whenever you find interesting Web pages, you can depend on easily getting back to them, no matter how many you save: Backflip saves your pages and organizes them. So go ahead and explore the Web. With Backflip, you'll always get back to the good stuff. Share folders with your friends! Now Backflip makes it easy to share and discuss the interesting things you find online with your friends. Simply enter the email addresses of anyone you'd like to share with, and Backflip takes care of the rest. Your friends are notified and they can view Web pages you select, whether they're Backflip members or not. They can make comments, view each other's comments, and if you choose, they can contribute more interesting pages. This has been added to the research tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
Jakob Nielsen: Attempts At Web Personalization Have Failed
User experience expert Jakob Nielsen, co-founder with Don Norman of the Nielsen Norman Group, decries the poor search capabilities within Web sites. "A lot of Web sites have search that doesn't prioritize results well and you couldn't make any sense of the results even if they were in the right order. We have relatively good search engines for the Internet but the sad thing is, within the Web sites the search engines have not really improved." The Nielsen Norman Group helps organizations design "human-centered" products and services by examining all aspects of the end-user's interaction with a company's services and products. Nielsen complains: "Web sites are also pretty bad at predicting what you want -- all the attempts at personalization have mainly failed." When a searcher's results are shown on a small display, the system's ability to predict what the searcher wants is extremely important, as is its ability to describe things concisely. Nielsen also thinks Web designers need to spend more energy find constructive ways to use this bandwidth: "We're now at a point where it's possible for many users to watch decent-quality video over the Internet. That's a technology question. But this then begs the question, what are you going to use it for in terms of content? Just because you can do it, doesn't mean it's a good idea to do it." (The Age 7 Jun 2004)
posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM
Wednesday, June 23, 2004 July 2004 Zillman Column - Data Mining Resources on the Internet
http://virtualprivatelibrary.blogspot.com/Data Mining Resources.pdf
The July 2004 Zillman Column is now available and is titled Data Mining Resources on the Internet. This July 2004 Zillman Column is a comprehensive listing of online data mining sites and subject guides currently available on the Internet. Download this excellent 12 page free .pdf document today and stay current in the ever changing exciting data mining field! posted by Marcus | 12:29 PM
Auction 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 auction information 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 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
Logic and agent based Information Technology for the next generation e-marketplace. FX-Mission is to construct an extensible open e-marketplace and populate it with working autonomous software agents for the financial domain. This has been added to eCommerce Resources and Financial Sources Subject Tracer™ Information Blogs. posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
The Nonsense of 'Knowledge Management' by T.D. Wilson
Examines critically the origins and basis of 'knowledge management', its components and its development as a field of consultancy practice. Problems in the distinction between 'knowledge' and 'information' are explored, as well as Polanyi's concept of 'tacit knowing'. The concept is examined in the journal literature, the Web sites of consultancy companies, and in the presentation of business schools. The conclusion is reached that 'knowledge management' is an umbrella term for a variety of organizational activities, none of which are concerned with the management of knowledge. Those activities that are not concerned with the management of information are concerned with the management of work practices, in the expectation that changes in such areas as communication practice will enable information sharing. This has been added to Knowledge Discovery Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
From KISS to KIDS – An ‘anti-simplistic’ Modelling Approach
A new approach is suggested under the slogan “Keep it Descriptive Stupid” (KIDS) that encapsulates a trend in increasingly descriptive agent-based social simulation. The KIDS approach entails one starts with the simulation model that relates to the target phenomena in the most straight-forward way possible, taking into account the widest possible range of evidence, including anecdotal accounts and expert opinion. Simplification is only applied when and if the model and evidence justify this. This contrasts sharply with the KISS approach where one starts with the simplest possible model and only moves to a more complex one if forced to. An example multi-agent simulation of domestic water demand and social influence is described. posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
Learning Technology: The Myths and Facts by John A Finnis
This paper considers some of the major issues in the field of learning technology. It seeks to identify areas in which technology has greatest potential to contribute to the learning process, and also those areas in which the application of technology is inappropriate or detrimental. Issues include the support of different kinds of learner, learning environments, reusability and accessibility. Questions raised include the changing role of learning in the information age, extent to which learning materials may be re-used, and how misunderstandings between various contributors to learning technology projects may be overcome. The paper concludes with a hypothetical example of an effective application of learning technology. posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning
This Journal was established to facilitate collaboration and communication among researchers, innovators, practitioners, and administrators of education and training programs involving technology and distance learning. An academic institution, Duquesne University, was chosen for its commitment to academic excellence and exemplary programs in instructional technology and distance learning. Duquesne University is supporting the Journal through its graduate program in Instructional Technology and its Center for Technology Education Innovation and Research (TEIR Center). In addition to its educational programs, Duquesne University has major training contracts for industry and government. The Journal is refereed, global, and focused on research and innovation in teaching and learning. Duquesne University and its partner, DonEl Learning Inc., are committed to publish significant writings of high academic stature. This will be added to Education and Distance Learning Resources 2004-05 Internet MiniGuide.
posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM
Tuesday, June 22, 2004
Finding People Resources and Sites
Finding People 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 finding people. 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 | 4:25 AM
CINDOR (Conceptual INterlingua DOcument Retrieval)
CINDOR enables users to enter a single query in their native language and retrieve documents in all supported languages. Current languages supported are: English, French and Spanish. Simplified Chinese, Russian and Arabic are currently under development. What makes CINDOR unique in the cross-language search arena? Our Conceptual Interlingua, a language neutral lexicon, removes monolingual and keyword search barriers. CINDOR has three core technology modules: Conceptual Interlingua, Language Analysis, and Search Management. These core technology modules may be part of a full solution tightly integrated with a third party search engine and storage solution, or sold with standard APIs and wrappers to aid integration as an embeddable solution in any third party search/storage engine. The system accepts user queries in free-form text, ranging from single words or phrases to full natural language sentences. posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
Dubai Internet City Announces Dubai Outsource Zone (DOZ)
Dubai Internet City today announced the Dubai Outsource Zone (DOZ), the world’s first ’free zone’ dedicated to the outsourcing industry. The announcement was made by Dr. Omar Bin Sulaiman, CEO of Dubai Internet City at Europe’s biggest conference on outsourcing, Outsource World held in London. Dubai Outsource Zone will provide a comprehensive infrastructure and environment for outsourcing companies to set up global or regional hubs servicing the worldwide market. DOZ’s offering includes 100% exemption from taxes, arguably the world’s most reliable technology and communications infrastructure, a one-stop shop of support services and the best possible working environment. This has been added to OutSourcing/Offshoring Resources and Information Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
This Web site is designed for educators who want to find lessons, ideas, projects, and information on the internet fast. The links are arranged by subject and then divided into more specific areas so that things can be quickly located. This site could also be used by families, either for additional information on a topic of interest to the family or by families who have chosen to home-school their children. In addition, this site can be used by students who want to learn more about a topic or who are looking for a project to present at their school. This will be added to Education and Distance Learning Resources 2004-05 Internet MiniGuide. posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
Countdown to RSS, the Gateway Technology
This is an attempt to explain RSS and its benefits to the casual Web-using instructor in 15 minutes or less. The reader will learn what RSS is, some advantages it offers, and how to find, subscribe to, and read RSS feeds. The reader is asked to complete three brief tasks to demonstrate the skills required to use an RSS aggregator. Suggestions for further exploration are offered. This has been addd to the RSS Resource links in my Bots, Blogs and News Aggregators presentation. posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
A Map of Languages in the United States
The MLA Language Map is intended for use by students, teachers, and anyone interested in learning about the linguistic and cultural composition of the United States. The MLA Language Map uses data from the 2000 United States census to display the locations and numbers of speakers of thirty languages and seven groups of less commonly spoken languages in the United States. The Language Map illustrates the density of language speakers in zip codes and counties. The Data Center provides actual numbers and percentages of speakers. posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM
Monday, June 21, 2004
This edition of Current Awareness Happenings on the Internet by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. June 21, 2004 V2N25 discusses the latest Subject Tracer™ Information Blog Auction Resources. Click on the below audio posting to hear an audio by Marcus P. Zillman on this latest Subject Tracer™. View this Subject Tracer™ Information Blog at:
Auction Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog
posted by Marcus | 4:30 AM
Financial Sources 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 financial information. This Subject Tracer™ Information Blog is divided into the following sections: Corporate Conference Calls Sources, Financial Sources, Financial Sources Search Engines, Venture Capital Sources and Other Subject Tracer™ Information Blogs. 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 | 4:24 AM
Entrez - The Life Sciences Cross-Database Search Engine
The Entrez search and retrieval system now offers a cross-database search that allows a single query to span the traditional NCBI-sequence databases; Nucleotide and Protein; the literature databases, such as PubMed®, PMC, Books, OMIM™, Journals, and MeSH; the structurally-oriented databases, Structures, the Conserved Domain Database, 3D-Domains; the NCBI Taxonomy, Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO), Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs), Population Sets, Genomes, Sequence Tagged Sites, UniGene, Gene-centered information (Gene), and, finally, the NCBI Web site itself. The cross database search option, labeled “Entrez” on the NCBI homepage search menu, replaces 'GenBank' as the default. This has been added to Biological Informatics, Deep Web Research and Healthcare Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blogs. This will be added to Healthcare Resources 2004-05 Internet MiniGuide. posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
Ethnomathematics Digital Library
A resource directory with more than 500 documents and web links on ethnomathematics, indigenous math, and mathematical expression in world cultures. Organized for browsing by subject, geographical area, cultural group, and language. posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
Web Sites Make UK Science and Industry Archives Available To All
Until now, visitors to the U.K.'s National Museum of Science & Industry (NMSI) could see only a small fraction of their vast collections at any one time. But virtual visitors now have unprecedented access to more than 30,000 objects, digitized and collected into two creatively organized Web sites. The first, www.ingenious.org.uk, offers a fascinating insight into science and contemporary culture, using images, stories, opinion pieces and online debates to explore the many feats of human ingenuity that shape our lives. The second, www.makingthemodernworld.org.uk, is based on the Science Museum's landmark gallery, Making the Modern World. It gives visitors a new way to explore the icons of invention by using animation, dramatic reconstructions and technical explanations to encourage visitors to find out more about the social implications of historical advances in science and technology. Lindsay Sharp, Director of NMSI, comments: "Through these Web sites, we are offering millions of virtual visitors the chance to see thousands of iconic objects that will help improve the understanding of the contribution of science, technology and invention to the material world around us and how they have changed our lives. As you'd expect from one of the world's leading science museums we've exploited the potential of new technology to make sure the experience for visitors is rich and exciting." posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
IKNOW (Inquiring Knowledge Networks on the Web)
In today's Knowledge intensive economy, it is not only important for organizations to focus on building their knowledge assets, but also to make sure that this knowledge is effectively identified, distributed, shared and used. IKNOW (Inquiring Knowledge Networks on the Web) is a Web based E-solution that was created to assist organizations, communities, or indivudal team to manage their knowledge assets. IKNOW helps an organization by putting in place a mapping, visualization, and measurement system that can help organizations to study the patterns of knowledge and information flow though an organizations informal network. This, in turn, can help enhance an organization’s capability to identify critical patterns of knowledge distribution and information flow, and thus, more effectively manage these knowledge assets. IKNOW provides the focus associated with mapping, measurement and visualization of knowledge networks and combines it with the power of structured collaboration. Further its ability to run on many popular Web platforms enhances its ease of use. In short, IKNOW will answer the following: 1) Who knows who?, 2) Who knows what? 3) Who knows who knows who? and 4) Who knows who knows what? This has been added Knowledge Discovery Subject Tracer™ Information Blog and to my posting on Online Social Networks. posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
Research Connect - Connecting the World To Information
Research Connect™ is an integrated research database connecting the media and investors with leading independent financial, business, economic, political, technical, legal, medical, scientific, and social research. The Research Connect database was built with the goal of indexing the vast group of extraordinary minds that are conducting research throughout the world. Research that is shaping the world, the economies and the markets we live in. This has been added to Research Resources and Internet Experts Subject Tracer™ Information Blogs. This will be added to Academic Resources 2004-05 Internet MiniGuide. posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM
Sunday, June 20, 2004
Employment 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 employment information. 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
Electric and Hybrid Vehicles
Detroit News: Gas-electric vehicles surge in popularity
Electric Vehicle History Online Archive
Hybrid Electric Vehicle Program
Argonne Laboratories Transportation Technology R&D Center
While Scout recently reported on hybrid automobiles from the current make and model point of view, this topic in depth explores the history and technology of electric and hybrid cars and considers the options available for car buyers and the future of fuel cell technology. This article from the Detroit News suggests electric vehicles are becoming popular (1). The second website (1) provides an interactive history and archived documents about the development of electric vehicles. The third link describes a specific program involving U.S. corporations and the Federal government (2). The fourth link takes you to Argonne Laboratories transportation website, which provides articles and reviews recent research developments (3). If you are looking to buy an electric or hybrid car this website provides information on the various alternative vehicles and, and California residents can find out about state government-sponsored incentives for car buyers (4). This last website from the Why Files offers an analysis of some of the pros and cons of electric vehicles and suggests fuel cells have more potential (5). [From The NSDL Scout Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003. http://scout.wisc.edu/] posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
News Audiences Increasingly Politicized - Online News Audience Larger, More Diverse
Despite tumultuous events abroad, the public's news habits have been relatively stable over the past two years. Yet modest growth has continued in two important areas online news and cable news. Regarding the latter, the expanding audience for the Fox News Channel stands out. Since 2000, the number of Americans who regularly watch Fox News has increased by nearly half from 17% to 25% while audiences for other cable outlets have been flat at best. Fox's vitality comes as a consequence of another significant change in the media landscape. Political polarization is increasingly reflected in the public's news viewing habits. Since 2000, the Fox News Channel's gains have been greatest among political conservatives and Republicans. More than half of regular Fox viewers describe themselves as politically conservative (52%), up from 40% four years ago. At the same time, CNN, Fox's principal rival, has a more Democrat-leaning audience than in the past. This report by the Pew Research Center for the people and the press includes the following: I. Where Americans Go for News, II. The Changing Online News Audience, III. International News Audience Broader, Not Deeper, IV. Attitudes Toward the News, V. Media Credibility Declines, About the Surveys, Media Tables, Questionnaire Part 1, and Questionnaire Part 2. posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
Web Sites That Shorten Long URLs
These free web sites can take a long URL and give you back a shorter URL without requiring registration. Since these sites forward a click from one link to another, they are also known as URL forwarders and some do subdomain forwarding. Any of these services will do a decent job, but if you want to study them before you pick one, here is an informal survey of the competitive landscape. [beSpacific June 15, 2004] posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
Government Technology Offers RSS Newsfeeds
Government Technology magazine -- in addition to Web site news and e-mail newsletters -- provides U.S. state and local government technology news through Really Simple Syndication (RSS), an XML-based format for content distribution. RSS feeds provide headlines, descriptions and links back to Government Technology for the full story. More data on RSS feeds and the most popular RSS Newsreaders are available online. The Government Technology RSS URL is: http://www.govtech.net/rss/topstories.php and content channels on the main site also contain RSS URLs. This will be added to Business Resources 2004-05 Internet MiniGuide. posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
Fractals Show Machine Intentions
Someday machines could build themselves, which means they might not necessarily be designed to communicate with people. This could make interacting with machines difficult. One solution is to give people a means of interpreting machines that's similar to the way we read each other's body language. A team of researchers has proposed a way to do so that combines fractals with algorithms that automatically cluster data. posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM
Saturday, June 19, 2004
eCommerce 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 from the Internet on eCommerce. 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 | 4:24 AM
The Jukebox Mode of Innovation: a Model of Commercial Open Source Development by Joachim Henkel
Abstract by author:
In this paper, I explore the circumstances under which innovation processes without secrecy or intellectual property protection are viable, and where free revealing of innovations is a profit-maximizing strategy. Motivated by an empirical study of embedded Linux, I develop a duopoly model of quality competition. Firms require two complementary technologies as inputs, but differ with respect to the relative importance of these technologies. I find that a regime with compulsory revealing can lead to higher product qualities and higher profits than a proprietary regime. When the decision to reveal is endogenized, equilibria with voluntary revealing arise, again superior to the proprietary outcome. posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
OpenTextBook.org is an effort to create a free textbook using methods developed by the F/OSS community. By open, they mean under the terms of the Gnu Free Documentation License. Currently they only have subversion access and a daily pdf snapshot of the same, which is mostly math but you can help by contributing work, writing, looking at FIXME's or helping port over stuff from the Incoming folder. They are very much going for a book rather than a purely online resource or reference. They are also actively looking to host opened textbooks, or provide resources for their creation. This will be added to Academic Resources 2004-05 Internet MiniGuide. posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
Searching Vs. Finding by William A. Woods, Sun Microsystems Laboratories
Finding information and organizing it so that it can be found are two key aspects of any company's knowledge management strategy. Nearly everyone is familiar with the experience of searching with a Web search engine and using a search interface to search a particular Web site once you get there. (You may have even noticed that the latter often doesn't work as well as the former.) After you have a list of hits, you typically spend a significant amount of time following links, waiting for pages to download, reading through a page to see if it has what you want, deciding that it doesn't, backing up to try another link, deciding to try another way to phrase your request, et cetera. Eventually you may find what you want, or you may ultimately give up and decide that you can't find it. Why is this so difficult? posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
eFeeds(sm): Web Feeds from Electronic Journals
eFeeds(sm): Web Feeds from Electronic Journals is a categorized registry of electronic journals that offer RSS/XML, Atom, or other Web feeds. Publisher-specific and vendor Web feeds are categorized in a separate category. eFeeds(sm) is compiled and maintained by Gerry McKiernan, Science and Technology Librarian and Bibliographer, Science and Technology Department, Iowa State University Library. Ames, IA 50011. This will be added to Academic Resources 2004-05 Internet MiniGuide. posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
The second issue of SCRIPT-ed, the online, international, interdisciplinary and multi-lingual law and technology journal of the AHRB Research Centre for Studies in Intellectual Property and Technology Law is now live. This will be added to Legal Resources 2004-05 Internet MiniGuide.
posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM
Friday, June 18, 2004
Directory 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 Internet Directories. The goal of this site is to be the Internet's Directory of Directories! 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 | 4:25 AM
How To Use the Federal FOI Act - 9th Edition
This booklet is designed as a general "do-it-yourself" guide to using the federal Freedom of Information Act. This is the ninth edition of the guide, which was originally published in 1976 and has been updated and expanded to include recent court opinions that affect the FOI Act. This booklet was researched and edited by The FOI Service Center, a project of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. It describes how to use the Act as an effective investigative tool, and provides sample letters, forms and directories to assist you in dealing with the government promptly and effectively. [beSpacific 06-14-04] This has been added to Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
I have just updated the Research Tools section of my Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog and the following is the latest listing of what I consider to be some of the very best Research Tools on the Internet. This is also available as a white paper link compilation by clicking here.
A Great Grabber
askSam - Free Form Database Software
CatchTheWeb - Web Research, Web Intelligence Collaboration, and Web Publishing
Conducting Research Surveys via Email and the Web
FindForward Search Engine
Furl - Your Web Page Filing Cabinet
Google API Proximity Search (GAPS)
Investigator's Toolbox - Online Resources for Researchers
Inventory of Research Methods for Librarianship and Informatics by Jonathan D. Eldredge, M.L.S., Ph.D., AHIP
iRider Web Browser
Keepoint: Your Personal Web Information Manager
Library of Congress Research Tools
netXtract - The Net-based Research Productivity Tool
ORIONMagic - Knowledge Management Tools
Research Connect - Connecting the World To Information
Research Methods Resources on the WWW
Research Tools and Papers
Research WWW Browsers
SnagIt Screen Capture
Snippy by ResearchAgent
The Academic Web Link Database Project
The Spire Project
Tools for Investigative Research
TrademarkBots® - Monitor Trademarks and Brands on the Internet
Watch That Page
Wysigot - Monitor the Web
XanEdu ReSearch Engine
YellowPen Research Engine
http://www.YellowPen.com/ posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
Moon, Mars and Beyond
The President's Commission on Moon, Mars and Beyond. This site gives the latest reports, data and current information on the President's Commission "Moon, Mars and Beyond". This has been added to Astronomy Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
Steve Antler's excellent EconoPundit brings the latest economic news and views with a comprehensive listing of EconoWriters, EconoData and EconoPolitics. This has been added to Business Intelligence Subject Tracer™ information Blog and Statistics Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. This will also be added to Business Resources 2004-05 Internet MiniGuide. posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
calcmaster.NET is an anonymous proxy service that allows you to visit websites that may be restricted by the computer or network that you are using (commonly done at schools and workplaces) and protects your ip address from these websites. The urls are encoded which prevents url filters from blocking sites. GET and POST are supported. SSL will also be added soon. In the near future, this anonymizer will support session url encoding which will prevent anyone from accessing a website you have visited by clicking on your history. Cookie support is also planned in the near future. This has been added to Privacy Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM
Thursday, June 17, 2004
Deep Web Research
Deep Web Research 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 from the Internet deep web research. This Subject Tracer™ Information Blog is divided into the following sections: 1) Articles, Papers, Forums, Audios and Videos; 2) Cross Database Articles; 3) Cross Database Search Services; 4) Cross Database Search Tools; 5) Peer to Peer, File Sharing, Grid and Matrix Search Engines; 6) Presentations; 7) Resources - Deep Web Research; 8) Resources - Semantic Web Research; and 9) Current Subject Tracer™ Information Blogs. 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 | 4:25 AM
60 Sites in 60 Minutes
Jenny Kanji and Genie Tyburski presented 60 Sites in 60 Minutes at the 2004 annual meeting of the Special Libraries Association on 9 June. The Legal Division sponsored the program. 60 Sites in 60 Minutes is a part-serious, part-fun program that spotlighted a mix of useful and dubious Web sites. posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
Tools for Investigative Research by Genie Tyburski
Find 45 tips about sources and search techniques for research involving companies and people. The tips were presented recently by Genie Tyburski as part of the Web Tools 2004 program at the conference of the Special Libraries association. This has been added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. This has also been added to Finding People Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
Mobilization of Software Developers: The Free Software Movement by Margret S. Elliott and Walter Scacchi
Abstract by Author:
Free/open source software (F/OSS) development projects are growing at a rapid rate. Globally dispersed virtual communities with large groups of software developers contribute time and effort often without pay. One force behind this phenomenon is the Free Software Movement (FSM), a 20 year-old social movement whose purpose is to promote the use of free software instead of proprietary software. We show how the ideology of the FSM influences software development work practices in F/OSS communities and how an occupational community of F/OSS developers has emerged from this movement. We present results from an empirical study of a F/OSS development community, GNUenterprise (GNUe) whose purpose is to build an Enterprise Resource Planning system. We show how the beliefs in freedom and freedom of choice, and the values of cooperative work and community building are manifested in the GNUe norms of informal self-management, immediate acceptance of fellow contributors, and open disclosure.
posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
Last Call: SOAP Transmission Optimization, XML-Binary Packaging
The XML Protocol Working Group has released "SOAP Message Transmission Optimization Mechanism" and "XML-binary Optimized Packaging (XOP)" as Last Call Working Drafts. The drafts improve SOAP Version 1.2 performance. Comments are welcome through 29 June. Also published are "XOP Frequently Asked Questions," the "Attachment Feature" which is
superseded, and the completed "Use Cases and Requirements." Visit the Web services home page.
posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
Tim Berners-Lee Receives Millennium Technology Prize in Helsinki
W3C is pleased to announce that on 15 June in Helsinki, Ms. Tarja Halonen, President of the Republic of Finland, will present the first Millennium Technology Prize to W3C Director Tim Berners-Lee. The award is given in one of four disciplines for "outstanding technological achievements that directly promote people's quality of life, are based on humane values, and encourage sustainable economic development." The
ceremonies are held in conjunction with the Millennium Technology Conference in Espoo, Finland on 13-16 June.
posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM
Wednesday, June 16, 2004
Data Mining Resources
Data Mining 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 data mining information. 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
Language Engineering for the Semantic Web: A Digital Library for Endangered Languages
Many languages are in serious danger of being lost and if nothing is done to prevent it, half of the world's approximately 6,500 languages will disappear in the next 100 years. Language data are central to the research of a large social science community, including linguists, anthropologists, archeologists, historians, sociologists, and political scientists interested in the culture of indigenous people. The death of a language entails the loss of a community's traditional culture, for the language is a unique vehicle for its traditions and culture. In this paper, we describe the effort undertaken at Wayne State University to preserve endangered languages using the state-of-the-art information technologies. We discuss the issues involved in such an effort, and present the architecture of a distributed digital library which will contain various data of endangered languages in the forms of text, image, video and audio files and include advanced tools for intelligent cataloguing, indexing, searching and browsing information on languages and language analysis. Various Semantic Web technologies such as XML, OLAC, and ontologies are used so that the digital library is developed as a useful linguistic resource on the Semantic Web. This has been added to the semantic web research section of Deep Web Research Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
Pirates, Sharks and Moral Crusaders: Social Control in Peer–To–Peer Networks by Jörgen S. Svensson and Frank Bannister
Abstract by Author:
File sharing in peer–to–peer (p2p) networks is a popular pastime for millions of Internet users and a source of concern for copyright holders and for many others who fear the worldwide spread of offensive and illegal content. As file sharing proliferates, the question is what can and should be done to regulate this practice. Can and should governments cooperate to develop stricter laws and regulations and invest in wide–scale international cooperation in order to arrest Internet villains? Can and should copyright holders in the music, film and software industries extend their tactics of inciting fear, by randomly threatening customers with lawsuits in which they claim millions of dollars in damages? This article explores a possible alternative, namely that of user self–regulation, and uses an empirical investigation of two different peer–to–peer networks to examine social norms in these networks and the informal social sanctions that are used to enforce these norms. The results of this investigation indicate that some self–regulation already exists and suggest that it may be possible to strengthen this self–regulation to reduce the occurrence of some types of offences. However, there is a limit to the effectiveness of peer control of illegal and antisocial activities on the Internet.
posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
Drupal for Bloggers
Drupal is a very powerful Open Source Content Management System (CMS) which can be configured for many purposes, ranging as a collobrative tool to simple blogging. The purpose of 'Drupal for bloggers' is develop a customized version of Drupal which has features that typical movabletype (MT) bloggers are used to. This is based on Drupal 4.4.1 so it is pretty stable but it is not complete. The goal is to develop it to a stage where the default installation is a blogsite, with all the neccessary modules and hacks to make it user friendly (good enough to replace movabletype) at the sametime not touching any core drupal system so you can still use all the wonderful drupal plugins. You can take a try out the system before you use by clicking here. posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
Indispensable Writing Resources
You'll find everything on and off the Net that you could possibly need in writing or researching a paper, including links to all sorts of reference material, links to writing labs, links to Web search engines, and links to writing-related Web sites. This has been added to Student Research Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
Perseus WebResearcher is a high-end Web application intended for organizations requiring a large-scale, 100% web-based survey system. It provides professional research functionality and enables research managers to centrally control the entire survey process. This has been added to Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM
Tuesday, June 15, 2004
ChatterBots 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 ChatterBots. 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 | 4:25 AM
Science and Development Network (SciDev.Net)
The overall aim of the Science and Development Network (SciDev.Net) is to enhance the provision of reliable and authoritative information on science- and technology-related issues that impact on the economic and social development of developing countries.
Our goal is to ensure that both individuals and organisations in the developing world are better placed to make informed decisions on these issues. We seek to achieve this objective primarily through running a free-access website, but also by building regional networks of individuals and institutions who share our goals, and by organising capacity-building workshops and other events in the developing world. posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
The main purpose of the UniLang Community is to provide a home for everybody interested in any aspect of language(s) or linguistics. They try to bring together everybody who wants to talk about languages, linguistics, literature, culture, translation, communication etc. This will be added to Education and Distance Learning Resources 2004-05 Internet MiniGuide. posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
Semantic Web Draws On the Power of Friends
Do a little digging into the status of the Semantic Web, and you'd likely come away befuddled and unenlightened, convinced this was a job for techno-geeks, not actual human beings. But in point of fact, the burgeoning number of Weblogs already form a vast source of richly interconnected information that requires little or no knowledge of the Semantic Web in order to be useful. The new Friend Of A Friend (FOAF) project is taking the idea of Weblog communities one step further by explicitly defining them in a way that is more easily machine processible. One of the aims of the FOAF project is to improve the chances of happy accidents by describing the connections between people (and the things that they care about such as documents and places). The idea is to use FOAF to describe the sorts of things you would put on your homepage -- your friends, your interests, your picture -- in a structured fashion that machines find easy to process. What you get from this is a network of people instead of a network of Web pages. When people need to know something that is outside their area of expertise, these personal contacts serve as a way of linking them to the best information available. This has been added to the Semantic Web Research section of Deep Web Research Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. This has also been added to my posting on Online Social Networks available here. posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
Best of History Web Sites
Best of History Web Sites aims to provide quick, convenient, and reliable access to the best history-oriented resources online in a wide range of categories. BOHWS has been designed to benefit history teachers and their students, but general history enthusiasts will benefit from the site as well. Best of History Web Sites is ranked #1 by Google for "history web sites" and receives upwards of 60,000 visitors and 125,000 page views per month. Best of History Web Sites contains links to over 800 history-related web sites that have been reviewed for quality, accuracy, and usefulness. Included are links to K-12 history lesson plans, teacher guides, activities, games, quizzes, and more. Sites with engaging educational content and stimulating and useful multimedia technologies are most likely to be included in these pages. However, useful general resources and research-oriented sites have been included as well. posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
The AmosWEB GLOSS*arama is a searchable database of 1800 economic terms and concepts. Use the QUICK Search feature or browse the GLOSS*arama alphabetically. For more search options, try the Advanced Search at the bottom of the page. This will be added to Business Resources 2004-05 Internet MiniGuide. posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM
Monday, June 14, 2004
This edition of Current Awareness Happenings on the Internet by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. June 14, 2004 V2N24 discusses the latest Subject Tracer™ Information Blog Employment Resources. Click on the below audio posting to hear an audio by Marcus P. Zillman on this latest Subject Tracer™. View this Subject Tracer™ Information Blog at:
Employment Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog
posted by Marcus | 5:00 AM
Business Intelligence Resources
Business Intelligence 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 from the Internet on business intelligence. 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 | 4:25 AM
The Web Survey List
Intended to be the world's most comprehensive archive of current and past psychological Web experiments (not correlational studies, see the web survey list for those). This will be added to Healthcare Resources 2004-05 Internet MiniGuide. posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
Public Library of Science (PLoS)
The Public Library of Science (PLoS) is a non-profit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource. The internet and electronic publishing enable the creation of public libraries of science containing the full text and data of any published research article, available free of charge to anyone, anywhere in the world.
Immediate unrestricted access to scientific ideas, methods, results, and conclusions will speed the progress of science and medicine, and will more directly bring the benefits of research to the public. To realize this potential, a new business model for scientific publishing is required that treats the costs of publication as the final integral step of the funding of a research project. To demonstrate that this publishing model will be successful for the publication of the very best research, PLoS will publish its own journals. PLoS Biology launched its first issue on October 13, 2003, in print and online. PLoS Medicine will follow in 2004.
PLoS is working with scientists, their societies, funding agencies, and other publishers to pursue our broader goal of ensuring an open-access home for every published article and to develop tools to make the literature useful to scientists and the public. This will be added to Academic Resources 2004-05 Internet MiniGuide. posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
Internation Education and Resource Network - iEARN
iEARN is the world's largest non-profit global network that enables young people to use the Internet and other new technologies to engage in collaborative educational projects that both enhance learning and make a difference in the world. posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
RSS: Grassroots Support Leads to Mass Appeal by Stephen Downes
Rich Site Summary, or RSS, is an XML format originally designed to list the changing contents of a news Website. Originally released by Netscape in 1997, it was used to allow readers to customize their personal Netscape Webpage and to create content indices inside the Netscape browser. Abandoned by Netscape, the format lived on through a grassroots content syndication movement and has evolved through several versions. Today, RSS is widely used by news Websites and Weblog authors. posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
The Information Commons - A Public Policy Report by Nancy Kranich
The Internet offers unprecedented possibilities for human creativity, global communication, and access to information. Yet digital technology also invites new forms of information enclosure. In the last decade, mass media companies have developed methods of control that undermine the public's traditional rights to use, share, and reproduce information and ideas. These technologies, combined with dramatic consolidation in the media industry and new laws that increase its control over intellectual products, threaten to undermine the political discourse, free speech, and creativity needed for a healthy democracy.
In response to the crisis, librarians, cyber-activists, and other public interest advocates have sought ways to expand access to the wealth of resources that the Internet promises, and have begun to build online communities, or "commons," for producing and sharing information, creative works, and democratic discussion. This report documents the information commons movement, explains its importance, and outlines the theories and "best practices" that have developed to assist its growth. posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM
Sunday, June 13, 2004
Bot Research Resources and Sites
Bot Research 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 from the Internet on bot research. We always welcome suggestions of additional sites and resources to be added to this comprehensive listing and please submit by clicking here. This site has been developed and maintained by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. . Additional links and resources by Marcus are available by clicking here. posted by Marcus | 4:25 AM
The Big Bang Theory and the Expansion of the Universe
The Study of the Universe
Expansion of the Universe
Expansion of the Universe
Evolution of the Universe
The Big Bang
Take a trip through the Big Bang
Did the Universe Have a Beginning?
Galaxy Find Stirs Big Bang Debate
First, NASA furnishes a fabulous tutorial about the big bang theory and the evolution of the universe (1). Visitors can discover the foundation of the big bang theory, the observational tests, and the limitations and extensions of the theory. The second website, developed by Maxine Phaisalakani at the University of Toronto, introduces in a slide show presentation research that led to the discovery of the expansion of the universe (2). The site addresses many astronomical concepts including the big bang theory, dark matter, and the Doppler Effect. Next, The Online Journey Through Astronomy offers educational materials about studies leading to the discoveries of distant galaxies and the expansion of the universe (3). The website supplies two short animations illustrating the formation of the universe. The fourth site, created by PhysicalGeography.net, provides an online chapter about the past, present, and future of the universe (4). Students and educators can find links to a useful glossary and a list of additional readings. Next, PBS presents a timeline of the universe from the Big Bang to the future (5). This interactive website offers concise introductions to many of the key developments of the universe including the formation of elements, the earliest life forms, and the dark era. At the next site, the physicist, Patricia Schwarz, presents numerous animations, illustrations, and text dealing with the Big Bang Theory (6). Users can learn about the observations and knowledge that provide the framework for the theory. Next, Meta Research discusses hypotheses and assumptions about the big bang theory and the expansion of the universe (7). Visitors can find out why some scientists have qualms with the theorized phenomenon. Lastly, CNN provides an article about a group of Australian scientists' findings of a new string of galaxies that could challenge the big bang theory (8). Visitors can learn how scientists use computer simulation models to test astronomical theories. [From The NSDL Scout Report for the Physical Sciences, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003. http://scout.wisc.edu/ ] This has been added to Astronomy Resources 2004-05 Internet MiniGuide. posted by Marcus | 4:23 AM
Super Japanese Sites
Here you will find lots of sites that can be helpful for you for learning more about Japan and the Japanese language and culture. There are many sites that link to many others that can be helpful to you as well. This will be added to International Trade Resources 2004-05 Internet MiniGuide.
posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
UN Calls On Private Sector To Bridge Digital Divide
A new report from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says global ICT corporations could play an important role in narrowing the digital divide in developing countries by mentoring, training and assisting local businesses. The UNDP says discussions are ongoing with global companies such as Microsoft and HP on how they can best contribute to the issue. posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
Calling itself " the Definitive XML Source", XMLMania.com brings together the latest news, documents, files and forum on XML happenings including RSS feeds. Excellent site and well worth a bookmark! posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
Federal XML Work Group May 18 Meeting Minutes
Alice Marshall reports on the XML Work Group, May 18 meeting with her minutes. posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
XML Gets Down To Business by Glyn Moody
XML is perhaps one of the Internet's greatest unrecognised success stories. The first draft of the XML standard dates back only to 1996, and was born out of an attempt to marry the simplicity of HTML with the power of Standard Generalised Markup Language (SGML). It has rapidly moved centre-stage, to the point where most of the initiatives in the W3C A to Z list on its home page are based around XML - even HTML has been re-cast as XHTML. But XML is more than just an exercise in re-packaging. Since its creation, the scope of XML has widened enormously, and now encompasses a number of major ancillary projects that address deeper technical issues well beyond simply tagging data more intelligently - XML's starting point. For example, the eXtensible Stylesheet Language (XSL) family - XSL Transformations (XSLT), XML Path Language (XPath) and XSL Formatting Objects (XSL-FO) - is concerned with the presentation side of XML documents: converting them into HTML for display in a browser is one obvious application. posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM
Saturday, June 12, 2004
Biological Informatics 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 biological informatics. 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
Team Cymru (pronounced "kum-ree") is a group of technologists interested in making things better. They have experience in a variety of areas, to include UNIX systems development (application and kernel), IP network engineering, security analysis and applications, and a variety of other fun jobs. They are not here to advertise their skills or to charge you money; they are here to (hopefully) make things a bit better. They have assembled a large list of templates, lists, and monitoring in an effort to make YOUR job easier. They hope to have achieved their goal in some small ways. They can not do this alone, obviously, so they welcome your input, ideas and monetary support! This has been added to Security Resources 2004-05 Internet MiniGuide. posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
Academics of Central Asia (A-C-A)
Academics of Central Asia seeks to motivate and mobilise Central Asian scholars in becoming more active in academics networks regionally and globally. Three national coordinators will be in charge of contacting a minimum of 60 scholars each and collecting information (including list of key publications) for the database. The national coordinators will send out a minimum of three electronic newsletters in Russian to the Central Asian scholars that have joined the Web-page. These will give news about conferences, funding opportunities, etc. The three national coordinators are active and dedicated scholars who are all well situated in the academic communities in their respective countries. This will be added to Academic Resources 2004-05 Internet MiniGuide. posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
News on Demand by Bob Stepno of PC World
Most of us keep a mental list of our favorite Web sites--perhaps 10 to 15 destinations that we swing by every day. But usually only a few of them contain new stories that are worth reading immediately, so a habit of loading and scanning each of these sites daily can waste a lot of time. Fortunately, you can make such time sinks a thing of the past, thanks to a Web standard called RSS. This standard lets sites publish a simple listing of headlines and story summaries (for more background, see "RSS: Hot Fix for Info-Junkies"). Using a simple program called an RSS reader, you can subscribe to different news feeds and rapidly sift through condensed news. When you find an item you like, you click the headline to open the Web page containing the full story. Along with breaking-news headlines from online versions of publications like the New York Times, feeds can deliver everything from Weblogs and weather alerts to listings of new arrivals at your favorite record store or auction gallery. Feeds arrive in various formats, but the most common are RSS (which can stand for a number of things such as Really Simple Syndication or RDF Site Summary) and a new standard called Atom that expands on the capabilities of RSS. Both can be read by most available readers. Also called "feed readers" or "RSS aggregators," RSS readers are one of the biggest new categories of software in recent memory. A quick online search will find more than 50 programs designed to scan subscription news feeds, and each one works a little differently than the others. posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
UKOLUG - UK eInformation Group
This is the new face of UKOLUG, a web site for the electronic Information community. They have a wide range of resources (factsheets, links) as well as details of many activities - meetings, publishing, etc. Members can access our brand new e-journal. posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
Sharing Digital Resources: Web-Wise 2004
Sharing Digital Resources: Web-Wise 2004 - Selected papers from the Fifth Annual Conference on Libraries and Museums in the Digital World. This will be added to Academic Resources 2004-05 Internet MiniGuide. posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM
Friday, June 11, 2004
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 | 4:25 AM
The Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Team
The Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Team of the National Space Science and Technology Center welcomes you to its home page. Our group includes scientists and engineers from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Universities Space Research Association (USRA) and the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). We are actively involved in several projects which are designed to investigate the high energy regime of our Solar System and Universe. The primary objectives of our research are to study gamma-ray phenomena such as pulsars , black holes , other galaxies, gamma-ray bursts , and other exotic astrophysical objects. This has been added to Astronomy Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
Agricultural Biotechnology in Europe (ABE)
This web site is a gateway to sites in many European countries where ABE is active, as well as other websites with useful information about agricultural biotechnology. This has been addded to Agriculture Resources Subject Tracer™ Infornation Blog. posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
Industrial News Room
Industrial News Room is a retail site with the mission of delivering timely, new industrial product information covering the whole range of products from adhesives through waste handling equipment. With free services such as RSS feeds, Industrial News Room makes this valuable information available to all who are interested in the latest industrial products. A product of Thomas Publishing Company, LLC, Product News Network® (PNN), is possibly the only, but definitely the most comprehensive source of new and timely product information in the industrial marketplace. PNN® supplies new product information to the Web sites, e-marketplaces and print publications that serve the industrial marketplace. This has been added to Business Intelligence Subject Tracer™ Information Blog and will be added to Business Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide. posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
The Educated Blogger: Using Weblogs To Promote Literacy in the Classroom by David Huffaker
This paper explores the role of weblogs or "blogs" in classroom settings. Blogs, which resemble personal journals or diaries and provide an online venue where self–expression and creativity is encouraged and online communities are built, provide an excellent opportunity for educators to advance literacy through storytelling and dialogue. This paper explores the importance of literacy and storytelling in learning, and then juxtaposes these concepts with the features of blogs. The paper also reviews examples of blogs in practice. posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
Corporate Executive Board
The Corporate Executive Board is the premier membership organization for senior executives of leading institutions worldwide to discover innovative strategies for addressing their most pressing challenges. Our dedicated membership programs focus upon increasing the effectiveness of leaders within member organizations. To that end, we provide a suite of services—best practices research, executive education and decision support tools—designed to accelerate the implementation of new strategies and to help members avoid reinventing the wheel as they address problems shared with their peers. This will be added to Business Resources 2004-05 Internet MiniGuide. posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM
Thursday, June 10, 2004
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
Purdue Mathematician Claims Proof for Riemann Hypothesis
A Purdue University mathematician claims to have proven the Riemann hypothesis, often dubbed the greatest unsolved problem in mathematics. Louis De Branges de Bourcia, or de Branges (de BRONZH) as he prefers to be called, has posted a 23-page paper detailing his attempt at a proof on his university Web page. While mathematicians ordinarily announce their work at formal conferences or in scientific journals, the spirited competition to prove the hypothesis – which carries a $1 million prize for whomever accomplishes it first – has encouraged de Branges to announce his work as soon as it was completed. "I invite other mathematicians to examine my efforts," said de Branges, who is the Edward C. Elliott Distinguished Professor of Mathematics in Purdue's School of Science. "While I will eventually submit my proof for formal publication, due to the circumstances I felt it necessary to post the work on the Internet immediately." The Riemann hypothesis is a highly complex theory about the nature of prime numbers – those numbers divisible only by 1 and themselves – that has stymied mathematicians since 1859. In that year, Bernhard Riemann published a conjecture about how prime numbers were distributed among other numbers. He labored over his own theory until his death in 1866, but was ultimately unable to prove it.
posted by Marcus | 4:22 AM
The Team Cymru Darknet Project
Tracking compromised machines can be difficult. Security solutions often don't scale to the size of larger networks. Technologies such as IDS are flawed, producing copious false positives. When solutions are scaled to fit the larger providers, they often require considerable care and feeding, thus taking time away from problem mitigation. There must be a better way! Enter the Darknet! A Darknet is a portion of routed, allocated IP space in which no active services or servers reside. These are "dark" because there is, seemingly, nothing within these networks. A Darknet does in fact include at least one server, designed as a packet vacuum. This server gathers the packets and flows that enter the Darknet, useful for real-time analysis or post-event network forensics. Any packet that enters a Darknet is by its presence aberrant. No legitimate packets should be sent to a Darknet. Such packets may have arrived by mistake or misconfiguration, but the majority of such packets are sent by malware. This malware, actively scanning for vulnerable devices, will send packets into the Darknet, and this is exactly what we want. Darknets have multiple uses. These can be used to host flow collectors, backscatter detectors, packet sniffers, and IDS boxes. The elegance of the Darknet is that it cuts down considerably on the false positives for any device or technology. The goals of the Darknet are simple - to increase awareness, and to ease mitigation. With a Darknet in place, it is far easier to determine the amount of naughty traffic on a network, as well as the sources of said traffic. This will be added tp Security Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide. posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
MindSights is a suite of 18 Facilitated Thinking softbooks that create an entire environment to amplify your thinking and creativity anytime you choose. It functions like a skilled consultant or trusted friend who offers the right penetrating questions to ask and timely tools to use within an effective thinking sequence. MindSights was designed to be used by anyone for almost all thinking tasks. It works on the simple principle that any task (including thinking) is best served by selecting the right tool for the task at hand. MindSights uses tools called “thought switches” that break scripted thinking patterns. This leads to new mental associations, relationships and ultimately new ways of thinking. A critical success factor for enhancing thinking is ease-of-use. MindSights uses new softbook format that is a unique combination of word processor, ebook, browser and software. They are extremely easy to use and simply run in WORD. There is no software to install, run or maintain plus it deploys easily to anyone with WORD (even on a MAC) posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
RSS(sm): Rich Site Services
RSS(sm): Rich Site Services is a categorized registry of library services that are delivered or provided through RSS/XML feeds. RSS is an initialism for RDF Site Summary / Rich Site Summary / Really Simple Syndication. For each entry, a hotlink is provided, when available, to a RSS (and/or XML) link for the item, or to an information page that provides a subsequent link. RSS(sm) is compiled and maintained by Gerry McKiernan, Science and Technology Librarian and Bibliographer, Science and Technology Department, Iowa State University Library. Ames, IA 50011. posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
Models and Metaphors From Biology and Bioinformatics Tools
The Fourth International Workshop on NETwork Tools and Application in Biology. The post-genomic era can be seen as characterized by two different scenarios: on the one hand, the huge amount of available biological data sets all over the world requires suitable tools and methods both for modelling biological processes and analyzing biological sequences; on the other, many new computational models and paradigms inspired and developed as metaphors of biological systems are ready to be applied in the context of computer science. It may now be a good time:
* (i) to report on the results achieved in these two areas
* (ii) to present some open problems in computational biology
* (iii) to advertise novel computational tools successfully applied to biological issues
* (iv) to spread the knowledge on computational models inspired by biological processes
* (v) to foster the application of computational models to govern real biological systems.
The workshop intends to bring together bioscientists and computer scientists and to compare their approaches and their ideas for solving computational biology open problems. In particular, we expect the participation of those who are developing novel bioinformatics tools and those who are working towards the vision of biological systems as a model for designing new tools. This has been added to Biological Informatics Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
We're Building a Railroad Across the Internet and all along our railway you'll find web sites displaying The Rail Icon. Click the Rail Icon on any site that's connected to The Rail, and you'll be transported to the nearest member junction where you may travel onward to the East or West. No matter which way you go, you'll continue discovering new and notable Rail Stops, each one sporting their own Rail Icon. This has been added to Directory Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM
Wednesday, June 09, 2004
Employment 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 employment information. 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
Dr. Randall Hansen's Guide to Internet Marketing
Consider this Web site as your one-stop on the Web where you are just a few links away from all the key resources you'll need to develop, write, edit, publish, market, and promote your Web site! This will be added to Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations 2004 Internet MiniGuide. posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
Powered by CompuMentor, one of the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit technology assistance agencies, TechSoup.org offers nonprofits a one-stop resource for technology needs by providing free information, resources, and support. In addition to online information and resources, we offer a product philanthropy service called TechSoup Stock. Here, nonprofits can access donated and discounted technology products, generously provided by corporate and nonprofit technology partners. They believe that technology can enhance nonprofit work, making them more efficient and better to serve our communities. They never lose sight of that goal. posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
The FedWorld.gov web site is a gateway to government information. This site is managed by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) as part of it's information management mandate. In 1992, FedWorld was established by The National Technical Information Service (NTIS), an agency of the U. S. Department of Commerce, to serve as the online locator service for a comprehensive inventory of information disseminated by the Federal Government. This service assisted agencies and the public in electronically locating Federal Government information, both information housed within the NTIS repository and outside of NTIS. This has been added to Reference Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.
posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
Los Angeles-based RepCheck™ is the most comprehensive source of information regarding the opportunities and risks of interacting with any individual…..anywhere. Established in February 2000 RepCheck employs an interactive and searchable database of reputation files - RepReports™ - which allows the public to post and view information regarding the personal reputations of themselves and others. Those postings are then transformed, via a rating scheme that weighs the credibility of the source, into a numeric indicator of overall reputation - RepScore™.
The system, initially conceived out of the founder's frustration at not being able to quickly access information regarding the reputations of individuals in his business and personal life, features a patented technology designed to mimic the actual process that most people go through in the formation of opinions and value judgments. Opinions of those on your "Trustee List" - those people whose opinions are most meaningful to you - are more heavily weighted in the final RepScore calculation. Additionally, RepScore factors in all other scorers' credibility, based on their RepScore and their history of postings to the RepReports of other individuals.
This has been added to Finding People Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
Centre for Economic Performance
Established by the Economic and Social Research Council in 1990, the Centre for Economic Performance CEP at the London School of Economics and Political Science is one of the most prominent and established economic research groups in Europe. By focusing on the major links between globalization, technology and institutions, the CEP studies the determinants of economic performance at the level of the company, the nation, and the global economy. Broadly, CEP's research programs are divided into five groups that include research into labor markets, technology and growth, and education and skills. From the prodigious site, visitors can read about CEP In the News, learn about the various staff members' research areas of expertise, and browse their related publications (including occasional papers, working papers, and the like) back to 1990. Overall, this site will merit more than one visit, as it will be of substantial interest to persons interested in the intersections between economics, education, and globalization, to name but a few of the topical areas covered under the remit of the CEP. This will be added to Business Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide. [From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003.http://scout.wisc.edu/] posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM
Tuesday, June 08, 2004
Virtual Private Library™
The Virtual Private Library™ is the gateway for over thirty Subject Tracer™ Information Blogs. These Subject Tracer™ Information Blogs are programmed to monitor and search for information related to the identified subject throughout the Internet on a continuous and ongoing basis. These have been created by the Executive Director of the Virtual Private Library™ Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. .
The Virtual Private Library™ also creates custom virtual private libraries for individuals, professionals and corporate entities. posted by Marcus | 12:03 PM
Psychology WWW Virtual Library
The Psychology Virtual Library keeps track of online information as part of The World Wide Web Virtual Library. Sites are inspected and evaluated for their adequacy as information sources before they are linked from here. Please notify the editor about new or improved online resources relevant to Psychology not currently listed and, conversely, about sites already linked that are no longer reliable enough to be registered. posted by Marcus | 4:25 AM
First Monday: Sharing Digital Resources
First Monday has posted selected papers from the Conference on Libraries and Museums in the Digital World. The conference, also known as Web Wise 2004, was sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and co-hosted by University of Illinois at Chicgao. The theme of Sharing Digital Resources addressed the different meanings and implications of sharing in the digital environment. Items posted online include a video of the keynote address, project demonstrations, and extended papers on topics such as imaging, problems of public media, and the role of museums in teaching and learning.[From The NSDL Scout Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003. http://scout.wisc.edu/] posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
Technical Reports and Working Papers in Business and Economics
To increase awareness of and access to valuable grey literature in business and economics, the Library of Congress provides online access both through its catalog and through these web pages to a growing number of working papers and technical reports in the social sciences placed online by institutions responsible for creating the reports. The Library of Congress also has a substantial collection of print copies of technical reports published by foreign academic and research institutions in the areas of business and economics. Information on these and other technical reports held by the Library of Congress may be obtained from the Technical Reports and Standards Section of the Science, Technology, and Business Division. This has been added to Business Intelligence Subject Tracer™ Information Blog as well as Business Resources 2004 and Academic Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuides. posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
Steven Cohen's Library Stuff blog discusses up and coming "Plogs" ..... Project Logs within intranets. An excellent presentation on what "Plogs" attempt to accomplish within the intranet environment. posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
RDF Data Access Use Cases and Requirements Published
The RDF Data Access Working Group has released the First Public Working Draft of "RDF Data Access Use Cases and Requirements." The document outlines use cases for RDF query languages and access protocols and their requirements, and examines design objectives.
posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
Agent Mediated Electronic Commerce (AMEC-VI) Program
A complete listing of the upcoming Workshop on Agent Mediated Electronic Commerce VI in Cooperation with ACM SIGecom including accepted papers. This has been added to eCommerce Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM
Monday, June 07, 2004
This edition of Current Awareness Happenings on the Internet by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. June 7, 2004 V2N23 discusses the free online streaming tutorial videos site: Information Detective. Click on the below audio posting to hear an audio by Marcus P. Zillman on his latest creation and his goals for it. Additional information is available at:
Information Detective: Free Online Streaming Tutorial Videos
posted by Marcus | 9:44 AM
Free Full Text - A Supplement To Every Library Catalogue On the Planet!
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. If some of the articles you need are not available for free online, you may obtain them for a fee through a document delivery service, such as Pinpoint Documents. If you wish to "search" for articles on a particular topic, please use a bibliographic database such as PubMed. This site does not attempt to list ALL periodicals on the Internet, only those which offer free full-text content. This has been added to Reference Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog and Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. This will be added to Academic Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide. posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
Data Fountains: Open Source Internet Resource Discovery and Metadata/Full-Text Generation Service
Data Fountains is a cooperative Internet resource discovery, metadata generation and selected, full-text harvesting service of value in building Internet resource collections for libraries and virtual libraries. It incorporates new approaches in automated and semi-automated Web crawling and classification thus providing machine assistance and time and labor savings to collection builders. Recently funded by an IMLS National Leadership Grant, the project and its progress will be described in depth. Data Fountains is a project of the Library of the University of California at Riverside and its collaborators. This has been added to Deep Web Research and Data Mining Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blogs. posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
Collecting In the Digital Age
Michael A. Keller, publisher of HighWire Press and Stanford University Librarian, says that what librarians should be collecting is the "unique and special... the records of our lives, our institutions, our hobbies, arts, and crafts that would otherwise disappear. We should look for the diaries, the drafts, the sketches, and versions of our artists, poets, and novelists. We should concern ourselves with the creative outputs of designers and architects, of those who are experimenting with the expressive possibilities of technologies and new media. We should worry about the newspaper archives and collections of photographs that might get pulped or discarded, because they no longer offer much to the quarterly reports of profits. We should concern ourselves with local history, with local manufacturing, agriculture, trade and transport. We should offer fire departments and women's clinics, local chamber orchestras and soccer leagues a place to deposit their records. We should let our government agencies know that their records are important, potentially vitally so, and that we expect them to either take care of those records or let us care for them." posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
Microsoft's Gates Touts Blogging as Business Tool by Reed Stevenson
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates often takes the stage to talk about the future of software technology, but on Thursday he also told top corporate executives that Weblogs and the way they are distributed can be used as business communication tools. "What blogging and these notifications are about is that you make it very easy to communicate," Gates told executives gathered at Microsoft's headquarters for its annual CEO Summit. Gates' comments on blogging technology were the most extensive thus far from Microsoft's chief software architect, signaling that the world's largest software company is waking up to the potential of blogging as a potential threat and also as a new business opportunity. Blogs, short for Weblogs, have been around for several years, serving as online journals for Web-savvy disseminators of information ranging from personal ramblings, product reviews, to social commentary.[Reuters] posted by Marcus | 4:07 AM
JetStream - An Online Weather School
JetStream is the National Weather Service Online Weather School. This site is designed to help educators, emergency managers, or anyone interested in learning about weather and weather safety. The information contained in JetStream is arranged by subject; beginning with global and large scale weather patterns followed by lessons on air masses, wind patterns, cloud formations, thunderstorms, lightning, hail, damaging winds, tornados, tropical storms, cyclones and flooding. Interspersed in JetStream are "Learning Lessons" which can be used to enhance the educational experience. You are free to use the materials in any manner you wish. We welcome your feedback on this project. Your input will greatly assist others in teaching the "hows" and "whys" of weather. posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
Virtual Transgenic Fly Lab
Introducing the new Virtual Transgenic Fly Lab. The lab will familiarize you with the science and techniques used to make transgenic flies. Transgenic organisms, which contain DNA that is inserted experimentally, are used to study many biological processes. In this lab, you will create a transgenic fly to study circadian rhythms. The fly glows only when a certain gene involved in circadian rhythms is activated. After making the glowing fly, you will use it to explore basic principles of circadian biology and genetics. This has been added to Biological Informatics Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM
Sunday, June 06, 2004 Animation
1) What Is Digital Cinema? By Lee Manovich
2) Awesome Library: Animation
3) Digital Media FX: The History of Animation
4) Library of Congress: Origins of American Animation
5) North Harris College: Biology Tutorials and Resources
6) Character Animation Technologies Gallery
7) Slashdot: Mathematics of Futurama
Animation is making a splash with the recent box office hit, Shrek 2. This Topic in Depth explores how animation works, it’s history and the entertaining as well as academic applications of animation. The first website provides a basic overview of digital cinema (1). More information on animation can be found on the second website (2). Digital Media FX provides this history (3 ) of animation. The Library of Congress has also put together a nice website (4 ) with some historical artifacts that for demonstrating a "a variety of elements that go into the creative process of developing and interpreting animated motion pictures." The fourth website provides an extensive list of online resources and academic uses for animation such as Chemistry, Evolution, Genetics, and Physics. (5 ). This fifth website posts the winners of the 2004 Character Animation Technologies competition (6 ). And finally, Slashdot has a nice expose on the Mathematics of Futurama (7).[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
Environmental Education Exchange
A Non-for-profit organization providing programs and services for the advancement of environmental literacy in the Unuted States and mexico. Since 1991, the Environmental Education Exchange has developed a diversity of environmental education programs and materials. The varied topics and themes have included water conservation, recycling and waste reduction, biodiversity, endangered species, land use issues, commercialism and the environment, air quality, Sonoran Desert ecology, solar energy, mining and minerals, science literacy, special multicultural/border programs, and more. The majority of resulting programs and materials are available free to educators or other intended audiences. Because the Exchange specializes in program design (and is not primarily a program provider), these products generally are distributed or presented by partner agencies and organizations for which they were developed. This will be added to Education and Distance Learning Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide. posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
The Evolution - and Future Travels - Of Search Technology
In this trip down the Memory Lane of information retrieval -- or search -- technology, author Ramana Rao begins at the beginning, with an excerpt from a 1945 Vanity Fair article titled "As We May Think" that foretold the image of a scholar aided by a machine: "a device in which an individual stores all his books, records and communications, and which is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility." Today, when some 25 million Web searches an hour are conducted, that vision is quickly becoming reality. Rao finds that, across the decades, two dichotomies stand out clearly in the evolution of search. "The first is the contrast between focusing on the one hand on narrowly defined technological approaches and on the other hand on a broader understanding of the full problem set and the possible solutions. The second is the contrast between working out ideas in research versus spreading them commercially." Essentially, the longstanding challenge has been matching technological capabilities to real information needs. Rao concludes that the "semantic Web," may eventually come to pass, but only with the birth of systems that support human-computer symbiosis.
posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
The UK Central Government Web Archive
The UK Central Government Web Archive is a selective collection of UK Government websites, archived from August 2003, which has been developed by the National Archives of the United Kingdom, using the services of the Internet Archive. The World Wide Web is increasingly becoming the principal means of interaction between Government, citizens and business, and the National Archives has a responsibility to collect and preserve websites as evidence of the changing nature of this interaction. The Modernising Government White Paper sets a target that all Government services to the citizen and to business should be available online by 2005. A recent study suggested that there are currently approximately 2,500 separate UK Government websites. This project is being undertaken as part of the ongoing development of a web archiving strategy by the National Archives. 51 websites have been carefully chosen as a representative sample of the entire UK Government web domain, and have been selected in accordance with criteria designed to reflect the overall functions of government. A number of departments and agencies were then chosen which are representative of each of these functions. This provides a broad cross-section across UK Central Government. The websites are harvested at varying intervals, to provide the flexibility to respond to changing circumstances. Initially, 10 websites are harvested every week, and the remaining 41 are harvested every six months. posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
METS Meetings Build Support
Last month about 100 librarians gathered for the second METS (Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard) meeting to discuss strategies for implementing the emerging standard. METS provides a way to assemble all the relevant files and metadata associated with a digital object, including rights information and information about how the item was digitized. Once consolidated into a package, the digital object can then be shared with other libraries. The METS standard can be used for text material of course, but also for images, audio and video files and even non-digitized objects such as print books. Discussions at the April meeting focused on several unresolved issues surrounding the standard. One is whether the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions' "Functional Requirements of Bibliographic Records" would have an impact on the METS standard. The group also discussed whether MPEG-21, an emerging standard that includes a Digital Item Declaration Language, would be better suited to libraries' needs. Whether METS becomes the common standard among libraries or MPEG-21, it was agreed that libraries need a way to capture all the files and metadata associated with the objects in their collections in a format that can be easily shared. Another METS meeting is slated for July 12, to be held at the British Library. For more information on that meeting, click here.
posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
SourceForge May Project of the Month: eGroupWare
Project page: http://sourceforge.net/projects/egroupware/
Home Page: http://egroupware.org/
Project of the month: http://sourceforge.net/potm/potm-2004-05.php
eGroupWare is a Web-based Open Source collaboration suite similar to Lotus Notes. This software is a complete framework of core tools that includes a calendar, Wiki, and a powerful content management system. With its open framework and published APIs, it can be expanded easily using third-party modules. eGroupWare has been a runaway success on SourceForge.net (SF.net). Launched only 13 months ago (in April 2003), the project is currently listed in SF.net top ten most active projects and has had more than 150,000 downloads. With its easy-to-use interface and devoted community of developers, it's no wonder that many large organizations, including the government of Brazil, have embraced eGroupWare. The SF.net is proud to make eGroupWare SourceForge.net's May 2004 project of the month. This has been added to Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog
posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM
Saturday, June 05, 2004 Barcelona 2004
Barcelona 2004 is the largest celebration of humanity ever conceived ... it is the coming together of the world's diverse cultures in an unequalled array of thinkers, artists, storytellers, musicians, actors, experts, business professionals, associations, planners, activists, tourists and citizens.
posted by Marcus | 4:20 PM
SearchDay guest writer David Wallace discusses a new kind of Web-based finding tool. Gimpsy is a directory that categorizes selective sites by what they help you do. Categories consist mostly of verbs--buy, compare, publish. You can browse these to find brief descriptions of hand-selected resources. You can also use the find box to search for possible categories. This will be added to the search engines section of Internet MiniGuides 2004. [TVC Alert, 2 June 2004]
posted by Marcus | 4:15 PM
Insourcing Jobs to America
In the past several months, outsourcing--the movement of jobs formerly performed in the US to locations elsewhere in the world--has gotten a lot of attention. Less frequently discussed are the jobs created in the US by foreign businesses. The numbers involved are formidable--more than 6 million people work for foreign owned firms, nearly a third of them (almost 2 million) in manufacturing enterprises--according to data complied by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. BEA tracks the US employment in foreign-owned firms, and has done so for two decades, as part of a program that monitors foreign direct investment in the United States. The BEA data series "employment at US affiliates of foreign-owned firms" is a good indicator of the relative importance of foreign investment to national and state economies. State by state data is summarized in Tables 6 and 7 of an article available in a portable document format (.pdf) file at the above URL.
A group representing a 115 foreign investors and the local affiliates of international firms trumpets the BEA data and other information in their website. The Organization For International Investment (OFII) promotes the value of what they call "insourcing"-- US employment at foreign-owned firms -- as a boon to the US economy. They highlight BEA's state by state data, and also provide a listing of recent US investments by international firms. This has been added to Outsourcing/Offshoring Information and Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. [EconData.Net: What's New, June 2004]
posted by Marcus | 4:25 AM
David Winer states in his "About section of ReallySimpleSyndication.com"
I bought the domain a long time ago at UserLand. Earlier this week we were moving it to a new server at scripting.com, and I thought -- let's create a public site here and see what happens. I believe that RSS has grown to be much more than a format. New people are discovering RSS all the time, it's grown far beyond the tech community, and I feel we should have a resource that explains it, user-to-user, in simple and pragmatic terms.
We should have a place for developers of publishing and aggregation tools to communicate with users about their offerings. A place for publishers to see how people who use their feeds. A place to discover new sources of information, new search engines, utilities, and to learn from other users. I don't expect this site to make the earth shake, but it should help the community work better.
This could turn into an excellent resource for everything the non-tech user needs to know about RSS 2.0. Well worth a bookmark and RSS data feed .....[ Thanks Sabrina for the lead..] posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
Google Announces Availability of Next-Generation Corporate Search Appliance
Google Inc. announced the availability of its next-generation Google Search Appliance, an integrated hardware/software search product that enables corporations, universities, and government agencies to deliver Google-quality search results on their intranets and public websites. This latest version of the Google Search Appliance, available in three models, is designed to offer better search performance, including increased capacity for more than 300 queries per minute and expanded collections that scale from 150,000 to 15 million or more documents. In addition, the new Google Search Appliance features a continuous crawl that is designed to automatically maintain the freshness of document collections as they deliver relevant results based on Google's latest search algorithms. posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
The International Association of Law Libraries (IALL)
The International Association of Law Libraries (IALL) is a worldwide organization of librarians, libraries, and other persons and institutions concerned with the acquisition and use of legal information emanating from sources other than their own jurisdictions. The basic purpose of the Association is to promote on a world-wide cooperative and non-profit basis the work of individuals, libraries and other organizations concerned with all aspects of legal information, and to facilitate the use of such information. Founded in 1959, the IALL now has over 600 members in more than 50 countries on five continents. The members represent all types of legal collections ranging from academic law libraries of all sizes to corporate libraries, and from national and parliamentary libraries to administrative agency and court libraries. This will be added to Legal Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide. posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM
Friday, June 04, 2004 International Workshop on Peer-to-Peer Knowledge Management (P2PKM)
Peer-to-Peer (P2P) computing has received significant attention from the side of research labs and academia, largely due to the popularity of commercialized P2P file sharing applications such as Napster, Morpheus and KaZaa. In the P2P model, peers exchange data and/or services in completely decentralized distributed manner. Peers are autonomous, and are free to choose what other peers to interact with, and, in this point-to-point interaction, peers possess equal functional capabilities.
On the other hand, Knowledge Management (KM) is increasingly viewed as a core capacity in order to compete in the modern social and economic environment. Researchers and practitioners agree that those intellectual assets that are embedded in working practices, social relationships, and technological artefacts constitute the only source of value that can sustain long term differentiation, quality of services, innovation, and adaptability. Nonetheless, even due to a debatable success of current KM implementations, still unclear is how such matter should be managed in highly complex, distributed, and heterogeneous settings.
In the last couple of years, P2P and KM have followed different but converging paths. In fact, P2P technologies have left their initial “computational”, “anarchoyd”, and spontaneous fashion to embrace more service level domains and business settings. On the other hand, KM is questioning its centralized assumption based on the implicit belief that knowledge is managed successfully when it can be standardized and controlled. In this sense, it seems that while P2P is looking for value added domains to better exploit its technological potential, KM is looking for a technological paradigm more able to fit an emerging distributed organization of knowledge.
The convergence of P2P and KM creates new challenges for researchers to address: new methodologies to model, design, and deploy distributed KM solutions; theories and algorithms to represent the social and semantic dimensions of a knowledge network; mechanisms to cope with the dynamic autonomous nature of P2P and to provide means to support emergent network self-organization.
This has been added to Knowledge Discovery Subject Tracer™ Information Blog and Deep Web Research Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. posted by Marcus | 4:25 AM
Over 40 different Federal agencies assist or regulate businesses. With so many sources of information, finding what you want can be complicated and time-consuming. Business.gov is one of the E-Government initiatives in the President's Management Agenda. It was developed to provide better customer service for small businesses interacting with the Federal Government. Business.gov is a collaborative effort managed by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Partner executive departments include Department of Commerce (DOC), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of the Interior (DOI), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Labor (DOL), and Department of Transportation (DOT). We also partner with the following independent agencies and government corporations: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), General Services Administration (GSA), and Social Security Administration (SSA). This will be added to Business Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide. posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
ADL Draws A Map For Geolibraries
Launched in 1994, the Alexandria Digital Library Project has fundamentally changed the way libraries deal with the problems inherent in cataloging maps. First, map collections are specialized, and not every library can afford a large one. Second, maps, images and globes present unique storage and preservation challenges. And third, they are notoriously difficult to catalog in the traditional author/title/subject paradigm of classification. The most obvious basis for search and retrieval of maps and related objects is geographic coverage: a user is typically looking for a map of somewhere. But geographic space is continuous rather than discrete, and an assortment of methods are used for defining geographic location, including coordinates (latitude and longitude), place names, and various indexing schemes. The ADL Project solved these problems by automating both the catalog and the content of the map library, enabling users to access the library remotely and the library to leverage its investment by extending access globally. Digital storage also resolved issues of preservation and the management of physical media; and the automated catalog was capable of finding information by geographic location. The concepts pioneered by ADL were later adopted in numerous other projects. The geolibrary, for example, can only exist in a digital world. Therefore, it remains one of the most powerful concepts to have come out of digital library research. posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
Learner's Library Dumbs Down by Mick O'Leary
You've heard about the dumbing down of America: the decline of thought, knowledge, and education. Well, I'm afraid it's true evidence is Learner's Library (LL). Yes, the name sounds good, but in fact the Learner's Library does just the opposite: It provides a pretense of research while "saving" you the nasty work of actually learning. In an educational environment beset by grade inflation and rampant cheating, LL fits right in..... posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
When the Audience is the Producer: The Art of the Collaborative Weblog
When the Audience is the Producer: The Art of the Collaborative Weblog (): A research paper from University of Texas at Austin: Collaborative group weblogs, which rely on the participation of tens of thousands of members for their content, are often cited as a format of journalism that is new and untapped. In the English language, the most popular and respected practitioners of this format are MetaFilter, Plastic, Kuro5hin, and Slashdot. This paper analyzes these four weblogs to determine how each balances audience fhriedoms and administrative control in their efforts to increase participation and interactivity without chaos. [ PaidContent.org News Day June 1, 2004] posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
Government Views of D-Day 1944
The site concentrates on online primary government documents/information from the United States, as well as Germany, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Canada. There are 38 subject headings ranging from Air Operations to Underwater Archaeology and Weather. posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM
Thursday, June 03, 2004
Information Detective - Free Online Streaming Tutorial Videos
The Information Detective website brings the latest free online streaming tutorial videos by Internet expert and guru Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A.. These online streaming tutorial videos are available at three streaming speeds ( dial-up, Broadband and Pro Broadband ) that allow all computers to freely access using Windows Media 9.0 software available at no cost from Microsoft®. There are five 4 minute video segments: 1) Introduction, 2) Search Engines, 3) Internet Directories, 4) Intuitive Searching and 5) The Invisible Web. Also included are various links to the many resources created by Marcus that teach the latest resources on the Internet for searching, information retrieval and research tools. Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. is the Executive Director of the Virtual Private Library and creator of more than thirty active Subject Tracer™ Information Blogs that monitor and trace specific subject titles on the Internet.
Also available from this site is the free 11 page white paper titled "Searching the Internet" in a .pdf document format. A Spanish version is also available.
Please spread the word about these free online streaming tutorial videos and white papers to your local public and school libraries as well as any other persons or institutions that you feel would benefit from these free resources.
Click here for Robin Good's review of the Information Detective.
Upcoming Information Detective Free Online Streaming Tutorial Videos:
Finding People on the Internet
Finding Experts on the Internet
Healthcare Resources on the Internet
Information Quality Resources
Netiquette - The Etiquette of the Internet
Employment Resources on the Internet
Data Mining Resources on the Internet
Each of the above free online streaming tutorial videos will be approximately 4 minutes in length including separate audio, white paper with sources and website with intuitive .info name. Each will be presented and hosted by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. .
posted by Marcus | 4:25 AM
Digital Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts
The Digital Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts (DigCIM) is developing the first-ever digitally illustrated and searchable catalog of Western illuminated medieval and Renaissance manuscripts held in the British Library's collections. It's funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Board through a Ł300,000 grant to the Institute of English Studies at the University of London, in partnership with the British Library. (A pilot project was previously conducted by The British Library with Getty support.) The books being cataloged include items such as the 8th century Lindisfarne Gospels and the 15th century Sforza Hours made in Milan. Each manuscript will have an electronic description and will be illustrated by a selection of captioned images. The site includes thematic tours, some in the form of virtual exhibitions.
posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
Information Retrieval Software
Reputations Research Network
A reputation system gives people information about others' past performance. It can enhance an on-line interaction environment by helping people decide who to trust, encouraging people to be more trustworthy, and discouraging those who are not trustworthy from participating. This site is for researchers who are studying how reputation systems should work in theory, how they actually work in practice, and how they could work better. You can find out about people, papers, and practical systems. And you can contribute pointers to useful information. This has been added to Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
Analyze word documents and discover hidden or potentially embarassing data they may contain. Scrub word documents and remove hidden or potentially embarassing data from your documents. Scrub multiple documents at one time and scrub selected word documents in a folder, or all documents in a folder, all at once - saving you time and effort. Tested compatibility with Word 97, 2000, and XP documents. Doc Scrubber can clean documents from multiple versions of Word. Free for personal and educational use. Doc Scrubber can remove much of this metadata from Word documents, and can also produce an analysis of any Word document to show what metadata it contains.
posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
Ancestors - Introduction to Family History Research
This course is divided into four lessons. It will walk you through the basics of family history research. Mastery checks throughout each lesson will help sharpen your skills, and research assignments will assist you as you begin to do your family history research. As you work through each lesson and begin your research, remember that there are resources available online and in your local community to help you if you get stuck on a particular record type.You can visit a Family History Center, call your state Genealogical Society, or search sites like Cyndi's List for more information. If you would like help learning about using specific record types or finding out about ancestors from other countries, visit Brigham Young University's Continuing Education Departments list of family history research courses. This has been added to Genealogy Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.
posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM
Wednesday, June 02, 2004 digitalAGORA
digitalAGORA is the code name of a new technology that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques to help users search for, summarize and organize textual information based on concepts and meanings as opposed to keywords. The work on the technology started in 1997 in North America by Dr. Walid S. Saba (with the on/off help of two other programmers), when a prototype was built (in Java). The prototype demonstrated that language processing and AI techniques can be used effectively to summarize textual documents based on key topics as opposed to key words. Currently, the prototype is being re-designed and re-implemented in C/C++ for large scale document search and summarization. The development is currently being done at the American University College of Technology, overlooking the Mediterranean shores of Byblos (Jbeil), one of the oldest cities in the world. We are aiming for a full online demonstration of this technology that promises to change the way people look for and organize textual content, by the end of the current year. This has been added to Deep Web Research and Data Mining Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blogs. posted by Marcus | 4:25 AM
Searching Your Favorite Sites
lushe.net allows you to easily build a list of your favourite sites, and then search only those sites using google. This allows you to only search sites relevant to you and your interests. By pressing a button in your links bar, you may add a site to your list or access the search functionality. This is all done without leaving the page you are browsing, making things as simple and as easy to use as possible. This has been added to the search engines section of Internet MiniGuides. posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
Flags Of The World
Flags of the World (FOTW) is the Internet's largest site devoted to vexillology (the study of flags). Here you can read more than 22,000 pages about flags and view more than 41,000 images of flags. posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
New Largest Known Prime Number
Josh Findley, a volunteer in the Mersenne.org research project called the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS), has discovered the largest known prime number. Findley used his home PC and free software by George Woltman and Scott Kurowski as part of an international grid of 240,000 networked computers in virtually every time zone of the world. The new number, expressed as 2 to the 24,036,583th power minus 1, has 7,235,733 decimal digits and was discovered May 15th. It is nearly a million digits larger than the previous largest known prime number, and belongs to a special class of rare prime numbers called Mersenne primes . The discovery marks only the 41st known Mersenne prime, named after Marin Mersenne , a 17th century French monk who first studied the rare numbers 300 years ago. Mersenne primes are most relevant to number theory, but most participants join GIMPS simply for the fun of having a role in real research - and the chance of finding a new Mersenne prime. posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
The climateprediction.net Experiment
The climateprediction.net experiment has been developed to allow a state-of-the-art climate prediction model to be run on home/ school/ work computers. By getting data from thousands of climate models, we will generate the world's largest climate prediction experiment. posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM
SciTech Daily Review
SciTech Daily Review - comprehensive, intelligent, and informed science and technology coverage and analysis on a daily basis, sourcing a huge range of great writers and excellent publications. This has been aded to Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM
Tuesday, June 01, 2004 The Sociable Media Group
The Sociable Media Group investigates issues concerning society and identity in the networked world. We address such questions as: How do we perceive other people on-line? What does a virtual crowd look like? How do social conventions develop in the networked world? Our emphasis is on design: we build experimental interfaces and installations that explore new forms of social interaction in the mediated world. The latest from sociable thinking, the SMG blog. This will be added to my Online Social Networks posting. posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM
Developed by Tony Fitzgerald, this site functions as a clearinghouse for different materials on the various primary areas and subfields of the discipline of sociology. While not every subfield is covered in great depth, the site definitely provides a broad-stroke introduction to the general practice of sociology. The two reference sections, titled SocioNews and SocioQuote are worthy places to start looking around on this site. Socionews provides daily updates of news items relevant to various aspects of sociology. Recent items include pieces on Anthony Giddens, feminist ideology in the Islamic world, and the culture of government. The SocioQuote section provides a quote (updated every 15 seconds) from a noted sociologist or related person on a host of topics such as technology, feminist sociology, or cultural development. The site also contains some valuable portals, that organize news pieces and other relevant materials under the broad themes of globalization and Palestine, among others. posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
Quick Loading Headlines From 300+ Tech Sites. You Pick The Sites....They Snag The Headlines. This has been added to Directory Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM
Blog Software Breakdown
This chart displays attributes of different user-installed blog software packages side-by-side for comparison. Only server-installed scripts will be included in this list. (Sorry, no Radio, Blogger, etc.) posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM
CIRS: International Center for Scientific Research
The International Center for Scientific Research created this website to provide the public across the globe with access to scientific information. Users can learn about the latest news in physics, astronomy, geology, and other scientific fields. The site features links to researchers and scientific organizations in 222 countries. Visitors can search for links by topic and name. The site features information on the latest awards given to top scientists. Users can also find out about the countless science journals and books. [From The NSDL Scout Report for the Physical Sciences, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003. http://scout.wisc.edu/] This has been added to Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.
posted by Marcus | 4:04 AM
Canada Science & Technology Subject Directory
A comprehensive subject directory from the Canadian government on their Science & Technology resources. This has been added to the Directory Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.
posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM