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Internet Happenings, Events and Sources

Monday, May 31, 2004  

This edition of Current Awareness Happenings on the Internet by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. May 31, 2004 V2N22 discusses the latest Subject Tracer™ Information Blog Data Mining 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:

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posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:30 AM

i-medicine.info: Diseases Database

From i-medicine.info, the Diseases Database provides a useful reference service for medical practitioners and researchers. The Database website offers a cross-referenced index and search portal that cover such topical areas as Symptoms and Signs, General Internal Medical Disorders, Drugs and Medications, Congenital and Inherited Disorders, and more. The Diseases Database index is modeled after a standard medical textbook, and "was inspired by the 'surgical sieve' classification and memory technique used as medical school..." The site contains dictionary type definitions for many items via links to the National Library of Medicine's Unified Medical Language System, A 'pre-loaded' multiple search engine inquiry page using all item synonyms, subject specific hyperlinks to web information resources for many items, and more. Links on the site also include: Tips for Searching, Database Content FAQ, Site Troubleshooting Tools, and a Feedback Page [From The NSDL Scout Report for the Life Sciences, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003. http://scout.wisc.edu/]. This has been added to Healthcare Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog and will be added to Healthcare Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:25 AM

Progress Report On PDF Archiving Standard

The Federal Publishers Committee is hard at work developing an archiving version of Adobe's Portable Document Format and hopes to release a draft of the PDF/A standard early next year. Committee member Stephen Levenson says the plan is to have a final standard out by the end of 2005, which will be submitted to the International Organization for Standardization for approval as an international standard. The need for an archiving standard is clear, says Levenson. Because Adobe encourages organizations to use its PDF specifications to create their own software for use with PDF file, that customized software may introduce extra features or functionality that make it impossible for outsiders to access certain segments of a file. PDF/A will codify a stripped-down version of the PDF format that will be platform-neutral. PDF/A will standardize aspects of meta-tagging, color representation and multiple language support, and will also require that all fonts used in a document be embedded in the document itself. Once the PDF/A standard has been approved, the committee hopes that software vendors will incorporate it into their own PDF readers and generators. Levenson says he envisions PDF software that would include the PDF/A as a "save as" option, making it easy for users to create archive-ready documents.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:20 AM

Daily Whirl

Quick Loading Headlines From 100+ Legal News And Information Sites You Pick The Sites and They Snag The Headlines. This has been added to Directory Resources Subject Tracer Information Blog.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:15 AM

FindForward Search Engine

Philipp Lenssen, full time web developer from Germany, has created this search engine. Search results are delivered with the help of the Google Web API. Thumbnails are from Thumbshots.org. The search types include: normal search, get RSS, get Atom, Ask Question, All-Around, Weblog Newsfeed, Exclude Blogs, Questions, Global, Zip Town Country, Person Info, Thing, Search Grid, Chat Search, Image, Just Files, 1900-1950 and 1950-2000, Meta Search, Directory, Lucky First, Wildcard, and Randomize. Very interesting potential for a research search engine! This has been added to the tool section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:05 AM

Minnesota University Library Sponsors Campus Blogging

Last month the University of Minnesota Library launched UThink, a program that offers free blogs to the university community, making UM among the first university libraries to become a "blogging center." UM says blogging is key to the library's mission, both for facilitating academic discourse and from a historical collection perspective. "We are not unique in using blogs in an academic environment, but we are unique in that we saw that the university libraries could lead the effort," says UM librarian Shane Nackenrud. "We are also excited about the potential that blogs hold to create communities of interest on campus. We can [combine] blogs based on department, college, major, research interest, or specific classes and bring people together who maybe would never have met if not for the system." Nackenrud says the UThink effort is currently staffed by two people -- Nackenrud and a programmer -- but that could increase if demand grows. The library has addressed the copyright issue by assigning all rights to blog content to its creators. A mechanism allows authors to license their content through a Creative Commons license.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:00 AM

Sunday, May 30, 2004  

Transit of Venus

1) Transit of Venus 2004

2) The Venus Transit 2004

3) Transit of Venus

4) 2004 and 2012 Transits of Venus

5) Transit of Venus, June 8th, 2004

6) Project Venus 2004

7) The Rarest Eclipse: Transit of Venus

8) The 1882 Transit of Venus: Observations from Wellington, South Africa

The Transit of Venus is similar to a solar eclipse, where -- from the perspective on Earth -- Venus passes in front of the Sun. This event does not happen very often. In fact, no one alive today has experienced this phenomenon, which will take place on June 8 and will be visible for most of Europe, Asia, and Africa.

First, the Armagh Planetarium created a great, expansive informational site all about the Transit of Venus (1). Users can find basic facts, observing information, histories of past transits, and much more. Next, the European Southern Observatory presents the VT-2004 project's aim to gain knowledge and encourage public interest in the event (2). Users can observe Venus's progression towards the transit with the daily images from April 17, 2004 to present news updates. Educators can discover transit-related activities and educational materials. The third site, created by NASA, discusses the details of the Sun-Earth Connection Education Forum and San Francisco's Exploratorium's live webcast of the Transit (3). The site supplies enjoyable, educational materials for students, educators, museums, scientists, and amateur astronomers. The next site, also created by NASA, provides an introduction to the Venus Transits that will take place June 2004 and 2012 (4). Visitors can find helpful figures and text about the geographic visibility of the events. The site offers an observer's handbook as well as a discussion about the predictions of the event. Next, Professor Backhaus presents a project where schools, amateur astronomers, and universities will collaborate to gather transit data and learn about observing (5). Users can discover the six parts of the project as well as learn how to participate in the worldwide endeavor. The sixth site also discusses a Venus Transit project (6). Endorsed by the Astronomical Association of Zurich, this project's goals are to process data collected by amateur astronomers by different observation methods, to act as a data exchange center, and to determine the astronomical unit. Next, the Exploratorium furnishes general information about the Transit, its history, how viewers observe it, what it looks like, and why it is an important event (7). Users can find out about the live webcast that will begin on June 7, 2004 from Athens, Greece. Educators can find student activities developed to integrate discussions into the classroom. Lastly, Willie Koorts, an employee at the South African Astronomical Observatory, recounts the observations of scientists in Africa of the last transit of Venus (8). The site contains many historical photographs along with informational diagrams and figures.[From The NSDL Scout Report for the Physical Sciences, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003. http://scout.wisc.edu/]

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:25 AM

Vital Statistics of the United States (VSUS)

Annual reports that present detailed vital statistics data, including natality, mortality, marriage and divorce. These reports are available for download or as bound volumes in many large public and university libraries. This has been added to Statistics Resources Subject Tracer Information Blog.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:20 AM


BioethicsWeb offers free access to a searchable catalogue of Internet sites and resources covering biomedical ethics. This has been added to Biological Informatics Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:15 AM

Protocol Online

Protocol Online is a database of research protocols in a variety of life science fields. It contains protocols contributed by worldwide researchers as well as links to web protocols hosted by worldwide research labs, biotech companies, personal web sites. The data is stored in a MySql relational database. Protocol Online also hosts discipline specific discussion forums and mailing lists, and provides a free PubMed search and alerting service. This site, created in June 1999, is maintained by Dr. Long-Cheng Li. This has been added to Biological Informatics Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:10 AM


Bioinformatics.Net is an advertising-supported catalog of online biological sciences information, specializing in bioinformatics tools. It serves the needs of molecular biologists and other professionals involved in scientific research, including biotechnology and medicine. This has been added to Biological Informatics Subject Tracer Information Blog.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:05 AM

WIPO Newsletters

WIPO maintains an automated system which allows users to subscribe to e-mail notification of news and updates on WIPO's activities, services, events, publications and discussion groups. Specific lists are maintained for various areas of interest, with information on available language versions as well as the approximate frequency of notifications.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:00 AM

Saturday, May 29, 2004  

Interactive Health Tutorials

These tutorials are interactive health education resources from the Patient Education Institute. Using animated graphics each tutorial explains a procedure or condition in easy-to-read language. You can also listen to the tutorial. This will be added to Healthcare Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide. This has been added to Healthcare Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:30 AM

UC Digital Library Changing Scholarly Publication

In response to rising -- "out of control" -- costs of scholarly publications, the University of California Digital Library's eScholarship Repository (http://repositories.cdlib.org/) offers faculty a central online location for everything from technical reports to peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes, says Catherine Candee, director of scholarly communication and publishing initiatives at UCDL. It provides university departments, centers and research units direct control over creation and dissemination of the full range of scholarly output, from pre-publication materials through journals and peer-reviewed series, and -- beginning in May 2004 - posting of legally available UC authors' commercially published articles. In addition to practical, day-to-day benefits and savings (in a little less than two years, the repository has seen almost 500,000 downloads of entire papers or articles), serendipitous benefits have surfaced. For example, the UCDL now boasts an infrastructure that allows administrators and faculty to focus on creating systemic change in the way authors and readers work. "We have technologies that allow broader, freer, more creative uses of text and data and we can begin to fashion badly needed services for the classroom, office and lab," says Candee. This will be added to Academic Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:20 AM

Ideas for Online Publications: Lessons From Blogs, Other Signposts by Dan Froomkin

The author of washingtonpost.com's White House Briefing column and deputy editor of niemanwatchdog.org shares his ideas on how this new medium must continue to evolve. He calls for a new round of conversations between online and print editors. Very interesting article and well worth the read ....

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:15 AM

The Information Access Alliance

The Information Access Alliance believes that a new standard of antitrust review should be adopted by state and federal antitrust enforcement agencies in examining merger transactions in the serials publishing industry. When reviewing proposed mergers, antitrust authorities should consider the decision-making process used by libraries – the primary customers of STM and legal serial publications – to make purchasing decisions. Only then will these mergers be subjected to the degree of scrutiny they deserve and adequate access be preserved.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:10 AM


ConserveOnline is a "one-stop" online, public library, created and maintained by The Nature Conservancy in partnership with other conservation organizations. The library makes conservation tools, techniques, and experience available to a broad community of
conservation practitioners. This site is intended to foster learning and collaboration, and provide information and support to anyone making conservation-related decisions, from the staff of conservation organizations to land managers at government agencies to local land trusts to private landowners. Through discussion groups and information sharing, ConserveOnline is an open forum for sharing successes and failures, and for connecting scientific research with field-based conservation practice. We welcome anyone with documents, data, maps, or images relevant to the science and practice of
conservation to make these resources publicly available through ConserveOnline, and to share their expertise through the discussion groups.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:05 AM


TeAch-nology.com offers teachers FREE access to 21,000 lesson plans, 5,600 printable worksheets, over 200,000 reviewed web sites, 50+ teaching articles, 60 teaching themes, rubrics, educational games, teaching tips, advice from expert teachers, current education news, teacher downloads, web quests, and teacher tools for creating exciting classroom instruction. This has been added to Education and Distance Learning Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:00 AM

Friday, May 28, 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 Zillman | 4:30 AM

SpeechBot™ - Audio Search Using Speech Recognition

SpeechBot is a search engine for audio & video content that is hosted and played from other websites (listed below). Note: Transcripts of the content based on speech recognition are not exact. SpeechBot currently indexes 17517 hours of content from a selected list of sites. This has been adeed to Deep Web Research Informatioon Blog.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:27 AM

Small World Networks Key To Memory by Philip Cohen

"If you recall this sentence a few seconds from now, you can thank a simple network of neurons for the experience. That is the conclusions of researchers who have built a computer model that can reproduce an important aspect of short-term memory. The key, they say, is that the neurons form a 'small world' network. Small-world networks are surprisingly common. Human social networks, for example, famously connect any two people on Earth - or any actor to Kevin Bacon - in six steps or less. ... 'The philosophical conclusion is that connectivity matters,' says [Northwestern University] team member Sara Solla. 'Our model uses only a simple caricature of neurons, yet this network shows this working memory-like behaviour.' ... They found that when 10 to 20 per cent of the neurons participated in short cuts, the network formed self-sustaining loops of activity."

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:25 AM

Web English Teacher

Web English Teacher presents the best of K-12 English/Language Arts teaching resources: lesson plans, WebQuests, videos, biography, e-texts, criticism, jokes, puzzles, and classroom activities. At Web English Teacher educators [and parents/students/families!] can take advantage of online technology to share ideas and to benefit from the work of others. Beginning teachers can find guidance; experienced teachers can find inspiration. Think of it as the faculty library and faculty workroom on a global scale. This will be added to Education and Distance Learning Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:15 AM


DataSpace is a web services based infrastructure for exploring, analyzing, and mining remote and distributed data. This site describes DataSpace protocols, DataSpace applications, and open source DataSpace servers and clients. DataSpace applications employ a protocol for working with remote and distributed data called the DataSpace Transfer Protocol or DSTP. DSTP simplifies working with data by providing direct support for common operations, such as working with attributes, keys and metadata. This has been added to Data Mining Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:10 AM

Images Canada

Images Canada provides central search access to the thousands of images held on the websites of participating Canadian cultural institutions. Through Images Canada, you can find images of the Canadian events, people, places and things that make up our collective heritage. You can search across all collections from virtually every page on the site by typing in a keyword in the search box at the top right hand corner of each page. If you would like to refine your search, try the Advanced Search feature. Search Help is also available. If you are looking for search ideas, try one of our Image Trails or browse through the Photo Essays.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:00 AM

Thursday, May 27, 2004  

AwarenessWatch™ Newsletter V2N6 June 2004
http://virtualprivatelibrary.blogspot.com/Awareness Watch V2N6.pdf
Awareness Watch™ Newsletter

The June 2004 V2N6 Awareness Watch™ Newsletter is available as a 28 page .pdf document (518KB) from the above URL. The Awareness Watch Featured Report this month covers sources for Internet Demographics and Statistics Resources freely available over the Internet. The Awareness Watch Spotters cover many excellent and newly released current awareness and research sources as well as the latest identified Internet happenings. Also included is a special report on Online Social Networks. The book review highlights Internet Research Annual offering a selection of the best work presented at the first three conferences of the Association of Internet Researchers, and provides a useful overview of the cutting-edge in Internet studies. Subject Tracer™ Information Blogs have been updated with three new subjects: Data Mining Resources, Financial Sources, and Reference Resources.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 1:31 PM

June 2004 Zillman Column - Healthcare Resources on the Internet
http://virtualprivatelibrary.blogspot.com/Healthcare Resources.pdf

The June 2004 Zillman Column is now available and is titled Healthcare Resources on the Internet. This June 2004 Zillman Column is a comprehensive listing of online healthcare search engines and subject guides currently available on the Internet. An excellent 15 page resource of all the best healthcare search engines and indices available on the Internet. Download this free .pdf document today and stay current in the ever changing healthcare field!

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:25 AM

eBook Information and Resources

A comprehensive and constantly updated set of links and resources to eBook Information. This has been added to Reference Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:20 AM

Mini-Tutorial for Interpreting Journal Citations in Print and Online Indexes

A Web-based mini-tutorial has been created for interpreting journal citations in print and online indexes. Since indexes have their own citation styles the tutorial does not attempt the impossible task of teaching them all. Rather, the tutorial is a general introduction to journal citations emphasizing that they are concise and segmented. Special attention is given to the variety of abbreviations that might appear in journal citations. These can include author names, journal titles, or references to article features such as bibliographies, illustrations, etc. Individuals who have little understanding about what a citation in an index represents (whether print or online) will hopefully come back from the tutorial with a clearer idea. The tutorial is modularized and interactive. It was made with HTML and Javascript so no plug-ins are needed to run it. This has been added to Research Resources and Student Research Subject Tracer™ Information Blogs.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:15 AM


id21 is a research reporting service that aims to be part of the process of putting international development policy into practice. By producing summaries of the most recent UK-resourced development research, id21 is increasing the communication of research findings and policy recommendations to policy-makers and development practitioners worldwide. Online, by email, in print and through the media, id21 showcases recent research findings and policy lessons on major development issues.

id21 currently has four thematic dissemination programmes: Society & Economy, Health, Education and Urban Poverty although its aim is to provide a representative selection of development research across the sectors. The selection process is guided by academic advisors and all entries are seen and approved by research authors. Source materials include peer-reviewed publications, conference and working papers and other 'grey' or pre-publication materials. Work that is over two years old, literature reviews, highly theoretical studies or institutional policy or position statements are normally excluded. This has been added to Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:10 AM

How Americans Get in Touch With Government - A New Pew Report

The drive by public agencies to provide information and services on the Internet opens up a way for Americans to contact government that was not available a decade ago. This report takes stock of how e-government is faring by placing e-gov in the context of the other ways people get in touch with government, such as telephone calls, in-person visits, and letters. It then assesses whether different means of contact – or other factors – are connected to the rates of success and satisfaction that users report when they reach out to government. This comparative look at how Americans get hold government reveals the benefits and limits of e-government at its current stage of evolution.

The benefits involve expanded information flows between governments and citizens. In addition, many citizens say the Internet helps in conducting their business with government. Americans with Internet access are much more likely to contact the government than non-Internet users, showing that Internet users have strongly embraced a new communications medium to contact government. The conveniently available information offered at government Web sites makes it easier for Americans to conduct their business with government by whatever means they choose. The ease of email makes it possible for citizens to fire off a missive to express a view about policy or highlight a problem with neighborhood garbage pickup. The upshot is that Internet users say that e-gov improves their relationship with government. It is important to note, however, that there is no independent effect of Internet use on the chances of success with government.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:05 AM

Bottom-Line Pressures Now Hurting Coverage, Say Journalists

Journalists are unhappy with the way things are going in their profession these days. Many give poor grades to the coverage offered by the types of media that serve most Americans: daily newspapers, local TV, network TV news and cable news outlets. In fact, despite recent scandals at the New York Times and USA Today, only national newspapers ­ and the websites of national news organizations ­ receive good performance grades from the journalistic ranks. Roughly half of journalists at national media outlets (51%), and about as many from local media (46%), believe that journalism is going in the wrong direction, as significant majorities of journalists have come to believe that increased bottom line pressure is "seriously hurting" the quality of news coverage. This is the view of 66% of national news people and 57% of the local journalists questioned in this survey.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:00 AM

Wednesday, May 26, 2004  


SocialGrid is a free online dating service and decentralized social networking community that helps people meet through Google. SocialGrid can help you find your “perfect match” and extend your social network by making it possible for you to use Google to search throughout the Internet for people with similar interests, goals, desirable traits and characteristics. Discover a whole new way to “Google People”. This has been added to the Online Social Network posting as mention in my Current Awareness Happenings on the Internet V2N18 May 3, 2004.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:25 AM

EDGAR Online Offers XBRL for Financial Information

EDGAR Online, Inc. announced that it has completed a conversion and now offers all U.S. public company financial statements in a new importable format called eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL), an open specification that uses XML-based data tags to aid financial data interchange. One of the first financial services companies to make use of XBRL, EDGAR Online is also offering users for the first time and at no cost a limited number of real-time public company financial statements directly downloaded into Microsoft Excel 2003 worksheets.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:20 AM

PNAS Introduces Open Access Publishing Option

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) now offers an open access publishing option. PNAS authors may opt to pay a $1000 surcharge to make their articles available for free via PNAS Online (www.pnas.org) and PubMed Central (www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov) immediately upon publication. PNAS will offer this open access option as an experiment until December 31, 2005. PNAS will then continue to move toward an author-pays open access model, maintain the option in the same or modified form, or discontinue it. By introducing this option, PNAS strengthens its commitment to making the scientific literature more freely available than ever before, and hopes that its support of open access will encourage other scientific publishers to follow suit. PNAS will evaluate author participation and the financial impact of the open access option on PNAS revenue.

"The benefits to science of unfettered access to the literature are obvious," says Nicholas R. Cozzarelli, PNAS Editor-in-Chief. "Open access publishing offers the immediate release of scientific results to everyone without the delay and cost of obtaining research articles through journal subscriptions. The challenge of open access is how to pay for it. This is particularly important for PNAS, which operates as a nonprofit, break-even operation and does not maintain contingency funds or capital reserves. PNAS is starting by experimenting with an open access option for authors. It is a compromise between open access for all articles and doing business as usual." The first open access article is by Yang and Purves (1), published online in PNAS Early Edition on May 19, 2004.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:15 AM

Getting a Handle on URNs by Glyn Moody

It is extraordinary how in just over a decade Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) have entered everyday life to such an extent that they are now found practically everywhere - from the side of buses to the back of cornflake packets. But this universality tends to mask the fact that they suffer from a serious defect. Everyone has encountered the problem, which manifests itself as the dreaded "404 page not found" message. The trouble is that changes in site design, file directories and domain names can easily make a URL obsolete, with no means of automatically redirecting to the new Internet location (where it exists). What is needed is a standard way of permanently naming a digital resource similar to that provided by the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) for analogue books. The solution is to move from URLs to URNs: Uniform Resource Names. The important thing about URNs is that they do not point directly to an Internet resource, but are rather a placeholder for the location and other metadata. This means that the URN does not need to change if the URL does: it is enough to update the redirection.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:10 AM

Online Business Networks

Online Business Networks is your one-stop educational resource for learning about finding your next client, your next job, and your next commercial partner online. Their weekly online business networking sites and tips are available. This site is a guide to social network software, online communities, and other tools that help you leverage the internet to build more and better business relationships. This has been added to the Online Social Networks posting and is available by clicking here.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:05 AM


Aiming to connect people to the future so that they can create it, Betterhumans is an editorial production company that's dedicated to having the best information, analysis and opinion on the impact of advancing science and technology. This has been added to Reference Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:00 AM

Tuesday, May 25, 2004  

Speech: Current Happenings on the Internet: Blogs, Bots and News Aggregators by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A.

Rotary Club of South Miami

Presentation Sources:

Bots, Blogs and News Aggregators by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A.

Searching the Internet - Online Streaming Video Tutorial

Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A., Executive Director of the Virtual Private Library™, Internet expert, author, speaker, consultant and creator/founder of BotSpot.com will be speaking on the latest happenings on the Internet with emphasis on the growing areas of bots and intelligent agents, blogs (weblogs), and news aggregators. Mr. Zillman will be showing these new resources live on the Internet and how they will relate to helping you search and find the information you require for both personal and academic research. His presentations are designed both for the “newbie” to Internet searching as well as the seasoned “Internaut”. The Internet continues to change at a record pace, and discovering the latest tools to make your Internet search both easy and competent is the goal of this presentation. Will eMail soon be replaced by RSS and news aggregators? Are blogs, currently the fastest growing area of the Internet, a fad or will they change the entire Internet landscape? These and other questions will be discussed during this presentation by one of the Internet’s pioneers and bot and artificial intelligence experts, Marcus P. Zillman. His latest links and resources are available by clicking here.

Time: 12:15pm

Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Location: Holiday Inn, University of Miami, 1350 South Dixie Highway, Coral Gables, FL 33146

posted by Marcus Zillman | 5:00 PM

Google Guide

Nancy Blachman, co-author of How to Do Everything with Google, offers this detailed guide to searching Google. Novice and adept searchers alike will learn something new. My favorite section--Using Search Operators--unveils several undocumented search qualifiers as well as those used exclusively by Google specialty engines. Take heed of the author's warning, though; "Google may change how undocumented operators work or eliminate them completely." [TVC Alert, 24 May 2004]

This has been added to Bot Research Subject Tracer Information Blog.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:20 AM

Universe Measured: We're 156 Billion Light-years Wide by Robert Roy Britt

If you've ever wondered how big the universe is, you're not alone. Astronomers have long pondered this, too, and they've had a hard time figuring it out. Now an estimate has been made, and it’s a whopper. The universe is at least 156 billion light-years wide. In the new study, researchers examined primordial radiation imprinted on the cosmos. Among their conclusions is that it is less likely that there is some crazy cosmic "hall of mirrors" that would cause one object to be visible in two locations. And they've ruled out the idea that we could peer deep into space and time and see our own planet in its youth. This has been added to Astronomy Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:20 AM

Digital Collections and the Management of Knowledge: Renaissance Emblem Literature as a Case Study for the Digitization of Rare Texts and Images

A special Issue of DigiCULT on the digitization of emblem books. The twelve articles by distinguished experts stem from the working conference on emblem digitization held in September 2003 at the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, Germany. In this volume readers will find valuable information as well as encouragement for their own projects in digitizing cultural heritage resources and digitally enhanced scholarship.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:15 AM

Free Whitepapers on Publishing Technologies and Techniques

Free whitepaper on the benefits of structured document publishing and XML. Also available a free whitepaper on indexing methodologies. This whitepaper includes information on evaluating your indexes as well as instructions for designing index entries.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:05 AM

Search Web Services

A comprehensive site for the latest sources and resources on web applications.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:00 AM

Monday, May 24, 2004  

This edition of Current Awareness Happenings on the Internet by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. May 24, 2004 V2N21 discusses the latest updates to the Research Browsers posting. Click on the below audio posting to hear an audio by Marcus P. Zillman on this latest update. View the original Research Browser posting with the latest updates at:

Research Browser Posting with Updates
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posted by Marcus Zillman | 9:20 AM

Retail eCommerce Sales in First Quarter 2004 Were 15.5 Billion - Up 28.1 Percent from First Quarter 2003 - Census Bureau Reports

The Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce announced today that the estimate of U.S. retail e-commerce sales for the first quarter of 2004, not adjusted for seasonal, holiday, and trading-day differences, was $15.5 billion, an increase of 28.1 percent (±2.9%) from the first quarter of 2003. Total retail sales for the first quarter of 2004 were estimated at $834.8 billion, an increase of 8.8 percent (±0.6%) from the same period a year ago. The first quarter 2004 e-commerce estimate decreased 11.4 percent (±1.9%) from the fourth quarter of 2003 while total retail sales decreased 8.5 percent (±0.3%) from the prior quarter. E-commerce sales in the first quarter of 2004 accounted for 1.9 percent of total sales, while in the first quarter of 2003 e-commerce sales were 1.6 percent of total sales. In the fourth quarter of 2003, e-commerce sales were also 1.9 percent of total sales.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:20 AM

Super Science Fair Projects: Complete Guide to Science Fair Projects, Topics and Experiments

Today your teacher announced that your school is going to have a science fair and students are responsible for exhibiting their projects. What do you feel? Enthusiastic? Despondent? Dreadful? Fearful? Excited?" This statement opens the Super Science Fair Projects site. Actually, whether student or parent, science fair projects, while great ways to get students actively involved in learning the scientific method and problem solving, can be tough assignments. This site may help you with one of the hardest parts: coming up with an idea. The site does a great job of walking the visitor through the steps needed to plan and implement a project, from Choosing a Topic, the Scientific Method, and writing the Project Report. There are even tips on displaying your project, rehearsing, winning over judges, and what to expect the day of the fair. This is definitely a great tool to tap into when planning a science fair project.[From The NSDL Scout Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003. http://scout.wisc.edu/]

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:20 AM

On Demand Network

From Napster to Cisco offering self-healing network technology to Pop Idol, the show that harnessed the public for both supply and demand, the era of ‘biological business’ is upon us. The application of the science of self-organising systems to achieve business models and technology environments that are naturally adaptive because they are designed from the formulas offered to us by nature itself.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:10 AM

Object Management Group™ (OMG™)

Founded in April 1989 by eleven companies, the Object Management Group™ (OMG™) began independent operations as a not-for-profit corporation. Through the OMG's commitment to developing technically excellent, commercially viable and vendor independent specifications for the software industry, the consortium now includes approximately 800 members. The OMG is moving forward in establishing the Model Driven Architecture ™ as the "Architecture of Choice for a Connected World" ™ through its worldwide standard specifications including CORBA ®, CORBA/IIOP™, the UML™, XMI™, MOF™, Object Services, Internet Facilities and Domain Interface specifications. The OMG is headquartered in Needham, MA, USA with a subsidiary in Japan. The OMG has international marketing offices in Bahrain, Brazil, Germany, India and the UK, along with a government representative in Washington, D.C.

The OMG was formed to create a component-based software marketplace by accelerating the introduction of standardized object software. The organization's charter includes the establishment of industry guidelines and detailed object management specifications to provide a common framework for application development. Conformance to these specifications will make it possible to develop a heterogeneous computing environment across all major hardware platforms and operating systems. Implementations of OMG specifications can be found on many operating systems across the world today.

The OMG's series of specifications detail the necessary standard interfaces for Distributed Object Computing. Its widely popular Internet protocol IIOP (Internet Inter-ORB Protocol) is being used as the infrastructure for hundreds of technology companies. OMG specifications are used worldwide to develop and deploy distributed applications for vertical markets, including Manufacturing, Finance, Telecoms, Electronic Commerce, Real-time systems and Health Care.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:05 AM

MightyHot - What Others Are Buying Online

MightyHot — a website devoted to tracking the hottest products on the Internet! Want to know what books people are buying? We keep track of it for you, right here at MightyHot. We follow buying trends in the hottest categories in e-commerce, including books, DVDs, home electronics, and video games. Our site collects data several times a day, analyzes it, and generates Hot Lists that can help you make decisions about what to buy. See something interesting? Go ahead and click on the product name; you'll be taken to an online store where you can learn more, or even place an order. This has been added to ShoppingBots Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:00 AM

Sunday, May 23, 2004  

Bioinformatics Databases and Tools Guide

This web site provides an extensive list of links to web resources that would be of interest to those looking for databases and tools in bioinformatics. This has been added to Biological Informatics Subjerct Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:25 AM

University of Melbourne ePrints Repository (UMER)

The University of Melbourne ePrints Repository is an institutional server designed to load and provide free access to the research output of University of Melbourne academic staff. This will be added to Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:20 AM

Organic Eprints

The Organic Eprints archive is a tool to further develop research in organic agriculture. The main objectives are to facilitate the communication of research papers and proposals, to improve the dissemination and impact of research findings, and to document the research effort. In accordance with these objectives the archive is
designed to facilitate international use and cooperation. The archive will accept many kinds of papers: preprints (pre-review), postprints (post-review) and reprints (published) of scientific papers, conference papers and posters, theses, reports, books and book chapters, magazine articles, web products, project descriptions, and other published or unpublished documents. This has been added to Agriculture Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:15 AM


The MetaScholar Initiative encompasses four projects that provide meta-information for scholars: useful information about scholarly information and special collections held by archives, libraries, museums, and other repositories. The MetaScholar Initiative is comprised of four projects: MetaArchive, AmericanSouth, MetaCombine, and Music of Social Change. This Initiative is creating new models for sharing meta-information and portal services for scholars in focused research areas. This has been added to Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:10 AM

The Natural Language Software Registry

The Natural Language Software Registry (NLSR) is a concise summary of the capabilities and sources of a large amount of natural language processing (NLP) software available to the NLP community. It comprises academic, commercial and proprietary software with specifications and terms on which it can be acquired clearly indicated. Software is organized into the following categories: Annotation Tools; Evaluation Tools; Language Resources; Multimedia; Multimodality; NLP Development Aid; Spoken Language; and, Written Language. Several hundred packages are included.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:05 AM

LibDocs - Resources for Librarians

LibDocs is a growing database of documents on the Internet of interest to librarians. The project is growing and new documents will be added on a periodic basis. Emphasis is biased toward the interests of the creator, Christopher C. Brown. Thus, there is heavy emphasis on library technology. This will be added to Academic Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:00 AM

Saturday, May 22, 2004  

The Verifier

Use this guide to browse or search for verification tools that will help you verify bibliographic citations. This has been added to the tools section of the Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:25 AM

The Open Video Digital Library

"The purpose of the Open Video Project is to collect and make available a repository of digitized video content for the digital video, multimedia retrieval, digital library, and other research communities. Researchers can use the video to study a wide range of problems, such as tests of algorithms for automatic segmentation, summarization, and
creation of surrogates that describe video content; the development of face recognition algorithms; or creating and evaluating interfaces that display result sets from multimedia queries. Because researchers attempting to solve similar problems will have access to the same video content, the repository is also intended to be used as a test collection that will enable systems to be compared, similar to the way the TREC conferences are used for text retrieval." The project has demonstrated the efficacy of many technical processes for organizing, searching, and scaling video DLs. This has been added to Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:20 AM

The State of the News Media 2004: An Annual Report on American Journalism

This report profiles major journalism sectors such as newspapers, local television, radio, and ethnic media, and aggregates data regarding many of the pressing issues facing the news media. Covers issues such as station ownership, shrinking audiences,
journalistic standards, and the impact of new media technologies. Searchable. From the Project for Excellence in Journalism, "an institute affiliated with Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism." [Copyright 2004 by Librarians' Index to the Internet, LII.]

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:15 AM

Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image (SCETI)

"SCETI, a fully integrated digital library, was created in 1996 to publish virtual facsimiles of rare books and manuscripts in the Penn Library's collections. Its ongoing mission is to make accessible to the global community of scholars and researchers primary source materials that would otherwise be difficult to access. The site is free and open to all in the interests of knowledge and learning." Collections include the following: Furness Shakespeare Library; Smith Chemistry Collection; Theodore Dreiser Web Sources; Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts; 19th Century American History; University of Pennsylvania Art Collection; Marian Anderson Photographs; Jewish Music Archive; and, Virtual Gallery Exhibits. This will be added to Academic Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuides.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:10 AM


The Australian site takes material from the CIA World Factbook and other sources (all listed on the site) to generate material that allows users to compare countries based on many different statistics. Features information about specific countries, as well as tables on subjects ranging from agriculture to transportation. Searchable. Some material only available to subscribers. [Copyright 2004 by Librarians' Index to the Internet, LII.]

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:05 AM

Progress Report On National Digital Info Preservation Program

Laura Campbell, associate librarian for strategic initiatives at the Library of Congress, says of her work spearheading the LC's collaborative National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, "It's the best job I ever had." Campbell and her colleagues are finishing up their review of 22 proposals from potential preservation partners and are working with experts to construct a technical architecture for the preservation process. Nearly 5 terabytes of digital works characterized as "at risk" have been collected so far. They include Web pages that document recent events, such as the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the ongoing war in Iraq. Librarians used to worry about preserving access to books and periodicals, says Campbell, but with most Web sites staying up an average of only 44 days, preserving access to them is far more complicated. In addition, the copyright issues surrounding long-term preservation of digital journals, books, and audio and video material have yet to be resolved. "There may be technological solutions that make the management of restricted material much easier," says Campbell. Because so much about digital preservation is yet unknown, Campbell says the library's strategy is to learn by doing and be prepared to make corrections along the way. She credits the many experts she consulted during the planning phase of the program with impressing upon her the need for continuing flexibility: "It helped us realize that we would always be learning and adjusting," says Campbell.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:00 AM

Friday, May 21, 2004  


This website is a selective, seriously incomplete, and perpetually evolving collection of links to people, software, organizations, and content related to findability. Findability refers to the quality of being locatable or navigable. At the item level, we can evaluate to what degree a particular object is easy to discover or locate. At the system level, we can analyze how well a physical or digital environment supports navigation and retrieval. Findability.org is owned and operated by Peter Morville. Peter is currently working on a new O'Reilly book on the subject of Ambient Findability.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:25 AM

Government's Fifty Greatest Endeavors

This Brookings Institution site presents its compilation of fifty endeavors or problems which the federal government has attempted to solve during the last fifty years of the 20th century. There is a brief summary for each endeavor which includes a list of legislation dealing with the problem as well as bibliographic sources and web links.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:20 AM

Companies Browse the Past to Plan Their Future

As managing director of consumer products consulting firm NewProductWorks -- and custodian of "the collection" -- Marilyn Raymond is the keeper of the keys to a vast trove of consumer marketing knowledge that inspires pilgrimages by consumer products manufacturers eager to plumb the past for tomorrow's next great idea. The private collection is an extraordinary assortment of every new consumer food or health and beauty aid product introduced in North America since the early 1970s. With its 80,000 items housed in a former Ferrari dealership in Ann Arbor, Mich., the collection is a 30-year history of American business marketing ingenuity, providing evidence of both brilliant marketing ideas and spectacular flops. Remember Downeyflake's Toaster Eggs, or Gerber baby food for adults? Giants like Procter & Gamble and tiny mom-and-pop inventors all journey to Ann Arbor to view the collection, pick through it for ideas, investigate possible patent infringement, and aid their product research and development. Although the consulting firm can't predict whether a new product will work, it can provide examples of similar past products and explain why they succeeded or failed. "Ninety percent of it is timing," Raymond says. Plus, companies have to understand the American consumer psyche, she adds. For example, one failed product, Fish Nuggets, was marketed in round ice cream-type cartons. Consumers just couldn't stomach the fish and ice cream connection.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:10 AM

MagPortal Categories - Current and Archived Magazine Articles by Category

A very comprehensive listing of current and archived magazine articles broken down into selected categories. This has been added to Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. This will be added to Academic Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:05 AM

List All People Not On Lists

KnowItAll, a search engine under development at the University of Washington and partially funded by DARPA and Google, trawls the Web for data and then collates it in the form of a list providing information that probably doesn't exist on any single Web page. The ultimate aim is to have KnowItAll answer questions such as "list all British scientists born before 1900." For any input noun (such as "scientists," "guitarists," etc.) the engine tries to find sentences on Web sites that contain that noun and looks for words that often appear after it. In this way it might find the phrases "scientists such as" and "scientists including," which it then feeds to 12 search engines and extracts the words that tend to follow (which are often scientists' names). KnowItAll then returns a long list of scientists' names, each one accompanied by its percentage probability of being correct, as measured by frequency of occurrence of the names on Web sites. Users will be able to choose the level of confidence they want in the data.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:00 AM

Outcome Based Evaluation

The Institute of Museum and Library Studies presents information, resources, and links to resources on outcome-based and other formal program evaluation methods. Emphasis is on outcome-based evaluation materials of particular use to libraries and museums.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 3:55 AM

Thursday, May 20, 2004  

Coping with Windows

Coping with Windows - May 2004 by Terry Gliedt is an excellent paper discussing Security and Your Cable/DSL Modem, Installing XP, Virus Tools, Update XP, Closing the Barn Doors, Install Applications, Additional Scanner, Spyware, Staying Safe, and Safer Applications. Well worth the read and a bookmark in the current environment of worms, viruses and security patches! This has been added to AntiVirus Resources in Internet Hoaxes Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:20 AM

Kepler - A Digital Library For Building Communities

The purpose of Kepler is to give any user the ability to easily self-archive publications by means of an "archivelet": a self-contained, self-installing software system that functions as an Open Archives Initiative data provider. Kepler archivelets are designed to be easy to install, use and maintain. Kepler is a perfect solution for those that need to be OAI-PMH compliant, but do not have the resources for more complex OAI-PMH software installations.

In this web site we document and make code available from an NSF supported project to develop Kepler for communities that wish to tailor their publication and search services and enforce configurable standards. Our long-term vision is to provide tools and software for communities to easily deploy digital libraries that are customized for their needs, can be populated, managed, and are "open" for development of future services. This has been added to Deep Web Research Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:15 AM

Data Visualization Interface Example

A very good demo of data visualization from the Bio Motion Lab whose major interest is focused on questions concerning the biology and psychology of social recognition. The goal of their current work is to provide a solid basis for the description, analysis and synthesis of animate motion patterns. They want to achieve a comprehensive understanding of the information transmitted through biological motion, its perception and underlying neuronal mechanisms.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:10 AM

Computer Vulnerability-to-Worm Cycle Compressing Dramatically

New Research from Foundstone Shows Vulnerability Exploitation Down to 10 Days. Foundstone Inc., experts in strategic security, today published an analysis of computer worm history revealing a potentially dangerous trend. The vulnerability-to-worm cycle has compressed from 288 days in 1999 to just 10 days in 2004, putting organizations and consumers at higher risk for attack. Foundstone's analysis centers on high profile worms released between 1999 and 2004, including: Melissa, Sadmind, Sonic, Bugbear, Code Red, Nimda, Spida, MS SQL Slammer, Slapper, Blaster, Witty and Sasser. Worms that took advantage of user interaction (e.g. executing attachments) and remotely controlled "bots" were reviewed, but not included in the trend report in order to focus on completely automated threats. This will be added to Security Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:05 AM

Rich Internet Application (RIA)

A Rich Internet Application (or RIA) uses a proprietary client instead of the web browser as the front end for a Server Side software application program or MiddleWare. The result is a desktop-quality User Interface and application functionality. An RIA allows the website to provide services to visitors, but these should not be confused with Web Services or Service Oriented Architectures, which provide services to other application programs. The RIA depends on the new generation of browser development tools like Macromedia Flash, with its ScalableVectorGraphics?, or Microsoft's Avalon/XAML, or perhaps Mozilla XUL (XML-based User Interface Language).

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:00 AM

Wednesday, May 19, 2004  

Corpus Structure, Language Models, and Ad Hoc Information Retrieval by Oren Kurland and Lillian Lee

Abstract by Authors:
Most previous work on the recently developed language-modeling approach to information retrieval focuses on document-specific characteristics, and therefore does not take into account the structure of the surrounding corpus. We propose a novel algorithmic framework in which information provided by document-based language models is enhanced by the incorporation of information drawn from clusters of similar documents. Using this framework, we develop a suite of new algorithms. Even the simplest typically outperforms the standard language-modeling approach in precision and recall, and our new interpolation algorithm posts statistically significant improvements for both metrics over all three corpora tested.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:25 AM

Find Health News

FindHealthNews.com offers breaking and acuumulated news articles on over 2,000 health topics. This has been added to Healthcare Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. This will be added to Healthcare Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:20 AM


CompleteRSS was started with one thing in mind - unlocking the enormous potential of RSS by making it easy for end-users and content publishers to find each other. We are dedicated to pushing RSS into the mainstream by making it well understood, easy-to-use, and supportive of the personal and business interests of the community. End-users that visit CompleteRSS quickly learn how to put RSS to work for them at work, home or school. They come back over and over again because it is easy to find new feeds and search for items of interest. End-users also appreciate access to enticing RSS feeds that some publishers make exclusively available through the site. CompleteRSS provides publishers with the best platform to launch and promote RSS-driven content to a broad demographic audience. The site's inviting appearance and ease-of-use makes CompleteRSS the first stop for anyone looking to evaluate, subscribe and search the latest and hottest feeds. Beyond a free directory listing, several promotional options are available to maximize exposure for any feed.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:15 AM

Explore Open Archives

Explore Open Archives - Core Metalist of Open Access Eprint Archives. The original, annotated version of this metalist appeared in the ARL Bimonthly Report, No. 227, April 2003. A truly excellent resource and metalist for exploring all open archives for knowledge discovery! This has been added to Knowledge Discovery Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. This will be added to Academic Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:10 AM

Research Mapper

xreferplus Research Maps enable you to quickly find information when you don't know exactly what to look for or want to expand your knowledge of a given area. This has been added to Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. This has also been added to the my Research Browser listing posted here.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:05 AM

Project Euclid: Mathematics and Statistics Journals Online

"Project Euclid's mission is to advance scholarly communication in the field of theoretical and applied mathematics and statistics. Project Euclid is designed to address the unique needs of low-cost independent and society journals. Through a collaborative partnership arrangement, these publishers join forces and participate in an online presence with advanced functionality, without sacrificing their intellectual or economic independence or commitment to low subscription prices. Full-text searching, reference linking, interoperability through the Open Archives Initiative, and long-term retention of data are all important components of the project." Access to the contents of several dozen ejournals is provided. This has been added to Statistics Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:00 AM

Tuesday, May 18, 2004  

The National Academies Space Studies Board

The National Academy of Sciences' "Space Studies Board (SSB) provides an independent, authoritative forum for information and advice on all aspects of space science and applications." Users can learn about the Board's many new projects including Preventing the Forward Contamination of Mars and the Astrophysical Context of Life. Students can learn about the Space Policy and the National Academies Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Internships. The website offers downloads of the Board's reports, Annual
Reports, and Space Science Bulletins. Users can find out about the Board's involvement in eight committees as a way of managing space research disciplines.[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 Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:25 AM

GISS: Goddard Institute for Space Studies at Columbia University in New York

NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) presents its work in the prediction of climatic and atmospheric changes in the 21st century. Users can learn about GISS's many research projects in Global Climate Modeling, Planetary Atmospheres, Atmospheric Chemistry, and more. The website provides news releases of its work for the general public. Visitors can download many software packages including the latest GISS coupled atmosphere ocean model, called ModelE. Researchers can find a wide range of data sets of earth observations, climate forcing, global climate modeling, and radiation. The Publications link offers almost 1500 citations and abstracts as well as over four hundred online publications. Students can discover how to become involved with GISS's research activities. This site is also reviewed in the May 14, 2004 NSDL Physical Sciences Report.[From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003. http://scout.wisc.edu/] This will be added to Astronomy Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:20 AM

International Economic Development Council

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), was created through the merger of existing economic development organizations, effectively creating the nation's largest association working in this realm of public policy. The IEDC's mission is "to provide leadership and excellence in economic development for our communities, members and partners to build economically strong, sustainable communities." While some of the online materials are available only to association members, there is a good deal of material that may be accessed by the general public. Through the online resource center, visitors may access such materials as the Economic Developer's Reference Guide (which provides an overview of such key topics as tourism, venture capital, and empowerment zones) and an overview of ongoing legislative matters that may impact the landscape of economic development. Finally, the site is rounded out by an excellent section dedicated to brownfields redevelopment, which includes a general manual of redevelopment techniques and links to external websites, such as those offered by the Environmental Protection Agency.>.[From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003. http://scout.wisc.edu/] This will be added to International Trade Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:15 AM

Journal of Privacy Technology

The Journal of Privacy Technology is a refereed online journal published by the Privacy Technology Center within the Institute for Software Research International, a division of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Journal is a forum for publication of current research in privacy technology. It will consider any material dealing primarily with the technological aspects of privacy or with the privacy aspects of technology, which may include analysis of the interaction between policy and technology or the technological implications of legal decisions. This has been added to Privacy Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:10 AM

OBBeC Magazine

The focus of the OBBeC series is to highlight the latest technological breakthroughs of life sciences and healthcare technologies and bioinformatics, identifying the pivotal role that information and computational technologies play in such sectors. Through our detailed, cutting-edge editorials, news, hands-on technical advice and in-depth reviews and analysis of the latest life science and computing technologies, OBBeC attracts an audience with a remarkable diversity of industrial and academic backgrounds.

The OBBeC.com website will keep you up-to-date with the latest daily news relating to life science and computing technologies, in addition to monthly editorials, articles and reviews. Moreover, the website will contain an extensive list of several resources of other publications, books, events, courses and career opportunities, as well as readers views and opinions on current issues in life sciences, IT and bioinformatics. This has been added to Biological Informatics Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:05 AM

Annual Reports

AnnualReports.Com is the most complete and up-to-date listing of Annual Reports online. We are Americas largest annual report service. Our directory is a free Internet service that will enable potential investors to review a company's annual report in an easy convenient manner. Presently, investors obtain information on a company or fund by contacting the investor relations department and requesting a copy to be sent via traditional mail or by visiting their corporate web site on the Internet. But if you're researching several companies at once, you can save time by getting free reports from AnnualReports.Com.

In today's around the clock society, investors need to be given the opportunity to obtain information instantly. With AnnualReports.Com we give our users this opportunity. Our web visitors will be able to log into our annual directory and review corporate information at their convenience. AnnualReports.Com is an easy site to use. Visitors are able to look for a company through 5 search criteria: alphabetically, by company name, by ticker symbol, by sector, or by industry. Once a company is found, it can be viewed in either HTML or PDF format. This has been added to Financial Sources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog and will be added to Business Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:00 AM

Monday, May 17, 2004  

Latest Publications and Online Resources by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A.

The last few months have been extremely busy for me as I have been in the content creation mode. I have listed some of the freely available content that I have created. I also appreciate comments, suggestions and resources!

Searching the Internet White Paper
Includes 11 Page White Paper, 8 Page Spanish Translated White paper, 10 Minute Audio and five 4 minute segments Online Streaming Video

Awareness Watch™ April 2004 V2N4 Newsletter (26 Pages)
Featured Report: Research Tools and Research Resources

Awareness Watch™ May 2004 V2N5 Newsletter (31 Pages)
Featured Report: Business Intelligence Resources

Zillman Column April 2004 Survey Resources on the Internet (9 Pages)

Zillman Column May 2004 eCommerce Resources on the Internet (9 Pages)

Current Awareness Happenings on the Internet Weekly Audblogs

Current Awareness Discovery Tools On the Internet White Paper
19 Pages) 6-23-04 Update

Using the Internet As a Dynamic Resource Tool for Knowledge Discovery White Paper
(16 Pages) 6-23-04 Update

LLRX: Deep Web Research Feature Article by Marcus P. Zillman including Audio

Robin Good Interview of Marcus P. Zillman: The Future Of News: The Digital Information Librarian

An Expert Helps You Search the Internet

The Hindu Subject Tracers™ Article

Deep Web Research
Updated this Subject Tracer by adding two new sections:
1) Peer to Peer, File Sharing, Grid and Matrix Search Engines
2) Resources - Semantic Web Research

Subject Tracer™ Information Blogs
Currently 30 Subject Tracers and Growing! Available through:
Virtual Private Library

Latest Subject Tracer™ Information Blogs:

Outsourcing/Offshoring Information and Resources

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

Theology Resources

Financial Sources

Reference Resources

Zillman Blog
This is where I post lastest resources for research and searching the Internet

Upcoming June 2004 Zillman Column features healthcare resources (search engines and subject indexes) and V2N6 June 2004 Awareness Watch Newsletter featured report covers demographics and statistics resources on the Internet.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:25 AM

This edition of Current Awareness Happenings on the Internet by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. (May 17, 2004 V2N20) is dedicated to the latest Subject Tracer™ Information Blog Reference Resources. Click on the below audblog link to hear an audio by Marcus P. Zillman on this latest Subject Tracer™. Visit the Reference Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog at:

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posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:22 AM


The Netiquette Home Page provides a fulltext edition of Virginia Shea's book on the niceties and proper behavior to be used with others in the realms of cyberspace and email. An index is provided for the electronic book. Also, for users who want to know just the basics of netiquette, a short overview is presented, called the "Core Rules of Netiquette."

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:20 AM

Combinatorial Chemistry - The Information Portal

Combichem.net provides comprehensive information on combinatorial chemistry including news, new products, upcoming symposia, published papers, journals, books, jobs, forums and suppliers.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:15 AM

Health Related Virtual Communities and Electronic Support Groups: Systematic Review of the Effects of Online Peer to Peer Interactions by Gunther Eysenbach, John Powell, Marina Englesakis, Carlos Rizo and Anita Stern

To compile and evaluate the evidence on the effects on health and social outcomes of computer based peer to peer communities and electronic self support groups, used by people to discuss health related issues remotely. This will be added to Healthcare Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:05 AM

References Related to the Internet & Psychology

An excellent resource of references related to the Internet and Psychology created and maintained by Azy Barak, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology, University of Haifa. This has been added to Healthcare Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog and will be added to Healthcare Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:05 AM

Sunday, May 16, 2004  

Reference Resources

Reference Resurces 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 reference 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 Zillman | 4:25 AM

University of Canterbury: Biomathematics Research Centre

Stationed at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, the Biomathematics Research Centre addresses contemporary problems in biology using mathematical, statistical, and computer science applications. Examples of ongoing research projects at the Biomathematics Research Centre include: statistical applications in ecology and medicine, computational molecular biology and phylogenetics, and analysis of dynamic biological processes using differential equations. The Centre website offers information about faculty, future conferences and workshops, and post-graduate scholarships. The site also contains a list of related links, and lists of publications and annual reports from 1998-2003. This has been added to Biological Informatics Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.[From The NSDL Scout Report for the Life Sciences, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003. http://scout.wisc.edu/]

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:20 AM

Alan Turing - Thinking Up Computers By Andy Reinhardt

Alan Turing - Thinking Up Computers - The Cambridge University mathematician laid the foundation for the invention of software. As part of its anniversary celebration, BusinessWeek is presenting a series of weekly profiles for the greatest innovators of the past 75 years.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:15 AM

Open-Access Publishing: Creator or Destroyer of Wealth?

Marie Meyer, Managing Director of open-access publisher Vertilog, rejects the idea that an open-access publication is sustainable if a business can deliver what customers need or want, at a price that they are willing to pay. No, she says. Companies are sustainable in the long run only if they create economic value -- and simply generating revenues is not evidence of value creation. "If I set up a business selling £1 coins for 99p, it could easily generate revenue. How long I could afford to stay in business is another matter entirely." Criticizing those who have argued that the Internet changes everything, she says that open-access publishing models don't create new value and "could easily be ushering in a dot-com-style cycle of wealth destruction that will leave them -- and dozens of learned societies -- constantly scratching for funds, with nothing left over for funding innovation." (Nature 6 May 2004)

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:10 AM


Bibster introduces a system which assists researchers in managing, searching, and sharing bibliographic data in a peer-to-peer network. The advantage of the system is it provides the possibility to search on a distributed peer-to-peer network using Semantic Web technologies. It provides an easy way to share data with other researchers. A possible inquiry could be: I am searching for topics about peer-to-peer technologies. As a result Bibster returns bibliographic entries concerning peer-to-peer technologies. This has been added to Deep Web Research amd Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blogs. This will be added to Academic Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:05 AM

What Do Intranet Searchers Want?

Almost all of the information in an enterprise is unstructured data -- existing in the form of HTML pages, documents in proprietary formats, paper and media objects, etc. As a result, enterprise search differs from Internet search in several important ways. First, on the Internet a user usually seeks the "best" or most relevant document -- whereas on an intranet a searcher is often looking for some specific document that she or he has seen in the past. Second, the Internet reflects the collective voice of many authors -- whereas an intranet typically reflects the view of the organization it serves (and so intranet content is created to disseminate information rather than attract and hold the attention of casual searchers). A third difference is that an Internet search engine is controlled and managed by one organization as a service -- whereas enterprise search software is licensed to and deployed by a variety of organizations in diverse environments, and imposes varying hardware constraints, software platforms, bandwidth, firewalls, heterogeneous content repositories, security models, document formats, user communities, interfaces, and geographic distribution.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:00 AM

Saturday, May 15, 2004  

International Internet Preservation Consortium

The national libraries of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom, The Library of Congress (USA) and the Internet Archive acknowledged the importance of international collaboration for preserving Internet content for future generations and therefore decided to form a consortium called the International Internet Preservation Consortium. The goals of the consortium are:

To enable the collection of a rich body of Internet content from around the world to be preserved in a way that it can be archived, secured and accessed over time.
To foster the development and use of common tools, techniques and standards that enable the creation of international archives.
To encourage and support national libraries everywhere to address Internet archiving and preservation.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 4:25 AM
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