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

Sunday, February 29, 2004  

Academic Resources

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

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

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM

Comprehensive Risk Analysis and Management Network (CRN)

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

posted by Marcus | 4:16 AM

Out of the Vault and Onto the Web

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

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM

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

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

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM

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

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

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM


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

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM

Saturday, February 28, 2004  

Heated Debates Over Open Source Software

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

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

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

posted by Marcus | 5:00 AM


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

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM

Gene Ontology™ (GO) Consortium

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

posted by Marcus | 4:07 AM

The Cover Pages

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

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM


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

posted by Marcus | 3:58 AM

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

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

posted by Marcus | 3:55 AM

Friday, February 27, 2004  

Sample Size Calculator

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

posted by Marcus | 4:31 AM

UCSC Genome Bioinformatics

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

posted by Marcus | 4:25 AM

ISBN : International Standard Book Number

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

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM

Internet Commons Congress

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

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM

Latin American Studies Online Protocol

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

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM

Genomics Glossaries & Taxonomies

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

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM

Agricultural Statistics Data Base: Field Crops

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

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM

Thursday, February 26, 2004  

AwarenessWatch™ Newsletter V2N3 March 2004 Watch V2N3.pdf
Awareness Watch™ Newsletter

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

posted by Marcus | 5:00 AM

EH.Net - How Much is That

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

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM

Encyclopedia of Economic and Business History

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

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM

Author Pseudonyms

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

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM


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

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM

International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law (IAAIL)

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

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM

Wednesday, February 25, 2004  

LLRX February 2004 Issue Deep Web Research Featured Article

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

posted by Marcus | 8:04 AM

Update on e-Paper

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

posted by Marcus | 4:35 AM

The Art of Taxonomy

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

posted by Marcus | 4:30 AM

PPARC: The Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council

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

posted by Marcus | 4:25 AM

ARL Bimonthly Report

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

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM

Finding Quality Information on the World Wide Web

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

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

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

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM provides a fully text and field searchable database of debt, equity and warrant prospectuses, SEC filings and mergers & acquisition documents. They also offer a fully text searchable clause database with millions of prospectus clauses to easily derive examples from to compare and contrast. Their service brings direct benefits to investment bankers, lawyers, asset managers, regulators, trustees, paying and listing agents, consultants and sophisticated investors. This has been added to Business Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM

IBM's Blue Gene Goes Dutch

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

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM

Tuesday, February 24, 2004  

Asia-Pacific News

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

posted by Marcus | 7:44 AM

GGF Papers Availability

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

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

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

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

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

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

posted by Marcus | 5:00 AM

Internet2 Completes Abilene Upgrade

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

posted by Marcus | 4:30 AM


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

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM

All About Facets & Controlled Vocabularies

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

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM

Elance Online

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

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM

Monday, February 23, 2004  

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

SourceSeries™ Internet Research Workshops

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posted by Marcus | 10:19 AM

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

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

posted by Marcus | 4:25 AM

Design Science to Enhance Search Technology

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

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM

PubSub NNTP Topic

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

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM

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

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

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM

UCI Machine Learning Repository Content Summary

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

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM

NTRS: NASA Technical Reports Server

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

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM

Sunday, February 22, 2004  

Religion Sources on the Web

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

posted by Marcus | 4:35 AM

E-Cell Project

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

posted by Marcus | 4:33 AM

CRISP (Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects)

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

posted by Marcus | 4:25 AM

Platform for Privacy Preferences (P3P) 1.1 Working Draft Published

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

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM

Biology in the Age of Computers

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

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM

Web Services Architecture Working Group Notes Published

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

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM

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

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

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM

Saturday, February 21, 2004  

March 2004 Zillman Column - Privacy Resources and Sites on the Internet Resources.pdf

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

posted by Marcus | 4:45 AM

Math and Physics Applets

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

posted by Marcus | 4:35 AM


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

posted by Marcus | 4:30 AM


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

posted by Marcus | 4:25 AM

American Law Sources Online

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

posted by Marcus | 4:25 AM

GOLD™ Genomes OnLine Database

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

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM

Academic Ranking of World Universities - 2003

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

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM


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

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM

Friday, February 20, 2004  

Web Of Physical Objects Uniform Resource Identifiers

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

posted by Marcus | 4:28 AM

New Phase of Matter

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

posted by Marcus | 4:21 AM


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

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM

Directory of America's Hospitals

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

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM

T & T Virtual Library of Rare Books and Manuscripts

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

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM

Diplomacy Monitor

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

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM


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

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM

Thursday, February 19, 2004  

Subject Tracer Information Blogs

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

Astronomy Resources

Biological Informatics

Bot Research

Business Intelligence Resources


Deep Web Research

Directory Resources

eCommerce Resources

Finding People

Genealogy Resources

Healthcare Resources

Information Futures Markets

Information Quality Resources

Internet Alerts

Internet Demographics

Internet Experts

Internet Hoaxes

Knowledge Discovery

Privacy Resources

Research Resources



Statistics Resources

Student Research

posted by Marcus | 5:00 AM

Semantic Web and Information Systems Special Interest Group (SIGSEMIS)

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

posted by Marcus | 4:30 AM

Canada e-Book

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

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM

Health Privacy Project

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

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM

WebUse: Scientific Research on the Internet

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

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM

Research on Information Technology and Organizations (CRITO)

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

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM

Asian-Pacific Library Conferences

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

posted by Marcus | 4:02 AM

Rural Areas and the Internet

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

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM

Wednesday, February 18, 2004  

Who's Mailing What! Archive

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

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

posted by Marcus | 4:35 AM

HighBeam eLibrary Research

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

posted by Marcus | 4:30 AM

Competitive Intelligence Source

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

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM

Google Hits 6 Billion Items

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

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM

Evaliant Media Resources

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

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

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

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM

E-mail Alerts From

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

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM

Politics Feedpapers

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

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM

Tuesday, February 17, 2004  

How to Learn About an Industry Or a Specific Company

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

posted by Marcus | 9:22 AM

Find People Resource

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

posted by Marcus | 8:54 AM


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

posted by Marcus | 4:50 AM

Searching the Deep Web Video

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

posted by Marcus | 4:45 AM


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

posted by Marcus | 4:42 AM

Nature-Inspired Computing

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

posted by Marcus | 4:06 AM

WS-GAF ( Web Services Grid Application Framework )

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

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM

Monday, February 16, 2004  

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

Privacy Resources

Internet Alerts

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posted by Marcus | 1:30 PM

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

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

posted by Marcus | 4:52 AM

Siena (Scalable Internet Event Notification Architectures)

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

posted by Marcus | 4:50 AM


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

posted by Marcus | 4:44 AM


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

posted by Marcus | 4:37 AM

LibQUAL+ ™

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

posted by Marcus | 4:30 AM

Vulcan Project' Digital Aristotle

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

posted by Marcus | 4:13 AM

The SAKAI Project

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

posted by Marcus | 4:03 AM

Apache Cocoon Project

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

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM

Sunday, February 15, 2004  

Privacy 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 privacy resources. We always welcome suggestions of additional sites and resources to be added to this comprehensive listing and please submit by clicking here. This site has been developed and maintained by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A.. Additional links and resources by Marcus are available by clicking here.

posted by Marcus | 5:05 AM

RDF and OWL Resources:

The Resource Description Framework (RDF):

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

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

RDF Semantics
Formal mathematical theory for reasoning about RDF data

RDF Primer
An introduction for all readers

RDF Test Cases
Machine-processable test cases

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

The OWL Web Ontology Language:

OWL Overview
A simple introduction

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

OWL Reference
A compact, informal description of OWL modelling primitives

OWL Semantics and Abstract Syntax
Normative definition of the OWL language

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

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

posted by Marcus | 5:00 AM

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

posted by Marcus | 4:57 AM


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

posted by Marcus | 4:27 AM

A Research Guide for Students

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

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM (beta) - Anonymous Weblog Publishing lets you publish a weblog using GPG and the Mixmaster anonymous remailer network. You don't ever have to reveal your identity - not even to them. You don't have to trust them, because they will never know who you are. This has been added to my Subject Tracer™ Information Blog Privacy Resources.

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM

Saturday, February 14, 2004  

Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

1. City Governments Map Trends,1282,62131,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_8
2. ESRI: Join the Spirit of Mars Exploration
3. Earth Satellite Corporation: GIS Services
4. Your Internet Guide to Geographic Information Systems
5. GISlounge: History of GIS
6. University Consortium for Geographic Information Science

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

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

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM

The Paper Chase Blog

JURIST, the non-commercial legal information and education Web portal at the the University of Pittsburgh law school, has recently developed an online legal news service in weblog form called "The Paper Chase", edited by myself and a team of some 30 law students. Every day we filter, report and summarize important legal news stories of general (rather than narrowly professional) interest, and enrich those stories with associated research materials in real time. Paper Chase is full of hard news and handy resources, carefully selected for legal significance, quality and authoritativeness.

posted by Marcus | 4:12 AM

Soople - Easy Search of Google

Soople-easy expert search- Soople is an early English dialect, which means 'to soften, make supple'. That's exactly what was envisioned for this site ; a site that softens all the fantastic (advanced) functions Google offers. This site is therefore meant for all those who are not yet familiar with all the functions and required syntaxes. This way Soople enables an 'easy expert search'! For instance, one can specify a search by one particuliar site or filetype ( word, excel, powerpoint and pdf) or an imagesearch by size and type. Furthermore there are many useful tools Google offers; search in the latest news, look up definitions or use Google as a phonebook.

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM

Country Based Search Engines

Country Based Search Engines By Phil Bradley lists over 1600 search engines in 169 countries and has just been updated. This is an excellent resource and should be bookmarked and placed in your search engine reference files. This will be added to my Internet Sources Manual on it next update.

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM

Free GIS Data

This online resource for GIS and geospatial data has compiled data from a wide range of GIS Web sites located on the Internet. Some of the data is free once you set up a user account to be part of the GeoCommunity, with additional data available for a fee using the Premium option. Downloading may require the user to be proficient in GIS and own relevant software. Download options include: Digital Raster Graphic (DRG) Data, USGS Digital elevation Models (DEM), Digital Orthophotos (DOQ/DOQQ), and FEMA Flood Data. Bundles of data available for purchase include: VECTOR MAP (VMap) Level 1, National Wetlands Inventory, TIGER Data & U.S. Census Resources, data by individual states in the U.S. as well as data on countries around the globe. The majority of the datasets are in ARC/INFO E00, SHP, DLG, TIGER, and DEM formats. [VF] This site is also reviewed in the February 13, 2004 NSDL MET Report. [From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003.]

posted by Marcus | 4:02 AM

Furl - Your Online Filing Cabinet for Useful Web Pages

Furl is a new web browsing tool that lets you save and organize thousands of useful web pages (you know, the ones you want to save for future reference but then can never find again) in a personal "web page filing cabinet". Once saved, you can effortlessly find any page again later using a powerful full text search tool. With Furl you can forget trying to save and organize dozens of bookmarks, forget saving web pages to your desktop, in fact forget everything except how to find a useful web page again next time you need it. I will be adding this to my eCurrent Awareness 2004 Report.

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM

Friday, February 13, 2004  

Internet Alerts 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 | 5:00 AM

Google Versus Microsoft

In the gathering storm of warfare between Google and Microsoft for dominance in Internet searching, some of the things to watch for are: the impact of Google's impending IPO on company morale (and on its new millionaires); the fate of Microsoft's own search technology, expected for release later this year; the possibility, fateful for Google, that Microsoft will decide to make its new browser an integral part of the Windows operating system; and the promise of a secret Google effort known as Project Ocean, which will digitize the entire collection of the Stanford Library published before 1923 and no longer subject to copyright restrictions. (Project Ocean would make millions of digitized books available exclusively to Google users). There is also discussion within Google of the possibility of developing and marketing a phone with a built-in custom personal digital assistant that could let Google searchers work from anywhere they happened to be.

posted by Marcus | 4:50 AM

OpenPrivacy Initiative

The OpenPrivacy initiative is an Open Source collection of software frameworks, protocols and services providing a cryptographically secure and distributed platform for creating, maintaining, and selectively sharing user profile information.

In effect, OpenPrivacy is the first open platform that enables user control over personal data while simultaneously - and at user discretion - providing marketers with access to higher quality profile segments. The resulting marketplace for anonymous demographic profiles will create opportunities for a new breed of personalized services that provide people and businesses with timely and relevant information. Throughout the system, information may be shared with guaranteed personal privacy, creating at last a level playing field for the user, marketer and infomediaries.

posted by Marcus | 4:43 AM


Subscribe to EDGAR Filings through PubSub and receive your filings through RSS.

posted by Marcus | 4:37 AM

The European Library (TEL) Project Update

The European Library (TEL) project is a new pan-European service which ultimately will provide Internet access to the combined resources of the national libraries of Europe. Begun in January after 36 months of study, the project hopes to launch TEL by the end of this year. It will offer free searching for both digital and non-digital resources, and will deliver digital objects -- some free, some for a fee. There will be limited multilingual features at launch; although the partners are committed to multilingual interfaces with links to translation services, there will be no integrated multilingual search capability. TEL will integrate with Gabriel, the Web service for 43 European national libraries. Aimed at informed citizens worldwide who want a powerful, simple way of finding European cultural resources, TEL's vast virtual collection of material is also expected to attract researchers from around the world. The European Library will be a "collection of collections" and allow for cross-collection searching which would otherwise be impossible. TEL will contribute to new research by making resources from many disciplines widely available, and by enabling new connections through exploitation of a huge virtual library collection. The TEL team will be established this month and start to transfer the project results into an operational service.

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM

Privacy Forum

The PRIVACY Forum includes a moderated e-mail digest (and archive of those digests and related documents) for the discussion and analysis of issues relating to privacy (both personal and collective) in the information age. Topics include telecommunications, information and database collection and sharing, and a wide range of other privacy issues, as pertains to the privacy concerns of individuals, groups, businesses, government, and society at large. The manners in which both the conventional and the controversial concerns of business and government interact with privacy considerations are also topics for digest discussions. There is no charge to receive the digest.

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM

2003 Statistical Abstract of the United States

The 2003 Statistical Abstract of the United States is now online and continues to gives us access to very valuable demographics and economic information on the United States. I have addded this to my Subject Tracer™ Information Blog Business Intelligence and will be adding this to my Business Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM

Thursday, February 12, 2004  

MapStats - Mapping Tool

MapStats is part of FedStats the new window on the full range of official statistical information available to the public from the Federal Government. Use the Internet's powerful linking and searching capabilities to track economic and population trends, education, health care costs, aviation safety, foreign trade, energy use, farm production, and more. Access official statistics collected and published by more than 100 Federal agencies without having to know in advance which agency produces them. Use MapStats to profile your State, county, Federal judicial district, or congressional district. Just select the name from the menu or use the map provided for your State. This has been added to my Subject Tracer™ Information Blog Business Intelligence Resources and will be added to my Business Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 5:30 AM


Through research sponsored by NASA and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), MIT scientists have developed a Nanoruler that is 10 to 1,000 times faster and more precise than other methods for patterning parallel lines and spaces (known collectively as gratings) across surfaces more than 12 inches in diameter. The technology could foster breakthroughs in areas such as semiconductor manufacturing, metrology, and diffractive optics. The Nanoruler combines two conventional methods to create gratings: mechanical ruling and interference lithography. Mechanical ruling involves dragging a very sharp tool across the surface to form the sets of lines and spaces. Among other drawbacks, however, it is time-consuming.

In interference lithography, two beams of light interfere with each other to produce interference "fringes," or parallel planes of high and low light intensity. These fringes can then be recorded in the surface as lines and spaces, using the same techniques common to the patterning of miniscule designs on computer chips. Interference lithography is much faster than mechanical ruling since all the grooves are formed simultaneously in a single exposure.

posted by Marcus | 5:15 AM

Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG)

The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG)is an industry association focused on eliminating the identity theft and fraud that result from the growing problem of phishing and email spoofing. The organization provides a forum to discuss phishing issues, define the scope of the phishing problem in terms of hard and soft costs, and share information and best practices for eliminating the problem. Where appropriate, the APWG will also look to share this information with law enforcement.

Membership is open to qualified financial institutions, online retailers, ISPs, the law enforcement community, and solutions providers. Note that because phishing attacks and email fraud are sensitive subjects for many organizations that do business online, the APWG has a policy of maintaining the confidentiality of member organizations.

It serves as a public and industry resource for information about the problem of phishing and email fraud, including identification and promotion of pragmatic technical solutions that can provide immediate protection and benefits against phishing attacks. The analysis, forensics, and archival of phishing attacks to the Web site are currently powered by Tumbleweed Communications' Message Protection Lab.

posted by Marcus | 5:05 AM

Web Users Re-Visit in Steps

There are all kinds of tools to help you find information on the Web, but if you don't bookmark the page when you get there, you're on your own when you need to find your way back. A study that teases out how people re-find pages could lead to better annotation tools. Following a marked trail, after all, is easier than relying on memory.

posted by Marcus | 5:05 AM

Top55RSS - Best Blog Directory And RSS Submission Sites

Where To Submit My RSS Feeds And Weblog URLs To Get More Exposure, Visibility And Reach by Luigi Canali De Rossi does an excellent job of listing the latest sources on the Internet to submit your RSS feeds. This reminds me of the days when everyone was first starting to submit their meta tag data to the search engines! Luigi ... excellent job and thanks for giving my Awareness Watch Newsletter a citation and the end of the article.

posted by Marcus | 4:33 AM

Directory of Representatives' Websites: UK and Australia

Directories of websites and chamber statistics is a comprehensive inventory of representatives' website that was compiled using multiple sources. The tracking considers lower chambers only and is updated every three months.

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM

Database of Virtual Art - Now Public

For the first time, the Database of Virtual Art has been developed to specifically document digital installation art. This type of art has rapidly evolved over the last decades and is emerging into our most contemporary art. In close cooperation with established media artists, researchers and associated institutions, a complex overview of the immersive, interactive, telematic and genetic arts is being developed. This new documentation instrument, appropriate to the needs of processual art, is built in Open Source Technology. It is supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Science (BMBF).

The Database of Virtual Art is both an evolving research instrument and a work in progress, changing according to the ongoing development of the field. Its documentation system will also serve as a predesessor for the systematic preservation of this art. Due to the fact that virtual art is totally dependent upon storage media, it is no exaggeration to say that an entire decade of art threatens to be lost for all time.

posted by Marcus | 4:06 AM

Wednesday, February 11, 2004  

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

SAE Alumni Club of Southwest Florida

Presentation Sources

Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A., Executive Director of the Virtual Private Library™, author, speaker, consultant and creator/founder of 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: 7:30pm

Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Location: Port Royal Country Club, Naples, Florida

posted by Marcus | 8:00 AM

Handakte WebLAWg- German Blog for Legal Resources

An excellent legal resource from Germany and the most read legal blog in Germany. Rainer Langenhan offers highly competent and extremely useful resources for the legal profession in Germany. I recommend that you visit and bookmark this valuable site and I will be adding this resource to my Legal Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 5:00 AM

World of Ends by Doc Searls and David Weinberger

World of Ends - What the Internet Is and How to Stop Mistaking It for Something Else by Doc Searls and David Weinberger. An article and site that should be read by everyone to obtain a better understanding of the Internet and its functionality and relationship to our society.

posted by Marcus | 4:50 AM

ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval

ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval is July 25 - 29, 2004, in Sheffield, UK, and Organized by The University of Sheffield and ACM. SIGIR is the major international forum for the presentation of new research results and for the demonstration of new systems and techniques in the broad field of information retrieval (IR).

posted by Marcus | 4:45 AM

RDF and OWL Are W3C Recommendations

The World Wide Web Consortium released the Resource Description Framework (RDF) and the OWL Web Ontology Language (OWL) as W3C Recommendations. RDF is used to represent information and to exchange knowledge in the Web. OWL is used to publish and share sets of terms called ontologies, supporting advanced Web search, software agents and knowledge management. Read the press release and testimonials and visit the Semantic Web home page listed above.

posted by Marcus | 4:40 AM

Acronyms Related to Biological Informatics and Biodiversity

A site that features sources for acronyms related to biological informatics and biodiversity. Great resource and I have added it to my Subject Tracer™ Information Blog Biological Informatics.

posted by Marcus | 4:30 AM

Dead People Server

The Dead People Server is a database of interesting celebrities who are long dead or newly dead. Interesting resource that only the Internet could offer ...... as it is up to date and current!

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM

Tinkering with the Tyranny of Copyright

William Fisher, director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, has turned his attention to solving the seemingly intractable conflict between the recording industry and file-sharing music fans. His proposed plan, which would enable the entertainment industry to restructure its business model without resorting to micropayments, could also have ramifications for copyrighted digital text-based content. As a first step, all works capable of being transmitted online would be registered with a central office, which would then monitor how frequently the work is used. The work's creator would be compensated on that basis using funds collected via a tax on various content-related devices, such as DVDs, blank CDs or digital recorders. Fisher agrees that such a radical overhaul of the current system would be difficult in today's tax-phobic political environment, but he says that his ideas have been received with great interest by the music and home video industries whose business models are under siege. Fisher says that the likeliest locale for putting his ambitious scheme to work would be in countries such as Croatia or Brazil, which are neither so developed that they have signed on to international copyright protocols nor so underdeveloped that they are desperate to do so. "The hope is in the rainforest," says Fisher, in countries that "are more like the United States was before 1890, when we were a 'pirate' nation." As to whether such a system would ever work in the U.S., Fisher says perhaps after the various current schemes fail, his approach will be more attractive: "What is involved here is nothing less than the shape of our culture and the way we think of ourselves as citizens."

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM

Tuesday, February 10, 2004  

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

Genealogical Society of Collier County

Presentation Sources

Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A., Executive Director of the Virtual Private Library™, author, speaker, consultant and creator/founder of 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: 7:30pm

Date: Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Location: St. John's Episcopal Church, Naples, Florida

posted by Marcus | 7:00 AM

Genealogy 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 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 | 6:45 AM


OASIS is a not-for-profit, global consortium that drives the development, convergence and adoption of e-business standards. Members themselves set the OASIS technical agenda, using a lightweight, open process expressly designed to promote industry consensus and unite disparate efforts. OASIS produces worldwide standards for security, Web services, XML conformance, business transactions, electronic publishing, topic maps and interoperability within and between marketplaces.

OASIS has more than 600 corporate and individual members in 100 countries around the world. OASIS and the United Nations jointly sponsor ebXML, a global framework for e-business data exchange. OASIS operates, a community clearinghouse for XML application schemas, vocabularies and related documents. OASIS hosts The Cover Pages, an online reference collection for interoperable markup language standards. The OASIS Network includes UDDI, CGM Open, LegalXML and PKI. I have added this to my Subject Tracer™ Information Blog eCommerce Resources.

posted by Marcus | 4:40 AM

What Works Clearinghouse (WWC)

The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) was established in 2002 by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences to provide educators, policymakers, researchers, and the public with a central, independent, and trusted source of scientific evidence of what works in education. It is administered by the Department through a contract to a joint venture of the American Institutes for Research and the Campbell Collaboration. [This site will be added to Education and Distance Learning Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.]

posted by Marcus | 4:30 AM

Visionaries. Leaders. World-Class. Three words that describe the principals of, a group of professionals with more than three decades of experience. The group founded and led by Fred Saba, PhD., have helped shape the growth of distance education through their research, consulting and development work in the field. has been on the web since 1995, in anticipation of the growing popularity of distance education. As a hub for consulting, news, information, instructional design and products focusing on distance education, it has become an essential source for information, and inspiration for countless professionals. [This site will be added to Education and Distance Learning Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.]

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM

Molecular Expressions

The Molecular Expressions website features their acclaimed photo galleries that explore the fascinating world of optical microscopy. They are going where no microscope has gone before by offering one of the Web's largest collections of color photographs taken through an optical microscope (commonly referred to as "photo-micro-graphs"). Visit their Photo Gallery for an introductory selection of images covering just about everything from beer and ice cream to integrated circuits and ceramic superconductors.

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM

Virus Detection

Researchers at Purdue University have developed a miniature device sensitive enough to detect a single virus particle. The device is tiny cantilever, a diving board-like beam of silicon that naturally vibrates at a specific frequency. When a virus particle weighing about one-trillionth as much as a grain of rice lands on the cantilever, it vibrates at a different frequency. The work, funded by the National Institutes of Health, is aimed at developing advanced sensors capable of detecting airborne viruses, bacteria, and other contaminants. Such sensors will have applications in areas including environmental-health monitoring in hospitals and homeland security. The next step will be to coat a cantilever with the antibodies for a specific virus. Only those virus particles would stick to the device, making it possible to create detectors sensitive to specific pathogens.

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM

Monday, February 09, 2004  

This edition of Current Awareness Happenings on the Internet by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. (February 9, 2004 V2N6) is dedicated to the Virtual Private Library. Click on the below audblog link to hear an audio describing this site and resource starting point for the Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. These resources are available from the following URL:

Virtual Private Library

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posted by Marcus | 4:30 AM

ISTweb - Information Society Technologies

European research activities are structured around consecutive four-year programmes, or so-called Framework Programmes. The Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) sets out the priorities - including the IST Priority - for the EU's research, technological development and demonstration (RTD) activities for the period 2003-2006. These priorities have been identified on the basis of a set of common criteria reflecting the major concerns of increasing industrial competitiveness and the quality of life for European citizens in a global information society. This is elaborated upon in the Information Society Directorate-General's (DG) mission statement. For more detailed information about specific IST activities, visit the IST Activities page on this site.

posted by Marcus | 4:20 AM

Education Department Puts School Test Data On Web

This week a new Web site went online as part of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, an education law that had strong support from President Bush. The site displays results from testing of elementary school students sorted by geographic area. The data include statistics about the percentage of students who are economically disadvantaged and the numbers of students who show acceptable progress in reading and math proficiency. Data are currently available for six states--Delaware, Florida, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington--and data from all states is expected to be available eventually. Testing for middle and high school students is not scheduled to begin until 2006. The project was funded jointly by the Federal government and the Broad Foundation, which supports elementary and secondary public education.[Federal Computer Week, 3 February 2004] This site will be added to Education and Distance Learning Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 4:15 AM

Remote Health Resources

An excellent source for remote health resources from the Department of Health and Medical Services of the Dubai Medical Libraries, Government of Dubai. I have added this to my Subject Tracer™ Information Blog Healthcare Resources.

posted by Marcus | 4:12 AM

How To Stay Up To Date

How To Stay Up to Date from the Virtual Librarian at Monash University Library gives contents covering Journal Articles, Publishers with Alerting Services, Books, SDIs (AutoAlerts), Saved Database Searches, Website Newsletters and Updates, Monash & Library News, News & Current Events, Research in Progress, Discussion and Mailing Lists and Conferences. I will be adding this to my eCurrent Awareness Resources 2004 Report.

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM

Agent-Based Software Development

This new book offers a thorough and comprehensive explanation of the methods, tools, standards and techniques used to develop software using the agent-oriented approach. Meeting a long unmet need to support the agent-software development community with practical guidance in this cutting-edge area, this authoritative resource helps you to: understand the issues in developing agent-based software, select tools and techniques that aid in the development of agent systems, and become familiar with important methodologies that can be used to build different types of agent systems.

A thorough and practical introduction to agent-oriented software engineering, the book covers four major areas: the basic concepts of agents that motivate agent technology, available technological support for deployment of agent systems, industry-relevant initiatives, and agent methodologies for agent system development. Addressing issues of
direct relevance to specific development and task objectives, as well as to industry-wide initiatives, the work is essential for those wanting to understand more about the commercial realities of agent-based computing.

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM

Qualitative Research Bibliography

This site offers links to publications, references, and web sites that focus on qualitative research methods. The bibliography is organized into more than 30 categories which reflect the many genres of qualitative inquiry as well as some of the critical methodological issues that challenge qualitative researchers. I have also added this to my Subject Tracer™ Information Blog Research Resources.

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM


Announcing the first public release of Jason, a Java-based interpreter for an extended version of AgentSpeak. Unlike other BDI agent tools, Jason implements the operational semantics of AgentSpeak, a BDI logic programming language extensively discussed in the literature. It is available as Open Source under GNU LGPL.

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM

Sunday, February 08, 2004  

SAIL-eprints (Search, Alert, Impact and Link)

SAIL-eprints (Search, Alert, Impact and Link) is an electronic open access service provider for finding scientific or technical documents, published or unpublished, in Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Materials Sciences, Nanotechnologies, Microelectronics, Computer Sciences, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Earth Sciences, Meteorology, Oceanography, Agricolture, and related application activities. SAIL-eprints has been designed primarily to collect information on scientific documents (metadata) authored by CNR researchers and deposited as preprints or postprints in CNR institutional open access archives. Also, SAIL-eprints collects metadata from other data repositories all over the world publishing materials in the same scientific fields. See here the complete list of open access archives or to register your OAI compliant repository.

SAIL-eprints aims to offer a unique user-friendly Search interface for finding scientific documents, personal services such us Alerts (for registered users) to become aware of latest entries, Impact and Linking through the rapid dissemination and exploitation of papers. Download of documents in electronic format is possible only if it is permitted on the original archive. I will be adding this to my Articles, Abstracts, Documents, Papers, Reports and Literature resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 5:00 AM

Net Semiology

To create a good web site is necessary to learn how to communicate by Internet using correctly the diverse communicative elements such as colors, figures, words and navigation tools in order to avoid a misinterpretation of the message by the user. Net Semiology is not just semiotics applied to the Web but it is a new discipline. Its aim is to define the best graphical figures we should use according to the atmosphere of the home page, to find the right language according to the target we want to reach, to create the most effective labeling or the best relation between the sender and the web surfer in order to achieve its communicative aims.

posted by Marcus | 4:58 AM

portal: Libraries and the Academy

A journal that presents research findings and provides regular coverage of issues in technology, publishing, and periodicals, portal is written by librarians for librarians. Peer-reviewed articles address subjects such as library administration, information technology, and information policy. The journal examines the role of libraries in meeting institutional missions, explores how technology affects librarianship and scholarship, and conveys this research to academic librarians in a timely manner. Through the highest-quality research and news about librarianship in higher education institutions, portal provides a much needed, fresh perspective. portal earned recognition as the runner-up for the best new journal of 2001, awarded by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.

posted by Marcus | 4:55 AM is net’s largest PHP, CGI, Perl, JavaScript and ASP script collection and resource web portal. They currently have 21,890 scripts across 11 different programming languages and 1,240 categories, as well as links to books, articles, as well as programming tips and tutorials.

posted by Marcus | 4:53 AM

File Recovery Guide

Discusses file recovery and information on breakdowns, head crashes, data back ups, and formatting.

posted by Marcus | 4:51 AM

GSK Leads the Way in Digitizing Pharmaceutical Resources

When GlaxoWellcome merged with SmithKline Beecham, it created a global pharmaceutical giant with a massive appetite for information resources. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) spanned 24 research and development sites in seven countries, and its 14 main libraries met the needs of 100,000 employees, including some 16,000 R&D staff. Employees already had electronic access to research materials, but those resources were far from comprehensive, and access was often sketchy for mobile employees. To address the challenges, the company decided to develop a "virtual library" that would deliver electronic access to nearly all books and journals needed by its employees. The goal is to close all 14 libraries by year-end 2004. Melanie O'Neill, GSK's vice president of information management, concedes that there "is a lot of emotion attached to libraries," but adds that people are simply using them less and less often. "They had started to desert them." While numerous legal and logistical challenges have cropped up, one of the biggest is making older literature available to researchers. This is a gap that needs to be filled, not just for GSK but all pharmaceutical companies. "We may have to do it ourselves and sell it to our rivals," jokes O'Neill.

posted by Marcus | 4:42 AM

NewJour: Recent Issues

An excellent resource to monitor for the latest Journals and Newsletters. This site updates daily. This is taken from my eCurrentAwareness Resources 2004 Report.

posted by Marcus | 4:36 AM

Financial Facts Tool Kit

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission presents resources to aid people in planning their financial futures. Included are: Tools to Get Started -- Sites with basic information, overviews and worksheets, Tools to Understanding Investment Choices -- How to select brokerage, firms, understand mutual funds, market risks and buying bonds, Tools to Manage Your Money & Investments, Getting More Information -- Links to other resources. I will be adding this to my Business Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 4:30 AM

Saturday, February 07, 2004  

Current Awareness Sources

I have just finished updating and revising my eCurrent Awareness Resources 2004 Report (37 page .pdf document) on the most competent and reliable sources on the Internet for staying up to date and current in your profession, special interest or business activities. I have been compiling sources on current awareness from the Internet since my gopher days when I created the LinkSeries Manuals for university reference libraries that had a full section of current awareness. Additional information and secure purchasing instructions are available from the above URL.

posted by Marcus | 9:17 AM

Basics of Space Flight (BSF)

The people of Caltech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) create and manage NASA projects of exploration throughout our solar system and beyond. The Basics of Space Flight (BSF) is a training module designed primarily to help JPL operations people identify the range of concepts associated with deep space missions, and grasp the relationships these concepts exhibit. It also enjoys popularity among high school and college students, as well as faculty, and people everywhere who are interested in interplanetary space flight.

The BSF attempts to offer a broad scope, but limited depth, as a background for further investigation; many other resources are available, of course, for delving into each of the topics related here. Indeed, any one of these topics can involve a lifelong career of specialization. This module's purpose is met if the participant learns the scope of concepts that apply to interplanetary space exploration and the relationships among them. The BSF is intended to be used online via the worldwide web. There are interactive quizzes to let you check your own progress; no records are kept. No academic credit is offered for completion. Interplanetary exploration begins . . .

posted by Marcus | 8:08 AM

EUR-Lex: The Portal to European Union Law

Given the enormous complexity of bringing together 12 of continental Europe's countries to form the European Union, it is not surprising that there is a vast body of legal material related to this process. As this is the case, the EUR-Lex website is in fact the "single entry point to the complete collections of EU legal texts in all the official languages." The
homepage for the site contains several helpful thematic collections of documents (in a variety of file formats for convenience), such as case-law, parliamentary questions, treaties, and several other categories. Of course, the novice user will want to take a look through the About EU Law section which offers a broad outline of the legal process, a glossary, and an alphabetized section that will answer many questions. To say this site will be of interest to legal scholars and students of the EU legal process would be a vast understatement. [From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003.]. I will be adding this source to my Legal Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 5:01 AM

Wisconsin Center for Education Research

Established in 1964, the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) at the University of Wisconsin, is one of the oldest and largest university-based education research and development centers. With annual funding exceeding $25 million from a variety of sources (such as the National Science Foundation), WCER employs close to 350 faculty, staff, and graduate students working at one of the many long-term projects and centers. Along with taking a look at the Center's staff profiles and long-term research and evaluation projects, some of the Center's many websites are worth a look. Many of them contain helpful working papers and additional data, such as the Diversity in Mathematics Educations site or the equally helpful Research Institute on Secondary Education Reform. If this wealth of material weren't enough to pique the interest of the web-browsing public, visitors can also sign up to receive WCER Today, the electronic newsletter which provides information about new research reports, working papers, and feature stories featured on their site. [From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003.] I will be adding this to my Education and Distance Learning Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 4:57 AM

Georgetown University Medical Center -- Protein Information Resource: RESID Database

This RESID Database website, developed by Georgetown University Medical Center's Protein Information Resource PIR), "is a comprehensive collection of annotations and structures for protein modifications including amino-terminal, carboxyl-terminal and peptide chain cross-link, pre-, co- and post-transitional modifications." This site provides a wealth of information including IUPAC systematic chemical names, elemental formulas for the residues as they occur in peptide chains, GIF format drawings of the chemical structures, and much more. Links are provided to access information about PIR and other protein databases as well. [from The NSDL Scout Report for the Life Sciences, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003.]

posted by Marcus | 4:52 AM

Pitching Blogs: Latest Type Of Online Media Vehicle May Provide Valuable PR Opportunities By Lloyd Trufelman and Laura Goldberg

The name sounds more like a sci-fi character than a legitimate news source, but blogs are rapidly becoming authoritative news sources. PR professionals should keep this new type of media on their radar screens. What is a blog exactly? Blog is short for Web log - regularly updated online diaries/news forums that feature links to news items and stories from across the Internet's World Wide Web. Most blogs are helmed by a single individual called a blogger......

Lookout .... the PR folks have discovered us!!!!

posted by Marcus | 4:47 AM

Henk's Adressen

I discovered this excellent resource when I was reviewing the logs of the Virtual Private Library and discovered that it had referred a number of visitors. This is an extremely competent resource and I will be definitely adding it to my Subject Tracer™ Information Blog Directory Resources.

posted by Marcus | 4:33 AM

The Teaching Librarian

Stephen Francoeur as an information services librarian in an academic library, is interested in exploring how he can expand his role as a teacher at the reference desk (regardless of whether that desk is real or virtual). In an era of information overload and technostress, it's important to use what limited time that he has with students to help them become information literate. This website, which is his own personal site and is not affiliated with where he works, has been created so that he can develop, present, and later revise his own thoughts on how to make the most of educational opportunities with students.

posted by Marcus | 4:28 AM

Friday, February 06, 2004  

Copernic Tracker

Copernic Tracker is a software that monitors Web pages and notifies you when they change. It keeps you up to date with what's new on sites you're interested in and saves you countless browsing hours. Copernic Tracker automatically looks for new content on Web pages, as often as you like. When a change is detected, it can notify you by sending an email, including a copy of the Web page with the changes highlighted, or by displaying a desktop alert. While being incredibly easy to use, Copernic Tracker will satisfy power-users seeking to store and organize changes captured on specified pages. It's the perfect tool for everyone from home users to competitive intelligence researchers! This software resource will be added to my eCurrent Awareness Report 2004.

posted by Marcus | 5:15 AM

2003 OCLC Environmental Scan: Pattern Recognition

The 2003 OCLC Environmental Scan: Pattern Recognition report was produced for OCLC’s worldwide membership to examine the significant issues and trends impacting OCLC, libraries, museums, archives and other allied organizations, both now and in the future. The scan provides a high-level view of the information landscape, intended both to inform and stimulate discussion about future strategic directions. I have added this to my Subject Tracer™ Information Blog Research Resources.

posted by Marcus | 5:15 AM

Enjoy Posterity By Making Your Site More Archivable

Brewster Kahle, the brains and inspiration behind the Internet Archive, offers a few pointers on ensuring your Web site gets included in his massive database. To make your site easily archivable, he suggests being "straightforward." What does that mean? "Straightforward URLs. JavaScript that's fairly clear-cut or reused from other places… We're continuously updating our tools and trying to make things better. But for instance, we've been having a lot of trouble with .swf files, Shockwave and Flash files, from Macromedia. If those files have links to other pages inside of them, we're just not able to find those links, so we can't follow them. We also have trouble rewriting those .swf files so that they point to the Archive's version of the links and not the live Web's… What we'd like to see is more straightforward use of pointers, because the hyperlink is one of the great ideas of the Internet."

posted by Marcus | 5:00 AM

Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Database

This database contains bibliographic access to over 60,000 "articles, books, news reports, obituaries, motion picture reviews and other material about science fiction and fantasy. Some coverage of horror, gothic and utopian literature is included." Searchable by author, title, imprint, and subject. From Hal W. Hall, a librarian at the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, Texas A&M University. I will be adding this to Articles, Abstracts, Documents, Papers, Reports and Literature Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 4:50 AM

Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask

An excellent resource tutorial for evaluating web pages and the techniques required taken from Finding Information on the Internet: A Tutorial from the UC Berkeley Library - Teaching Library Internet Workshops.

posted by Marcus | 4:45 AM

Online Writing Collaboration Project (OWCp)

Online Writing Collaboration Project (OWCp) is the meeting place on cyberspace for English teachers and learners from all over the globe. OWCp is an International project administrated by professors from different universities in USA, Middle East, Canada, Europe and Far East. The professors listed in the OWCp leaders list are the supervisors who work as one team with OWCp moderators and e-tutors to provide FREE Advanced educational services for students. OWCp moderators are English teachers, Ph.D candidates, master students and advanced level students. Moderators work as one team to make this online interactive collaborative learning community to be the number one meeting place on the net for English teachers and students to construct and share knowledge. I will be adding this to my Education and Distance Learning Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 4:38 AM


A blog created by Peter Caputa called EureksterBlog covers all the latest happenings and events surrounded by one of the latest search engines called Eurekster .... well worth a visit and bookmark.

posted by Marcus | 4:31 AM

Inventory of Research Methods for Librarianship and Informatics by Jonathan D. Eldredge, M.L.S., Ph.D., AHIP

This article defines and describes the rich variety of research designs found in librarianship and informatics practice. Familiarity with the range of methods and the ability to make distinctions between those specific methods can enable authors to label their research reports correctly. The author has compiled an inventory of methods from a variety of disciplines, but with attention to the relevant applications of a methodology to the field of librarianship. Each entry in the inventory includes a definition and description for the particular research method. Some entries include references to resource material and examples. I have added this to my Subject Tracer™ Information Blog Research Resources.

posted by Marcus | 4:30 AM

Thursday, February 05, 2004  

Bibliomining Information Center

For years, bibliometrics has been used to track patterns in authorship, citation, etc. Today, there are many more tools available for discovering similar patterns in complex datasets from data mining and statistics. In addition, tools from management science such as Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) can be used to explore the data for patterns. Therefore, a more complex definition is: Bibliomining is the combination of data mining, bibliometrics, statistics, and reporting tools used to extract patterns of behavior-based artifacts from library systems. I have added this source to my Subject Tracer™ Information Blogs on Knowledge Discovery and Research Resources.

posted by Marcus | 9:10 AM

Reuters Investor - Financial Research and Information

Reuters Investor - Financial Research and Information is an excellent resource to discover new knowledge and to stay current on industry, selected business and financial information. Categories to research include Stocks Research Reports, Investment Ideas, Industries, Screening Center, Markets, Funds and Tools. I have added this source to my Subject Tracer™ Information Blog Business Intelligence Resources and will also be adding it to my Business Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 9:02 AM

Budget of the United States Government: Fiscal Year 2005

Issued by the Office of Management and Budget, the Budget of the United States Government is a collection of documents that contains the budget message of the President, information about the President's budget proposals for a given fiscal year, and other budgetary publications that have been issued throughout the fiscal year. Other related and supporting budget publications, such as the Economic Report of the President, are included, which may vary from year to year. I will be adding this to my Business Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 7:10 AM

Roadmap to Security Tools and Services Online - Version 10 - Winter 2004

At SANS request, the 26 sponsors of the Roadmap to Security Tools & Services Poster are offering their newest white papers to SANS members. White papers are valuable learning tools and often contain analyses by industry experts. In developing their products and service, vendors acquire considerable understanding of their product area – white papers help them share that knowledge. This page also includes up-to-date information of tools and service offerings in 26 categories. They have made 15 new white papers available (free) from the above URL. They cover topics including DoS Protection, Security Legislation, Auditing, Event Management and more. Registration is required - that's why the vendors make them available free. I will be adding this to my Subject Tracer™ Information Blog Security Resources 2004.

posted by Marcus | 4:35 AM

VoiceXML 2.0 Is a Proposed Recommendation

W3C is pleased to announce the advancement of the "Voice Extensible Markup Language (VoiceXML) Version 2.0" to Proposed Recommendation. Comments are welcome through 2 March. VoiceXML uses XML to bring speech, touch-tone input, digitized audio, recording, telephony and computer-human conversations to the Web. Read the press release and visit the Voice Browser home page.

posted by Marcus | 4:30 AM

The Electronic Library of Mathematics

The Electronic Library of Mathematics contains online journals, article collections, monographs, and other electronic resources in the field of mathematics. All material is in electronic form and access is generally free, except for some periodicals with a "moving wall", i.e., a certain delay period after which resources become freely available. The Electronic Library of Mathematics is supervised by the Electronic Publishing Committee of the European Mathematical Society (EPC-EMS). Some requirements have to be fullfilled for a journal or proceedings volume to be included in the Electronic Library.

posted by Marcus | 4:10 AM

Plugin for Protege to support the Web Ontology Language (OWL)

Announcing the first 1.0 release of a Plugin for Protege to support the Web Ontology Language (OWL) in conjunction with the release of Protege 2.0. Protege is an open-source ontology development environment developed at Stanford Medical Informatics, supported by a large community of active users. Protege provides an intuitive editor for classes, properties, instances etc, and has extensions for ontology visualization, project management, software engineering, and many other modeling tasks.

The OWL Plugin is a major extension of Protege, allowing users to load, save, edit, visualize and classify ontologies in the Web Ontology Language, and to acquire Semantic Web contents. The OWL Plugin provides interfaces to Description Logics reasoners such as Racer and allows to access other services provided by HP Lab's Jena library. Protege and the OWL Plugin also have a powerful open-source API for programmers of custom-tailored new components such as additional reasoners and user interface widgets. With its extensible architecture, Protege can serve as a base platform for ontology-based research and development projects.

posted by Marcus | 4:05 AM


A new version, version 0.28, of JASA (Java Auction Simulator API) is now available under an open-source license (GPL). JASA is a high performance auction simulator suitable for conducting experiments in agent-based computational economics. It implements various auction mechanisms, trading strategies and experiments described in the computational economics literature, and as the software matures we hope that it will become a repository for reference implementations of commonly used mechanisms, strategies and learning algorithms. In order for this project to succeed feedback, in the form of code fixes, code contributions and replication attempts, is vital and greatly welcomed.

posted by Marcus | 4:00 AM

Wednesday, February 04, 2004  

This edition of Current Awareness Happenings on the Internet by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. (February 2, 2004 V2N5) is dedicated to Awareness Watch Newsletter. Click on the below audblog link to hear an audio describing this monthly newsletter that I have just recently started to publish. These resources are available from the following URL:

Awareness Watch™ Newsletter

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

posted by Marcus | 9:42 AM

2 Word Phrases in Search Engines reported that most people use 2 word phrases in search engines. Of all the search phrases world wide, 32.58 percent of the people use 2 word phrases, 25.61 percent use 3 word phrases and 19.02 percent use 1 word phrase. More and more people use 3 word phrases instead of 1 word phrase. The global usage of 2 word phrases has increased with 3.36 percent from 29.22 percent to 32.58 percent since April 2003. The use of 1 word phrase has decreased with 5.74 percent from 24.76 percent to 19.02 percent.

posted by Marcus | 8:53 AM

Why the Future of Search May Be Open Source by Chris Gulker

With Google rumored to be on the eve of a $4 billion IPO, Web search technology is attracting a lot of attention from technologists and business people alike. Doug Cutting, president of open source search software project thinks he has the next big thing in search: open source.

posted by Marcus | 7:13 AM

Red Herring Blog

Each day, Red Herring Blog gives you fast and complete analysis of the implications of mergers, acquisitions, financial events, technological trends and breakthroughs. Not only do they cover the latest stories from around the world, they give you the opportunity to chime in with your own opinion. Some recent topics include the return of semiconductors in The semis are coming, the latest wireless technologies in Ultrawide pipes everywhere, and the aging of an early dot-com in Amazon is all grown up. Keep up with industry developments as they unfold, participate in the discussion of key factors affecting the technology industry, and stay tuned to see what happens next.

posted by Marcus | 7:10 AM

Improving the Quality of Metadata in Eprint Archives by Marieke Guy, Amdy Powell and Michael Day

Marieke Guy, Andy Powell and Michael Day address the argument that the usefulness of OAI service providers is directly influenced by the consistency and accuracy of the harvested metadata on which they are based. They suggest a number of quality assurance procedures that may improve the standard of metadata in eprint archives.

posted by Marcus | 5:16 AM

Building OAI-PMH Harvesters with Net::OAI::Harvester by Ed Summers

Ed Summers provides practical examples of how to build OAI-PMH harvesters in Perl using the Net::OAI::Harvester toolkit.

posted by Marcus | 5:10 AM

Search Engines: 2003: The Year In Perspective by Phil Bradley

Phil Bradley takes us through the major trends and highlights in the world of search engines over the course of the past year.

posted by Marcus | 5:05 AM

MSN Newsbot (beta)

MSN Newsbot (beta) is an experimental, automated news service. We gather news from over 4,000 sources on the internet and speed your discovery of news stories. News headlines are clustered together to allow you to compare coverage from multiple sources and each story links to the publisher's site where you can read the full article. As news changes around the world, MSN Newsbot (beta) updates continuously to keep you current on what stories are being reported online. You can search to find news related to particular topics, or browse the sections to find news in Sports, Business, Technology, or World News.

posted by Marcus | 5:00 AM

Tuesday, February 03, 2004  

Workshop: Current Happenings on the Internet: Blogs, Bots and News Aggregators by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A.
Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches
Presentation Sources

Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A., Executive Director of the Virtual Private Library™, author, speaker, consultant and creator/founder of 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: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2004

Location: Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, 401 North Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

posted by Marcus | 6:55 AM

I Hear America Singing (IHAS)

The Music Division of the Library of Congress is pleased to announce the launch of a new Web site, I Hear America Singing (IHAS) , a portal to the Library's music and performing-arts collections.

posted by Marcus | 6:53 AM -- Write To Congress, the President and State Legislators is a service of Capitol Advantage, a private, non-partisan company that specializes in facilitating civic participation. It is powered by the award-winning CapWiz™ system.

posted by Marcus | 6:50 AM

WIPO Continues Efforts to Stamp Out Cybersquatting

Efforts by the World Intellectual Property Organization to combat the abusive registration of trademarks as domain names, or cybersquatting, made significant headway in 2003.

posted by Marcus | 5:20 AM

Advances in Cancer Research Using Unencumbered Scientific Knowledge

NPR's Science Friday[1] last week spoke with Howard Chang, of Stanford Medical School's Biochemistry Department[2]. Chang discussed his recent article, co-authored with several colleagues and published in the Public Library of Science Biology[3] open-access journal, which explores how scientists can learn about cancer from studying the way common wounds heal. Like all PLoS[4] publications, Chang and company's article, "Gene Expression Signature of Fibroblast Serum Response Predicts Human Cancer Progression Similarities between Tumors and Wounds,"[5] is free under a Creative Commons attribution license[6]. Recall that one of Creative Commons' resolutions[7] is to explore a Science Commons. More unencumbered scientific knowledge to come . . .


posted by Marcus | 5:10 AM

Project Gutenberg Distributed Proofreaders

Distributed Proofreaders was founded in 2000 by Charles Franks to support the digitization of Public Domain books. Originally conceived to assist Project Gutenberg (PG), Distributed Proofreaders (DP) is now the main source of PG e-books. In 2002, Distributed Proofreaders became an official Project Gutenberg site and as such is supported by Project Gutenberg. All our proofreaders, managers, developers and so on are volunteers. This is an excellent project headed by an Internet pioneer Michael Hart and everyone needs to support by participation and donation.

posted by Marcus | 5:00 AM Site Map now has a site map that can be used to make the site navigation very easy!!

posted by Marcus | 4:55 AM

Market Research on the Web (MROW)

Market Research on the Web (MROW), a unique gateway to market data and statistics. MROW provides direct links to market data, company lists, statistics, and industry news on over 3,000 regularly evaluated UK and European sites. These sites include associations and professional bodies, trade journals, research companies, consultants, and industry sites and portals. MROW's Guide to Market Data and Statistics also offers information on market research and statistical terminologies, classifications, concepts, and indicators. I have added this site to my Subject Tracer™ Information Blog Research Resources. I will be adding this resource to my Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations Resources 2004 Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 4:24 AM

Monday, February 02, 2004  

The following papers have been recently posted to New Papers on:

Paper 1

Baldwin, Carliss & Kim Clark

The Architecture of Cooperation: How Code Architecture Mitigates Free Riding in the Open Source Development Model

We argue that the architecture of a codebase is a critical factor that lies at the heart of the open source development process. To support this argument, we define two observable properties of an architecture: (1) its modularity and (2) its option values. Developers can make informed judgments about modularity and option value from early code releases. Their judgments in turn will influence their decisions to work and to contribute their code back to the community. We go on to suggest that the core of the open source development process can be thought of as two linked games played within a codebase architecture. The first game involves the implicit exchange of effort directed at the modules and option values of a codebase; the second is a Prisoners' Dilemma game triggered by the irreducible costs of communicating. The implicit exchange of effort among developers is made possible by the the non-rivalrous nature of the codebase and by the modularity and option values of the codebase's architecture. This exchange creates value for all participants, both workers and free-riders. In contrast, the Prisoners' Dilemma is a problem that must be surmounted if the exchanges are to take place. It can be addressed through a combination of reducing the costs of communication, providing rewards, and encouraging repeated interactions. Finally, the initial design and "opening up" of a codebase can be seen as a rational move by an architect who is seeking to test the environment in hopes of initiating exchanges of effort with other developers.

Paper 2

Crowston, Kevin, Annabi, Hala, & Howison, James
Defining Open Source Software Project Success
Information systems success is one of the most widely used dependent variables in information systems research. In this paper, we identify a range of measures that can be used to assess the success of open source software (OSS) projects. We identify measures based on a review of the literature, a consideration of the OSS development process and an analysis of the opinions of OSS developers. For each measure, we provide examples of how they might be used in a study of OSS development.

Paper 3

Reagle, Joseph

Socialization in Open Technical Communities
While many definitions of openness focus on the character and licenses of the software products, relatively few directly address the character of the social organization that develops those products. This essay offers a definition of openness and considers how that characteristic affects the recruitment and socialization of newcomers to such organizations. The relevance of socialization is clear when one consider the growth of on-line communities, and precariousness of membership in voluntary organizations. I then suggest that "forking," a split of the communities, is integral to the definition of openness and a possible vector of communicating social norms between communities, and that a significant difference between open technical communities and some other open/voluntary communities is the internal orientation of status seeking within the community.

Paper 4

Bauer, Andreas & Markus Pizka

The Contribution of Free Software to Software Evolution

It is remarkable to think that even without any interest in finding suitable methods and concepts that would allow complex software systems to evolve and remain manageable, the ever growing open source movement has silently managed to establish highly successful evolution techniques over the last two decades. These concepts represent best practices that could be applied equally to a number of today’s most crucial problems concerning the evolution of complex commercial software systems. In this paper, the authors state and explain some of these principles from the perspective of experienced open source developers, and give the rationale as to why the highly dynamic free software development process, as a whole, is entangled with constantly growing code bases and changing project sizes, and how it deals with these successfully.

posted by Marcus | 5:20 AM

Research and Markets

They are one of the leading sources for international market research and market data. They hold ‘100’s of major research publications from most of the leading publishers, consultants and analysts. They provide the latest data on international and regional markets, key industries, the top companies, new products and the latest trends. I have added this site to my Subject Tracer™ Information Blog Research Resources. I will also be adding it to my Business Resources Internet MiniGuide.

posted by Marcus | 5:19 AM

East & Southeast Asia: An Annotated Directory of Internet Resources

Annotated directory of resources for the political units of East Asia (China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, and Mongolia) and Southeast Asia (Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam), Asian Americans, and current hot topics such as the North Korean nuclear crisis and the Avian Flu epidemic. Grouped by country and by political, social, cultural and economic categories. Lists of educational and research resources for Asia, China, Japan, Korea, and Asian American Studies. Completely updated and redesigned.

posted by Marcus | 5:17 AM

Mathematical Programming Glossary

University of Colorado at Denver Mathematics professor Harvey J. Greenberg has created this website listing terms specific to mathematical programming, as well as some terms from other disciplines, such as economics, computer
science, and mathematics. Of note is the Notation section that provides all sorts of explanations for various mathematical symbols and abbreviations, including functions, sets, vectors, and matrices. Some entires are expanded
upon in the supplements section where you can also find several mathematical problems listed -- including the Diet, Newsboy, and Warehouse problem. [From The NSDL Scout Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003 V3N4 1-30-04]

posted by Marcus | 5:15 AM

Museum Technology Lets You Take Your Favorite Works Home

Visitors to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. can "bookmark" their favorite exhibits as they're wandering through the gallery using the keypad on the accompanying audio guide and then use an on-site ARTscape kiosk to download those images into their account, which can then be accessed from a computer at home. "When you go away from the museum, you have more than just nice memories," says one patron. "You have something you can revisit, from home or anywhere, and also share the experience with other people." Visitors can also use ARTscape to browse through museum holdings in storage and can use keywords to find works from the same culture, crafted from the same materials, or created during the same era. ARTscape is just one of several programs aimed at using online technology to extend the reach of U.S. museums, says Ed Able, president and CEO of the America Association of Museums, who notes, "Museums are reaching out beyond their geographical boundaries."

posted by Marcus | 5:10 AM

Mutating Software Could Predict Hacker Attacks

Novel computer viruses and worms can sweep the world within hours, because firewalls and antiviral software work by identifying the telltale signatures of known attacks. They are useless against anything completely new. But now engineers at Icosystem in Cambridge, US, have developed a program that can predict what is coming next by 'evolving' future hacker and virus attacks based on information from known ones. The idea would be to generate these novel attack strategies centrally, then remotely update the intrusion-detection software protecting PCs and networks around the world. This would allow them to recognise attack patterns before hackers have even developed them. The first version of the system is geared to predict hacking - though the technique is equally applicable to viruses. It works by mutating the scripts that hackers use to invade computers or which they plant on them for later activation. The result is artificially created hacking routines that security systems could be taught to recognise, allowing them to defend networks against previously unseen attacks. [New Scientist - January 25, 2004]

posted by Marcus | 5:05 AM

Scientists Create New Form of Matter

Scientists at the University of Colorado say they have created a new form of matter and predict it could help lead to the next generation of superconductors for use in power distribution, more efficient trains and countless other applications. The new matter form is called a fermionic condensate, and it is the sixth known form of matter - after gases, solids, liquids, plasma and Bose-Einstein condensate, created only in 1995. The new material brings researchers one step closer to an everyday, usable superconductor - a material that conducts electricity without losing any of its energy. The researchers cooled potassium gas to a billionth of a degree above absolute zero, which is the point at which matter stops moving. They confined that supercooled gas in a vacuum chamber, then used magnetic fields and laser light to manipulate the potassium atoms into pairing up. The way the potassium atoms acted suggested the behaviour might be translated into a room-temperature solid, according to the researchers.

posted by Marcus | 5:00 AM

Sunday, February 01, 2004  

White Papers by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A.

My latest white papers are available freely on the Internet as .pdf documents from the following sites:

Academic and Scholar Search Engines and Sources - An Internet MiniGuide Annotated Link Compilation [Updated 02-05-05 32 Pages]

Bots, Blogs and News Aggregators - White Paper Link Compilation [Updated 12-17-04 21 Pages]

Current Awareness Discovery Tools on the Internet [Updated 12-15-04 21 Pages]

Deep Web Research 2005 - LLRX Feature Article

Online Research Browsers - An Internet MiniGuide Annotated Link Compilation [Updated 12-15-04 16 pages]

Online Research Tools - White Paper Link Compilation [Updated 02-11-05 18 Pages]

Online Social Networking - An Internet MiniGuide Annotated Link Compilation [Updated 02-13-05 16 Pages]

Searching the Internet [Updated 12-15-04 13 Pages]

Using the Internet As a Dynamic Resource Tool for Knowledge Discovery [Updated 12-15-04 17 Pages]

Web Data Extractors - White Paper Link Compilation [Updated 12-14-04 12 Pages]

White Papers by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A.

Other Resources

Information Detective - Online Streaming Tutorial Videos on Searching the Internet

Links By Marcus™ Streaming Video

Articles, Abstracts, Documents, Papers, Reports, and Literature Resources 2004-05 Academic Resources Internet MiniGuide

I am currently preparing two additional white papers on Knowledge Discovery on the Internet in 2005 and Information Retrieval in the Deep and Invisible Web and plan to release them in late April early May 2005.

posted by Marcus | 8:41 AM

Robotics in Depth

1. Jet Propulsion Lab: How Robots Are Like People (Almost)
2. Interaction Lab at USC [pdf]
3. Field Robotics Center at the Robotics Institute
4. National Robotics Engineering Consortium Robotics Academy for Children [pdf]
5. The Project on People and Robots [pdf]
6. The Social Robotics Project [pdf]
7. Robotics Trends: Current Uses for Robotics Technology
8. Imaging, Robotics, and Intelligent Systems Laboratory

Recent news coverage on the Mars Rover has sparked a renewed interest in robotics. Projects like the Personal Exploration Rover (see under Education in this report) are bringing this technology to K-12 classrooms, while others are exploring the ways scientists can match the technology to the needs of people. This Topic in Depth offers a closer look into research on robotics and the many uses of robotics technology -- from space exploration to household electronics. The Jet Propulsion Lab (1) has posted this article describing the different approaches taken to control robots. The site covers some of the advantages of behavior-based control, especially in space exploration where the use of intelligent systems can alleviate the communication delay that results from operating distant rovers from Earth. The Interaction Lab at USC (2) also conducts research on behavior-based control systems. This website describes the various projects and provides links to reports and articles on topics such as multi-robot control, and human-robot interaction and learning. The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon houses numerous projects, including the Field Robotics Center (3) for the study of mobile robots in field environments; an educational site (4) offering Robocamp for kids, teacher training, curriculum (in Spanish and English), and competitions to promote young students' learning of science and technology; and the Project on People and Robots (5), which studies the design and behavior of service
robots, and their interactions with humans. Meanwhile, researchers at the Social Robots Project (6) are developing Vikia -- a robot with a human face and a personality. Robotics Trends (7) provides an overview of current trends and links to articles on various topics, including the first robot scientist, Japan's rescue robot, and a baby simulator designed to help students of nursing train for the real thing. Finally, the uses for robotics in national defense are described more on this website for the Imaging, Robotics, and Intelligent Systems Laboratory (8) [From The NSDL Scout Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003 V3N4 1-30-04]

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European Governments On-line

European Governments on-line gives links to the government websites of each country in the European Union, as well as new member states in the Union. Also provided are information on new applicant countries, history, key figures, travel, maps and treaties and law. Available in 11 European languages. Information and documents about the EU are presented
as well.

posted by Marcus | 7:50 AM

Portal to Asian Internet Resources

Designed as a cooperative project between The Ohio State University Libraries, the University of Minnesota Libraries, and the University of Wisconsin Libraries, the Portal to Asian Internet Resources (PAIR) provides a "user-friendly, searchable catalog through which scholars, students and the general public have quick and easy access to high quality Web resources originating in Asia identified, evaluated, selected and catalogued by library specialists." These resources themselves are from a variety of sources, such as those from various academic institutions, units of governance, and different non-governmental entities. The available catalogued web resources are in English and/or one of 27 Asian languages, and are selected on the basis of quality criteria such as "accuracy, authority, uniqueness, currency, relevance to scholarly research," and so on. It's quite easy to use the site, as visitors can move their cursor over an interactive map of Asia, and click on a country of interest. Additionally, they may elect to select one of the countries covered by PAIR from a list located on the site's homepage. [The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003 V10N4 1-30-04] I have listed this excellent resource under my Subject Tracer Information Blog Directory Resources as well as it will be listed in my next update of my Internet MiniGuide Articles, Abstracts, Documents, Papers, Reports and Literature Resources 2004.

posted by Marcus | 7:46 AM

The Nonprofit Phenomenon, Internet Resources for Nonprofit Organizations By Hazel Cameron

Centering in on charities, this article by Hazel Cameron in Searcher Magazine provides background information on nonprofits through frequently updated portals and gateways that offer a wide selection of evaluated and abstracted full-text resources.

posted by Marcus | 7:39 AM

Making Sense of Common Sense Knowledge

Making Sense of Common Sense Knowledge - Benjamin Kuipers on using commonsense reasoning to make useful conclusions, or, finding gold nuggets in a pan of sand. Ubiquity (Volume 4, Number 45). "UBIQUITY: Would it be wrong-headed to suggest that 'common sense' is a very squishy term, since John McCarthy, Joe McCarthy, Eugene McCarthy and Charlie McCarthy would have had radically different and incompatible views of what is 'commonsensical'? What is common about commonsense knowledge if there's no real agreement on what commonsense knowledge actually means in ordinary life? And if commonsense knowledge is undeterminable, how can you build on it?"

posted by Marcus | 7:32 AM

A Dozen Primers on Standards

Computers in Libraries Magazine feature story in their February issue highlights a dozen primers on Standards ... well worth the quick read ....

posted by Marcus | 7:30 AM

Congressional Directory

The Congressional Directory is the official directory of the U.S. Congress, prepared by the Joint Committee on Printing (JCP). Published since 1888, the Congressional Directory presents short biographies of each member of the Senate and House, listed by state or district, and additional data, such as committee memberships, terms of service, administrative assistants and/or secretaries, and room and telephone numbers. It also lists officials of the courts, military establishments, and other Federal departments and agencies, including D.C. government officials, governors of states and territories, foreign diplomats, and members of the press, radio, and television galleries. According to the U.S. Code (44USC721), the Congressional Directory is made available during the first session of each new Congress.

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