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Issue 115 - April 2004
Edited by: Roddy MacLeod (R.A.MacLeod@hw.ac.uk), Catherine Ure and Catherine Ferguson.
There's a slight travel theme to this issue of Internet Resources Newsletter. Several low cost carriers and other travel sites are listed in the Get a life! Leisure Time section, and included in this month's new and notable web sites are some from exotic lands. Some travel blogs are mentioned in the Blogorama section.
I attended the JISC Conference http://www.jisc.ac.uk/index.cfm?name=jisc_conf_news_240304 on 23 March, in Birmingham. (The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) supports further and higher education by providing strategic guidance, advice and opportunities to use Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to support teaching, learning, research and administration. JISC is funded by all the UK post-16 and higher education funding councils). This year's conference was really good, with informative and sometimes entertaining presentations. Sir Ron Cooke, JISC Chair, welcomed over 800 delegates to the Conference and Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive, The British Library, gave the keynote presentation.
The JISC Strategy 2004–06 is now on the Web at: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/index.cfm?name=strategy_jisc_04_06
Internet Resources Newsletter by email and RSS
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A text only version of the Internet Resources Newsletter is available at: http://www.hw.ac.uk/cgi-bin/parser.pl/0304/www.hw.ac.uk/libwww/irn/irn.html
"Libraries are in danger of becoming increasingly irrelevant to students in engineering and science." Professor Tony Hey "Why engage in e-science?" http://www.cilip.org.uk/update/issues/mar04/article4march.html-----
Here is this month's selection of news items of interest
JORUM learning objects project report out
UKSG launch course on e-journals
Emerald Wins COUNTER Compliance
STM Publishers Rally Behind EBL
Thomson ISI to Track Web-Based Scholarship with NECs CiteSeer
Britain's Royal Society Questions Open Access
Stanford to Digitize Backfile via Google, Adds Comments on ARL http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA380328
Yahoo! Pursues Invisible Web Content for Its Search Engine
Encyclopedias gather dust as research moves online
First evidence from the UK Parliamentary inquiry published
ADAS is the UK's leading research based consultancy to rural and land-based industries.
African Journals OnLine (AJOL) is a service to provide access to African published research, and increase worldwide knowledge of indigenous scholarship.
The service provides:
There is no charge to journals participating in the service.
“The major bibliography on alchemy (Alchemy: a bibliography of English-language writings) is to be updated and published on a web site as the 2nd (Internet) edition.
It is very much an ongoing project and will be focussing on new material, and on the wealth of material made available on the Internet. Material from the 1st edition will gradually be incorporated, in order to provide a comprehensive resource on both the alchemical and Hermetic source literature, and the influences of alchemical thought and imagery on many aspects of Western culture.”
Index to and growing database of 5000+ full text, audio and video (streaming) versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, other recorded media events, and a declaration or two.
The mission of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology is to provide leadership in educational communications and technology by linking professionals holding a common interest in the use of educational technology and its application to the learning process.
A gateway to business information on the Web.
An article in PC World. “The Web is so full of useful info that no search engine can find it all. But a multitude of specialty sites deliver shopping advice, reference databases, leisure-time ideas, and more--fast.”
A look at the great and often unrecognized pioneers in the field of invention and innovation.
A project from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The 300 UK based manufacturers and suppliers who form the membership of the BHHMA account for annual UK retail sales of over £7 billion and exports of over £500 million.
Since 1998, The Busy Educator's Newsletter has kept busy educators informed on useful websites, news releases, book and e-book reviews, software reviews and more. The Busy Educator's Newsletter is absolutely FREE and is e-mailed once a month.
The website for Welsh cultural history.
Wed design solutions in Falkirk and Central Scotland.
CEPIS is a non-profit organisation seeking to improve and promote high standards among informatics professionals in recognition of the impact that informatics has on employment, business and society.
An article in Free Pint, by Andrew Humphries.
Keeping your research up to date - Current Awareness Services
This section of EEVL, the Internet guide to engineering, mathematics and computing, was recently updated.
The University of Leicester's New Opportunities Fund project is creating a digital library of eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth century local and trade directories from England and Wales.
Directgov is the place to turn to for the latest and widest range of public service information.
12-17 Sept, University of Bath. ECDL 2004 is the 8th in the series of European Digital Library Conferences. ECDL has become the major European forum focusing on digital libraries and associated technical, organisational and social issues.
3rd European Conference on Research Methods for Business and Management Studies, University of Reading, UK on 29-30 April.
International Conference on Education and Information Systems: Technologies and Applications, July 21-25, 2004, Orlando, Florida.
eLearning Scotland aims to provide quick and easy access to the eLearning networks that currently exist in Scotland, helping users access the information and support they need.
The latest issue of the Electronic Journal on e-Learning is now available.
ETANA is a cooperative venture of a consortium of scholarly societies and universities to develop and maintain a comprehensive Internet site for the study of the ancient Near East
European gateway to alcohol, drugs and addictions.
“The National Science Foundation-sponsored Engineering Research Centers (ERCs) are a group of engineered systems-focused, interdisciplinary centers located at universities all across the United States, each in close partnership with industry. ERCs provide an environment in which academe and industry can collaborate in pursuing strategic advances in complex engineered systems and systems-level technologies important for the Nation's future. Activity within ERCs lies at the interface between the discovery-driven culture of science and the innovation-driven culture of engineering. The centers provide the intellectual foundation for industry to collaborate with faculty and students on resolving generic, long-range challenges, producing the knowledge base needed for steady advances in technology and their speedy transition to the marketplace.”
EPER is the European Pollutant Emission Register - the first European-wide register of industrial emissions into air and water.
The e-Science Community InfoPortal is designed to increase the effectiveness of users of HPC resources on the Grid.
EWM publishes an annual Newsletter of interesting things happening worldwide. The February 2004 issue is now available.
“We have collected Identify, ListSets, ListMetadataFormats, and sample records from all of the OAI compliant repositories we could find from various sources, added the data to a database, indexed them, and made them searchable.”
Freedom of Information in Scotland - The Road to Compliance.
A briefing day for Further and Higher Education in Scotland, MacRobert Centre, University of Stirling, Thursday 22 April 2004. This event is organised by The JISC Legal Information Service.
freesearch is a UK based search destination, offering the best of Web Search, Picture Search and an Online Dictionary.
“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". “
An article by Brian S. Mathews which appeared in C&RL News, March 2004 Vol. 65, No. 3.
The Grid for UK Particle Physics. GridPP is a collaboration of Particle Physicists and Computing Scientists from the UK and CERN, who are building a Grid for Particle Physics.
Engineering jobs in the UK.
AIC - Consultation, visa services and immigration assessments for the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK and Brazil.
Available here are abstracts of HP Labs Technical Reports. Full reports are also available in most cases.
Technical Paper Search.
“Now in its eighth year of publication, Industrial Automation INSIDER (formerly SCADA Insider) is the UK's only independent subscription newsletter providing industrial measurement and control systems users and suppliers with a monthly update on the continuing evolution and convergence of systems technologies. “
Lots of links to companies.
Bulletin of news of the libraries, archives, information society, etc. of Catalonia.
"Our mission at InformIT is to help you learn about Information Technology. In order to provide a valuable service to the entire spectrum of computer users, we offer different services for different needs."
InformIT is a subsidiary of Pearson Education, the world's leading publisher of education books.
Subscription-based database. “The InfoSci-Online database is the most comprehensive collection of full-text literature, published by Idea Group Inc. (IGI), regarding research, trends, technologies, and challenges in the fields of information science, technology and management. Updated monthly, this online database consists of over 2000 documents from IGI publications that can be accessed by users of this database through identifying areas of research interest and keywords.”
The ILTHE is the professional body for all who teach and support learning in higher education in the UK.
The Institute of Leisure and Amenity Management (ILAM) is the professional body for the leisure industry and represents the interests of leisure managers across all sectors and specialisms of leisure.
“Through ICFA's primary activities in promotion, codes and standards, research, partnering and education, our association plays a leading role in the ICF revolution that is changing the face of residential and light commercial construction.”
The core aim of IntellectuAll is to develop, support and distribute advanced technology that is Internet-based and adapted for the global sharing of essential Knowledge. The objects of IntellectuAll are charitable and are to enhance access to advanced Information and Knowledge Management Technology for the public interest, with a special focus on Developing Countries.
The International Journal of Mathematics publishes original papers in mathematics in general, but giving a preference to those in the areas of mathematics represented by the editorial board. Table-of-contents and abstracts are freely available.
Dedicated to preserving the central coordinating functions of the global Internet for the public good.
De Vere Grand Hotel, Brighton 8 - 9 July 2004
The Journal of Digital Information Management Vol. 2 No. 1 March 2004 contains papers on ‘web collaboratries'.
The Journal of Statistical Mechanics: theory and experiment (JSTAT) is an international, peer-reviewed journal created by the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) and Institute of Physics Publishing (IOP), their third jointly run journal after JHEP (Journal of High Energy Physics:http://jhep.sissa.it) and JCAP (Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics: http://jcap.sissa.it).
“The Journal on Web Semantics and also this Website is approaching scientific publishing from a different angle: our topic demands more than just the production and printing of papers, but also the distribution of ontologies and running code.”
Jyte is way to find, read and follow the news. It has the benefits of RSS readers in that you don't have to surf the web to find your content, you can read the content in the Jyte window. The articles you receive are based on search technology. Instead of subscribing to feeds that already exist, you create your own search with whatever keywords you want and get only the news that relates. Still in Beta mode, blogs and RSS feeds haven't yet been included, but in a few weeks' time the service will be greatly expanding these capabilities.
As an acknowledged leader in software for LIMS applications, LabWare has been providing superior laboratory information management solutions to progressive corporations for over 15 years.
The Landmark Trust is an independent UK building preservation charity which was founded in 1965 to rescue worthwhile historic buildings from neglect, and then to restore and let them for holidays.
21 and 22 April 2004, ExCel, London.
Library Issues highlights key issues in academic librarianship.
25th IATUL Annual Conference "Library Management in Changing Environment". The conference will take place in beautiful Kraków, Poland, between May 30 and June 3, 2004.
Site includes some downloads for the building services industery.
Developed by Dan Stowell, this is designed for the scientifically-curious (rather than for patients/doctors), and takes a plain-english approach to the molecular biology of HIV and the human immune system.
MyWireService delivers the headlines and summaries to you in an easy to scan page.
“The NHIC represents the most important body of companies and organisations that work in the home improvement sector and they earnestly believe in higher standards of materials and workmanship, backing this with codes of practice, guarantees and warranties.”
The National Waste Awareness Initiative (NWAI), as its name implies, is a nation-wide waste awareness campaign. Targeted predominantly at the general public, this ambitious programme aims to encourage and maintain positive change in public awareness, attitudes and very importantly behaviour to waste production and management.
“Data discovery and delivery are inherent components of many aspects of science. They can be considered part of a processing chain that starts with raw data from a variety of sources, and ends with the graphical production of information that is directly used in scientific research.
This proposal is to build a grid which makes data discovery, delivery and use much easier than it is now, facilitating better use of the existing investment in the curation and maintenance of quality data archives. “
The one-stop access point to economics information in Europe.
NLGN was founded in 1996 by a small group of senior local government figures whose stated aim was to make local government more relevant and credible to local people.
A non-profit making, independent think-tank, NLGN seeks to transform public services, revitalise local political leadership and empower local communities.
Neatly set out links to a large number of searchable news sources, news search engines, weblog and RSS feed search engines, etc.
“Here are tools and information for emergency responders and planners, and others working to understand and mitigate the effects of oil and hazardous materials in our waters and along our coasts.”
Issue 32, December 2003 is available.
This tool generates a custom RSS Feed of Open Directory search results for the search term entered. Also available is a tool which generates a custom RSS Feed for an Open Directory category.
Outsourcing/Offshoring Information and Resources is a Subject Tracer™ developed and created by the Virtual Private Library™
Pediatric Cardiology (PCT) is a monthly newsletter in the field of pediatric cardiology. A print subscription is available free to healthcare professionals in the U.S. and Canada. The electronic version (PDF file) of each issue is available free from the website.
PALS is an on-line, standards-based, continually updated resource bank of science performance assessment tasks indexed via the National Science Education Standards (NSES) and various other standards frameworks.
A Search engine optimisation, web site marketing company that will give special discount for university students that need a web site designing, marketing or hosting.
PrivacyResources.info is designed to bring together the latest resources and sources on an ongoing basis for privacy resources.
The National Archives' online source for information about file formats and software products.
PubSub lets you filter over one million weblogs and information streams to find the content you're looking for, in real time.
“A major EPSRC grant has been awarded to a consortium of universities and collaborating institutions under the U.K. government's initiative on e-science. Called RealityGrid, the project aims to grid-enable the realistic modelling and simulation of complex condensed matter structures at the meso and nanoscale levels as well as the discovery of new materials.”
“More than a third of the world's people live in countries where there is no press freedom. Reporters Without Borders works constantly to restore their right to be informed.”
ResearchResearch is the world's leading publisher of news and information for the international research community. From their offices in London, Sydney, Washington, Brussels, Amsterdam and Sweden their editorial team provides unrivalled expertise and in-depth news coverage of research policy and politics, and comprehensive listings of funding opportunities and sponsors across all disciplines.
The Winter 2004 issue of Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship is now available.
This is an intellectual property registration service, which states: “Proof of Research & Development. Logs and journals registered online provides secure time and date certification of the moment of development. Online registration gives you irrefutable evidence not only of the registered R&D but also legally links the person and company who register the material.”
The mission of the Scientific and Technical Information Exchange (STIX) font creation project is the preparation of a comprehensive set of fonts that serve the scientific and engineering community in the process from manuscript creation through final publication, both in electronic and print formats. Toward this purpose, the STIX fonts will be made available, under royalty-free license, to anyone, including publishers, software developers, scientists, students, and the general public.
Different web address from the one given in issue 36.
Scientific Computing World is the home of scientific computing, and the magazine is read six times a year by more than 80,000 scientists, researchers and engineers who rely on scientific computing in their daily work.
Scientific news, etc.
A White Paper by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A.
Co-funded by the EU 6th Framework programme.
The vision of SEKT is to develop and exploit the knowledge technologies which underlie Next Generation Knowledge Management.
“…a new quarterly for nonconformists, for people who don't want to read only what the big publishers are hyping and the newspapers are reviewing.”
SCCC is a resource center for those pursuing careers in engineering, mathematics, information technology, and the physical sciences.
“The SMETE Digital Library is a dynamic online library and portal of services by the SMETE Open Federation for teachers and students. Here you can access a wealth of teaching and learning materials as well as join this expanding community of science, math, engineering and technology explorers of all ages. If you're a student, you'll have access to resources that can help you prepare for a class or exam. If you're a teacher or professor, you can find learning materials you can use in your classroom right away.”
“Software-Reg is an online registration service for individuals and companies who can legally prove they are the legal owners/developers since they registered the ‘intellectual property' at a certain moment in time.”
SHAPA has been the UK's leading specialist association for the solids handling and processing industry since its formation in 1981.
“STARLIMS is a full featured, flexible, multilingual laboratory information management system that provides complete traceability leading to regulatory compliance, without compromising process versatility.”
7-11 June, various locations. “The UK's most comprehensive series of targeted events designed to provide inspiration, solutions and thought provoking debate for Owners, MDs, FDs, Partners, Chief Executives and Senior Board Directors of fast growth businesses.”
International search for land, property, commercial, quantities, valuation, management, expert witness, facilities and assets, dispute resolution, rural, hydrographic, mining, civil engineering, environmental surveys, equipment manufacturers, educational establishments and recruitment.
“SYSTAT SOFTWARE INC. (SSI), provides specialized Scientific Software and Services in the fields of Bio-Medicine, Life Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Telecom, Automobile, Measurements, etc. The Company, dedicated to excellence and committed in bringing the best to the areas of Statistical Analysis, Scientific Research, Data Analysis and Modeling, Forecasting, etc. is lead by recognized and qualified leadership.”
An article in Free Pint, by Peter Kaiser.
Independent book reviews by and for practitioners.
The remit of the 3rd Phase Scottish Higher Education Review has been to establish a robust basis of evidence in relation to the competitiveness of higher education in Scotland.
An article by Helen J. Doyle which appeared in C&RL News, March 2004 Vol. 65, No. 3.
“At thinkstandards.net, we'll take you through a brief history of standards and help you understand the relationship between standards, technology and business strategies.”
This site contains a guide to a set of skills you will need for finding information, these skills will help you search the Internet for quality, accurate, and timely information.
The TOP500 project was started in 1993 to provide a reliable basis for tracking and detecting trends in high-performance computing. Twice a year, a list of the sites operating the 500 most powerful computer systems is assembled and released.
Allows you to check on pages in intervals ranging from once a day to every hour of the day.
Online journal of arts & literature from Aotearoa/New Zealand and the Pacific islands.
“The UK Grid Support Centre is part of the DTI Core Programme for e-Science. It supports all aspects of the deployment, operation and maintenance of Grid middle-ware and distributed resource management for the UK Grid testbeds. This site contains a collection of documents, software and web links for those involved in setting up a computational Grid in the UK.”
The Institutions listed here provide either full-text reports, or searchable extended abstracts of their technical reports on the World Wide Web. This site contains links to technical reports, preprints, reprints, dissertations, theses, and research reports of all kinds.
Visugate is your first port of call for visual impairment information.
Top Medical And Scientific Societies Commit To Providing Free Access To Medical And Scientific Research.
Waste Watch is a leading environmental organisation promoting sustainable resource management in the UK by campaigning for all areas of society.
Resources for creative people: advertising, design, illustration, photography, job and apple mac news.
A completely new way of choosing what to read.
“wood. for good. is a generic wood campaign, which started in 2000
It is now the largest timber promotional campaign ever undertaken in the UK.”
Manufacturing Company Advertising
“ZDNet IT Directory is the Web's largest library of technical white papers, Webcasts, and case studies.”
In the course of finding sites of interest for this Newsletter, we sometimes come across Web sites which we feel deserve slightly more than a passing mention. Each month we will pick out one or more such sites, and give them a short review. The sites will normally be UK based, may be small or large, and be of interest or potential interest to academics. After lengthy discussions we have decided, with incredible creativity :-), to call these: Nice Web Sites. Details of previous Nice Web Sites are available in the Nice Web Site Archive.African Journals OnLine (AJOL)
In line with the travel theme of this month's issue, the Nice Web Site is a very worthy cause which gives access to African published research.
This site, which is supported by INASP, provides tables of contents and and abstracts from over 180 African-published peer-reviewed journals, with links to the full text if available. All access is free.
**** First instalment of new NLN materials available ****
The NLN Materials Team is pleased to announce that the first batches of new, free, interactive e-learning materials are now available online.
The new resources, developed as part of the third round of NLN materials, cover topics in General Art & Design, and Biology and Sports Science.
The materials can be accessed through the NLN Materials website [www.nln.ac.uk/materials]. Further units in these and many other subject areas will be released over the coming months, on the first Tuesday of the month.
The website also provides a host of other resources to support tutors in making the most of the NLN materials, including lists of the learning objects now online, and a complete list of the Round 3 subjects currently in development.
If you have any queries about downloading or using the materials then please contact your local JISC Regional Support Centre (RSC) [www.jisc.ac.uk/rsc].
**** xrefer Adds CIA World Factbook to xreferplus
Users Can Customize, Export and Compare Country Data****
London, March 17, 2004- xrefer, provider of online ready reference services to academic, public and corporate libraries, announced today that it has integrated the CIA World Factbook into its xreferplus subscription service, adding interactive and exportable data tables to enrich the content.
The CIA World Factbook contains extensive information on all the countries of the world, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. With the Factbook in xreferplus, researchers can create customized tables comparing countries on any of over 130 data fields including economic aid, government, labor figures, Internet use and more. Tables can be sorted online as well as exported and charted for further manipulation.
xreferplus features 1.7 million authoritative, full-text entries that cover such subjects as art, medicine, science, literature and more. The content is linked by a unique network of cross-references that cut across topics, titles and publishers, as well as text, image and sound files.
For more informatio, go to: http://www.xrefer.com/
Chemical Data Service (CDS)
The Mantex Information Design web site has reviews of some of the books mentioned in previous issues of the Internet Resources Newsletter.
A complete list of new books added to Heriot-Watt University Library is available from the Library News page.
News about weblogs, RSS, etc:
A weblog (Blog for short) is an online diary of sorts that usually features daily or regular postings providing commentary, plus links to other sites.
For more information on blogs, the article:
Webopedia gives a definition of RSS
The Coming RSS Revolution http://www.forbes.com/technology/2004/02/23/cx_ah_0223tentech.html
Open Directory Search - Custom RSS Feed Generator http://www.xmlhub.com/odp_feed.php
Webwatch: Share your site with wider audience
Enthusiasts Call Web Feed Next Big Thing
Introduction to RSS
RSS Syndication and Aggregation
WebRef and the Future of RSS
Can RSS Relieve Information Overload?
Unleashing the power of RSS
Blogging Basic, by Darlene Fichter
Best Travel Blogs
Europe Travel Blogs - European Blogs
Selected interesting blog's and RSS feeds
Amazon.com Syndicated Content
Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation:
interdisciplinary journal for the exploration and understanding of social
processes by means of computer simulation
Mac's Picks Blog
Information Quality Resources
Receiving content from BioMed Central and The Scientist
as an RSS headline feed
Yahoo! News - RSS & Blogging
RDN Behind the Headlines
I was saddened to hear that the Library Stuff blog, by Steven M. Cohen, will be on indefinite hiatus.
LIS Blogsource is now located at lisblogsource.net
Computerworld's breaking news feeds
Ted Ritzer: RSS
the latest & greatest on RSS
Materials Edge News
Stop Press! Thanks to an arrangement between Pearson Education and EEVL, you can buy this month's reviewed book - Easy Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition - for only £9.43 (normal price £14.50) including postage (within UK), from: http://www.pearsoned.co.uk/bookshop/subject.asp?item=6252&affid=EVL
Easy Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
If you've recently upgraded to windows XP (home edition), and are finding it tricky to get to grips with the changes, or have just got your first computer at home, this is an excellent book for talking you though the XP system. It's written in simple step-by-step terms and has clear, coloured pictures of each screen as well.
As would be expected, it begins with the basics, getting started, understanding the desk top, windows, programmes and menus. It then goes through programmes in more detail, personalising windows, maintaining the system, setting up security and home networking.
The screen shots are far better than those in most books, with each screen very clear, and arrows pointing to the correct boxes. The slight problem with this is that it means there is little space for explanations so, on occasion, the book can fall between two stools – being perhaps a little too simple for those who are reasonably familiar with the system but want some additional help on certain aspects, while still using terms that may appear jargon to an unfamiliar user. That said, it would be difficult to produce a manageable sized book, simply on Windows XP, which didn't do that, and this book is certainly both simple to follow, comprehensive, and a good size. In addition, all jargon is explained, either earlier or in the glossary at the end. At the bottom of each page, there is also a brief introduction to the topic which gives a brief explanation, and some tips.
You can buy this book from http://www.pearsoned.co.uk/bookshop/subject.asp?item=6252&affid=EVL for £9.43
Introduction to modern information retrieval
Dr Chowdhury has published extensively on the subject of information retrieval, and five years after the first edition of this work has provided us with an updated and very solid introduction to the topic.
The remit of this book is broader than the same author's Information sources and searching on the World Wide Web which was reveiwed in Issue 86 of IRN. Here are close to 500 pages split into twenty-three chapters covering everything from the basic concepts of information retrieval systems (purpose, functions and components), through cataloguing principles and metadata, to trends in information retrieval. The final chapter, on trends, is more of a review of past and present research than a look to the future.
This is a scholarly, thorough and well-referenced work. Each chapter includes a fairly lengthy list of references to printed and online sources which will be useful for those looking for further reading. Introduction to modern information retrieval is aimed at an international audience, and unlike some other similar books it includes examples and citations from non-US sources.
Although this book will be of interest to anyone involved with information retrieval, its prime use is as an excellent text book for those studying library and information science at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Once in a blue moon a book comes along which really makes you sit up straight. For me, The Zanzibar Chest is one. I wish everyone could read this book. It is entertaining, disturbing, gripping, well-written, and informative.
Aiden Hartley worked as a foreign correspondent for Reuters in the 1980s and 90s and covered various conflicts in Africa and Bosnia. Amongst other interesting things, The Zanzibar Chest relates some of his first hand experiences.
I spent just over four years in various parts of Africa during the same period, so some of the settings are familiar, but Hartley experienced more on a typical day before breakfast than I did in most of my time on the continent. The following quotation is not typical, but gives a bit of a flavour of his time during the war in Rwanda:
Cheap travel sites:
and if you want to park your car at the airport:
and when you arrive:
Hostelworld.com provides online bookings for hostels around the world.
and for that last minute deal:
and for that short break:
European Life - Short Breaks
and for a new type of guide:
and for more traditional guide books:
Footprint Travel Guides
if you want to go by boat:
if you want to write about your experiences:
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