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Issue 89 - February 2002
Roddy MacLeod (R.A.MacLeod@hw.ac.uk),
Catherine Ure and Catherine Ferguson.
Table of Contents:
"Advertising on the Internet will grow faster than advertising on
any other medium over the next four years, but will remain a tiny proportion
of the overall market." Source: Nua
Internet Resources Newsletter by email
24/7 Reference is a customized set of software tools that lets your library patrons ask questions and get answers, in real time, on the Internet, from your live reference staff.
Cranfield University, United Kingdom 27th - 31st JULY, 2002. Call for papers.
A US service requiring registration and the setting up of an account. Allows students and researchers to submit detailed requests pertaining to the specific information they are seeking online and a team of researchers then go to work finding the information and adding it to the student's (member) personal database where it stays permanently.
DOE's Office of Advanced Automotive Technologies and Office of Heavy Vehicle Technologies are jointly sponsoring research efforts to develop and evaluate advanced petroleum-based fuels. This Web site is designed to make properties data for advanced compression ignition fuels available.
AllConferences.Net Is a directory focusing on conferences, conventions, trade shows, exhibits, workshops, events and business meetings.
9 - 11 September, University of Sunderland. Call for contributions.
Conference concepts include: Can technology change learning by providing
more than just tools?
ArtMagick is a non-profit virtual art gallery displaying paintings and poetry from art movements of the 19th and 20th centuries (for example, Romantic, Symbolist, Pre-Raphaelite and Art Nouveau).
"The HSE Consultative Document, Amendments to the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 1987, states that property owners and managers must have all non-domestic properties surveyed for asbestos, re-enforcing the existing duty under the Management of Health and Safety at Work regulations 1992.
The new consultative document goes on to state that all information relating to the location and condition of asbestos materials must be made available to anybody who might need it or come into contact with it - more specifically those involved in trades that might disturb asbestos materials during the course of their work e.g. electricians, cablers, carpenters, maintenance technicians etc.
asbestosregister.com is the best, cheapest and most reliable way for property owners/managers to make asbestos information available to anybody that needs it."
From the Netherlands: This meta-jobsearch engine finds over 75.000 Dutch jobs in 40+ job-sites.
"The Basic Skills Agency is the national agency for basic skills in England and Wales and is supported and funded by the Government. We are an independent organisation and a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. We are a not-for-profit organisation. Our Patron is Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal and our Chairman is Sir Claus Moser, the distinguished educator. The Director of the Agency is Alan Wells."
From the Lyman Maynard Stowe Library.
"The Bodington software system is used by The University of Leeds to implement its virtual learning environment Bodington Common. We are now making this an open source project so that the worldwide academic community can use the software for free and can contribute to its development."
A network of over 18,000 commercial real estate professionals.
A worldwide attraction for the ICT sector, held in Hanover, 20 March 2002.
A list of the Data Wishes to appear on the CHEST website. CHEST is the educational shop window for purchases of software, data, information, training materials and other IT related products.
A list of the Software Wishes to appear on the CHEST website. CHEST is the educational shop window for purchases of software, data, information, training materials and other IT related products.
11-13th June, NEC, Birmingham.
CO3 is a partnership between the Universities of Bangor, Huddersfield and Staffordshire concerned with the implementation of IMS specifications to achieve interoperability between their Virtual Learning Environments VLE) - Colloquia, CoMentor and COSE.
Developing an Integrated Managed Learning Environment at the University of Wales, Bangor. "CoManTLE is taking a systems approach to the research into and development of a Managed Learning Environment at Bangor University."
From the Scottish Executive.
"The Contemporary Africa Database is a continuously growing, participatory online project, designed to provide easily accessible and current information concerning prominent Africans, African organisations, and dates in the African calendar."
"Here you can type in your search query once and view our search results. If you still need further info, you can simply click any of 30 other major engines and instantly see their results for that same query."
DINI und die Open Archives Initiative.
DINI unterstützt die Anwendung, Verbreitung und Aufbau von OAi-kompatiblem Archiven in Deutschland mit der Durchführung von Informationstagen und Anwender-Workshops
The aim of the Digital Preservation Coalition is to secure the preservation of digital resources in the UK and to work with others internationally to secure our global digital memory and knowledge base.
The MLE (Virtual Desk) Project is being designed to deliver a 'Personalised' Managed Learning Environment to Students Enrolled at De Montfort University.
A wide variety of carefully selected links relating to uses of plants by humans (and to plants in general).
ICCC / IFIP conference to be held at Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, November 06th - 09th, 2002.
A site aimed at researchers and students which is attempting to replace textbooks with a searchable text that is kept up to date.
"internet.com provides real-time news and information resources to Internet industry professionals, Web developers, and experienced Internet users. By aggregating this highly-focused community, we provide our Partners with access to the most influential purchasers of computing and Internet products and services on the Web."
This database contains summary accounts of all the excavations carried out in Ireland - North and South - from 1985 to 1999. It has been compiled from the published Excavations Bulletins from those years, with a similar format.
New address from the one listed in issue 70 of this Newsletter.
FindTutorials.com provides hundreds of free online IT tutorials. Tutorials range from entry level texts on using word processors through to advanced techniques in web development/database design and network routing.
"The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) intends to fund a number of projects to support access to and sharing of institutional content within Higher Education (HE) and Further Education (FE) and to allow intelligence to be gathered about the technical, organisational and cultural challenges of these processes. The Focus on Access to Information Resources (FAIR) programme will contribute to developing the mechanisms and supporting services to allow the submission and sharing of content generated by the HE/FE community."
The Foundation Center's mission is to support and improve institutional philanthropy by promoting public understanding of the field and helping grantseekers succeed.
This site includes a searchable database of the literature of philanthropy.
"The German Environmental Information Network (GEIN) brings together a wide range of information currently distributed across many different web sites run by public organisations in Germany, such as environmental authorities, agencies and ministries at the federal and Land (state) levels. It acts as an information broker for environmental information in Germany, or - as GEIN claims for itself: as "the portal to German environmental information."."
GetInfo is a joint venture of FIZ Karlsruhe and TIB Hannover for the supply of fulltexts in science and technology.
The Global Summit is an associated event of the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT2002) to be held from 27 February to 1 March 2002 in Adelaide
The Website of the National Advisory Council for Careers and Educational Guidance, generally called the Guidance Council.
"We are the national body for all organisations in the UK concerned with information, advice and guidance about learning and work for adults and young people."
Highwire has been mentioned before in this Newsletter. "HighWire was founded to ensure that its partners - scientific societies and responsible publishers - would remain strong and able to lead the transition toward use of new technologies for scientific communication. Concerned that scientific societies separately would lack the resources and expertise to lead a major technical infrastructure shift in publications, Stanford University, in founding HighWire, accepted the role of partner, agent of change, and advisor. Begun as a close collaboration of scientists, librarians and publishers, it has not strayed from that model in its seven years of rapid growth." HighWire have redesigned their Web site, which now has many interesting and helpful features. For example, try out the TopicMap.
ibiblio.org is a conservancy of freely available information, including software, music, literature, art, history, science, politics, and cultural studies.
Glasgow, August 18th - 24th. IFLA is the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. More information is available at: http://www.la-hq.org.uk/directory/about/ifla.html
"Sharing and reusing on-line learning material is both cost-effective and a good way to build on the work of others. However, the ease with which content can be reused depends on how it is stored and made available to others. It is all too easy to make it very difficult to exchange material. The IMS Project has established standards to enable content to be packaged and exchanged between environments. This project, funded by JISC in the UK, aims to increase awareness of content packaging issues and encourage the use of IMS standards for interoperability."
"...information source for library professionals. Infolibrarian.com gives all possible information required by the library professionals in India and abroad"
The Universities of St Andrews and Durham are currently in the process of responding to the growing need for user-centric campus information services. This project is about producing a User Oriented Portal.
The ICHMT, the International Centre for Heat and Mass Transfer, has a new domain name.
"To preserve and protect the nighttime environment and our heritage of dark skies through quality outdoor lighting."
The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award is the largest and most international prize of its kind.
IPA, established in Paris in 1896, is the professional organisation of national publishers associations which are recognized as representative of book and music publishers in each country. The office of the Secretariat is in Geneva, Switzerland.
By Matthew J. Dovey
A database for UK industry.
Landolt-Börnstein is the unique and top-quality chemistry, physics and technology data collection bringing you the work of a thousand experts right to your screen. This handbook's data coverage starts with the scientific data described before 1883 -the year of the first handbook publication- up to 2001. Sample sections are freely available.
Learning and Teaching Scotland is a national public body sponsored by the Scottish Executive Education Department. The Scottish Executive has charged LT Scotland with providing advice, support, resources and staff development that enhance the quality of educational experiences with a view to improving attainment and achievement and promoting lifelong learning.
The L.I.S.T. is an annual sampler of UK library statistics from all sectors.
Created by Law Librarians as a resource for information in the aftermath of 9-11-01
Link2Learn is a partnership of learning organisations from Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
The exhibition for machine building, automation & design. NEC, Birmingham, 13-14 Feb 2002
The Component and Engineering Exhibition for Midlands Manufacturing Industry incorporating TASC UK - The Automotive Suppliers Convention. NEC, Birmingham, 20-21 March 2002.
The 2001 edition of the Mill Hill Essays is now available. The Mill Hill Essays are published annually to promote the Public Understanding of Science.
The National Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology Education Digital Library (NSDL) is now under construction with funding from the National Science Foundation. The NSDL will offer, via the Internet, high-quality materials for science, mathematics, engineering and technology education. Its initial release is scheduled for the fall of 2002. The NSDL is likely to be the largest and most heterogeneous digital library yet built.
"New Writing North is a unique organisation. As the writing development agency for the Northern Arts region it is the primary force for the development of new writers in all genres (poetry, fiction, theatre, film and new media) from the region. We work closely with writers, producers, theatres, educational establishments, publishers and others to achieve our objectives."
The College Times is a resource for faculty and students, or anyone interested in a news archive organized by academic subject. The College Times also offers a handy "email alert" program in which a visitor can sign up to be alerted when there is news in his or her field of interest.
"As part of the NSDL project (National Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Digital Library), the Internet Scout Project's NSDL Scout Reports offer high quality information about online resources. Like our flagship publication, the Scout Report, our team of professional librarians and content experts locate, research, and annotate these resources for the reports. Their main goal is to provide academics, researchers, librarians, and the K-12 community with a fast, convenient way of staying informed of valuable online information without having them do sorting or searching themselves."
Sites covered in all three reports will be cataloged and accessible through the Scout Archives at: http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/archives/
"The stock images, film and photo archives listed provide a creative source for television producers, advertising agencies, libraries, education centres, picture researchers and media services researching visual communications. The photographic library and archival resource contains national and private photographic collections."
From Sunderland University.
"Plus 2 is a major online initiative to provide state-of-the-art support for students and staff in their learning and teaching. The project runs until the end of 2002 and involve all parts of the University and all members of its community. It has won £2.85m in national funding and will make the University's learning support and associated administrative systems among the best in UK higher education."
The purpose of the webliography is to collect, organize, and disseminate pointers to information and examples of user-driven and customizable interfaces to sets of Internet resources -- portals. Pointers to Internet directories or search engines that are not user-driven and/or customizable are not included here.
By Michael Looney and Peter Lyman.
A different address from the one mentioned in issue 4 of this Newsletter.
"Reading a-z supports a balanced approach to literacy by providing a rich selection of resources that will help children become fluent readers. In addition to guided reading books and lessons Reading a-z provides phonics resources such as decodable books, lesson plans, worksheets, and flash cards. "
Scottish Book Trust is a unique organisation committed to the promotion of reading and books.
An article in a recent issue of Free Pint, by Ron Kaminecki
Sports Media is an interactive site dedicated to providing lesson plans, tips, drills, activities and other teaching aids for the physical education and health teacher.
An online community forum where educators can easily communicate with each other through threaded online discussions.
The final report from this project can be downloaded here in pdf format.
The main aim of the work will be to investigate how stakeholders, from institutions to end-users make use of IMS compliant tools to produce, deliver and engage in online learning.
This website is an index to all UK degree courses.
"Academic institutions try to cope with ad hoc information systems e.g. attendance records, library management, enrolment-assessment-progression-conferment & billing etc.. The task of transferring data is often so cumbersome that departments run shadow spreadsheets often resulting in inaccurate data and inefficient use of the main systems. The absence of any universal means of identifying students means that different educational institutions use different enrolment networks and do not have the capacity to transfer students records e.g. across institutions. The project is literally about joining up these disparate systems by using an object model for student records."
A source for trademark owners and their attorneys who want to police and audit their trademarks on the Visible and Invisible Web.
JANET is the network operated and developed by UKERNA under a Service Level Agreement from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) of the UK Higher and Further Education Funding Councils.
No 5, 2002 is now available. From the United Kingdom Serials Group (UKSG).
"URLwire is a news service just for site reviewers, portal guide editors, writers, and reporters who link to great web content. URLwire helps those who create great Web content announce it to the site reviewers who need to know about it."
An article in a recent issue of the popular newsletter Free Pint, by Mary Peterson.
From the Web Publishing Curriculum at the University of Oregon.
Improving Digital Communication for People in Developing Countries.
Information on Uranium, and a weekly newsletter on all aspects of nuclear energy.
"In this report, we study the features that are available online at national government websites. Using a detailed analysis of 2,288 government websites in 196 nations, we measure the information and services that are online, chart the variations that exist across countries, and discuss how e-government sites vary by region of the world."
"Alone among modern languages, Chinese integrates both meaning and pronunciation information in its characters. Zhongwen.com deciphers this rich information to help students understand, appreciate and remember Chinese characters, one of humanity's greatest and most enduring cultural achievements."
"Today library users can search more than one library catalogue, find where a book is located, search electronic journals and hunt for information from Internet search engines. ZPORTAL allows access to all of these things from one place, creating a single interface where valued information resources can come together. For library users, ZPORTAL allows them to identify resources from libraries, museums, archives, and the Web, irrespective of how and where it's stored."
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.
This month's Nice Web Site is not really a 'nice web site' at all, because at the present time there is very little information available at it. However, the NSDL, an American initiative, is very much a site/service to keep an eye on. Here's what it says about its future:
**** Expanded NGfL relaunches ****
The National Grid for Learning (NGfL) portal [www.ngfl.gov.uk] has been relaunched.
The site has a new image-driven design which represents a radical change from its previous look. It has been restructured and rebuilt to cope with the ever-increasing quantity of content that makes it the largest educational portal of approved sites.
The NGfL is part of a Government initiative which aims to widen access to learning for everyone in all sectors of education, both formal and informal. The portal incorporates quality-assured educational web sites for people of all ages and interests. The site has been growing rapidly since it was first launched in 1998, and the relaunch reflects the huge range of resources now available to visitors.
The relaunched site features:
Tel: 024 7684 6994
**** Northern Light Discontinues
Northern Light(R) Technology, LLC, (www.northernlight.com), the wellknown search engine and content integration provider, has announced it is refining its business to focus more exclusively on the needs of enterprise customers. As of January 16, 2002, the company will no longer be providing free Web search capabilities to the general public.
The Northern Light Special Collection(TM), an online business library of over 70 million pages of full-text, authoritative content from more than 7,100 sources, will continue to be offered to enterprise customers and to the public from Northern Light's Web site. Additionally, the company will offer Web searching to enterprise customers.
For more information, click on the above link.
Latest news: divine Acquires Northern Light, Announces Premium Content Agreement with Yahoo! For more details see: http://www.infotoday.com/newsbreaks/nb020128-1.htm
**** Major New Journals for Key New Research Areas ****
Inderscience Publishers (http://www.inderscience.com/), with over 25 years experience of journal publishing, announces a strategic expansion of its product range with the launch of 30 new international journals for 2001/2002. These address new and crucial areas of concern within the broad fields of engineering, environment and technology, and management and business administration.
Inderscience is pursuing its philosophy of mapping emerging and developing research disciplines and linking with centres of excellence worldwide to provide authoritative coverage of up-to-date issues. Its goal is to foster and promote innovative thinking: the expertise and experience of leading policy makers and leading figures in industry and academia are brought to bear on some of the most important issues of the day.
The new and forthcoming journals join Inderscience's already impressive portfolio. Technology coverage now includes topics such as agriculture; automotive technology and management; biotechnology; CFD; computing, information technology and communication; energy, environment and sustainable development; healthcare technology and management; Internet and Web engineering; manufacturing and materials; and sports and entertainment technology and management.
18 years ago, Inderscience published its groundbreaking International Journal of Technology Management, (winner of the prestigious ANBAR Golden Page Award for 2000), which played a key role in coining and defining the term and discipline of technology management. And Inderscience is still publishing pioneering journals.
The journals are available in paper or electronic format. Individual papers may be paid for and downloaded from the Inderscience Web site. Sample copies of journals may also be downloaded or requested in paper format. The full list of journals may be found at http://www.inderscience.com/catindex.html. For further details, contact
Dr. Jeanette Brooks
**** New look and feel for Institute of Physics Electronic Journals service ****
Institute of Physics Publishing (IOPP) has launched a new and improved version of its Electronic Journals service. Designed to enhance on-screen navigation, the new service makes it much easier for users to get to the content they want, in even fewer clicks.
New features that have been introduced include 'Content Finder', which allows readers to go straight to any given article or issue without having to 'drill down' through the journal content. For librarians, a new channel has been added to ensure that all of the information they need is at their fingertips, including registration and subscription details, pricing and ordering information and tailored online help pages. Similar channels for IOPP's other key user groups, its authors and its referees, have also been introduced. By popular demand, a new facility enabling institutional subscribers to add their organizations' logos to the Electronic Journals Web pages has been added and, finally, those using usernames and passwords to access personalization options, etc, will now find the process much more user-friendly and seamless.
The new service can be found online at http://www.iop.org/EJ/
Institutional subscribers qualify for free full-text access to the titles to which they subscribe. For non-subscribers, all of the journal's tables of contents and abstracts are freely available, as are a number of Featured Articles for each title.
For further information, please contact:
Tel: +44 (0) 117 929 7481
**** Call for Papers and Announcements IE&EM'2002 and IceCE'2002 ****
Joint International Conference of Industrial Engineering and Enterprise Management (IE&EM'2002) and International Conference on Electronic Commerce Engineering (ICeCE'2002)
19-21 September 2002, Beijing, China
The main theme of the conference is "Providing a comprehensive solution to the enterprise of digital economy". The conference aims at bringing together world-class researchers and professors in industrial engineering and e-commerce to address major aspects such as business models, enabling technologies, engineering applications, human factors, and policy and security. The conference will focus on the emerging issues of industrial engineering and electronic commerce in the context of engineering services involving product innovation, manufacturing opperations, logistics and supply chain, sales and marketing, customer services and technical support. It aims to provide a major forum for researchers and practicioners to review past developments and to identify possible directions for further developments.
The objectives of the conference:
Topics of IE&EM
Topics of IceCE
Digital Futures: strategies for the information age
This is the first in what is planned to be a series of Digital Futures volumes, each of which will look, in detail, at major topics in digital library research and development. It is intended to be of interest to librarians, information managers and archivists of all kinds, from the education, public and corporate sectors.
We are all aware of the growth in the amount of information available at our fingertips. Yet, as Deegan and Tanner point out in the introductory chapter of this book "Information has to be selected or discarded, read or not read, but it cannot readily be ignored." This book looks at how those involved in the management of information can produce digitised materials, locate electronic information relevant to their users, integrate it into their institutions and make it accessible, manage the technology needed to do so, and attempt to anticipate future trends in the digital age. This topic lies at the very heart of the information profession.
Deegan and Tanner have produced a very thought-provoking and wide-ranging text. They look at issues concerning the digitization of a whole range of materials from music, photographs, film, grey literature, periodicals and other print media, manuscripts, and so on, giving examples of existing digitization projects in each case. They look at the role of libraries in collecting and managing access to digital materials and the opportunities and problems associated with this process. They also look at the economic factors involved in providing access to digital information, including costs involved in purchasing digital content, the market for digital information, transaction models, management costs and sustainable development.
Information retrieval of electronic resources is covered, as are the underlying components of digital library systems. In this context, interoperability and digital library architectures are discussed, and also protocols and standards. Portals, being a means of disseminating electronic information, are an important part of the digital jigsaw, and are analysed in depth in Chapter Seven. Being involved in the development of a portal for engineering, mathematics and computing, I found this chapter particularly interesting. Following this, there is a long chapter on preservation of digital materials, and this is followed by a discussion of the changing role of librarians in the digital age.
The final chapter looks at what is on the near horizon for libraries in terms of digital information.
A fascinating and absorbing book, by two authors who know their subject well.
By coincidence, this month's Nice Web Site is the NSDL, a digital library of the future.
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.
Museum of Hoaxes
Connie's Violin Page
New Heriot Watt Web site
The new Heriot Watt University home page is now available http://www.hw.ac.uk/
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