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Issue 107 - August 2003
Roddy MacLeod (R.A.MacLeod@hw.ac.uk),
Catherine Ure and Catherine Ferguson.
Table of Contents:
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The Virtual Chase is a good source of information about new law-related blogs (and also other law-related information).
The June issue of Managing Information contained an article about blogs entitled "The Weblog phenomenon" (pages 32 - 33), written by Paul Pedley, who maintains the KeepingLegal blog http://www.keepinglegal.com/ . The article gives a good introduction to blogs, and I was delighted to see that Paul mentioned the Internet Resources Newsletter as one way that authors of blogs can publicise their sites. If you produce a blog which you think may be of interest to the readers of Internet Resources Newsletter, please let me know, and I will endeavour to mention it in a future issue. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Another excellent article about blogs appeared recently in Ariadne. It is by Phil Bradley, and is entitled Search Engines: Weblog search engines http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue36/search-engines/ . In the article, Bradley gives the following definition "A weblog is a website or page that is the product of (generally) an individual or of non-commercial origin that uses a date-limited or diary format, and which is updated either daily or at least regularly with new information about a subject, range of subjects, or personal details." One of the blog directories mentioned in the article is the Eatonweb portal http://portal.eatonweb.com/ which listed 13,078 weblogs as of 08.05.03.
Here is an interesting blog-related site that I've been playing with
recently: Technorati http://www.technorati.com/
allows you to find out who's linking to whom in the blogging world, and
it also has a new keyword search feature to search of all of the weblogs
that Technorati tracks - over 360,000 at last count. There are other features
at this site as well, and it is well worth a visit.
Here is this month's selection of news items of interest
Practical Difficulties Posed by the Directive for Information Professionals
(Charles Oppenheim's talk):
Higher Education And NHS Libraries Seek To Put 'Users First'
New Partnership Between Cambridge Scientific Abstracts and BioOne
Search Engine For The Poor
Yahoo! to Buy Overture for $1.6 Billion
High-Tech Leads Improvement in U.S. Job Market
Microsoft Buys a Settlement With AOL
The August edition of the AERADE newsletter is now available.
The AERADE portal provides integrated access to key aerospace and defence information sources. It is produced by Cranfield University Information and Library Service.
The latest issue of Ariadne is now available. Ariadne magazine is intended principally for information science professionals in academia, and also to interested lay people both in and beyond the Higher Education community. Its main geographic focus is the UK, but it is widely read in the US and worldwide.
Aims to establish best practice in online recruitment and to promote high professional standards throughout the sector.
An article in a recent issue of Free Pint, by Penny Leidtke
Vol. 9, No. 6, August/September 2003, is now available.
"Business Monitor International (BMI) is a leading specialist business and economic information provider, with an 18-year pedigree serving the needs of multinational companies, banks, governments and multilaterals in over 125 countries worldwide. The company's flagship service, Global Markets Online (GMO), offers daily news, analyses, data and forecasts covering the full spectrum of political, economic, financial and business risks across 175 countries. Intra-daily analysis and views covering political risk, economic performance and financial markets developments are backed by monthly and quarterly economic analyses and forecasts, plus a fully interactive macroeconomic database featuring monthly, quarterly and annual data and forecasts."
"Find or post jobs, Search or post CVs with less effort and better results...byJOBS is fast and easy way to meet the best candidates with serious Companies."
One of the equity companies involved in the buyout of BertelsmannSpringer. The other is Cinven.
Concurrent Engineering (abbreviated as CETEAM International in short).
This is a newly designed website.
One of the equity companies involved in the buyout of BertelsmannSpringer. The other is Candover.
The Cities and Buildings Database is a collection of digitized images of buildings and cities drawn from across time and throughout the world, available to students, researchers and educators on the web.
Paris, France November 5th - November 7th, 2003.
"Competia and the Media Institute have partnered to create once again an exceptional forum for Competitive Intelligence, Marketing, Communication and Strategic Planning professionals to meet, debate, and learn. This event' s objective is to provide a hands-on interactive forum to allow you to share Best Practices from world-class organizations, and exchange ideas and practical tools to enhance your Competitive Intelligence and Strategic Planning practices."
"Construction Study Centre Limited is well established as one of the leading centres for education and development in the construction industry. "
The Content Village is a new service funded under the European Community "eContent" programme - a market oriented programme which aims to support the production, use and distribution of European digital content and to promote linguistic and cultural diversity on the global networks.
Discussion forums and portal features for civil and structural engineering community.
Based in New Jersey, the Institute is organized to serve as a primary means through which members of the Institute may participate in improvement of the planning, design and construction aspects of deep foundations and deep excavations.
DRH2003 will be held at the University of Gloucestershire, School of Humanities, Elwes Building, Park Campus, The Park, Cheltenham, GL50 2QF, England, UK, from Sunday 31st AUGUST to Wednesday 3rd SEPTEMBER 2003.
The Economic and Social Data Service is a new national data service that
brings together the following centres of expertise in data creation, preservation
"eContent (contenu numérique européen sur les réseaux mondiaux) est un programme communautaire pluriannuel visant à encourager le développement et l'utilisation du contenu numérique européen sur les réseaux mondiaux ainsi qu'àpromouvoir la diversité linguistique dans la société de l'information. Le programme e-Content a succédé aux programmes INFO 2000 ET MLIS. Un portail dénommé "eContent Village" a été créé pour fournir des informations sur les activités et les résultats de ce programme et pour encourager une interaction dynamique entre et avec tous les acteurs concernés. Vous pouvez visualiser les transparents présentés par la Commission européenne le 21 novembre 2002."
IT, financial, sales & marketing, communications, engineering and management recruitment agency.
"Electronics free technical library and professional community for electrical and electronics engineers - resources includes courses, thesis, papers, articles, tables, papers, circuits, schematics in Semiconductors, Computer Engineering, biomedical technology, telecommunication, analog and digital design, vlsi, digital signal processing, dsp, electric power, aerospace, consumer electronics, microprocessor, nano technology, magnetic, electro, physics, job, meeting, business, research and development."
A useful site with four directories of products and services for the external environment, the built environment, building services engineering, and process engineering.
"EnergyVortex.com is an open industry energy site designed to serve as a business to business community and e-commerce center. We have crafted the site for the exchange of ideas, the connection of buyers and sellers, and for professional career advancement. Visit the Buyers Guide to search for products & services. Read industry commentary covering a wide range of issues. Search for jobs in the job board. Buy reference materials & e-books through the store. See what training program is happening near you. And, "ask the experts" for advice, questions on the industry, or for more information."
The Engineering Professors' Council (EPC) exists to promote excellence in engineering in higher education. It provides a unique forum for senior academics responsible for engineering teaching and research in higher education.
"The EuroAccessibility partners join their efforts in order to :
co-ordinate with W3C/WAI to develop testing methodology based on the
W3C/WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines,
The EUSIDIC site has been redesigned.
"EUSIDIC, established in 1970, the European Association of Information Services, exists to provide a forum and channels of communication for professionals involved in the information industry, both suppliers and users. The association is fully independent, funded by members and its activities and receives no subsidy. "
La CICF, organisation syndicale patronale, représente et défend la branche ingénierie et conseil auprès des pouvoirs publics, professions voisines, organismes et entreprises.
International Federation of Consulting Engineers conference, 7 - 10 September, 2003, Paris, France.
Fineart.ac.uk is a prototype for a national web-based collection of work by staff and students of UK higher education institutions who have made a significant contribution to UK fine art education through practice.
The FreePint Index was published on the 30th June 2003. Lots of good content indicated here.
Game Theory .net is an eclectic resource for educators and students of game theory, the field of economic recently popularized by the movie, A Beautiful Mind. Beyond lecture notes and links to text books, the site contains interactive applets and games demonstrating key concepts. There are also sections on game theory in the movies and in the popular press.
"geodata.gov is a web-based portal for one-stop access to maps, data and other geospatial services that will simplify the ability of all levels of government and citizens to find geospatial data and learn more about geospatial projects underway.
geodata.gov is part of the Geospatial One-Stop initiative, one of the 24 OMB electronic-government initiatives that will enhance government efficiency. "
Hitwise provides analyses and reports of visitor behaviour to all web sites in the UK.
UCISA-NeSC Managers Forum. Thursday 23 October 2003 National e-Science Centre (NeSC), Edinburgh.
The July issue of the guide to major UK Information Society developments and news is available.
The Information Access Alliance believes that a new standard of antitrust review should be adopted by state and federal antitrust enforcement agencies in examining merger transactions in the serials publishing industry.
Information Automation Limited is a consultancy, research and training company, founded in 1987 and specialising in the areas of information creation, use and management.
A world-wide consultancy, providing advice and services in Construction and Engineering.
JISCmail have a new Newsletter.
Job vacancies. It is not obvious from the site which sector this agency serves.
This site offers:
Information on Marketing theory.
This site is aimed at business executives, but has content relevant to academics and business students.
It has over 4500 expert reviewed pieces of content arranged in about 70 topics spanning innovation, marketing strategy, growth and change, leadership and areas such as complexity and scenario planning.
An interesting an informative article by Andy Powell, which attempts to explain the JISC Information Environment (JISC IE) by layering a set of fairly well-known services, projects and software applications over the network architecture diagram.
"The Mathematical Moments program promotes appreciation and understanding of the role mathematics plays in science, nature, technology, and human culture. Download this series of pdf files to use as teaching resources and to promote awareness of mathematics to students, colleagues, and attendees at meetings and special events."
An educational multimedia company specializing in science education. "MCH Multimedia develops self-paced interactive learning tutorials for A.P. high school and university science courses. Each program features quizzes with feedback, simulations, and exercises to help with physics, introductory and general chemistry, as well as organic and physical chemistry courses."
The Medi Lexicon search box gives free access to the world's largest online database of medical, nursing, pharmaceutical, and biotech abbreviations - over 70,000.
A consultancy and software house specialising in enterprise information management.
The Decent Homes Standard is at the heart of the Government's drive towards a business planning approach to ensure that the assets of the social housing sector are used and maintained to maximum effect.
"The National Postgraduate Committee is the representative body for postgraduates in the UK. We are made up of student representatives from educational institutions with postgraduate students. The NPC aims to promote the interests of postgraduates studying in the UK, while remaining politically non-aligned. The Committee holds an annual conference, and publishes various guidelines and codes of practice."
This site has been mentioned in the popular press recently. Use this site to view, compare or download statistics for local areas on a wide range of subjects including population, crime, health and housing. England and Wales only.
Net Commerce Solutions are UK web designers, internet marketing and promotion consultants working on UK and international markets.
This site includes some articles, and a newsletter.
NetNews Tracker searches Usenet newsgroups twice each day for any phrases that you choose, then delivers any new hits to you via e-mail.
"www.tunnel.no is a registered company, directed by the Norwegian Tunnelling Society (NFF), and sponsored by a number of prominent Norwegian companies involved in tunnelling technology. With focus on Norwegian underground construction, www.tunnel.no presents important aspects of tunnels and tunnelling, covering the entire range of services, from design and contract philosophy to excavation and support measures."
OSS Watch provides the UK further and higher education community with neutral and authoritative guidance about free and open source software, and about related open standards.
psci-comlit is a bibliographic database covering science communication, public engagement with science and the broader issues of science and society. The database is being continually expanded and contains references to books, reports, journal and newspaper articles, most of which are available for reference in the Wellcome Trust Library.
Different address from the one indicated in issue 26 of this Newsletter.
Some useful information from WebReference.com.
The latest issue of the European mirror of the Sci-Tech Library Newsletter is now available.
Construction job vacancies.
A new South African search engine.
Lots of information about tartans.
Interesting web services for bloggers, that may well be useful for others. For example, you can check to see if bloggers are linking to your site.
"TellMaris is a research and development project within the 5th EC Framework Programme and IST-Information Society Technologies.
TellMaris will focus on tourists and the European citizen on the move and their need for rapid and effectively access to correct and customised tourist and leisure information. In the project, boat tourists travelling in the Baltic Sea Region are used as a case. This fragmented product is reflected in a complex information collection."
An article by Stephanie Taylor in a recent issue of Free Pint.
A leading international website for MBA applicants and MBA students.
Online magazine and buyer's guide.
Reports from the Forum are available here. UCISA represents the whole of higher education, and increasingly further education, in the provision and development of academic, management and administrative information systems, providing a network of contacts and a powerful lobbying voice.
The goal is: To provide an optical networking research infrastructure for the UK academic community.
The Scranton Gillette Communications water group of magazines has had web sites on the internet since 1995. The magazines now sponsor one web site WaterInfoCenter.com (WIC). The magazines that comprise this group are Water & Wastes Digest and Water Quality Products. The first two are targeted to the industrial/municipal water/wastewater markets while the third is targeted to the residential (POU/POE), commercial (including bottled water) and industrial water applications markets.
"WebSearch University is a unique, valuable, and intensive learning opportunity where intermediate and advanced searchers can improve their skills and learn new search tactics, strategies, and tools. The Web changes so rapidly that even expert searchers constantly work to keep on top of new developments and refresh their strategies, review the search options, and renew their thinking. Knowing how to dig deeply to get the right information is not a skill that is easily achieved. Smart searchers go back to school at WebSearch University to update their skills and ensure their mastery of the intricacies of Web searching."
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.
There are two Nice Web Site selections this month. The first site has already been mentioned above:
Mapping the JISC
IE service landscape
Have you ever been confused by concepts such as the 'JISC Information Environment'?
Have you ever wondered how such things as commercial abstract and index databases, library catalogues, virtual learning environments, full-text databases, e-print archives, subject portals, institutional portals, library portals, search engines, gateways, service registries, and such like are supposed to fit together to make the information world a simpler place?
Well, if you have, I am sure you are not alone. Here's something to help you.
In an article in the most recent issue of Ariadne, Andy Powell, from UKOLN, provides an extremely informative map of the JISC Information Environment. This article should be read by everyone involved in information provision in UK higher and further education, and should be of much interest to many others as well. If you want to print it out, use the 'alternative layout' version at: http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/aria-deny-is5-ue36/powell/intro-alternative.html
**** Emerald announces winners of 2003 Research Fund Award ****
UK - 10 July, 2003 - The winners of Emerald's Research Fund Awards have been announced by Emerald, leading international publisher in the library and information sciences (LIS) and management sectors. This is the second year that Emerald has run the awards which were set up when Emerald pledged to invest a percentage of its copyright revenue back into the research community.
John Peters, Director of Author Relations at Emerald, says, "The awards fund new or ongoing academic research that seeks to aid scholarly communication and some fascinating projects are being funded by Emerald this year. LIS researchers find obtaining funding difficult, particularly since the Library and Information Commission (LIC) closed, and we are delighted to help."
Linda Ashcroft of Liverpool John Moores University and Editor of New Library World, is one of the 2003 Research Fund Award winners. She comments, "LIS is a fast moving profession for which research results can inform future directions. Currently sources of LIS research funding are very limited. With a range of topical issues warranting investigation, Emerald's Research Fund is a welcome addition to this arena."
Applications for 2004 funds will be accepted in Autumn 2003.
Winners are invited to the prestigious Emerald Literati Awards ceremony to receive their prizes, this year held at Lord's Cricket Ground. The Literati Awards recognise author and editor excellence and are awarded annually.
The winners of the 2003 awards are:
Mr Mike Thelwall, University of Wolverhampton
Factors influencing web citations of journal articles
Dr Judith Broady-Preston and Dr Barbara Hull, University of Aberystwyth and University of Teeside
Evaluation of the role of information literacy skill in combating social exclusion
Linda Ashcroft and Samuel Jimba, Liverpool John Moores University and the Office of the Executive Governor, Lafia, Nigeria
An investigation into the effective provision of electronic resources in developing countries: initiatives, barriers and solutions
Dr Beverley Wagner and Mrs Suzanne Horne, University of Stirling
Information and communication diffusion: A network analysis of an international humanitarian aid agency
**** New NLN materials now online ****
The NLN Materials Team at Becta are pleased to announce that more free e-learning materials are now available from the National Learning Network, offering more scope than ever before to integrate e-learning into post-16 teaching and learning.
Environment Conservation and Sport and Recreation are available online now and Engineering, Maths and Performing Arts are on their way. The new materials are part of Round 2, which was commissioned by the NLN Materials Team at Becta last year, and over the next few weeks a wide range of subjects will be put online at the NLN materials website, for colleges to download and use completely free of charge.
Round 2 materials can be viewed and assessed in exactly the same way as previous materials. Tutors - access the materials [http://nln.mimas.ac.uk/login.jsp]. Technical staff - for more technical information about the Round 2 materials and how they should be downloaded read about Round 2 [http://www.nln.ac.uk/Materials/technical/About_Round_2.asp].
The new materials are even more engaging and have a greater degree of accessibility and they are also designed to run through college virtual learning environment (VLEs).
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.
Global Media Governance - A beginner's guide
Will " the institutional structures and regulations emerging operate genuinely, impartially, transparently and democratically to the benefit of all, or will they succumb to powerful sectional interests, becoming yet another means to support the interests of the powerful over those of the majority?"
This book looks at the rapidly changing area of global governance in media and communications.
The book argues that the media is vital to the way we live our lives, to our cultures and opinions. In the 20th century, governments put in place varying degrees of regulation, choosing different methods of ownership and control for media - the private market in the USA, a greater focus on public broadcasting in Europe. In addition, global organisations such as the UN, the International telecommunication Union, the WTO and WIPO were set up as global organisations, with some level of control over global media, but in the main, newspapers, radio and TV were constrained by national boundaries.
However, with globalisation, the Internet, and the convergence of media, this is changing, and the regulations, bodies and frameworks who previously regulated media are now facing massive challenges and national boundaries become less powerful or important.
The book is divided into three parts: Part I looks issues of media governance and globalisation; part II provides an overview of key institutions; and Part III summarises and provides possible visions of the future.
This is a well written and easily readable book, which gives a fascinating overview of a subject which currently should be of great interest not just to media studies students, but to anyone interested in the media, and where it is going. The two future possible scenarios given in the final chapter provide two totally different visions of the future (although both are unlikely to happen in themselves) and provide a wake-up call to those policy makers who fail to realise the power of the media.
Edinburgh Comedy Room
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