Censorship at US Geological Service

Welcome to the World Wide Web - Passport, Please?

In today\'s New York Times, Lisa Guernsey [writes...]

\"Last fall, a French judge named Jean-Jacques Gomez made Internet history, and attracted a flock of critics, when he ordered the Yahoo Web site to prevent French residents from viewing Nazi memorabilia in its online auctions.

To Yahoo, the appearance of Nazi uniforms and other objects was simply an unintended byproduct of the borderless Internet: the items, which were being offered by sellers all over the world, happened to be on French computer screens.\"

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Publish, Perish or Pay Up

Wired is running a Story about the reaction to high journal prices.

Since journal costs have skyrocketed to the point where they are just unaffordable to researchers, someone is attempting to reclaim control by creating alternatives to leading commercial publications that have gotten so stupidly over priced.
A new, nonprofit, online venture, The Electronic Society for Social Scientists (ELSSS), is offering journals that are at least 50 percent cheaper than major commercial academic publishers.
This is some very cool stuff, good ideas from smart people that change the market. Rather than just complaining about things, someone did something about it.

\"\"In the next three months decisions will be taken that will change significantly academic journal publishing in economics,\" -Manfredi La Manna creator of ELSSS.

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Author suing Rowling for stealing ideas

Law.com is one of a million places to read This Story on the latest problems with Harry Potter.

A book entitled \"The Legend of Rah and the Muggles\" was written by Author Nancy Stouffer in 1984, way before Harry took over. \"Rah and the Muggles\" includes a character named Larry Potter, has a character named Lilly Potter, and they say J.K. Rowling\'s books use similar illustrations.

\"This is all absurd,\" -Scholastic Inc.\"

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Privacy Lost?

Slowly we seem to be losing more and more of our privacy. Those of us whose names are All over the web have even less, and some people want to keep it that way, and even want to take more, so they can make more money.

This Story (And Another) on \"the Online Privacy Alliance\" (that\'s such an ironic name for this group), a group made up of Microsoft, AOL Time Warner, IBM, AT&T, BellSouth and Sun Microsystems, explains what I mean. Not exactly a group of people I woud say want to make it easier for us to hide from them.
The ALA seems to be too worried about filtering and Boy Scouts to make much noise in this area. What\'s more important to you?

The Last Word on Cuban \'Independent Libraries\'

Ann Sparanese presented the following report to the hearing of the Latin American Subcommittee of the ALA International Relations Committee on the topic of the Cuban \"Independent Libraries\" in Washington, DC, at the ALA Midwinter Conference. Robert Kent and Company, whose emails you no doubt have seen, had taken his cause to this committee and expected a resolution from ALA Council which would have furthered his anti-Cuban cause. As a result of Mrs. Sparanese\'s report and other efforts, the LA Committee recommended \"no action.\" The report, which should satisfy readers as the \"last word\" on this issue, follows...

Canadian freedom to read isn\'t free

According to an old story in The Globe and Mail, sent in by alert reader Robert Aubin, (which I can\'t find),
Canadian authorities show
an alarming tendency to \"appease a narrow and sometimes extreme constituency\". You can check out this

WebSite for more information.

\"Canada enjoys a Charter of Rights and Freedoms which protects our right to free
expression. Yet it takes constant vigilance, determination and, sadly,
sometimes a lot of money to protect those rights against authorities who should
know better,\"

Paper Destruction Microfilm Takes Over

FirstMonday has an interesting Story on the destruction of original newspapers and their replacement by microfilm.
It\'s an interesting response to an interesting Story that appeared last month.

If you\'ve never read FirstMonday, check it out, they have some very interesting stories.

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Britannica.com Bows Subscription-Based Services

internetnews.com is just one of many places with The Story on yet another dot.com dot.death. Britannica.com is stopping the free stuff online.

The focus of the site will shift toward reference, education and learning content, and away from topical features and they laid off 68 of 220 employees

\"Frankly, I was surprised that the company launched as a free site. Britannica.com has killer content and a tremendous brand with a value that is already established,\"

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So Long, Digerati: The Vanishing Digital Divide

Slashdot has an interesting jon Katz Story on the digital divide.

He says That computer and Net use are exploding among all age groups and class, racial and ethnic categories. The much-hyped tech slump has mostly hit poorly run, ill-conceived dot.coms, not mainstream technological use or growth.

SO is the digital divide really shrinking?
Does it matter?

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What\'s Up @ Yahoo!

The NY Times has This Story on its chief executive stepping down, and the poor climate it is succeeding in.

While, Salon has A Story that says the rush to bury Yahoo! prematurely is the latest sign of a manic-depressive marketplace.
Clay Shirkey\'s Take is a bit less gloomy, he says the Internet itself is still a growing force in the business world, and TK stepping down from Yahoo! is a good sign.

Personally, I love Yahoo!, it always helps me avoid Search Rage

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Library urged to save \'raw history\' of world

Ever-helpfull Charles Davis sent in this one From UK Daily Telegraph on a growing campaign to stop the British Library from throwing out thousands of historic
overseas newspapers was launched yesterday.
There is a legal obligation to keep a
copy of every British newspaper and the library is committed to keeping
Commonwealth papers, not so for foreign papers though.
I can\'t seem to find a link for this movement, anyone else know anything?

\"Michael Crump, director of reader services at the library, said such appeals
were \"sentimental\". \"The reality is that we have limited resources and limited
space. There are 32km [20 miles] of newspapers in the library and this is
growing by a third of a kilometre [364 yards] a year.\"

Securing Your Browsers

Here\'s a Neat Site by Andrew Mutch.

Poking around on his site, I found all sorts of neat Librarian Geek Stuff.

Securing Mozilla in the Public Library

Securing Netscape in the Public Library

And some On IE
Libraries and Internet Filters, A Primer for Library Trustees

There\'s plenty more too, check it out!
Very Neat Stuff

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Argus Associates Ceasing Operations

A sad message just came across SIGIA-L.
Argus Associates is the latest victim of the dot.com down.turn.
Louis Rosenfeld, Peter Morville did a wonderful job in bringing Information Architecture into the mainstream over the past few years.

They say they will continue participating in the development of the IA Community and hope to maintain the Argus Center for Information Architecture

What they say they did:
* Writing a best-selling O\'Reilly book that expanded awareness of the
practice and value of information architecture.

* Growing a consistently profitable (10 years in a row) consulting practice
that designed IA solutions for more than 100 clients, including some of the
world\'s largest corporations.

* Participating in the creation of a new community of information architects
through ACIA and ASIS&T publications and events.

* Building the strongest co-located team of information architects in the
world.

A Look Around The Web

When you 8673 enough to send the very best ...

Brian from Librarism.com writes \"The Register has an Interview with cyberpunk author Pat Cadigan, who mentions an unusual bit of indexing done at the greeting card company where she used to work:

\"In my last year at Hallmark we finally began putting verses on computer. They had to assign a 4 digit serial number to each sentiment, for each area of feeling.\"
\"

Ah, I just love 432543\'s Day.... the flowers.. the candy...

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Novelist Ludlum Dies at 73

This sad note comes via The Nando Times... Spy novelist Robert Ludlum, author of the Jason Bourne series of suspense thrillers and \"The Matarese Circle,\" died Monday at the age of 73. According to a representative from Ludlum\'s publisher, St. Martin\'s Press, the cause of death is believed to be a heart attack.

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New Harry Books

J.K. Rowling has created two little companion books ``Quidditch Through the Ages,\'\' and ``Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,\'\' were released Monday by Scholastic for $3.99, with the proceeds going to charity.

The BuffaloNews has the Story

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Nupedia and Project Gutenberg Directors Interview

Slashdot has a double interview with Michael Hart of the Project Gutenberg and Jimmy Wales of the Nupedia open content encyclopedia project. There\'s alot of talk on on the nature of copyright and online publishing, interesting stuff.

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Clinton Library Foundation Members Want to Just Say No to Bubba and Wife

Board members of the foundation raising funds for the Clinton Library in Little Rock, Arkansas, are so upset about the ongoing pardon scandal, which has called attention to their own activities, that they want to hang a \"Keep Out\" sign on the 3,000 square foot living space which was to be designated as the Clinton\'s residence in Little Rock.

The fear that the apartment, which is to be located within the library, could easily become a center for controversy and speculation, has caused some board members to recommend that the plans for the Clinton\'s living area be eliminated altogether.

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