How Much Information Is Out There?

The Economist has a Story on A group of researchers at the School for Information Systems and Management at the University of California, Berkeley have doen an interesting study. They say the estimated amount of unique information the world is currently producing each year has reached about two exabytes. While unique content on paper and film grows slowly, shipments of optical and magnetic storage media are doubling each year. In uncompressed form they total 1.4m terabytes.

Want it from the \"Horse\'s Mouth\"?
They have posted Charts, and a lengthy Executive Summary at UC Berkely

How to free refereed literature online

Wired has a nifty Story on E-Journals. With the big puch to E-Publish Journals some insist that simply publishing electronically is not enough --and that open, free access to the full content is needed. Critics insist that peer review is critical to ensure quality control and patient safety. Without peer review, researchers may exaggerate their findings. Some people say that faster publication time compromises quality, others insist that the benefits of electronic publication remain unparalleled by print. So far, few online-only journals have managed to survive.

\"These new online journals will give scientists an alternative,\" Cockerill said. \"They will finally be able to publish their research in high-quality journals, with full peer review, but without surrendering control to a publisher that will limit the subsequent distribution of that research.\" \"There\'s already a threat to paper journals,\" Kassirer agreed. \"Unless journals get on the Internet, their life is threatened.\"

Commission on Child Online Protection Report

The COPA Commission has released it\'s Report. No endorsement of filtering programs was included. Also be sure to read the Personal Statements of the commissioners. They recommended 12 things:
Public Education


Government and Industry Should Effectively Promote Acceptable Use Policies.


The Commission recommends allocation of resources for the independent evaluation of child protection technologies and to provide reports to the public about the capabilities of these technologies.


The Commission recommends that industry take steps to improve child protection mechanisms, and make them more accessible online.


The Commission encourages a broad, national, private sector conversation on the development of next-generation systems for labeling, rating, and identifying content reflecting the convergence of old and new media.

Continued... -- Read More

Independent E-book Awards

Some suggested this story.A group has created the Independent E-book Awards.
Wired has the Full Story, on The e-book-awards.com, the new site is open to independently published electronic books and includes categories for both hypertext and digital storytelling.

\"One should take into account the suitability of the work to be in e-book form and the quality of the complete presentation which often includes multimedia arts,\"

Bill Says send Meds, not Windows

Wired has a Story on the Digital Dividends conference. A gaggle of important rich geeks and bankers got together to talk about using information technologies to spur development and create markets among the world\'s poor [Read: How to make money off the 3rd world]. It took Bill Gates to set them straight. He says to fix problems of disease and literacy first, then maybe worry about computers later.

\"The percent of growth that an IT firm like Hewlett-Packard will get from people who make less than a dollar a day is minimal,\" Gates said. \"Do people have any concept of what it means to live on less than a dollar a day? There\'s no electricity. Do they have PCs that don\'t use electricity?\"

Friday Updates

Sorry about last week (no updates). This week, the updates include Goosebumps, Harry in China, online research, the fired librarian, dad\'s pen pal, the weak image, books coem to life, illustrations in kids\' books, and much much more. See you next week (same LISNews time, same LISNews channel) -- Read More

Wasssup With The Web

SF Gate has a Story on the Digital Divide and how it is still growing, as some racial minorities, the disabled, and low-income families are not jumping online as fast as others.

In other Net News...

The NY Times has a Story on the a Florida appeals court that declared Internet service providers must divulge the identities of people who post defamatory messages on the Internet. This could be a big can of worms!

Filtering Recommendations

ZDNet is Reporting the COPA Commission declined to recommend the mandatory use of antipornography filters, saying no particular technology yet offers an ideal solution.

\"\"We didn\'t recommend any mandatory practices,\" said Donald Telage, chairman of the commission and an executive at Network Solutions Inc. \"We did consider them, but not even the most-conservative members of the commission felt that was the road to go down.\"


A related Story at the NY Times says the overwhelming majority of Americans say schools should install filters, according to a new national survey commissioned by the Digital Media Forum. 92% said pornography should be blocked on school computers, while 80% said filters should be used to bar hate speech.

Trouble brewing for on-line publishers.

The Pfeiffer Report has an interesting Report on online publishing. They say all is not well in the online world, no one is making and money, and that spells trouble. They say since there is no way of supporting the considerable cost of on-line publications, they will begin to fold up shop. Now in the fututre the online versions of magazines and newspapers will simply be an extension of the print versions. Could on-line content really be on the verge of going out of fashion? Is it all about profit?

\"Traditional publishers will be able to incorporate on-line activity as part of the overall publishing project; some major sites will be able to survive with ad-revenues and associated income streams. But for most publications (in other words, the on-line equivalent of the thousands of magazines which fill newsstands around the world) it is still not quite clear what a valid on-line business model could look like\"

Gore, Bush Favor Filth Filters

Wired has a Story comparing the 2 major candidates positions on filtering. It turns out they both want them. They just differ a bit on how they want it done:
Gore:
\"I\'ve been involved myself in negotiating and helping to move along the negotiations with the Internet service providers to get a parents\' protection page every time 95 percent of the pages come up,\" Gore said.

Bush:
\"We can have filters on Internets where public money is spent,\" Bush said. \"There ought to be filters in public libraries, and filters in public schools, so that if kids get on the Internet, there\'s not going to be pornography or violence coming in.\"

Can Expert Advices Service Break Free From Schlock?

In the pay-for-expertise category, services range from frivolous to professional. The same goes for the free services. We argue that recently released Yahoo! Experts leans toward the frivolous side... not that there\'s anything wrong with that. -- Read More

Free Scholarly Electronic Journals

Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship has a rather interesting Article on electronic journals. This is very interesting, they say with well over 1,000 free journals out there, there are several high-quality and useful journals available, free.

\"A fairly comprehensive list of free scholarly electronic journals in the science, technology, and medical fields was compiled and was examined using citation analyses. The results indicate that, unlike the situation five years ago, there are several free scholarly electronic journals that have a significant impact on their respective fields.\"

Book Can Survive in Electronic Age

The world\'s largest book fair is going on in Frankfurt, Germany, and in an Interview in Upside German Publishers and Booksellers Association President Roland Ulmer said the printed word will be just fine.

\"Gutenberg\'s printed paper book will continue to hold its own, .... \"But when it comes to fiction, buyers and readers are more inclined to hold back and over the coming years, we will continue to read our novels and short stories in printed versions,\"

Of course being president of a booksellers assoc. might just give him a slanted view on this.

Alert! - Gov. Bush wants filters

Beth Daugherty writes \"In the
presidential debate tonight, Governor Bush said, \"There
ought to be filters in public libraries, and filters in public
schools, so that if kids get on the Internet, there\'s not
going to be pornography or violence coming in.\"


This quote, and the rest of the transcription of the
debate, can be found at
cnn.com


I just thought those in the LIS world should be aware of
this before they vote...
\" -- Read More

A Library Book That Will Cost You A Buck?

Wired has a couple interesting Ebook Stories today.
Steven King has Doubled the price of his ebook \"The Plant\", ok, so it\'s only 2 bucks now, but that\'s a 100% increase! Holy Inflation Batman.


A more interesting part of the same page is on The University of Virginia Library\'s Electronic Text Center. They made 1,200 of thier 55,000 online texts available online for free. Two Months later, 753,922 copies of those e-books have been downloaded. But it gets more interesting.... -- Read More

On the Offensive ??

Mary Ann Meyers wrote this on the recent attacks from Dr. Laura and others on the ALA.


I
think
public libraries, the ALA, and librarians still must find an
effective
way to let people know the who and why of the public library
profession;
but we won\'t be able to do that until we better establish our own
understanding of ourselves. I also believe that we should be
prudent in
where we choose our battlegrounds. We can be \"right as rain\" and
the
\"bearers of the Truth\" in our own minds, feel tremendously
passionate
about what we do as public servants (as we understand [?] that
description)--and gain a lot more foes than supporters. -- Read More

Cuban Libraries Support Group

The Cuban Libraries Support Group (CLSG) has moved its website to a new location: http://libr.org/CLSG/. CLSG, established last year, exists to support Cuban liibraries, library workers and the Cuban Library Association. They promote cultural exchanges between Cuban librarians and librarians in other countries, and provide a record of some of these exchanges. The site has about a dozen articles and background information on Cuban libraries, the Cuban educational system, and the effect of the US blockade. It contains research debunking the claims of Robert Kent and his so called \"Friends of Cuban Libraries\" group, but CLSG mainly exists to support Cuban libraries and develop relationships with Cuban librarians. It\'s an interesting site. Makes me want to go to Cuba and visit some libraries.

ISC issue on racism in library services

Information for Social Change is a biannual journal from England that examines \"issues of freedom, censorship, and ethics amongst library and information workers\" and challenges \"dominant paradigms.\"


Issue number 11, on the web in its entirety, focuses on the issue of racism in library services. The Table of Contents is as follows:


  • Editorial: Combating racism in library and information services. Shiraz Durrani
  • Using CRE standard to combat racism in library services. Susan White
  • Response to Diversity. Glennor L. Shirley
  • On Combating Racism In Academic Librarianship. Sterling Coleman
  • Views from Britain: Case Studies And Comments.
  • The Quality Leaders Project: Conference Report. John Vincent
  • Knowing my Place. Beckford, H
  • Bring on the thought police: freedom of expression and the press in South Africa. Christopher Merrett
  • Meeting information needs for 1992 and beyond. John Vincent
  • Book Review: Stop Talking Start Doing! Attracting People of Color to the Library Profession. Reviewed by Ayub Khan
  • Minority Ethnic issues in social exclusion - Merton responds.

Congress mulls Internet filtering

CNET News is Reporting 4 Republicans are promoting legislation that would force schools and libraries to use Internet filtering software or lose federal dollars intended to help buy Web access. No money is provided to buy the software. The bill is H.R. 4577.

\"This is ensuring that the government is not paying for access to pornography through libraries,\" said Istook\'s chief of staff, John Albaugh. \"We have received tremendous support from the public on this. It just seems like it\'s a no-brainer to the average Joe.\"

Read it Your Self.... -- Read More

Becoming an Information Architect

Monster.com has a nice Interview with Mattie Langenberg, principal of the Chicago-based Schema Studios, and creative director Michael Brooks on what it takes to succeed as an IA.

Mc: What the general salary range for an Information Architect?


ML: I\'d say about $50 to 100K, depending on experience. If you\'re a Webmaster or an HTML production person, you\'ll probably be on the low end. But if you have a design or project management background, you can expect to start on the high end.

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