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Libraries Defend File Sharing

A Short Blurb made it to the LATimes on This Letter[PDF] from the ACRL that came in response to efforts by the Recording Industry Assn. of America and other entertainment groups to warn college administrators that they may face legal liability for illegal file sharing on their networks.
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Open Source Software Review 2002

A Neat One From CMPnetAsia on how well Open Source stuff is doing now. They look at Office alternatives, Mozilla, Desktop Linux, and Linux storage.

They also include Resolutions for 2003, that say the time is now right to test whether you can get the same value at lower costs with Linux.

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MD law library reaches out to hearing impaired

From Law.com:

With more than 28 million Americans nationwide who are considered deaf or hard of hearing and nearly 290,000 with hearing or speech disabilities in Maryland, the Maryland State Law Library is the first state law library in the nation to install a new communication system for the hearing- and speech-impaired.

Before implementing this new system, MSLL had already enhanced its facility to better serve users with disabilities. The library had reconfigured its space to include computer tables and study carrels to accommodate wheelchairs, wider aisles for easier maneuvering, handicapped restroom facilities and parking areas, and relatively easy access to the building. The Web site is \"Bobby approved\" and conforms to the necessary standards for disabled users. The library then set out to discover what might be the next logical step.

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Experts unlock BBC\'s archive of life in the Eighties

Madcow writes \"Another archivists\' nightmare: buried time capsule with digital data outlives it\'s playback devices. Takes experts quite a while to decode. Oh, yeah, it was done in the 80\'s!
Here\'s the
Full Story \"
All the information was recorded on two virtually indestructible interactive videodiscs that could be accessed using a special BBC microcomputer system. But the videodiscs far outlived the computer system, without which they proved useless.
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MIT\'s Superarchive

Mark writes \"Sally Atwood of Technology Review about DSpace, MIT\'s super archive. \"
DSpace is not the only digital archive in the United States, but it does occupy unique ground. “If you look at the landscape of digital repositories, there seem to be two types,” says MacKenzie Smith, associate director for technology for the MIT Libraries and the Institute’s project manager for DSpace. “One concerns library holdings that happen to be in digital format. The other is a preprint archive that is tailored to scholarly papers in a discipline and is a vehicle for getting them out quickly. They are not concerned with long-term preservation.” DSpace, however, is committed to preserving not only published papers, but also their supporting documentation.

See Also a story on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology\'s OpenCourseWare Web site.

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Conferencing Software: An Overview

Sabrina I. Pacifici writes \"Cindy Carlson reviews

Web-based conferencing products, and the role they can plan in distance training programs. Cindy details application limitations, positive features and system options.
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Dspace Making Headlines

Bill writes \"Dspace has been making headlines a little bit. the Daily News Tribune has an AP story and slashdot has a nice round up, with some excellent comments. MIT has a story, of course, and another and it\'s made it as far as seattle Seattle.
Dspace can be found at Dspace \"

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Wireless LANs in Libraries keeps growing

Bill Drew writes \"The growth of Wireless LANs in libraries continues. As of 2 PM Eastern time today, here is the country breakdown as reported to me for my list:

United States of America - 137 libraries or institutions. Number is actually higher as some universities have multiple libraries.

United Kingdom - 1

Italy -1

Canada - 1

Hong Kong - 1

Singapore - 1

Vanuatu- 1

Australia - 1

The complete list can be seen at
The Wireless Librarian

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The search for meaning

Red Harring has This Story on "Categorization Software" they say works like a superhuman librarian, doing the job of a team of readers, parsing every book, and tagging and categorizing the contents according to context.
In corporate settings, the software works with what's known as unstructured data, or data that isn't typically stored in a database, like documents, presentations, spreadsheets, and multimedia files. According to various estimates, unstructured data represents more than 70 percent of corporate data assets.

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Computer Trash Is His Treasure

Robin Kildow passed along This Wired Story on VintageTech, a consultancy specializing in obsolete computers. The firm provides a number of services, including data conversion and rental of old computers to movie makers.
They also He also organizes the Vintage Computer Festival the fifth annual show is being held in Silicon Valley this weekend.

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