Internet

Surf like a Bushman

Here\'s an interesting story from Newscientist.com on internet searching. The idea here is the strategies you use when you surf the Web are exactly the same as the ones hunter-gatherers used to find food. They say we are plugged into the information superhighway, but deep down we\'re still a caveman. It\'s called \"foraging theory\", very interesting stuff.

School District Must Release Net Records

Newsbytes.com is reporting New Hampshire court granted the father of a public school student access to obtain records of all students who used a computer in the school. The interenet records could not be considered as having the same legal protection as \"library user\" files, because the records could be produced with confidential information redacted.

So if library records can be produced without confidential information are they open too?

P2P Means Net Users Will Search One Another

In this article on Traffick.com,
Nicholas Mercader suggests
that early working models of the peer-to-peer file sharing concept are just the beginning of a major rethinking of search and retrieval on the Internet. -- Read More

Surveying the Digital Future

2 Stories take different views on The
\"Surveying the Digital Future\" study by the University of California at Los Angeles Center for Communication Policy.

Freep.com
Says internet users are watching television 4.6 hours less per week than nonusers.

\"The influence of the Internet will dwarf television,\" said Jeffrey Cole, director of the center. \"The Internet has become the fastest-growing electronic technology in world history.\"


Nando Times
Says nearly two-thirds of all Americans have ventured online, and the majority of them deny that the Internet creates social isolation, ah.... denial.

\"What we\'ve found is that almost no one is afraid of the government monitoring us,\" they said. \"They\'re afraid corporations are watching what they do.\"

Inside Google

Olinux.com has an Interview with Sergey Brin from google, who talk about how google works, and their very interesting mission:\"Google\'s mission is to organize the world\'s information, making it universally accessible and useful.

Sounds like a library? They have over 6,000 servers that run RedHat 6.2 linux, serve 50 million searches per day, and over 25,000 websites use their engine!

They [Olinux.com] have a google of interviews with other open source folks, if you\'re interested -- Read More

Americans willing to pay for edtech in schools

The DigitalDivideNetwork.org has released the results of a survey on using tax money for net access.

The survey, which polled 1900 respondents nationwide, found that over
three-quarters (76%) of those surveyed support the use of tax dollars to
train teachers to use the Internet. Additionally, 65% said they would
support the use of tax money to fund Internet access for libraries, and 60%
supported the government\'s role in bringing access to America\'s schools. -- Read More

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.\"

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!

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\"

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.\"

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