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Vertical portal news

Andrew writes:
We hear a lot these days about the fact that web
search
is going
\"vertical.\" And many new vertical portals are being
launched, helping
communities and researchers to focus better than ever
on special topics.
Vertical portals are major web sites or community
destinations focused on
specific topics, niches, or demographic affiliations. To
keep on top of the
latest news relating to vertical portals, their
development, their
successes and failures, and the communities they
seek to connect with, try
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portal news.

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A companion web site about vertical portals is slated to
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Searchonomics: Incentives for Infomediaries

Wherewithal founders Steve Thomas and Darrin Skinner have spent two years designing a powerful search technology which is scalable to the growth of the Internet. They believe they have overcome the fixed taxonomy problem that limits the usefulness of conventional web directories like Looksmart, ODP, and Yahoo. This
article at Traffick
takes an early look at this fledgling service.

Another fledgling directory using volunteer reviewers is Zeal. Zeal\'s volunteers gain points which can be exchanged for charitable donations. This is Traffick\'s review of Zeal: \"Volunteer Directory Seeks Zealots.\"

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Gooooooogle Growing Up

SF Gate has a Story on Google that is quite interesting. The founders are 27 and now employ 120 people!

``Our goal is to build the ultimate search engine,\'\' said Larry Page, Google\'s chief executive and co-founder. ``We think that we can make search engines better every month, and I don\'t see that ending anytime soon.\'\'

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Controlled Vocabulary and the Internet

Presentations from REFERENCE/CITATION LINKING: THE FEDERAL PERSPECTIVE — A JOINT CENDI/FLICC WORKSHOP Pickford Theater, Library of Congress June 21, 2000 and Presentations from the Subject Analysis and Retrieval Working Group Conference Controlled Vocabulary and the Internet, September 29, 1999 Are now available online at: http://www.dtic.mil/cendi/pres_arc.html

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What the Internet cannot do

“IT IS impossible that old prejudices and hostilities should longer exist, while such an instrument has been created for the exchange of thought between all the nations of the earth.” Think that was written about the internet? Think again. The Economist has an interesting Story on the never ending hype surrounding the internet.

\"The extent to which the Internet will transform other fields of human endeavour, however, is less certain. Even when everyone on the planet has been connected to the Internet, there will still be wars, and pollution, and inequality. \"

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Information Architecture - A New Reason to Index

I found a neat story written by By Karen Spern and Leigh Bahnatka on Indexing web pages and Information Architecture.The Article Does a great job in explaining why indexing is important on the Web, especially for Information Architects.

\"Information Architects now consider content as important as design. Visual design is in decline, as consumers are demanding original content and faster download times. Site maps can’t provide access to textual information, so web indexes will become standard on web sites. \"

Very cool stuff, for those interested in the field.

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Anonymous publishing on the web

CNET has a Story on a new idea from AT&T. PUBLIS is a new system that will allow anonymous publishing on the web. Since it allows free distribution of files online, without any checks by copyright owners or law enforcement, Publius has been talked about in the same breath as Napster, Gnutella and Freenet.

\"\"The ultimate kick for us as developers is if some organization such as Amnesty International starts to refer people to our systems,\" said Avi Rubin, the AT&T Labs researcher who is leading the project. \"We\'d like to see it used in the real world, by real world people who can\'t express their ideas.\"

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Looksmart Extends its Reach with New Portal Partnerships

Looksmart always defined itself as a competitor to Yahoo! It is spreading its tentacles into many major web portals such that more and more Internet users will be treated to the handiwork of Looksmart\'s staff of 200 professional editors.

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The COPA Commission Reports

A Report from Wired on the final hearings at the COPA Commission. They seem to think the problem (Porn on the web) has gotten worse, and the technology to stop it (filters) has gotten better. This leads them to believe the injunction should be lifted and the law should be enforced.

\"If the government can establish that the problem has gotten worse and that the technology has gotten much better, it then becomes easier for the government to prevail,\"

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Stay of Execution

In case you haven\'t heard by now, Napster was not shut down on Friday. If you\'d like to learn more on this subject, O\'Reillynet.com has a Story that compare all the latest and greatest P2P software. This is technology that is changing how people share information, and is worth keeping up on.

\"In essence, Gnutella and Freenet represent a new step in distributed information systems. Each is a system for searching for information; each returns information without telling you where it came from. They are innovative in the areas of distributed information storage, information retrieval, and network architecture. But they differ significantly in both goals and implementation\"

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