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Web users have case of short-term memory

This article from the New York Times discusses how the Internet has effected how we percieve history, and how new information on the web outweighs historical data by an enormous number.\"It doesn\'t give any sense of time because almost everything on the Web is about events and articles in the last five years,\" Herring said. \"It doesn\'t give students the impression that they\'re sitting on the shoulders of giants. It gives them the impression that they\'re giants.\"

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Web Bugs

A Story from News.com tells the dangers of \"Web Bugs\", Web bugs are little electronic tags that help Web sites and advertisers track visitors, rather than using cookies, they use little tiny images to track you.

\"A Web bug \"is like a beacon, so that every time you hit a Web page it sends a ping or call-back to the server saying \'Hi, this is who I am and this is where I am,\'\" said Craig Nathan\"

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Information Architecture Revealed

I really want to be a \"Senior Information Architect\" some day. What the heck does that mean? Well, it\'s kind of like a internet librarian, kind of like organizing the web, kind of like a really cool job title. I was cleaning up my ever expanding bookmarks and found This Old interview with Louis Rosenfeld. It\'s a really neat field that is perfect for librarians who are tired of librarianship, or are just up for a new kind of career.

\"Information architecture involves the design of organization and navigation systems to help people find and manage information more successfully.\"

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Frequently Asked Questions About Portals

Traffick.com has a very useful Story on Portals. The authors really cover all the bases on Portals and what they are all about. Give it a look if you need to know more on portals.

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Virtual 3-D libraries

Jack Colbert sent in word on his new project building virtual (3-D) libraries on the WWW. This project is
called \"librarea\", and it features fully navigable library
buildings, with
floors, ceilings, etc, which contain links to web-based information
resources. This is a non-profit, non-commercial project and it\'s
completely free to any librarian who wishes to participate. Right now, we
have 14 librarian/builders, from 4 different countries, participating in
this project. Check out Activeworlds.com for more.

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Community Search Overview

In the July edition of the Search Engine Report, Danny Sullivan has published this useful overview of various emerging services which attempt to harness the contributions of volunteers or relevant communities to build web directories. These include Zeal, Wherewithal, Clip2, Octopus, Quiver, and Hotrate.

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The Right To Link

Legal pressures on linking continue to increase. The RIAA, The Mormons, Napster, these are just a few of the lawsuits that appear to be testing the legalities of the WWW itself. Will a legal ruling in the United States have any effect on the WWW? After all, it is the WORLD WIDE web, not the USW. As large corporations, with deep pockets, fight to keep the power and influence they are used to, they increasingly lash out (legally) at the web. Regardless of the outcome, the web may be changed by lawsuits sometime soon.

If linking becomes illegal, even in some instances, what will become of the net?
If a site is “illegal”, how do you find it?
Do sites that link to it become illegal also?

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Linking may get a day in court

Wired has a Story on the continuing battle between the RIAA and the web. This ruling could call into question all linking. Remeber a U.S. District Court has ruled that websites can legally provide links to any pages on all other sites (deep linking). The RIAA wants to make it illegal to link to anything that is illegal.

\"If this kind of automated hyperlinking is ruled illegal, the Internet is going to grind to a halt,\" said Ira Rothken, legal counsel for MP3Board.com.

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Freenet - Decentralized Information Distribution

Cliff Urr writes \"The Napster model for distributing music is radically extended by Freenet by using a decentralized distribution network for distributing information. Check it out here (also has software to set up you machine as a distribution node):

http://freenet.sourceforge.net/ \"

Freenet is an interesting concept that I believe was discussed on OSS4Lib (who is also sponsering a speech by Tim O\'Reilly at ALA next month). It\'s required reading for all web-heads.

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Battle of the Directories: Yahoo vs. ODP

Less popular than NFL Europe, much less accurate than Tiger Woods, and even more unfair than Judge Judy: it\'s my showdown between Yahoo! and ODP.

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