Internet

Global net library planned

Six of the world\'s leading educational and cultural institutions announced today that they will create Fathom, a new company formed to launch the premier site for knowledge and education on the web. Fathom will present the best public content and courses of universities, libraries, and museums on a wide variety of professional, cultural, and academic subjects. The consortium\'s website, Fathom.com, will introduce the first home for authenticated knowledge on the Internet, serving a worldwide audience of business and individual users.

Check out Fathom.com. -- Read More

Search engine on your computer

Kenjin was launched officially this week. They claim \"Autonomy Kenjin is the first Internet information service that delivers the right information to you exactly when you need it – no matter where it happens to be. From the Web, from your hard drive or from people who know.\"It works like a search engine, but the program is on your computer. They make it sound like it\'ll kill off Yahoo. I\'ll be downloading and trying it soon. -- Read More

Interesting new search engine

I was just checking out a new serach engine called Metaclic.com. It\'s a graphical interface, more so than most sites, Unlike other search engines, in MetaClic you create your search queries by dragging and dropping icons, the icons are then a graphical representaion of your boolean search. Dragging and dropping icons is neat idea for a search engine. You can create your own new directory for a very targeted topic you may be interested in which can then be made into a shared directory for others to use. I\'ll leave judgement on the site up to you, please let me know what you think.

Judge OKs deep hyperlinking

The USAToday has this story on a ruling in an important case involving the bility to link to other sites.

\"U.S. District Judge Harry Hupp said hyperlinking was not illegal as long as consumers understand whose site they are on and that one company has not simply duplicated another\'s page. -- Read More

The Internet is a waste of time

I really wanted to put this one under Humor.The Times of India has a very funny story by John O\'Farrell, who seems to honestly believe the internet is a waste of time.

\"The usefulness of the Internet has been hyped out of all proportion. All it does is make information more easily available. The downside of this is that in doing so it creates an enormous amount of new material, most of which is just information for its own sake. Clearly, there are some specialist occupations for whom the Internet is a vital resource, but since I am not a white supremacist with an interest in hardcore pornography, I find that most of the sites are not really for me.\"

He does go on to defend Libraries.... -- Read More

The web helps magazine industry

Businessweek.com has a suprising story on the growth of magazine readers thanks to the web. It seems the web is helping the magazine business, not hurting it.

\"The Internet, rather than stealing readers from the printed page, may turn out to be the best thing to happen to magazines since the printing press\" -- Read More

Limiting the net

Microsoft is slowing turning into a mutual fund, buying large stakes in companies that are in the internet industry. The newest buy is RealNames, a company that allows people to use keywords, instead of URLs to navigate the web. CNet has the story Here.

Nico Popp said the company wants \"to eliminate the URL from the user experience.\"

Does this sound like too much control? -- Read More

The Spire Project pioneers better search assistance

David Novak writes \"

FYI: The Spire Project pioneers better search
assistance.

Breaking with a number of conventions, The Spire Project
mixes editorial advice on search techniques and search
strategy with the convenience of an ALL-IN-ONE search page.
It builds a cohesive story approach to finding information.

Of interest here is a fine analysis of searching the web
showing the various search techniques (Boolean, truncation,
proximity & field searching).
The Spire Project is a collection of
websites/mirrors/faqs/and free-shareware presenting search
assistance on topics like patents, country profiles,
statistics, and the web.

http://spireproje
ct.com/webpage.htm

-- Read More

Researchers work to eradicate broken hyperlinks

News.com is reporting Here that researchers are working on a way to erradicate the dreaded 404 messages.


Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley say they have come a step closer to solving a frustrating problem familiar to most Web surfers--the broken hyperlink.

In a recent academic paper, computer scientists Thomas A. Phelps and Robert Wilensky outlined a way to create links among Web pages that will work even if documents are moved elsewhere. While researchers have tried to tackle the issue before, Internet search experts said the paper describes a potentially elegant solution to a widespread and long-recognized puzzle. -- Read More

Why the Open Directory Is not Open

Andrew Goodman writes \"Close scrutiny of the Open Directory Project (www.dmoz.org) is uncovering a series of series flaws in this and other volunteer-edited directories.
http://www.traffick.com/story.asp?StoryID=59
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\"Open Directory Category Editors are volunteers -- indeed, an army or self-governing republic of net-citizens -- but their numbers are, nonetheless, finite. It\'s not open to all comers. A recent scathing commentary by one disgruntled ex-editor, Gary Mosher, has described the army of editors as \"as a horrible mix of corrupt generals and untrained privates,\" since \"there are only two kinds of \'guide\' volunteer: The passionate, often self-interested, \'subject spammer\' and the virtuously motivated, but web-ignorant, \'want-to-belonger\'.\" -- Read More

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