Internet

Hot on the Scent of Information

Wired showed the way to This Really Neat Study by the Xerox PARC User Interface Research Group on Information Foraging.

\"Information foraging theory is an approach to the analysis of human activities involving information access technologies. It aims to provide an understanding of how strategies and technologies for information seeking, gathering, and consumption are adapted to the flux of information in the environment. Much of the work is inspired by optimal foraging theory in biology and anthropology, which analyzes the adaptive value of food-foraging strategies. The theory focuses analysis on how the user gains value from interaction and the cost of that interaction. Adaptive behaviors and technologies are ones that have superior value in relation to cost (e.g. time). We use the theory to understand human-computer interaction, and to develop new design and engieering models.\"

The Reports Of My Death Have Been Exaggerated

I keep reading about how the death of the \"Free Web\"is upon us. CNET said \"The idealistic dream of a digital Camelot where everything is free is giving way to cold fiscal reality\". While this may be true for some sites, those burning through millions of investors dollars, the free web is far from dead, or even close to dying. The web is mostly free and it will continue to be in the foreseeable future.

Much More.... -- Read More

Sizing Up The Competition

I was working on rewriting the \"See Also\": page here at LISNews, and it occured to me that this would make a nice little story.

LISNews isn\'t the only place on the internet for L.I.S. oriented news. Now, I know you\'re thinking, \"But Blake, it\'s my favorite, and I\'m sure it\'s the best!\". Well... you\'re probably right, but, let\'s just give the others a chance, they are worth a read now and then...Read on to see what else the WWW has to offer! -- Read More

Fan fantasy fiction

Today\'s Chicago Tribune carries an L.A. Times article about slash fiction -- homoerotic stories written mostly about TV characters by straight female fans.

I had heard of this stuff being written about Star Trek and Xena characters, but The A-Team? I pity the fool ...

Finding Free Internet Access for Those Without

Rebecca Weiner of The New York Times writes, \"Prodded by high-profile efforts to close the gap between students with access to technology and students without, 98 percent of the country\'s public schools have been wired for Internet connections. But for many low-income students, that access disappears once schools close their doors for the summer.\" [more...] from The Daily News.

Napsterized

Lee Hadden writes: \" Steven Levy has an
interesting article in the May 28th issue of
Newsweek on what it is like to have your book placed
on the Internet for
people to download for free. A discussion of writers\'
rights, copyright
infringement, and the World Wide Web.
Steven Levy. \"The Day I Got Napsterized: First they
Came for
Metallica. Then They Came for Tom Clancy. And Now
They Came for Me..\"
Newsweek. May 28, 2001. Page 44.
Read more about it at:
MSNBC

Future of the Internet

Margaret was nice enough to send along This
Story
on a brave new plan to start \"splinternets\".
The author says the current one Internet Is Not
Enough because the Internet is subject to substantial
regulation. The solution is more Internets, not more
regulations.
Future networks could offer porn-free
surfing—others, porn-only, perhaps with privacy
guarantees. Maybe a library only internet too?

Internet access in Rwanda

Margaret writes:

\"Can Rwanda use new technology to escape poverty? Ben Hewitt looks at the challenges ahead.\" This article gives an interesting perspective on Internet access in Rwanda, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Government\'s plans are detailed and useful statistics are supplied. Those who are concerned with siiues souuronding the \'digital divide\' will find it of particular interest. \"

Information access policy

Someone writes \"
A recent article from the Bulletin of the American Society
for Information Science and Technology, \"Information
policy: from the local to the global\" is worth a read. The
article reviews information access policies at various
geopolitical levels including international, regional,
national and local. The impact of copyright, the \'global
information economy\', the difficulties of administering
information policy, telecentres etc are all outlined. \"


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Bad News @ Questia Media

The Houston Chronicle is Reporting Questia laid off half of its work force Tuesday. They are also slowing down the pace at which books are added to the site because it was too hard to raise enough additional cash from investors to justify the pace at which it was adding books. Laid-off employees will receive eight weeks of pay and 60 days of benefits, not too bad I guess. They\'ve also had a fivefold increase in the number of paying subscribers in the past two weeks alone, that puts the number at around 5,000.

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