Internet

Tell us about your digital divide initiative

The Digital Divide Network is beginning the
groundwork to develop a searchable, national
database of public Internet
access points and other local digital divide initiatives.
Users will be able
to input their location and find out what\'s going on in
their community
regarding the digital divide. We\'ve partnered with a
range of national
organizations and government entities, including the
American Library
Association, the US Departments of Education and
Commerce, HUD, PowerUp, and
other institutions to gather the latest information on the
types of digital
divide initiatives available in each community across
the US.

digitaldividenetwork.org/database-form.adp

There is more... -- Read More

A New Kind of Illiteracy

MSNBC has a Story on a report from The Gartner Group on the digital divide. They say that 75 percent of U.S. households would be linked to the Internet by 2005, up from 50 percent today. That\'s the good news. The bad news is millions will not be \"Wired\". I\'m not sure if they took into account your friendly neighborhood library.

\"The fate of the 50 million adults who will suddenly find themselves functionally \'illiterate\' in the new economy is an issue of profound importance,\" -- Read More

The end of the internet?

Bob Cox sent in This Story from The BBC. Talks
about Journalist Alan Travis,who wrotea history of
censorship in the UK, \"Bound and Gagged, A Secret
History of Obscenity in Britain \". He seems to think
the internet will come under increasingly restrictive
laws.

\"Unfortunately, I think the great libertarian days
of cyberspace, whereby you can have a very powerful
medium beamed into every home which won\'t in some
way be limited in terms of what material comes
through, is over.\" -- Read More

Do You Still Need A Library Card?

Wired has a story
that admits all that
is free on the web is not all good. The story goes into Questia and
ebrary.com, 2 companies working to bring some
authority control to the web, for a fee of course.

\"The element that the Internet is missing most
is valuable, authoritative information,\" said Christopher
Warnock, CEO of ebrary.com. \"For a lot of students, if
information doesn\'t exist on the Internet, it doesn\'t
exist.\" -- Read More

Google falls for Yahoo!

Eric Rumsey at Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, University of Iowa, has written a nifty report on Google and Yahoo!. He says he has found solid evidence that Google\'s new alliances, especially the pact with Yahoo! that was announced in June, seem to have compromised its ability to find directories.
More to the story from google and slashdot, read on.... -- Read More

Finding Information on the Internet

Finding Information on the Internet from the University of California, Berkeley, is a great tutorial someone recommended for a quick link. This is one of the best (If not THE best) tutorials on the web for this topic. They cover evaluation, search stratagies, Detailed instructions for the best search engines, and the 5 options for finding information on the web.

Assessing Linking Liability

The NY Times has a Story
on the latest linking lawsuits making their way through the
courts here in the US.

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According to Judge Lewis A. Kaplan of the U.S. District
Court for the Southern District, in Manhattan, a link can be
bad or good. It mainly turns on whether the linker\'s intent
is laudable or not.\" -- Read More

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
Vertical Buzz, a handy, hand-edited digest of vertical
portal news.

Published every two weeks and designed to save you
time.

To Subscribe: Send a blank email to
verticalbuzz-subscribe@topica.com .

A companion web site about vertical portals is slated to
launch in the late
fall.

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.\" -- Read More

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.\'\' -- Read More

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