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September 4, 2001

American Memory Newsletter The Library of Congress American Memory Collection has just launched a quarterly newsletter for K-12 educators. The newsletter includes teaching ideas, feature articles and tips on how to use the American Memory collection of online resources. [Refer]

Internet Replacing Libraries for Homework Big surprise: seventy-one percent of middle school and high school students with Internet access said they relied on the electronic technology the most in completing a project. We now await the inevitable complaints that students are "missing something essential" by not visiting a library to do research. Reuters, September 2, 2001. [Refer]

Five Thoughts About Online Communities Fluffy piece about online communities that could have been taken straight from hegel and Armstrong. It's not, though: it by the latest online community "guru" , Amy Jo Kim. If I sound snarky it's because I am: this is yet another article being circulated uncritically that serves mainly to tell you that maybe Amy Jo Kim knows something you don't... to judge by this article, trust me, she doesn't. By Jon Surmacz, Darwin, August 29, 2001. [Refer]

Internet 2 Information Kit Three new presentations are now available at the Internet 2 information site, including an interesting set of applications in the arts and humanities. Scroll down the page to 'Presentations' and select 'Arts and Humanities' including 'Teaching Music with Advanced Network Videoconferencing' and 'Virtual Halloween at the Rialto' - as you view the slides, it's worth cutting and pasting the URLs to try some of the applications out for yourself. [Refer]

What Next for Internet Journals? Implications of the Trend Towards Paid Placement in Search Engines As one of the 355 authors to have contributed to First Monday over the years, and as an avid reader, I agree with its contention that a free refereed journal can survive on the internet. But the implications of pay-for-placement search engines troubles me as much as it does the author of this article. By Robin Henshaw, First Monday, September 4, 2001. [Refer]

Copyright in a Frictionless World: Toward a Rhetoric of Responsibility Another long examination of copyright. Its main thesis can be found near the end of the second section: "The introduction of monopoly interests in relation to information undermines the independence of that information and, consequently, consumer trust and confidence. This in turn increases the transaction costs incurred by consumers for the acquisition of information. One result of this is the implicit creation of large barriers to entry in the information market." Because copyright owners abuse their ownership, and because consumers perceive no good reason for respecting copyright, widespread violations occur. The author outlines a set of limitations on copyright designed to allay those abuses and restore confidence in the system. Good article, thought provoking. By Brendan Scott, First Monday, September 4, 2001. [Refer]

Preparing your Web Site for Machine Translation Great article and the first of its kind that I've seen - a set of tips and tricks that will help your website survive automatic translation without being rendered into a pile of gibberish. Sound advice for a multilingual world. By Theresa A. O’Connell, IBM DeveloperWorks, July 2001. [Refer]

HTML E-Mail: Text Font Readability Study Interesting item that comcludes that Arial (12 pt) and Verdana (9 and 10 pt) maximize readability on web pages. I've switched to Arial on my home page but the jury's still out for OLDaily (let me know if you have an opinion). Ralph F. Wilson, Web Marketing Today, March 1, 2001. [Refer]

NewsTrolls at 3 My thoughts and reflections as NewsTrolls celebrates its third anniversary of covering new media, open source and online culture. By Stephen Downes, September 4, 2001. [Refer]

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