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December 19, 2001

SBC Survey Looks At World Wide Web's Past, Present And Future On 10-Year Anniversary Communications services company SBC finds in a survey that the internet will play an increasingly important role in our lives. Of note is the list of ways the internet will improve society. Topping the list at 45 percent is education and training. The same survey, though, sees only 2 percent select government, a perception I'm just sure is wrong. By Press Release, SBC, December 18, 2001.[Refer]

ReadMe Created by graduate and undergraduate students at New York University's Department of Journalism, ReadMe is an online magazine devoted to media and media culture. If the first issue, published this week, is any guide, ReadMe fits right into a spectrum populated by Wired News, Salon and Online Journalism Review. By , , .[Refer]

Harvard Business School Publishing I don't have a link for this item (the link simply points to Harvard Business School Publishing), just the following from Jade Walker's Inscriptions: "Harvard Business School Publishing has filed suit against the Business Book Review (http://www.businessbookreview.com) for copyright infringement. The Harvard Business School claims the defendant has been selling eight-page summaries of its titles without permission. The BBR calls these summaries 'book reviews.'" Now what I wonder is whether this has anything to do with Harvard's recent agreement with XanEdu, mentioned yesterday in this newsletter. Also, do "summaries" constitute copyright infringement? By Jade Walker, Inscriptions, December 19, 2001.[Refer]

Distributed Interoperable Metadata Registry This good article takes on the issue of adopting a single metadata standard - Dublin Core, say, or IMS - for all digital objects. Such an approach is neither feasible nor desirable. What the authors propose is a type of interoperable metadata that allows for translations between types of metadata. The scheme additionally proposes a bundling mechanism that permits the use of attachments. It is also extensible, allowing web services to be added dynamically. Perhaps there may be room for quibbles (though I didn't have any), but something like this is the way to go for learning objects. By Christophe Blanchi and Jason Petrone , D-Lib Magazine, December, 2001.[Refer]

A Framework for Building Open Digital Libraries I think of these as 'distributed databases' and the intent behind open digital libraries is the same. The idea is that library holdings follow a more or less common architecture, allowing for search and retrieval from multiple repositories. By Hussein Suleman and Edward A. Fox, D-Lib Magazine, December, 2001.[Refer]

A year Without Print at Princeton, And What We Plan Next Interesting article (the HTML page links to a smallish PDF file) in which the author discusses Princeton's first year of experimentation with e-journals. The online versions quickly became the versions of choice, with users searching for print publications only if an online alternative was not available. The major complaint seems to be the way the tables of contents are presented (that ubiquitous web indexing problem). But the project appears to be a success. As the author writes, "Will there be a continuing role for paper? Only in special cases." By David Goodman, Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, January, 2002.[Refer]


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