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By Stephen Downes
March 12, 2003

The Tyranny of Email This nice article, picked up in Slashdot, takes the goodness of email for granted and takes a long, lingering and declicious look at why email is bad. The first problem with email, writes the author, is that it interrupts you, especially email that rings or dings or says "You've got mail" when it arrives. Second, email can amplify disputes: criticisms are magnified by email and technical debates are polarized. All of this leads toward "the six rules for avoiding email tyranny," rules that are common sense but are so frequently forgotten. By Ole Eichhorn, Critical Section, March 8, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Sharing the Wealth of Knowledge This short email looks at three ways companies try to capture the knowledge of their employees in a central knowledge base. Though all three work to a degree, they tend to be either cumbersome (such as the program offered by Kubi Software that extends Outlook and Lotus Notes) or intrusive (such as the program by Tacit that reads emails and builds profiles based on their contents). By Rafe Needleman, Business 2.0, March 10, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Copyright and the Web, 2003 Summary by the moderators of the recent online conference on copyright and education sponsored by the Commonwealth of Learning. There's no simple way to summarize even this summary in a paragraph since so many points of view were expressed. But as a participant in the conference I can say that the moderators have fairly captured the essence and flavour of the discussion. By Bob Schad and Wanda Noel, Commonwealth of Learning, March 12, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

The CMSWatch "Top 40" The 40 "most significant" (though not necessarily the best) content management systems, as listed by CMS Watch. Each item features a link to the system's home page (including a half dozen open source systems) and links to articles and news about the product. By Various Authors, CMS Watch, March, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Information Management Resource Centre (IMRC) In Canada, the Treasury Board corordinates metadata and information management activities for the federal government (no, I don't know why; it just does - I'm sure there's a reason). It has just updated this page, available to the general public, detailing government information management activities, guidelines and standards. There is a lot here, including lists of documents on access and accessibility, classification and thesauri, e-mail, library services, metadata, documents and record preservation, and publishing. By Treasury Board, Government of Canada, March, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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