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Laptop Thieves - Femme Fatales Apprehended at International Airport A gang of Filipino thieves have been using three provocatively dressed women, to distract male passengers from noticing the theft of their laptop computers. From Read laptop reviews and notebook news at the laptops weblog - Laptopical on May 3, 2005 at 6:30 p.m..


Travelmate 3000 Wins European Design Award for Acer Ultra-light laptop, the Acer Travelmate 3000, has just won a "red dot" award from a respected European design institution. From Read laptop reviews and notebook news at the laptops weblog - Laptopical on May 3, 2005 at 6:30 p.m..


eMusic Meet the great-grandpa of electric music, the Teleharmonium. Learn about Songs in the Key of E and other electric music topics. The exhibits here mix eMusic history and its electric principles in an online museum hosted by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. From Golden Swamp on May 3, 2005 at 2:30 p.m..


Library as Place: Rethinking Roles, Rethinking Space What is the role of a library when users can obtain information from any location? And what does this role change mean for the creation and design of library space? Six authors: an architect, four librarians, and a professor of art history and classics, explore these questions. From EdNA Online on May 3, 2005 at 9:30 a.m..


LibQUAL+ LibQUAL+ is a suite of services that libraries use to solicit, track, understand, and act upon users' opinions of service quality. These services are offered to the library community by the US Association of Research Libraries (ARL). The program's centerpiece is a rigorously tested Web-based survey bundled with training that helps libraries assess and improve library services, change organisational culture, and market the library. The goals of LibQUAL+ are to: foster a culture of excellence in providing library service; help libraries better understand user perceptions of library ser From EdNA Online on May 3, 2005 at 9:30 a.m..


Australian Council of Independent Vocational Colleges The Australian Council of Independent Vocational Colleges Limited (ACIVC) is a non-profit organisation founded in 1976 to cater for the specific needs of private Education and Training Colleges and organisations associated with international and domestic Education and Training. ACIVC promotes consultation and co-operation between member colleges, acts as a liaison with government departments and works with regulatory bodies to establish policy that may impact upon the operations of member colleges. This site contains information about activities, membership and events. From EdNA Online on May 3, 2005 at 9:30 a.m..


Airline Meals.net Airline Meals.net is the world's leading site about airline food. Site users can browse thousands of inflight meals, with pictures ranging from the 1950s up to the present day. There is also a section of the site that goes behind the scenes to look at airline catering. Links to news and other information is included. From EdNA Online on May 3, 2005 at 7:30 a.m..


ANTA Information This web page contains documents concerned with the transfer of responsibilities from the Australian National Training Authority (ANTA) to the Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) and the new arrangements for vocational education and training (VET) in Australia. Included on this page are: the Summary of Consultation Outcomes; the Directions Paper; the Transition Agreement; and the Consultation Process. From EdNA Online on May 3, 2005 at 5:30 a.m..


National Framework for Values Education in Australian Schools The National Framework for Values Education in Australian Schools has been developed from the outcomes of the Values Education Study (2003) and widespread consultation on a Draft Framework. The framework includes: a context; an underpinning vision for improved values education in Australian schools; a set of values for Australian schooling, based on the National Goals for Schooling in the Twenty-First Century (1999); guiding principles to support schools in implementing values education; and key elements and approaches providing practical guidance to schools in implementing values education.EdNA Online on May 3, 2005 at 3:30 a.m..


Change or Die Article on change by Alan Deutschman from the May 2005 issue of Fast Company magazine. 'All leadership comes down to this: changing people's behavior. Why is that so damn hard?' Deutschman gives examples from health, science and business of answers and ways to do better. From EdNA Online on May 3, 2005 at 3:30 a.m..


Arthur and Rochelle Belfer : exemplary lessons initiative The collection of Web pages found under the title "Arthur and Rochelle Belfer : exemplary lessons initiative" is part of the extremely professional and extensive United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Web site. This section is devoted to offering help to teachers who are teaching the subject of the Holocaust as part of secondary school teaching, with a heavy emphasis on the Jewish experience. Obviously the site is aimed at US students, but contains five lessons, considered to be exemplary according to the criteria set by the USHMM. The site is of interest to anyone studying genocide studies, From New Humbul Resources on May 3, 2005 at 2:30 a.m..


West Midlands literary heritage The Literary Heritage Web Site of the West Midlands is an extensive database of biographical and bibliographical information about writers who were born or lived in Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, or Warwickshire (including Birmingham). Famous representatives of the region include Shakespeare, George Eliot, Samuel Johnson, A. E. Housman, and J. R. R. Tolkien, although there are also a host of entries for other less well-known figures. Hyperlinks to entries for associated people and places are inserted into the biographies, and most entries link to online texts by the From New Humbul Resources on May 3, 2005 at 2:30 a.m..


Natural language and information processing group The Web site of the Natural Language and Information Processing (NLIP) Group based at the Computing Laboratory of the University of Cambridge offers information about the software tools developed by the lab and its research. The group is engaged in research of different aspects of natural language processing such as: information retrieval; parsing technology; constraint-based processing; text summarisation; rhetorically-motivated search and navigation; text generation and regeneration, language acquisition and evolution; system evaluation; and text mining and bioinformatics. Some of these rese From New Humbul Resources on May 3, 2005 at 2:30 a.m..


LIQUID : language independent querying for information discovery LIQUID (Language Independent Querying for Information Discovery) is a Web site for a Research and Technology Development (RTD) project funded by the Information Society and Media Commission (INFSO) of the European Commission as part of the Information Society Technologies (IST) Programme. The project's goal is to develop and implement a querying system tool for cross-lingual searches starting with a monolingual query, and information retrieval from multilingual text databases. The project involves English, French, German and Spanish databases on the subject of gastroenterology. The result From New Humbul Resources on May 3, 2005 at 2:30 a.m..


Linguistica group at the University of Chicago The Web site of the Linguistica group at the University of Chicago provides information on its work on computer applications for performing linguistic tasks, such as: analysis of the morphological structure of any unknown language (Linguistica project); morphological analysis of a lexicon, which could be particularly useful for fieldwork (Alchemist project); rendering tree structures, an application that can be used by both linguists and researchers in other fields (Arboleda project); and building corpora of written texts using an automated program that scours the Web for texts in languages (G From New Humbul Resources on May 3, 2005 at 2:30 a.m..


The reading matrix : an international online journal The Reading Matrix (ISSN: 1533-242X) is a freely available peer-reviewed online only journal which publishes original research papers in second language (L2) acquisition and applied linguistics; in particular, it is interested in issues related to L2 reading, L2 literacy in a broader sense. It makes available online resources for English language learners, teachers and researchers. In addition to original papers the journal offers book and software reviews. The articles are available in PDF and/or HTML. Issues are available since 2001 (volume 1; issue 1). The journal is abstracted and indexed From New Humbul Resources on May 3, 2005 at 2:30 a.m..


Language and praxis This is a Web site for a Scandinavian research project undertaken in 1997-2000. It is dedicated to certain problems in the philosophy of language, namely the relation between language seen as a syntactic-semantic system and the use of language within a context of human practice. The general philosophical background of the project is largely shaped by the ideas of Gottlob Frege, one of the influential figures in modern philosophy of language. The researchers are challenging a point of view predominant in analytical philosophy of language and contemporary linguistics. This view states that lingu From New Humbul Resources on May 3, 2005 at 2:30 a.m..


Chabad - Lubavitch library The Web Site of the "Library of Agudas Chassidei Chabad Ohel Yosef Yitzchak Lubavitch" is part of a larger Web Site on the Chabad Hassidim (Chasidim, Hasidim, Hassids), run from the headquarters of the Jewish movement in New York. The Lubavitchers are a branch of the Hasidic sect of Jews which was founded in the middle of the eighteenth century in Poland. The Chabad - Lubavitch Library collections have been subject to much destruction and some squabbles over ownership, but have now been amalgamated into one collection in one place and is one of the most important resources for researchers, rel From New Humbul Resources on May 3, 2005 at 2:30 a.m..


Early 19th-century Russian readership and culture The Web Site "Early 19th-century Russian readership and culture" is a hypertext archive run out of the Slavic and East European Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and directed by Miranda Remnek. It forms a database of extracts in both Russian and English of nineteenth century Russian texts. The textual content chosen includes: fiction; journalism; memoirs; and travel accounts. It is supplemented by a bibliography, methodology of the project, images of publications and persons, and a useful section which includes very short biographies, a dictionary (which is in fact a very br From New Humbul Resources on May 3, 2005 at 2:30 a.m..


Diaries of the seventeenth century "Diaries of the seventeenth century" is a rather basic but useful introductory essay to 17th Century diaries and diarists, in the form of a essay by Dr Mark Knights of the University of East Anglia. It is divided into six pages, but is essentially a essay with a few illustratory images. The author discusses private journals as well as looking at the specific diaries of Sir John Reresby, Leeds dissenter Ralph Thoresby, and obviously mentions Samuel Pepys. It is a good aid for history students to observe and learn about the interpretation of personal documents in history. Unfortunately, since From New Humbul Resources on May 3, 2005 at 2:30 a.m..


Caliphs and kings : art and influence of Islamic Spain The Web Site "Caliphs and kings : art and influence of Islamic Spain" is an excellently presented and easy to navigate online exhibition hosted by the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute. It is useful both for the general public and for students of Islamic, Spanish, or European Art as well as those studying the complex history of the territories that now comprise modern-day Spain. The exhibition would benefit from rather more background detail, and adding to the rather brief introduction. The exhibition consists of ten items, ranging chronologi From New Humbul Resources on May 3, 2005 at 2:30 a.m..


Beneath the surface : a country of two nations Joanne de Pennington's essay on poverty during the Victorian era has been reproduced as part of a BBC Web history site entitled "Beneath the surface : a country of two nations". It provides a basic introduction to a much-discussed topic in nineteenth century history. The essay begins aptly enough with a quote from Disraeli, likening the chasm between rich and poor to inhabitants of different planets. Subjects discussed here include: the labouring poor; differences between urban and rural poverty; official attitudes to poverty relief; the lowest standard of living; the infamous workhouses; From New Humbul Resources on May 3, 2005 at 2:30 a.m..


The virtual guide to Belarus For those who wish to find out more about Belarus "The virtual guide to Belarus" is an excellent starting point. The site is in English and provides information about: history; statehood; culture; law and politics; cities; nature and geography; travel; dictionaries; Chernobyl; genealogy; and industry. The site has been compiled by a group of Belarussian enthusiasts and is regualrly updated with news of their famous compatriots. This site is of interest to students of history, Slavonic Studies, and those with an interest in the historical territories of present-day Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine, From New Humbul Resources on May 3, 2005 at 2:30 a.m..


Defining an E-Learning Strategy The major cause of fatalities among online learning operations, internal and commercial, is not technical failure or pedagogical failure, it is process failure flowing from a failure in vision. Short-sightedness, tunnel vision, and technology focus can leave you very exposed. From EdNA Online on May 3, 2005 at 1:30 a.m..


What is Information Architecture? This article provides an introduction to information architecture, discusses the evolution of the discipline and provides a 9-step guide for how to create an effective information architecture. It also discusses the relationship between information architecture and usability, in the context of real-world projects. From EdNA Online on May 3, 2005 at 1:30 a.m..


Some Principles of Effective E-Learning Stephen Downes describes three principles that can help build effective e-learning. By ensuring that e-learning content is interactive, usable and relevant a designer can be virtually sure that the e-learning outcome will be a success. or at the very least, appreciated by the learners. From EdNA Online on May 3, 2005 at 1:30 a.m..


Science's Tree of Life An online diagram from the Science Tree of Life Special Issue includes links to a variety of resources to add context to the tree's graphical representation. Clicking on the labeled branch points (e.g., a snail is "Eukarya," "Metazoa") will pop up a brief summary of the characteristics of the branch. The taxa in the central column (e.g., "spirochaetes," "scorpions," etc.) are linked to Internet sites and Web pages with additional information on those taxa. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on May 2, 2005 at 11:30 p.m..


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