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E-Mail Reminder
Week 162
April 29, 2004      

Greetings from San Francisco!!!

ResourceShelf is compiled by Gary D. Price, MLIS
Gary Price Library Research and Internet Consulting

Shirl Kennedy, Contributing Editor
Dan Giancaterino, Contributing Editor

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Resources of the Week
2 items.
1) Business Rankings--Lists & Rankings
Trip's Lists Vol. I
Note: Trip Wyckoff is the sole proprietor of, a database containing information about salary surveys, industry outlooks, overviews, buyers guides, who's who registers, etc. that can be found in over 3200 publications. He is also the current compiler of Price's Lists of Lists. The LOL offers direct links to company rankings that are available on the open web. Trip has accepted an invitation to share recent additions to the LOL along with lists that you might have missed with ResourceShelf on a regular basis. In his first compilation, Trip shares some of his favorite lists.

The most useful site for "business rankings"
+ Layoff Tracker
+ Lists & Rankings

Intelligent Enterprise
+ The Dozen
12 entities which are most influential in the creation of intelligent enterprises)
+ Intelligent Enterprise Imperatives
Editors have devised a list of "imperatives" that would typify an IT department that intends to truly enable business strategy

+ M&A (mergers & acquisitions) Databank
Start Magazine
+ START 1,000
Top admired large, medium & small manufacturers, with revenues less than 10 million to over a billion are listed  
2) Online Maps
National Geographic MapMachine
We very much like maps and geographic resources at ResourceShelf. And here is yet another case of an already stellar site getting an overhaul that both adds new features and enhances usability. The National Geographic Society has partnered with ESRI, a preeminent GIS software developer. ESRI's ArcWeb Services -- which essentially deliver GIS and spatial data over the Internet -- are now powering the MapMachine. This is dynamic data, updated continually, so users of the relaunched site are getting the latest and the greatest.


Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Web Search Engines--Legal Issues
Source: Virginia Journal of Law and Technology
Application of the DMCA Safe Harbor Provisions to Search Engines (PDF; 308 KB)

Professional Reading Shelf (3 Items Listed on the Web Site)
Children's Libraries
Source: International Federation of Library Associations
New, Guidelines for Children's Library Services
Research Libraries
Source: Association of Research Libraries
Updated, ARL Statistics (Interactive Edition)
2002-03 ARL Statistics are now available from the interactive statistics site at the University of Virginia.

Library Briefs
UK...A minute's silence, please, for the late public library (via The Independent)
"According to a new report on the future of the public lending library, it is a battle the librarians of south Manchester and the rest of Britain may not win. Libri, a new campaign group formed to save that most revered of national institutions, has warned there could be as little as 20 years left for Britain's public lending libraries."

Resources, Reports, Tools, Lists, and Full-Text Documents (4 Items Listed on the Web Site)
Congressional Research Service
New/Updated CRS Reports via the Federation of American Scientists
+ "The War Powers Resolution: After Thirty Years"
by Richard F. Grimmett, March 11, 2004.
+ "War Powers Resolution: Presidential Compliance"
updated March 16, 2004.
+ "Radiological Dispersal Devices: Select Issues in Consequence Management"
by Dana A. Shea, March 10, 2004.

CRS Reports via the FPC
+ NATO and the European Union
+ Disarming Libya: Weapons of Mass Destruction
+ Foreign Aid: An Introductory Overview of U.S. Programs and Policy
+Globalizing Cooperative Threat Reduction: A Survey of Options

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Information Retrieval
On ResourceShelfPLUS: A New Compilation of Recently Awarded Search-Related Patents & Patent Apps (April 2004)
The April compilation of selected search-related patents and patent apps is now available on ResourceShelfPLUS.
+ Google Awarded patent (and has patent app published)
+ Xerox awarded metasearch patent (they also got a search-related patent last month)
+ MIT awarded patent for image engine

Digitization Projects
Source: Bodleian Library (Oxford University) Indian Institute
New, The Digital Shikshapatri
>From the site, "Digital Shikshapatri provides instant online access to a treasure of the British Hindu cultural heritage that is held in Oxford's Bodleian Library. This fragile Sanskrit manuscript, called the Shikshapatri, was written by Shree Swaminarayan, founder of Swaminarayan Hinduism, and outlines moral and spiritual codes for everyday life."

Resources, Reports, Tools, Lists, and Full-Text Documents (4 Items Listed on the Web Site)
Critical Information Skills
Source: Cornell University
Critically Analyzing Information Sources
See Also: The IQ Section of The Virtual Chase
See Also: Evaluating Web Pages: Questions to Ask & Strategies for Getting the Answers (via UC Berkeley)
See Also: Evaluating Information Found on the Internet (via John Hopkins University)
Media Industry
Source: The IBM Institute for Business Value
New Report, Full Text, Media and entertainment 2010
>From the paper, "This paper, a collaborative discussion by thought leaders from the IBM Media and Entertainment practice, will discuss why industry and market forces will propel media businesses to become more open to business partners, customers and consumers - opening content reserves and formatting, production processes, packaging and sales options - without opening the company to increased vulnerability"
Fast Facts
Source: U.S. Census
New, Cinco de Mayo
A compilation of stats about the Mexican American population.

Online Documents
Source: FCW
Document security fears grow
>From the article, "Problems with maintaining the confidentiality of electronic documents and preventing document tampering are on the rise, according to a security manager at Adobe Systems Inc. Although he would not divulge details of any specific incident of document tampering in the federal government, John Landwehr, group manager for security solutions and strategy at Adobe, said cases of document spoofing represent a growing problem for both government and corporate offices."


Monday, April 26, 2004

Professional Reading Shelf (2 Items on the Web Site)
Information Retrieval
Presentations from the 2004 Search Engine Meeting Are Now Available Online
Some really interesting and informative reading for your already full reading lists. The conference took place in The Hague, The Netherlands, 19-20 April 2004. Here's a selected list of the presentations. I STRONGLY urge you to review the entire list. The page also contains bio info for all speakers. All of the presentations are either pdf or ppt files.
+ Quantity versus quality?
Karen Spärck Jones, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK
+ The Subtle Side of Retrieval
Elizabeth Liddy, Syracuse University, New York, USA
+ Text and XML querying - Is There a Common Ground?
Prabhakar Raghavan, Verity, California, USA
+ Product Intro: A Holistic Approach to Search
Tuoc Luong, Ask Jeeves, California, USA
+ Information Retrieval: A Single Point of Access
Susan Feldman, IDC, Connecticut, USA
+ Double the Value of Search Using User Behaviour
Laust Sondergaard, Mondosoft, Denmark
+ Social Software and New Search
Stephen E Arnold, AIT, Kentucky, USA
+ Human Intervention in the Search Process
Martin Belam, BBCi Search, UK
+ Learning to Harvest Information for the Semantic Web
Fabio Ciravegna, University of Sheffield, UK
+ Formalising the Concept of Serendipity in Web Searching
Olivier Ertzscheid, University of Toulouse, and Gabriel Gallezot, University of Nice
+ Turbo10: The Mechanics of a Deep Net Metasearch Engine
Nigel Hamilton,, UK
+ A Relevance Model for Web Image Search
Ethan V. Munson and Cheng Thao, University of Wisconsin, USA
+ Access to Archives of Digital Video Information
Alan Smeaton, Dublin City University, Ireland
+ Organising personal pictures with content analysis technology
Sebastein Gilles, LTU Technologies, France

Web Search
Source: Information Today
Britannica Subsidiary Unveils English-Arabic Search Engine
Paula Hane writes, "Melingo, Ltd. (, a company that has provided advanced search capabilities for complex languages, has just introduced Morfix CL, its English-Arabic-English Cross-Language Search with Embedded Translation. What that means is that English-speaking researchers can search through Arabic material without knowing any Arabic at all-and see a results page with a translation of each Arabic word or phrase.

Information Industry News
+ Elsevier...ScienceDirect Announces New Product Line
>From the announcement, "ScienceDirect (, announces that Elsevier Book Series titles are now available on the platform. Now multiple users throughout an institution can simultaneously access this important compliment to primary research, previously only available through print subscriptions."

Web Search--Google
Google IPO Roundup
+ A Conversation With Sergey Brin (via eWeek)
Topics include Gmail, RSS, and privacy.

Resources, Reports, Tools, Lists, and Full-Text Documents (5 Items Listed on the Web Site)
Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project
New Data, 14% of Internet users say they no longer download music files
Summary ||| Direct to Full Text
Thanks to PW for the tip.
Business--United States--Lists & Rankings
Source: Forbes
Just Released, CEO Compensation Report 2004


Sunday, April 25, 2004

Image Databases
Source: San Jose Mercury News
digital library
"By making more and more of its images digital, Corbis can keep greater control over them and lower its expenses. It can sell images directly over the Web, offer new tools to search through them, and use software to track where each image appears, cracking down on piracy."
See Also: Image-Seek
This demo from LTU Technologies allows you to keyword search 65,000 royalty-free images from the Corbis database. From the site, "Image-Seeker is an image analyzer that describes images according to their visual features. 'Because an image is worth a thousand words', using image similarity combined with text-based search dramatically improves search processes. This demo presents visual search on a large selection of over 65,000 Corbis Royalty-Free images. It is the most intuitive way to navigate while searching for images."

Library and Info Briefs (4 Items Listed on the Web Site)
>From Companion's Lost Diary, a Portrait of Einstein in Old Age (via The New York Times)
The "companion" was Johanna Fantova, a librarian at Princeton University. She was a graduate of the library school at the University of North Carolina and was the first map curator at the Firestone Library. According to this AP story it was at Einstein's urging that Fantova attend library school. .
+ £7m library book finally revealed (via The Scotsman)


Saturday, April 24, 2004

Professional Reading Shelf (2 Items Listed on the Web Sitef
National Archives--United States
Source: NARA
Full Text, National Archives and Records Administration Annual Report 2003
Search Engine Showdown Offers Search-Related Bookmarklets
Thanks Greg! A couple of days ago Jesse Ruderman announced he has also compiled a page of these useful tools.

Resources, Reports, Tools, Lists, and Full-Text Documents
Classic Computer Magazine Archive
The Classic Computer Magazine Archive presents the full text of early personal computing magazines, including images and advertisements. Contents indexes are offered along with columns, product reviews, software, and cover images. Site is searchable. The site has posted the fulltext of more than 150 individual issues from the following magazines:
Antic (1982-1990)
STart (1986-1991) Dedicated to the Atari ST computer
Creative Computing (1974-1985)
Creative Computing Video and Arcade Games (1983)
Compute! (1979-1994)
Tandy Computer Whiz Kids (1984-1991)


Friday, April 23, 2004

Web Search--Google
Google and Akamai: Cult of Secrecy vs. Kingdom of Openness (via TechReview)
Simson Garfinkle writes, "The king of search is tapping into what may be the largest grid of computers on the planet. And it remains extraordinarily secretive about its core technologies-perhaps because it senses a potential competitor in dotcom era flameout Akamai."

The Library of Congress
More Digitized Content Added to the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC) from The Library of Congress
More digitized content from LC hits the web! The Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC) is closing in on the one million image mark. Here are a couple recently added collections:

+ National Child Labor Committee Collection (NCLC)
PPOC now offers expanded and enhanced access to approximately 5,100 NCLC photographs [ca.1908-1924] which were primarily taken by the photographer Lewis Hine. These photographs are useful for their examination of labor, reform movements, working class families, education, public health, urban and rural housing conditions, industrial and agricultural sites, and other aspects of urban and rural life in America in the early twentieth century. The collection's catalog records include a wealth of information, including the locations and names of individuals and businesses featured in the photographs, transcribed from the collection's original caption cards.

+ U.S. News and World Report Magazine Photograph Collection
Selected photographs from this extensive collection are now available in the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog. In preparation for the magazine's 70th anniversary, U.S. News staff selected more than 100 photos taken between 1952 and 1983 of newsworthy subjects, including the struggle for African American civil rights, presidential campaigns, and the visits to the United States of foreign dignitaries, as well as life in Vietnam, the Middle East and Russia. Many of the photos were taken by staff photographers and have no known publication restrictions.

Web Browsers
Cool! A New Version (Beta) of the Opera Web Browser is Online
Say hello to Opera 7.50 for Windows Beta 1!

Resources, Reports, Tools, Lists, and Full-Text Documents
United States--Statistics
Source: U.S. Census
Statistical Abstracts: Historical
"Statistical Abstract data present here ranges from our most recent edition to the historical abstracts compiled throughout the decades. Some of the data were scanned as an effort to make historical abstract information available to the public. The display of data will continue as historical records become available."
See Also: Mini Historical Statistics
Files available in pdf or xls formats.
European Union--Glossary
European Union Glossary
Source: European Union
"The following glossary contains some 250 terms relating to European integration and the institutions and activities of the EU."
See also: A Plain Language Guide to Eurojargon
Tourism--United States--Lists & Rankings
Source: U.S. Department of Commerce
+ Just Released, Market Share: Overseas Visitors To Select U.S. States And Territories
+ Just Released, Overseas Visitors To Select U.S. Cities/Hawaiian Islands

Looking for more research news and resources?
Visit The Virtual Chase

Thursday, April 22, 2004

Professional Reading Shelf
Source: InfoDesign
Jared Spool: The InfoDesign Interview
"Jared is one of the most important - and best-recognized - voices in the field of usability. User Interface Engineering, the firm that he founded in 1988, is the world's largest research, training and consulting firm specializing in website and product usability."

Health Information
Source: National Library of Medicine
Internists to Write Patients Prescriptions for Information

Resources, Reports, Tools, Lists, and Full-Text Documents (3 Items Listed on the Web Site)
Business Research--Internet Resources
New/Updated Research Guides from the Baker Library, Harvard Business School
+ Advertising and Branding
+ Broadcasting
+ Demographics and Consumer Behavior
+ Economics
+ Marketing Strategies and Channels
All Guides A-Z


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