[LINK] elogon 52
Wed, 26 Feb 2003 17:10:00 +1100
1) THIS WEEK: Information Online 2003
2) Books 24x7 trial
3) The loss of Columbia
4) More Invisible Web
5) End Game in Iraq
6) Quick links
7) Comprehensive Computer Science
8) Australian Agriculture Databases
1) THIS WEEK: Information Online
The ilanetweb development team joined with other library staff to represent
the State Library of N.S.W at the Information Online 2003 conference at
Darling Harbour last week. It was great to be able to meet our members and
colleagues face to face. The conference was considered by all stakeholders
to have been very successful, with more than 1200 delegates registering for
Chris Sherman, Associate Editor of SearchEngineWatch.com gave a presentation
on the "invisible web" including an overview of search engine strategies.
Chris has placed many of his presentations at:
And his PowerPoint presentation can be found at:
Dr Roger K Summitt, the founder of Dialog gave attendees the benefit of his
vast experience working in the information provision business, and the local
contribution was of a very high standard.
The Conference Papers are now available at the conference website.
2) Free Trial of Books 24x7
The ilanetweb development team often come across services that we believe
our members may find interesting but can't necessarily make available on a
pay as you go basis. Books24x7 offers access to the full, unabridged
contents of well over 2,600 technology titles and some 900 business titles.
These titles are from more than 80 well recognised industry publishers,
including John Wiley, Microsoft Press, Sybex, McGraw-Hill, Harvard Business
School Publishing, HRD Press, Amacon, and the Center for Creative
Leadership. With Books24x7, users can search across all titles or within a
collection, a particular subject area, a results list or within a specific
Trials for interested parties are available from:
3) The loss of Columbia
The official NASA site covering the investigation can be found at:
This web page, set up by contributors to the sci.space.shuttle newsgroup is
an excellent ongoing record of the investigation as it proceeds.
SPACE.com have a complete archive of stories and multimedia covering the
An index of cartoons reflecting on the loss of Columbia and other major news
stories can be found at MSN's slate site.
4) More invisible Web
Science.gov is "a gateway to authoritative selected science information
provided by 10 U.S. Government agencies, including research and development
results. Science.gov brings together, through one interface, reliable
resources selected by the respective agencies as important science
information. Easy access options are provided through a search feature, an
in-depth search feature for more detailed information, and a browse feature.
Science.gov is the official FirstGov for Science Cross-Agency Portal."
Science.gov was developed by an interagency working group of 14 scientific
and technical information organizations from 10 major science agencies.
A recent addition to "Invisible Web" portals called IncyWincy:
An excellent overview of the Invisible Web from the University of
California, Berkeley Teaching Library Workshops
5) End Game in Iraq
A timeline of modern Iraq from it's formation in 1920 and other excellent
resources from the US public Broadcaster PBS.
The Australian Government's official position on Iraq, outlined on the Prime
Minister's site, is that an invasion may be required to destroy "Weapons of
CBS marketwatch asserts that "Ousting Saddam could put U.S. oil giants in
driver's seat". You may need to log on using the user ID <ilanetweb> and
password <member> to view this page.
Secretary of State Colin Powell has been reported in the past referring to
the architect of the current Iraq policy, Richard Perle, and his network as
"the bombers." Salon has an interesting article about this armchair general,
who has been advocating war with Iraq since 1996, written last September.
There are many reasons cited for a invasion of Iraq but none seem persuasive
in there own right. The following work by W Clark of the Independent Media
Center asserts that flooding the world market with oil from Iraq is a
desperate gamble to prevent economic collapse in the US.
The US Department of Defence is quite clear about the nature of the threat
and have their own unique perspective on the issue.
Opendemocracy.net is a not for profit forum to promote freedom of speech
that currently hosts excellent contributions on the Iraqi question. Judging
from the submissions from Iraqi exiles it would not be surprising if the
people of Iraq welcome the American forces.
Electronic Iraq is a news portal on the US-Iraq crisis published by veteran
These pictures from the Gulf are a grim reminder of the horror of War.
6) Quick Links
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has written an article on
Intellectual property on the Internet: a survey of issues.
>From the National Archives comes a valuable resource for studying and
researching 20th century Australian history.
The financial collapse of Divine,the former owners of Rowecom, and the loss
of prepaid library subscriptions will have far-reaching effects that could
possibly change the face of publishing.
The people at the Scout Report now cover the Physical and Life Sciences.
Wikipedia is an attempt to create a complete and accurate open content
encyclopaedia. Written collaboratively by readers and with currently over
one hundred thousand articles Wikipedia demonstrates the potential of the
web to aggregate creative endeavour.
The article on the subject "U.S. plan to invade Iraq" demonstrates what has
been achieved to date.
The Ohio Library Council has put together resources to teach the art of
A searchable catalogue of Internet sites and resources covering the history
BBC monitoring for the week ahead:
NASA announces upcoming launches and other space related events including
upcoming meteor storms.
Methane clouds have been discovered near the south pole of Saturn's moon
Titan, resolving the debate as to whether clouds exist amid the haze of this
This "Showcase of Tasmanian poetry" contains passionate and moving words
from the Apple Isle.
Online access to over 55,000 historical and critical items about science
fiction, fantasy and horror.
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is now mirrored locally at Sydney
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety provide free
searching for titles in some of their important databases.
7)Comprehensive Computer Science
An annotated collection of links arranged by category from the University of
Albany. Included are dictionaries, encyclopaedias, electronic journals,
algorithm collections, associations, programming languages, courses and
8)Australian Agriculture Databases
ABOA, Streamline, ARRIP and Geosearch and other databases can now be
accessed free online. You can search all these databases for relevance using
the quickfinder function.
All the databases are available from.
More information about agriculture resources can be found here.
Agrigate is designed as a subject gateway to selected, high quality
information resources of interest to agriculture researchers in Australia.
9) ILANET INFO
Training Dates for Summer & Autumn 2003 have been set, for more information
ilanetweb is a unique subscription based portal that gives members
pay-as-you-go-access to a comprehensive suite of information sources and
tools to help the information professional.
Information Request Management Tools:
A free ILL system for managing outgoing requests. Automated ILRS lookup.
ABR (Australian Business Research),Informit Online (RMIT Publishing's Online
Database Suite), Kinetica, News Store (Fairfax publications full
text),NewsText(News Ltd Publications-full text inc. NZ), DataStar, Dialog
(Classic, Classic Web,Select and Dialog1 ), EINS, Lexis-Nexis, OCLC
FirstSearch, OVID Web, ProQuest & TradStat Web.
Document Delivery Services:
CISTI and Infotrieve.
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