Current Cites (Digital Library SunSITE)

Volume 7, no. 1, January 1996

Edited by Teri Andrews Rinne

The Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720
ISSN: 1060-2356  - http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/CurrentCites/1995/cc96.7.1.html

Contributors: Campbell Crabtree, John Ober, Margaret Phillips, David Rez, Richard Rinehart, Teri Rinne, Roy Tennant

[ Electronic Publishing ] [ Networks and Networking ] [ Optical Disc Technology ] [ General ]

Electronic Publishing

Hitchcock, Steve, Leslie Carr and Wendy Hall. "A Survey of STM Online Journals 1990-95: The Calm Before the Storm" http://journals.ecs.soton.ac.uk/survey/survey.html (January 1996) -- This survey lists over 100 peer-reviewed online journals in the areas of science, technology and medicine. The paper is really two resources wrapped into one. The first part is a narrative illuminating the scope and findings of the survey, the hurdles facing and distinctive characteristics of the current electronic journal and a glimpse into what is predicted to be a bright future for electronic journals in the area of science, technology and medicine. The second part is a list of dynamic tables that include links to all the journals included in the survey. -- DR

Samuelson, Pamela. "The Copyright Grab" Wired 4(1) (January 1996):135-138, 188-191. -- In a critical look at the Clinton administration's white paper, "Intellectual Property and National Information Infrastructure," [available in text form at gopher://ntiant1.ntia.doc.gov:70/00/papers/documents/files/ipnii.txt and in Adobe Acrobat form at http://www.uspto.gov/web/ipnii/], Sanderson, a visiting law professor at Cornell, warns that if the legislative proposal is adopted, traditional 'fair use' rights historically authorized by the Constitution, will be stripped away, replaced by a controlling set of laws which give publishers full copyright over every digital transmission. The paper advocates making it illegal to circumvent copyright management information and holds online providers responsible for the infractions of their users. By selectively interpreting existing law and hurrying this proposal into law, Congress will deliver a policy which could destroy online privacy and emerging electronic information industries. Sanderson suggests holding off the legislation until new markets emerge and a complete interpretation of current law. Included are addresses for the reader to get involved in the white paper debate. -- CJC

Networks and Networking

AmRhein, Richard. "Internet Resources for Music" College & Research Libraries News 56(11) (December 1995) : 760-763. -- This month, the C&RL News Internet resources column focuses on music. The author has chosen a representative sample of discussion lists, e-journals, newsgroups and web sites. Particularly useful is the list of the many gateway systems that serve as indexes to thousands of music sites on the Internet. -- MP

Infobahn: Magazine of Internet Culture [ISSN 1079-4069] [http://www.postmodern.com/] -- While it's easy to gloss over the recent explosion in popular periodicals covering the Internet, Infobahn deserves some consideration. This magazine (December 1995 is the premiere issue) proposes to avoid the "tech toy lists," best of Net lists, and celebrity cameos that seem the stock of most others. Infobahn, in its premiere issue offer an intelligent discussion of "The Geopolitics of Cyberspace," a study into how politicians are beginning to use the new medium, and more. In the spirit that Wired used to have, one can look here for some provocative yet accessible commentary on the effects of the digital age on modern culture. -- RR

Junion-Metz, Gail. K-12 Resources on the Internet: An Instructional Guide. Berkeley, California: Library Solutions Press, 1996. ISBN:1-882208-14-5. -- Library Solutions Press has published number 5 in its popular Internet Workshop Series, this one focusing on K-12 resources. Like the other in the series, this workbook serves a dual purpose as both a self-paced guide for individual teachers and librarians who want to learn about the Internet and as a model training tool for those teaching the Internet to their students. What makes this volume particularly valuable is the chapter on "Making the Internet Happen" which discusses how to get your school connected to the Internet and the technological and educational issues associated with this process. (The PLUS version of this workbook, for people who train groups of K-12 professionals, comes with Windows and Macintosh diskettes of PowerPoint presentation slides that can either be customized to the instructor's own need or used as is.) -- MP

Koopman, Ann and Sharon Hay. "Large-scale Application of a Web Browser" College & Research Libraries News 57(1) (January 1996): 12-15. -- Librarians at Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) recount their experiences building a multiplatform, multimedia, integrated workstation using a World Wide Web browser as an interface. Providing access to muliple Internet sites, online catalogs, indexes/abstracts, video resources, personal storage space and communications, this new information system is the primary tool through which most students are delivered information. The authors describe the campus and library environment and the development process for establishing the library's information system. The long list of lessons learned which includes such sage advice as "design for long-term flexibility, assuming changes in technology will be the norm" or "graphics are not necessarily better than text" or "patron education was and continues to be paramount" should prove to be invaluable for any information professional participating in similar projects at their own institutions. -- MP

McClements, Nancy and Cheryl Becker. "Writing Web Page Standards" College & Research Libraries News 57(1) (January 1996): 16-17. -- This is a short, practical article that describes how the library at the University of Wisconsin- Madison established content, design and technical guidelines for the many units on its campus creating Web pages. With the primary goal of encouraging standardization, the guidelines [http://www.library.wisc.edu/help/tech/Web_standards.html] are designed to be used by staff members with varying levels of expertise. -- MP

Singleton, Andrew. "Wired on the Web" BYTE 21(1) (January 1996):77-80. -- Although masquerading as yet another Java hype article, one soon remembers that this is BYTE. Here you get to see an actual applet, as well hear about some of the technical details lacking in many other articles on the subject. Includes informative diagrams. -- RT

Stuart, Lynn M. and Dena Holiman Hutto. "Internet Resources for Health Policy" College & Research Libraries News 57(1) (January 1996): 19-22. -- This month's C&RL News feature on Internet resources focuses on online sources in the health sciences. The article provides a list of useful gateway sites then lists the significant resources produced by each of the following contributors to the U.S. health care policy: government, academia, medical associations and the health care industry. All of the sources listed are World Wide Web sites. -- MP

"The Year of the Internet" Newsweek (December 25, 1995/ January 1, 1996) -- In this end of year special issue, Newsweek proves the impact the Internet has had on news organizations this year by devoting a sizeable chunk of editorial real estate to discussing it. Besides profiling their pick of the fifty people who "matter most" on the Internet (it's debatable whether they picked the right fifty, but certainly some earned their slot), they discuss Wall Street's love affair with Internet stocks, profile Netscape, and begin the whole thing with a piece entitled "This Changes Everything". Hang on to your hats, as the final sentence of the intro piece quotes John Barlow: "If this year seemed like a big one for the Net, wait till the next one. You ain't seen nothing yet." -- RT

Optical Disc Technology

Bennett, Hugh. "Hewlett-Packard 4020i SureStore CD-Writer: CD-R for the Mainstream Buyer?" CD-ROM Professional 9(1) (January 1996):78-92. -- Many industry pundits deem H-P's CD-Writer 4020i as the Holy Grail for the CD-R industry: a product so attractive, so inexpensive (only $1049), and easy to use that it will be universally adopted as a necessary peripheral for the desktop computer. Bennett provides a lengthy and informative overview of this new product, explaining how it "addresses and expands the needs and desires of individuals, small- and medium-sized business PC users, and hobbyists for an appropriate method for file distribution, inexpensive archiving, personal audio compact disc creation, and multimedia storage..." -- TR

General

"Information Technology Security" National Institute of Standards and Technology, Technology Administration (August 1995) -- A short, concise and informative pamphlet that serves as a wonderful reference for defining, in detail, the jargon surrounding electronic technology security. Included is a terrific list of resources such as the Computer Security Resource Clearinghouse: http://csrc.ncsl.nist.gov/. -- DR


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