Friday, July 21, 2006

Search 2 technologies

A really interesting article on the evolving world of search and so called searcg 2 technologies often described as next steps for google and yahoo !!

Its so called third genration search techonlogies Richard MC Manus definition is really neat ;

  • First-generation search ranked sites based on page content - examples are early and Alta Vista.
  • Second-generation relies on link analysis for ranking - so they take the structure of
    the Web into account. Examples are Google and Overture.
  • Third-generation search technologies are designed to combine the scalability of
    existing internet search engines with new and improved relevancy models; they bring into
    the equation user preferences, collaboration, collective intelligence, a rich user
    experience, and many other specialized capabilities that make information more productive.

Examples: Swicki, Rollyo, Clusty, Wink, Lexxe

article link here

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Access to Learning Award

Serious cash

If your library or similar organisation provides access to

information using computers and the Internet free of charge to users,
we should like to hear your story.

We invite you to apply for the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation’s annual Access to Learning Award. This award
recognises excellence in providing access to information through
computers, at no cost to the user. The recipient will receive an award
of up to US $1 million.

The award is administered by the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP).

Deadline for the 2007 award is 31 December 2006.


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Sunday, July 16, 2006

BlogSafety Forum

This stateside forum seems likely a healthy way to look at issues relating to young peoples use of social network tools like beebo and myspace rather than just banning them.

The forum, where parents, teens, educators, and experts discuss and learn about safe blogging and social networking. You might call this social networking about the social networks!   

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Web Tools by Andrew Hill & Tim Rawe

Excellent glad to see the Eatern region e learning fair is still doing the business you must give it a look . This catalogue of interesting
web tools and free software is a development of a site used to entertain
and inspire visitors to an e-learning fair in early July 2006.

We welcome suggestions for additions and no
doubt some entries may turn out to be inappropriate or just not
very good - so regard this as a place to pop into from time to time
rather than a definitve guide.

We shall also be including examples of tools
in action and would be keen to have links to how you have found
any utilised to good effect.

It is an assortment
of tools and services from a wide range of sources, all of which
are accessible via the internet, and most of which do not require
a software installation on either your home machine or a college

We hope to encourage you to think
more about what the web can offer for a particular task or idea,
rather than thinking that everything must revolve around the PC
you're using.

testing rss feeds

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Copyright again . . .free beer

Stuck on a train and saved by a podcast of digital planet planet by the
BBC and there is a piece on copyright creative commons licensing and an
open source recipe for amongst a few other things a licence for a recipe
for free beer . So go on download the piece or listen again. At

I also discovered juice downloads simple show notes at the same time as
the audio posted below.

"On Digital Planet this week, Gareth Mitchell hears from Rio de Janeiro
how Microsoft now include a Creative Commons license for documents and
how the same scheme can get you a free beer. Clark Boyd reports from a
conference in New York on ?persuasive gaming? - video games that teach
about global conflict"


Andy Black