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Manifesto for a Digital Britain - How can we innovate better?


April 7, 2018

Will Davies writes on IPPR's Manifesto for a Digital Britain site, inviting comments on ways in which digital innovation can be supported in the UK.

Specifically, he asks

“Does Britain's competitiveness over the next five years depend on further infrastructural improvements, or should skills, content and media literacy issues become the Government's over-riding concern?

What single measure (for instance, new governance structures) could support better relationships between public and private sectors, in the delivery of eGovernment projects

What is the most significant obstacle to productivity growth in UK organisations, and are there any further interventions that Government could make to remedy this?

How could ICT be channelled to better forms of workplace flexibility, such as tele-working, and how might public policy support this?

Can Britain realistically expect to replicate the US 'New Economy'? If so, what is the single biggest factor in making it happen?”

Respondents are asked to post comments back to the project site throughout the week, so that they can build up a picture of thinking in this area.

These questions form the first week of a three week-long online consultation being run by the project. Next week, 'Reassuring'.

I'm having a think!

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QUATRO project asks for opinions on web-based Trust marks


March 23, 2018

The QUATRO project proposes an interesting solution to the proliferation of 'Trust' marks online, and recognises the need to engage with search engine providers in order to explore ways in which definably 'trustworthy' content can be made visible in search results.

The project is currently running a set of short surveys to assess the views and requirements of various stakeholders with respect to trust marks and quality labels of various kinds.

Anyone reading this blog falls into one of their categories, and it would be great to see them getting a good set of responses...

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New results soon from the Oxford Internet Survey


March 9, 2018

In plugging an upcoming ippr/Oxford Internet Institute event, Will Davies mentions that results of the 2018 Oxford Internet Survey will be showcased.

I am a great fan of their 2003 work, and look forward to this latest set.

I hope that the full data set will be made available online, and anticipate some useful comparisons between their survey and the work that MORI recently did for us. In both cases, we have good sample sizes, and ours at least (I obviously haven't seen the OII results yet, so can't comment on theirs) tackles a broad range of Internet usage questions in quite a lot of detail.

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Survey of museum web presence


March 3, 2018

Archives & Museum Informatics are conducting a survey exploring the range of ways in which museums exploit the Web.

Quoting from the survey page:

“Each financial cycle museum Webmasters struggle to justify their budget requests. Whenever statistical reports are circulated someone asks, ”How do we compare?“ When exploring the benefits of a new function, Web teams ask themselves ”Is it worth the investment?“ Answers to these questions are hard to come by.

To help fill this void in our knowledge about museums' use of the Web, we're launching what we hope will be an regular survey of Museums and the Web.”

All museums and related organisations are invited to complete the survey, allowing the team to build up a comprehensive picture of what's going on.

At present, the results only appear to be available to organisations completing the survey. Hopefully, they'll be disseminated more widely than that...

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Let's see if Creative Commons licences work for the public sector!


February 25, 2018

I've been interested in Creative Commons and its various licences for some time, and have been keen to explore the extent to which they might make use and re-use of publicly funded content easier.

Today, the Common Information Environment releases an ITT inviting people to address exactly this.

Up to £40,000 is available for quite a focussed piece of work, and we look forward to receiving a good selection of bids that help to advance our understanding of this space.

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NHS invites projects around e-Health


February 24, 2018

Ben Toth at the National Library for Health draws my attention to three projects that the NHS would like to fund in the e-Health area. Up to £300,000 is available for each project.

The three projects are:

The project brief and an application form are available on the Service Delivery & Organisation (SDO) site, and bids are due in by 20 April.

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Semantic Web searching from the University of Southampton


February 17, 2018

A piece in The Register today covers a Semantic Web project from Southampton called mSpace.

The application contextualises a search topic - such as Classical music - by gathering information together from a range of sources and allowing the user to group and sort it in different ways. Someone searching for a piece of music by Mozart, for example, might also find other pieces by the same composer and his contemporaries, as well as contextual information.

Quoting from a University of Southampton Press Release:

“An example of the framework in action is the mSpace Classical Music Browser. The browser brings together audio, text, links, and images about the domain in a way that people can explore and reorganize as they wish. The default view presents three columns: Era, Composer and Piece. Selecting an entry in Era, like ”Romantic“, brings up information about the Romantic period, as well as audio samples associated with it; it also then shows the composers in that period. Hovering over the names of the composers immediately plays back samples of their work and clicking on a composer provides more information from an overview, to extra links, all in one window.”

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RSS in the Library, courtesy of Talis and Northumbria


February 16, 2018

In Project Bluebird, UK-based library systems vendor Talis is exploring the ways in which libraries and their patrons communicate.

RSS is clearly one potential communication channel, and Talis is working with the University of Northumbria on a pilot. They've produced a white paper, Personalised RSS for Library - User Interaction [PDF download], which includes further details on the pilot.

News from the Talis RSS News feed. Also covered on their Blog, Panlibus.

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OCLC seeking help in their Terminologies project


February 10, 2018

Over on one of the blogs from OCLC, there's a post in which Susan Westberg invites terminology-using museums, archives and libraries to get involved in an interesting terminology project upon which they are embarking.

Quoting from the message,

“The intention of the pilot is to provide a means to access and search thesauri you currently use (be it in paper or web formats) in one place in an online environment. During the pilot, you would search, copy and paste terms from a variety of thesauri into the bibliographic records you are creating or updating,using the Connexion browser and the Research pane available with MS Office 2003. This allows you to expedite adding valid access points to bibliographic records rather than keying them in. Pasting the text into the MARC text area does include the correct tags and subfields.
The list of potential thesauri is:
gsafd – Guidelines on subject access to individual works of fiction, drama, etc. (ALA)
gmgpc lctgm – Thesaurus of graphic materials, TGM I & II (LC)
radfg – Radio form / genre terms guide (LC)
mim – Moving image materials: genre terms (LC)
ngl – Newspaper Genre List (University of Washington)
aat, tgn, ULAN – Getty vocabularies (subsets only): AAT (Art & Architecture Thesaurus), TGN (Thesaurus of Geographic Names), and ULAN (Union List of Artists’ Names)
mesh – Medical Subject Headings (NLM)”

Interested institutions should read the full post, then get in touch with Susan.

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Ofcom publishes research into current levels of Media Literacy


February 10, 2018

As part of their mandate to promote Media Literacy, Ofcom today published two reviews of existing research in this area.

The Media Literacy of Children and Young People: a review of the research literature [PDF download] is by Prof. David Buckingham and Adult Media Literacy: A review of the research literature [PDF download] is by Prof. Sonia Livingstone. Prof. Livingstone is also involved in the research I mentioned yesterday.

Ofcom defines Media Literacy as “the ability to access, understand and create communications in a variety of contexts”. This broad definition recognises the value of Media Literacy in enabling us to make informed decisions, and to live lives enriched by the possibilities offered by our Media. It's far more positive in outlook than the anti-crime, anti-abuse, anti-'bad' slant usually given to these issues. They are, of course, important, but effective Media Literacy empowers us whilst also making us safer.

In our increasingly converged world, it is becoming ever more important to ensure compatibility across the approaches adopted for radio, television and the Internet. There may be little point in a television “watershed”, for example, when those the watershed is designed to protect can easily time-shift the material on their Tivo, or download it to their computer with BitTorrent.

Perhaps more importantly, to the user at least, the distinction between different forms of Media are becoming blurred, and many of the literacies required are common across them. We fail those users if we adopt unnecessarily different solutions to the common problems.

News from an Ofcom e-mail alert.

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Internet use amongst Children


February 9, 2018

The UK Children Go Online project at LSE today published their fourth report, Internet Literacy Among Children and Young People [PDF download].

Their Press Release [PDF download] makes much reference to Trust, and the report is an interesting complement to our recent MORI study, which interviewed UK adults.

Quoting from the Press Release:

“The report compares more skilled internet users with beginners. Professor Sonia Livingstone and co-author Dr Magdalena Bober found that:
Sonia Livingstone, Professor of Social Psychology at the LSE, said: ‘This points up the dilemma that parents and other regulators face. Restricting children and young people’s internet use reduces the risks but also carries a cost because it reduces their opportunities online.”

The survey interviewed 1,511 young people aged 9-19, and gathered written questionnaires from 906 of their parents.

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Igeneric publishes MORI research on Internet behaviour in the UK


February 3, 2018

I've alluded to the work MORI have been doing for us a number of times over the past few months.

They surveyed over 2,000 members of the UK population, gained a detailed understanding of how those already online behave, and explored some of the barriers to use for those who are not currently active on the Internet. This work builds in interesting ways upon data published last year by the Cabinet Office in Enabling a Digitally United Kingdom.

Our report is full of fascinating data, and we've made it available in its entirety here [PDF download].

Today's formal press release on the publication is also available.

Unusually, this item is reported on both of the Igeneric blogs. So if you want a different take on it, here is the posting from Igeneric News.

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Pew report on Search Engine use


January 24, 2018

The Pew Internet & American Life Project released another report (PDF download) over the weekend, this time looking at users of Search Engines.

Quoting from the release,

“Internet users are extremely positive about search engines and the experiences they have when searching the internet. But these same satisfied internet users are generally unsophisticated about why and how they use search engines. They are also strikingly unaware of how search engines operate and how they present their results.

Internet users behave conservatively as searchers: They tend to settle quickly on a single search engine and then stick with it, rather than switching as search technology evolves or comparing results from different search systems. Some 44% of searchers regularly use just one engine, and another 48% use just two or three. Nearly half of searchers use a search engines no more than a few times a week, and two-thirds say they could walk away from search engines without upsetting their lives very much.

Internet users trust their favorite search engines, but few say they are aware of the financial incentives that affect how search engines perform and how they present their search results.

Only 38% of users are aware of the distinction between paid or ”sponsored“ results and unpaid results. And only one in six say they can always tell which results are paid or sponsored and which are not. This finding is ironic, since nearly half of all users say they would stop using search engines if they thought engines were not being clear about how they presented paid results.”

We are seeing broadly similar responses from that area of our MORI work, which we should be publishing shortly.

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Pew report considers the Future of the Internet


January 10, 2018

The Pew Internet & American Life Project have been busy again, yesterday releasing a wide-ranging exploration of the ways in which the Internet will pervade diverse areas of life in the near future.

The report (PDF download) synthesises the responses of over 1,200 technologists and social analysts who responded to a Pew survey towards the end of last year, and finds (unsurprisingly) that Internet applications will become increasingly embedded throughout all areas of life.

A number of those surveyed expressed concern and disappointment with the rate at which educational institutions were adapting to the potential of new technology.

Quoting from the Press Release

“...there was notable agreement among the 1,286 experts in this survey that in the next 10 years the internet will be more deeply integrated in our physical environments and high-speed connections will proliferate – with mixed results. They believe the dawning of the blog era will bring radical change to the news and publishing industry...”

and

“Susannah Fox, associate director of the Pew Internet Project and lead author of the report [said] 'Institutions that resist change, like education and health care, come in for the sharpest criticism among these information revolutionaries.'”

News from the Pew's RSS feed.

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New figures on use of Blogs from the Pew


January 4, 2018

The Pew Internet & American Life Project has released new figures suggesting that the creating and reading of Web Logs (or Blogs) is increasing rapidly.

According to the figures, 7% of Internet-using American adults say they have created a Blog. 27% of Internet-using American adults say they read Blogs, a jump of 58% between February and November 2004.

However, only 38% of users are confident that they know what a Blog is, meaning that many more users are potentially reading sites such as this one without seeing it as anything other than a Web page.

Information from the Pew Internet & American Life Project RSS feed.

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An always-on network changes things


December 3, 2004

BBC News yesterday covered Demos' publication of a report into the ways in which an always-on Broadband connection changes how people act and interact online.

The report, Broadband Britain: The End Of Asymmetry?, was commissioned by AOL and looks at the way in which a permanently available fast connection leads users to draw upon Internet resources in new ways. They would appear to interact more (see also an earlier entry about Pew research in the USA), and to spend more time online; twice as long as dial-up users, on average.

It will be interesting to compare these with the results of our work with MORI, due for publication next month.

Demos' report itself does not appear to be available online at present.

Thanks to Philip Pothen at JISC for pointing this out to me.

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Being online more popular than reading magazines and newspapers... ?


November 12, 2004

AlwaysOn yesterday reported that

“Online use constitutes 20% of total media consumption in the UK, according to European Interactive Advertising Association. 7% of time is spent on reading magazines and 10% on reading newspapers, with users spending 27% of their time listening to the radio. TV still represents the largest share of media time at 36%, but nearly a third of those online claimed to watch less TV as result of using the Internet. 40% of internet users in the UK are online seven days a week, with 10% claiming to spend at least 25 hours surfing the web.”

Are these figures really comparing like with like? “Online use” surely encompasses a much broader set of activities than the pastimes to which it is being compared, with an increasing number of people drawing upon online resources across their working and personal lives. I, for example, certainly read newspapers and magazines, listen to the radio or watch television, but those (except listening to the radio, maybe?) are conscious activities to which I devote myself to the exclusion of other things. The Network, though, is available to me all the time, and will be turned to repeatedly throughout my day to facilitate my work and aspects of my personal life. So how do we measure that, or compare it with the act of sitting down to read a newspaper ?

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OCLC's take on shared or common services


November 11, 2004

Lorcan Dempsey blogs the pre-print release of a new paper, Metadata switch: thinking about some metadata management and knowledge organization in the changing research and learning landscape (PDF download).

The paper discusses work under the various strands of OCLC's Metadata Switch activity, which seeks to build and test a series of modular Web Services designed to allow third parties to add value to metadata they are creating, using, or repurposing.

Examples of this enrichment include, for example, submitting a Dublin Core record to a Web Service, and having it return a MARC formatted version of the same record for inclusion in a library catalogue, or submitting the name of an individual and having a set of possible people returned from a name authority file.

As a holder of vast quantities of data (in WorldCat) and supporting tools (the Dewey classification or Name Authority files, for example), OCLC is well placed to build and offer tools such as these in a way that individual libraries could not.

In many ways, these services are similar to some of the ideas being discussed within JISC for Shared Services; machine and human-accessible pieces of core infrastructure accessible to applications built by third parties, and intended to add value to what they do by offering common solutions (authentication and authorisation, for example) in a small number of locations.

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Thomson assesses impact of Open Access journals


November 4, 2004

Thomson Scientific, the company behind such products as the Web of Science Abstracting & Indexing database, has released a new white paper, Open Access Journals in the ISI Citation Databases: Analysis of Impact Factors and Citation Patterns [free registration required, and the URL doesn't appear terribly persistent].

According to EContentMag.com,

“The findings indicate that journals published under the Open Access (OSA) model continue to gain impact in the world of scholarly research. Despite ranking lower as a group than those published under traditional models, the growth in the number of OA journals is impressive, and some OA journals rank near the top of their respective fields.”

News item from an EContentMag.com RSS feed.

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Lorcan Dempsey is blogging...


October 31, 2004

Lorcan Dempsey, VP for Research at OCLC (and previously Director of UKOLN, amongst other things) now has a blog.

Thanks for letting me know, Lorcan (and for the plug) - although I now see that the news is also being carried on the OCLC Research newsfeed...

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European cultural project asks for thoughts on where we go next...


October 29, 2004

The European DigiCULT project is conducting an online consultation to build a roadmap for technological developments around a digital Cultural Heritage over the next 10 to 15 years.

Participate and help to shape where we go.

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Surfers prone to 'cyberchondria' ?


October 4, 2004

Writing in today's The Independent, David Stringer reports on recent research from the University of Derby.

The researchers found, perhaps unsurprisingly, that “people using these sites can take on board medical advice which is incorrect”. Web sites connected with societies, charities and professional bodies tended to offer good advice, but sites by individuals could be inaccurate.

The report urges health professionals to engage with those delivering information online, thus helping them to deliver more accurate information to surfers. It also points to the invaluable growth of Web-based support groups aimed at those suffering from particular conditions, or their carers.

Piece read on page 6 of 4 October's The Independent. Also available online, at least until it slips behind the barrier of the subscriber interface.

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Audit Commission report on Choice in public services


October 1, 2004

William Heath, posting on The Ideal Government Project blog that I've mentioned before, draws my attention to a recent report from The Audit Commission, Choice in public services.

The report draws upon the results of an Audit Commission-commissioned MORI study of just over 1,000 British adults during July of 2004. It suggests that people want choice because they believe that the resulting competition will improve services, but that they're not necessarily prepared to pay more.

Analysis would appear to suggest that, generally, the least privileged in society were most supportive of the need for greater choice; the very people who should benefit most and whom current political debate has suggested are least likely to take advantage of new choices.

William credits Tom Raggett for blogging about this report in the first place.

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More on public access to the Internet


September 28, 2004

An eGov Monitor piece syndicated to Digital Media Europe reports on recent research commissioned by the UK's Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

According to this research, which surveyed 6,000 individuals and 2,200 businesses, just over half of respondents had access to the Internet. Of these, 50% had looked online for government information in the previous 12 months.

52% of those living in urban areas without their own access to the Internet were aware of a public access point, a figure which falls to 44% in rural areas. Only around 10% of those aware of a public access point had used it.

Awareness of key online services (such as NHS Direct) was also lower than it might be, with around 20% of respondents in rural areas totally unaware of the service, and 37% with only a vague idea of what it might offer them.

A more detailed report is due next month.

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Latest internet stats from the Office of National Statistics


September 28, 2004

According to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics, 12.8 million UK households are online; that's 52% of UK homes wired up in one way or another.

Also in the release, 58% of adults in the mainland UK had used the Internet in the three months prior to being asked (in July). 82% of those went online at home, and 42% connected from their place of work.

37% of adults asked (in July) had never been online, of which 48% didn't want to or didn't see the need to.

54% of these non-users (21% of all adults) chose to agree with the statement

“I have not really considered using the Internet before and I am not likely to in the future.”

We therefore would appear to have a healthy - and improving - level of repeat use in the home and elsewhere, but a significant body of people with whom we need to engage if we are to have any hope of building an inclusive Knowledge Society.

Item publicised via ONS' RSS feed.

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How usable are museum web sites?


September 23, 2004

Lost in gallery space: a conceptual framework for analyzing the usability flaws of museum Web sites appears in this month's First Monday, and looks at the results of analysing 36 museum web sites.

The article highlights some of the most common problems with these sites (they can be over-fussy, and they are designed around structures and classifications alien to their users), and provides some pointers for ways to improve.

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Search engines good enough?


August 12, 2004

"Some 87% of search engine users say they find the information they want most of the time when they use search engines."

So says a memo on search engine usage in the USA from the Pew, on the basis of a phone survey of 1,399 Internet users earlier this year.

I do, too. Doesn't mean I don't want the results to be better though.

Information from the Pew Internet and American Life Project's RSS feed.

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British Library website 'confusing'


August 11, 2004

A recent report from the UK's National Audit Office (NAO) commends the British Library on the quality of much of the content on its website, visited by over 2,000,000 people per year. However, the report picks up on a perception that the site can be difficult to navigate, and that it overly reflects the organisation of the institution rather than the needs of a visitor.

Hardly a criticism only for the BL, as it seems a depressingly common problem.

Item read in 6 August's e-Government Bulletin

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Personalising the online experience that we offer


July 23, 2004

I forgot to mention this work, which was published a week or so ago.

Nicky Ferguson, Seb Schmoller and Neil Smith were commissioned by the JISC to look at the place for personalisation within the services offered by the JISC. Their completed report is now online and makes for interesting reading; and not just for the JISC, but for everyone interested in personalising the information they present to users.

In the context of Demos’ work around personalised engagement with public service, current Government interest in “choice”, and Igeneric ambitions towards user-focussed integration of existing services, various types of Personalisation are going to be important. It will be interesting to see whether public sector experiences can counter the rather negative image that personalisation now has in the private sector (with the notable exception of Amazon, of course).

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House of Commons report on the dissemination of scientific knowledge...


July 20, 2004

Scientific Publications: Free for All? was published today by the House of Commons’ Science and Technology Committee.

This report details the findings of the committee, following a wide-ranging exploration of issues around the dissemination of scholarly material.

One of the concerns raised by university-based researchers was the pricing model applied by the publishers of scientific journals, many of which are filled with papers freely submitted or refereed by university researchers whose institutions then have to pay in order to stock the journal in their library. A recommendation here is that universities be funded to set up institutional repositories of the electronic texts written and submitted by their members. This clearly builds upon a number of JISC-funded projects under the current FAIR Programme.

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Older people excluded by e-Government?


July 12, 2004

The current eGov monitor weekly mailing draws my attention to a recent report (also available as PDF) by the House of Commons' Public Accounts Committee.

This report highlights the need to engage with older people, or those with disabilities, in planning eGovernment services, and to consider their perspectives when deploying access points such as information kiosks in preference to face-to-face contact.

The report also highlights the importance of providing non-threatening environments in which older people can become comfortable with ICT; their local public library, perhaps?

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Understanding Search...


July 4, 2004

I've just found this fascinating piece, A Day in the Life of BBCi Search, written by Martin Belam at the BBC, who should know.

There are a number of interesting pieces of evidence in the article. The one I found hardest to believe was that only one in twelve searches have incorrect spelling. Really? Does this say something about the users of BBC online services, or about my lack of faith in users' ability to spell?

The follow-up piece, How Search can help you understand your audience is also good, taking a look at how services might be improved.

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The Hidden Web gets found...?


March 17, 2004

Interesting news snippet from the US National Science Foundation (NSF), announcing that a number of their Digital Library projects are working with Yahoo! to ensure that their content - usually effectively invisible to the search engines - shows up in Yahoo!'s enhanced search offering...

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The changing nature of search


March 2, 2004

Charlene Li of Forrester Research offers an interesting take on the shifting balance of power in the search market, as Google, Microsoft and Yahoo continue to compete. Her piece appears on CNET News.Com.

But is it going to happen that way?

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44% of internet using adults in the US...


March 2, 2004

... have blogged, shared files, contributed to a web site, or in some other way contributed online content.

So says a recent report from the Pew's Internet & American Life project.

Looked at some ways, 44% doesn't sound like much. However, that's 53,000,000 Americans. It's also a much bigger figure than you could apply to, say, television. Or radio. Or the print media.

In short, it shows that the Internet is increasingly about engagement and interaction rather than couch potato absorption of whatever is squirted at you down the wire.

Good.

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Interesting report on the information environment


March 1, 2004

This recent report from OCLC, although notionally about 'libraries', offers an interesting overview of the e-World in which efforts such as the Igeneric find themselves.

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