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The Alertbox: Current Issues in Web Usability

The Alertbox is a monthly column that began in June 1995 and is written by Jakob Nielsen, a SunSoft Distinguished Engineer. The content is not platform-specific; rather the primary emphasis is on the optimal design of electronic information. Articles include The Need for Speed, Trends for the Web in 1997, and International Usability (of websites), among others. Planned future columns are also...
Surfing the Net with Kids

SURFNETKIDS is a free email edition of nationally syndicated newspaper column. "Surfing the Net with Kids" selects and annotates online sources for kids, families, teachers, and the young-at-heart. Each weekly column rates and reviews five web sites on topics as diverse as Gargoyles, the Declaration of Independence or Mozart. The newspaper column is written by Barbara J. Feldman for the San Diego...

Mecklermedia provides this search engine that covers all things Internet. The Lycos powered search engine contains sites selected by (Mecklermedia) editors. However, this is a search index, not a subject directory, as the large amount of retrieval from simple queries (in the hundreds of thousands) aptly demonstrates. Users must skillfully apply the sparse syntactical tools available...
Dr. Dobbs TechNetcast

Dr. Dobbs TechNetcast, produced by Dr. Dobbs Journal and the Pseudo Online Network, broadcasts live shows every Friday afternoon covering a wide range of Internet topics. Past topics include C++, Dynamic HTML, Java, Web Graphic Design, and Internet Security. Each show, hosted by Philippe Lourier, features an expert special guest. The shows are archived and can be viewed using RealPlayer....

The Internet Technical Group, "a community for professionals from industry, academia and government organizations who share a common interest in Internet technologies and related behavioral phenomena," provides this new irregularly issued publication that concentrates on web usability, among other areas. The first issue contains articles on user-centered web design, the Log Annotation Device (LAD)...
The Nordic Metadata Project: Final Report

The final report of the Nordic Metadata Project is now available in two formats. The collaborative Nordic Metadata Project created an indexing and retrieval system based on the Dublin Core Metadata Element Set. The report evaluates the existing uses of metadata, recommends enhancements to the Dublin Core, and discusses three of the project's initiatives: the creation of Dublin Core to MARC...
New Media Studies: Web Culture, Design, and Reviews a Go-Go

Yes, that subtitle is correct. Despite its author's obvious fondness for all things Sixties (there are pastel daisies on the homepage), this is an excellent site to consult for both creators and scholars of Internet culture. The site features reviews (with accompanying links) of Websites and books devoted to Internet culture, economics, and design. The site's creator -- David Gauntlett, Lecturer...
Introduction to Metadata: Pathways to Digital Information

Announced this week by the Getty Standards Program, Version 2.0 of Introduction to Metadata: Pathways to Digital Information has been placed online in its entirety. This revised version includes updated essays and a new piece on metadata "crosswalks." The crosswalk of metadata standards from version 1.0 (including MARC, Dublin Core, CDWA, Object ID, and the CIMI schema) has been updated and four...
Bibliographic Control of Web Resources: A Library of Congress Action Plan

The Library of Congress is seeking input for the next two weeks on this draft of their action plan. The plan grows out of last November's conference, Bibliographic Control for the New Millennium: Confronting the Challenge of Networked Resources and the Web, and also takes into account LC21: A Digital Strategy for the Library of Congress, the National Academy of Sciences report commissioned by the...
Becoming WebWise

Sponsored by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Becoming Webwise is an online course for the novice Internet user that wants to learn at his/her own pace. The course consists of eight sections that take users through the Internet basics in a simple and easy-to-follow format. Becoming WebWise covers topics such as getting connected, emailing, searching, bookmarking, creating address books,...
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