Tara Calishain is the co-author of Official Netscape Guide to Internet Research, 2nd Edition, and author or co-author of four other books. She is the owner of CopperSky Writing & Research.
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FITA Announces Newsletter
The Federation of International Trade Associations, or FITA, has announced a free by-weekly newsletter featuring resources available to the international
trade community. The e-newsletter, entitled “Really Useful Sites for the International Trade Professional,” will be compiled by John McDonnell and feature sites from FITA’s searchable database of global commerce resources.
The latest issue was brief but features a few interesting sites, including The Virtual Library of Logistics and Your Nation. Check out http://www.fita.org/useful.html to read the latest edition and subscribe; the subscription form is at the bottom.
The Defense Research Institute has partnered with Juritas to offer its customers fee-based access to expert witness transcripts at
http://www.juritas.com/search/home_dri.asp. Search options on the left include Jurisdiction, Area of Expertise, Name and Keyword. Use of this site requires
WinZip or Stuffit Expander.
The Economist has launched a page offering briefings on 60 countries ranging from Algeria to Vietnam at http://www.economist.com/countries/.
Country information includes a map, currency information and news articles from The Economist (some free, and some “premium content”. Also available is a country profile which includes a fact sheet, forecast, political forces, political structure, economic structure and four years worth of economic data.
The column on the right offers links to recent news articles from other Internet sites (courtesy Moreover), links to sources and a link for access to the EIU store to purchase more information about the country, such as forecast and outlook summaries. There’s a nice balance of free and paid content here; informative site.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and a team of six publishers are planning to publish 1000 medical and scientific publications online and offer them at no cost or low cost to research and medical institutions in the developing world. The publishers include Reed Elsevier, Springer Verlag, John Wiley & Sons, and Blackwell Sciences Ltd. The effort is part of the United Nations initiative lessen the health bridge between the poorer nations and the ones where annual subscriptions can range as high as over $1,000.00. Get
the whole story at CNET: http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1005-200-6524195.html
TekGuide.net (http://www.tekguide.net/) offers a Yahooesque directory on all sorts of computing technology, including hardware, operating systems, multimedia, and programming. Annotations are for the most part very complete and a category’s subcategories appear on the left side of the page as you’re viewing a particular category listing — useful if you want to browse.
Need tips and tricks more than you need sites? TekGuide has a forum and a “Do You Know?” section that contains tips for IE, Windows, and overclocking, among other things. This site looks pretty new, but their directory is worth exploring. If they keep up with the “Do You Know?” section, it’ll have valuable content in time.
LawMemo (http://www.lawmemo.com/) distributes information on employment law in three formats. The site itself publishes articles written be legal and employment professionals, and decisions from US Supreme Court and Federal District Court.
The site also features a National Arbitration Center with keyword searchable opinions and directory. The site publishes a free weekly newsletter, NLRB Law Memo, about recent decisions from the National Labor Relations Board.
There’s also a newsletter summarizing all federal and state appellate court decisions concerning employment law, as well as linking to the full text. Although Employment Law Memo is a fee-based service, it does offer a free trial subscription for two months. (An individual subscription is $200 a year, but there are other rates available for law firms, companies, unions, etc.) It’s delivered three times a week.
Londinium.com (http://londinium.com/) is a searchable subject index covering London. Their front page contains links to sixteen different categories of information on the left, and several links to news stories on the right. (There’s also a keyword search box above the news.)
Click on a category. URLs for that category are on the right, while sub-categories are listed on the left. (Disco Equipment?) Annotation, unfortunately, is minimal and in many cases nonexistent.
If you click on a site’s URL, you won’t go directly to the site. Instead, you’ll go to a page of information about the site, including address, postcode, borough,
and tubestop. Not all information is available for all sites.
While this is a good framework, and the subcategory list is very detailed, more annotation on the URLs would be helpful. Worth a look.
NEXT WEEK we’ll be starting a seven-week journal looking at state Web pages and the offerings they contain. Watch for it!