Monday, February 28, 2005

AP RSS Feeds

The Associated Press has a list of their RSS news feeds. They have a featured FEED that is changed regularly with new or topical feeds. Right now the featured feed is Pope John Paul II.

Friday, February 25, 2005

New Books in the Library

The Vanishing Newspaper - Saving Journalism in the Information Age by Philip Meyer. Meyer is Knight Chair and Professor of Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is author or coeditor of a number of books, including Assessing Public Journalism and The Newspaper Survival Book: An Editor's Guide to Market Research.

We the Media - Grassroots Journalism By the People For the People by Dan Gillmor.
Gillmor is a nationally known columnist for the San Jose Mercury News. We the Media is his first book.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Demographic Resource

Population Reference Bureau Datafinder contains data on 95 demographic variables for more than 220 countries, 28 world regions and sub-regions, the world as a whole, the United States as a whole, and the U.S. states. (Not all countries have data on all variables.)

North Carolina Open Government Coalition

Parts of this new web site are still under construction, but under "In NC" there are active links to Public Records (answers questions), Open Meetings, In the News, Case Law and Not Public. This looks like a great resource.

The coalition's mission statement: "The North Carolina Open Government Coalition unites organizations interested in ensuring and enhancing the public's access to government activity, records and meetings. The nonpartisan coalition will educate people about their rights and support their efforts to gain access; advocate the principles and benefits of open government; and initiate or assist in legal proceedings when necessary."

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Google Scholar

Although still in Beta Google Scholar can be a great research tool.

About Google Scholar: "Google Scholar enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research."

For example, use Google to search "Mercury". Note your results range from articles on spacecraft and automobiles to newspapers with Mercury in the title. Now do the same search at Google Scholar. You will get all sorts of scholarly articles on the chemical. Add 'god' and get articles on the Roman god and mythology.

Monday, February 21, 2005

Quote of the day

From Digby at Hullabaloo:

Who are the real traitors to western enlightenment values -- those of us who find both totalitarianism and religious fundamentalism abominations or those who topple dictators to install theocracy? I'd ask the women of Iraq in about five years what they think. Of course, they won't be allowed to speak freely, so we'll probably never know.

What is RSS?

Update: This in from Lex:
Mark Schaver has a quick tutorial on using RSS feeds to help you keep up with Web-based info on your beat. Don't know what an RSS feed is? He explains it and includes practical examples of how to use them.
A Web Tips article by Jonathan Dube on Poynter's site gives you the lowdown on what RSS is. As journalist, RSS can be beneficial to help cut down on the amount of time you spend surfing from one site to another to check for updates.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Government Reporters & Editors

A must visit daily web site: ResourceShelf's DocuTicker
Docuticker is a daily update of new reports from government agencies, ngo's, think tanks, and other groups. DocuTicker is compiled by the librarians who bring you

Tuesday, February 15, 2005 has launched a redesigned home page. They changed the left-side navigation to roll-down top navigation. Registration is required, but free.

Pod what?

In its simplest sense, “podcasting” is very much like a subscription to an audio magazine. It’s very different from current Web or radio broadcasts where you, the user, have to “tune in” at a particular time to hear it.

Podcasting, on the other hand, is like TiVo, which allows you to record and save a TV broadcast (in podcasting's case it's audio) for later. In podcasting you can download a recorded broadcast, captured in the form of an mp3 file format, from the Internet and listen to it at your convenience on your computer (using QuickTime, Windows Media, RealPlayer, etc.) or load it to your mp3 device, such as a Rio or an iPod.

With podcasting, you use software to “subscribe” to a service and automatically (or manually) download the newest broadcast once it’s put on the Web.

Here are some links that might help explain more about podcasting:

Wikipedia definition
iPodder definition of podcasting
NPR story on podcasting
USAToday story on podcasting
iPodder resource site
Former MTV VJ Adam Curry’s Daily Source Code site

UPDATE: Here's another link I just found with even MORE links to great info about podcasting.


Forbes Magazine's annual ranking of technology's top 100 dealmakers (The Midas List) is now available at their web site. Ranking is determined by size and frequency of deals.

Friday, February 11, 2005


Use Google to get a quick definition. But don't just type in your word, type define:then your word
You will get definitions from a range of glossaries, dictionaries and lexicons.

See Google Help Features for a list of Google shortcuts.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Searchable Postsecondary educational database

This database lists approximately 6,900 postsecondary educational institutions and programs, each of which is accredited by an accrediting agency or state approval agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.
Click on "Institutional accreditation system" to enter the database.

FREE digital archive

PubMed Central (PMC) is the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature. NIH has mandated that its scientists release to the public their manuscripts within 12 months of publication.

NEW: Google Maps

One of the easiest maps I've found on the internet!

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

New Resource in the Library

World in Figures 2005 Edition: includes country profiles and world rankings.

North Carolina Minority Business Links

Minority Business Roundtable (a registered non-profit corporation) provides links to minority business information, including business directories, minority demographics, etc. - state and national data.

Friday, February 04, 2005

Need to look at a bunch of blogs at once?

Check out Technorati and Bloglines. Both help you read a bunch of blogs at once without having to surf to each Web site.

For those new to Technorati, click here to look at their FAQ. Both are Web-based so you don't have to download software.

I'm sure there are more out there, but these two will get you a start.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

You! And Dave Winer! In the same room!

I don't usually blog here during the work day, but I'm doing so for a work-related reason: Scripting News editor and blogging/community journalism guru Dave Winer is coming to Greensboro and will participate in an open forum/discussion next week. It's free and you're invited; details here.

Public records databases

Welcome to the largest directory of links to free public record databases on the Internet. Find business information, corporate filings, property records, unclaimed property, professional licenses, offenders, inmates, criminal and civil court filings, and much more. Click on the links below to browse the public record links by geographic location or use our "Public Record Locator" above to search for a type of public record in a specific area.