World wide words

Posted by Celia Walter | 5 Jun, 2006

World wide words: Michael Quinion writes about international English from a British point of view

A web site for those, who like me, love English words and reading dictionaries.


Some lovely words in the Weird Word section, for example, Callithumpian, Dwile Flonking, Floccinaucinihilipilification

The Happiness Formula [Real Player]

Posted by Celia Walter | 5 Jun, 2006

The Happiness Formula [Real Player]

Measuring something as subjective as the feeling or state of happiness is a tricky business. While some may take pleasure in closing a big financial merger, others may be content to watch a babbling brook as they sip lemonade. The BBC has never shied away from taking on such weighty matters and they have recently created this website to complement their ongoing series titled "The Happiness Formula". Users may wish to orient themselves to the site by viewing some of the short video clips featured on the right-hand side of the site's homepage. The site also contains material on the relationship between economic success and overall happiness levels and the health benefits of happiness. The site is rounded out by a place where visitors can offer their own suggestions for improving happiness and another area where they can take a quiz on happiness. [KMG]

From the Scout Report [pdf]

Posted by Celia Walter | 5 Jun, 2006 [pdf]

As more and more persons are seeking high-quality English as a Second Language (ESL) resources, a number of sites have sprung up to provide just such materials. One notable site is, which provides grammar glossaries, reference sheets on irregular verbs, phrasal verbs and idioms, teacher handouts, and ESL forums. The forums are particularly useful, as registered users can post questions in the "Ask a Teacher!" feature, and receive a response from one of their team of expert advisors. The articles area contains short pieces on using punctuation properly, teaching English in South Asia, and formal letter writing. The site also has its own weblog, which contains brief musings on various elements of the English language that may be helpful both for ESL teachers and those seeking to learn the language. [KMG]

From The Scout Report

Internet Scams and Hoaxes: Some Information for Your Everyday User

Posted by Celia Walter | 5 Jun, 2006

Online Security
Source: Infosec Writers
Internet Scams and Hoaxes: Some Information for Your Everyday User
"Internet Hoaxes started circulating in 1988. Some of the most popular Internet hoaxes are sent through email. The majority of these emails include some type of money exchange from one foreign nation to your personal account. The one’s that can really hurt you are spoof (fake) e-mails from a bank, IRS, pay pal, etc. That kind of spoof does normally include a link for you to go to and change some account information. What most people don’t know is that these websites act as a logger and relays the information back to a server. Most of this information is sold to others; however, sometimes the information is used by the hacker. There are other types of hoaxes out that do no damage at all; these are what I like to call, laughing in your face. The Laughing in Your Face hoaxes are basically just chain letters asking you to forward to so many people in order to save a life or win the lottery."
Full Paper (PDF; 305 KB):

University of Oxford -- Governance [white paper]

Posted by Celia Walter | 5 Jun, 2006

University of Oxford --Governance
Source: University of Oxford
White Paper on University Governance (PDF; 569 KB)

From press release: "The White Paper recommends a number of practical changes to University structures and procedures. These include modifying the size and composition of Council (the University’s main policy-making body), and the establishment of an Academic Board to oversee the academic activity of the University. The over-arching powers of Congregation, the University’s parliament, would be unaffected."

Wayback Machine [an archive of web sites]

Posted by Celia Walter | 8 Jun, 2006

The WaybackMachine

The Internet Archive Wayback Machine is a service that allows people to visit archived versions of Web sites. I have found this service useful when the web site that I have used previously has "disappeared".

"Browse through 55 billion web pages archived from 1996 to a few months ago.


What is the longest English word? and other chestnuts

Posted by Celia Walter | 9 Jun, 2006

The Longest English Word
I thought it was floccinaucinihilipilification. AskOxford web site has an article on this:

And those words ending in -gry


Privacy Under Pressure [webcast]

Posted by Celia Walter | 12 Jun, 2006

James B. Rule has devoted a substantial portion of his career to the study of privacy and surveillance. He is Professor of Sociology, State University of New York, Stony Brook.

Source: Oxford Internet Institute

Download MP4-LOW File [159 MB]


Wireless Attacks and Defense by Dan Schade

Posted by Celia Walter | 12 Jun, 2006

Wireless Attacks and Defense by Dan Schade

April 9, 2006


Computers in Libraries 2006: Managing Digital: Innovations, Initiatives & Insights

Posted by Celia Walter | 13 Jun, 2006

Managing Digital: Innovations, Initiatives &

The Technology Conference for Information Age Librarians

The readers editor on ... the downside of Google [The Observer]

Posted by Celia Walter | 13 Jun, 2006

The readers editor on ... the downside of Google

Stephen Pritchard Sunday June 11, 2006
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Preservation, Access and Intellectual Property Rights Challenges for Libraries in the Digital Environment

Posted by Celia Walter | 13 Jun, 2006

"Digitisation of collections provides great opportunities for widening access to collections and especially to unique, rare and fragile material. It also enables preservation by creating a surrogate and thus reducing handling of originals. However, the legal status of such activity is unclear. This paper points the way towards a common set of rights or principles to equip libraries with the tools they require to operate effectively and legally in digital environments."

Source: Institute for Public Policy Research (UK)

Scholarly Publishing: Nature Publishing Group Announces Open Peer Review Trial

Posted by Celia Walter | 13 Jun, 2006

Scholarly Publishing: Nature Publishing Group Announces Open Peer Review Trial
Two ... events from Nature.
1) A web debate on peer review
Some archives stories from Nature are already online.
2) Limited trial of open peer review launching on Monday, June 6, 2006
From the announcement, "The trial will allow open comments on those submitted manuscripts selected for peer review. This trial, voluntary for authors, will run alongside the usual, confidential peer review process, and will close as this is completed for each submission. From 5 June, authors may opt for their submitted manuscript to be posted publicly for comment. Anyone in the field may post comments, provided they are prepared to identify themselves. The trial will allow Nature's editors to assess the value of including these open comments in their decision-making.

Ancient manuscripts from the desert Libraries of Timbuktu

Posted by Celia Walter | 14 Jun, 2006

Library of Congress exhibition


Open Access in South Africa: progress report

Posted by Celia Walter | 19 Jun, 2006

De Beer, Jennifer A. (2006) Open Access in South Africa: progress report. Delivered at Berlin 4 Open Access - from Promise to Practice, Potsdam-Golm, Germany. Presentation.

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