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Archive for August, 2006

WTO | GATT Documents

On 15 May 2006 the General Council decided to make public all official documents issued under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). Many of these documents did not exist electronically, and have been scanned to create a digital archive. This is a work in progress — cataloguing is not completed, and refinements to structure and help files will be added at a later date.
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Online Students

A few thoughts as the month clicks over and we start counting down to September and the return of our students – something I’m looking forward to even though it doesn’t look likely that I will finish everything I had intended to do over the summer.

Simon Chester posted recently about the use of laptop computers in class and the ongoing debate over that, with some professors not allowing it. I think that’s a transitional thing and its inevitable that such attempts to hold back the tide will be overwhelmed before long. Nearly every student at this law school (Osgoode . . . [more]

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I’ve just come across TechEssenceNote the dot info suffix, in case you try to recall the address and dot com doesn’t do it for you, Roy Tennant‘s cooperative weblog on library technology. It may be that everyone but me knows about it, but because we haven’t mentioned it on Slaw, I thought I’d post about it.

It seems to be the right place for librarians to go for a straightforward understandable discussion of a whole range of technologies from Ajax through RSS, and FRBR (whatever that is), all the way to Unicode. And there are good posts as . . . [more]

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The Power of Search?

One of our lawyers alerted us to – it describes itself modestly:

“the premier summarization search engine, delivers fresh, comprehensive information on over 31 million business professionals and 2 million companies across virtually every industry”.

Try checking out a few names – the results are quite amazing. Before you rely on the information, however, review the information retrieved for people you know well. When I decided to take a few minutes (rather than a few seconds) to review the results, I was still amazed, but also concerned. Information showed up on my search that seemed very questionable and probably . . . [more]

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