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We Are Smarter Than Me

Check out the site on the collaborative book being written online by people with a connection to Wharton Business School, MIT Sloan School of Management, Pearson and Shared Insights:

The central premise of We Are Smarter Than Me is that large groups of people (“We”) can, and should, take responsibility for traditional business functions that are currently performed by companies, industries and experts (“Me”)…

While they extol the power of communities, [recent books] were each written by only one person. We’re putting this paradox to the test by inviting hundreds of thousands of authors to contribute to this “network book”

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Google Refine

I’ve only now noticed that with some searches Google invites me to “refine” the results and pick a class of pages. It seems to work for a travel destination (I tried with success New York, Toronto, and Vienna [thumbnail]) and for a medical matter (success with arthritis, gout[!], and diabetes [thumbnail]).

It doesn’t work, though, for law. I tried contract and tort and came up empty-handed, so to speak. Trickier to refine, I guess, and not nearly as popular as Paris or the common cold, even in a notoriously litigious society. . . . [more]

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Library 2.0 in Action

The Toronto Chapter of the SLA is presenting Library 2.0 in Action: How Special Librarians are actually using the latest tech tools:

Blogs, RSS Feeds, RSS Readers, Podcasts, Wikis and more…Hear how your colleagues are using the latest information tools in their special library settings. Learn some tips and tricks for dealing with firewall issues and budget constraints, etc.

Our own Connie Crosby along with Amanda Etches-Johnson (blogwithoutalibrary.net), Carolyne Sidey (Carolyne’s pages of interest) and Dave Hook (The Industrial Librarian) are asking the hard questions and giving a whole lot of useful answers. . . . [more]

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Visualization Technologies

In September, I viewed an excellent Factiva webinar “Transforming the Future of Search with Visualization” with Greg Merkle, Factiva’s Associate Vice President, Product Design. Viewers were shown examples of new visualization technologies on the Web, how corporations and other organizations are using them, and emerging trends and themes. . . . [more]

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U.S. Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to our American readers! And congratulations on getting the really long weekend that goes with it — something that we should emulate here.

I’ve provided you with a Canadian turkey because for some odd reason Google isn’t displaying any Thanksgiving artwork today (yet?). You can see last year’s American Thanksgiving logo here; but the most recent logo this year is for Halloween.

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RSS Feeds From United Nations Agencies

UN Pulse, a blog created by the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library in New York, has compiled a list of RSS feeds from various UN bodies and specialized agencies.

There are feeds from a wide variety of sources:

  • Food and Agriculture Organization
  • International Atomic Energy Agency
  • International Labour Organization
  • Integrated Regional Information Networks (UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs)
  • Relief Web (also UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs)
  • UN High Commissioner for Refugees
  • UNICEF
  • UN Population Fund
  • World Bank
  • World Food Programme
  • World Intellectual Property Organization
  • World Tourism Organization

Cross-posted to Library Boy . . . [more]

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Law Library Blogs One of the Largest Blawg Categories

The blawg.com site reports that blogs maintained by law libraries are one of the largest categories in its directory.

Bill Gratsch, author of the site, comments:

“(…) just in reading through the postings from this group, it is readily apparent that they are offering a valuable service to the legal community at large. Both in pointers to new research resources and in general legal news and updates. For example, attorneys could clearly benefit from subscribing to the content from their local law school’s or bar association’s library blawg. These research professionals are often well-versed in recent legal developments in the

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Federal Labour Standards Review

My colleague Harry Arthurs recently completed his review of federal labour standards, Fairness At Work: Federal Labour Standards for the 21st Century. Appointed 2004 to review Part III of the Canada Labour Code, Arthurs delivered a 250-page analysis along with dozens of recommendations for legislative and other changes.

Those interested in labour law can read the report online or download it in PDF. . . . [more]

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Bill C-32

The government bill to amend the Criminal Code with respect to impaired driving is available online.

As reports have had it, the legislation provides, among other things, that a police officer with reasonable grounds to suspect that a person has had a drug (or alcohol) in “their” (sic) body within the previous three hours may require that person to perform “physical coordination tests.” A person who flunks the tests may be required to provide samples of breath, urine, saliva or blood in order to determine accurately the presence of a controlled substance (or alcohol). The physical coordination tests are . . . [more]

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California: Internet Distributers Not Liable for Defamation

In a ruling Monday, the California Supreme Court interpreted the U.S. Communications Decency Act of 1996 “literally,” reversing a Court of Appeal ruling, and holding that under the statute internet publishers cannot be held liable for publishing defamatory information that originated from another source. In so holding, the Court brought California into line with other jurisdictions across the U.S. in recognizing the immunity of internet “distributors.”

The case is available in pdf format: Barrett v. Rosenthal. And the EFF has an overview of the decision along with links to other relevant documents.

Presumably this would mean that California bloggers . . . [more]

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Universal Sues MySpace for Copyright Infringement

Steve’s last post on Second Life IP infringement reminded me of this news that broke a few days ago: Universal Music Sues MySpace for Copyright Infringement – (New York Times, Nov. 18/06, registration may be required to access).

About the lawsuit:

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Los Angeles, is seen as part of a strategy by Universal to test provisions of a federal law that provides a “safe harbor” to Internet companies that follow certain procedures to filter out copyrighted works. The law requires sites to remove such content after being notified by the copyright holder.

If Universal

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Second Life Users Become IP Owners

Check out this Wired Magazine article on Second Life’s challenges with copyright protection, and the resulting legal battle.

The economic infrastructure of the SL user community is now being threatened by a software program that can duplicate any “in world” item on demand. The article provides an interesting discussion on the valuation of virtual goods, and how devastating this new ‘Copybot’ could be to SL merchants.

The response by Linden Labs is also very interesting. Beyond the idea of banning members who use the software, LL has also excluded the possibility of using DRM technology, or (ack!) IP lawyers. . . . [more]

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