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Searcher Magazine
VOLUME 14 • NUMBER 3 • March 2006
The Magazine for Database Professionals

Innovation Blogs
Creativity is key to keeping the human spirit thriving. Laura Gordon-Murnane reports that there are blogs of every kind — individual, group, network, and publisher — that showcase all aspects of innovation.

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Wikipedia and Britannica
The Kid’s All Right (And So’s the Old Man)
Don’t know where you stand in the Wikipedia debate? Paula Berinstein presents a bias-free comparison of what’s good and not so good about both these services, featuring comments from Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales and Tom Panelas, director of corporate communications at Britannica.
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An Omnibus ICANN and Internet Update
Wallace Koehler, Searcher’s resident expert on Internet domain names, tells readers about recent and proposed changes to ICANN, many of which have already sparked controversy.
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NTIS Adds Value
Interview with Ellen Herbst, Director
Miriam Drake talks with Ellen Herbst about how NTIS (National Technical Information Service) is making its publicly funded information accessible and available to all interested searchers.
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The Searcher's Voice Podcast
Searcher's Voice
Convergence. Although its imminence was proclaimed a bit prematurely a few years back, it looks like it’s really on the verge. The ever alert bq sees a part for the information professional in this New World Order.
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Both Sides Now
Susanne Bjørner looks at the European Community’s plan to create its own digital library, a decision that came on the heels of Google’s 2004 deal to scan the collections of five major world libraries.
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Better Mousetrap
Edward Vawter reviews the newly updated site that keeps users apprised of what the U.S. government is doing within this complex field.

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Tools of the Trade
Thinking about upgrading your Web site? Dave Rensberger helps you make the right decision about timing and impact.
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Have you ever been on the receiving end of a “cease and desist” letter? Jennie Starr talks with the creator of the Chilling Effects Web site, established to help people know what their legal options are in these unnerving situations.
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Internet Express
Need some help getting your house uncluttered and spic-and-span clean? So does Irene McDermott, which is why she went exploring the Net for sites that provide tips for enhancing the all-around appearance and livability of your abode.
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What’s Next
As Susan DiMattia points out, being blindsided is not a professional competency. She calls all searchers to take the initiative to be ready for the unexpected in their professional lives and offers a plan to get everyone better prepared.
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Hoover’s and AIIP.
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Find the postal and electronic address, phone and fax numbers for all the companies, products, and people mentioned in this issue.
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