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Web Search--FirstGov
Source: Federal Computer Week
FirstGov Asks For Opinions
From the article, "The General Services Administration is turning to agency Webmasters for suggestions on how to improve the FirstGov governmentwide portal. Federal Webmasters received an e-mail request Dec. 13 to provide "suggestions and concerns with our search engine services" from the Office of FirstGov in GSA's Office of Governmentwide Policy...The questions include how important it is for FirstGov to support document types other than HTML, Adobe Systems Inc.'s Portable Document Format and Microsoft Corp.'s Word, and how important it is to have access to reports on metrics, such as the frequency of search terms, frequency of access by link and average relevancy of selected links.

Web Search--AltaVista
A Few Comments From AltaVista
This interview which is only attributed to "AltaVista UK" is a quick read. The question about AV's index being old does not seem to be answered. The rest of the interview focuses on using web search as a marketing tool and how AV hopes to start indexing "deep" web content. Like most things in the web search world only time will tell & actions speak louder than words.

New, Updated, & Newly Discovered Resources (5 Items)
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Glossary--Multi-Language
Internet Terms

Source: Translation Bureau, Canada
Panlatin Internet Glossary
From the site, "The work is a multilingual lexicon which contains the terms most frequently encountered in relation to the Internet. A list of 300 terms in English was drawn up to serve as the common base list for the project. The other participants in the Glossary project contributed the appropriate equivalents in their own languages, namely French, Catalan, Spanish, Galician, Portuguese, Italian and Romanian."
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Glossary--English-French / French-English
E-Government
Source: Translation Bureau, Canada
Government On-Line (GOL) Glossary, 2nd edition
From the site, "This revised and expanded publication contains 3,075 entries culled from a large number of bilingual documents about Government On-Line and its many components, including technology infrastructure, privacy and computer security, business processes, people issues, communications and information management. The second edition of the Government On-Line Glossary includes approximately 450 new entries, 350 of which were taken from an in-house glossary prepared by a team of information technology experts. The additional 100 new entries were extracted from Industry Canada GOL documents or were based on the suggestions received following publication of the first edition. The glossary features terminology from a variety of fields, including informatics, telecommunications and the Internet; it is designed for anyone translating or writing documents about e-government."
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Glossary--English-French / French-English
Source: Translation Bureau, Canada
Glossary of Terms Pertaining to Disabled Persons
From the site, "The Glossary of Terms Pertaining to Disabled Persons contains some 1 800 entries. In this glossary the user will find not only a reflection of sociological change, but the names of programs, associations and organizations, as well as terms from such related fields as rehabilitation and technical aids."
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Biography--New Zealand
Dictionary of News Zealand Biography

From the site, "This website contains over 3,000 biographies of New Zealanders who have 'made their mark' on this country. It does not include people who are alive. This site (and the printed volumes) contains: the biographies of 3,049 people in 2,977 biographical essays & the biographies of 493 Maori people in 481 essays, translated into Maori from the English-language biographies."
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Leadership--Book Lists
Source: For Managers (Harvard Business School Publishing)
"Required Reading"
This link takes you to an executive summary of a Harvard Business Review, December 2001 article by Barbara Kellerman. "...a list of works that form an exception to the general rule that leadership is inseparable from context. The titles on this list apply as much to leadership in business as they do to politics, as much to leadership in China as they do to the United States, as much to leadership in the twenty-first century as to leadership in the sixteenth. In a field of study that is almost obsessively particular, these books are universal." This executive summary contains the complete list.




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