Ariadne welcomes Bernadette Daly, who has joined UKOLN as Information Officer, and will be co-editing the web version of the magazine. Bernadette comes to us from Canada, and will be fielding much of the general UKOLN web service, in addition to work on Ariadne.
On the 30th of July, a web form will be inserted into this issue of the Web version of Ariadne, linked from the contents page, as well as this editorial page. The purpose of this web form is to survey the views of users of Ariadne, new and old, web and print versions. The two magazines represent an experiment in parallel publication, complimentary in content, function and distribution: what we are looking for is to discover just what it is about each which is unmissable, of value, or just plain interesting, and appropriate for each format. We would appreciate it if readers would take the time to give their responses to the questions on the form: these will help us to refine the format of future publications produced by the teams involved.
In the article The Good, the Bad and the Useless Judith Edwards explores the issue of evaluating the quality Internet resources. The full version of the Main Featured Article from the print edition, Supporting Learners at a Distance, by Alan MacDougall, looks at cost effective ways of widening access to information. The Cover Article from the print version, Hacking the Net (David Nicholas), looks at the Internet phenomenon from the point of view of the Media, and provides an intriguing taxonomy of journalistic attitudes to what the Internet is.
Brian Kelly's article on two new W3C working drafts for XML, XLink and XPointer, has forced a minor title change to the article in our Get Tooled Up section, so that What Is...? has become What Are....?
There are three articles in the eLib reports section. Carolyn Rowlinson writes about the Heron project. There is a report on the ILL utility in Australia, continuing the Ariadne tradition of reporting on related projects in the southern hemisphere; Chris Rusbridge gives his view of the National Library of Australia's project in a postscript to this article. Penny Garrod reviews SKIP, the Skills for new Information Professionals project, which was recently completed.
In the regular columns for the Web Version, Sarah Ormes provides the current Down Your Way, visiting a public library in Huyton, Liverpool, which has developed its own sophisticated Learning Resource Centre. This facility is new in the public library world, and is an interesting development. In the Metadata section, the DELOS6 Workshop: Preservation of digital information, is reviewed by Michael Day and Neil Beagrie, reporting from Tomar in Portugal. Lyndon Pugh, as our current Minotaur, argues that there must be much more to widening access than changing rules and regulations. Phil Cross has been the section editor (Environmental Sciences) of SOSIG for the past year, and in Planet SOSIG he gives a description of the types of resources users can expect to find in this rapidly expanding field. Public Libraries Corner features Sally Criddle reporting on a conference which explored the notion that public libraries are perfectly placed to be a major player in social inclusion, the current political ‘big idea’ Search Engines Corner this month is by Dave Beckett (Tracy Stanley is on holiday). View from the Hill features an interview with Philippa Dolphin, Librarian at Birkbeck, about their IT strategy. Web Focus corner features Brian Kelly writing about " Intermediaries: Ways Of Exploiting New Technologies", arising out of the prominence of the "evolvability" concept at the recent Brisbane Web conference.
There are two "At the Event" reports in this issue. The first, Information Landscapes, is a review by Rosemary Russell, Sally Criddle and Sarah Ormes, of the UKOLN conference held at the end of June in the University of Bath. The second, Electronic Access: Archives in the New Millennium, is a report by Michael Day exploring the Public Record Office view of the Brave New World of online archives