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      ======== The Scout Report ==
      ======== March 19, 1999 ====
      ======== Volume 5, Number 45 ======
      ====== Internet Scout Project ========
      ==== University of Wisconsin ========
      == Department of Computer Sciences ========


      == I N T H E S C O U T R E P O R T T H I S W E E K ========



      ====== Subject Specific Reports ====
      1. Scout Report for Science & Engineering and KIDS Report

      ====== Research and Education ====
      2. Early Canadia Online (ECO)
      3. World Population Profile: 1998
      4. Emilio Segre Visual Archives
      5. Blake Digital Text Project
      6. Two New Online Databases from the National Institute of Standards and
      Technology
      7. electronic Transactions
      8. British Women Romantic Poets, 1789-1832
      9. Columbia Center for New Media Teaching & Learning (CCNMTL)
      10. H-HistBibl: Study & Practice of History Librarianship

      ====== General Interest ====
      11. First Report of the Committee of Independent Experts
      12. The Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report and Financial Statement and
      Budget Report
      13. Witness and Legacy: Contemporary Art About the Holocaust
      14. From the Back Alleys to the Supreme Court & Beyond
      15. 1998 Tax Planning Guide
      16. Botany.com
      17. Three March Madness Sites

      ====== Network Tools ====
      18. RealGuide
      19. Internet Explorer 5.0
      20. Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0

      ====== In The News ====
      21. Dow Jones at 10,000


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      ====== Subject Specific Reports ====

      1. Scout Report for Science & Engineering and KIDS Report
      Scout Report for Science & Engineering
      http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/scout/report/sci-engr/1999/se-990317.html
      KIDS Report
      http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/scout/KIDS/archive/KIDS-990316.html

      Volume 2, Number 13 of the Scout Report for Science & Engineering is
      available. The In the News section annotates six resources on the discovery
      of a bioluminescent Octopus. The March 16 issue of the KIDS Report, written
      by and for K-12 students, comes to us from students of Memorial High School
      in Madison, Wisconsin. This issue features Internet resources on language.
      [MD]



      ====== Research and Education ====

      2. Early Canadia Online (ECO)
      http://www.canadiana.org/

      A collaborative research project, ECO has created an outstanding online
      library of primary sources in Canadian history from the arrival of the
      first Europeans to the late 19th century, with particular emphasis on
      literature, women's history, native studies, and the history of French
      Canada. Composed of digital images of the pages from over 1,100 selected
      books and pamphlets, the collection may be searched by keyword, title,
      author, subject, or publisher or browsed by title or author. Search returns
      include title, author, subject, page length, and publisher. Users may
      choose to view the full text or examine each of the pages that matches
      their search. Users can also choose from four viewing sizes and navigate
      within the text from the individual imaged pages. The entire site is also
      available in French. [MD]


      3. World Population Profile: 1998 [.pdf, 167p., .WK1, .zip]
      http://www.census.gov/ipc/www/wp98.html

      Just released on the Web by the US Census Bureau, this report offers "a
      comprehensive assessment of world demographic prospects as we approach the
      end of this century and the beginning of the next." The report highlights
      major demographic trends and the roles played by the developed and
      developing nations in these trends, and identifies some of the key elements
      and questions behind global population change. In addition, the report
      features a special chapter on one of the most important health and
      demographic events of modern history: the worldwide HIV/AIDS pandemic. At
      present, users may download the full text, highlights, and detailed tables
      of Appendix A (in zipped or unzipped Lotus 1-2-3 format). In the near
      future, users should also be able to download the report by chapter and the
      three remaining Appendixes. [MD]


      4. Emilio Segre Visual Archives
      http://www.aip.org/history/esva/
      Niels Bohr Library
      http://www.aip.org/history/nblbro.htm

      Named in honor Emilio Segre, Nobel Laureate for nuclear and high-energy
      physics, the Emilio Segre Visual Archives contains approximately 25,000
      historical photographs, slides, lithographs, engravings, and other visual
      materials related primarily to American physicists and astronomers of the
      20th century. Almost 1,500 of these are currently available online,
      searchable by name, keyword(s), and category. Users can also browse a
      collection of "mini-exhibits," featuring photos, stories, and quotes
      revealing the "human face" of some of the most famous physicists in
      history. The Segre Visual Archives is part of the Niels Bohr Library of the
      Center for History of Physics at the American Institute of Physics (AIP)
      (last discussed in the February 7, 1997 Scout Report). The Bohr Library
      site features an online catalog, archival finding aids, oral history
      interview abstracts, and a link to the International Catalog of Sources
      (ICOS) for History of Physics and Allied Sciences. [MD]


      5. Blake Digital Text Project [Frames]
      http://virtual.park.uga.edu/wblake/home1.html

      Maintained by Nelson Hilton, Professor of English at the University of
      Georgia-Athens, this site will quickly become a favorite of Blake scholars.
      In addition to the full text of David V. Erdman's _The Complete Poetry and
      Prose of William Blake,_ the site features a hypertext version of _Songs of
      Innocence and of Experience _which allows users to explore the various
      versions of Blake's masterpiece and "proceed from any given poem to any
      other which followed it in any edition, looping through the various
      juxtapositions Blake created in the intratextual, echoing world of
      _Songs._" In addition, the site also includes a powerful Blake Concordance.
      Concordance results link to a three-line context in the bottom frame of the
      page. [MD]


      6. Two New Online Databases from the National Institute of Standards and
      Technology
      Atomic Spectral Line Broadening Bibliographic Database
      http://physics.nist.gov/PhysRefData/Linebr/html/reffrm0.html
      Stopping-Power and Range Tables for Electrons, Protons, and Helium Ions
      http://physics.nist.gov/PhysRefData/Star/Text/contents.html

      Two databases containing Physical Reference Data are available online from
      the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) (mentioned in the
      August 16, 1996 Scout Report for Science & Engineering). The first, Atomic
      Spectral Line Broadening Bibliographic Database, includes 800 references
      containing "numerical data, general information, comments, and review
      articles." Users can conduct fielded searches (e.g., Element, Mechanism,
      etc.) of Papers with Numerical Data or General Interest Papers without
      Numerical Data, or search via Additional Criteria such as Author and
      Journal. Results yield listings of the articles but no hyperlinks. The
      second database, Stopping-Power and Range Tables for Electrons, Protons,
      and Helium Ions, contains "three web databases, ESTAR, PSTAR and ASTAR,
      which calculate stopping-power and range tables for electrons, protons, or
      helium ions, according to methods described in ICRU (International
      Commission on Radiation Units and Measurements) Reports 37 and 49." In the
      Appendix section, users will find summaries explaining the significance of
      the calculated quantities. [SN]


      7. electronic Transactions [.pdf]
      http://www.rgs.org/pu/8publetr.html

      The _Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers,_ a quarterly,
      peer-reviewed scholarly journal concerning "any theoretical or empirical
      subject on geography," has substantially changed its Web presence since its
      first review in the (Scout Report April 30, 1997. Although the site no
      longer offers free access to current issues, it has placed the full text of
      over 1,500 articles and book reviews, the full back-run of the journal from
      1935-1993, online in .pdf format. Users may search the archive by
      keyword(s), author, title, or year. Search returns include title, author,
      year, issue, and item type (article, book review, or commentary). Users may
      also view content lists for recent issues and titles and abstracts for
      forthcoming papers. [MD]


      8. British Women Romantic Poets, 1789-1832
      http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/English/BWRP/index.htm

      Showcasing works by British women poets, this University of
      California-Davis site is a haven for scholars, students, and fans of the
      Romantic period. The goal of the project is the "design and development of
      highly accurate and reliable electronic editions of works published by
      British women poets between 1789 and 1832" with the initial texts coming
      from the UC-Davis Library's Kohler Collection of British Poetry, housed in
      the Department of Special Collections. Texts are selected with input from
      the project's Editorial Advisory Board (listed at the site) made up of
      scholars in the United States and Canada. The texts (there are 36
      presently, with new titles being added) can be accessed via a listing of
      authors; some texts consist of whole books (several hundred pages) and
      some, a single poem. The creators have gone to great lengths to make the
      HTML versions as accurate as possible, including notations about special
      features or characters not included in the HTML version and scanned pages
      from the actual works which can be enlarged for greater detail. SGML
      versions of each piece are also available. Information about how to access
      the original works in the Kohler Collection is also included online as well
      as a list of links to related Web-based resources. [REB]


      9. Columbia Center for New Media Teaching & Learning (CCNMTL)
      http://www.ccnmtl.columbia.edu/

      The primary mission of the CCNMTL is to support Columbia faculty in the use
      of digital technologies for teaching and learning. However, the Center also
      plans to share the successful technologies and curriculum models it
      develops with the wider university community. This new site is the first
      step in that direction. College educators and media lab staff will find a
      number of items of use, including a Web Publishing Guide and overviews of
      ongoing projects at the Center. Probably the most useful section of the
      site at present is the EdCITE Reference Database of over 230 research and
      case studies on the effective use of technology in education. Searchable by
      title, author, keyword, descriptor, and discipline, the database offers
      citations to journal articles, Websites, and other relevant information
      resources on technology in education. Citations include author, title,
      source, resource type, date, education level, discipline, an abstract, and
      whenever possible a link to the full text. [MD]


      10. H-HistBibl: Study & Practice of History Librarianship
      http://www.h-net.msu.edu/~histbibl/

      Affiliated with the Association for the Bibliography of History [ABH] and
      the History Section of the American Library Association, this new
      discussion list from H-Net is aimed at "librarians, archivists, curators,
      and scholars interested in the practice and study of bibliographic and
      library services in support of historical study and teaching." The
      H-HistBibl site offers subscription information and will include searchable
      discussion logs, discussion threads, and related links. [MD]



      ====== General Interest ====

      11. First Report of the Committee of Independent Experts [.pdf, 140p.]
      http://www.europarl.eu.int/experts/
      BBC Special Report: EU in Crisis
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/europe/newsid_297000/297584.stm

      Released on March 15, this report has created the worst political crisis in
      the European Union's 42-year history. The 140-page report by independent
      experts looked into charges of widespread fraud, nepotism, and corruption
      in the European Commission, the executive body of the EU, and found
      numerous cases where "commissioners or the Commission as a whole bear
      responsibility for instances of fraud, irregularities or mismanagement." In
      response, the President of the Commission, who is also the chief executive
      of the EU, and nineteen other senior officials abruptly resigned on March
      16. This would be roughly equivalent to the entire US Cabinet resigning.
      Users can read the full text of the report, in HTML or .pdf format, at the
      European Parliament site. Users interested in further analysis of the
      crisis and the latest developments will want to visit the BBC Special
      Report site. [MD]


      12. The Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report and Financial Statement and
      Budget Report
      http://www.official-documents.co.uk/document/hmt/budget99/budget99.htm

      On March 9, UK Chancellor Gordon Brown delivered the 1999 Budget.
      Consisting of two reports, the Budget offers the Government's assessment of
      "the medium-term economic and budgetary position" and sets out the
      Government's tax and spending plans. At this site, provided by the
      Stationary Office, users can view the full text of the Budget reports as
      well as the Chancellor's Budget Statement and a collection of news releases
      from the Treasury and other Government departments. [MD]


      13. Witness and Legacy: Contemporary Art About the Holocaust
      http://sunsite.utk.edu/neighborhoods/witness/index.html

      This Website presents Witness and Legacy, a travelling exhibition of 63
      works of contemporary art which "explores the linkages between the
      Holocaust and creativity." Some of the artists represented in the show are
      Holocaust survivors, while others are their descendants. Probably the most
      satisfactory way to enter the exhibit is to select an image of one artist's
      work from the horizontal display on the bottom of your screen. Doing so
      takes you to that artist's section, containing more images and analysis of
      their work, portrait photographs, and exhibition history. The site also
      provides a collection of essays and animated tours, a resource section with
      links to additional holocaust information, discussion forums, and examples
      of ways in which Witness and Legacy has been used to teach about the
      Holocaust in schools. [DS]


      14. From the Back Alleys to the Supreme Court & Beyond [RealPlayer]
      http://www.albany.edu/history/FromTheBackAlleys.html

      The University at Albany History Department, SUNY (last discussed in the
      November 20, 1998 Scout Report) has added yet another fine resource to its
      homepage. The inaugural program in the site's History and Public Policy
      Documentary Series, From the Back Alleys to the Supreme Court & Beyond is a
      streaming audio adaptation of the video trilogy by the same name. Composed
      of five parts, each approximately a half-an-hour long, this program
      documents the history of abortion rights in America, from the untold
      stories of back alley abortions to the development of underground networks
      to Roe v. Wade to the current rollbacks in reproductive rights. For optimal
      audio quality, users may choose from three connection speeds for each
      segment. [MD]


      15. 1998 Tax Planning Guide
      http://www.dtonline.com/taxguide98/cover.htm

      For US residents, tax day is fast approaching, and even those who have
      already filed their returns may want to pay a visit to this year's version
      of the Deloitte and Touche LLP Tax Planning Guide (originally reviewed in
      the December 18, 1997 Scout Report for Business and Economics). Focusing on
      long-term financial and tax planning, the site features a host of
      resources, including an overview of recent and future tax changes, a
      financial planning checklist, an extensive discussion on Taxes and Your
      Financial Plan, a collection of tax tools, numerous tips and strategies for
      different taxpayers, and general and specialized future tax strategies.
      Also included is a link to the Deloitte and Touche LLP and Tax News & Views
      detailed summary of the tax provisions in last October's appropriations
      bill. [MD]


      16. Botany.com
      http://www.botany.com/

      Gardeners of all abilities will find a use for this online Encyclopedia of
      Plants. Browseable by common or botanical name and category (bulbs,
      perennials, trees and shrubs, etc.), the site offers a general description,
      cultivation and propagation instructions, and information on the different
      varieties and hybrids. While some plant entries are short and all would
      benefit from the inclusion of photos, each offers a useful introduction.
      Additional resources at the site include a Dictionary of Botanical Words;
      links to botanical gardens, associations, and societies; and online sources
      for weather information around the world. [MD]


      17. Three March Madness Sites
      FinalFour.net
      http://www.finalfour.net/
      College Hoops Insider [RealPlayer]
      http://www.collegeinsider.com/
      Coach's Edge [RealPlayer, WindowsMedia, Shockwave]
      http://www.coachesedge.com/

      These three sites will appeal to Internauts who wish to follow the
      remainder of the 1999 NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments online.
      The first, the official NCAA tournament site (reviewed in the March 14,
      1997 Scout Report), contains links to live game cybercasts; scores; feature
      stories, rosters, and statistics for each team; and tournament brackets.
      College Hoops Insider provides excellent coverage of the Men's Tournament,
      featuring seventeen columnists, interviews, short pieces on all the
      coaches, feature stories, Power Ratings, and RealPlayer Audio selections.
      Finally, arm-chair coaches will enjoy the in-depth analysis and animated
      scouting reports for both tournaments at the Coach's Edge. The site also
      offers audio reports for each team and tournament news updates. [MD]



      ====== Network Tools ====

      18. RealGuide
      http://realguide.real.com/

      RealNetworks, the industry leader in streaming audio and video, debuted a
      new comprehensive portal to streaming media programming this week. The site
      offers programming from over 1,700 radio and TV stations and about 500 live
      events daily. All programming is organized in topical sections: News,
      Music, Sports, Sci-Tech, Society/ Culture, Money, and others. Each section
      is further divided into subtopics. For instance, under Sci-Tech, users will
      find programming on subjects such as Aviation, Computers, Environment,
      Internet, Paranormal, Space, Y2K, etc. Additional resources include a
      Beginner's Guide and a keyword(s) search engine. [MD]


      19. Internet Explorer 5.0
      http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/
      Download Page
      http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/download/ie5all.htm

      Yesterday Microsoft introduced version 5.0 of its Internet Explorer (IE)
      browser. This latest version offers a number of features designed to
      automate tasks and save users time, including an improved version of
      Autosearch, which was first introduced in IE 4.0. Other new components
      include Related Links, similar to Netscape's What's Related Function,
      tighter email integration, and a Windows Radio Toolbar. IE 5.0 is currently
      available for Windows 95/98/NT, Windows 3.1, and UNIX platforms. [MD]


      20. Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0
      http://www.adobe.com/prodindex/acrobat/readstep.html#reader

      Adobe has released version 4.0 of its popular and free .pdf reader. New
      features in this version include improved integration with Web browsers and
      improved support for longer documents and PostScript. Users may download
      the reader for a variety of platforms from the site. [MD]



      ====== In The News ====

      21. Dow Jones at 10,000
      CNNfn Special Report: The Dow at 10,000
      http://cnnfn.com/specials/dow10000/
      Stocks -- NPR's _Morning Edition _[RealPlayer]
      http://www.npr.org/programs/morning/archives/1999/990319.me.html
      EduStock
      http://tqd.advanced.org/3088/

      The Dow Jones industrial average passed the 10,000 mark twice this week,
      opened this morning just a few points shy of the milestone, and will, in
      all probability, finish the day in record territory. While the breakthrough
      to 10,000 has no significance in and of itself for the market, it is a
      symbol of the strong optimism over America's improbably steady growth in
      the face of economic reversals all over the world. The CNNfn (financial
      network) has produced a special report, analyzing the Dow as a market
      benchmark, speculating about its future after 10,000, and offering the
      opinions of eight financial experts. National Public Radio's _Morning
      Edition _reported today on the history of the Dow, a collection of just 30
      stocks handpicked by the _Wall Street Journal,_ and its suitability as a
      barometer for US industry. Users can listen to the piece, in RealAudio
      format, at the program's site. A Thinkquest site (last reviewed in the
      November 27, 1998 Scout Report), EduStock offers a well-organized tutorial
      on the stock market, what it is, how it works, and how investors choose and
      manage portfolios. The site also features a free realtime stock simulation,
      company profiles, and related links. Users interested in additional
      resources for understanding the stock market and its record-breaking
      performance will find a number of items in the Scout Report Signpost the
      Scout Report's database. These include the Dow Jones Internet Index, the
      Internet Daily Stock Report, and riskview.com:On-line Risk Management. [MD]

      Signpost
      http://www.signpost.org
      Dow Jones Internet Index
      http://scout7.cs.wisc.edu/page/00009512.html
      Internet Daily Stock Report
      http://scout7.cs.wisc.edu/page/00000811.html
      riskview.com:On-line Risk Management
      http://scout7.cs.wisc.edu/page/00005614.html



      ====== ======
      == Index for March 19, 1999 ==
      ====== ======

      1. Scout Report for Science & Engineering and KIDS Report
      Scout Report for Science & Engineering
      http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/scout/report/sci-engr/1999/se-990317.html
      KIDS Report
      http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/scout/KIDS/archive/KIDS-990316.html

      2. Early Canadia Online (ECO)
      http://www.canadiana.org/

      3. World Population Profile: 1998 [.pdf, 167p., .WK1, .zip]
      http://www.census.gov/ipc/www/wp98.html

      4. Emilio Segre Visual Archives
      http://www.aip.org/history/esva/
      Niels Bohr Library
      http://www.aip.org/history/nblbro.htm

      5. Blake Digital Text Project [Frames]
      http://virtual.park.uga.edu/wblake/home1.html

      6. Two New Online Databases from the National Institute of Standards and
      Technology
      Atomic Spectral Line Broadening Bibliographic Database
      http://physics.nist.gov/PhysRefData/Linebr/html/reffrm0.html
      Stopping-Power and Range Tables for Electrons, Protons, and Helium Ions
      http://physics.nist.gov/PhysRefData/Star/Text/contents.html

      7. electronic Transactions [.pdf]
      http://www.rgs.org/pu/8publetr.html

      8. British Women Romantic Poets, 1789-1832
      http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/English/BWRP/index.htm

      9. Columbia Center for New Media Teaching & Learning (CCNMTL)
      http://www.ccnmtl.columbia.edu/

      10. H-HistBibl: Study & Practice of History Librarianship
      http://www.h-net.msu.edu/~histbibl/

      11. First Report of the Committee of Independent Experts [.pdf, 140p.]
      http://www.europarl.eu.int/experts/
      BBC Special Report: EU in Crisis
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/europe/newsid_297000/297584.stm

      12. The Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report and Financial Statement and
      Budget Report
      http://www.official-documents.co.uk/document/hmt/budget99/budget99.htm

      13. Witness and Legacy: Contemporary Art About the Holocaust
      http://sunsite.utk.edu/neighborhoods/witness/index.html

      14. From the Back Alleys to the Supreme Court & Beyond [RealPlayer]
      http://www.albany.edu/history/FromTheBackAlleys.html

      15. 1998 Tax Planning Guide
      http://www.dtonline.com/taxguide98/cover.htm

      16. Botany.com
      http://www.botany.com/

      17. Three March Madness Sites
      FinalFour.net
      http://www.finalfour.net/
      College Hoops Insider [RealPlayer]
      http://www.collegeinsider.com/
      Coach's Edge [RealPlayer, WindowsMedia, Shockwave]
      http://www.coachesedge.com/

      18. RealGuide
      http://realguide.real.com/

      19. Internet Explorer 5.0
      http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/
      Download Page
      http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/download/ie5all.htm

      20. Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0
      http://www.adobe.com/prodindex/acrobat/readstep.html#reader

      21. Dow Jones at 10,000
      CNNfn Special Report: The Dow at 10,000
      http://cnnfn.com/specials/dow10000/
      Stocks -- NPR's _Morning Edition _[RealPlayer]
      http://www.npr.org/programs/morning/archives/1999/990319.me.html
      EduStock
      http://tqd.advanced.org/3088/


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      From The Scout Report: 12. 1stHeadlines http://www.1stHeadlines.com This handy current-awareness resource links to literally thousands of headline news stories
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        12. 1stHeadlines
        http://www.1stHeadlines.com

        This handy current-awareness resource links to literally thousands of
        headline news stories each day from over 300 hundred newspapers,
        broadcast, and online sources. While the homepage offers links to the
        day's front page stories, unlike some news sites, users can also
        browse current stories in the business, health, sports, technology,
        or travel sections, or even by topics such as the olympics, animals,
        education, fires, aviation, etc. In addition, visitors can search for
        news stories by keyword, view newspapers and their headlines by
        state, view US political news by politician, and access international
        headlines by country. Additional resources include a list of top
        stories for each of the main sections and scrolling news tickers.
        While our test searches and browsing invariably found a few broken
        links for older stories, the vast majority of links were stable. A
        very helpful, well-organized, and easy-to-use resource for a wide
        variety of current news. [MD]

        14. Journal E: _Interviews 50 Cents_ [QuickTime]
        http://www.journale.com/interviews50cents/

        Producer Ray Farkas and reporter Alex Chadwick (sometime NPR
        correspondent) had a simple idea: they traveled around the country
        with a card table, a couple of chairs, and a sign that read
        "Interviews 50 Cents" The result is a collection of interviews with
        ordinary folks that are at times funny, sad, inspirational, and
        moving, but always real. At this highly recommended site, provided by
        Journal E (see the April 7, 2000 _Scout Report_), visitors can view
        the first of four QuickTime films of these interviews. Entitled
        _Uptown, Downtown, Out of Town_, the film features a series of
        interviews in and around Washington, DC. Future segments, to be
        released in roughly two-week intervals, will be _Along the Seashore_,
        _Indiana State Fair_, and _Key West_. [MD]

        Regards,

        Jim Rink
        Senior Contributing Editor

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