Tales from the Terminal Room
November 2012, Issue No. 105
Please Note: This is an archive copy of the newsletter. The information and links that it contains are not updated.
Tales from the Terminal Room ISSN 1467-338X
Tales from the Terminal Room (TFTTR) is an electronic newsletter that includes reviews and comparisons of information sources; useful tools for managing information; technical and access problems on the Net; and news of RBA's training courses and publications. Many of the articles will have already appeared on Karen Blakeman's Blog at http://www.rba.co.uk/wordpress/
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In this issue:
Just when you thought you had sussed out the additional search options on Google's results page Google decides to move them. Instead of appearing to the left of your results page the menu has been moved to the top, leaving a blank space where the old menus used to be.
There are the usual options such as images, maps, shopping and videos and clicking on More reveals a drop down menu for News, Books, Places, Blogs etc.
It begins to get confusing when you click on Search tools and an extra row of options appears.
It is not obvious what the “The Web” does but clicking on it gives you two options. “The Web” is the default and I assume that to be the whole of the world because the second option for me is the UK. Presumably for those of you in other countries it will be your own country. The “Any time” option gives you the various time periods and custom time period by which you can limit your search. “Reading, UK” is my physical location and some results are personalised using that location. The location can be changed to another town or the country as a whole, as with the previous side bar menu. It is not clear what “All results” does but again clicking on it reveals the final set of search options including the all important Verbatim.
As with the previous side bar menus, the second level options change depending on which type of resource you are searching. For example, if you click on Search tools in Images there are links that take you to options that include size, colour and type.
This change looks as though it is here to stay as most people in the UK are now seeing it and several of the country versions of Google I've looked at are also displaying it. All the old options are still there but it sometimes requires extra clicks to get to the same place and I sometimes forget what each link has underneath it. So those of you who, like me, run training sessions expect to spend the next few weeks updating your slides and training materials.
Graphwords (http://graphwords.com/) is another thesaurus visualisation tool that uses Wordnet (http://wordnet.princeton.edu/). Type in a word and it generates a map of associated nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs.
To view the meaning of a group of words move your cursor over the node and to explore a word and its related terms in more detail simply click on it.
Many thanks to Carol Bream for the alert.
Here are the Top Tips for business information compiled by the participants of my latest business information workshop held on November 15th, 2012 in London. The set of slides that was the starting point for the workshop can be found on authorSTREAM at http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/karenblakeman-1601945-business-information-key-web-resources/
StatsWales (http://statswales.wales.gov.uk) is the key website to visit for statistics on Wales and on 3rd December a new version of the site was launched.
New features include:
The old platform will be available until December 31st at http://statswales1.wales.gov.uk
A video tutorial on the new system is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a08s26rDM1g
The following are some of my recent tweets and retweets. They are selected because they contain links to resources or announcements that may be of general interest. I have unshortened the shortened URLs.
# 2012PAD November 1st, 2012: Reading's Climate Change Strategy - visualisation by Cara Holland http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbainfo/8147119840/
[A bit of silliness] :-)) RT @MichaelStead: "My network location has no nodes!" "How does it smell?" "Terrible!" < Ba dum tish!
MT @universitysham Not enough graduates in science & modern languages to meet demand for specialist teachers http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/action-urged-as-universities-fail-to-produce-enough-graduates-to-become-specialist-teachers-8282349.html
RT @davebriggs: Following a surprisingly large number of complaints that it had disappeared, http://lgsearch.net/ is back.
MT @theREALwikiman: If you use video to market your library, have a look at this YouTube / Vimeo comparison http://www.librarymarketingtoolkit.com/2012/11/youtube-versus-vimeo-which-one-is-best.html
RT @PyramidHead76: This is why you shouldn't go into Birmingham without a camera... https://twitter.com/PyramidHead76/status/267298584947466241/photo/1
Love it! RT @lukask: You don't need to follow me! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQqq3e03EBQ&feature=youtu.be [Clip from The Life of Brian]
RT @stephendale: Apple Now Owns the Page Turn - yes, the digital world has gone mad! http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/16/apple-now-owns-the-page-turn/
RT @dannysullivan: A Yahoo-Facebook Search Partnership? Reality Check Time! http://searchengineland.com/a-yahoo-facebook-search-partnership-reality-check-time-139954 my post, as promised
RT @ruskin147 : http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press/2012/121120b.html Here's HP's amazing statement about Autonomy - one question, who did the due diligence ?
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