University of Toronto Libraries has been archiving web content in four areas through its relations with the Internet Archive and its service for capturing pages, Archive-It.
These are available at Archiving-It.
- Canadian Government Information
- Canadian Labour Unions
- Canadian Political Parties and Political Interest Groups
- University of Toronto Web Archives
The collections are searchable and one can refine by format.
To see the list of sites included, enter the collection and click on the collection name. There are excellent filters for narrowing the search: subject, creator, year, language.
University of Toronto – Archive – Canadian Government Information
Blogging is passé – and might be dead. Seems it is old news.
Department of Blogging Extinction: Technorati Rankings Are Dead, Felix Gillette, Technorati (June 24, 2014)
Technorati closed its blog directory and ranking system. There were only two comments on this posting – which might be further proof that people have dispersed into social media.
The Helen Brown Group offers a tremendous resource to everyone doing prospect research. This is a list of “curated resources” that they use in research. One list is Global which includes some Canadian, and the other is for Asia-Australia.
Where in the world to find exactly what you’re looking for, Helen Brown (Dec 1)
Social media has been gradually infiltrating organizations to create the “social enterprise”. It has been slow in some cases, as Robert Berkman notes, but will affect marketing, HR, customer service, employee relations – and make a difference. This article reviews this trends and lays out some points of the “Info Pro’s Role in the Social Enterprise”.
The Social Enterprise: Where Does the Information Professional Fit? by Robert Berkman, Information Today (Nov/Dec 2014)
Paperity is a new aggregator of Open Access (OA) Journals that aims at becoming a comprehensive index for OA in all research fields.
Paperity Hopes to Create a Comprehensive Index of Open Literature , By Nancy K Herther, Newsbreaks (Nov 25)
The database currently includes more than 350,000 open access (OA) articles from 2,200-plus scholarly journals that are categorized as either gold (journals that are completely OA cover to cover) or hybrid (subscription journals with some OA articles).
This is early – it would help to have the journals browsable by discipline and searchable by name.
Startling news – Yahoo will be the default search engine in the Firefox browser for US users rather than Google (and one presumes the same will be true in Canada). This means getting search results from the Bing index. It is possible to adjust the search bar to default to whatever search engine you really want to use.
Yahoo to replace Google as Firefox’s default search engine in U.S., Michael Liedtke, AP via Globe and Mail (Nov 20)
The five-year alliance announced Wednesday will end a decade-old partnership in the U.S. between Google Inc. and the Mozilla Foundation, which oversees the Firefox browser. The tensions between Google and Mozilla had been rising since Google’s introduction of the Chrome browser in 2008 began to undercut Firefox.
Mozilla has this handy guide with screenshots and screencasts – Search bar – add, change and manage search engines on Firefox
Full archive of public tweets since 2006 is now available through Twitter.
Twitter Search Now Indexes Every Public Tweet by Martin Beck, Search Engine Land (Nov 18)
For details on how Twitter search works see the Twitter blog post Building a complete Tweet index
Google gives sites that are mobile friendly a ranking boost in search results.
Google Is Experimenting With Special Ranking For Mobile-Friendly Sites, Danny Sullivan, Search Engine Land (Nov 18)
Google already penalizes sites that provide a bad experience to mobile searchers. Now the company has confirmed that it’s testing with what seems like a boost for those providing a great experience.
This is good, but it is also part of the trend that makes mobile access to the web more important than desktop. Wall Street Journal has noted that The Web Is Dying; Apps Are Killing It by Phil Foster (Nov 17)
Mountains of data tell us that, in aggregate, we are spending time in apps that we once spent surfing the Web. We’re in love with apps, and they’ve taken over. On phones, 86% of our time is spent in apps, and just 14% is spent on the Web, according to mobile-analytics company Flurry.
Dan Russell of Google shows approach and syntax in this posting about researching Xerox. The challenge was to find an organization chart for Xerox, and get information on the CEO Stephen Hoover – and along the way use special Google syntax for related: and inurl:.
Answer: Digging deeply, Search Research (Nov 14)
Mozilla will begin showing ads in the Firefox browser – in the tiles on a new tab, and on its homepage. Good news is that AdBlock Plus will likely block.
Mozilla Firefox Will Display Ads on Homepage & New Tabs, by Jennifer Slegg, The SEM Post (Nov 14)