SLA 60 Sites Presentation 2009


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A walk through sixty fun, functional, and informative sites. Presented by John J. DiGilio and Gayle Lynn-Nelson at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Special Libraries Association.

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  • The blog of Law Technology News Editor Monica Bay. The Common Scold is named after a cause of action that originated in Pilgrim days, when meddlesome, argumentative, opinionated women who displeased the Puritan elders were punished by a brisk dunk in the local pond. Believe it or not, the tort lasted until 1972. Monica says the thought of those feisty women, not afraid of a little cold water, has always cheered me up and inspired me. Monica's blog certainly is feisty just like those women, with updates on legal technology news, and of course my favorite, the New York Yankees! The one thing I noticed and did not like is that there is no date displayed prominently so you know material is up to date, so I would ask the question just how current is it?
  • Ben Stevens blog is devoted solely to using Macs in the practice of law. This blog focuses on two areas: (1) how Ben Stevens planned and implemented the move and (2) how he is using Mac software in his practice. Plus whatever else he might find interesting. This helpful resource is free, and joining is easy.
  • Although this is billed as a social networking news site it contains hundreds of hidden tech gems. The website has scores of list aggregating hundreds of useful web tools, enhancements and utilities for websites, blogs, iPods, Gmail, Voice over internet protocol (VOIP), remote computer access, and many more. Founded in July 2005, Mashable is the world's largest blog focused exclusively on Web 2.0 and Social Networking news. With more than 5 million monthly pageviews, Mashable is the most prolific blog reviewing new Web sites and services, publishing breaking news on what's new on the web. Mashable will put your brand in front of the most tech-savvy early adopters, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, influencers, Web 2.0 aficionados and technology journalists. Mashable is also popular with bloggers and members of social networking sites — an increasingly influential demographic.
  • Do you need to buy a phone system, find someone to design a firm logo, or outsource your payroll and o not know where to start? Then start with the objective and informative FREE Buyers Guides at You can just click on any product or service offered on the home page, then look for the guide listed in the right-hand column.
  • This was recently acquired by Google. They bill themselves as a new kind of phone company, providing businesses with unique unified services for phone, voicemail, even websites, from one dedicated phone number. As you can see from this screen shot it will become Google Voice. GrandCentral co-founders Craig Walker and Vincent Paquet gathered together the best and the brightest to build this brand new kind of communications company. We're big fans of the California climate, Friday afternoon BBQs, and working in a fast paced and energetic environment. We're also passionate about applying technology in a way that makes life simpler and puts control in the hands of everyday consumers. GrandCentral doesn't replace your phones; we just link them together and help them do more. How do we do that? We give people One Number...for LifeTM - a number that's not tied to a phone or a location - but tied to you. With GrandCentral, you can be reached with a single number, answer a call at any phone you want, seamlessly switch phones in the middle of a call, and even know whether a call is important before you take it. Some other things you can do: Check your messages by phone, email, or online, Keep all your messages online for eternity, Record and store your phone calls (just like voicemail), Quickly (and secretly) block an annoying caller, Click-to-dial from your address book, Surprise your callers with a custom voicemail greeting or Forward, download, and add notes to your messages
  • LinkedIn is an interconnected network of experienced professionals from around the world, representing 170 industries and 200 countries. You can find, be introduced to, and collaborate with qualified professionals that you need to work with to accomplish your goals When you join, you create a profile that summarizes your professional expertise and accomplishments. You can then form enduring connections by inviting trusted contacts to join LinkedIn and connect to you. Your network consists of your connections, your connections’ connections, and the people they know, linking you to a vast number of qualified professionals and experts. Through your network you can: Manage the information that’s publicly available about you as professional Find and be introduced to potential clients, service providers, and subject experts who come recommended Create and collaborate on projects, gather data, share files and solve problems Be found for business opportunities and find potential partners Gain new insights from discussions with likeminded professionals in private group settings Discover inside connections that can help you land jobs and close deals Post and distribute job listings to find the best talent for your company
  • Ning is an online platform for people to create their own social networks [2] , launched in October 2005. [1] Ning was co-founded by Marc Andreessen and Gina Bianchini . Ning is Andreessen's third company (after Netscape and Opsware ). The word "Ning" is Chinese for "peace" ( simplified Chinese : 宁 ; traditional Chinese : 寧 ; pinyin : níng ), as explained by Gina Bianchini on the company blog, and it is also a surname in Chinese Ning was started with a simple premise: when people have the freedom to create a new social experience online, uniquely customized for the most important people and interests in their lives with no effort, no cost, and infinite choice, the world is a better, more colorful and certainly more interesting place in which to live. With Ning, people are creating new social experiences that are: Infinitely customizable Beautifully designed Easily created and moderated By providing people with a better way to discover and stay connected to the most important people and interests in their life, Ning represents a new chapter in how people create, organize, and communicate online.
  • TimeBridge makes it simple to schedule a meeting with others. Just select a few dates for your meeting, and TimeBridge will send out emails to your attendees, asking them to indicate their availability on the TimeBridge site. Once everyone has responded TimeBridge schedules the meeting and sends out a confirmation email. The service also integrates with yoru Outlook or Google calendar.
  • Buying a phone at your local dealer can be trying as there are so many choices, and the pressure from salespeople can be overwhelming. With TryPhone you can test-drive a phone's features from the comfort of your home. For the tens of millions of mobile users across the globe, they needed to develop something a little more practical while still using innovative technology. So, they came up with something really cool… … which they decided to call Virtual–Device(tm) technology. This is where things get really interesting. First, they built a crawler (kinda like a Web crawler) that automatically creeps through a Direct–To–Device connected handset – mapping out the entire user interface of the device. Every nook and cranny of every one of their devices has been explored, tested, and mapped out to create exact replicas of the phones – from every letter on the keypads to the ins and outs of all of the applications. Think of it like a massive tree: the branches represent the button sequences a user would have to press to navigate through a certain path, while the leaves symbolize the various screens that a user would see throughout the navigation. But they didn't stop there! They then created a cutting–edge Web renderer that is able to deliver this massive phone map via HTML by leveraging the latest in Web 2.0 technologies out there. The result: fully interactive virtual phones accessible through your Web browser!
  • This is from the Annenberg Foundation, this web site monitors political advertising of presidential candidates to verify the accuracy of charges, facts and claims contained in the ads. It is eye-opening for sure! We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding. The Annenberg Political Fact Check is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The APPC was established by publisher and philanthropist Walter Annenberg in 1994 to create a community of scholars within the University of Pennsylvania that would address public policy issues at the local, state and federal levels. The APPC accepts NO funding from business corporations, labor unions, political parties, lobbying organizations or individuals. It is funded primarily by the Annenberg Foundation.
  • currently in "Beta" - still testing, updating, and refining services and features MEDgle is an online information and educational service. With the thousands of articles and sites available, finding relevant medical information is difficult. MEDgle's goal is to make medical information easily and intuitively accessible for the benefit and betterment of everybody. Simply: search, learn, and thrive. MEDgle is a MEDical GLobal Electronic computer generated search. MEDgle indicates the possibilities that exist for any given combination of symptoms. It is not a diagnostic or decision making tool. MEDgle is a search for general medical conditions. It specifically excludes all conditions that occur below one year of age. It does allow you to search your symptoms. Just click on a body part that's hurting or the symptom you are experiencing, and you will get a focused set of results pointing you to diagnosis, treatments, physicians and more!
  • Search Engine Colossus: International Directory of Search Engines can be looked upon as an effort to give the internet "structure". This WWW roadmap allows surfers to efficiently gain access to the far reaches of the net! It is hoped that visitors will have an informative, fascinating internet surfing experience as they gain better understanding of their fellow world citizens. Search Engine Colossus first went online in April, 1998 and bills itself as a one-stop website that lists popular search engines in over 300 countries and territories around the world for research in a flattening world. Search Engine Colossus originates from Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.
  • This amazing information aggregator is a quick and free way to find information about people. Not just contact information, but information about their business, career, etc. that can be found on the Internet. Not as complete as some fee-based services, but a great place to start any search for a witness, heir, or defendant! You can see I put my name in and two results came back and they are both actually me! They bill themselves as the premier business information search engine, with profiles on more than 45 million people and 5 million companies. ZoomInfo delivers fresh and organized information on industries, companies, people, products, services and jobs.
  • Knowing the right time to buy airline tickets can save you money and headaches. FareCast will tell you whether you should buy your tickets now, or wait for the price drop that is coming. Farecast, brought to you by Microsoft Live Search, is the smart travel search site that helps you buy with confidence. Since 2006, Farecast allows you to easily compare, filter and sort flight results from hundreds of airline, hotel and agency websites to find the right trip. Farecast's award-winning technology also empowers you to Know When to Buy ™ with airfare predictions and Know Where to Stay ™ with the hotel Rate Key ™ . Farecast ® is the 2008 Webby Award winner in the travel category and is recognized as one of Web 2.0's "Best Travel Sites", one of Travel & Leisure's "Top 25 websites" and one of PC World's "20 Most Innovative Products". Farecast is headquartered in Seattle, WA. I really need to be using this one!
  • Has a wealth of information for travelers including flight delays, security wait times, shortest scheduled flight duration between most airports, and much more. I know this is one my brother-in-law uses frequently along with FareCast. He is always asking me if I have checked here. About the Company Conducive Technology Conducive Technology Corp. is a leading provider of worldwide flight on-time performance information to the global travel and transportation industries. Our FlightStats platform delivers real-time and historical flight information that lowers travel-related costs and improves the travel experience. With unique products that can deliver value at each stage of a travel transaction, to both business and consumer audiences, FlightStats is poised to benefit as travel management evolves. Our roots trace back to 1993, with the formation of Sight & Sound Software, a firm focused on Internet and multi-media opportunities. Sight & Sound enjoyed a long-term relationship with American Airlines that resulted in the development of numerous Web-based travel applications, including the reservation engine upon which the website was built. The knowledge gained at American was translated into the BookSmart booking engine, which was deployed by major airlines such as Air Canada and Aer Lingus. In May 2000, Sight & Sound was acquired by Dublin-based Datalex plc.
  • I love this one and use it all the time when I am planning a vacation. It is one of the best websites to find up-to-the-minute travel information from fellow travelers. I especially like their "real-person" reviews of hotels, which have saved me and my husband from several traveling disasters, this includes reviews of cruises, cruise ships etc.
  • TripIt acts as your personal travel agent, organizing your travel plans into a formatted itinerary. Just forward to TripIt the confirmation emails you receive from the airline, car rental agency, hotel, or other travel service -- TripIt will take all of the information and combine it into a fantastic looking itinerary, to which you can add maps, directions, photos, and more. TripIt itineraries are also easy to share with others. Anyone on LinkedIn will notice the use of TripIt by Pat Wagner among others. Though vacations are intended to be a time for creating a stress-free environment and enjoying some time off, they can quickly turn into another stressful situation. Most people will know what I mean when they remember the map shuffling, wrong turns and itinerary confusion. In other words, mass chaos! Though it is probably not possible to eliminate the stress of traveling, there are some effective tools that can help vacationers organize their travel information into a single, decidedly un-confusing plan. One such tool is a product called TripIt. All that the user has to do is provide a valid email address and choose a screen name and password. There is even an app for your iPhone.
  • This is a great site for those of you with blogs or websites, Citebite allows you to link directly to a sentence or paragraph on a web page. Just paste the text you want to highlight into Citebite, and you will get a special URL that opens directly to your text selection and even highlights it. Your browser must have javascript for this site to work properly.
  • You will not find a more interesting directory of Web 2.0 sites. The sites are displayed visually, but you can also select a particular tag (calendar, communication, wiki, etc.) to narrow down the choices. This is a great way to explore new and exciting sites. Today Go2web20 includes over 2,700 services and more are uploaded everyday. They also make sure to disable services that are no longer working and by doing this ensure a more useful and enjoyable experience when performing a search. They believe that this is a natural behavior and logical progress - not all the services that you see here will live forever, but they'll serve you for as long as they live
  • CrossLoop is a free, simple way to easily share your screen with others, or vice versa. Once you have both downloaded the software, you can type in the other's access code to gain access to the others computer screen. This tool is great for viewing documents, diagrams, or other important legal materials; it is also good for providing "tech support" to those who need you to help them with computer problems. I can see a real use for this with elderly parents that might have difficulty knowing what to do and where to go on a computer or to even share photo albums and talk about the pictures as you are looking at them. CrossLoop opens up a whole new world of collaborative possibilities.  People of any level of technical expertise can now remotely collaborate with others over the Internet. Many of the problems and frustrations associated with using computers can be solved if those who have the answer to a PC problem can quickly link to those who have the problem.
  • Want to know when your iPod is due to be replaced? Just plug in your serial number and answer a few questions about its use, and this site will give you an idea of how much longer your iPod will last. The red arrow shows where you put your serial number in and then just click go!
  • This online notebook is a great way to save and organize the information you find on the internet. You can highlight snippets or even whole web pages and save them to your notebook, which can be shared with others or printed out. My thought is this might be a great way to organize research projects. Customers use Zoho to run their business processes, manage their information and be more productive while at the office or on the go, without having to worry about expensive or outdated hardware or software. To date, Zoho has launched 19 different applications — from CRM to Mail, Reports, and Wikis. Zoho has received numerous awards, including an InfoWorld 2009 "Product of the Year" award, a 2008 PC World "25 Most Innovative Products Award" and a 2007 TechCrunch "Best Enterprise Start-up. " Zoho is a division of AdventNet, a privately-held and profitable company. With headquarters in Pleasanton, CA and offices in Austin, New Jersey, London, Tokyo, and Beijing, AdventNet serves the technology needs of more than 40,000 customers worldwide.
  • I love the pun, since we all have 23 pairs of chromosomes. You can discover your genome through this new web service! Just supply a saliva sample and a check for a $399 (it has come down from $1000) to decode your DNA and unlock your distant family ancestry. Here is how it works, in four easy steps (not that I have done this): 1. Order a kit ($399 USD) from their online store . 2. Claim your kit , spit into the tube, and send it to the lab. 3. Their CLIA-certified lab analyzes your DNA in 6-8 weeks. 4. Log in and start exploring your genome.
  • And no this is not me, although she appears to have red hair it is not my avitar! So you are ready to end your relationship but don't quite have the words? Just sign up at the site and answer a few questions. BreakupEmail does the rest, sending an email to your soon to be former significant other that will leave no question that the relationship is over. Break Up Email is a website for those of who are lazy, po'd, or evil enough to break up via email. The site, sprinkled with tongue-in-cheek comments, asks disgruntled soon-to-be exes to fill out a form describing reasons for the “dumping,” decide whether to stay friends, select a few one-liners, and vocalize whether they intend to ever see each other again. Options for breaking up run the gamut; from body odor issues to poor sexual performance to “I’ve lost that lovin’ feeling.” The final product sounds like it was written by a fourteen-year-old valley girl, but this most likely a target audience. The service is free, and the break up email is not sent directly from the site.
  • This is a free, on demand Internet TV service from NBC and FOX which is meant to compete with YouTube when it comes to TV shows. It has really grown over the last year and now includes movies as well as TV shows. The movies are not real current and most I never heard of but that might not be saying much. You can see you pick from popular episodes, in the case of TV, or popular clips. There are also featured videos. The same is true for the movie side of it, popular movies, documentaries, you can see trailers and you do have the option to browse. You do have to create an account to use the site.
  • I actually entered a search here for evergreen which you can see where I have the red arrow. Below it are the limericks that come up. If you wanted a limerick with a certain work this is where you would go to find it. There are more than 47,000 limericks at this site, the goal of which is to write at least one limerick for every work in the English language. They still have a ways to go as I did put a number of words in and got no results. It is fun and might be one of those things you use for a National Library Week quiz.
  • And for those of you familiar with the jewelry this is not what I am referring to. This Pandora relates to music. You can get free customized internet radio from the Music Genome Project. When was the last time you fell in love with a new artist or song? At Pandora, they have a single mission: To play only music you'll love. With Pandora you can explore this vast trove of music to your heart's content. Just drop the name of one of your favorite songs or artists into Pandora and let the Genome Project go. It will quickly scan its entire world of analyzed music, almost a century of popular recordings - new and old, well known and completely obscure - to find songs with interesting musical similarities to your choice. Then sit back and enjoy as it creates a listening experience full of current and soon-to-be favorite songs for you. You can create as many "stations" as you want. And you can even refine them. If it's not quite right you can tell it so and it will get better for you. The Music Genome Project was founded by musicians and music-lovers.
  • A fence is no fun for a dog if they can't see all the people, cars, or other animals going by your house! Pet Peek takes care of that. It is a hard acrylic dome you can install into your wood fence, giving your dog a window on the outside world.
  • I do not know about the rest of you but when I buy something on the internet I really dislike passing over that "enter coups code here" and leaving it blank -- I wish I could get a discount on my online purchase. Now with RetailMeNot you can enter a coupon code at just about any retail site you visit. Just enter the name of the site (Amazon, Victoria's Secret, Papa Johns Pizza, etc.) and you will get a listing of recent codes that will give you discounts on certain types of orders. It is a great way to save money on your online purchases.
  • This site is a must for the sports fanatic in our audience, yours truly definitely included! Just let RU watching this know where you live and your cable/satellite network, and the sports you want to follow. RUWT will notify you by email or text message of sporting events you won't want to miss, i.e. a no-hitter in the making, and upset of a ranked team, or an overtime nail-biter. I have seen quite a few of those between my Yankees and the Boston Red Sox! I did sign up and it was fast and easy.
  • SLA 60 Sites Presentation 2009

    1. 1. SLA 2009 60 Sites in 60 Minutes John DiGilio Manager, US Research; Reed Smith Gayle Lynn-Nelson Senior Librarian Relations Consultant; LexisNexis
    2. 2. Agenda - Gayle <ul><li>Blog World </li></ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Research & Reference </li></ul><ul><li>Travel </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Fun </li></ul>
    3. 3. Agenda - John <ul><li>Search </li></ul><ul><li>News & Info </li></ul><ul><li>Productivity </li></ul><ul><li>Consumer </li></ul><ul><li>Fun </li></ul>
    4. 4. Gayle: Blog World <ul><li>Common Scold </li></ul><ul><li>The Mac Lawyer </li></ul><ul><li>Mashable </li></ul>
    5. 5. John: Search <ul><li>Addictomatic </li></ul><ul><li>Criminal Searches </li></ul><ul><li>WolframAlpha </li></ul><ul><li>OneLook </li></ul><ul><li>Rollyo </li></ul><ul><li>Twellow </li></ul><ul><li>WhatIs? </li></ul>
    6. 6. Gayle: Resources <ul><li>BuyerZone </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>LinkedIn </li></ul><ul><li>Ning </li></ul><ul><li>TimeBridge </li></ul><ul><li>TryPhone </li></ul>
    7. 7. John: News & Info <ul><li>Ars Technica </li></ul><ul><li>Daily Lit </li></ul><ul><li>Mental Floss </li></ul><ul><li>Politico </li></ul><ul><li>Stateline </li></ul><ul><li>iBraryGuy </li></ul>
    8. 8. Gayle: Research & Reference <ul><li>FactCheck </li></ul><ul><li>Medgle </li></ul><ul><li>SearchEngineColossus </li></ul><ul><li>ZoomInfo </li></ul>
    9. 9. John: Productivity <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>GetHuman </li></ul><ul><li>MoFuse </li></ul><ul><li>OpenOffice </li></ul><ul><li>PageOnce </li></ul><ul><li>Remember The Milk </li></ul>
    10. 10. Gayle: Travel <ul><li>FareCast </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>TripIt </li></ul>
    11. 11. John: Consumer <ul><li>FreeCycle </li></ul><ul><li>Gazelle </li></ul><ul><li>IdealBite </li></ul><ul><li>Think Geek </li></ul><ul><li>Woot! </li></ul>
    12. 12. Gayle: Technology <ul><li>Citebite </li></ul><ul><li>Complete Web 2.0 Directory </li></ul><ul><li>CrossLoop </li></ul><ul><li>iPod Death Clock </li></ul><ul><li>Zoho Online Notebook </li></ul>
    13. 13. John: Fun <ul><li>BookCrossing </li></ul><ul><li>FixYa </li></ul><ul><li>GoodReads </li></ul><ul><li>OneAcross </li></ul><ul><li>Shelfari </li></ul><ul><li>Still Tasty? </li></ul>
    14. 14. Gayle: Fun <ul><li>23andme </li></ul><ul><li>BreakupEmail </li></ul><ul><li>Hulu </li></ul><ul><li>OEDILF </li></ul><ul><li>Pandora </li></ul><ul><li>Pet Peek </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>RU Watching This </li></ul>
    15. 15. Common Scold
    16. 16. The Mac Lawyer
    17. 17. Mashable
    18. 18. BuyerZone
    19. 19.
    20. 20. LinkedIn
    21. 21. Ning
    22. 22. TimeBridge
    23. 23. TryPhone
    24. 24. FactCheck
    25. 25. Medgle
    26. 26. SearchEngineColossus
    27. 27. ZoomInfo
    28. 28. FareCast
    29. 29.
    30. 30.
    31. 31. TripIt
    32. 32. Citebite
    33. 33. Complete Web 2.0 Directory
    34. 34. CrossLoop
    35. 35. iPod Death Clock
    36. 36. Zoho Notebook
    37. 37. 23andme
    38. 38. BreakupEmail
    39. 39. Hulu
    40. 40. The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form
    41. 41. Pandora
    42. 42. Pet Peek
    43. 43.
    44. 44. RU Watching This?
    45. 45. Addictomatic
    46. 46. Criminal Searches
    47. 47. Criminal Searches
    48. 48. WolframAlpha
    49. 49. OneLook
    50. 50. Rollyo
    51. 51. Twellow
    52. 52. WhatIs?
    53. 53. Ars Technica
    54. 54. Daily Lit
    55. 55. Mental Floss
    56. 56. Politico
    57. 57. Stateline
    58. 58. iBraryGuy
    59. 59.
    60. 60. GetHuman
    61. 61. MoFuse
    62. 62. MoFuse
    63. 63. OpenOffice
    64. 64. PageOnce
    65. 65. Remember the Milk
    66. 66. FreeCycle
    67. 67. Gazelle
    68. 68. IdealBite
    69. 69. Think Geek
    70. 70. Woot!
    71. 71. BookCrossing
    72. 72. FixYa
    73. 73. GoodReads
    74. 74. OneAcross
    75. 75. Shelfari
    76. 76. Still Tasty?
    77. 77. Thank You <ul><li>John DiGilio </li></ul><ul><li>Manager, US Research; Reed Smith </li></ul><ul><li>Gayle Lynn-Nelson </li></ul><ul><li>Senior Librarian Relations Consultant; LexisNexis </li></ul>
    78. 78. For Copies of this Presentation and the Handout: <ul><li>Go to! </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>