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The latest issue of Online Currents (Volume 29 Part 3) contains the following material:
Digging up roots: Online resources for DIY genealogy – Cathy Kristiansen
The internet can be a highly productive place to conduct family history research. Enormous searchable databases of digitised birth, marriage and death records, property documents and wills, ship passenger and convict transportation lists, and countless other pieces of history, are becoming available at a rapid rate, driven by a soaring interest in ancestry. Aside from tapping into existing old documents, the new tool of DNA testing offers an unprecedented avenue for reaching into the past. Libraries are a key part of the explosion in genealogy interest, setting up family history websites stocked with articles and online links for ancestral research.
The TED phenomenon – Jane Douglas
TED Conference and TED Talks are the backbone of a rapidly expanding phenomenon that promotes innovation and sharing of ideas. TED projects and content provide funding, resource, inspiration and a platform for communication for corporations, foundations, educational bodies and private individuals. TED’s reach is global and its influence undeniable but it is not without its detractors.
Cybersecurity for information professionals: The organizational dimension – Matt Moore and Kelly Tall
This article focuses on the organisational aspects of cybersecurity. We begin by identifying potential hostile parties and the methods they use to penetrate systems. Outlining the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, we discuss the responses to cybersecurity issues by information professionals and their role in this environment.
Online encyclopedias – Jon Jermey
We all know about Wikipedia – I hope – but what happens if you want to know more about specific topics, regions or locations? What if you’re a child, or a user with poor English skills, who wants information in an easily-read form? What if you have a particular religious or political point of view? Fortunately – or perhaps otherwise – there are nearly as many online encyclopedias as there are age and interest groups. This article takes a look at just some of the many available.
- A brief look at business happenings
- A collection of musings and thoughts on the worlds of libraries and information
- A selection of recommended publications
- New, recent and updated systems, services and online collections
- Explores sites with useful content, thought-provoking ideas and opportunities for Interaction
- Conference papers
- Upcoming conferences
For the pdf version of the table of contents, click here: OLC Vol 29 No 3 Contents.