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    Overheard on the Web, and other Web links
    From The Herald's Research Editor

    Friday, May 06, 2005

    Random tidbits 

    Some things I've run into worth a look:

    Bethlehem Bloggers is a report (from 'The Bethlehem Ghetto') from some Palestinians and international residents of Bethlehem. It's a nice looking blog with neat photographs (although they seem to be having some formatting problems at present). Interesting to see what people are talking about there.

    Whatever happened to polio? is an interactive site from the Smithsonian Institution on the history and progress of the fight against polio. Relevant, as there is still news of polio outbreaks in Africa and Indonesia because of Muslim fear of vaccinations from the U.S.; and to thousands of polio survivors (like me) still living in the United States.

    Philly Feed is a new Podcasting service from the Philadelphia Daily News (another Knight Ridder newspaper). It includes interviews, sports talk, and music. There's room for comments and a place to upload your songs. A great service for a newspaper to offer.

    There's lots of discussion of the new Google Web Accelerator, which you must install to run your Web searching through Google's servers, where it retrieves cached versions of Web pages faster than using your own ISP. Many commenters feel this is giving Google too much information about what you're searching. A reader in China found he could use it to see sites blocked by China's ISPs. Jeff Jarvis, among others, is against it.

    For more on the latest exciting bird discovery, Rediscovering the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker gives you the background and the videos, from Cornell's Ornithology dept.

    Lots of talk about Global Voices, the news aggregator that finds useful news from blogs around the world, especially from places you don't often hear from.

    posted by liz at 12:33 PM
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    Elisabeth Donovan

    Elisabeth (Liz) Donovan was a Herald librarian for 10 years, and Research Editor for 13 years. She came to The Herald in 1981, following several years at the Washington Post. She started blogging in 2000, with a news research blog, followed by the blog at in 2003. A frequent speaker and writer on news research, she was honored in 2004 by the News Division of the Special Libraries Association for her contributions to the field.

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