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The ever-popular Gary Price

The ever-popular Gary Price

Gary Price giving his annual update of what’s new and hot on ResourceShelf—it’s a popular and expected tradition! And even regular attendees know they can pick up some new, cool sites, as well as Gary’s tips and techniques. He says the hot keywords for this year are the following:

  • Mobile
  • Social
  • Mobile/social
  • Ebooks

Just that morning, Microsoft introduced a new Academic Search (http://academic.research.microsoft.com). For now it only covers computer science but it does offer an interesting visualization tool. Microsoft’s previous effort in this area, Windows Live Academic, only lasted from 2006 to 2008. For some additional details, check out Gary’s post at www.resourceshelf.com/2009/10/26/microsoft-launches-academic-search-beta-2.

Like Chris Sherman, Gary likes many of Microsoft Bing’s features. He says the bird’s eye view in Maps is unique.

He likes Collecta (www.collecta.com) for searching Twitter and other social sites.

I was surprised to see the free information available from The Official WhitePages (www.whitepages.com). It offers reverse phone and address searching and a neighbor search feature. Of course, when I tested it, it was full of wrong info—neighbors who had moved away years earlier.

He also covered a number of interesting mobile applications, some information visualization sites, and legal resources. He tries to cover a lot of ground! Luckily, all the links from his presentation are available at http://bit.ly/resourceshelf09.

Paula J. Hane

ITI News Bureau Chief