Archive for July, 2006

Free financial information on the web

July 7, 2006

Search engines Yahoo and Google offer a lot of free financial information. Take a look at:

for example Inbev:


Publishers unite against Google

July 6, 2006

An article in The Guardian tries to explain the fear of the tradtional book industry regarding the plans of the search engine company Google.

A year ago Google announced plans to digitise the books of five libraries – the New York public library, the Bodleian in Oxford and the libraries of Stanford, Harvard and the University of Michigan.  With the online search engine Google Book Search you could scan through all those books.

The publishing industry claimed the process infringed its most valuable asset, copyright.

Google wins in Germany

July 5, 2006

The Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft (WBG) and the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels lost their battle with Google over the Google Books Library Project. Find more details on the Dutch website

Informatie Professional

Not so quiet in the library

July 4, 2006

Libraries aren’t as quiet as in yesteryears. They are evolving into busy community centers.


Annual reports

July 3, 2006

We have an archive of Belgian annual reports in pdf. Most companies don’t keep an archive of annual reports on their website.

Annual reports

Scientific publishers should let their online readers become reviewers, says Nature

July 3, 2006

Nature offers a fresh look on the peer review system:
Who are the peers in peer review? In journals such as Nature, they usually have a PhD and work in a field relevant to the paper under consideration. If they are academics, they may be tenured professors, usually people on a relatively short list of experts who have agreed to review papers. The process is not perfect, yet long experience has shown it to be better than the alternatives.

But now a new kind of peer review is emerging online, outside the scientific community, and it’s worth asking if there are lessons for science. In the Internet age, ‘peer’ is coming to mean everyman more than professional of equal rank.

Perhaps the most dramatic example is Wikipedia, an online encyclopaedia written and edited by more than 100,000 volunteers.

Change of opening hours

July 3, 2006

During summerholiday, from 3th of July untill 22d of September 2006, the library will be open as follows:

Monday till Friday: 9.00 – 16.00