Monday, February 8, 1999

About the Author:

Internet e-zine guru Todd Kuipers

Todd Kuipers is a software designer/Internet consultant, living and breathing, with his wife Susanna, in Calgary, Alberta. He is resident at Merak Projects currently working on Web based implementations of their petroleum softwareand their Web site. He spends his spare time reading, writing, reading and writing about beer, tasting beer, reviewing anything that he comes across and providing pure research skills to paying customers. Current and past things Todd and Internet can be seen at http://propagandist.com/.

One time proprietor of the currently defunct "E-mail-zines list", a listing of e-zines available via e-mail, Todd kept his interest in "low-bandwidth active delivery content" and currently subscribes to (and generally reads) 80+ e-mail publications on a wide variety of topics.


  

Full-column and topic INDEX

Nothing new about my office to bother you with but, I've be working hard on the Canadian Beer Review and have added an e-mail newsletter to the site (featured/reviewed in a future column of course). Drop by a take a peek and let me know what you think.

And keeping with this Canadian theme, this week I'm going to cover another Canadian based publication called NETWORKING with a Canadian short take at the end. Keep the recommendations coming.

Review - NETWORKING

Quick Rating:
Overall - 5
Content - 5
Writing - 5
Regularity - 5
Extras - 5

E-zine Description: From the site:

Networking is a biweekly bulletin dedicated to disseminating news and information about activities and developments in distance education and learning technologies at Canadian colleges, universities, and organizations. Networking provides a forum for you to announce innovations at your organization, and will keep you current on new programmes, partnerships, appointments, projects, courses, technologies, and funding opportunities.

Frequency of Publication: semi-monthy

Subscription Instructions:
Visit:
http://cirrus.node.on.ca/networking/subscribe/

WWW location:
http://node.on.ca/networking/

Contact Information:

editor: Erin Bale

Cost: free

Review

Content - 5
A well designed newsletter, it provides extensive information on education issues in Canada (and elsewhere). Each issue is divided into Feature Story, News Briefs, Calls (for papers/speakers) and Career Opportunities sections with occasional other sections like Website Watch and Publications of Note. NETWORKING is similar to the Edupage, but focuses much more on educational issues rather than being a broad technology news forum. Loaded full of information this 20 month old newsletter is consistent in its content and information coverage.

Writing Quality/Style - 5
Very well presented, written and edited. Obviously done by professionals with a good knowledge of the Canadian educational community.

Regularity - 4
Punctual like clockwork - within mere hours every half month.

Extras - 5
All the proper standard bits are here: un/subscribe, copyright, contact info etc. The associated site provides a full archive of all articles and issues, and also maintains pages covering the major topic heads from each issue. Nicely designed to boot.

Overall - 5
Pretty impressive. I've read through the past 8 issues and have found lots of information and news bits seemingly not available in other e-mail publications (at least in the few dozen I subscribe to). It's also nice to see what the Canadian university and college network is spending their time and money researching and developing. Well done!

E-zine Title: canadian content

E-zine Description: >From the site:

canadian content is a forum for thoughts and rants on what canada is (or isn't) from the inside and out. we welcome articles, interviews, factoids, etc. relating to being canadian (or being human). our mandate? to give everyone a soapbox.

Was just introduced to this publication this evening. Pretty interesting and well worth a visit, if you're interested in things Canadian, (and who isn't really...). Been around for almost a year and covers an eclectic set of Canadian news and issues and stuff.

Frequency of Publication: Monthly

Subscription Instructions: Visit http://www.geocities.com/~cancontent/

WWW location:
http://www.geocities.com/~cancontent/

Contact Information:
e-mail: cancontent@geocities.com

Cost: free

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