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Missing links: The digital news preservation discontinuity

Missing links: The digital news preservation discontinuity, by Dorothy Carner, Edward McCain, and Frederick Zarndt. Submitted on: 8/4/2014. IFLA 2014 Lyon.

“That the spread of printed news has changed dramatically since the Internet and the Web is no news to anyone. The Christian Science Monitor, in print since 1908, ceased daily publication in 2009 to focus on web-based publishing (CSM still publishes a weekly print edition). One month before this, The Seattle Post Intelligencer stopped its print edition.  More recently, Lloyd’s List, which claims to be the world’s oldest newspaper, announced that it would stop its print edition. These are but a few examples of news publishers that no longer print the news on paper. While these newspapers stopped printing news, they did not stop publishing news. Instead they now concentrate on digital news. Similarly and until only recently, the IFLA Newspapers Section has focused on cataloguing, collecting, and preservation of printed news. With few exceptions, Section members do not catalog, collect, and preserve digital news with the same diligence as they have in past given to newspapers. In this paper we will review digital news publishing, both for traditional news publishers like the Christian Science Monitor and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and for digital only publishers like The Huffington Post, The Texas Tribune, NewsWhip, and others. We will especially look at the publishers’ digital preservation policies and practices. The result? For that you will have to read the paper or listen to the presentation. But you won’t be surprised if we hint that there is a humungous collection, catalogue, and preservation gap between the printed and digital.”

Market Reaction to Information Technology Investment Announcements in Russian Firms

Boyko, Xenia and Rogova, Elena and Roztocki, Narcyz and Weistroffer, Heinz Roland, Market Reaction to Information Technology Investment Announcements in Russian Firms (August 8, 2014). Proceedings of the 20th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), 2014. Available at for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2480622 “This study examines the stock market reaction to announcements of information technology (IT)Continue Reading

IRS IG – Some Contractor Personnel Without Background Investigations Had Access to Taxpayer Data

Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration - Some Contractor Personnel Without Background Investigations Had Access to Taxpayer Data and Other Sensitive Information. July 7, 2014. Reference Number: 2014-10-037 “Taxpayer and other SBU information may be at risk due to a lack of background investigation requirements in five contracts for courier, printing, document recovery, and sign language interpreter services. For example,Continue Reading

Tablets join the Navy toolkit for managing maintenance procedures

Kris Osborn – Defense.org: “The Navy has begun a new pilot program to put tablets on board a destroyer in order to reduce paperwork and more efficiently streamline maintenance procedures, service officials said. Roughly 20 wireless tablets will soon arrive on board the USS Laboon, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer currently pier side in Norfolk, Va., Rear Adm.Continue Reading

Cell Phone Guide For US Protesters, Updated 2014 Edition

EFF: “With major protests in the news again, we decided it’s time to update our cell phone guide for protestors. A lot has changed since we last published this report in 2011, for better and for worse. On the one hand, we’ve learned more about the massive volume of law enforcement requests for cell phone—ranging from location informationContinue Reading

Defense Department military equipment distributed free to states around the country

New York Times – “Most U.S. counties have received at least some military equipment through a free Pentagon surplus program.” See also Tools of War in Counties Across the U.S. – “State and local police departments, like the one in Ferguson, Mo., get some of their military-style equipment through a free Defense Department program created in the early 1990s. BelowContinue Reading