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Text & Data Mining – A Librarian Overview

Text & Data Mining – A Librarian Overview, Ann Okerson – Senior Advisor, Center for Research Libraries, Chicago IL, USA “Text and data mining offers exciting research opportunities over a broad range of fields. As large corpora of data accumulate, automated and semi-automated analysis of their contents (and often of many different data sets correlatedContinue Reading

Guardian – NSA loophole allows warrantless search for US citizens’ emails and phone calls

Spy agency has secret backdoor permission to search databases for individual Americans’ communications – “The National Security Agency has a secret backdoor into its vast databases under a legal authority enabling it to search for US citizens’email and phone calls without a warrant, according to a top-secret document passed to the Guardian by Edward Snowden. The previouslyContinue Reading

Historic Treaty Adopted, Boosts Access to Books for Visually Impaired Persons Worldwide

News release: “International negotiators meeting under the auspices of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) adopted [on June 27, 2013] a landmark new treaty that boosts access to books for the benefit of hundreds of millions of people who are blind, visually impaired and print-disabled. The treaty, approved after more than a week of intenseContinue Reading

2013 University of California Open Access Policy

News release: “The Academic Senate of the University of California has passed an Open Access Policy, ensuring that future research articles authored by faculty at all 10 campuses of UC will be made available to the public at no charge. “The Academic Council’s adoption of this policy on July 24, 2013, came after a six-yearContinue Reading

Report – MIT and the Prosecution of Aaron Swartz

Follow up to previous postings on Aaron Swartz, see this Report to the President: – “MIT and the Prosecution of Aaron Swartz: “In January 2013, MIT President L. Rafael Reif asked Professor Hal Abelson to lead a thorough analysis of MIT’s involvement in the Aaron Swartz matter, from the time that MIT first perceived unusualContinue Reading

Social Mobilization and the Networked Public Sphere: Mapping the SOPA-PIPA Debate

“The Berkman Center for Internet & Society is pleased to announce the release of a new publication from the Media Cloud project, Social Mobilization and the Networked Public Sphere: Mapping the SOPA-PIPA Debate, authored by Yochai Benkler, Hal Roberts, Rob Faris, Alicia Solow-Niederman, and Bruce Etling.  In this paper, we use a new set ofContinue Reading

Commentary – Ebooks in 2013

Ebooks in 2013 – Promises broken, promises kept, and Faustian bargains, By Clifford A. Lynch “Printed books have served us rather well—as a society, as readers, and as authors—for centuries. When the possibilities of ebooks first emerged, we hoped that they would build on this strong foundation, improving the experience of the printed book, makingContinue Reading

Brief of Digital Humanities and Law Scholars as Amici Curiae in Authors Guild v. Hathitrust

Jockers, Matthew L., Sag, Matthew and Schultz, Jason, Brief of Digital Humanities and Law Scholars as Amici Curiae in Authors Guild v. Hathitrust (June 4, 2013). Available at SSRN “This Amicus Brief was filed in the United States Court of Appeal for the Second Circuit in the case of Authors Guild v. Hathitrust on JuneContinue Reading

Competitive Advantage: The Economic Impact of Properly Licensed Software

Competitive Advantage: The Economic Impact of Properly Licensed Software – Global Study Conducted for BSA by INSEAD eLab: “Public Services Online: Digital by Default or by Detour? The 2012 eGovernment benchmark provide insight in three broad areas: A demand-side citizen view of public services – based on a representative sample, of 28,000 European internet-using citizens. Three life-events are assessed: starting a business,Continue Reading

Copyright in the Digital Era: Building Evidence for Policy

“Over the course of several decades, copyright protection has been expanded and extended through legislative changes occasioned by national and international developments. The content and technology industries affected by copyright and its exceptions, and in some cases balancing the two, have become increasingly important as sources of economic growth, relatively high-paying jobs, and exports. SinceContinue Reading

NYT – As Works Flood In, Nation’s Library Treads Water

New York Times, Jennifer Steinhauer: “Just as military contractors, air traffic controllers and federal workers are coping with the grim results of a partisan impasse over the federal deficit, the Library of Congress, whose services range from copyrighting written works — whether famous novels or poems scribbled on napkins — to the collection, preservation andContinue Reading

PLUS Registry – Find and contact artists, rights-holders, licensors, licensees and archives

“The PLUS Registry is an online resource developed and operated cooperatively by a global Coalition of all communities engaged in creating, using, distributing and preserving images. Search the Registry to find rights and descriptive information (“metadata”) for any image, and to find current contact information for related creators, rights holders and institutions. Register for aContinue Reading