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Pew – Information Overload

“A new Pew Research Center survey finds that, for the most part, the large majority of Americans do not feel that information overload is a problem for them. Some 20% say they feel overloaded by information, a decline from the 27% figure from a decade ago, while 77% say they like having so much information at their fingertips. Two-thirds (67%) say that having more information at their disposals actually helps to simplify their lives. The survey shows that most Americans are comfortable with their abilities to cope with information flows in their day-to-day lives. Moreover, those who own more devices are also the ones who feel more on top of the data and media flows in their lives. Those who are more likely to feel information overload have less technology and are poorer, less well-educated and older…”

Digital Science Releases Global Research Identifier Database Under CC0 License

December 5th 2016: “Digital Science, a leading technology company serving the needs of scientific and research communities announced  today that the Global Research Identifier Database (GRID) dataset will be made available under a CC0 license allowing users to make full use of the database releases with no need for attribution. The CC0 license means that… Continue Reading

Pew – U.S. Public Divides Over Food Science

Differing views on benefits and risks of organic foods, GMOs as Americans report higher priority for healthy eating, By Cary Funk and Brian Kennedy – “Food has become a flashpoint in American culture and politics. In the past generation, Americans have witnessed the introduction of genetically modified crops, the rise of the organic food industry,… Continue Reading

Oxford English Dictionaries Word of the Year

I took some time before posting this as I considered it appropriate to have a brief allbeit significant benchmark for the use of this new word to be acknowledged and actively used in the press and in academe. “The Word of the Year 2016 is…After much discussion, debate, and research, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of… Continue Reading

Snowden interviewed by Yahoo News in Russia

“In an exclusive interview in Russia with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric, Edward Snowden, the fugitive whistleblower who leaked information about U.S. surveillance activities, says he is “kind of encouraged” by the idea that Russian President Vladimir Putin might return him to the U.S. to stand trial because that would show the world he’s… Continue Reading

Analysis of some of what President Elect is Reading

 BuzzFeed News analyzed all the links Donald Trump tweeted since he launched his presidential campaign to determine where the president-elect gets his news. “…To better understand Trump’s media consumption, BuzzFeed News turned to the president-elect’s largest source of public proclamations and shared news: Twitter. While Trump’s media consumption and methods appear opaque and unconventional, the… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Legal Tech Evangelist Calls for Engagement on Civil Liberties Post Election

Via LLRX.com – Legal Tech Evangelist Calls for Engagement on Civil Liberties Post Election. Nicole Black, a Rochester, New York attorney and Legal Technology Evangelist delivers a clarion call for colleagues to expand their engagement with groups that work for civil liberties in the United States. Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Evolution of Service Models in the New Law Library

Via LLRX.com – Evolution of Service Models in the New Law Library – Marcia Burris addresses the critical issues that impact how user-leveraged and expert-leveraged service models are changing the role of librarians, inclusive of the application of greater subject matter expertise and a pro-active approach to meet firm information needs. Continue Reading

Reuters reveals use of new tool to verify breaking Twitter news

The Verge: “Reuters has developed a tool capable of automatically detecting and verifying breaking news on Twitter, in an attempt to report on events more rapidly and accurately. The tool, known as Reuters News Tracer, has been developed over the past two years, but Reuters only made it public this week, in interviews with the… Continue Reading

Report – The Distribution of Users’ Computer Skills: Worse Than You Think

Jakob Nielsen on November 13, 2016. “Summary: Across 33 rich countries, only 5% of the population has high computer-related abilities, and only a third of people can complete medium-complexity tasks. One of usability’s most hard-earned lessons is that you are not the user. This is why it’s a disaster to guess at the users’ needs.… Continue Reading

Explore – philanthropic media organization

“explore.org, the online portal for explore, is a community destination where people share thoughts, engage in dialogue, view and email films and photographs, and embed their favorites on blogs and social networking sites…. Led by founder Charles Annenberg Weingarten, the explore Team embarks on fact-finding missions to meet the courageous leaders of the non-profit world… Continue Reading

EFF Fighting NSL Gag Orders With Help From CREDO and Internet Archive

News release: “…EFF has been litigating the constitutionality of NSLs on behalf of unnamed clients in a total of three related court cases beginning in 2011. This week, telecom provider CREDO confirmed that it was the company involved in one of these long-running cases, and published the letters it received three years ago. CREDO, represented… Continue Reading