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Category Archives: Internet

Libraries and the Internet of Things

OCLC – Libraries and the Internet of Things (IoT) – What does a world where billions of everyday objects connect to each other and share information mean for libraries? IoT presents major opportunities for libraries to connect their services to more people—and things—in more places than ever before. [Download the entire issue in PDF], Issue 24 May 2015.

Features

Is your library a ‘Thing’? – It’s important for your library to be a ‘Thing’ and not a ‘String’ if you want to connect with users on the Web.

Shining a light on the essential work libraries do
Programs like the Outside the Box initiative give libraries a chance to do more community outreach. And new programs are equipping libraries to lead learning initiatives for information workers.

OCLC acquires Sustainable Collection Services
With this acquisition, OCLC is accelerating its initiative to help its members work together to accomplish their shared-print objectives.

Library Services Platforms – A Maturing Genre of Products

ALA’s Library Technology Reports May/June 2015 (Vol. 51, No.4) by Marshall Breeding “This issue of Library Technology Reports covers a variety of issues related to the genre of library services platforms. These products represent the latest wave of automation systems for libraries that depart in many ways from those of the previous era and thatContinue Reading

UN Report Champions Encryption and Anonymity

EPIC – “The UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression released a report today supporting strong encryption and anonymity tools. The Rapporteur finds that, “States should not restrict encryption and anonymity, which facilitate and often enable the rights to freedom of opinion and expression.” EPIC previously urged the UN to support secure, anonymous communications, stating,Continue Reading

KPCB’s Mary Meeker – 2015 Internet Trends Report

Internet Trends 2015 – Code Conference – Mary Meeker – Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) – May 27, 2015. Outline as follows: 1) Internet – Two – Thirds of a Generation In… 2) Key Internet Trends 3) Re-Imagining Continues… 4) America’s Evolving Work Environment… 5) Big Internet Markets = China/India 6) Public / Private CompanyContinue Reading

Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google

Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google – A review of James Palfrey’s new book ‘BiblioTech,’ and the culturally critical role libraries play. By Amien Essif / AlterNet – May 11, 2015 “James Palfrey, in his new book BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google, gives someContinue Reading

The Art of Insight in Science and Engineering

The Art of Insight in Science and Engineering – Mastering Complexity, Sanjoy Mahajan. 2014-09-02. The MIT Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts. London, England. “Science and engineering, our modern ways of understanding and altering the world, are said to be about accuracy and precision. Yet we best masterthe complexity of our world by cultivating insight rather than precision.Continue Reading

The Library of Congress: Web Archive Collections

Web Archive Collections – Researcher Access to Publicly Available Web Archive Collections is here The following is a list of all web archive collections developed by or in partnership with the Library of Congress. These are in various stages of production. U.S. Election Web Archives U.S. Congressional/Legislative Web Archives Law Library Web Archives Single SitesContinue Reading

The Library of Babel

“The Library of Babel is a place for scholars to do research, for artists and writers to seek inspiration, for anyone with curiosity or a sense of humor to reflect on the weirdness of existence – in short, it’s just like any other library. If completed, it would contain every possible combination of 1,312,000 characters,Continue Reading

Investigating With Databases: Verifying Data Quality

“The Verification Handbook for Investigative Reporting is a new guide to online search and research techniques to using user-generated content and open source information in investigations. Published by the European Journalism Centre, a GIJN member based in the Netherlands, the manual consists of ten chapters and is available for free download. We’re pleased to reprint below chapter 5,Continue Reading

Jumpstart Your Foreign, Comparative, and International Research

By Lyonette Louis Jacques & Mary Rumsey: “When we need to jumpstart our research engines to help others find information, a world of people can help us. Working as part of a global legal information community can be pretty nifty! So, if your foreign, comparative, and international law (FCIL) research engine won’t start, find someContinue Reading

Information Retrieval with Verbose Queries

Information Retrieval with Verbose Queries – Manish Gupta and Michael Bendersky, March 2015. “Recently, the focus of many novel search applications shifted from short keyword queries to verbose natural language queries. Examples include question answering systems and dialogue systems, voice search on mobile devices and entity search engines like Facebook’s Graph Search or Google’s KnowledgeContinue Reading

Human Rights Perspective on U.S. Courts and the Constitutional Regulation of Internet

Land, Molly K., A Human Rights Perspective on U.S. Courts and the Constitutional Regulation of the Internet (May 20, 2015). Forthcoming in INTERNET LAW, FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS, AND CONSTITUTIONAL ADJUDICATION (Graziella Romeo & Oreste Pollicino eds., Routledge 2015). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2608625 “This chapter examines the approaches used by the U.S. Supreme Court andContinue Reading