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Nature makes all articles free to view – with major restrictions

News release: “All research papers from Nature will be made free to [emphasis added] read in a proprietary screen-view format that can be annotated but not copied, printed or downloaded, the journal’s publisher Macmillan announced on 2 December. The content-sharing policy, which also applies to 48 other journals in Macmillan’s Nature Publishing Group (NPG) division, including Nature Genetics,Continue Reading

Thinking the unthinkable – doing away with the library catalogue

Thinking the unthinkable – doing away with the library catalogue, Based on a paper presented by Simone Kortekaas at the 37th UKSG Annual Conference, Harrogate, April 2014. Insights: the UKSG journal, published online Monday, November 03, 2014. “In this article we will first explain how we came to our decision to focus on delivery instead of worrying about discovery.Continue Reading

Modifying an Off-the-Shelf Wireless Router for PDF Ballot Tampering

Modifying an Off-the-Shelf Wireless Router for PDF Ballot Tampering – Daniel M. Zimmerman and Joseph R. Kiniry, Galois, Inc., 421 SW 6th Ave., Suite 300, Portland, OR 97204. November 7, 2014 “Abstract – In order to highlight the dangers associated with Internet voting carried out over electronic mail with PDF forms, we show that an off-the-shelf home Internet router can be easilyContinue Reading

Policy Challenges of Accelerating Technological Change

DTP 106: Policy Challenges of Accelerating Technological Change: Security Policy and Strategy Implications of Parallel Scientific Revolutions, James Kadtke and Linton Wells II “This paper examines policy, legal, ethical, and strategy implications for national security of the accelerating science, technology, and engineering (ST&E) revolutions underway in five broad areas: biology, robotics, information, nanotechnology, and energy (BRINE),Continue Reading

South Asian American Digital Archive

“The South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Philadelphia, PA. Mission – SAADA creates a more inclusive society by giving voice to South Asian Americans through documenting, preserving, and sharing stories that represent their unique and diverse experiences. Vision –  We envision American and world histories that fully acknowledge theContinue Reading

Measuring the Information Society 2014

“The MIS Report, which has been published annually since 2009, features key ICT data and benchmarking tools to measure the information society, including the ICT Development Index (IDI). The IDI captures the level of ICT developments in 166 economies worldwide and compares progress made during the last year. The MIS 2014 highlights the relationship between ICTContinue Reading

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

“Symantec has established the most comprehensive source of Internet threat data in the world through the Symantec™ Global Intelligence Network, which is made up of more than 41.5 million attack sensors and records thousands of events per second. This network monitors threat activity in over 157 countries and territories through a combination of Symantec products and services such as Symantec DeepSight™ Threat Management System,Continue Reading

Search engine for the Internet of Things

“Thingful® is a search engine for the Internet of Things, providing a unique geographical index of connected objects around the world, including energy, radiation, weather, and air quality devices as well as seismographs, iBeacons, ships, aircraft and even animal trackers. Thingful’s powerful search capabilities enable people to find devices, datasets and realtime data sources byContinue Reading

When does the stock market listen to economic news?

Ivan Medovikov – Department of Economics, Brock University, Ontario, Canada, October 30, 2014. “We study association between macroeconomic news and stock market returns using the statistical theory of copulas, and a new comprehensive measure of news based on the indexing of news wires. We find the impact of economic news on equity returns to be nonlinear and asymmetric. InContinue Reading

The Miner’s Dilemma – Paper

The Miner’s Dilemma – Ittay Eya, November 26, 2014 “An open distributed system can be secured by requiring participants to present proof of work and rewarding them for participation. The Bitcoin digital currency introduced this mechanism, which is adopted by almost all contemporary digital currencies and related services.  A natural process leads participants of such systemsContinue Reading

What Internet Users Know about Technology and the Web

“American internet users’ knowledge of the modern technology landscape varies widely across a range of topics, according to a new knowledge quiz conducted by the Pew Research Center as part of its ongoing series commemorating the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web. To take the quiz for yourself before reading the full report, click here. TheContinue Reading

How many academic documents are visible and freely available on the Web?

Khabsa M, Giles CL (2014) The Number of Scholarly Documents on the Public Web. PLoS ONE 9(5): e93949. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0093949 “The number of scholarly documents available on the web is estimated using capture/recapture methods by studying the coverage of two major academic search engines: Google Scholar and Microsoft Academic Search. Our estimates show that at leastContinue Reading