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Transforming the business through social tools

“After years of rapid and increasing adoption, the use of social technologies has become a common business practice. Now the responses to McKinsey’s latest survey on these technologies indicate that in certain functions (namely, sales and marketing), companies are applying social tools extensively and becoming more digital organizations overall. We asked executives about their companies’Continue Reading

Do Experts or Collective Intelligence Write with More Bias?

Do Experts or Collective Intelligence Write with More Bias? Evidence from Encyclopædia Britannica and Wikipedia. Shane Greenstein, Feng Zhu. Working Paper 15-023. October 10, 2014. “Britannica and Wikipedia are sources that aspire to provide comprehensive information. They both face similar challenges over the length, tone, and factual basis of controversial, unverifiable, and subjective content. SuchContinue Reading

NAL Unveils New Search Engine for Published USDA Research

“The National Agricultural Library (NAL) has unveiled PubAg, a user-friendly search engine that gives the public enhanced access to research published by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. NAL is part of USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS). PubAg, which can be found at PubAg.nal.usda.gov, is a new portal for literature searches and full-text access ofContinue Reading

Second Annual Report on How Personal Technology is Changing our Lives

“Microsoft’s second annual survey of Internet users around the world, released here in advance of the World Economic Forum that is taking place this week in Davos, Switzerland, shows that fifteen years into the 21st century, Internet users still think overwhelmingly that personal technology is making the world better and more vital. Large majorities ofContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Step 1 to Information Literacy

Via LLRX.com – Step 1 to Information Literacy – This is the first of a three part series by Lorette Weldon. She discusses the role of “The Three T’s” – talking, tinkering, and traveling, in relationship to building a bond between librarians and customers seeking reference and research services.

NISO Recommended Practice on Metadata Indicators for Accessibility – Licensing of E-Content

“The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has published a new Recommended Practice on Access License and Indicators (NISO RP-22-2015) that defines metadata to be used to indicate free-to-read content and a link to license terms for the use/re-use of that content. Developed by the NISO Working Group on Access License and Indicators (formerly Open AccessContinue Reading

Living Knowledge: The British Library 2015-2023

“This short publication lays out the key strategic priorities for the British Library on its journey to its 50th anniversary and beyond, and sets them in a framework of six purposes which explain, as simply and clearly as we can, the enduring ways in which the public funding we receive helps to deliver tangible publicContinue Reading

Ad Network Turn Will Suspend Zombie Cookie Program. When Will Verizon?

Via EFF – “Advertising network Turn announced today that they will suspend their zombie tracking cookie program. Turn was recently caught using Verizon Wireless’ invasive UIDH header to undelete tracking cookies that web visitors had previously deleted. This unacceptable practice means that users who delete cookies to avoid Turn’s and others’ tracking will continue toContinue Reading

Google – Still in the Search

How Google Search Dealt With Mobile – The Never Ending Search by Steven Levy. In-depth reporting and writing about the continuing evolution of Google search from both a tactical and strategic perspective. For consumers, researchers, librarians, lawyers and educators, this is a must read. It takes time, focus and mindfulness to read long articles inContinue Reading

Social Media and the Cost of Caring

“For generations, commentators have worried about the impact of technology on people’s stress. Trains and industrial machinery were seen as noisy disruptors of pastoral village life that put people on edge. Telephones interrupted quiet times in homes. Watches and clocks added to the de-humanizing time pressures on factory workers to be productive. Radio and televisionContinue Reading

Federal Leaders Digital Insight Study

“The Federal Leaders Digital Insight Study, conducted by the National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) in collaboration with ICF, is the inaugural report designed to survey Federal Leaders’ perspectives about the pace with which the government is adopting, applying, and leveraging technological advancements in service to its constituencies. The study found that Federal Leaders believeContinue Reading

National Academy of Sciences Releases Report – Bulk Collection of Signals Intelligence

James R. Clapper – Director of National Intelligence” “On January 17, 2014, the President, through Presidential Policy Directive 28, directed my office to assess “the feasibility of creating software that would allow the Intelligence Community more easily to conduct targeted information acquisition rather than bulk collection.” In order to fulfill this direction, I asked the National AcademyContinue Reading