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OCLC Research Library Linked Data in the Cloud

“Librarians, archivists, computer scientists, and other professionals interested in modeling bibliographic descriptions as linked data are invited to attend this webinar in which the authors will describe the conceptual and technical challenges involved in publishing linked data derived from traditional library metadata. This transformation is urgent because it is now common knowledge that most searches for information start not in the library, nor even in a Web-accessible library catalog, but elsewhere on the Internet. Modeling data in a form that the broader Web understands may help keep libraries relevant in the Digital Information Age. Download webinar slides (.pptx) [link] to gain more insights into linked data from the authors, including what lessons they learned about linked data as they wrote the book, and how these lessons helped them to identify and prioritize the next steps for library linked data.”

Inspector General Warns: Significant Oversight of Section 215 Required

EPIC – “The DOJ’s Office of the Inspector General released a report this month detailing the FBI’s use of Section 215 and warning that “significant oversight” is required. The Inspector General describes the FBI’s expanding use of 215 to collect electronic information in bulk and criticized the agency for taking seven years to develop minimizationContinue Reading

Quantitative Analysis of Writing Style on the U.S. Supreme Court

Carlson, Keith and Livermore, Michael A. and Rockmore, Daniel, A Quantitative Analysis of Writing Style on the U.S. Supreme Court (March 11, 2015). Washington University Law Review, Vol. 93, No. 6, 2016; Virginia Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper No. 3. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2554516 “This paper presents the results of aContinue Reading

CRS – Tracking Federal Funds: USAspending.gov and Other Data Sources

Tracking Federal Funds: USAspending.gov and Other Data Sources. Merete F. Gerli, Information Research Specialist. May 13, 2015. “Finding data on federal grants and contracts awarded to states and congressional districts, local governments, nonprofit organizations, contractors, and other eligible entities may present challenges. The official website, USAspending.gov, at http://www.usaspending.gov, collects data on grants, loans, insurance, assistance,Continue Reading

Making Archival and Special Collections More Accessible

OCLC Research Report – “Key highlights: Institutions should undertake an accurate census of their archival collections as a foundation for acting strategically in meeting user needs, allocating available resources, and securing additional funding. Accurately describing unprocessed and therefore hidden collections is a daunting but important task that is a necessary prerequisite for discovery. Practitioners shouldContinue Reading

3.3-million-year-old stone tools from Lomekwi 3, West Turkana, Kenya

“Human evolutionary scholars have long supposed that the earliest stone tools were made by the genus Homo and that this technological development was directly linked to climate change and the spread of savannah grasslands. New fieldwork in West Turkana, Kenya, has identified evidence of much earlier hominin technological behaviour. We report the discovery of LomekwiContinue Reading

Americans’ Attitudes About Privacy, Security and Surveillance

“Two new Pew Research Center surveys explore [the issues of privacy and surveillance] and place them in the wider context of the tracking and profiling that occurs in commercial arenas. The surveys find that Americans feel privacy is important in their daily lives in a number of essential ways. Yet, they have a pervasive sense thatContinue Reading

2015 PMG Benchmark: IT and UX

“Alignment between IT and the business has progressed significantly according to the 2015 PMG IT and the UX Study. The survey of nearly 250 North American corporate IT professionals demonstrates that IT and business users are beginning to work together in a more cohesive manner. In fact, IT’s take on the mutual understanding of strategicContinue Reading

Wolfram Language Artificial Intelligence: The Image Identification Project

Stephen Wolfram Blog: “What is this a picture of?” Humans can usually answer such questions instantly, but in the past it’s always seemed out of reach for computers to do this. For nearly 40 years I’ve been sure computers would eventually get there—but I’ve wondered when. I’ve built systems that give computers all sorts ofContinue Reading

New on LLRX – IBM’s Watson is Now Data Mining TED Talks to Extract New Forms of Knowledge

Via LLRX.com – IBM’s Watson is Now Data Mining TED Talks to Extract New Forms of Knowledge – Alan Rothman’s commentary offers actionable information about a new technology from IBM called Watson that is a powerful tool for researchers whose work engages data mining, knowledge management and competitive intelligence. Rothman attended a recent presentation thatContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Creating Information Literacy and a critical guide for using Wikipedia

Via LLRX Creating the Information Literate Warrior: Step 6 to Information Literacy – In his part of her ongoing series, Lorette Weldon concentrates on successful methods for developing needed tools for kids’ study through demonstrations to show them how to find the information on their own. Wikipedia and Information Literacy: Step 5 to Information LiteracyContinue Reading

DBpedia Wikidata

“DBpedia is one of the first and most prominent nodes of the Linked Open Data cloud. It provides structured data for more than 100 Wikipedia language editions as well as Wikimedia Commons, has a mature ontology and a stable and thorough Linked Data publishing lifecycle. Wikidata, on the other hand, has recently emerged as aContinue Reading