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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 Columbia Journalism Review and Nieman Lab. News Tracer analyzes tweets in real-time, filtering out spam and grouping similar tweets into “clusters” based on similar words. The tool then classifies the clusters into topics and generates short summaries about each one. Tweets with the words “bomb” or “explosion,” for example, might be grouped under a terrorist attack cluster…”

Paper – Technical Debt as an Indicator of Library Metadata Quality

D-Lib Magazine November/December 2016 Volume 22, Number 11/12. Technical Debt as an Indicator of Library Metadata Quality. Kevin Clair, University of Denver. DOI: 10.1045/november2016-clair “Abstract – Metadata production is a significant cost for any digital library program. As such, care should be taken to ensure that when metadata is created, it is done in such… Continue Reading

Internet Archive requests donations for a backup to be housed in Canada

This posting today by the Internet Archive’s Brewster Kahle – Help Us Keep the Archive Free, Accessible, and Private, is significant for all of us who use this resource, be it as as educators, librarians, attorneys, advocates for civil liberties, students, or as citizens or residents of the United States.  Brewster states: “We are building… Continue Reading

GPO releases digital version of bound Congressional Record 1981-1990

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) partners with the Library of Congress (LC) to release the digital version of the bound Congressional Record from 1981-1990 on GPO’s govinfo. This release covers debates and proceedings of the 98th thru the 101st Congresses. This era of Congress covers historical topics such as: Ronald Reagan’s Presidency and the… Continue Reading

Library of Congress, Digital Public Library of America To Form New Collaboration

“The Library of Congress today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Digital Public Library of America to become a “content hub partner” and will ultimately share a significant portion of its rich digital resources with DPLA’s database of digital content records. The first batch of records will include 5,000 items from three major… Continue Reading

Wiley Becomes First Major Publisher to Require ORCID IDs for Submitting Authors

News release: “Hoboken, NJ– November 28, 2016—John Wiley & Sons Inc.  announced today plans to require ORCID iDs as part of the manuscript submission process for a large number of journals. Beginning in winter 2016, more than 500 Wiley journals using ScholarOne Manuscripts will require the submitting author (only) to provide an ORCID identifier (iD)… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Comparative Criminal Procedure: A Select Bibliography

Via LLRX.com – Comparative Criminal Procedure: A Select Bibliography – This expansive, comprehensive and up-to-date guide by Lyonette Louis-Jacques, Foreign and International Law Librarian and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago D’Angelo Law Library, references resources that include books, loose-leaf, online, database and e-government sites, services and resources. Continue Reading

WSJ – The Need to Read

Thank you Will Schwalbe: “Reading books remains one of the best ways to engage with the world, become a better person and understand life’s questions, big and small…Books are uniquely suited to helping us change our relationship to the rhythms and habits of daily life in this world of endless connectivity. We can’t interrupt books;… Continue Reading

Pew – Who doesn’t read books in America?

Pew FactTank – “About a quarter of American adults (26%) say they haven’t read a book in whole or in part in the past year, whether in print, electronic or audio form. So who, exactly, are these non-book readers? Several demographic traits correlate with non-book reading, Pew Research Center surveys have found. For instance, adults… Continue Reading

GW Libraries collect millions of election tweets

GW Hatchet student newspaper – Colleen Grablick, Hatchet Reporter Issue: November 20, 2016. Updated: Nov. 21, 2016 at 10:50 a.m. “Library staff collected more than 3.6 million tweets for political science and communications research on election night. On GW Libraries’ website, students and faculty can skim academic articles, check on the status of requested books and,… Continue Reading

Summer Associates Identify Writing and Legal Research Skills Required on the Job

LexisNexis Insights Paper – “Greater emphasis is being placed on practical skills in legal education as schools acknowledge that it is crucial for law students to develop strong research and writing skills to succeed in practice. this need becomes quickly apparent once a student lands that first summer associate position. in a recent survey of… Continue Reading

New Omnity Search – knowledge discovery tool for registered users

“In a rising sea of ever growing and increasingly fragmented knowledge, Omnity enables searchers to efficiently find related documents, even if those documents do not directly cite or link to one another. This accelerates the discovery of otherwise hidden, high-value patterns of interconnection within and between fields of knowledge as diverse as science, medicine, engineering,… Continue Reading