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Stay ahead of the curve with the latest open data news, blogs and comment from the ODI team, global network and industry experts around the world. From practical tips for publishing open data to inspiring accounts of how open data has changed lives, we’re publishing new blogs all the time…We connect, equip and inspire people around the world to innovate with data. We were co-founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt, and offer training, membership, events and consultancy around open data.”

RDA Metadata Standards Directory Working Group: Final Report

RDA Metadata Standards Directory Working Group: Final Report. Alex Ball, Jane Greenberg, Keith Jeffery, Rebecca Koskela. 2016-01-22. “The Metadata Standards Directory Working Group set out to develop a directory that would enable researchers, and those who support them, to discover metadata standards that would be appropriate for documenting their research data, regardless of their academicContinue Reading

Sci-Hub, BookFi and LibGen defy court order and move to Dark Web

Via Torrent Freak: “A few days ago several large online repositories of free books and academic articles were pulled offline. Sci-Hub, BookFi and LibGen had their domain names taken away after Elsevier beat them in court. However, the site’s operators are not planning to cease their activities and are continuing their operations through alternative domainsContinue Reading

Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2017

Via GPO – “The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) makes available President Barack Obama’s FY 2017 Budget for the U.S. Government digitally, as a mobile web app for major mobile device platforms and in print at GPO’s retail and online bookstore.  GPO works with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to produce and distributeContinue Reading

Prominent Authors Join Amicus Brief in Google Book Scanning Case

Via FindLaw via WSJ Law Blog – “Several famous authors filed a brief with the Supreme Court, asking it to hear a lawsuit over Google digital book library. Malcolm Gladwell, Margaret Atwood, Yann Martel, Steven Sondheim and others lent their names to the brief, contending Google is guilty of “massive copyright infringement…One of the writers’Continue Reading

Google Search Education Online

“Improve your Google search skills with our Power Searching and Advanced Power Searching online courses. Learn tips and tricks to become a fast and effective fact-finder with Power Searching with Google. Deepen your understanding of solving complex research problems using advanced Google search techniques with Advanced Power Searching with Google. Join a growing global communityContinue Reading

SCAMPI database – search guide to military operations and history data

“The Joint Forces Staff College Ike Skelton Library is a specialized military library, focusing on research in joint and multinational operations, military history and naval science, operational warfare, and operations other than war. Library staff members regularly scan the weekly news magazines, monthly and bimonthly journals such as Military Review, Armed Forces Journal, and quarterlyContinue Reading

Independent Voices – historic online searchable alternative press database

“Independent Voices chronicles the transformative decades of the 60s, 70s and 80s through the lens of an independent alternative press. Consolidated for the first time, Independent Voices provides over 1,000 titles from the special collections of dozens of libraries. Independent Voices provides easy access to the powerful voices of feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals, NativeContinue Reading

GPO Launches govinfo beta to replace FDsys

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) launches www.govinfo.gov and ushers in a new, dynamic way for the public to  discover and access Government information on the three branches of the Federal Government.  govinfo is a user-friendly, modernized site that provides an easy to use navigation system accessible on smartphones, tablets, laptops and personal computers.  GPOContinue Reading

Standing on the Shoulders of Cartographers

SSRN – Gregg Gordon:  “If you’ve seen my talks about information overload and discovery then you may recognize the image above. It’s borrowed from the Eigenfactor Mapping Science research done by Carl Bergstrom, Jevin West and Martin Rosvall. We’ve done some work with the Eignenfactor at SSRN and understand the benefits of applying eigenvectors toContinue Reading

Founder of Oyez.org seeks new manager and large purchase price

WSJ Law Blog: “For Sale: 61 years of Supreme Court oral arguments, including audio, transcripts and a suite of multimedia tools. It’s not on Craigslist yet, but Jerry Goldman says options are narrowing for Oyez.org, the private online archive of Supreme Court materials he has been building since the early 1990s and providing free toContinue Reading

The Library of Congress by the Numbers in 2015

“The Library of Congress today released statistics for fiscal year 2015. Its collection now comprises more than 162 million physical items in a wide variety of formats. The daily business of being the world’s largest library, the home of the U.S. Copyright Office and a supportive agency to the U.S. Congress resulted in the LibraryContinue Reading