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1010 Ways To Buy Without Money

1010 Ways To Buy Without Money is a non profit initiative that proposes a selling process based in prices without money. And we do it with a smile in our faces… The idea was born some weeks before the celebration of the International Day of the Book, the 23rd of April of 2011 in Barcelona. Why had the “Day of the Book” become the “Day of buying a book”? Bearing this question in mind, an event in which everybody could participate, without taking into account if people had money or not to buy a book,1010 ways to Buy Without Money was created. After this first event on the 23rd where 105 books where sold without money, we decided that this idea should be extended. Thus, 1010 Ways To Buy Without Money became an open initiative that could be held in any city, at any moment and with any objective. Rather than raising a criticism upon the consuming system in which we live or offering an alternative based in exchange, 1010 Ways To Buy Without Money intends on making people think about the value of things. Things are not for free. Whether we create something material or immaterial, like an idea, we always use resources, knowledge, time and effort. Things can be bought without money. There is a non-monetary economic movement that some call “Invisible Capitalism” based on knowledge and in human relations. People from Butan call it Gross Domestic Happiness, and it is the economic index they use to measure their national wealth. 1010 Ways To Buy Without Money also invites us to think about our consumption habits by asking ourselves “Do I really need this?” before purchasing a product and remembering us that we cannot buy everything. This is why there is a purchase limit of one product per person. Not all the prices are made to suit every pocket. For example, a book whose price is “Quit Smoking” can only be bought by someone who smokes. But if you cannot buy it, there is no need to worry, as there are many other alternatives. Finally, since all the objects on sale are provided by donations, 1010 Ways To Buy Without Money promotes the re-use of our resources, sharing what we have and releasing us from those objects we do not use and that someone else is willing to have.”

Exploring Compatibilities Between Linked Data Models of Library of Congress and OCLC

Godby, Carol Jean, and Ray Denenberg. 2015. Common Ground: Exploring Compatibilities Between the Linked Data Models of the Library of Congress and OCLC. Dublin, Ohio: Library of Congress and OCLC Research. ” The white paper summarizes the recent activity of the Bibliographic Framework Initiative at the Library of Congress which proposes a data model for futureContinue Reading

NYC libraries are engine of the city running out of fuel

“The city’s libraries — the fusty old buildings, and a few spiffier modern ones, planted in all five boroughs — had 37 million visitors in the last fiscal year, said Angela Montefinise, a spokeswoman for the New York Public Library, which runs branches and research centers in Manhattan and the Bronx and on Staten Island.Continue Reading

New studies on political fact-checking: Growing, influential

“The amount of fact-checking journalism produced in the United States is increasing dramatically, and while there are limits to its persuasiveness, it is a measurably effective tool for correcting political misinformation among voters, according to new scholarly research conducted for the American Press Institute and released today. The number of fact-check stories in the U.S.Continue Reading

eweek – Google’s Jsonnet Language Generates JSON

Darryl K. Taft  – eweek: “Google recently introduced a new open-source configuration language for generating JSON known as Jsonnet. Google quietly released Jsonnet a few months ago as a programming language for specifying data. The Jsonnet Website calls Jsonnet a data templating language. Jsonnet doesn’t just generate JSON: It is also an extension of JSON,Continue Reading

SV150: Current tech boom is no dot-com bubble, experts say

Silicon Valley’s top public tech companies ranked, in everything from sales to taxes paid. (Dollar figures in millions.)  By Daniel J. Willis, Jeremy C. Owens and Jack Davis / Bay Area News Group – Searchable Database. Patrick May – Mercury News – “Silicon Valley’s tech cup runneth over. Job growth is humming, coders are beingContinue Reading

Guest Editorial: Social media metrics in scholarly communication

Guest Editorial: Social media metrics in scholarly communication, Stefanie Haustein, Cassidy R. Sugimoto, Vincent Larivière (Submitted on 8 Apr 2015). “Social media metrics – commonly coined as “altmetrics” – have been heralded as great democratizers of science, providing broader and timelier indicators of impact than citations. These metrics come from a range of sources, includingContinue Reading

Contextualization of topics – browsing through terms, authors, journals and cluster allocations

Contextualization of topics – browsing through terms, authors, journals and cluster allocations, Rob Koopman, Shenghui Wang, Andrea Scharnhorst (Submitted on 16 Apr 2015). “This paper builds on an innovative Information Retrieval tool, Ariadne. The tool has been developed as an interactive network visualization and browsing tool for large-scale bibliographic databases. It basically allows to gainContinue Reading

The Regulatory Adventure of the Two Norwood Builders

Davies, Ross E., The Regulatory Adventure of the Two Norwood Builders: Sherlock Holmes Crosses Paths with Congress, the President, the Courts, and the Administrative State, in the Press (April 17, 2015). 2015 Green Bag Almanac & Reader 567. Available for download at SSRN: “It was almost certainly some combination of law on the booksContinue Reading

Shodan is the world’s first search engine for Internet-connected devices

“Explore the Internet of Things Use Shodan to discover which of your devices are connected to the Internet, where they are located and who is using them. See the Big Picture – Websites are just one part of the Internet. There are power plants, Smart TVs, refrigerators and much more that can be found withContinue Reading

Project Management for Intergenerational Library Teams Creating Non-MARC Metadata

Kelly J. Thompson – “What If I Break It?”: Project Management for Intergenerational Library Teams Creating Non-MARC Metadata: code{4}lib Journal – Issue 28, 2015-04-15: “Libraries are constantly challenged to meet new user needs and to provide access to new types of materials. We are in the process of launching many new technology-rich initiatives and projectsContinue Reading

User Experience is a Social Justice Issue

Sumana Harihareswara – code{4}lib Journal – Issue 28, 2015-04-15 – “When we’re building services for people, we often have a lot more practice seeing from the computer’s point of view than seeing from another person’s point of view. The author asks the library technology community to consider several case studies in this problem, including theirContinue Reading