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GAO Report – Air Force’s F-15 Eagle, FAA Commercial Space Launch, Internet Management

Department of Defense’s Waiver of Competitive Prototyping Requirement for the Air Force’s F-15 Eagle Passive/Active Warning and Survivability System (EPAWSS) Program, GAO-15-800R: Published: Sep 21, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 2015: “The Department of Defense’s (DOD) rationale for waiving the competitive prototyping requirement in the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009, as amended (WSARA),Continue Reading

Empirical Big Data Research: A Systematic Literature Mapping

Empirical Big Data Research: A Systematic Literature Mapping – Leendert Wienhofen, Bjørn Magnus Mathisen, Dumitru Roman (Submitted on 10 Sep 2015) “Background: Big Data is a relatively new field of research and technology, and literature reports a wide variety of concepts labeled with Big Data. The maturity of a research field can be measuredContinue Reading

Open Access and Discovery Tools: How do Primo Libraries Manage Green Open Access Collections?

François Renaville, University of Liège Library, ALA Editions, “Scholarly Open Access repositories contain lots of treasures including rare or otherwise unpublished materials and articles that scholars self-archive, often as part of their institution’s mandate. But it can be hard to discover this material unless users know exactly where to look. Since the very beginning,Continue Reading

Open Tree of Life

“Open Tree of Life aims to construct a comprehensive, dynamic and digitally-available tree of life by synthesizing published phylogenetic trees along with taxonomic data. The project is a collaborative effort between 11 PIs across 10 institutions. Funding is from NSF AVAToL #1208809. Browse the tree and leave feedback: Click on nodes to move through theContinue Reading

The Deep Web and The Darknet

The Deep Web and The Darknet A Look Inside the Internet’s Massive Black Box. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, August 2015. “Many believe a Google search can identify most of the information available on the Internet on a given subject. But there is an entire online world – a massive one – beyond theContinue Reading

Investigative report details destruction of Canadian government documents

MacLean’s – Vanishing Canada: Why we’re all losers in Ottawa’s war on data – Records deleted, burned, tossed in Dumpsters. A Maclean’s investigation on the crisis in government data, by Anne Kingston, September 18, 2015. “A months-long Maclean’s investigation, which includes interviews with dozens of academics, scientists, statisticians, economists and librarians, has found that theContinue Reading

USPTO PatentsView Beta

“PatentsView is a prototype patent data visualization and analysis platform intended to increase the value, utility, and transparency of US patent data. The initiative is supported by the Office of Chief Economist in the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), with additional support from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). The PatentsView initiative was establishedContinue Reading

Webinar: The Evolving Scholarly Record: Scope, Stakeholders and Stewardship

“The scholarly record is increasingly digital and networked, while at the same time expanding in both the volume and diversity of the material it contains. The long-term future of the scholarly record cannot be effectively secured with traditional stewardship models developed for print materials. View this webinar recording (coming soon!) to learn more about theContinue Reading

The rise and fall of text on the Web: a quantitative study of Web archives

Cocciolo, A. (2015). The rise and fall of text on the Web: a quantitative study of Web archives. Information Research, 20(3), paper 682. Retrieved from (Archived by WebCite® at “Introduction. This study addresses the following research question: is the use of text on the World Wide Web declining? If so, when did itContinue Reading

Pew – Libraries at the Crossroads

The public is interested in new services and thinks libraries are important to communities By John B. Horrigan – September 15, 2015. “American libraries are buffeted by cross currents. Citizens believe that libraries are important community institutions and profess interest in libraries offering a range of new program possibilities. Yet, even as the public expressesContinue Reading

Harvard Kennedy School – Think Tank Search

“Think Tank Search is a custom Google search of more than 590 think tank websites. For the purposes of this search, think tanks are defined as institutions affiliated with universities, governments, advocacy groups, foundations, non-governmental organizations, and businesses that generate public policy research, analysis, and activity. Inclusion is based upon the relevancy of subject areaContinue Reading

2015 Legal Technology Survey Report – Online Research

Via Bob Ambrogi [he refers to a fee based set of reports from ABA]: In referencing the 2015 Legal Technology Survey Report, Vol. V: Online Research – Ambrogi highlights that younger lawyers who replied to the survey indicated they choose to use free sources for legal research over fee based services more often than older counterparts.