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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Speech Resources: Fact Sheet

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Speech Resources: Fact Sheet – “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a federal holiday observed annually on the third Monday in January. It celebrates the life and legacy of the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. in honor of his birthday and achievements. The day is also referred to asContinue Reading

OCLC agreement with leading publishers worldwide expands metadata access

“OCLC has signed agreements with leading publishers to add metadata for books, e-books, journals, databases and other materials that will make their content discoverable through WorldCat Discovery Services. “OCLC partners with leading content providers around the world to ensure discovery and access to libraries’ most important and popular resources,” said Suzanne Kemperman, OCLC Director, BusinessContinue Reading

UNZ.org – Periodicals, Books, and Authors

“The UNZ.org website is intended to provide convenient access to a large quantity of high-quality content material, mostly published over the last 150 years in America and England, including both articles and books, encompassing over one million readable items and titles of another million items not readable due to copyright. Much of this material hasContinue Reading

LiberGov Search – US Govt Reports, Documents, News, & Social Media

Via James R. Jacobs – “There have been several new subscription databases popping up in the last couple of years which scrape freely available public domain govt information (inc Congressional member & committee sites, members’ social media, news etc) index it and then sell (IMHO exorbitant) subscriptions to libraries and others.  [James R. Jacobs] createdContinue Reading

Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government: Free, Educational Content from GPO for Children and Adults of all Ages

Via LLRX.com – Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government: Free, Educational Content from GPO for Children and Adults of all Ages – Kelly Seifert gives us a tour of Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government, a service of the U.S. Government Publishing Office that presents educational content for children and adults of all ages onContinue Reading

Authors Guild Petitions Supreme Court to Rule on Google Books

[December 31, 2015] “the Authors Guild, the nation’s largest and oldest society of professional writers, filed a petition with the Supreme Court of the United States requesting that it review a lower court ruling that allowed Google, Inc. to copy millions of copyright-protected books without asking for authors’ permission or paying them. At stake, theContinue Reading

Repositories with Direct Representation

Repositories with Direct Representation, by Robert Burnell Allen (Submitted on 30 Dec 2015) “A new generation of digital repositories could be based on direct representation of the contents with rich semantics and models rather than be collections of documents. The contents of such repositories would be highly structured which should help users to focus onContinue Reading

FDR Presidential Library – New Digital Speech Collections

Mary E. Stuckey – “The FDR Library, with support from AT&T, Marist College and the Roosevelt Institute launches online one of its most in-demand archival collections – FDR’s Master Speech File – over 46,000 pages of drafts, reading copies, and transcripts created throughout FDR’s political career. Presented alongside the Speech File is the Library’s complete digital collection of RecordedContinue Reading

The Public Domain Review Class of 2016

“Founded in 2011, The Public Domain Review is an online journal and not-for-profit project dedicated to the exploration of curious and compelling works from the history of art, literature, and ideas.  In particular, as our name sugggests, the focus is on works which have now fallen into the public domain, that vast commons of out-of-copyrightContinue Reading

Model for Tabular Data and Metadata on the Web

Via W3c – “The CSV on the Web Working Group has published four Recommendations: Model for Tabular Data and Metadata on the Web: An abstract model for tabular data, and how to locate metadata that enables users to better understand what the data holds. This specification also contains non-normative guidance on how to parse CSVContinue Reading

Two Drafts Published by the Data on the Web Best Practices WG

Via W3C – “The Data on the Web Best Practices Working Group has published two Working Drafts: Data on the Web Best Practices: Data Quality Vocabulary: This document provides a framework in which the quality of a dataset can be described, whether by the dataset publisher or by a broader community of users. It doesContinue Reading

Congress.gov Enhancements close out 2015

Via Andrew Weber, Library of Congress: “Today’s update on end of year enhancements includes a new Quick Search for legislation, the Congressional Record Index (back to 1995), and the History of Bills from the Congressional Record Index (available from the Actions tab).  We have also brought over the State Legislature Websites page from THOMAS, which hasContinue Reading