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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

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Beyond Books – Today’s Court Library

Court Libraries Adapt to Deep Cuts, Changing Technology “Under a new staffing formula, 254 circuit library positions were authorized nationally in FY 2015, compared with 335 positions in FY 2014. That is a 24 percent fall in just one year. Similarly, court libraries are playing a significant role in a national Judiciary effort to cutContinue Reading

Library of Congress to Receive 9/11-Responder Oral History Collection

“The Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center will become the home of a significant collection of oral histories provided by responders to the devastating Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the New York World Trade Center, U.S. Rep. Steve Israel announced today. The collection, known as the “Remembering 9/11 Oral History Project,” is being donatedContinue Reading

State of the Commons Report Highlights Milestone of Over 1 Billion Creative Commons Works Shared Online

Ryan Merkley, December 8, 2015 –  Annual State of the Commons Report highlights global cultural and policy impact of free and open content – “Creative Commons, the global nonprofit that makes it easier for creators to share their work under simple copyright terms, announced a major milestone in the release of its 2015 State ofContinue Reading