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Top 10 DOI referrals from websites in 2015

Via Crossref (a not-for-profit membership organization for scholarly publishing working to make content easy to find, cite, link, and assess) – “As part of our Event Data work we’ve been investigating where DOI resolutions come from. A resolution could be someone clicking a DOI hyperlink, or a search engine spider gathering data or a publisher’s… Continue Reading

Works in Progress Webinar: Linked Open Data for Digitized Special Collections

Works in Progress Webinar: Linked Open Data for Digitized Special Collections – This Webinar will be of interest to catalogers, metadata librarians and curators of digitized special collections seeking models for making their digital collections more visible to Linked Open Data services and better connected to related resources on the Semantic Web. Today digitized special… Continue Reading

SSRN Acquired by Elsevier

SSRN announced today that the company is joining Mendeley as part of Elsevier: “Specifically, we joined Elsevier, to be further developed alongside Mendeley today, a leading innovator in scholarly communication and author collaboration. Our goal is to enhance engagement within and around an author’s academic work. Mendeley’s data and analytical tools will help us support our authors and,… Continue Reading

Social Media Finds New Roles as News and Entertainment Curators

New York Times – Social Media Finds New Roles as News and Entertainment Curators – “As more tech firms employ their own editing staffs, they are being viewed as something less than news organizations, but more than simple reflections of their growing audiences.” Continue Reading

California’s Legislature Wants to Copyright All Government Works

Via Ernesto Falcon – EFF: “AB 2880 will give state and local governments dramatic powers to chill speech, stifle open government, and harm the public domain. The California Assembly Committee on Judiciary recently approved a bill (AB 2880) to grant local and state governments’ copyright authority along with other intellectual property rights. At its core,… Continue Reading

New Video and App Help to Identify Online Learning Preferences

Via OCLC: “How do you engage with and use technology? With which services and applications are you a visitor, someone who uses an application to accomplish a task, and which are you a resident, someone who leaves purposeful traces with an expectation of being involved with others there in the future? Watch this video and… Continue Reading

WUD customised search engine for DPLA and Europeana

“WUD is a customised search engine helping you to pull, link and organise data from two major cultural heritage repositories: and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). It was developed as part of the research and outreach activities of the Medicine and Society chair at University of Fribourg. This project was initially intended… Continue Reading

ALA report provides practical advice about adopting 3D printers in libraries

“The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) today released Progress in the Making: Librarians’ Practical 3D Printing Questions Answered. Co-authored by 3DPrint360 CEO Zach Lichaa and ALA Senior Policy Analyst Charlie Wapner, the document poses and answers sixteen practical questions related to establishing 3D printing as a library service. All of… Continue Reading

Yad Vashem Transport Project: Rationale and Terminology

“Since 2007 the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem has been studying the transports as an extensive phenomenon that transcended individual states, rather than in the context of a study of the Holocaust in a specific country or a single community. The transports are being studied as an historic event, one that is… Continue Reading

Amber, a Free Tool for Bloggers, Website Owners, Now Distributed on

“The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is pleased to announce that Amber, an open-source software tool that preserves content and prevents broken links, has been promoted to full project status on When installed on a blog or website, Amber can take a snapshot of the content of every linked page,… Continue Reading

DOJ Puts NC on notice – HB2 violates Title IX

Via Charlotte Observer: “U.S. Justice Department officials rebuked North Carolina’s House Bill 2 on Wednesday, telling Gov. Pat McCrory that the law violates the U.S. Civil Rights Act and Title IX – a finding that could jeopardize billions in federal education funding. The department gave state officials until Monday to address the situation “by confirming… Continue Reading

Addressing the Challenges with Organizational Identifiers and ISNI

Via OCLC – Addressing the Challenges with Organizational Identifiers and ISNI – “Organizational affiliations of the creators of works are important to a variety of stakeholders, including academic administrators, funders, publishers, repository managers, software developers, rights agencies, and individual researchers. Identifying and tracking these affiliations can be challenging, as organizations may be known by a… Continue Reading