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HOAXY – beta – Visualize the spread of claims and fact checking

Via the site’s FAQ: “Hoaxy [Indiana University] visualizes the spread of claims and related fact checking online. A claim may be a fake news article, hoax, rumor, conspiracy theory, satire, or even an accurate report. Anyone can use Hoaxy to explore how claims spread across social media. You can select any matching fact-checking articles to… Continue Reading

West Virginia Univ. – New database to track millions of public policies

“Policymakers, researchers and journalists alike will soon have access to roughly 4.2 million state government decisions in a single database. West Virginia University political science researcher, William Franko, a professor in the Rockefeller School of Politics and Policy, is part of a research team collecting every legislative bill, executive rule and judicial decision across all 50 states,… Continue Reading

Penn State Univ Libraries – Post-Election 2016 Recap & Resources

Reference and Instruction Librarian – Hailley Fargo [Note – this is only a small portion of knowledge, links and resources offered via this LibGuide – thanks to Pete Weiss for the link] – “Welcome & how to use this guide. After two years of campaigning, debates, and media coverage, Donald Trump was elected the 45th… Continue Reading

The Algorithm as a Human Artifact: Implications for Legal [Re]Search

Mart, Susan Nevelow, The Algorithm as a Human Artifact: Implications for Legal {Re}Search (October 26, 2016). Available for download at SSRN: “When legal researchers search in online databases for the information they need to solve a legal problem, they need to remember that the algorithms that are returning results to them were designed by… Continue Reading

Large German research consortium boycotts Elsevier journals seeking open source access

BoingBoing – “Germany’s DEAL project, which includes over 60 major research institutions, has announced that all of its members are canceling their subscriptions to all of Elsevier’s academic and scientific journals, effective January 1, 2017. The boycott is in response to Elsevier’s refusal to adopt “transparent business models” to “make publications more openly accessible.” No… Continue Reading

ScienceOpen launches new search capabilities

“At ScienceOpen, we’ve just upgraded our search and discovery platform to be faster, smarter, and more efficient. A new user interface and filtering capabilities provide a better discovery experience for users. ScienceOpen searches more than 27 million full text open access or article metadata records and puts them in context. We include peer-reviewed academic articles from all… Continue Reading

Harvard Library Digital Initiative

The Harvard Crimson, December 12, 2016: “Hidden amid the labyrinthine stacks in the basement of Widener Library, more than a dozen machines slowly transform books and artifacts into digital files available for download. Librarians stand next to the hulking machines for hours, painstakingly scanning more than 7,000 pages every day. They take care not to… Continue Reading


“Wikiwhere is the result of the research lab 2015-2016 at the University of Koblenz-Landau in cooperation with the GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences. Wikipedia articles about the same event in different language editions have different sources of information. Wikiwhere helps to answer the question where this information comes from by analyzing and… Continue Reading

UK Library closures ‘will double unless immediate action is taken

theguardian – “A further 340 public libraries could close in the next five years if the government does not act urgently to halt drastic funding cuts, the head of a leading library organisation has warned, which would equal the number of closures witnessed by the sector over the past eight years. Nick Poole, chief executive… Continue Reading

New report looks at creating a Single Library Digital Presence to support Public Libraries in the future

Vai SLC – “Today sees the launch of ‘Essential Digital Infrastructure for Public Libraries in England: A Plan moving forward’. The report, written by BiblioCommons, looks at how users experience their libraries currently and outlines an approach to building a single digital presence for libraries. The report is funded by the Arts Council and supported… Continue Reading

Will Government Science from agencies be deleted from public sites?

Motherboard – Researchers are preparing for Trump to Delete Government Science From the Web Written by Jason Koebler, December 13, 2016 – “When Donald Trump takes over the federal government on January 21, his administration will also gain complete control over much of the .gov suite of websites, which currently hosts a treasure trove of… Continue Reading

WaPo – Scientists are copying U.S. climate data, fearing it might vanish under Trump

“The efforts include a “guerrilla archiving event” in Toronto where experts will copy irreplaceable public data, and meetings at the University of Pennsylvania focused on how to download as much federal data as possible in the coming weeks…At the University of Toronto this weekend, researchers are holding what they call a “guerrilla archiving” event to… Continue Reading