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Digitization and Digital Preservation: A Review of the Literature

Digitization and Digital Preservation: A Review of the Literature, Stephanie Routhier Perry, San Jose State University. “Digitization is rapidly becoming one of the standard forms of preservation for libraries, archives and information centers’ analog materials. This newer process is allowing preservationists to ensure information contained within fragile, organic materials will still be viewable to future generations. However, asContinue Reading

The Evolving Scholarly Record – OCLC

The Evolving Scholarly Record - Brian Lavoie, Eric Childress, Ricky Erway, Ixchel Faniel, Constance Malpas, Jennifer Schaffner & Titia van der Werf. June 2014 “This report presents a framework to help organize and drive discussions about the evolving scholarly record. The framework provides a high-level view of the categories of material the scholarly record potentially encompasses,Continue Reading

The Art and Science of Data-Driven Journalism

Alexander Howard - The Tow Center for Journalism, June 2014. “Journalists have been using data in their stories for as long as the profession has existed. A revolution in computing in the 20th century created opportunities for data integration into investigations, as journalists began to bring technology into their work. In the 21st century, a revolution inContinue Reading

Tracing the Evolution of Linked Data

From the OCLC series Collective Insight: Driven by Shared Data - this new presentation - Tracing the Evolution of Linked Data. Introduction & OCLC Activities – Ted Fons Linked Data at NYU and Beyond – Corey Harper Linked Data at Stanford – Phil Schreur

Research using big data identifies gaps in timely release of classified documents

The Ghost Files published in Columbia Magazine, Winter 2013-14 by David J. Craig - writing about Columbia Professor Connolly’s Declassification Engine and his efforts to leverage big-data analysis to show what kinds of information the government is keeping classified. “…Then Connelly had an idea: could he use data mining to infer what types of information were being left out of the publicContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Why the DPLA should focus on being a stellar ACADEMIC library

Via LLRX - Why the DPLA should focus on being a stellar ACADEMIC library: Check out these statistics David Rothman acknowledges the attributes of the expanding DPLA program but highlights that it is lacking key components to make it a truly comprehensive academic digital library, including collection and business strategies. Rothman states that “DPLAers” keep insisting thatContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Gates Global Libraries Program is Winding Down

Via LLRX - Gates Global Libraries Program is Winding Down: Time for a National Digital library Endowment to Fill the Vacuum David Rothman informs us that out of several billion a year in grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, just tens of millions go for public libraries in the U.S. and overseas. But as allContinue Reading

ALA Strategic Technology Directions 2014-2017 & Technology Roadmap

Via Jenny Levine - ALA Strategic Technology Directions 2014-2017 & Technology Roadmap “The ALA Information Technology & Telecommunication Services (ITTS) unit presented the ALA Strategic Technology Directions 2014-2017 to the ALA Executive Board in April 2014.  It provides a good foundation to understand how technology is implemented to meet the goals of the organization and explains the roleContinue Reading

Corpus of Contemporary American English

“The Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA) is the largest freely-available corpus of English, and the only large and balanced corpus of American English. The corpus was created by Mark Davies of Brigham Young University, and it is used by tens of thousands of users every month (linguists, teachers, translators, and other researchers). COCA is also related to other large corpora that we haveContinue Reading

Community Fiber in Washington, D.C., Seattle, and San Francisco

Fiber by cities: Washington DC, San Francisco, Seattle May 28, 2014 by susan crawford Developments and Lessons Learned - “This report provides detailed accounts of planning carried out in connection with community fiber networks in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, CA, and Seattle, WA. It includes information about existing fiber assets that the cities identified, funding mechanisms that wereContinue Reading

Chinese agencies announce open-access policies – Nature

“China has officially joined the international push to make research papers free to read. On 15 May, the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), one of the country’s major basic-science funding agencies, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), which funds and conducts research at more than 100 institutions, announced that researchers they supportContinue Reading

Introduction: Rethinking Reference and Instruction with Tablets

Introduction: Rethinking Reference and Instruction with Tablets - Miller, Rebecca K.; Meier, Carolyn; Moorefield-Lang, Heather, URI: Date: 2012-11 “When Apple’s Steve Jobs introduced the first generation iPad in March 2010, library and information professionals immediately began imagining ways that the iPad, and the tablet devices that would quickly follow, could be used to support and enhance library services. While nearly allContinue Reading