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Google announces ways to share street smarts in Google Maps

Via Google Maps Blogs: “Each day, we make million of updates to Google Maps throughout the world. But it’s still not enough to ensure that every single restaurant, shop or landmark worldwide has the most accurate information possible. That’s why we’ve been rolling out new, easy ways for you to help keep the neighborhoods and places where you hang out up-to-date…”

Study – Are Links Still a Powerful Ranking Factor?

Stone Temple Consulting Group – Are Links Still a Powerful Ranking Factor? (New Study), 20 July 2016 by Eric Enge: “This report will demonstrate the continuing importance that links play in rankings. [The author] share[s] data that shows that all that talk of a decline in the importance of links as a ranking factor is grossly… Continue Reading

EUscreen portal searchable archive of professional audiovisual from 2009-present

“The EUscreen portal offers free online access to thousands of items of audiovisual heritage. It brings together clips that provide an insight into the social, cultural, political and economic events that have shaped the 20th and 21st centuries. As well as chronicling important historical events, the EUscreen portal allows you to explore television programmes that… Continue Reading

2016 How Google Fights Piracy Report

Via Google Public Policy Blog: “The internet continues to be a boon for creators, their communities, and the content industry. At Google, we are committed to helping these industries flourish online. Today, Google’s services provide content for people all around the world and generate significant revenue for rightsholders. YouTube alone has now generated over $2… Continue Reading

Database of Places, Language, Culture and Environment

“About D-PLACE – the Database of Places, Language, Culture and Environment From the foods we eat, to who we can marry, to the types of games we teach our children, the diversity of cultural practices in the world is astounding. Yet, our ability to visualize and understand this diversity is often limited by the ways… Continue Reading

Medical Dictionary by Stedman’s

“Drugs.com offers Stedman’s online medical dictionary, free of charge, as part of our medical and drug information service. To use the medical dictionary, type in your search term, or browse the A-Z index.” Continue Reading

Google posts latest diversity report

Official Google Blog: “It’s been two years since we first shared our workforce demographics and helped spark a conversation about the need to improve diversity at Google and across the tech industry. Today we’re updating google.com/diversity with our 2015 demographics, and sharing some areas where we’ve seen progress in building a more diverse and inclusive… Continue Reading

Measuring the impact of digitized theses: a case study from the London School of Economics

Bennett, L. & Flanagan, D., (2016). Measuring the impact of digitized theses: a case study from the London School of Economics. Insights. 29(2), pp.111–119. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1629/uksg.300. Published 5 July 2016. “This study tests the assertion that the online dissemination of theses has a positive impact on the research profile of the institution and sets out… Continue Reading

Google updates maps and earth

Keeping Earth up to date and looking great – “Three years ago we introduced a cloud-free mosaic of the world in Google Earth. Today we’re rolling out an even more beautiful and seamless version, with fresh imagery from Landsat 8 satellite and new processing techniques for sharper images than ever before. Satellite images are often… Continue Reading

USNews article – Google as global censor across all its brands

Robert Epstein, June 22, 2016: Google, Inc., isn’t just the world’s biggest purveyor of information; it is also the world’s biggest censor. “…But as the golden gateway to all knowledge, Google has rapidly become an essential in people’s lives – nearly as essential as air or water. We don’t let public utilities make arbitrary and… Continue Reading

Innovations from Office of Creative Research, NY data lab

Via Poynter: ” The Office for Creative Research, a New York-based research group…often creates data visualizations, public space performances and prototypes to help people understand information. In recent months, they’ve created a visualization about Einstein’s theory of general relativity for Scientific American, made a Chrome extension that helps people make sense of ad targeting and… Continue Reading