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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

Searching for symptom related answers on Google

Google Official Blog: “So starting in the coming days, when you ask Google about symptoms like “headache on one side,” we’ll show you a list of related conditions (“headache,” “migraine,” “tension headache,” “cluster headache,” “sinusitis,” and “common cold”). For individual symptoms like “headache,” we’ll also give you an overview description along with information on self-treatment… Continue Reading

Facebook litigating $15B user internet track case

Facebook Accused Of Tracking Users’ Internet Activity By Consuella Pachico – Jun 18, 2016 – “Facebook is facing multidistrict litigation over allegations that the social media site tracked users’ internet activity after they logged off. Facebook is insisting that users cannot sue because they were not harmed by the site’s tracking activities. In response to users’… Continue Reading

Getty Research Portal Grows with a New Design and More Than 100,000 Digitized Volumes

Annie Rana – Getty Blog – “Marking the occasion of its four-year anniversary, the Getty Research Portal™ has been rebuilt and redesigned, making it easier to explore the digitized literature of art history. The Portal is a catalog providing free access to books and journals made available online by contributing institutions. A project of the… Continue Reading