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Category Archives: Search Engines

OCLC – Looking inside the Library Knowledge Vault

“How do we ascertain truth on the web? That’s a question being pursued by researchers at Google who have articulated a flow of data that generates discrete statements of fact from countless web sources, relates those statements to previously assembled stores of knowledge, and fuses these mathematically to identify which statements may be more “truthful”Continue Reading

How Google Translate squeezes deep learning onto a phone

Google Research Blog – [July 28, 2015] “we announced that the Google Translate app now does real-time visual translation of 20 more languages. So the next time you’re in Prague and can’t read a menu, we’ve got your back. But how are we able to recognize these new languages? In short: deep neural nets. WhenContinue Reading

ViewPoint – Great New Possibilities for the Library of Congress

Colleagues – we have worked for many years, often many decades, as members of a profession to which we have a deep and abiding commitment and through which we have, under often the most challenging of circumstances, helped to usher in the future without forsaking the past. So this snippet (the rest is behind aContinue Reading

Google Announces Plans for New Operating Structure

Google Investor Relations posting: August 10, 2015 – “G is for Google. As Sergey and I wrote in the original founders letter 11 years ago, “Google is not a conventional company. We do not intend to become one.” As part of that, we also said that you could expect us to make “smaller bets inContinue Reading

HathiTrust US Federal Government Documents Initiative

“Stemming from a proposal accepted by HathiTrust members at the 2011 constitutional convention, HathiTrust has embarked on an ambitious initiative to, “through coordinated action and collective action, expand and enhance access to US federal publications including those issued by GPO and other federal agencies.” The HathiTrust Government Documents Registry is a key component of this broad effort. Further informationContinue Reading

Search for FDA Guidance Documents

FDA expands transparency and access to critical documents: “The table [at this link] lists all official FDA Guidance Documents and other regulatory guidance. You can search for documents using key words, and you can narrow or filter your results by product, date issued, FDA organizational unit, type of document, subject, draft or final status, andContinue Reading

Bing plans to warn customers about threats of fake online pharmacies

Bing Blog: “When there is a significant risk of serious harm to the public from purchasing unsafe, counterfeit and other illegal drugs online, the Bing team wants to help our users make informed decisions. With this goal in mind, we are rolling out a new set of warnings on to give our customers more informationContinue Reading

See Google Trends for updates on Presidential Campaign

Google Trends is tracking statistics related to candidates and major issues in the news – including the Iran Nuclear Deal – data and interactive graphics changes daily.

Coalition Announces New ‘Do Not Track’ Standard for Web Browsing

“The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), privacy company Disconnect and a coalition of Internet companies have announced a stronger “Do Not Track” (DNT) setting for Web browsing—a new policy standard that, coupled with privacy software, will better protect users from sites that try to secretly follow and record their Internet activity, and incentivize advertisers and dataContinue Reading

Privacy Implications of Health Information Seeking on the Web

Privacy Implications of Health Information Seeking on the Web, By Timothy Libert  Communications of the ACM, Vol. 58 No. 3, Pages 68-77 10.1145/2658983 “Privacy online is an increasingly popular field of study, yet it remains poorly defined. “Privacy” itself is a word that changes according to location, context, and culture. Additionally, the Web is aContinue Reading

Google chemtrails: A methodology to analyze topic representation in search engine results

Via First Monday – Andrea Ballatore – “Search engine results influence the visibility of different viewpoints in political, cultural, and scientific debates. Treating search engines as editorial products with intrinsic biases can help understand the structure of information flows in new media. This paper outlines an empirical methodology to analyze the representation of topics inContinue Reading

Database on EU Distant Water Fleet

“What is this database and why does it matter? The EU lends its flag to a large fleet of vessels that operate in distant waters, meeting our ever-growing demand for seafood by netting catch as far afield as Greenland the distant Pacific Island States, and in all world’s oceans. All EU fishing vessels operating inContinue Reading