October 20, 2017

Penn State University Libraries Hires James O’Sullivan as Digital Humanities Research Designer

From Penn State University Libraries: James O’Sullivan will join Penn State’s University Libraries, on Aug. 1, in a newly formed position as the digital humanities research designer (DHRD), reporting to the Publishing and Curation Services Department. In this position, O’Sullivan will work directly with members of the Penn State community, especially faculty and students as […]

Results of 2014 Digital Publishing Survey Published by Bowker and Digital Conversion Labs

From a Bowker News Release: Publishers are increasingly concerned with quality as they move towards digital productions, according to a new survey on trends in the digital publishing industry. Of the respondents, 84 percent are planning to publish digitally in 2014 (an increase of 21 percent over the prior year), and 52 percent of respondents […]

Brandeis University Press Releases Collection of 28 Open Access Ebooks, Freely Available Online

From Brandeis University: A small trove of scholarly books from the Brandeis University Press is now freely available in multiple digital forms from the university’s Institutional Repository thanks to an open access partnership with the University Press of New England and Dartmouth College. A total of 28 books are now available in HTML, PDF and […]

New Usage Statistics: TV Watching and Computer Use in U.S. Youth Aged 12–15, 2012

A recently released statistical report from the National Center for Health Statistics, CDC. Key Findings Nearly all (98.5%) youth aged 12–15 reported watching TV daily. More than 9 in 10 (91.1%) youth aged 12–15 reported using the computer daily outside of school. In 2012, 27.0% of youth aged 12–15 had 2 hours or less of […]

New Working Paper: A Meta-Analysis of Research Into Three Altmetrics (Twitter, Reference Managers, and Blogs)

Here’s a new working paper that will likely be of interest to many of you. It was posted to arXiv yesterday. Title Alternative metrics in scientometrics: A meta-analysis of research into three altmetrics Author Dr. Lutz Bornmann Division for Science and Innovation Studies, Max Planck Society Source via arXiv Posted July 30, 2014 Abstract Alternative […]

Education: Updated Data on Postsecondary Tuition, Fees and Degrees Released (U.S.)

From the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES): Between 2011-12 and 2013-14, the average tuition and required fees at 4-year public institutions (after adjusting for inflation) increased more for in-state students (4 percent increase) than for out-of-state students (3 percent increase). During that same time period, 4-year nonprofit institutions increased overall at 4 percent. However, […]

Environmental Data and Imagery: New Version of the “NOAA View” Data Exploration Tool Released

From the NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory: A new version of NOAA View was released today with a new interface and a significant data addition, Suomi NPP VIIRS daily global True Color satellite imagery. NOAA View’s new features include the ability to capture regional images at multiple resolutions, export images as PNG and Google Earth files, […]

News Roundup: Items from EBSCO, Simon & Schuster, and Others

1. Popular Fiction and Non-Fiction eBooks From Hachette Now Available via EBSCO 2. Audiobooks: Simon & Schuster Audio Will Publish Fully Dramatized Shakespeare Productions From The Folger Shakespeare Library Theatre First five plays Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be released next week (August 5th). 3. YBP Becomes Primary […]

Privacy: Tor Network Breached

From the Wall St. Journal: Tor, a service used to cloak the identity of Internet users, says outsiders breached its network and tried to learn the identities of some users earlier this year. The service says the attack was likely the work of researchers at Carnegie-Mellon University, who had planned to demonstrate a Tor hack […]

Twitter Acquires Image Intelligence Tech Company, Pinterest Acquires Cloud-Based Visual Organizer

Two stories! 1. Twitter Acquires Madbits (via PC World) Over the past year, the New York based startup [Madbits] has been developing visual intelligence technology that automatically understands, organizes and extracts relevant information from raw media even when there are no tags associated with the files, it said on its site. Image search is its […]