October 17, 2017

Getty Research Releases Union List of Artist Names (ULAN) as Linked Open Data (LOD), Over 650,000 Names Included

The Getty Research Institute announced the release of Union List of Artist Names (ULAN) earlier today. This is the third release of LOD from Getty. From a Blog Post by James Cuno, CEO of The J. Paul Getty Trust: We’re delighted to announce that the Getty Research Institute has released the Union List of Artist Names […]

Datasets: Center for Medicare Studies Releases Prescriber-Level Medicare Data for the First Time

From CMS: We are pleased to announce the release of a new dataset that details information on the prescription drugs that individual physicians and other health care providers prescribed in 2013 under the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program.  Approximately 68 percent of all Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in the Part D program, 36 million […]

Smithsonian Debuts First Ebook For Students (Free): “The Mind Behind the Mask: 3-D Technology And The Portrayal Of Abraham Lincoln”

From the SI/National Museum of American History: As part of its marking of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the assassination of the nation’s 16th president, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has published and posted its first e-book for students. “The Mind behind the Mask: 3-D Technology and the Portrayal of […]

A Google for Handwriting: Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) Being Used to Digitize Cultural Heritage Materials in Sweden

From Uppsala University in Sweden: When the university library digitises printed books from heritage collections, it uses software that converts the pages to digital text, known as Optical Character Recognition (OCR). The software interprets the printed information and makes it searchable. With handwriting, HTR technology – handwritten text recognition – is used instead. It is […]

New Article: “Disrupting The Subscription Journals’ Business Model For The Necessary Large-Scale Transformation To Open Access”

Here’s an announcement/summary of a new article written by researchers from the Max Planck Digital Library. From the Announcement: The Max Planck Digital Library has put forward a study on the transformation of the subscription-driven system for scientific publications to an Open Access model. For the first time, quantitative parameters are presented showing that the […]

Academic Libraries: ProQuest Acquires Coutts Information Services (OASIS and MyiLibrary) From Ingram

UPDATE May 1: At the bottom of this post we’ve added a link to a statement from EBSCO saying they plan to remain available to OASIS users. Today’s acquisition news from ProQuest comes about 10 weeks after the EBSCO’s acquisition of YBP Library Services on February 20, 2015. From PQ: ProQuest has signed an agreement […]

Business Reference: Top Metro Area Economies (U.S.) Mapped

Here’s a new interactive map from Stateline (a Pew funded) using data from the U.S. Census. From the Map: “The most recent jobless rates, housing permits averaged over three years to 2015, 2013 gross domestic product and the number of incoming residents in 2014 provide a glimpse of which U.S. metropolitan areas are thriving and […]

Freedom of the Press 2015 Report Released, Harsh Laws and Violence Drive Global Decline in Press Freedom

From Freedom House: Conditions for the media grew worse in most parts of the world last year, but it is important to remember that each region was falling from a very different height. According to the findings of Freedom of the Press 2015, the latest edition of Freedom House’s annual assessment of media environments around […]

Coming From National Library of Ireland in July: Materials From Catholic Parish Register Digitisation Project

From The National Library of Ireland (NLI): The entire collection of Catholic parish register microfilms held by the National Library of Ireland (NLI) will be made available online – for free – from 8th July 2015 onwards. On that date, a dedicated website will go live, with over 390,000 digital images of the microfilm reels […]

Report: An Arkansas Public Library System Begins Placing Restrictions on Use of 3D Printers

The news about the Pope County Public Library System in Arkansas is included in a report from St. Louis Public Radio about 3D printers in libraries. The ALA has recommended guidelines for libraries to address concerns about safety, access and liability. But some local libraries have established rules on their own. At the Pope County […]