December 13, 2017

Illuminating Royalty: William & Mary Libraries Partner on Georgian Papers Programme

From the College of William & Mary: In spring 2015, William & Mary and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture partnered with the Royal Archives and King’s College London on the Georgian Papers Programme (GPP). The GPP is a five-year project to make available online the historic manuscripts relating to the Georgian […]

Wolfram Launches Public Data Repository, Private Repositories Coming Soon

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Some interesting, cool, and a potentially a very useful new resource/technology fromWolfram, a company many of you know as the provider of Wolfram|Alpha. From an Blog Post/Introduction/How-To by Founder, Steven Wolfram (About 8600 words): I’m pleased to announce that as of today [April 20, 2017], the Wolfram Data Repository is officially launched! It’s been a […]

Report: EPA Website Removes Climate Science Site From Public View After Two Decades

From The Washington Post: The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday evening that its website would be “undergoing changes” to better represent the new direction the agency is taking, triggering the removal of several agency websites containing detailed climate data and scientific information. One of the websites that appeared to be gone had been cited to challenge […]

Oregon: “Roseburg Library Staff Prepares For Closure: ‘We’re All Looking For Work'” (Permanent Closure of All Douglas County Libraries)

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From KCBY-TV: The Roseburg library location is the last public library in Douglas County where you can still check out a book, but not for long. The other libraries in the Douglas County Library System have closed for good. [Clip] Just like the others, the Roseburg library will soon close for good. [Clip] In last […]

Censorship: Access to Wikipedia is Blocked in Turkey

UPDATE May 5, 2017  Turkish Court Rejects Wikipedia’s Appeal Over Website’s Blocking (via Reuters) ||| Turkey Court Rejects Wikipedia Appeal Over Blocking (via AFP) — UPDATE Statement by Wikimedia Re: Blocking of Wikipedia in Turkey, “Wikimedia Foundation urges Turkish authorities to Restore access to Wikipedia” (via Wikimedia Blog) — From the Turkey Blocks* : The Turkey […]

Report: “Facebook ‘Observed Propaganda Efforts’ By Governments”

From the BBC: Facebook has admitted that it observed attempts to spread propaganda on its site, apparently orchestrated by governments or organised parties. The firm has seen “false news, disinformation, or networks of fake accounts aimed at manipulating public opinion”, it revealed in a new report. “Several” such cases during the US presidential election last […]

New Historic Photos, Documents of Oregon Conservationists Digitized and Available Online

From Oregon St. University: Oregon State University has collaborated on a digital project that is making 40 years of Oregon wildlife conservation photos and documents available to the general public. The new digital collection features photographs and manuscripts by noted conservationist William L. Finley, his wife Irene and friend Herman T. Bohlman. Finley’s interest in […]

News Roundup

1. A Unified Library Management System Launches this Summer at 23 California State University Libraries See Also: Cal State University Plans to Build Unified Library Management System (ULMS) Across 23 Campuses (Feb. 10, 2015) 2. Patents: National Collection Of Denmark Now Available in WIPO’s PATENTSCOPE Database 3. University of Oregon Joins HathiTrust (127th Member) 4. […]

Springer Nature Announces Two New ORCID Initiatives (Including Mandate of ORCID iDs For Authors in 46 Journals)

From Springer Nature: Springer Nature today announces two new initiatives in support of ORCID, which gives researchers a unique, personal, persistent identifier (an iD) that distinguishes them from every other researcher. ORCID also enables organizations to link researchers’ affiliations and works – including their publications – to their iD, ensuring they receive proper credit for […]

Report: “Case Western Reserve University Libraries Seek External Review After Low Funding, Ranking”

From The Observer (Student Newspaper at CWRU): Due to the fluctuation in the Case Western Reserve University library budget and the rising cost of library materials, over 900 journal titles in the past six years have been cancelled from subscription. Due to their small budget, CWRU libraries to rank 107 out of the 114 libraries […]