December 14, 2017

17-Country Study Finds, “Majority of Internet Users Read Books Either Daily or at Least Once A Week”

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From GfK (Publishers of the Report): A 17-country report just released by global market analysts, GfK, shows that 30 percent of the international online population read books “every day or most days”. This is lead by China at 36 percent, closely followed by Spain and the UK at 32 percent each. However, if the segment […]

Freedom House Releases “Freedom of the Press 2017″ Report

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Note: Along with the Freedom House report discussed/linked below, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) released the “2017 World Press Freedom Index” two days ago. It might also be of interest.  “Freedom of the Press 2017″ was released by Freedom House on April 28, 2017. Several Resources are Available Including: Full Text Report (HTML) Includes drop-down box to access […]

U.S. State Dept. Releases Declassified Documents About Human Rights Abuses in Argentina

From a U.S. Dept. of State “DipNote” Blog Post bySarah Berndt and Keri Lewis: [Yesterday], the U.S. Department of State is releasing 931 declassified documents, totaling approximately 3,300 pages, about human rights abuses during the 1976‒1983 military dictatorship in Argentina. [Clip] The Department releases these documents in response to the request of the Government of Argentina and […]

Two U.S. Senators Introduce Bill to Keep Government Research Data Publicly Available (Preserving Data in Government Act)

UPDATED May 2, 2017 The Text of S.960 (Preserving Data in Government Act) Now Available via GovTrack.us and/or Congress.gov UPDATED April 28, 2017 The bill has been given the number S.960 (A Bill To Amend Title 44, United States Code, to Protect Open, Machine-Readable Databases) From Senator Cory Gardner (Full Text): U.S. Senators Cory Gardner […]

RAND Corp. Publishes Results of an Evaluation of National Science Digital Library Program (NSDL)

From RAND: The full title of the report is: Digital Resources for STEM Educators and Recommendations for Cyberlearning Initiatives:Results from the National Science Foundation Digital Library/Distributed Learning Program Evaluation 229 pages; PDF. From Summary Webpage The National Science Foundation (NSF) created the National Science Digital Library/Distributed Learning (NSDL) program in 2000. Between 2000 and 2011, […]

Ready to Launch: Ontario Library Research Cloud, a Large-Scale Shared Storage Network, Opens May 1st

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From the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL): OCUL is pleased to announce that the Ontario Library Research Cloud (OLRC) will open its doors to subscribers as of May 1, 2017. The OLRC provides secure and affordable cloud storage for libraries and researchers in Ontario and across Canada. The OLRC was born as a joint […]

News Roundup

1. Personal Archive of Writer Ron Rash Acquired by University of South Carolina 2. University of Calgary Receives Approx. $750K/US Grant From Mellon Foundation to Develop New Model For Library (via The Gauntlet) See Also: Learn More About the Grant (via UCalgary) See Also: Slide Deck With Details About the Grant (via UCalgary)

Digitization Projects: Thomas Jefferson’s Original Law Books Soon Will Be One Click Away

From the University of Virginia Law School: Soon, an online library of 375 books hand-picked by the founder of both the University of Virginia and its School of Law will be one click away. Thomas Jefferson’s 1828 collection of law books, representing his vision for a holistic legal education at the Law School, will be […]

New Primer From OCLC Research Intended to Help Digital Archivists Better Understand IT Industry Priorities, Culture, and Techniques

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From OCLC Research: A follow-on to the popular Demystifying Born Digital series, this primer for archivists is intended to help digital archivists understand the priorities, techniques and culture of information technology so that they can be the most effective collaborators possible. This report describes types of IT providers and the services they typically offer, offers […]

New Report: Government Requests For Facebook User Data Up 9% Globally in Second Half of 2016

From Facebook: Government requests for account data increased by 9% globally compared to the first half of 2016, from 59,229 to 64,279 requests. About half of the data requests we received from law enforcement in the US contained a non-disclosure order that prohibited us from notifying the user.  The number of content restrictions for violating […]