July 5, 2015

W3C Publishes First Public Working Draft of Web Annotation Protocol

From the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Blog: The Web Annotation Working Group has published a Working Draft of Web Annotation Protocol. Annotations are typically used to convey information about a resource or associations between resources. Simple examples include a comment or tag on a single web page or image, or a blog post about […]

New Data/Data Files: How Do Americans Spend Their Time? 2014 American Time Use Survey Released

The data tables noted in the highlights below can be accessed here. Additional data files including data from previous American Time Survey’s q3 From the Bureau of Labor Statistics: In 2014, on days they worked, 23 percent of employed persons did some or all of their work at home, and 85 percent did some or […]

The Most Accessed Volumes in the HathiTrust Database (May 2015)

The following table appears in the June 2015 issue of the the HathiTrust June 2015 Update. Title Crosses in the Wind, by Joseph James Shomon. War in New Guinea, Official War Photographs of the Battle for Australia. The History of Royal College (formerly called the Colombo Academy), Written by Boys in the School, 1931. Solid […]

Research Paper: “Influence of Study Type on Twitter Activity For Medical Research Papers”

The following paper was presented on July 1, 2015 at the 15th International Society on Scientometrics & Informetrics (ISSI) Conference held in Istanbul, Turkey. Title Influence of Study Type on Twitter Activity For Medical Research Papers Authors Jens Peter Andersen Aalborg University Hospital, Medical Library, Denmark Stefanie Haustein University of Montreal Source via arXiv Abstract […]

Open Access Policy Adopted by University of Iowa Libraries

From the Hardin Library For Health Sciences (U. of Iowa Libraries) Blog: On June 18, 2015 the University of Iowa Libraries adopted an Open Access Statement. Library staff will make their publications freely available and ensure long-term preservation and findability. Read the U. of Iowa Libraries Open Access Statement

Dutch Universities and SAGE Reach Agreement on Open Access

From VSNU: The Dutch universities and SAGE have established  an agreement on the much-needed transition to open access (OA). This unique agreement supports researchers by enabling them to publish OA in all SAGE-owned academic journals, ensuring high-quality peer-reviewed OA publishing is a more accessible option for researchers within the Netherlands. The costs of publishing in […]

Australia: Legal Deposit Extended For the National Library

UPDATE July 3, 2015 Australian electronic books to be preserved at the National Library in Canberra under new laws (via ABC) From the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee (ALCC): Physical works published in Australia must, by law, have a copy deposited with the National Library.  This ensures that there is a comprehensive record of Australia’s cultural […]

Surveillance Data: 2014 Wiretap Report Released by US Courts, Intercept Applications Down 1% vs. 2013

From the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts: The number of federal and state wiretaps authorized in 2014 decreased 1 percent from 2013. The most serious offense under investigation in 89 percent of all applications for intercepts was illegal drugs. The 2014 Wiretap Report provides information on the number and nature of federal and state […]

Updated Datasets/Database: CMS’ Open Payments Posts Full Year of 2014 Financial Data (Medicare/Medicaid Data)

From the Center For Medicare  and Medicaid Studies: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today published 2014 Open Payments data about transfers of value by drug and medical device makers to health care providers. The data includes information about 11.4 million financial transactions attributed to over 600,000 physicians and more than 1,100 teaching […]

New Data: “Federal Funding For Science And Engineering at Universities Down 6 Percent in FY 13″

New data from the National Science Foundation. From a NSF Summary: Federal agencies obligated $29 billion to 995 science and engineering academic institutions in fiscal year 2013, according to a new report from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES). The figure represents a 6 percent decline in current […]