April 15, 2014

Statistics: U.S. Tablet Usage Reaches ‘Critical Mass’

From PCMag.com: Just two years after the launch of the original iPad, tablets have reached a “critical mass” in the U.S., according to a new report from comScore. The data measurement company found that smartphone adoption has exploded, with nearly one in four smartphone owners (or 23.6 percent) also using tablets during the three-month period […]

New Preprint: The Conundrum of Sharing Research Data

Title The Conundrum of Sharing Research Data (Preprint) Author Christine Borgman University of California, Los Angeles Source Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 63(6): 1059-1078, 2012 via SSRN Abstract New methods and instrumentation are producing an unprecedented deluge of research data. The volume of data, combined with new means of distribution […]

Social Search Research: “SearchBuddies: Bringing Search Engines into the Conversation”

The following paper appears in the proceedings of ICWSM 2012 (International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM)) that began today in Dublin, Ireland. Title SearchBuddies: Bringing Search Engines into the Conversation Authors Brent Hecht Northwestern U. Jaime Teevan Microsoft Research Meredith Ringel Morris Microsoft Research Dan Liebling Microsoft Research Source In Proceedings: ICWSM […]

U. of Arkansas Researcher Helping to Develop Web Annotation Technology

From a University of Arkansas News Release: With little more than basic information about Web users’ behavior – that is, the hyperlinks they click on daily and the content at those sites – Susan Gauch can build a better search engine. In information systems research, this work is known as “implicit” user profiling, meaning there […]

New from IMLS: "Building Digital Communities: New Resource to Help Communities Bridge the Digital Divide"

New from the Institute of Museum and Library Services: There are still 100 million Americans who do not have a broadband connection to the Internet. This sobering statistic has profound implications for economic success, educational achievement, and civic life. Communities face difficult challenges in their efforts to provide digital opportunity for all their residents. The […]

Google's Usability Chief On Ideas Having to Be Discoverable and Use "Control F"

In a New Scientist article, Google’s Dan Russell talks about his job, discoverability of ideas, and more. Dan also mentions a super interesting fact that we’ve heard from him before (it’s worth repeating) and something that many of us have shared during presentations for years, the POWER of the Control+F (find) feature. It’s one of […]

Article: "Open University Research Explodes Myth of ‘Digital Native’"

From Merlin John Online: A new research project by the Open University explores the much-debated concept of “the digital native”. The university does this by making full use of the rich resource which is its own highly diverse student body. It concludes that while there are clear differences between older people and younger in their […]

"Korean Teens Top Tests of Digital Literacy Skills"

Direct to OECD Report News Release PISA 2009 Results: Students On Line tasked students with evaluating information on the Internet, assessing its credibility and navigating webpages to test their digital reading performance. Students from 16 OECD countries took part – Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Denmark, France, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, […]

Using Wikis in Government: A Guide for Public Managers

Using Wikis in Government: A Guide for Public Managers Dr. (Ines) Mergel describes the managerial, cultural, behavioral, and technological issues that public managers face in starting and maintaining Wikis. Public leaders face the challenge of finding ways to bridge silos in their organizations. In this report, Dr. Mergel examines one tool that can help them […]

"Hacktivists Scorch PBS in Retaliation for WikiLeaks Documentary"

From Wired News: A hacker group unhappy with PBS Frontline’s hour-long documentary on WikiLeaks has hit back at the Public Broadcasting System by cracking its servers, posting thousands of stolen passwords, and adding a fake news story to a blog belonging to the august PBS Newshour. On Sunday night, visitors to the Newshour website read […]