December 18, 2017

Research Paper: “The Social World of Content Abusers in Community Question Answering”

The following paper by researchers from Yahoo Labs and the University of South Florida was presented at the 24th International World Wide Web Conference. Title The Social World of Content Abusers in Community Question Answering Authors Imrul Kayes University of South Florida Nicolas Kourtellis Yahoo Labs Daniele Quercia Yahoo Labs Adriana Iamnitchi University of South […]

Olympics: “IOC Preserves a Century of Olympics History”

From Agence France Presse (AFP): Sitting in a basement at the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne, some 33,000 hours of video, 500,000 pictures and 2,000 documents among other archives risked decay and being lost forever. But after a seven-year and 30 million euro ($33 million USD) conservation project involving experts from across the […]

New Report, Statistics: “Mapping the Digital Divide” (U.S.)

The report (embedded below), Mapping the Digital Divide, was released by the White House Council of Economic Advisers on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Later that day President Obama announced the launch of the Launch of ConnectHome Initiative. Mapping the Digital Divide See Also: Digital Divide: “Obama Program to Connect Public Housing Residents to Web” See […]

Association of American Publishers Reports Sales Were “Slow” During First Quarter of 2015″

From the Association of American Publishers: Publishers’ book sales for the first quarter of the year (Jan – March 2015) were down 6.6% for the year to date at $2.22 billion compared to $2.38 billion for the first quarter in 2014. Bright spots within the quarter were found in Trade — specifically Adult Books — […]

New Report: “Who Votes? Congressional Elections and the American Electorate: 1978-2014″

From the U.S. Census: Who Votes? Congressional Elections and the American Electorate: 1978-2014, uses data collected by the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey. This report provides a detailed historical portrait of voters in congressional elections, and it examines voting patterns by age, race and Hispanic origin and includes a look at early and absentee voting. […]

Canada: What’s Does the Future Hold For Ebooks?

From the Financial Post: “Unplugging — I think people are getting it,” Heather Reisman, chief executive officer of Indigo Books and Music Inc., said in an interview after the company’s recent annual general meeting of shareholders in Toronto. “Especially Millennials,” she said, speaking of the demographic aged 18 to 34. “They are the hippest group.” […]

Google Patent Search Adds Option to Include Relevant Results From Google Scholar & More

From the Google Blog: The ability to search for the most relevant references–the best prior art–is more important today than ever. Patent filings have steadily increased with 600,000 applications filed and 300,000 patents issued in 2014 alone. At the same time, litigation rates are continuing their dramatic climb, with patent trolls bringing the majority of […]

Numismatics: U.S. Mint Launches App For iOS and Android

From Today’s Launch Announcement: The United States Mint today announced the release of MyUSMint, the bureau’s new mobile application (app) for Android and iOS. [Clip] The free mobile app is now available on Google Play and the App Store. Users who download the MyUSMint app will have easy access to United States Mint products – […]

National Archives (NARA) Asks For Public Input on Prioritizing Materials to Digitize

From the NARAations Blog (National Archives and Records Administration): As the National Archives sets out on its ambitious goal to digitize all of its holdings, planning just how we’re going to accomplish this is critical to our success.  One of the first steps in that plan is prioritizing what will be digitized.  National Archives staff […]

Singapore: National Library Board Says Ebook Lending Has Nearly Quadrupled in Past Five Years

From The Straits Times: More readers are borrowing electronic books, or e-books, from libraries, with mobile devices making it easy to read while on the go. As a result, the number of e-books borrowed has almost quadrupled in the past five years. Eleven million were borrowed last year, compared with three million in 2009, according […]