July 2, 2015

Reference: Canadian Government Launches Expenditure Database

From the Treasury Board of Canada: The tool gives Canadians a quick picture of how taxpayer dollars are spent and allows Parliamentarians to better analyse government expenditures. [Clip] The database allows users to search for spending information in three categories: by Authorities and Expenditures, which compares the amount of funding that was authorized to what […]

Useful! North Carolina Digital Preservation Education Website Gets a Facelift

Here’s a very useful set of tools and links. Looks great too! From the Digital Curation Group (Google Groups): The State Library of North Carolina, in conjunction with the State Archives of North Carolina, is releasing a redesigned, streamlined and mobile friendly digital preservation education site (digitalpresevation.ncdcr.gov). This first-stop site is a great introduction to […]

Reference: TRAIL Open Access Archive of U.S. Government Technical Reports Adds New Content

From CRL: TRAIL [Technical Report Archive and Image Library] has recently uploaded new U.S. government technical reports to the University of North Texas Digital Library, which serves as one of the repositories of TRAIL’s digitized collections. Recently added content includes reports from the United States Bureau of Standards, United States Bureau of Mines, and the National […]

Just Released: “Article-Level Metrics — A SPARC Primer”

From a SPARC Announcement: SPARC [has] released a new community resource, Article-Level Metrics — A SPARC Primer, delving into Article-Level Metrics (ALMs) an emerging hot topic in the scholarly publishing arena. Article-Level Metrics (ALMs) are rapidly emerging as important tools to quantify how individual articles are being discussed, shared, and used. This new SPARC primer […]

Reference: USGS’s New Database Helps Users Map Biodiversity

From FCW: A new Web-based federal resource makes more than 100 million mapped records of nearly every living species nationwide searchable by any user. The Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON) system allows users — often land managers, researchers, refuge managers, citizen scientists, agriculture professionals, fisheries managers, water resource managers, educators and others — to search for […]

33 Digitized Historic Audio and Video Recordings Added to Online Archive of California and Calisphere

From a California Digital Library Announcement: CDL is pleased to announce the recent addition of 33 digitized sound and video recordings to the Online Archive of California (OAC) and Calisphere, as part of a pilot project to investigate hosting and providing access to A/V media. These recordings were digitized by the California AudioVisual Preservation Project (CAVPP), […]

Reference: WIPO Releases Major Expansion of Global Brand Database

From the World Intellectual Property Organization: The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) announced today a major expansion of its public database of trademark and brand information. The newest addition of six national collections of trademark records – including the entire United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) collection – takes the Global Brand Database from 2.2 to […]

bitly Launches “Link Insights”, Access Real-Time and Historical Data About the Links You Shorten and Share (Free)


From the bitly Blog: Have you ever wanted to know more about the life of the links you save on bitly? For example, are you the first person to save this link? Was the link popular in the past? Is anyone else clicking this link right now? You can now learn more about the “life” […]

Nice! Searchable Legislative Data for All 50 States, DC, and Puerto Rico Now Available From Sunlight Foundation’s Open States Project

From the Sunlight Foundation Blog: Open States is the only comprehensive database [it’s also free to access and use] of activities from all state capitols that makes it easy to find your state lawmaker, review their votes, search for legislation, track bills and much more. If you’re curious about a particular piece of legislation, Open […]

New From The Publishing Research Consortium: A Guide to Text Mining and Scholarly Publishing

From the PRC: PRC has produced this easy-to-read guide – in about 20 pages including glossary etc – to help remove the confusion which surrounds this topic. It takes the reader through what text and data mining are (and the difference between them), how they are done and what publishers and others have to do […]