May 27, 2015

New Article: Ebook Availability and Usage in Japan’s Public Libraries

From The Japan News: Despite the increasingly widespread readership of electronic books, e-book loan services at libraries show no signs of catching on. [Clip] Nevertheless, there are only 30 digital libraries in the nation, according to research by the Japan Library Association, although there are varying definitions of what constitutes a digital library. This means […]

News Roundup

1. Book Industry Study Group (BISG) Hires Mark Kuyper as New Executive Director 2. UK: Publishers win landmark case against ebook pirates (via Google Cache Version of Financial Times) ||| Announcement from Publishers Association 3. Open-access publisher sacks 31 editors amid fierce row over independence (via Science) 4. Five more Canadian academic institutions select OCLC […]

NSFW, WTF, Crema, Click-Bait, Vocal Fry and Many More Words Added to Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary

From Merriam-Webster: It’s happened again: this dictionary [Merriam-Webster Unabridged] has gotten bigger. As of last week, it’s grown by more than 1,700 entries, and existing entries have expanded by more than 700 new senses. We’ve added 3,200 examples that provide contextual information, and another 200 entries for some of the words people most frequently look […]

New Initiative: Sunlight Foundation Begins Inventory of Federal and State Criminal Justice Data

From the Sunlight Foundation: As part of a new initiative, the Sunlight Foundation has begun amassing an inventory of public and privately-produced criminal justice data. So far we have an inventory started with information from 26 states and the federal government. When we’re done, we’ll have an inventory of data from all 50 states and […]

New Research Tool: “Photo Map Will Bring You Back To Old NYC, Block By Block”

Say hello to OldNYC! From Gothamist: Between the NYPL, the MCNY, the Municipal Archives, the Library of Congress, and countless other resources holding images from New York City’s past, you could almost visually recreate an older version of the city on your desktop. That’s pretty much what one man—software engineer Dan Vanderkam—has done, using the […]

Schools, Libraries Will Receive Full Request of $3.9B in E-Rate Funding

From FedScoop: Schools and libraries across the country will be getting the full amount they requested to upgrade their telecommunications and wireless services from the Federal Communications Commission, which capped the funding this year at $3.9 billion. In total, the districts requested $3.92 billion [including $1.6 billion for internal Wi-Fi networks] — just over the […]

Digital Cultural Heritage: Europeana for Education and Learning Releases New Policy Recommendations

From Europeana: Policymakers from EU education and culture ministries led by Europeana have released a new set of recommendations to encourage better use of digital cultural heritage content in education and learning, supporting Europe’s Digital Agenda commitment to ‘Open Up’ education through the opportunities afforded by the digital revolution. The nature of learning is changing, […]

Reference: ITU Publishes “ICT Facts and Figures – The World in 2015″ (Internet, Broadband, Mobile Usage Estimates)

The full text report, ICT Facts and Figures 2015 is linked below (PDF) along with the underlying data in .xls format. From the International Telecommunications Union: The ITU ICT Facts and Figures – The world in 2015 features end-2015 estimates for key telecommunication/ICT indicators, including on mobile-cellular subscriptions, Internet use, fixed and mobile broadband services, home ICT access, and […]

Canada: Simon Fraser University Students Can Buy Books with Bitcoins as New ATMs Come to Campus Bookstores

From Business Vancouver: Students at Simon Fraser University (SFU) looking to buy books for the summer semester have one more payment option available to them. SFU is unveiling three Bitcoin ATMs — or automated vending machines (AVMs) — May 26 at campus bookstores in Burnaby, Surrey and downtown Vancouver. [Clip] Students are then able to […]

A New Report from Europeana Looks at What Makes For Good Metadata

The title of the report discussed below is, Report and Recommendations from the Task Force on Metadata Quality.  We think many of the concepts discussed in this paper will be of interest to many of you. From a Blog Post Introduction (via Europeana Pro): This report looks at how data partners’ motivation, the technical requirements […]