February 22, 2018

New Tech Report: "How Web 1.0 Fails: The Mismatch Between Hyperlinks and Clickstreams"

Title How Web 1.0 Fails: The Mismatch Between Hyperlinks and Clickstreams Authors Lingfei Wu City University of Hong Kong Robert Ackland The Australian National University Source arXiv Abstract The core of the Web is a hyperlink navigation system collaboratively set up by web- masters to help users find desired websites. But does this system really […]

Calendar: Librarian of Congress, Acting Public Printer Will Speak to Congress Next Week During Budget Hearing

The Librarian of Congress, Dr. James Billington and Acting Public Printer of the U.S. GPO, Davita Vance-Cooks will be witnesses at a House Committee on Appropriations budget hearing next Tuesday (February 8, 2011). Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the U.S (GAO) and Douglas Elmendorf, Director of the Congressional Budget Office are also listed as […]

Info About Recently Adopted ALA Resolution on Publishers and Practices that Discriminate Against Library Users

The resolution discussed below was adopted at the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas. From ALA: In a resolution adopted by the Council of the American Library Association (ALA), it has been resolved that the ALA: 1. Opposes any discriminatory policies of publishers and distributors which adversely impact access to content by library users. 2. […]

Now Available: Results of the EC Public Consultation on Scientific Information in the Digital Age

From a Summary Posted on the LIBER Web Site: The public consultation on scientific information in the digital age, which was recently undertaken by the European Commission, spurred great interest among a variety of stakeholders, with 1140 responses received from 42 countries. Respondents identified a strong need for better access to scientific publications and scientific […]

New Online: White House Posts Public Comments About Public Access to Scholarly Publications

The White House Office of Scientific and Technology Policy has posted 375 comments that were sent to the office after a Request for Information was posted on November 3, 2011. From the Web Site: On November 3, 2011, OSTP released a Request for Information (RFI) soliciting public input on long-term preservation of, and public access to, […]

LOCPix: New iOS App Provides Access to Digitized Photos from the Library of Congress

From the Description (via Programmable Web): LOCPix allows searching and viewing of the digitized photo collections from the Library of Congress. Browse collections or search the vast archive for interesting historical photographs and poster artwork. Hundreds of thousands of images are available, many in high resolution. The app costs $.99. and comes from Say Goodnight […]

Reference: Rankings: IFI Announces Top Global Companies Ranked By 2011 U.S. Patents

From the IFI Web Site: IFI CLAIMSPatent Services, the leading producer of global patent databases, analytic solutions and innovative web services, today announced its top-50 ranking of global companies awarded the most U.S. utility patents in 2011. IFI uses proprietary algorithms and 50 years’ experience analyzing U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) data to compile […]

Folklorist’s Global Jukebox Goes Digital

From The New York Times: The folklorist and ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax was a prodigious collector of traditional music from all over the world and a tireless missionary for that cause. Long before the Internet existed, he envisioned a “global jukebox” to disseminate and analyze the material he had gathered during decades of fieldwork. A decade […]

OCLC and Elsevier Sign Agreement To Provide Full-text Searching of SciVerse ScienceDirect Journals and E-Books via WorldCat Local

From an OCLC Announcement: OCLC and Elsevier have signed an agreement that will make the full text from Elsevier’s SciVerse ScienceDirect journals and e-books available to users of OCLC’s WorldCat Local. The expanded partnership makes it possible for researchers and students to search the full text of content from SciVerse ScienceDirect through WorldCat Local, OCLC’s […]