July 17, 2019

Open Syllabus Project 2.0 Goes Live; Syllabi From 6 Million College Classes in 79 Countries Available

From an Open Syllabus Project Blog Post Now you can explore college teaching, publishing, and intellectual traditions across 6 million classes, 4700 schools, and 79 countries. You can dive into schools and fields, look at how the adoption of texts changes over time, and compare how teaching varies in different countries. Direct to Open Syllabus […]

Research Resource: Announcing the “Texas Geodata Portal”

From Tex Libris (Univ. of Texas): The Libraries finally entered the landscape of GIS last year with the hiring of Geospatial Data Coordinator Michael Shensky, and a major undertaking in his short tenure has been to spearhead the development of an interface that will facilitate discovery of the cartographic resources and geospatial datasets in our collections […]

Data Repositories: “Funded Partnership Brings Dryad and Zenodo Closer”

From the Dryad and Zenodo Blogs: Researchers commonly have to make a choice about where to deposit their non-article outputs. Unfortunately, systems that are built to accommodate these objects work separately and can make the process more difficult. As a result, data, code, figures, and other outputs go to a variety of disconnected places, or […]

Highlights From ACRL’s “2018 Academic Library Trends and Statistics”

Note: The complete ACRL 2018 Academic Library Trends and Statistics was released today. It is a fee-based resource. A few data points from the report are found below. The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of ““2018 Academic Library Trends and Statistics.” [Clip] The 2018 data show that library expenditures for […]

New Functionality: Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) Partners Can Now Upload Crowdsourced Transcriptions of Digitized Archival Materials

From a Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) Blog Post: The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) has added functionality to allow BHL Partners to upload transcriptions in place of the automatically-generated OCR (Optical Character Recognition) for archival materials digitized in BHL. This functionality supports transcriptions generated as part of Partner crowdsourcing projects on Smithsonian Transcription Center, DigiVol, and From the Page. […]

Journal Article: “Crowding the Library: How and Why Libraries are Using Crowdsourcing to Engage the Public”

A new “Innovations in Practice” article published by Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research. Title Crowding the Library: How and Why Libraries are Using Crowdsourcing to Engage the Public Authors Sarah Severson University of Alberta Jean-Sébastien Sauve Université de Montréal, École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information Source Partnership: […]

New Research Tools: Geospatial Data: Free Dataset Archive From UC Riverside Helps Researchers Quickly Find a Needle in a Haystack (UCR STAR)

From UC Riverside: You need to find large spatio-temporal datasets — but where? While there are hundreds of publicly available datasets, locating them can take months of searching. When potential sources are found, they rarely provide enough information for a researcher to decide if the set actually contains the kind of data they need without […]

LYRASIS Releases: “Understanding the Landscape of Library Accessibility for Online Materials” (2019 LYRASIS Accessibility Survey Report)

From LYRASIS: LYRASIS announces the release of a new study, “Understanding the Landscape of Library Accessibility for Online Materials”. The study was undertaken in an effort to map the landscape of accessibility policies and practices for online resources as managed by libraries and archives across the United States. [Clip] Authored by Hannah Rosen, LYRASIS Scholarly […]

Research Resources: Census Bureau Debuts New Datasets: Business Formation Statistics

From the U.S. Census: The Census Bureau released the Business Formation Statistics (BFS), a new data product that tracks trends in business applications and formations at the state, regional and national levels. The BFS consists of four business application series and eight business formation series. It’s unique because it relies on administrative data from the […]

Roundup (July 17, 2019)

Argentina National Library Opens Holocaust, Anti-Semitism Section (via JTA) France: First Open Edition Books Select (First French-Language Crowdfunding Programme) Campaign Comes to an End: 26 Titles Published in Open Access  Global Social Media Users Pass 3.5 Billion (WeAreSocial)