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Programmable Web Releases List of Top Mashups of 2011

December 31, 2011 by

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Programmable Web, a superb news resource and directory of mashups, api’s, and more has just posted their list of the top new mashups from the past year. More than 900 mashups were added to the directory in 2011. It now includes links to more than 6300 mashups. Some really cool/interesting resources are included on the […]

Resources For Public Domain Day 2012

December 31, 2011 by

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Not only does January 1st mark the beginning of a new calendar year (Happy New Year!!!) but it’s also Public Domain Day. Here are a few resources to learn more and to also learn about some of the authors entering the public domain on Jan. 1, 2012. To take a look at some of the […]

Lake Superior State University Releases 37th Annual List of Banished Words

December 30, 2011 by

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From the LSSU News Release: Lake Superior State University released its 37th annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness a day early this year, on Dec. 30. It’s an amazing list that is bound to generate some blowback. “Worn-out words and phrases are the new normal this […]

Special Libraries: Canada: Human Resources Library Closure Part of Troubling Trend

December 30, 2011 by

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From the Ottawa Citizen: The announcement that the departmental library at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada will be closed in little more than a year is “a generic problem,” says the member of a group protesting recent cuts and changes to the Library and Archives of Canada. “The federal government is really cutting back […]

Archives: A New Online Photo Collection Provides Glimpses Into Delaware’s Past

December 30, 2011 by

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From the Newark Post: Over 2,000 images of Delaware life in the 1920s and 1930s are now only a couple of clicks away, thanks to an initiative by the   to digitize its entire Board of Agriculture glass negative collection. This collection includes much more than just agricultural photos, however. By visiting, you can also […]

Rare Books: AbeBooks’ Most Expensive Sales in 2011

December 30, 2011 by

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From the AbeBooks Blog: It was a bumper year for rare bookselling. The combined total of AbeBooks’ top 10 most expensive sales during 2011 is $220,330. The November sale of Karl Marx’s Das Kapital for $51,739 was the year’s most significant transaction on AbeBooks and one that sparked many wry smiles. The sale of a […]

New Research Paper: The Economics of Personal Information Online

December 30, 2011 by

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via arXiv. Title “Your browsing behavior for a Big Mac: Economics of Personal Information Online” (11 pages; PDF) Authors Juan Pablo Carrascal, UPF and Telefonica Research Christopher Riederer, Columbia University Vijay Erramilli, Telefonica Research Mauro Cherubini, Telefonica Research Rodrigo de Oliveira, Telefonica Research Abstract “Most online services (Google, Facebook etc.) operate by providing a service […]