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Only Half of Dot-Gov Sites are Active, GSA Reports

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From a NextGov Article: Nearly one-fifth of federal Web domains are inactive and one-fourth redirect to other dot-gov sites, according to an inventory conducted between August and October. Active government domains employ 150 different content management systems, a hodgepodge of design templates that vary wildly from one division to the next, and a host of […]

US Senators Call For FTC Investigation Into Google’s Search Results

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From an Article by Matt McGee on Search Engine Land: US Senators Herb Kohl and Mike Lee are urging the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether Google unfairly favors its own properties in search results. Kohl and Lee are both members of the Senate’s antitrust subcommittee — that’s where Google’s Eric Schmidt testified in-person back […]

Jane Austen Family Books Made Digital for First Time

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Note: The material has been digitized but it’s not on the web, at least not yet. Until then, for those of you who don’t reside in the UK, here’s a reason (if you’re in search of one) to jet on over. From the BBC: Original material previously only available to scholars can now be freely […]

OPACs: Major Melvyl Enhancements Coming in January

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From the California Digital Library Blog: Two exciting new features enhancing Melvyl will be turned on in Melvyl beginning this January: View Now and Central Index…OPS [UC Heads of Public Schools] recommended to the new Melvyl Advisory Group (MAG) that these be activated in a pilot phase from January through June 2012. [Clip] The “View […]

New Article: Experimenting with Strategies for Crowdsourcing Manuscript Transcription

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The following article appears in the latest issue of Research Library Issues (Number 277) published by the Association of Research Libraries. Title: Experimenting with Strategies for Crowdsourcing Manuscript Transcription Authors: Nicole Saylor (Head, Digital Library Services, University of Iowa Libraries) Jen Wolfe (Metadata Librarian, University of Iowa Libraries) From the Introduction: Crowdsourcing—soliciting the public’s help […]

Scholarly Publishing: Purdue University Signs New One-Year, $2.9 Million Contract With Elsevier

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From The Exponent (Purdue University): Purdue students and faculty could have lost access to the majority of scholastic research articles available online through Purdue libraries today. Purdue signed another one-year contract with a publishing company that allows access to journal articles necessary for research for $2.9 million, after being threatened to be cut off in […]

New Zealand: DigitalNZ’s Mighty Big 2011(Year in Review)

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A blog post provides a look at the 2011 accomplishments of the Digital NZ team including the release of a new and improved web site and search tool.