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Nature Publishing Group Releases Linked Data Platform

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Nature Publishing Group has released its publication data via the new Nature Linked Data Platform available here. From an NPG Announcement: The platform includes more than 20 million Resource Description Framework (RDF) statements, including primary metadata for more than 450,000 articles published by NPG since 1869. In this first release, the datasets include basic citation […]

Information Technology: IT History Society Adds New Research Database

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From the News Release: The IT History Society’s (IThistory.org) growing library of databases now includes a hardware database of all information technology hardware ever manufactured. The initial library consists of over 2,000 entries and it is growing by over 100 per day. The database is located on the web at http://ithistory.org/hardware/hardware-name.php “The IT History Society’s […]

UK: “Community-run Libraries are Part of the Degradation of the Service”

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From a Commentary in The Guardian: Volunteers can bring much to libraries, but the fact they are replacing paid staff shows how much de-skilling has taken place. Surrey Libraries Action Movement (Slam) is celebrating after the high court ruled that Surrey county council’s plan to replace trained librarians with a volunteer-only service in 10 of […]

Reference: Handy Spreadsheet With Info About 290 News Databases, Result of Recent CRL Survey

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Last week we discovered (we’re always looking) a very informative new spreadsheet from the Center for Research Libraries that lists a sizable collection of news and news-related databases. What we found came without any supporting documentation about when and why it was created. We reached out to James Simon from CRL.  He got back to […]

Web Tools: AnnotateIt and Annotator: A New Mode of Communication on the Web from OKFN

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From the Open Knowledge Foundation Blog: For some time, we at the Open Knowledge Foundation have been working on a project to allow you to annotate the web. All of it. We’re now happy to announce two major releases: of Annotator, the code that makes web annotation possible, and AnnotateIt, a web service providing storage […]

WSJ: The Changing Culture of the New York Public Library

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Note: We’ve updated this post (at the bottom) with a link to a recent keynote lecture (video) by Anthony Grafton. It’s titled, “The Transforming Book”. From an WSJ “Ideas” Blog Post: Anthony Grafton, a professor of history at Princeton and past president of the American Historical Association, is distressed when he contemplates the changes afoot […]

Google Will No Longer Sell E-Books Through Independent Bookstores, Ends eBook Resellers Program

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From PW: On Tuesday representatives of Google contacted the American Booksellers Association and Powell’s Books to announce that it will end its Google eBooks reseller program worldwide. In February, it had seemed as if independent booksellers were getting a reprieve when Google reinstated some affiliate stores that had low sales. But in yet another sign […]