Monday, July 21, 2014

VIDEO (2:21) The Plastic Bank news review with Dawid Katz, Shaun Frankson & Mike Biddle

See also: Ethical 3D printing begins with plastic waste pickers (NewScientist, article by Paul Marks, 18 July 2014) - includes a video (1:05) 

Amazon is testing “Kindle Unlimited,” an ebook subscription service for $9.99 a month

Source: GIGAOM, written by Laura Hazard Owen, 16 July 2014

Amazon is testing an ebook and audiobook subscription service called “Kindle Unlimited” that offers “unlimited access to over 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks on any device for just $9.99 a month.”

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Do you still need a public library, school library, etc? 

First printed book in English sold for over £1m

Source: BBC News, 17 July 2014

A 540-year-old book, known as the first to be printed in the English language, has sold at auction for more than £1m.

The Recuyell of the Histories of Troye is a version of a French book written around 1463.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Microsoft cuts 18,000 jobs

Source: CNN, written by David Goldman, 17 July 2014

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella wasn't kidding -- he really is making bold changes.

The software giant said it would cut 18,000 jobs within the next year -- about 14% of the company's 125,000 employees. That's by far the largest round of layoffs in the company's history. 

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Electronic noses sniff out cancer

Source: CNN, written by Kieron monks, 20 July 2014

It's the second most common cancer for men worldwide, but prostate cancer remains difficult to diagnose, with standard blood tests criticized for delivering a high rate of false positives.

But in a study presented in May this year, trained detection dogs were able to identify prostate cancer from a few sniffs of a urine sample with a staggering 98% accuracy, with few false positives. Although the study is by no means conclusive, it joins a growing body of research suggesting dogs could be able to smell out cancers.

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Russia to introduce universal fingerprinting of foreigners

Source: RT, 18 July 2014

Mikhail Serdyuk of the Fair Russia parliamentary caucus has prepared a bill amending the Federal Law on the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation with a paragraph obliging all foreigners to be photographed and fingerprinted as they cross the Russian border. According to the draft, the procedure falls under the supervision of “the federal body of executive power that had been given such powers.”

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

VIDEO (19:24) Social Media ... You haven't seen anything yet by Jerry Kane at TEDxLongwood

EBSCO ebooks adds Arabic titles from the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research

According to an article posted on the No Shelf Required blog on 15 July 2014, "EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) have partnered to make ECSSR titles more accessible for academic users as well as public library users looking for Arabic and English publications covering various political, economic, social and informational fields."

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BOTSWANA - Did you know that the Okavango Delta is now a Natural World Heritage Site?

Typical region in the Okavango Delta, with free canals and lakes, swamps and islands
Image: Wikipedia
The 38th Session of the World Heritage Committee declared the Okavango Delta as a Natural Heritage Site in June 2014.

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BOOK (2014) Dare we hope? Facing our past to find a new future

Source: University of the Free State, 1 July 2014

In this book, Prof Gobodo-Madikizela explores what she calls the “unfinished business,” Afrikaner rage, why apologies are not enough, and the crisis of moral leadership in politics. Yet, in the face of all this, she shows the way to healing a wounded South African nation.

Prof Gobodo-Madikizela is a Senior Research Professor in Trauma, Forgiveness and Reconciliation Studies at the UFS. Her research has made huge inroads into the reparative elements of victims-perpetrator dialogue in the aftermath of mass trauma and violence. She has served on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and spent an extended period at Harvard University. 

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TED2014 VIDEO (35:17) Edward Snowden: Here's how we take back the Internet

3D-printed limbs give hope to Sudan amputees

Source: Aljazeera, 17 July 2014

Small LA based company shares technology with Sudanese medics to provide prosthetic limbs for war victims.

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Kalahari tops in online satisfaction

Source: Fin24, 18 july 2014

South African online consumers have ranked Kalahari as the online retailer providing the best customer experience, according to online research company Columinate's Online Retail SITEisfaction Survey.

In second place was Yuppiechef, third Woolworths, fourth and Groupon in fifth place.

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Dog owners over the age of 65 act 10 years younger than biological age

Source: Medical Xpress, written by Gayle Cook, 18 July 2014

Owning a dog makes older people fitter and healthier, according to new research from the University of St Andrews.

The research, published in the journal Preventative Medicine, found that dog owners over the age of 65 act 10 years younger than their biological age.

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JK Rowling plans crime book spree

Source: BBC News, 18 July 2014

JK Rowling's crime novels written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith will eventually outnumber her Harry Potter books, she has revealed.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

VIDEO (10:41) Ebola discover: 'This is unprecedented'

CNN's Christiane Amanpour speaks with Dr. Peter Piot about an "out of control" Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

Cites & Insights 14:8 (August 2014) is now available

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FBI warns driverless cars could become new 'lethal weapon' for terrorists

Self-driving two-seat prototype vehicle conceived and designed by Google
Image: AFP/Google
Source: RT, 16 July 2014

Self-driving cars are being assessed as a “game changing” vehicle and a potential “lethal weapon” according to an internal FBI report, and could be exploited by criminals or terrorists seeking to program explosive-stuffed cars to be self-driving bombs.

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Mobile Apps from the Library of Congress

Library of Congress - Thomas Jefferson Building
Image: Wikipedia

The Library of Congress has 5 mobile apps, namely:

  • U.S. Constitution: Analysis and Interpretation
  • The Congressional Record
  • BARD Mobile
  • Library of Congress - Virtual Tour
  • Aesop for Children

For more information on these apps:    

BOOK (2013) The plugged-in professor: tips and techniques for teaching with social media

Title: The plugged-in professor: tips and techniques for teaching with social media

Editors: SP Ferris and HA Wilder

Imprint: Chandos Publishing

Release date: 15 May 2013

376 pages

Print Book ISBN: 9781843346944

eBook ISBN: 9781780633428

New technologies are transforming the way students work. The Plugged in Professor provides a timely and exceptional resource for using social media and other new technologies to help college students meet both general and discipline-specific objectives. 

The title covers techniques built around well-known social networking technologies, as well as other emerging technologies such as mobile phone and tablet apps. With a practical focus and reader-friendly format, this book shows educators how to apply techniques in each technology, and includes clear student learning objectives, step-by-step directions, observations and advice, and supplemental readings and resources. 

Twenty-five chapters by leading contributors cover key aspects of new technologies in education, in four parts: Writing, research and information fluency; Communication and collaboration; Critical thinking and creativity; and Integrative learning. 

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Latest News from the World of Statistics

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VIDEO (1:10) Jump with Joey and augmented reallity

Helen Doron English is thrilled to announce that Jump with Joey is the leading interactive, multimedia English course for children using augmented reality technology. Augmented reality is a magical tool that brings 2-dimensional characters to life with 3-dimensional animation and sound. Embedded in the Magical Activity books for practice at home, this exciting new technology is perfectly suited to teaching English. It keeps the kids interested and gives them additional opportunities to hear correctly spoken English to improve their own English skills. Kids LOVE learning English with Jump with Joey!

VIDEO (3:20) Collaborative and multiuser mobile augmented reality

Anti-apartheid writer Nadine Gordimer

Image: Reuters/RaduSigheti

Source: Mail & Guardian, 14 July 2014

By the time she won the Nobel Prize in 1991, at age 68, Nadine Gordimer had 10 novels, nearly 20 collections of stories or essays and innumerable pieces of journalism to her name. 

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Also see:
Nobel Prize winning novelist Nadine Gordimer dies at 90 (New York Daily News, 15 July 2014)  

Monday, July 14, 2014

Panel at European Conference on "Research Libraries in the 2020 Information Landscape"

Five experts participated in this panel discussion at the LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) 43rd Annual Conference that took place in Riga, Latvia on 3 July 2014. 

To watch the discussion, click here.

BOOK (2014) The library beyond the book (by Jeffrey T Schnapp and Matthew Battles)

Title: The library beyond the book

Authors: Jeffrey T Schnapp and Matthew Battles

Published: Harvard University Press, July 2014

176 pages

ISBN: 9780674725034

With textbook readers and digital downloads proliferating, it is easy to imagine a time when printed books will vanish. Such forecasts miss the mark, argue Jeffrey Schnapp and Matthew Battles. Future bookshelves will not be wholly virtual, and libraries will thrive—although in a variety of new social, cultural, and architectural forms. Schnapp and Battles combine deep study of the library’s history with a record of institutional and technical innovation at metaLAB, a research group at the forefront of the digital humanities. They gather these currents in The Library Beyond the Book, exploring what libraries have been in the past to speculate on what they will become: hybrid places that intermingle books and ebooks, analog and digital formats, paper and pixels.

Libraries have always been mix-and-match spaces, and remix is their most plausible future scenario. Speculative and provocative, The Library Beyond the Book explains book culture for a world where the physical and the virtual blend with ever increasing intimacy.  

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International Privacy Law Library

This project aims to make searchable from one location all of the databases specialising in Privacy law available on any of the Legal Information Institutes (LIIs) that are part of WorldLII.


Do you have a data quality alliance strategy?

Source: The Data Roundtable, article by Dylan Jones, 11 July 2014

Whether you’re embarking on a data quality mission for the first time or your presence is well known, it never hurts to have allies throughout your organization. By finding and gaining these supporters, you can gain influence and achieve your data quality goals. It may be difficult due to the many intersecting groups and initiatives, but the results are well worth the effort.

When I started working in data quality more than 20 years ago, the big problem I faced was getting traction in a small organisation. I knew we needed to make improvements, but it was hard to get the mandate from senior management.

One day I was invited to an ISO 9001 accreditation planning meeting, which I desperately tried to get out of. I just couldn’t see how improving processes and creating endless paperwork benefited my role.
However, after a few weeks into the accreditation process, it was clear that leveraging quality assurance processes was the perfect solution for getting data quality embedded within our business unit.

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