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How can libraries help in opening up data?

“If data, contextualised, is information, then how might information professionals put their skills to work in opening up access to data and supporting their patrons use of it? On the one hand, we have questions of access, on the other, sensemaking around the data. Let’s look at each of them in turn.” (via CILIP)

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New paper explains how data reuse helps novice researchers join academic communities of practice

“Written by Adam Kriesberg, Rebecca D. Frank, Ixchel M. Faniel and Elizabeth Yakel, “The Role of Data Reuse in the Apprenticeship Process” describes how data reuse provides a pathway to internalizing disciplinary norms and methods of inquiry for novice quantitative social scientists, archaeologists and zoologists on their way to becoming members of their respective disciplinary communities. The paper will be published in the forthcoming ASIS&T 2013 Annual Meeting Proceedings.” (via OCLC

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Where Have All the Scientific Data Gone? LIS Perspective on the Data-At-Risk Predicament

“Scientists produce vast amounts of data that often are not preserved properly or do not have inventories, placing them at risk. As part of an effort to more fully understand the data-at-risk predicament, researchers engaged in the DARI project at UNC’s Metadata Research Center surveyed information custodians working in a range of settings.” (via C&RL)

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Data Mining Scribd Subscriptions

“Scribd has examined user data over the two-week period following the October 1 public launch of its e-book subscription service and found that 4.5 books were browsed for every book read, and that, in total, subscribers to the service spent the equivalent of 9.6 years reading books. The company also projected that “power readers” would read 10 book per month.One such power reader in Wichita, Kans., spent 45 hours reading in a single week. According to the report, the Apple iPad is the most popular reading device among subscribers, followed by a bunch of Android devices Nook, Kindle, and Nexus7. In addition—thanks to the wonders of Big Data analysis—Scribd reports that its subscribers are more likely to read nonfiction than fiction on tablet devices.” (via Publishers Weekly)

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New Online Master’s Degree to Train the Data Scientists of Tomorrow

“Aspiring data scientists have a new opportunity opening up to them as the UC Berkeley School of Information launches the country’s first fully online Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS) degree program. “This new degree program is in response to a dramatically growing need for professionals who can organize, analyze and interpret the deluge of often messy and unorganized data available from the web, sensor networks, mobile devices and elsewhere,” said AnnaLee Saxenian, dean of the I School.” (via Berkeley School of Information)

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White House Rolls Out New Rules to Open Up Government Data

“The White House on Thursday introduced new rules that seek to make government data more open and accessible to researchers and the public, through an executive order signed by President Obama and an open-data policy released by the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Science and Technology Policy. The president’s executive order says that the default state of government data must be open and machine readable, and that agencies must protect “privacy, confidentiality, and national security” when releasing information in such open formats.” (via The Chronicle of Higher Education)

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Library-faculty collaboration helps grad students conquer data

“Starting in graduate school, students begin compiling mountains of research data — but they often have no formal training in how to efficiently keep track of it, share it or organize it so that it can be preserved and used in the future. Sarah Wright, data librarian, and Cliff Kraft, associate professor of natural resources, aim to change that.

Through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Wright and Kraft are teaching a course to help graduate students learn to manage their data. Kraft, Wright and Camille Andrews, learning technologies and assessment librarian, make up Cornell’s component of the IMLS collaboration, which also includes Purdue University, the University of Minnesota and the University of Oregon.”

via Cornell Graduate School

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Europeana opens up data on 20 million cultural items

“Europe’s digital library Europeana has been described as the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the sprawling web estate of EU institutions.

It aggregates digitised books, paintings, photographs, recordings and films from over 2,200 contributing cultural heritage organisations across Europe – including major national bodies such as the British Library, the Louvre and the Rijksmuseum. Today Europeana is opening up data about all 20 million of the items it holds under the CC0 rights waiver. This means that anyone can reuse the data for any purpose – whether using it to build applications to bring cultural content to new audiences in new ways, or analysing it to improve our understanding of Europe’s cultural and intellectual history.”

via Guardian.

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DSpace at Princeton University is open for business!

SciTEchNews – “DataSpace is a digital repository meant for both archiving and publicly disseminating digital data which are the result of research, academic, or administrative work performed by members of the Princeton University community. DataSpace will promote awareness of the data and address concerns for ensuring the long-term availability of data in the repository.”

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Data Center Overload

NYTimes.com – “We have an almost inimical incuriosity when it comes to infrastructure. It tends to feature in our thoughts only when it’s not working. The Google search results that are returned in 0.15 seconds were once a stirring novelty but soon became just another assumption in our lives, like the air we breathe. Yet whose day would proceed smoothly without the computing infrastructure that increasingly makes it possible to navigate the world and our relationships within it?”

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