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Apple patents the virtual page turn

Apple is now the proud owner of the page turn.
In a patent approved this week by the United States Patent Office Apple was awarded a design patent for

"Display screen or portion thereof with animated graphical user interface."

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LISTen: An Program -- Episode #216

This week's episode mysteriously dispenses with Profile America so that attention can be paid to the matter of Diplomats Dancing in Dubai in December...which is to say, we talk about some ramifications of the upcoming World Conference on International Telecommunications.

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Wikipedia Policies Limit Editing Haymarket Bombing

NPR piece about a professor trying to edit an entry on the 1886 Haymarket Square riot in Chicago.

Here is the Wikipedia entry.

LISTen: An Program -- Episode #205

This week we talk about preparedness in light of a major part of the "public cloud" being taken offline by a meteorological event, proceed with a news miscellany, and have a curious statement from Madam Producer. Direct Download Link: Ogg Vorbis Audio To assist the air staff in covering costs after one member of the crew took not just a pay cut but also an hours cut at their day job, an Amazon list is established here where bulk food items can be purchased and sent to them. A particular newspaper also shows up on the list. Related Links: Reuters: Deadly storms leave millions without power in eastern U.S WKYC: Ohio--State of Emergency, nearly million no power The Ohio News Network: Federal Assistance Coming To Ohio The Register: Amazon cloud knocked out by violent storms in Virginia -- Mother Nature huffs and puffs a derecho The PCMag Digital Network: Netflix, Instagram, Pinterest Restore Services Following Outage Benjamin Kerensa: Reflecting on Netflix, Instagram, Pinterest Downtime Voices for the Library: Public Lending Right and volunteer libraries New York Times: Sweeping Effects as Broadband Moves to Meters The PCMag Digital Network: Minitel R.I.P. (1982-2012) France24: Nation bids 'adieu' to 'French Internet' code4lib: Tools for Reducing and Managing Link Rot in LibGuides The PCMag Digital Network: Farewell Laptop? Mobile Internet Use Jumps France24: Americans moving to mobile Internet: survey Radio Survivor: Ira Glass says stations should junk recycled Car Talk Michael Geist: UNESCO's 2012 Paris OER Declaration PDF of the UNESCO declaration on Open Educational Resources The Register: Gouged by cloud - but it's so convenient Social Science Research Network: Does the Taxing Clause Give Congress Unlimited Power?

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Scientific Retractions on the Rise

When a paper released by a scientific journal turns out to be wrong, either due to human error or intentional fraud , the journal’s editors often will issue a retraction advising scientists to disregard the research. A Wall Street Journal study has found the number of such retractions to be soaring. New Yorker science writer Jonah Lehrer tells Brooke what he thinks is going on.

Retraction Watch

There's often a really interesting story behind a retraction. That's what Ivan Oransky told us. He's a doctor and journalist and founder, along with Adam Marcus, of a blog called Retraction Watch. They monitor scientific journals and investigate why articles were retracted. They uncovered serious ethical breaches at a variety of journals. Oransky tells Brooke about some of the stories he's covered this year.



Troves of Personal Data, Forbidden to Researchers

When scientists publish their research, they also make the underlying data available so the results can be verified by other scientists.

At least that is how the system is supposed to work. But lately social scientists have come up against an exception that is, true to its name, huge.

It is “big data,” the vast sets of information gathered by researchers at companies like Facebook, Google and Microsoft from patterns of cellphone calls, text messages and Internet clicks by millions of users around the world. Companies often refuse to make such information public, sometimes for competitive reasons and sometimes to protect customers’ privacy. But to many scientists, the practice is an invitation to bad science, secrecy and even potential fraud.

The issue came to a boil last month at a scientific conference in Lyon, France, when three scientists from Google and the University of Cambridge declined to release data they had compiled for a paper on the popularity of YouTube videos in different countries.

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How is Google different from traditional Library OPACs & databases?

How is Google different from traditional Library OPACs & databases?
In short, the further away your library search is from these characteristics , the more difficult your users will find the search to use due to different expectations. Trained by Google, their searches are created based on the expectations such features are built-in , lacking any one of them will result in difficulties and poor quality results.

Of course implementing these features means losing control and predictability of searches, librarians don't want to be surprised and for sure they don't want to see a result they can't explain. Being able to do a precise controlled search would enable a searcher to be *sure* he has done a exhaustive search that he wants.


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