Information Retrieval

LISTen: An Podcast -- Episode #98

This week's podcast looks forward into the past with a replay of archival audio of President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressing the US Congress after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The dateline for this episode is the 78th anniversary of the event. Also presented in the podcast was a brief discussion of the late-breaking story of Comcast's attempt to acquire a controlling interest in NBC Universal. There was originally going to be discussion of remarks by Rupert Murdoch concerning why news online should never have been free in the first place. The Comcast-NBC matter took precedence. Related links: FDR's speech at This installment of Profile America MSNBC reporting on the Comcast-NBC matter Greg Sandoval at CNET discussing the Comcast-NBC matter One Reuters story on the Comcast-NBC matter Another Reuters story in the matter Discussion at the Erie Looking Productions blog of the recent coverage of remarks by Rupert Murdoch MSNBC relaying an AP report on Google's new attempt to restrict how users can reach news sites Linux Outlaws, a show produced by Sixgun Productions

Search Engines Are Source of Learning

Search Engines Are Source of Learning:
Search engine use is not just part of our daily routines; it is also becoming part of our learning process, according to Penn State researchers.

Augmented Reality to Be a $732 Million Market by 2014?

Hype around augmented reality, a technology that can superimpose graphics or information over the real world in your phone’s viewfinder, is at a fever pitch. But can it deliver the revenues?

Full article in the NYT

What Are We Searching For? Google Suggests

Google Suggest Reveals What We're Searching For
The answers to today's crossword, Jewish baseball players, testicular comfort, and the right way to pronounce "Reuters." Google is collecting and storing what we write. Once you start looking for them, unexpected suggestions start popping up everywhere.
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Awkward Suggestions and Contrasts in How Google Suggests Searches

Turning Topics Into Searches

The Pegasus Librarian spent time with a couple of different freshman writing seminars getting them ready to tackle the research component of their classes. Both times she tried a technique that she'd done once last year when she co-taught with a colleague of mine. It’s kind of like concept mapping… but with an eye toward building searches.

An added benefit of this technique is that it gets the whole class up and moving near the beginning. She says this changes the atmosphere of a morning class full of sceptical freshmen.

Cell Phone Fact Checking

I really need to have conversations with people where cell phones are OFF. People check facts, and miss the truth. Cell phones make people answer rhetorical questions.

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Dialing for Answers Where Web Can’t Reach

KAMPALA, Uganda — The caller was frustrated. A new pest was eating away at his just-planted coffee crop, and he wanted to know what to do. Tyssa Muhima jotted down notes as the caller spoke, and promised to call back in 10 minutes with an answer.

Each day, Ms. Muhima and two other young women at this small call center on the outskirts of Uganda’s capital city answer about 40 such calls. They are operators for Question Box, a free, nonprofit telephone hot line that is meant to get information to people in remote areas who lack access to computers.

Full article in the NYT

A Writer’s Plea: Figure Out How to Preserve Google Books

Author Alexis Madrigal posts this plea for Google Books on Wired's Epicenter blog and issues a challenge to libraries:

"The dispute over Google Books continues to rage in the courts and op-ed pages of the country. There are legitimate questions about Google, profit sharing and privacy. But let’s not let the litigation obscure that Google Books provides an unprecedented and irreproducible service to its users.

What Facebook Quizzes Know About You: Take Action FB Users

What Facebook Quizzes Know About You - advises facebook users that even if they themselves don't use a particular app, that the app. can access their personal information if a friend uses it.

Links for adjusting your privacy settings are included in the article. At the present time, the ACLU of Northern California is taking action to raise awareness of privacy issues surrounding Facebook applications, in particular quizzes.

Advice from a colleague: DELETE your FB apps NOW: At the top of the FB page, click on Settings, then Application Settings. At top right, it says Show: & a drop down menu. Select Authorized. This will bring up a list of all the APPS you have authorized to have access to y...our information. Use the X on the right side of each one you want to delete. If there is no X, that means it is a Facebook created app you cannot delete.

New Bedfellows: Sony ebook Reader and Overdrive

OverDrive, the leading global digital distributor of eBooks and audiobooks to libraries, announced today a joint marketing agreement with Sony Electronics, Inc., developer of the Sony Reader Digital Book ( OverDrive and Sony will cross-market OverDrive's library network and the Reader, the leading eBook device that is compatible with industry standard eBook formats offered by libraries.

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