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The following article appears in the latest issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association. Title Data Literacy Training Needs of Biomedical Researchers Authors Lisa M. Federer, MLIS Ya-Ling Lu, PhD Douglas J.
A new study revealed that a significant portion of children between the age of 12 and 15 cannot tell a legitimate Google search result from a paid advertisement. The report came from a United Kingdom-based communications regulator.
Yahoo announced that it’s giving Firefox users in the U.S. a new desktop search experience. This includes a redesigned header and more prominent image and video results. The design will be especially noticeable when users search for famous people and movies. They’ll see a strip of related videos and images across the top of the page. “Taking a page from ...
There are all kinds of different ways to use Wolfram Alpha, and it’s often a better idea to load up the computational knowledge engine rather than your search portal of choice. Here are 16 of the most useful queries that Wolfram Alpha can handle but leave Google stumped.
Open access publishing—in which academic journal content is free for anyone to read online—has moved from a fringe populist movement into the mainstream.
Joyce Valenza's insight:
"So whether the spark for change emerges from academic circles, scientific societies, or cooperative networks, the economics of scholarly communication is at a crossroads—whatever path it ultimately takes will lead to profound changes in the ways that libraries serve the researchers that make use of them and the general public."
The semantic web, or web 3.0, is often quoted as the next phase of the Internet. Led by the World Wide Web Consortium(W3C), the objective is to convert the current web of unstructured and semi-structured data into a “web of data”. According to W3C, with the semantic web it will be possible to easily share and re-use data across application, community and enterprise boundaries.
Just released: "free online resource for families, the food industry and researchers containing nutrition details on more than 80,000 name brand prepared and packaged foods available at restaurants and grocery stores."
The rise of edtech and 1:1 devices affords teachers to encourage online research. Recent Pew Research Center data suggests that the very nature of research has drastically changed: students quickly find just enough information to satisfy research assignments via big name search engines and stop there. Transfer a few sentences and an image onto a Prezi slide…
(and why your marketing team might not be ready for it) Information can tell us everything. It has all the answers. But they are answers to questions we have not asked, and which doubtless don’t even arise. - Jean Baudrillard, Cool Memories, Ch. 5, 1987.
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