Cooperative Agreement between Digital Public Library of America & Europeana

Two of the world’s principal digital library networks — the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and Europeana have announced an agreement to collaborate to make more cultural heritage materials available:

Digital Public Library of America and Europeana Announce Collaboration

A Statement of Common Principles: DPLA-Europeana
The Digital Public Library of America and Europeana share a common goal: to make the riches of libraries, museums, and archives available, free of charge, to everyone in the world. They will be guided in this mission by the following principles.

  1. They will make their systems and data interoperable to the greatest possible extent.
  2. They will promote open access to the greatest possible extent through joint existing and new policies concerning content, data, and metadata.
  3. They will collaborate regularly in developing specific aspects of their systems, beginning with:

Cross-posted at Law Library Blog.

Mobile PACER Case Locator

Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) , the electronic public access service that allows users to obtain case and docket information from federal appellate, district and bankruptcy courts, has just added a mobile Web version of the PACER case locator function. This new version is accessible using Apple computer devises such as iPads and iPhones, as well as using Android devices (version 2.2 or higher).

See here for the announcement of the Mobile PACER Case Locator, which can be obtained by visiting: here.

Cross-posted at Law Library Blog.

American Automobile Association (AAA) Digest of Motor Laws

The American Automobile Association (AAA or “Triple A”) has released its latest edition of the venerable and valuable Digest of Motor Laws.

The digest is “an online compendium of laws and rules related to driving and owning a motor vehicle in the United States and Canada.”

It is possible browse each state’s traffic laws, driver’s license, vehicle titling and registration requirements, and fees and taxes.

It is also possible to compare specific laws or requirements across multiple jurisdictions — see here.

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Cross-posted on Law Library Blog.

U.S. Government Indicts Researcher for Alleged Data Theft from MIT and JSTOR

Researcher, writer, software developer and online activist Aaron Swartz has been indicted by the U.S. Government for alleged data theft from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and JSTOR.

The indictment, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and asserting that Swartz stole “well over 4,000,000 articles from JSTOR” via MIT’s computer networks, is here.

JSTOR’s statement is here.

A statement by the nonprofit political action group Demand Progress, which Swartz co-founded, is here.

For one commentator’s reaction, see:

Free the JSTOR Four Million

Additional information is reported at:

Coder Turned Progressive Activist Aaron Swartz Charged In MIT Theft

Additional Stakeholders Functional Requirements Group (ASFRG) for Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF)

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina (E.D.N.C.) has posted a number of interesting materials regarding the Additional Stakeholders Functional Requirements Group (ASFRG) for Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) and the project for the “CM/ECF Next Generation.”

Please see here.

The materials include two presentations as well as three different surveys.

Please see:

World eBook Fair

The World eBook Fair runs July 4-August 4, 2011.

The fair’s aim is to provide free public access for a month to some 6.5 million eBooks.

Project Gutenberg and the Internet Archive are both contributing organizations.

Each will be presenting a number of items in other media during 2011 — such as music, movies, artwork, and dance choreography.

The available collections include reference books and scientific items, as well as approximately 50,000 music entries (on top of 12,000 that debuted last year).

All are welcome to join the World Public Library for an annual membership of US$8.95 per year.

Members can download from a selection of about 2 million PDF eBooks.

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See also: World eBook Fair – 6.5 million ebooks available through August 4th

Cross-posted on Law Library Blog.

Analysis of Large Data Sets (“Big Data”) Will Become More Important in the Future

Big Data: The next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity

(May 2011)

is an approximately 150-page report by McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) and others that finds:

analyzing large data sets—so called big data—will become a key basis of competition, underpinning new waves of productivity growth, innovation, and consumer surplus as long as the right policies and enablers are in place.

For example, a retailer using big data to the full could increase its operating margin by more than 60 percent. Harnessing big data in the public sector has enormous potential, too. If US health care were to use big data creatively and effectively to drive efficiency and quality, the sector could create more than $300 billion in value every year. Two-thirds of that would be in the form of reducing US health care expenditure by about 8 percent. In the developed economies of Europe, government administrators could save more than €100 billion ($149 billion) in operational efficiency improvements alone by using big data, not including using big data to reduce fraud and errors and boost the collection of tax revenues. And users of services enabled by personal location data could capture $600 billion in consumer surplus….

Drawing on detailed analysis of five domains—health care, retailing, the public sector, manufacturing, and personal location data—the research identifies five broadly applicable ways to leverage big data:

  1. Making big data more accessible in a timely manner. In the public sector, making data more accessible across otherwise separated departments can sharply reduce search and processing time. In manufacturing, integrating data from R&D, engineering, and manufacturing units to enable concurrent engineering can cut time-to-market.
  2. Using data and experimentation to expose variability and improve performance. As they create and store more transactional data in digital form, organizations can collect more accurate and detailed performance data on everything from product inventories to personnel sick days.
  3. Segmenting populations to customize actions. Big data allow organizations to create ever-narrower segmentations and to tailor services precisely to meet customer needs. This approach is well-known in marketing and risk management, but can be revolutionary in places like the public sector.
  4. Replacing and supporting human decision-making with automated algorithms. Sophisticated analytics can substantially improve decision making, minimize risks, and unearth valuable insights that would otherwise remain hidden. Such analytics have applications from tax agencies to retailers.
  5. Innovating new business models, products, and services. Manufacturers are using data obtained from the use of products to improve the development of the next generation of products, and to create innovative after-sales service offerings. The emergence of real-time location data has created a new set of location-based mobile services from navigation to people tracking.

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“Freeliterature” Portal to E-Book Sites

Freeliterature is a valuable portal to e-book sites, including not only collections of items in English — such as Project Gutenberg — but also in other languages from around the globe.

Categories of books/materials covered — see here — include, among other things:

  • Classical Greek & Latin – Medieval
  • Technical and Scientific
  • Audio Books
  • Art
  • Music
  • Research, Education and Scientific Publications

Freeliterature also invites participation — see here — in the proofreading of electronic texts in order to help make them available online.

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Cross-posted on Law Library Blog.