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Papers of Benjamin Franklin Now Online

“The papers of American scientist, statesman and diplomat Benjamin Franklin have been digitized and are now available online for the first time from the Library of Congress. The Library announced the digitization in remembrance of the anniversary of Franklin’s death on April 17, 1790. The Franklin papers consist of approximately 8,000 items mostly dating from the 1770s and 1780s. These include the petition that the First Continental Congress sent to Franklin, then a colonial diplomat in London, to deliver to King George III; letterbooks Franklin kept as he negotiated the Treaty of Paris that ended the Revolutionary War; drafts of the treaty; notes documenting his scientific observations, and correspondence with fellow scientists. The collection is online at: loc.gov/collections/benjamin-franklin-papers/about-this-collection.”

Verge – Google’s AI experiments let you talk to books and test word association skills

Google’s work in natural language understanding is getting better all the time – “Google today announced a pair of new artificial intelligence experiments from its research division that let web users dabble in semantics and natural language processing. For Google, a company that’s primary product is a search engine that traffics mostly in text, these advances… Continue Reading

NBER – The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Innovation

The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Innovation, Iain M. Cockburn, Rebecca Henderson, Scott Stern, NBER Working Paper No. 24449. Issued in March 2018. “Artificial intelligence may greatly increase the efficiency of the existing economy. But it may have an even larger impact by serving as a new general-purpose “method of invention” that can reshape the… Continue Reading

Proposed rulemaking by LC to include ebooks in mandatory depository program

FCW.com: “The world’s largest collection of literature is expanding into e-books. In a notice of proposed rulemaking to be published April 16, the Library of Congress will begin including published e-books under its mandatory deposit rule, but only on a by-request basis. Mandatory deposit requires publishers to submit two copies of the work’s “best edition”… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Can Legal Research Be Taught? Part 3: Pushing Ourselves Further

Via LLRX – Can Legal Research Be Taught? Part 3: Pushing Ourselves Further – In the conclusion of his three part series, Paul Gatz joins the themes of the first two articles, the teaching of metacognition, legal bibliography, and legal analysis and argument to his conclusion that “to be the experts in legal research we… Continue Reading

IFLA Provides Input on the Challenges to Right of Privacy in the Digital Age

“The Human Rights Council adopted resolution 34/7 on March 23, 2017, on “the right to privacy in the digital age”. This contained two follow-up steps: organize an expert workshop on the topic and to prepare a report. The intent was to identify principles, standards and define best practices regarding the promotion and protection of the… Continue Reading

LC Launches Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration with Thousands of Bernstein Items Online

“In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, the Library of Congress has made available online—for the first time—musical manuscripts and scrapbooks from the legendary composer’s personal and professional archives housed in the nation’s library. These digital offerings and others nearly tripled the existing content at loc.gov/collections/leonard-bernstein/about-this-collection/. The public can now access for… Continue Reading

State of America’s Libraries 2018

“On April 9, the American Library Association (ALA) released The State of America’s Libraries report for 2018, an annual summary of library trends released during National Library Week, April 8–14, that outlines statistics and issues affecting all types of libraries. The report affirms the invaluable role libraries and library workers play within their communities by… Continue Reading

Elsevier launches Mendeley Data to manage entire lifecycle of research data

News release: “Elsevier, the information analytics business specializing in science and health, has launched Mendeley Data, a new, cloud-based platform designed to help universities and researchers manage, share and showcase their research data. With Mendeley Data, researchers can safely record and share research data while improving its reuse via publication, while universities can showcase institutional… Continue Reading

Experts explain blockchain initiatives and opportunities for research, digital rights management, peer review

“In this interview, Joris van Rossum (Director of Special Projects, Digital Science) and author of Blockchain for Research, and Martijn Roelandse (Head of Publishing Innovation, Springer Nature), discuss blockchain in scholarly communications, including the recently launched Peer Review Blockchain initiative…We’ve explored the possibilities and initiatives in a report published by Digital Science. The blockchain could… Continue Reading

Magazine Rack – the Internet Archive’s Collection of 34,000 Digitized Magazines

Open Culture: “Before we kept up with culture through the internet, we kept up with culture through magazines. That historical fact may at first strike those of us over 30 as trivial and those half a generation down as irrelevant, but now, thanks to the Internet Archive, we can all easily experience the depth and… Continue Reading

LC Copyright Modernization Office is Open

“The Copyright Office strives to provide high-quality services to its users. Therefore, the Office must develop an innovative and robust technological infrastructure that will provide these services in a streamlined, efficient, and cost-effective manner. IT modernization has been a top priority since 2011, beginning with a detailed analysis and review of the Office’s systems. The… Continue Reading