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From Freebase to Wikidata: The Great Migration

“Collaborative knowledge bases that make their data freely available in a machine-readable form are central for the data strategy of many projects and organizations. The two major collaborative knowledge bases are Wikimedia’s Wikidata and Google’s Freebase. Due to the success of Wikidata, Google decided in 2014 to offer the content of Freebase to the Wikidata… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – 6 lessons from sharing humanitarian data

Via LLRX.com – 6 lessons from sharing humanitarian data – This is Francis Irving’s concise and focused overview of best practices used by the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX), a data hub created by the United Nations and used by agencies, NGOs, companies, governments and academics to share data. Continue Reading

Wikipedia at 15: Millions of readers in scores of languages

Pew Factank: “Wikipedia turn[ed] 15 on Friday [January 15, 2016]. A key element in its creators’ vision of a user-generated online encyclopedia was to make it a repository of information serving audiences in multiple languages. The first non-English versions launched shortly after the Wikipedia’s founding in 2001, with offerings in six languages – German, Catalan, Swedish, French, Spanish and… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Student Research Resources on the Internet 2016

Via LLRX.com – Student Research Resources on the Internet 2016 – Marcus Zillman’s comprehensive, actionable guide provides links to hundreds of resources that assist students of all ages to leverage free and low cost resources to facilitate more efficient, effective learning – either as an individual, as part of a team, in a classroom, or… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Creating Information Literacy and a critical guide for using Wikipedia

Via LLRX Creating the Information Literate Warrior: Step 6 to Information Literacy – In his part of her ongoing series, Lorette Weldon concentrates on successful methods for developing needed tools for kids’ study through demonstrations to show them how to find the information on their own. Wikipedia and Information Literacy: Step 5 to Information Literacy… Continue Reading

EC – Businesses raise their internet profile by using social media

“This article presents recent statistics on the use of social media by enterprises in the European Union (EU) as part of their strategy for integrating information and communication technologies (ICT) in their business. Social media refer to internet based applications such as, for instance, social networks, blogs, multimedia content-sharing sites and wikis. In principle, enterprises use social media for image building… Continue Reading

New York Review of Books – The fast pace of change on the information superhighway

Are We Puppets in a Wired World? – Sue Halpern highlights new books on a range of issues including privacy, big data, social media and predictive analysis in relationship to e-commerce. “In the first five years of the new millennium, Internet use grew 160 percent; by 2005 there were nearly a billion people on the Internet. By 2005,… Continue Reading

Commentary – The Decline of Wikipedia

Tom Simonite – MIT Technology Review: “The sixth most widely used website in the world is not run anything like the others in the top 10. It is not operated by a sophisticated corporation but by a leaderless collection of volunteers who generally work under pseudonyms and habitually bicker with each other. It rarely tries… Continue Reading

OpenStreetMap -The Free Wiki World Map

Wikimedia – “Previous versions of our application used Google Maps for the nearby view. This has now been replaced with OpenStreetMap – an open and free source of Map Data that has been referred to as ‘Wikipedia for Maps.’ This closely aligns with our goal of making knowledge available in a free and open manner… Continue Reading

GSA's Apps.gov Offers Info and Links to Free Social Media Applications for Government Agencies

Via GSA’s Apps.gov: “Social media apps make it easier to create and distribute content and discuss the things we care about and help us get the job done. Social media includes various online technology tools that enable people to communicate easily and share information. Social media includes text, audio, video, images, podcasts, and other multimedia… Continue Reading

National Archives Announces Launch of New "Our Archives" Wiki

“The National Archives announces the launch today of its first public wiki called “Our Archives” on Wikispaces located at: http://www.ourarchives.wikispaces.net. “Our Archives” provides a collaborative space for members of the public, researchers, and staff to share knowledge about National Archives records, resources and research. The wiki is an opportunity for researchers, historians, archivists, and citizen… Continue Reading

Leaks of National Security Documents to Media Focus of Government Prosecution

Follow up to New Yorker: Julian Assange and WikiLeak’s mission for total transparency news from two sources on converging aspects of leaking national security data via MSM and alternative news outlets. “Pentagon investigators are trying to determine the whereabouts of the Australian-born founder of the secretive website Wikileaks for fear that he may be about… Continue Reading