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Find WorldCat Entities to improve resource discoverability through connections

OCLC releases more than 150 million WorldCat Entities as the foundation of a linked data infrastructure. Work to develop shared entity management infrastructure will improve discoverability of scholarly materials on the web logo: WorldCat Entities. OCLC has completed a project, funded in part by a grant from the Mellon Foundation, to develop a shared entity management infrastructure that supports linked data initiatives in the library community. As a result of this effort, OCLC has released millions of authoritative WorldCat Entities through a publicly searchable website and will continue to partner with libraries to develop the tools needed to fully incorporate linked data into library workflows and improve resource discovery through connections. Working closely with an advisory group of leading libraries from around the world, OCLC has created and released more than 150 million WorldCat Entities containing descriptions of creative works and persons. These entities are freely available through a look-up website for anyone to explore at entities.oclc.org. Library metadata specialists can begin to look up entity URIs and see how they can make new connections that empower discovery and research—a significant step toward making linked data work for libraries. As part of the grant, OCLC also created a linked data management tool—OCLC Meridian—and APIs to be released following a development partner phase. OCLC is now collaborating with key libraries as development partners to explore how these tools can best be integrated into library workflows. This development partnership will help OCLC refine and enhance these new entity services so libraries can better manage, edit, and create entities.”

What the public wants in COVID news vs. what the press provides

Ars Technica: “Misinformation posing as news has been a problem that only got worse with the ease of publishing on the Internet. But the COVID-19 pandemic seems to have raised it to new levels, driving lots of attention to rumors, errors, and outright falsehoods. Given the magnitude of the threat, there would seem to be… Continue Reading

How DHS Massive Biometrics Database Will Supercharge Surveillance and Threaten Rights

Immigration Defense Project – HART Attack: “The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is building a $6.158 billion-dollar, next-wave biometric database that will vastly expand its surveillance capabilities and supercharge the deportation system. The Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology System (HART) will collect, organize, and share invasive data on over 270 million people (including juveniles), with… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, May 21, 2022

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, May 21, 2022 – Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the… Continue Reading

8 Best Free Online Music Streaming Services With No Limitations

MakeUseOf: “Finding a completely unlimited music listening experience can be a real challenge. Most music streaming services offer free and paid tiers, but place restrictions on the features available in the free plan. Spotify’s free package, for example, doesn’t offer the highest quality audio and only lets you listen on shuffle when using mobile. If… Continue Reading

How to Stay Informed Without Getting Paralyzed by Bad News

Wired – “Every time we look at our phones, it seems something terrible has happened. Here’s how to monitor current events in a healthy way…Although technology can produce bad-news paralysis, online tools can also help you make productive contributions within your various roles. As an organization junkie who juggles four part-time jobs with college classes… Continue Reading

Google Immersive view coming soon to Maps

engadget: “Google Maps is getting an “Immersive View” that will offer users digitally rendered looks at major US cityscapes, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai told the audience at Google’s I/O 2022 keynote [on May 11, 2022].  The new feature uses computer vision and AI to blend Maps’ existing Street View function with aerial photography to create high-resolution… Continue Reading

Open Maps for Europe

EuroGeographics AISBL – Providing easy access to pan-European open data created using official map, geospatial and land information: “Open Maps for Europe provides free to use maps from more than 40 European countries. The datasets are created using official map, geospatial and land information from official, national sources. The project is coordinated by EuroGeographics, the… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, May 14, 2022

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, May 14, 2022 – Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the… Continue Reading

7 Ways to Find All Accounts Linked to Your Email Address or Phone Number

MakeUseOf: “Over the course of our long and storied lives online, most of us have signed up for many online accounts, only to have them fall by the wayside, unused forever. Now, the email address or a phone number you surrendered for registration can be misused. It’s time to ask yourself, “How do I find… Continue Reading

Database of 231 videos exposes the horrors of war in Ukraine

Washington Post: “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is one of the most documented wars ever. Citizens, public officials and soldiers have posted videos every day that show the dead bodies in neighborhoods, the trails of missiles streaking through the skies and the smoldering ruins of entire towns. The Washington Post’s visual forensics team started to verify… Continue Reading