Technology

Cites & Insights April 2012 available

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Specific discussion of a LISNEWS post in this issue. See- Public Library Closures:
On Not Dropping Like Flies

Just the Facts. Yes, All of Them.

Gilad Elbaz has a big mission for Factual, his start-up company: Identify every existing fact to build the world’s chief reference point.

Article in the NYT

Deep Thought is Dead, Long Live Deep Thought

Deep Thought is Dead, Long Live Deep Thought

‘Where are these jobs that will require such rapid “searching, browsing, assessing quality, and synthesizing the vast quantities of information”? We don’t need those skills to drive a truck or manage company accounts or sell clothes or do IT customer service or write novels or write code or give inoculations to patients or teach seven-year-olds how to read … so what do, or what will, need them for? And how many of us will need them?’

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Revealed: How China censors its social networks

Revealed: How China censors its social networks
The way the Chinese government censors and deletes politically-sensitive terms online has been revealed for the first time.

As expected, the communists are hypersensitive to criticism of the state - but also to people slating the so-called 'Great Firewall', the network blocking technology that prevents Chinese people browsing the internet freely.

Library research databases have the worst UI in the whole world

Google-Trained Minds Can't Deal with Terrible Research Database UI
"The librarians quoted here understand most of the key problems, and are especially sharp about "the myth of the digital native" -- about which see also this deeply sobering Metafilter thread -- but there's one vital issue they're neglecting: research databases have the worst user interfaces in the whole world."

The complex interplay of social media and privacy

The complex interplay of social media and privacy

But assessing the price of admission to join the super-networked, digital class is not so simple; even experts on the issue admit that they don't have a full picture of the way personal information is collected and used on the Internet. But here are some basic guidelines to keep in mind.

The Dilemma of Cheap Electronics

Commentary by David Pogue on the cost of cheap electronics.
http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/09/the-dilemma-of-cheap-electronics/#

If Libraries are More than Just Books, Then Where are All the Damn Technology Awards?

If Libraries are More than Just Books, Then Where are All the Damn Technology Awards?
Somebody call Bill Gates. He’s a fan of libraries and seems to know a thing or two about the digital age. He might just like the sound of the “Bill Gates Library Technology Award” complete with his face in a bronze medallion. Traditions start somewhere and this one should begin with recognizing the people who make library technology and information retrieval possible at a national level. If libraries are more than just books, then this would be a start to acknowledging it as part of our own professional culture.

The Age of Big Data

The Age of Big Data
The story is similar in fields as varied as science and sports, advertising and public health — a drift toward data-driven discovery and decision-making. “It’s a revolution,” says Gary King, director of Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science. “We’re really just getting under way. But the march of quantification, made possible by enormous new sources of data, will sweep through academia, business and government. There is no area that is going to be untouched.”

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