The Internet Archive (IA) “is a non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies & music, as well as 624 billion archived web pages.” The IA offers users unrestricted access to its expansive ecosystem of knowledge and educational resources from the public domain. Andy Oram, prolific author, editor, publisher, and technical expert on all aspects of computing, undertook an extensive examination of a game changing case, Hachette v. Internet Archive, that may dismantle this unique, invaluable digital library. In this article Oram examines what the publishers are trying to protect and why they have to wield a large and heavy cudgel to protect it. His inquiry leads to a look at how culture has been privatized as it has become digitized—an effect quite opposed to the hopes of most public advocates who maintain the view that the Internet and the World Wide Web should remain focused on public access, not private sector monetization.
The pandemic and long COVID health issues have created heightened awareness and a growing need for factual online health information. This guide by Marcus P. Zillman identifies sources providing access to vetted health related research, tools for tracking and monitoring emerging issues and treatments, expert analysis, search engines and bots, and alternative and complementary therapies.
Accurate and actionable data on the economy is critical to many aspects of our research and scholarship. This guide by research expert Marcus P. Zillman provides researchers with links to information on a range of sources focused on new economy data and analysis from the public and private sectors, as well as scholarly work, news, government information, reports and alerts. Many of these sources should find a place in your customized research toolkit. The sites recommended in this guide are all free to use, and they are published by advocacy, government, corporate, academic, international financial groups and research experts. Many of the sites are updated on a regular basis, so it is recommended that you use RSS feeds or alerts to remain abreast of changes.
This bibliography by Charles W. Bailey, Jr., the publisher of Digital Scholarship and a noncommercial digital artist, includes over 800 selected English-language articles and books that are useful in understanding the curation of digital research data in academic and other research institutions.
In his review Jerry Lawson recommends Internet Legal Research on a Budget: Free and Low-Cost Resources for Lawyers, 2nd Edition as the single best resource he knows for lawyers interested in exploring how to cut legal research expenses by trying and using free or inexpensive legal information.
Data mining is a constantly evolving discipline applied in many fields including finance, law, healthcare, marketing, science and engineering, the retail industry, telecommunications, social media, and government. This guide by Marcus P. Zillman encompasses free, fee based and consultancy related sources to assist info pros, researchers, data analysts, knowledge managers and CI/BI experts to effectively identify, analyze and apply reliable, value added data within the scope of their respective work products.
As we are challenged each day to expertly respond to an overwhelming amount of information, much of it not relevant to our requirements, it is a major undertaking to exercise our choices skillfully as well as to balance our knowledge resources to best serve our objectives. Marcus Zillman’s guide offers both broader resources on how to manage information overload, as well as sources, tools and techniques to facilitate research productivity.
This timely guide by Genevieve Zook, reference & instructional services librarian at the U.W. Law Library, addresses the significant issue of sexual harassment in the workplace. Employers are increasingly reviewing sexual harassment policies and procedures in their organizations, and Zook’s comprehensive guide is an actionable resource with which to effectively engage and implement positive change.
Jason Voiovich goes directly to the heart of the matter with his statements that are a lessons learned guide that no researcher can afford to ignore – “Wasn’t the promise of data-driven, search engine and social media algorithms that they would amplify the truth and protect us from misinformation by tapping the wisdom of crowds? The fact is that they do not. And cannot. Because that is not what they are designed to do. At the heart of every social media algorithm is a fatal flaw that values persuasion over facts. Social media platforms (as well as search engines) are not designed for truth. They are designed for popularity. They are bullshit engines.”
Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health/medical, to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Note – three significant highlights of this week’s column: 10 Investigative Tools You Probably Haven’t Heard Of; How to Safely Pay for Goods and Services With Someone You Don’t Know; and The Best Browsers of 2018: Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and More Tested.