From Library Journal / The Digital Shift:
“Multidisciplinary Open Access journal publisher PeerJ announced the publication of its first 30 peer-reviewed articles today. Co-founders Jason Hoyt, formerly chief scientist and VP for research and development for Mendeley, and Peter Binfield, formerly publisher of the Public Library Of Science (PLOS), launched PeerJ in June 2012. They quickly garnered support for the project, ultimately assembling an Editorial Board of 800 academics and an advisory board of 20—five of whom are Nobel Laureates…”
Worldometers: Real Time World Indicators
Watch the numbers change. Everything from current world population, CO2 emissions, to blog posts written today (hope they caught this one). Strange, but no mention of the number of McDonald’s burgers sold?
The new library of Babel? Borges, digitisation and the myth of a universal library, by Christopher Rowe. via First Monday.
This is a long powerpoint presentation but worth skimming. Digital Textbooks: A Perfect Storm For Higher Learning. Sounds like it’s only a matter of time before e-textbooks are the norm.
P.S. notice the live traffic feed box on the right side of this page (I haven’t noticed such before).
Want an easy way to create graphs, charts, and maps with data from the World Bank that you can add to your report or presentation? Check out the interactive eAtlas of Global Development. Watch this short video tutorial to see all the cool things you can do with it.
Unusual library guide
One library used a graphic novel approach to introduce students to their library (pretty weird but it’s different enough to catch interest). See Library of the Living Dead. (This was added to PRIMO – Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online Database)
“The legacy version of American FactFinder will no longer be available as of Jan. 20. Nearly all of the data from the older version has now been uploaded to the new American FactFinder website, including previous years of American Community Survey estimates and data from the Economic Census and other business surveys.” See the press release for more info and links to tutorials for the new version as well as announcements of other recent publications.
Google Scholar now has a feature for authors to track their citations and create their own author profile. See the Google Scholar Citations Open To All post about it on the Google Scholar Blog for details. Or just click on the “My Citations” link on Google Scholar in the upper right corner to get started.