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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

How Data Mining Uncovered Rampant Scientific Plagiarism and Fraud

How Data Mining Uncovered Rampant Scientific Plagiarism and Fraud, Harold “Skip” Garner 

The author wanted to build software that would navigate medical jargon. He ended up uncovering widespread plagiarism and hundreds of millions of dollars in potential fraud

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Your Privacy and Safety @ FB : How To See/Edit/Remove The Companies That Are Tracking You On Facebook

How To See All The Companies That Are Tracking You On Facebook — And Block Them by JIM EDWARDS

Jim Edwards / Daniel Goodman / BI
Facebook is a great utility if you want to stay in touch with friends and family, share photos, and see what other people are up to in their lives.
It's free to use, of course, but that doesn't mean it comes without a price. If you're using Facebook, you're giving the company a ton of information about yourself which it is selling to advertisers in one form or another.
And most people forget that when they download or sign up for an app or website using their Facebook login, that they're giving those companies a direct look into their Facebook profiles and some of their personal data. That can often include your email address and phone number, but frequently also your current location. continue reading

Saturday, January 11, 2014

How to Improve Your Library Instruction: Assessment in Five Minutes

Steiner—How to Improve Your Library Instruction: Assessment in Five Minutes
Courtesy and Information @ Stephen Abram's

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

What Was Worse In 2013 – Yahoo Mail Or YouTube Comments?

With both tales of woe out of the way, which was worse – Yahoo Mail or YouTube comments? If we’re going strictly by the amount of negative comments, Yahoo Mail easily takes the cake. Granted, Yahoo Mail has had more time to anger users with its rollout beginning in June while the new YouTube comments only launched in November.
Without any good metric, we’re forced to let the readers decide. Were you angered more by Yahoo Mail or YouTube comments this year? Do you see any way that Yahoo and Google could improve their services going into 2014?

Saturday, December 21, 2013

How Librarians Are Helping People Navigate the New Healthcare System Alissa Walker, Gawker Media

Alissa Walker, Gawker Media
Dec 21, 2013, 01.30 AM IST
Lupie Leyva has answered questions about immigration issues, taught people how to use email, and once even helped a person make an appointment to see a family member who was incarcerated. "I've worked in public libraries for 10 years," she says. "Nothing surprises me anymore."
None of those things are technically in her job description as senior librarian at the Robert Louis Stevenson Library in Boyle Heights, a neighborhood in East L.A. But Leyva feels that these tasks are part of her role as a community provider of trust-or what she calls confianza. "That is the thing that we as a system provide," she says. "People trust us to try to find the best information we can." continue reading


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