(via Digital Public Library of America to add millions of records to its archive | Ars Technica)

A quick update from Ars Technica about the 1 year anniversary of DPLA.

(via Digital Public Library of America to add millions of records to its archive | Ars Technica)

A quick update from Ars Technica about the 1 year anniversary of DPLA.

“Technology means that no matter what kind of job you have — even if you’re alone in a truck on an empty road — your company can now measure everything you do. In Earle’s case, those measurements go into a little black box in the back of his truck. At the end of the day, the data get sent to Paramus, N.J., where computers crunch through the data from UPS trucks across the country. ‘The data are about as important as the package for us,’ says Jack Levis, who’s in charge of the UPS data. It’s his job to think about small amounts of time and large amounts of money. ‘Just one minute per driver per day over the course of a year adds up to $14.5 million,’ Levis says.”

The Data-Driven Optimization of the Worker - Alexis C. Madrigal - The Atlantic (via infoneer-pulse)

The thing is, this isn’t new. The first wave if worker efficiency gains came from factories where efficiency experts went and stood next to workers along assembly lines and figured out what the laborers were doing. Then they broke this down into steps, and streamlined things. Management just is now able to use new tools to do the watching, and they can do it remotely.

“It is a golden age for librarians, historians and scholars and it is the sweep of digital tools in the humanities that make it so,” he says. “In the past, if you wanted to study the evolution of language for a PhD or the roles of women in different eras, you had to do all the grunt work with references and citations all done by hand. Now it can be done by machine at an astonishing rate.”
“Our automated systems analyze your content (including e-mails) to provide you personally relevant product features, such as customized search results, tailored advertising, and spam and malware detection. This analysis occurs as the content is sent, received, and when it is stored.”

All sent and received e-mails in Gmail will be analyzed, says Google | Ars Technica (via infoneer-pulse)

Google can’t turn this feature off. Not for you, not for google apps for business, not for gmail for education. They didn’t build gmail in a modular fashion for this part. It just doesn’t make sense to them why you would not.

It also serves as another example of the mind set of a company where the lawyers and record managers had to insist that emails follow a retention schedule rather than be kept forever like the engineers who built gmail designed it to. Not that I’m any better at weeding my email; I have email from about 2000 still around. One of the many benefits of local email clients and local email storage.

“Fan fiction is a way of the culture repairing the damage done in a system where contemporary myths are owned by corporations instead of by the folk.”

Henry Jenkins (Director of media studies at MIT)

Makes total sense to me.

(Source: quotesofquotes)


The best commercial for librarians, wasn’t made by librarians.  It was made for librarians

A good video. Shows off a lot of what librarians do for business.

“As daunting financial pressures force newspapers around the country to shut down or severely trim staff and budgets, a new model has emerged in many communities in which college journalism students increasingly make up for the lack of in-depth coverage by local papers.”

Local News, Off College Presses - NYTimes.com (via infoneer-pulse)

Apparently someone has to subsidize local news reporting, and in some cases now it’s the local university. I’m not certain that this is a good thing long term, but it does have the upside of training upcoming journalists on how to do local news, even if they are unlikely to put it into practice afterwards. We can hope that this exposure might encourage them to find a way to continue to provide such services later though.

I do wonder if any library systems have put thought into hiring a local journalist to provide reporting for their community?

“The results are a strong indication that merely updating servers to a version of OpenSSL that’s not vulnerable to Heartbleed isn’t enough. Because Heartbleed exploits don’t by default show up in server logs, there’s no way for sites that were vulnerable to rule out the possibility the private certificate key was plucked out of memory by hackers. Anyone possessing the private key can use it to host an impostor site that is virtually impossible for most end users to detect. Anyone visiting the bogus site would see the same https prefix and padlock icon accompanying the site’s authentic server. The demonstration that it’s possible to extract private SSL certificates means that out of an abundance of caution, administrators of sites that used vulnerable versions of OpenSSL should revoke and replace old certificates with new ones as soon as possible. Given the huge number of sites affected, the revelation could create problems.”