The Role of Librarians in Data Science | JoEsL #datascience #librarians #LIS #research

Many academic institutions and their libraries have developed research data services, but sometimes institutional objectives, professional organizations, and librarians’ current and future roles aren’t always in sync. In this issue of the Journal of eScience Librarianship, librarians report on moving forward with various services, but frequently face institutional and professional obstacles. READ: “The Role of Librarians in Data Science” by Elaine R. Martin | Journal of eScience Librarianship

How to Opt Out of Data Tracking on Your Most-Used Sites | Mashable

Google’s latest updates to its terms of service have left many privacy advocates crying foul. One new feature called “shared endorsements” allows your name and photograph to be used in targeted advertisements on Google property sites.

Google’s support page for shared endorsements claims the feature will allow for more friend-based recommendation of music and restaurants, working much like Facebook’s Sponsored Stories.

Shared endorsements are not unique. Many sites, apps and browsers are using your information in ways you might not entirely comply with if you’d take the time to read their privacy policies. Often, opting out is only a click away, though it may be difficult to find out where exactly to click.

We’ve compiled this list of ways various Internet companies are tracking and using your data — plus, given you the tools to opt out, if you wish.

Reviews how to opt out for:

  • Targeted Advertisements
  • Search History
  • Disable Third-Party Cookie Tracking

Read: How to Opt Out of Data Tracking on Your Most-Used Sites | Mashable


GoodReads Tells Reviewers to Play Nice (Or Else!) | IndieReader

Opinion piece.

In light of both author and reviewer behavior, GoodReads specifically has changed their Wild Wild West style of moderating their site and implemented some new standards. Our question is what does this mean for readers?

Read: GoodReads Tells Reviewers to Play Nice (Or Else!) – IndieReader

Other takes:

As GoodReads grows up, it can’t please everyone. Should it try? | GigaOM

Is GoodReads’ new policy really censorship? | Washington Post


Invisible Man Banned: Ralph Ellison’s Landmark Novel Banned From School Libraries | HuffPost

A lack of “literary value” has apparently left Ralph Ellison’s landmark 1952 novel, Invisible Man banned from school libraries in Randolph County, N.C., the Asheboro Courier-Tribune reports.

Read the full story: Invisible Man Banned: Ralph Ellison’s Landmark Novel Banned From School Libraries | HuffPost.

Google Outlines Anti-Piracy Tactics in Comprehensive Report | Mashable

The Internet giant took a proactive step in the battle against online piracy Tuesday by releasing a 26-page report titled “How Google Fights Piracy.” Google announced this release through a post on its public policy blog, which summarized “highlights” of the report.

via Google Outlines Anti-Piracy Tactics in Comprehensive Report | Mashable.

BlackBerry: We submitted BBM for iOS two weeks ago | CNET Reviews

BlackBerry Messenger (or BBM), a marquee messaging app for the BlackBerry OS is coming to Apple’s iOS soon.

See the full story:  BlackBerry: We submitted BBM for iOS two weeks ago | Smartphones – CNET Reviews.

This is great news for those organizations who have a bring your own device policy. It will open up opportunities for this type of policy in more restrictive enterprises or enterprises exclusively using BB Enterprise Servers.

Alabama Legislator Bill Holtzclaw Calls On Schools To Ban Toni Morrison Book | Huffington Post

An Alabama legislator who does not support efforts to repeal the sweeping U.S. education initiative known as the Common Core Standards says he believes the reading list issued in conjunction with the standards needs to be revised.

State Senator Bill Holtzclaw (R-Madison) told Alabama Media Group this week that he believes The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison, should be banned from high school libraries, despite the fact that this book is on the Common Core Standard’s recommended reading list for 11th-graders. 

See the full story: Alabama Legislator Bill Holtzclaw Calls On Schools To Ban Toni Morrison Book | Huffington Post.

Recent Internet Censorship Stories You May Have Missed

Copyright Takedowns on Twitter Are Up 76 Percent | Gizmodo
Twitter just released its latest transparency report detailing government requests for information requests, content removal requests and copyright takedowns. Not just one or two but all three categories are up in the first half of this year.

The UK wants to filter porn. Here’s how it might hurt the Internet. | Washington Post
Prime Minister David Cameron announced a plan to filter online pornography by default for households in the United Kingdom, saying the initiative is about protecting children and “their innocence.”

U.K. to compel customers to opt-in for internet porn | CBC
British internet providers will begin blocking access to online pornography unless customers specifically opt-in to surf sexually explicit material.

Tim Berners-Lee warns against governments controlling the Web | CNET
“When you make something universal…it can be used for good things or nasty things…we just have to make sure it’s not undercut by any large companies or governments trying to use it and get total control.”

What Internet Freedom Means to Me (and You) | Information Space
For the fourth of July, I thought it would be fitting (and fun) to get people’s ideas on Internet freedom.

Internet porn ‘opt in’ is censorship, say Canadians | Your Community | CBC
All internet pornography should be preemptively blocked in Canada, says Conservative MP Joy Smith of Winnipeg, which would force those who want to access adult content to “opt in” with their internet service provider….Many of those within our comments and on social media say that making citizens opt in to access adult content through their ISP would be a form of censorship.

A Map of the Countries That Censor the Internet | Gizmodo
The classification of censorship depends on political censorship like human rights and government opposition, social censorship, conflict/security censorship and various Internet tool censorship.

The Most Convoluted DMCA Takedown Request of All Time | Gizmodo
Anti-Gay group Straight Pride UK is abusing the DMCA takedown process to censor work by a journalist. No surprise there—the DMCA is twisted for all kinds of dumb purposes. The inexplicable part? The hate group filed a takedown on… its own press release. How dare you say that we said the words that we wrote in a press release.

Explore Mashable’s Crowdsourced Digital Bill of Rights

After six weeks of public discussions, document updates and changes, as well as incorporating input from digital rights experts, Mashable is pleased to unveil its first-ever Digital Bill of Rights, made for the Internet, by the Internet.

via Explore Mashable’s Crowdsourced Digital Bill of Rights.

Digital Bill of Rights

Libraries Weigh Accepting Paid Ads to Keep Afloat | American Libraries Magazine

With the Great Recession still affecting public service budgets nationwide, libraries continue to pursue new funding avenues. The latest foray into fiscal triage, undertaken by at least two libraries—Toronto (Ont.) Reference Public Library and the Port Chester –Rye Brook (N.Y.) Library—is to allow commercial enterprises to advertise their products and services in the library.

In both cases, the libraries have accepted a quid pro quo from ad placement companies. The firms provide a product for free to the library. In exchange, the company keeps whatever revenue comes from selling the ads displayed on that free product.

See the full article: Libraries Weigh Accepting Paid Ads to Keep Afloat | American Libraries Magazine.