News & Announcements 10/4/12

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Today’ news: a new version of Periodicals Archive Online released; NSF provides $15 million for “Big Data”; OED appeals for help from public; EBSCO’S new Education Source Database; Brown University Library opens new digital scholarship lab and People in the News.

ProQuest Expands Support for Research in Arts and Humanities

ProQuest has released the 10th collection of the Periodicals Archive Online.  According to the press release “with more than 15 million pages and 3 million articles, Periodicals Archive Online is a growing virtual library comprising core academic journals as well as rare specialized titles. Periodicals Archive Online‘s 10th collection includes international titles such as Queen’s Quarlerly, Cahiers d’histoire mondialeL’Homme et la societe and Libri, along with regional works, including Tennessee Historical Quarterly and Kentucky Folklore Record. Journals are digitized cover to cover, from volume 1, issue 1 and some 20 percent are in non-English languages…”

 NSF Invests Nearly $15 million in Big Data and New Interagency Challenge Announced

At a briefing on Capitol Hill titled, “Big Data, Bigger Opportunities“, hosted by Tech America, The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced $15 million in funding for Big Data research. These awards come nearly six months after the Obama Administration releasedit’s substantial R&D initiative in March of this year.

The initiative committed more than $200 million in new funding through six agencies and departments to improve the nation’s  “ability to extract knowledge and insights from large and complex collections of digital data…”

Oxford English Dictionary Appeals to the Public for Help

Information Today notes that the Oxford English Dictionary has “announced the launch of OED Appeals, a major online initiative set to involve the public in tracing the history of English words. Using a dedicated community space on the OED website, editors are soliciting help in unearthing new information about the history and usage of English, including the earliest examples of particular words. The website will enable the public to post evidence in direct response to OED editors online, fostering a collective effort to record the English language and find the true roots of our vocabulary.Appeals will be posted to the website on a frequent basis…”

 EBSCO Publishing Introduces Education Source

“EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) released a new resource dedicated to the study of education. Education Source is a bibliographic and full-text database developed from a merger of high-quality databases from EBSCO Publishing and H.W. Wilson, and includes many unique sources that were never previously available…”

Brown University Library Will Open Digital Scholarship Lab This Month

INFOdocket reporting from the Brown University Library News notes that  “this October, the Brown University Library celebrates the opening of The Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab in the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library… the  Digital Scholarship Lab features a large scale visualization video wall comprised of twelve 55 inch high resolution LED screens, creating a 7 x 16 foot display with a combined resolution of over 24 megapixels, offering high quality viewing and analytical space not publicly available elsewhere on campus…”


Dr. Arcot Rajasekar, professor at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and chief scientist at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), is the principal investigator of one of the eight Big Data projects receiving awards from the National Science Foundations (see above), which aim to develop new tools and methods to extract and use knowledge from collections of large data sets to accelerate progress in science and engineering research and innovation.

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