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Digital Public Library of America Search Widget

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In my last post, I told you about the Digital Public Library of America as a great tool for doing historical and other research.

Today, I’d like to tell you about a Search Widget that you can add to your website or WordPress site to have your readers search the DPLA right from your site.

Dean Farrell and Josh Wilson created the Search Widget, which allows you to easily install a DPLA search box on your website or WordPress installation. It enables anyone to search DPLA from the widget. Give it a try and then follow the instructions below to install it on your personal site or WordPress.

The Code

DPLA Search Widget Code 1

Adding the DPLA Search Widget to your website

  1. Type the green meta and script tags text from the above graphic into your web page. Make sure you type the text after the head but before the /head tag.
  2. Type the blue div tag text from the above graphic into the body portion of your web page where you want the search box to appear.
  3. Save your work.

Let the searching begin!

Adding the DPLA Search Widget to your WordPress site

Written by Larry S. Bonura

16 August 2017 at 03:39

Digital Public Library of America

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Digital Public Library of America Logo

One of our most cherished public entities is the library.  The current economic situation has taken the toll on our public libraries: reducing collection building, cutting hours of operation, and providing materials electronically.  Our libraries are places anyone can visit and use.  They offer learning for all.  They provide for personal and national growth.  They enable a diverse and better functioning society.  They are all for one, and one for all.

The Digital Public Library of America is not a place to visit in person; it lives on the web.  And it’s purpose is to maximize public access to our shared history, culture, and knowledge.

I recently became a Community Representative for the DPLA.  My duties include publicizing and reaching out to my local community to expound on the collection and help them build this national digital library.

The DPLA connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format.

The cultural institutions participating in DPLA represent the richness and diversity of America itself, from the smallest local history museum to our nation’s largest cultural institutions. Our core work includes bringing new collections and partners into DPLA, building our technology, and managing projects that further our mission through curation, education, and community building.

The Digital Public Library of America is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Boston. It is a registered library in the state of Massachusetts. DPLA launched in April 2013 as the result of a multiyear grassroots planning initiative involving thousands of volunteers dedicated to the vision of building a national digital library for all.

Check it out today and join us on our journey!

Written by Larry S. Bonura

24 May 2017 at 21:57

eBooks in Our Reading Habits

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In the Global English Editing blog, author Brendan Brown writes about “Who Reads the Most? A Guide to Global Reading Habits,” with a wonderful infographic.  This short piece looks at how much we read, what we read, and where reading is taking place.  The biggest selling book in history is Don Quixote, a story that has captured the imagination of millions worldwide, including me. Although paper books have been selling well since the invention of the printing press, eBooks are growing in popularity and are projected to outsell paper books by 2018.

Here are the eBook statistics from this infographic:

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Written by Larry S. Bonura

17 May 2017 at 05:03

Ubiquitous UAVs, or Where are the Drones? They are Everywhere!

I’ve always been intrigued with the use of drones. My family has many fans of remote-controlled vehicles of all types. I tried my hand at flying these devices, but it usually ended in a crash. So, I was told to watch, and let someone do the flying. No problem, I said. I’ll do what I do best: seek out information about those flying machines to share with others.

In reading through the various media over the past few weeks, here is a sampling of what’s going on in the drone world:

Ginger Hill reports in Security Today (10 Dec) that small towns in Colorado are not taking kindly to the FAA allowing drones to fly in domestic space, mainly because the residents consider it an invasion of their privacy. Read her story on Deer Trail’s decision to postpone a vote on drone hunting, à la Deer Park back in July.

In the 8 Dec Boston Globe, Mary Cummings, director of the MIT Humans and Automation Laboratory, writes that the United States needs “to join the aviation revolution” and let those drones find their way into commercial settings, as they do in Japan, Britain, and South Africa. She writes, “Recently the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International estimated that the United States is losing $10 billion a year by not having access to the national airspace.”

The New South Wales (Australia) Department of Primary Industries is working with “university experts” to explore the use of drones to scan its shores for sharks to protect bathers, according to The Sydney Morning Herald on 11 Dec. Nicole Hasham writes, “The cost of specifically built vehicles with surveillance and search-and-rescue capabilities ranges from $130,000 to more than $2 million.” The report also said pilots would need to travel from beach to beach to use the equipment, which must stay in a line of sight with the operator. Surf Life Saving Australia is conducting a drone trial at North Stradbroke Island.

The U.S. Navy demonstrated its ability to launch surveillance UAVs stealthily from submerged submarines, according to Military & Aerospace Electronics (6 Dec). John Keller writes, “The Naval Research Laboratory says it has demonstrated the launch of an all-electric, fuel cell-powered, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from the fast attack submarine USS Providence (SSN 719) while the submarine was underwater.” The Providence is one of the smallest submarines in the U.S. subsurface forces.

Dan Goodin writes in Ars Technica (3 Dec) about a flying hacker contraption that hunts other drones and turns them into zombies. Serial hacker Samy Kamkar has released all the hardware and software specifications that hobbyists need to build an aerial drone, dubbed SkyJack, that seeks out other drones in the air, hacks them, and turns them into a conscripted army of unmanned vehicles under the attacker’s control.

A large, classified unmanned aircraft developed by Northrop Grumman is now flying, claims Amy Butler in Aviation Week & Space Technology (6 Dec). The RQ-180 demonstrates a major advance in combining stealth and aerodynamic efficiency. Defense and intelligence officials, she writes, say the secret unmanned aircraft, designed for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions, is scheduled to enter production for the U.S. Air Force and could be working by 2015. The RQ-180 carries radio-frequency sensors such as active, electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, and passive electronic surveillance measures, according to one defense official. It could also be capable of electronic attack missions.

In November, the FAA released its “thin privacy guidelines” for the first domestic drone “test sites,” which will allow commercial unmanned aerial systems to start flying over US airspace in 2015. April Glaser and Jennifer Lynch write in the Electronic Frontier Foundation (10 Dec) that “The final privacy rules (PDF) are for the six drone test sites that the agency will use to evaluate how drones will be integrated into domestic air traffic.” These new privacy requirements, issued just days after Senator Markey (D-MA) introduced a bill, the Drone Aircraft Privacy and Transparency Act (PDF), are intended to codify essential privacy and transparency requirements within the FAA’s regulatory framework for domestic drones and drone test sites.

The Professional Society of Drone Journalist (PSJD) announces the opening of its website—Drone Journalism. Established in 2011, PSJD is the first international organization dedicated to establishing the ethical, educational, and technological framework for the emerging field of drone journalism. The site authors write, “We develop small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) for journalists, and explore best practices to deploy them for a variety of reporting needs, including investigative, disaster, weather, sports, and environmental journalism.”

Enjoy the reading…and watch out, the drones are coming. Make that, the drones are here, and coming on stronger.

How Mobile Consumers Use Their Devices Around the Globe

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Back in February, Nielsen issued a report on how mobile consumers connect around the globe. The report examined mobile consumer behavior, device preference, and usage in Australia, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Russia, South Korea, Turkey, the U.K., and the U.S. Here are some findings from the report.

What type of devices do we use?

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What device type do we use?

Explanation

 Nielsen_Legend  Nielsen_Smartphone Device preference is evolving, as smartphone penetration continues to grow in most markets, especially in developed markets with widespread 3G/4G access.

In the U.S. and South Korea, for example, smartphone owners now make up the majority of mobile consumers. And in many markets this increased penetration is being led by a new generation of young adults eager to embrace smartphone technology.

Comparatively, in growing economies like India and Turkey, a growing group of mobile phone users prefer feature phones over other device options (80% and 61%, respectively).

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Which apps do we use?’

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Which apps do we use?

Explanation

 Nielsen_Legend  Nielsen_GamesNielsen_Social_Networking Nielsen_Video_MoviesNielsen_NewsNielsen_MapsNielsen_WeatherNielsen_BankingNielsen_ShoppingNielsen_Productivity Smartphone owners tend to gravitate toward games and social networks, though the level of activity varies depending on the market.

For example, smartphone owners in the U.S. were most likely to watch video and use maps/navigation apps, while Chinese users were more likely to access news and weather updates via their mobile apps.

More than half of smartphone users in South Korea regularly use their devices for mobile banking, compared with 22% in Italy.

Source: The Nielsen Company Newswire
http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/newswire/2013/how-the-mobile-consumer-connects-around-the-globe.html

Mobile Devices Are “Go-To” Sources for News

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A study by Mojiva reveals mobile devices have become a ‘go-to’ source for news: nearly 25% of United States respondents and 20% of United Kingdom respondents receive primary news updates via their smartphone or tablet device

The report, “The State of Mobile News Consumption,” looks at how smartphone and tablet users access news through their mobile devices and examined their receptiveness as it relates to mobile advertising.

“People who read the news aren’t necessarily giving up one platform in favor of a different or newer platform, but are instead morphing into ‘multi-platform’ consumers for different news ‘experiences’,” said Amy Vale, VP, Global Research and Strategic Communications of Mojiva, Inc.

“Reading the news in print, or even online, is a much more immersive experience given the nature of the screen size, whereas reading news on a mobile device gives consumers up-to-the-minute information on breaking news the second it becomes available, wherever they may be.”

The Mojiva report supports industry research that indicates the rise in mobile news consumption isn’t limited to the United States. In fact, the United Kingdom has the highest percentage of frequent mobile news users at 46.8%, and is the EU5 country (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) with the highest smartphone-based news consumption.

The major findings of the report include:

  • 24% of U.S. respondents get their primary news updates from their smartphone or tablet, compared to 20% of U.K. smartphone respondents.
  • 30% of U.S. smartphone respondents learn about breaking news stories via text alerts or notifications on their smartphones and tablets, while only 25% are loyal to TV as their primary breaking news outlet. In the U.K., 29% leverage TV as a top source for breaking news, compared to just 20% being notified of breaking news via text alerts and notifications on their smartphones and tablets.
  • U.S. tablet users (70%) check news updates from two or more news sites or apps more frequently than U.S. smartphone users (61%). Although not as high, 52% of U.K. smartphone owners check two or more news sites or apps from their devices daily.
  • In the U.S., 15% of tablet owners and 8% of smartphone owners read news content on their devices simultaneously while watching TV. Similarly, 8% of U.K. smartphone owners read news on their devices while watching TV in the evenings.
  • 67% of U.S. smartphone owners, 54% of U.S. tablet owners and 65% of U.K. smartphone owners will pay more attention to mobile ads if the content is relevant to the actual news story they are reading or watching on their mobile device.
  • The top three factors for mobile advertising receptiveness within mobile news sites or apps in the U.S. are:
    • Personalization/relevance (25%)
    • Humor/entertainment (19%)
    • Interesting content and information (15%)
  • The top three factors for mobile advertising receptiveness in the U.K. are:
    • Personalization/relevance (24%)
    • Humor/entertainment (20%)
    • A minimal presence of fewer ads overall (16%).
  • The majority of U.S. (65%) and U.K. (69%) smartphone respondents, as well as the majority of U.S. tablet respondents (59%), would not pay for a subscription to access their favorite news source from their smartphone or tablet.

The U.S. studies were fielded from 26 Sep–27 Sep 2012 and targeted U.S. smartphone owners and tablet owners. Each U.S. study garnered 1,000 completes from a random sample. The U.K. study was fielded from 26 Sep–3 Oct 2012, targeted U.K. smartphone owners only, and garnered 1,000 completes from a random sample.

Bowker: Gen Y Zooms to the Lead in Book Buying

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According to Bowker, Generation Y, those born between 1979 and 1989, spent the most money on books in 2011, taking over long-held book-buying leadership from Baby Boomers.  That’s according to its 2012 U.S. Book Consumer Demographics and Buying Behaviors Annual Review, a publishing industry’s consumer-based report integrating channel, motivation, and category analysis of U.S. book buyers.

The Review, prepared by Bowker Market Research and industry trade magazine Publishers Weekly, notes that Gen Y’s 2011 book expenditures rose to 30%—up from 24% in 2010—passing Boomers, with a 25% share.  And with 43% of Gen Y’s purchases going to online channels, they are adding momentum to the industry shift to digital.

“The book industry is operating in a new and dynamic landscape that puts much more power in the hands of consumers,” said Kelly Gallagher, vice-president of Bowker Market Research.  “Consumers can now very easily purchase virtually any book they want, whenever they want it, and get it at a competitive price.  It’s more essential than ever before to understand who is buying and what their expectations and habits are.”

The Review explores demographic changes in the context of overall market trends culled from the Bowker Market Research consumer panel of almost 70,000 Americans who bought books of any format and from any source in 2011.  It reveals another pivotal year in the evolution of the book industry, marked by such significant events as:

  • The collapse of Borders Group, Inc., which accelerated movement of book sales to online retailers and away from bookstore chains.  By the fourth quarter of 2011, online retailers’ share of unit purchases had risen to 39%, up from 31% at the close of 2010.  Conversely, chains’ share fell to 30% in the fourth quarter of 2011 from 36% in the last period of 2010.
  • Continued growth of e-book consumption, which rose from 4% of unit sales in 2010 to 14% in 2011.  Among major sub-genres, e-books had the most impact in the mystery/detective category, accounting for 17% of spending, followed by romance and science fiction, where the format accounted for 15% of dollars spent.
  • The slow economic recovery continued to nudge more book spending into affluent households in 2011, where 57% of book spending came from households earning more than $50,000 annually, up from 54% in 2010.
  • Though still a more powerful spending group than men, women’s lead in book buying slipped a bit as purchases declined to 62% from 65% in 2010 and their share of spending dropped to 55% from 58% in 2010.

“There has never been a more dynamic time in the publishing industry than the one we are in now,” said Jim Milliot, Publishers Weekly co-editorial director and editor of the annual Review.  “The information in the annual review is just what is needed to help all industry members adjust to the new publishing reality.”

Bowker Market Research is a service of Bowker, an affiliate of global information company ProQuest.