- the types of resources being “mined”, including e-journal databases and digitized newspapers and archives
- recent text-mining projects
- the challenges and issues these present for database publishers
- what role, if any, libraries can play to support these activities
- what new services are envisioned and what is in the pipeline
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The Center for Research Libraries is hosting a webinar on text-mining in a few weeks. It will explore trends in text mining and how publishers and libraries are responding to the challenges that come with it. Topics to be addressed (from the announcement):
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
CNI has posted some videos from its Spring membership meeting and I thought several would be of interest to data-minded folks:
Linked Data for Libraries: Why Should We Care? Where Should We Start (J. Bowen & P. Schreur)
Reinventing the Research University to Serve a Changing World (J. Duderstadt)
Archiving Large Swaths of Digital Content: Lessons from Archiving the Occupy Movement (Besser, et al)
Building the Grateful Dead Archive Online: The Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion (V. Steel & R. Chandler)
Friday, October 5, 2012
New England Journal of Medicine just released a special report titled "The Prevention and Treatment of Missing Data in Clinical Trials". The research indicated that trial design, flexible treatment regimens, better follow-up and use of more scientific methods to adjust for missing data could improve results for clinical trials.
To read a review of the article:
U Mich News Service "Better care must be taken to prevent or account for missing data in clinical trials."
Here's the citation for the original study: N Engl J Med 2012; 367:1355-1360; October 4, 2012 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMsr1203730
UW subscribes to NEJM and you can access the study from a campus computer or through the Libraries proxy server.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Microsoft announced the release of a new open-source tool to help researchers "document, manage and archive" tabular data. Best part is that it can be used as a web app or as an add-in for Microsoft Excel.
Per the release, whether you go for the Excel extension or the online app, DataUp can help you with four main tasks:
- Perform a best-practices check to ensure good data organization
- Guide users through creation of metadata for their Excel file
- Help users obtain a unique identifier for their dataset
- Connect users to a major repository, where their data can be deposited and shared with others
Read more about the tool and check it out for yourself here: