Posted by: bluesyemre | August 22, 2015

When in doubt go to the library


Posted by: bluesyemre | August 19, 2015

Rain impeding your texting? Try the phone-brella by kt design


Have you ever been in the unfortunate situation of not being able to text because it’s raining out? sure, you have your umbrella but the obviously incompetent individual designing it didn’t take optimize it for your compulsive phone habits. don’t worry, just write snub them with a mediocre yelp review; problem solved. thankfully, korean company kt design has swooped in to save the day. the ‘phone-brella’ isn’t just any ordinary umbrella, it’s a limited-edition gift for kt customers that ‘provides a rich mobile life experience’.


Posted by: bluesyemre | August 19, 2015

Skilled enough to become a #librarian, crazy enough to love it


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The UK’s copyright legislation has been referred to as the longest, most confusing and hardest to navigate in the world. This new handbook brings clarity to what would otherwise be a complex topic. The author provides sensible and realistic guidance for all library and information practitioners. Topics covered include:

  • the copyright exceptions or permitted acts most relevant to library and information professionals
  • lending of print and electronic copyright materials
  • the range of licensing solutions available to ensure that the use of copyright works is done in compliance with the law
  • the options available for making copies of orphan works (such as where this is done as part of digitization projects)
  • an exploration of how information professionals working in the corporate sector can copy material legitimately, and highlights where this differs from practitioners working in not for profit publicly accessible libraries

Posted by: bluesyemre | August 19, 2015

#Storytelling through playful interactions


As part of our presence at the inaugural Retail Design Expo, we have created a space to stand out from the crowd, a conversation starter: experimental, innovative, playful, integrated, exploratory and, to many visitors, surprising. The idea came from the work we created for Portuguese childrenswear brand Zippy…, magnified here as a prototype to test ideas and push the range of interactions and feedback. Screen-printed illustrations spring to life when touched, as conductive ink triggers a host of playful digital animations – a mix of informative and charming content, from product information to brand stories to chasing ducks. Pushing the boundaries of storytelling within a space, the installation makes it fun and engaging, putting ideas before hardware. A total of 48 interactions and over 100 unique animations make up the broad spectrum of content on the stand, from simple sound toys to more complex exchanges that layer projection mapping and movement around a physical space.


Led by vice chancellors, Dutch universities have recently announced plans for a country-wide boycott of the academic publisher Elsevier. Such a boycott has the potential to be a significant game changer in the relationship between the research community and the world’s largest academic publisher. But how will it affect open access momentum in the UK and around the world? Here we have brought together two expert views on the subject. Danny Kingsley, the Head of Scholarly Communication at University of Cambridge and Steven Harnad, longtime advocate for open access, share their views on what the Dutch boycott can hope to achieve.


MIT Technology Review’ın her yıl düzenli olarak yayımladığı 35 Innovators Under 35 listesinin bu yılki sonuçları açıklandı. Çalıştığı alanın geleceğini etkileyebilecek çalışmalar/yaklaşımlar/girişimlere imza atan 35 yaş altındaki yenilikçileri listeleyen MIT’nin listesinde bu yıl Türkiye’den üç isim var. Alanlarındaki problemlere önerdikleri farklı çözümlerle dikkat çeken 35 yaş altı 35 yenilikçi karakteristiklerine göre 5 farklı kategoriye ayrılıyor. MIT, geliştirdikleri yeni teknolojilerle listeye alınan yetenekleri Inventors yani Mucitler; var olan teknolojilerin nasıl daha iyi kullanılabileceğini gösterenleri Visionaries yani Vizyonerler; teknolojik fırsatları kamusal politikalar için kullananları Humanitarians yani İnsancılar; geleceğin inovasyonu için zemin hazırlayacak çalışmalara imza atanları Pioneers yani Önderler ve son olarak da yeni teknoloji işleri kuranları Entreprenurs yani Girişimciler kategorilerinde listeliyor.

Posted by: bluesyemre | August 19, 2015

Introduction to Information Behaviour by Nigel Ford


This landmark textbook is an essential primer for students and practitioners interested in information seeking, needs and behaviour, user studies and information literacy.

Introduction to Information Behaviour uses a combination of theory and practical context to map out what information behaviour is and what we currently know about it, before addressing how it can be better understood in the future. Nigel Ford argues that new understandings of information behaviour research may help maximise the quality and effectiveness of the way information is presented, sought, discovered, evaluated and used.

The book introduces the key concepts, issues and themes of information behaviour, illustrates them using key research studies, and provides a clear path through the complex maze of theories and models. The book is structured to move from the basics to the more complex and employs the pedagogical device of “THINK” boxes which invite the reader to think about concepts as they are introduced in order to consolidate their understanding before moving on. Case studies are included throughout the text and each chapter concludes with a round-up of what has been covered, highlighting the implications for professional information practice.

The key topics covered include:

  • Defining information behaviour and why is it useful to know about it
  • Information needs
  • Information seeking and acquisition
  • Collaborative information behaviour
  • Factors affecting information behaviour
  • Models and theories of information behaviour
  • Research approaches and methodologies
  • Designing information systems
  • The future trajectory of information behaviour research and practice.


The code focuses on staying safe when you interview or observe people in private settings.  It’s also relevant to working in unfamiliar situations in general.

Risks you should be aware of and plan to reduce where possible:

  • physical threats or abuse
  • psychological trauma, either from listening to subjects’ traumatic experiences or from actual or threatened violence
  • comprising situations, where you could be accused of inappropriate behaviour
  • causing psychological or physical harm to others
  • increased exposure to risks of everyday life and social interaction, such as road accidents and infectious illness.

We are not trying to be alarmist; rather the code is to help minimise any anxieties and risks which could affect the quality of your research.

Code of practice for the Safety of social researchers

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Academics have protested against Elsevier’s business practices for years with little effect. These are some of their objections:

  1. They charge exorbitantly high prices for subscriptions to individual journals.
  2. In the light of these high prices, the only realistic option for many libraries is to agree to buy very large “bundles”, which will include many journals that those libraries do not actually want. Elsevier thus makes huge profits by exploiting the fact that some of their journals are essential.
  3. They support measures such as SOPA, PIPA and the Research Works Act, that aim to restrict the free exchange of information.

The key to all these issues is the right of authors to achieve easily-accessible distribution of their work. If you would like to declare publicly that you will not support any Elsevier journal unless they radically change how they operate, then you can do so by filling in your details on this page.

Posted by: bluesyemre | August 19, 2015

Higher Education Statistics for the United Kingdom 2013/14


The HESA publication Higher Education Statistics for the United Kingdom 2013/14 is released today. This National Statistics publication gives a statistical overview of UK higher education (HE) in the 2013/14 academic year including data from HESA and other statistics producers. Commentary, summary tables and charts are provided in the free online introduction.

Posted by: bluesyemre | August 19, 2015

27 #libraries to visit in your lifetime by Sarah Schmalbruch


Those who love a good book will agree that there’s nothing better than finding a spot to cozy up and read. Sometimes that’s your couch, and sometimes that’s a quiet library brimming with great literature. We’ve rounded up some of the best libraries around the world that offer not only an impressive collection of reading material, but also boast unique architecture. From an 8th-century monastery in Switzerland to a library with hanging bookshelves in Mexico City, here are the libraries that every book worm should visit.



Çünkü kelimeler güzeldir. Bazıları daha güzel. Rengi, sesi, ahengi vardır. Lûgat365 bu güzel kelimelerin hakkını vermeye çalışan bir iyikafa teşebbüsüdür. 365 gün boyunca bizleri heyecanlandıran, duymaktan ve söylemekten haz aldığımız bu kelimeleri sosyal mecralar üzerinden, #BazıKelimelerÇokGüzel yaftasıyla paylaşacağız.

Lügat365 isminde güzel kelimelere hayran ve onları her gün sosyal medyadan paylaşan bir ekip var. Dilimize Farsçadan, Arapçadan geçmiş ya da Türkçe kökenli olan, kendine has bir ritmi, ahengi, estetiği ve genellikle derin anlamları olan kelimeleri onları yaşatmak adına her gün takipçileriyle paylaşıyorlar. Fevkalbeşer, şikemperver, merdümgiriz, müşkülpesent. Birçoğumuza yabancı bir dil kadar uzak olan bu kelimeler aslında Türkçe. Kaybolan değerlerden biri de unutulan, kullanılmayan, terk edilmiş ama kendi başlarına adeta birer şiir ya da şarkı gibi duran bu güzel kelimeler.

Söylediklerimiz, kullandığımız kelimeler gerçekliğimizi yansıtır, yaratır derler. Deli divâne lafının aşık bir kişi için söylendiğini biliriz ama dilimize Farsçadan geçmiş divâne kelimesinin kötü ruhlu yaratık manasına gelen dîv kelimesinden türetilmiş olduğunu öğrenince aşk anlayışımızı sorgulayıp, yahu bu iyi bir şey mi kötü bir şey mi, bir insan bu kadar yüceltilmeli mi, sevmek nedir, aşk aslen nedir gibi felsefi sorularla karşı karşıya gelebiliriz.

Düşünmeye ve düşündürtmeye hazırsanız, sizi Lügat 365’e alalım. Bu arada güzel kelimeler dükkanını da ziyaret edip, bazı kelimeleri defter, bez çanta ya da poster olarak satın alabilirsiniz.






Due to the increasing amount of scientific work and the typical delays in publication, promptly assessing the impact of scholarly work is a huge challenge. To meet this challenge, one solution may be to create and discover innovative indicators. The goal of this paper is to investigate whether Facebook likes for unpublished manuscripts that are uploaded to the Internet could be used as an early indicator of the future impact of the scientific work. To address our research question, we compared Facebook likes for manuscripts uploaded to the Harvard Business School website (Study 1) and the bioRxiv website (Study 2) with traditional impact indicators (journal article citations, Impact Factor, Immediacy Index) for those manuscripts that have been published as a journal article. Although based on our full sample of Study 1 (N = 170), Facebook likes do not predict traditional impact indicators, for manuscripts with one or more Facebook likes (n = 95), our results indicate that the more Facebook likes a manuscript receives, the more journal article citations the manuscript receives. In additional analyses (for which we categorized the manuscripts as psychological and non-psychological manuscripts), we found that the significant prediction of citations stems from the psychological and not the non-psychological manuscripts. In Study 2, we observed that Facebook likes (N = 270) and non-zero Facebook likes (n = 84) do not predict traditional impact indicators. Taken together, our findings indicate an interdisciplinary difference in the predictive value of Facebook likes, according to which Facebook likes only predict citations in the psychological area but not in the non-psychological area of business or in the field of life sciences. Our paper contributes to understanding the possibilities and limits of the use of social media indicators as potential early indicators of the impact of scientific work.

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The Adventure Crafts Glassmart in Kibera, Kenya, has the address: Stall No. 164, Makina Stalls, Kibera Drive, Located close to the Toi Market. There is no traditional address system in Kibera, so no easy number-and-street identifier. Nothing easy to plug into your phone. So, say you wanted to visit the shop: How would you go about finding it?

Last April we released a new system to help provide an address for every location in the world, called Open Location Code (OLC, also known as “plus codes”). Today, plus codes are now searchable on Google and Google Maps. Plus codes are a useful way of representing locations that don’t have specific street addresses. But it’s not just in less developed places like Kibera.  For example, an area the size of a few beach blankets on Atlantic Beach would have the plus code 87G8H7P8+FH. If you’re hoping to tell some friends where to meet you on the beach — and they are near Atlantic Beach or looking up the specific location in Google Maps while zooming in over it — you can give them just the last four digits “P8+FH” to help them find you. You can find the plus code for your location at

Posted by: bluesyemre | August 15, 2015

Brilliant Bar Gets You Drunk With an Alcoholic Cloud


A FUNNY THING happens when you inhale alcohol: You get drunk. Depending how much alcohol is in the vapor and how much vapor is in the air, the rate at which a pleasant buzz creeps over you can be much faster or much slower than throwing back three shots of tequila. But let’s say you find yourself in a room that happens to be filled with a sweet mist that smells like a delicious gin and tonic that’s mixed at a ratio of 1 part alcohol to 3 parts tonic. How long until you’re feeling it?

“An hour is approximately the equivalent of one drink,” says Sam Bompas. “A strong one.”

Bompas knows his boozy mist. He’s one half of Bompas & Parr, a team of culinary wizards best known for crafting wild sensory experiences like chocolate rock-climbing walls and jumbo Jell-O molds. Their work is hedonism defined—it has no purpose beyond introducing you to a new sensation. For the past six years, Bompas and Harry Parr have been working with scientists to perfect getting drunk on vapor. They recently opened a pop-up in London where you can—you guessed it—inhale your intoxicant. The name of this bar,Alcoholic Architecture, is a nod to the fact that you’re breathing in alcohol on a room-sized scale.


Only about 1 in 5 people in Sri Lanka are connected to the Internet today. With the help of Google’s balloon-based Internet network, Project Loon, 100% Sri Lanka residents will almost immediately be plugged in. Instead of spending many years and even more zillions of dollars laying cables, Sri Lanka and Google will put the Internet in the air, floating 12 miles above the Earth, and beaming down connections to every town and village. This is Project Loon’s first mass deployment, after trials in New Zealand and Brazil. On June 28th, Google signed an agreement with the Sri Lanka government that will let local telcos connect to the balloon network. The Loon balloons drift in the stratosphere above commercial air corridors and way above the mountain tops. Up there, the winds blow like currents in the sea, with different layers moving in different directions. The solar-powered balloons steer themselves by moving up and down, catching a layer that’s heading their way.

Posted by: bluesyemre | August 15, 2015

17 Desk Stretches That Might Save Your Life #infographic



Email vs the Web

The web is pretty big, but since it’s public we all have a sense of its vastness. It’s also hard to define: there’s sites like, Wikipedia, or your favorite Taylor Swift forum, but what about your company’s intranet, your calendar app, or the configuration page for your fancy new bathroom scale? Also, with services like Gmail, the web includes most of the world’s email too. A good definition of the web might be, “the stuff you can find by searching it.” Researchers call this the indexed web. Google says the web contains 30 trillion unique URLs. The average web page contains 96 of those objects, and is 1.6 megabytes in size. That puts the size of the indexed web at around 512 petabytes. So, email is about 3x the size of the web.



Posted by: bluesyemre | August 14, 2015

Warblr (a birdsong recognition app)


The UK alone has between 400 and 500 different species of bird. Knowing a starling from a song thrush, a sparrow from a stonechat, or a blue tit from a blackbird can be a tricky business. Warblr is an app that automatically identifies birds by their song. The way in which it works is simple – make a recording with your iPhone, and Warblr will identify the species of bird/s that can be found in that recording, providing you with images and descriptions to help you learn more about our feathered friends.

iOS app

Posted by: bluesyemre | August 14, 2015

Vintage Trouble (#R&B, #soul, #blues rock band from LA)



  • Ty Taylor – Vocals
  • Nalle Colt – Guitar
  • Rick Barrio Dill – Bass
  • Richard Danielson – Drums

01. Run Like The River 03:39
02. From My Arms 03:01
03. Doin’ What You Were Doin’ 04:02
04. Angel City, California 02:54
05. Shows What You Know 04:12
06. My Heart Won’t Fall Again 03:21
07. Another Man’s Words 04:50
08. Strike Your Light 03:27
09. Before The Tear Drops 03:25
10. If You Loved Me 03:24
11. Another Baby 02:35
12. Soul Serenity 03:57



Run Like The River

Strike Your Light (Audio) ft. Kamilah Marshall

Doin’ What You Were Doin’

Run Like The River & Nobody Told Me (Glastonbury 2015)


How do academic librarians measure their impact on the field of LIS, particularly in light of eventual career goals related to reappointment, promotion, or tenure? The ambiguity surrounding how to define and measure impact is arguably one of the biggest frustrations that new librarians face, especially if they are interested in producing scholarship outside of traditional publication models. To help address this problem, we seek to introduce early career librarians and other readers to altmetrics, a relatively new concept within the academic landscape that considers web-based methods of sharing and analyzing scholarly information.

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