Big Data and Information Professionals

Big Data is a big deal, and it is a big opportunity for librarians and information professionals to play a role in the Big Data universe. Why? Librarians have the skills, the knowledge, and the service mentality to help our businesses, governments, universities, and nonprofits capitalize on all that Big Data has to offer. This article presents several strategies for librarians to become part of the solutions.

Safety Information Workshop Presentations Available

All the presentations for the workshop Better Safety Results through Information Sharing: A Workshop held on July 12-13, 2012, at Irvine, California and organized by the Transportation Research Board are now available. All the presentations are linked to the presenters. See the report here.

New Safety Data Resource

From the U.S. Department of Transportation online publication we learn that in May, the DOT partnered with the Obama Administration's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to launch the Safety Data Initiative. The result,, is an effort to release freely available government data to build products, services, and apps that advance public safety in creative and powerful ways.  Read the full release here

Chicago O’Hare International Airport - Digital Collection

The Northwestern University Transportation Library (NUTL), in partnership with the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), recently completed the digitization of 92 volumes - over 3,000 pages - of historical materials related to the planning, development, and construction of the Chicago O’Hare International Airport. This unique digital collection contains documents from 1927 through the mid-1990s, and its strengths are in the areas of urban land use, architecture, commercial airport construction, municipal government, environmental regulation, and public and corporate governance. Despite a high level of interest in O’Hare materials, these documents are not widely held by libraries or other cultural institutions and have not been digitized prior to this project.  The history of Chicago O'Hare International Airport, as well as its predecessor airports, is integral to the understanding of the economic growth, social life, and internationalization of Chicago and Illinois in the second half of the 20th century. Making these digital copies available to all – while maintain the originals – Northwestern is providing better access to a research collection of historical and cultural value. To view the Chicago O’Hare International Airport – Digital Collection go here. Please send feedback regarding the collection to    

Managing Born-Digital Materials

New Report, You’ve Got to Walk Before You Can Run: First Steps for Managing Born-Digital Content Received on Physical Media  Written by Senior Program Officer Ricky Erway, the report is intended for anyone who doesn’t know where to begin in managing born-digital materials. It errs on the side of simplicity and describes what is truly necessary to start managing born-digital content on physical media, and it presents a list of the basic steps without expanding on archival theory or the use of particular software tools. It does not assume that policies are in place or that those performing the tasks are familiar with traditional archival practices, nor does it assume that significant IT support is available. Eighteen well-respected advisors weighed in on the guidance, ensuring that it was not just simple, but authoritative.  Read the report


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