Fed Strike Deal With Apple to Sell Some Publications as eBooks

Looking for a copy of the appendix to the budget of the United States? It’s now available on iTunes. The Government Printing Office has signed an agreement with Apple, Inc. to sell some federal publications in e-book form for iPads, eReaders, PCs, and Macs. “This is kind of where GPO is going,” said Gary Somerset, spokesman for the agency, which announced the agreement last week. “We’ve moved beyond ink or paper.” GPO began its move into e-books with Google’s eBookstore in late 2010. The GPO also makes e-books available in partnership with Barnes & Noble, OverDrive, Ingram, Zinio, and other online vendors.

Call for Posters: Open Data in Transportation

The LIST Committee is sponsoring a poster session for the Transportation Research Board 92nd Annual Meeting on Open Data in Transportation.

We invite you to submit proposals for a poster session focusing on open data projects and initiatives that improve access to information, enable more robust research, and allow for more informed decision making. The poster session will focus on varied aspects of open data programs and projects throughout the transportation community. From agencies, the research community, to public interest groups and app developers, posters will highlight new and innovative projects highlighting how open data has been used and what level of editing, analyzing and aggregation is needed to make the data usable. The session will also show the challenges and pitfalls of open data programs, such as staffing and hardware costs, as well as licensing and liability, and their solutions.

Submit your poster proposals no later than Friday, September 7, 2012 by sending them to: Kendra K. Levine (klevine@library.berkeley.edu)

For more details can be found here.



List of acronyms, dictionaries, glossaries, and thesauri guides

Last week Matt Barrett, Los Angeles MTA, posted a copy of their list of transportation and transportation-related acronyms, dictionaries, glossaries, and thesauri guides to the SLA Transportation Division electronic list. Several list subscribers posted additional resources and these have now been incorporated to create an enhanced list and a new subject list was developed as well. 

The TRB LIST Committee is delighted to make both lists available to the transportation community and deeply thanks Matt and all other contributors.            

Go here to see the lists.           

Remembering Mary Ellen Tucker

I was saddened last spring when I heard that friend and active LIST committee member Mary Ellen Tucker, librarian at the UNC Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC), passed away.    The latest issue of HSRC's "Directions" ( http://www.hsrc.unc.edu/directions/2012/summer/met.htm ) has an excerpt of a eulogy given by HSRC director David Harkey.  It reads:  

New Report Provides First Public Appraisal of Digging into Data Challenge

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today issued the report, One Culture. Computationally Intensive Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, at the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries JCDL 2012 conference in Washington, DC.


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