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Attended Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto
Lives in Sudbury, Ontario
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Android Studio 2.2

#AndroidStudio 2.2 is out today in the stable channel, a huge update designed to help you code faster with smart new tooling features built in https://goo.gl/nSGWgm

This update is packed with over a dozen new features, like a rewritten layout designer with the new constraint layout, support for Android 7.0 Nougat, Espresso test recorder, enhanced Jack compiler / Java 8 language support, expanded C++ support with CMake and NDK-Build, improved Instant Run and much more!

You can check for updates on the Stable channel from the navigation menu (Help → Check for Update [Windows/Linux] , Android Studio → Check for Updates [OS X]). You can also download Android Studio 2.2 at g.co/AndroidStudio
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goo.gl URL shortener UI got a Material facelift

I use goo.gl for all of my links, and its old HTML4-era look always made me worry a bit that Google might shutter it because it clearly wasn't getting any love.

But look at it now! Wow. Good work!
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I use it with several different Google accounts + anonymously :)
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Mmm. This looks like it would make a great ChromeOS device; too bad the choice will be Android or Windows.
How Lenovo brought a dream design to life
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Yeah! Not happy with the depreciation of Chrome OS, it had a great future as the most secure operating system available. Not looking forward to the security issues with Android. Hopefully Fuchsia will be a viable alternative to Android and be as secure as Chrome OS. 
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Elsevier and University of Florida's DSpace pilot integration program

By employing an automatic deposit of metadata about Elsevier-published UF articles into UF’s repository, with pointers to Elsevier’s site for access to the articles themselves, users of the UF institutional repository will be able to discover and, if they have authorized access, access final copies of Elsevier journals.

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In fact, we are concerned that this pilot represents a Trojan Horse strategy that, rather than making Elsevier’s platform more open, serves to undermine the value and promise of our institutional repositories by turning them into little more than discovery layers for commercialized content.

The undermining of open access strategies aside, it also sounds like a bit of a link-farming scheme on Elsevier's part.
By IO blogger Ellen Finnie with Guest co-author Greg Eow, AD for Collections, MIT Libraries As charged discussion around Elsevier’s purchase of SSRN continued in the past week, Elsevier and the Uni…
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Signal boost: this is some awesome #VR work by one of +GDG Sudbury's young members!
 
Here is the trailer for Zachary's submission to the Google Indie Game Developer Festival.

https://youtu.be/n2ZLC6T-KUc

Additional gameplay video:
https://youtu.be/PP5i58VMzHY

Website with game details:
https://zxgames.firebaseapp.com/CardBoardZombies.html
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Definitely going to try this out!
 
This is pretty random, I know, but here goes... I like to freeze a half cup of water overnight and then in the morning fill the other half with water and just a splash of lemon juice. It's my first drink of the day (while I wait for some herbal tea to brew and cool). The nice thing about this simple concoction is that the lemon juice sinks below the water and hovers just above the frozen ice. It looks like fog over a frozen landscape. At some point, the glass warms enough so that the ice at the bottom of the cup dislodges and floats to the top of the glass. At this point, all the lemon juice that was sitting above the ice rushes in to fill the space below it. It's quite a sight to see. I know, I know... I'm easily amused.
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Linked open data on Canadian library/archive/museum home pages

As part of my https://dialled.ca project, I've been crawling the home pages of Canadian institutions periodically since January. Here are the results of the latest crawl:

Number of sites crawled (attempted): 4,801
Number of sites with schema.org Library entities: 5
Number of sites with OpenGraph Protocol title attributes: 525
Number of sites with schema.org name attributes: 215
Number of sites with Twitter card attributes: 10

That's two more schema.org/Library entities since the last crawl I ran in May--a 66% increase! Heh.
DIALLED: Distributed Index of All Library Location and Event Data. This project maintains a linked open dataset listing all (as many as we are aware of) of the libraries, archives, and museums in Canada, along with their locations, geographic coordinates, hours, and other meta-institutional data ...
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#towatch later when I have time in my life again!
 
Wikidata instructional videos

Three very useful Wikidata informational and tutorial videos recently published by +Ewan McAndrew, co-founder of +Histropedia.

An introduction to Wikidata [call out link]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFh9gVUgbuA

How to edit Wikidata
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=645bk8HQ4aw

Wikidata Sparql Query Tutorial
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jHoUkj_mKw

#wikidata   #sparql   #structureddata  
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Google Scholar's broken Recaptcha hurts libraries and their users

No surprise there, but unfortunately for libraries, proxying user requests is how we provide authenticated access--and some level of anonymized access--to almost all of our licensed resources. Proxying Google Scholar in the past would direct traffic through a campus IP address, which prompted Scholar to automatically include links to the licensed content that we had told it about. Win-win!

However, in the past few months things changed. Now when Google Scholar detects proxied access it tries to throw up a Recaptcha test--which would be an okay-ish speed bump, except it uses a key for a domain (google.ca) which doesn't match the proxied domain and dies with a JS exception, preventing any access. That doesn't help our users at all, and it hurts Google too.

If we don't proxy these requests, then every user would need to set their preferred library via the Library Links setting to include convenient access to all of our licensed content. But that setting can be hard to find, and relies on cookies, so behaviour can be inconsistent as they move from browser to browser (as happens in universities with computer labs and loaner laptops). And there's still the whole privacy thing.

On the bright side, I think a link like https://scholar.google.ca/scholar_setprefs?instq=Laurentian+University+Get+full+text&inst=15149000113179683052 makes it a tiny bit easier to help users set their preferred library in the unproxied world.

But really, I wish that Google would either fix their Recaptcha so it could handle proxied requests, or recognize that the proxy is part of the same set of campus IP addresses that we've identified as having access to our licensed resources in Library Links and turn off the Recaptcha in that case.

Oh well.

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Security and convenience are two competing interests - it's a happy coincidence when you can get both, in my experience.
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Nice tribute by the first band my kids saw live to the band who provided the soundtrack for formative chunks of my generation's lives.

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Much more entertaining than I had anticipated!
 
The editing here is on point.
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November 19th, put it on your calendar if you're anywhere near Cincinnati: it's going to be an amazing event! +Jake Wharton​​, +Carin Meier​​, and +Eric Coleman​​ are already lined up on the speaker list and will be awesome.

And then there's that one blowhard academic and his http://schema.org obsession (hi)... seriously, though, I am humbled and delighted to be included in that line up.
 
GDG Columbus is joining up with GDG Cincinnati to put on a one day conference with fall!
The biggest Google tech conference in Ohio carefully crafted for you by GDG community! All about Android, Web, VR, Artificial Intelligence, and Cloud from the world experts
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Introduction
I'm a systems librarian who cares about software freedom and open source. Since 2007 my core contributions have been to the Evergreen library system project.  I'm also the founder and lead for the Google Developer Group Sudbury.
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I can (and do) hit some awesome mountain biking trails right out of my backyard. Sudbury rocks!
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  • Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto
    Information Studies, 1996 - 1998
  • Laurentian University
    English & Philosophy, 1992 - 1996
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Systems Librarian
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Structured data (schema.org, RDFa, microdata); Perl; PHP; Python; PostgreSQL; HTML5 (yes, JavaScript and CSS too); obscure library standards and protocols like MARC21 and Z39.50; can code Java when necessary, which Android gets me to do.
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  • Laurentian University
    Systems Librarian, 2006 - present
    I make it possible for people to connect with information they need in the form of articles, books, and data, while overcoming the hurdles that publishers and "solution providers" put in the way.
  • IBM Canada
    1998 - 2006
    Product planner for DB2 on Linux; Information Architect for DB2 / IBM Software Group (System House); Technical Writer focused on DB2 application development
  • Xerox Canada
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Toronto, Ontario - Barrie, Ontario
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J.N. Desmarais Library Laurentian University Sudbury, ON P3E 2C6
My room on the sixth floor overlooked The Keg and The Olde Spaghetti Factor. Unfortunately the windows were not adequately soundproofed, because the noise from below was jarring well past midnight. Otherwise, the room supplied a decent bed and power outlets, and the bed was comfortable. The complementary wifi was unfortunately weak: hard to get work fine at those speeds.
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A good park for car camping; potable water and toilets are spread throughout the campsite, and there's a comfort station that offers showers and laundry if you have an extended stay. Some of the campsites are nice and secluded, but many of them cater to RVs. Rent a canoe for $25 for six hours and get out on the lake... It's fabulous!
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Fantastic facility. Such a great spot for kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddleboards, and more!
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The breakfast was better than others have mentioned; protein was available in the form of cottage cheese, peanut butter, and cream cheese. The mini golf was appreciated, and the pool, hot tub, and sauna were all up to spec. Beds were also comfortable and the room was clean.
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Dropped by to revisit the site of some important events in my life. The inn appears to be undergoing some significant renovations: the pub that used to serve up fantastic French onion soup was closed, and there wasn't much activity on the grounds.
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Good wifi! Front desk reception was friendly and efficient. The View restaurant and bar offered good late night options for food. Location on the waterfront was great for getting out for a walk with a good view of the St. Mary River and the other side of the border, with the Roberta Bondar park and the Hub gardens and park in easy walking distance as well. The beds were comfy and the room was clean; the bathroom has a good strong shower and nice marble surfaces. Really nice place to stay!
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Had a poolside room, which meant one side was exposed to noise from the pool (which closes at 11:00 PM - fair) and the other side to the ice maker, which people started using at 6:00 AM. This would be fine if the room had reasonable levels of sound proofing, bit that was sadly not the case. We also had to deal with either a loud air conditioner, or a quiet but stuffy room. The room was booked for two adults and two children, which gave us a sofa bed to work with for the kids. The pullout mattress was shabby: the wires were poking out of the worn corners, and it was thin. Not good. On the bright side, the breakfast had some good options for fruit and proteins. Coffee was not good, but the service was very friendly.
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