Who uses Twitter?

According to PEW Internet,

Some 19% of [American] internet users now say they use Twitter or another service to share updates about themselves, or to see updates about others.

Alas, Patrick Stewart is not one of them, though he is apparently very fond of his iPhone and emailing.

Digital radio gaining ground

New research shows that Digital Radio is listened to by around 500,000 Australians now (via a digital radio). Considering that coverage is only currently available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, and there are few cars with digital radios that is quite a surprising figure.

It is not yet available here in Canberra, but the coverage will be getting broader, but not for a while it seems.

But when it does come, why should you bother to get a new digital radio, well according to http://www.digitalradioplus.com.au the reasons are:

  • Clearer sound and improved reception
  • Extra features such as extra channels, pause and rewind radio, downloadable music, more details about the advertised product, slideshows, scrolling text, Electronic Program Guides, updated news, sports and racing information. Just to name a few
  • Extra channels potentially doubles the number of commercial stations
  • Tuning by station name, not frequency, making it easy to find favourite stations
  • A wider choice of shows and program highlights better meets the needs of niche audiences

Meanwhile, there are many more who listen digitally via the Internet (which can be listened to anywhere you have a device or computer, except at work) . Catering to this there are a large number of Australian websites/radio stations online (see here for a list) as well as a vast number of overseas services, offering streaming radio spanning every conceivable interest.

Ada Lovelace day

As is required a blog post about Ada Lovelace

What do I know of Ada Lovelace, nothing as yet. But a Trove search http://trove.nla.gov.au/result?q=ada+lovelace will no doubt help. Who needs Google when you have Trove.

UPDATE

Oh interesting, daughter of Byron, first computer programmer.

UPDATE 2

From Dunechaser at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dunechaser/160405716/

UPDATE 3

If you’re interested in finding out some more about Australian women involved in science and technology, you should check out the list of women in the Encyclopedia of Australian science (which incorporates Bright Sparcs and Australian Science at Work).

Developments in scanning technology

Researchers at the University of Toyko have developed a new scanner that operates at a rate of 500 frames per second which means that you can simply flip the pages of a book in front of the scanner for it to work. Overlaying a grid on the pages being scanned means that you can leave it up to the computer to flatten out the curves of the page as it was scanned resulting in an augmented, though still fairly good, scanned image. What’s next? Drive by OCR? The only problem I can see is that the most likely candidates for this kind of scanning would be in copyright material – material that is out of copyright is usually a bit older and more fragile and probably shouldn’t be subjected to the flip treatment … but it’s still an exciting development!

Take a  look at how easy the process is in this video.

Etiquette for librarians

Being a librarian is hard work. Your skills are under constant scrutiny, whether you are on the front line dealing with clients or cataloguing your library’s newest works in readiness for circulation.

So how can you be the best librarian you can be? Take heart from the clever suggestions and observations over at A librarian’s guide to etiquette. Afterall,

Your proficiency as a librarian can be measured solely through your ability to un-jam a printer without getting toner on your hands.