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Exambank – past exam from your courses

Posted: October 22nd, 2014

Exambank has been updated to include exams from the 2013-2014 academic year.

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Ebooks and Adobe Digital Editions privacy concerns

Posted: October 14th, 2014
The Library has been made aware of some privacy and security concerns around the newly released Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) 4 Reader.  ADE Reader is a commonly used desktop application for accessing e-books that contain Adobe’s Digital Rights Management (DRM) software.  Adobe DRM is used by many booksellers and online library lending services.
Adobe has confirmed that information about titles protected with Adobe DRM software is being passed to Adobe by the ADE 4 Reader, and in an unencrypted format.   This issue affects ePUB format titles opened in ADE 4 only.  It does not affect DRM-protected titles on Scholars Portal Books, which are available exclusively in PDF.   Initial investigation at Queen’s indicates that we have few if any databases that use Adobe ePUB format, so impact at Queen’s will be limited.
However,users with concerns about the operation of the new ADE 4 Reader may wish to use older versions of the software, which do not communicate reading activity to Adobe.  The ADE 3 Reader does not communicate with Adobe except to validate the license to unlock the DRM protected book.
ADE 3 Reader is available for download at this address: http://www.adobe.com/support/digitaleditions/downloads.html
Users may also choose to use tablet-based reader apps for iOS and Android such as Overdrive or the Bluefire Reader.   These apps can unlock e-books protected with the Adobe DRM but do not communicate reading statistics to Adobe.
OCUL is working on our behalf to pass this concern on to Adobe and to update OCUL members,  More details at:  http://www.ocul.on.ca/node/3325

The Library has been made aware of some privacy and security concerns around the newly released Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) 4 Reader.  ADE Reader is a commonly used desktop application for accessing e-books that contain Adobe’s Digital Rights Management (DRM) software.  Adobe DRM is used by many booksellers and online library lending services.

Adobe has confirmed that information about titles protected with Adobe DRM software is being passed to Adobe by the ADE 4 Reader, and in an unencrypted format.   This issue affects ePUB format titles opened in ADE 4 only.  It does not affect DRM-protected titles on Scholars Portal Books, which are available exclusively in PDF.   Initial investigation at Queen’s indicates that we have few if any databases that use Adobe ePUB format, so impact at Queen’s will be limited.

However, users with concerns about the operation of the new ADE 4 Reader may wish to use older versions of the software, which do not communicate reading activity to Adobe.  The ADE 3 Reader does not communicate with Adobe except to validate the license to unlock the DRM protected book.  ADE 3 Reader is available for download at this address: http://www.adobe.com/support/digitaleditions/downloads.html

Users may also choose to use tablet-based reader apps for iOS and Android such as Overdrive or the Bluefire Reader.   These apps can unlock e-books protected with the Adobe DRM but do not communicate reading statistics to Adobe.

OCUL is working on our behalf to pass this concern on to Adobe and to update OCUL members.  More details at:  More details at: http://www.ocul.on.ca/node/3325

New Trial: Kanopy Video Streaming Service

Posted: October 14th, 2014

Kanopy Video Streaming Service (including DEFA Films): a video streaming service that includes films in various subject areas (arts, business/training, health, sciences, media/communication, humanities, education (K-12). The trial is available until November 13th, 2014.

Open Access Week 2014

Posted: October 14th, 2014

Queen’s University is participating in International Open Access Week (Oct. 20-26) with an event held on Oct 23 from 1-4;30 pm in The Atrium, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. The aim of this event is to engage the research community in discussion about the issues and trends related to open access and promote awareness and understanding of open access – access to material publicly available online.

This year the week’s spotlight is on young people with the theme “Generation Open”. The week will celebrate the contribution we’ve made to the Open Access movement, and address the unique challenges we face.

Find more information on this year’s OA Week event on our website.

New Database Trial: Caribbean Newspapers : Series 1 (1718-1876)

Posted: October 9th, 2014

Caribbean Newspapers : Series 1 (1718-1876): fully searchable 18th- and 19th-century Caribbean newspapers; a comprehensive primary resource for studying the development of Western society and international relations within this important group of islands; essential for researching colonial history, the Atlantic slave trade, international commerce, New World slavery and U.S. relations with the region as far back as the early 18th century.

Drone Awareness and Perceptions: A Three Country Study

Posted: October 8th, 2014

From Angus Reid Global, this 2014 study aims to understand awareness and perceptions surrounding the use of drones to identify and collect information in Canada, United States, and United Kingdom. The questions asked individuals whether they had a basic awareness of various Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) applications, as well as assessed support for how they are being used and in what scenarios.

The survey was based on a set of questions developed by the Surveillance Drones Research Team, Surveillance Studies Centre, Queen’s University.

Digital Humanities in Academia – Expanding Horizons Workshop for Graduate Students

Posted: September 24th, 2014

Digital Humanities is a hot topic in academia, but what is it and how can you include it in your research? The Queen’s Learning Commons and the Queen’s University Library will host a panel discussion with Graduate Students, Faculty, and Librarians about their experiences with Digital Humanities (DH).  The event will take place on Wednesday, October 1, 4-5:30PM in Speaker’s Corner (main floor of Stauffer Library).

Panelists for the discussion:

Dr. James Carson, Department of History

Emily Murphy, Department of English

Jon DeTombe, Department of English

Kendall Garton, Department of History

Jennifer Hardwick, Department of English

Dr. Catherine Dhavernas, Department of French Studies

Graduate students can register for this workshop by going to the School of Graduate Studies’ website: http://www.queensu.ca/exph/

New Trial of the full IMF eLibrary until September 20, 2014

Posted: August 20th, 2014

IMF eLibrary Full provides direct access to the IMF’s periodicals, books, working papers and studies, and data and statistical tools, including information and perspective on macroeconomics, globalization, development, trade and aid, technical assistance, demographics, emerging markets, policy advice, poverty reduction, and more.

Access: for the data interface: http://elibrary-data.imf.org
for the text interface: http://www.elibrary.imf.org

Users can switch between data and text interfaces by using the links at top left of any screen.

Privacy and Surveillance: February-March 2014 Globalization of Personal Data Follow-up

Posted: August 19th, 2014

Sponsored by Angus Reid Global, this 2014 survey is a follow-up to the 2006 Globalization of Personal Data International Survey on Privacy and Surveillance that queried citizens in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. The study was conducted for the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen’s University. The 2014 survey provides researchers with the ability to study attitudes related to surveillance and privacy over time.

The 2014 Follow-up survey is a companion survey to the Privacy and Surveillance: June 2012 Globalization of Personal Data Follow-up.

The 2014 dataset is available in QSpace, Dataverse, and <odesi>.

2011 National Household Survey, Individuals File, Released

Posted: August 11th, 2014

The 2011 National Household Survey (NHS), Individuals Public Use Microdata File (PUMF), has been release by Statistics Canada.

The file provides access to non-aggregated and anonymous data for a 2.7% sample of the Canadian population. It contains a comprehensive, social, demographic and economic database about Canada and its people that includes a wealth of information on population characteristics. The geographic identifiers in the file have been limited to provinces and territories as well as metropolitan areas to ensure the anonymity of respondents.

Access to the 2011 NHS Individual PUMF is available from <odesi>.

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