Wednesday, November 25, 2009

StatsCan: Earning Gaps Between Immigrants and Non-Immigrants

Statistics Canada released a new study,Quality of Employment in the Canadian Immigrant Labour Market, which highlights the earning gap existent between immigrants and non-immigrants.

Also, two newspaper articles comment on the findings:

Earnings Gap a 'Trouble Trend', The Globe and Mail, November 24, 2009.

Immigrants Trail on Wages and Jobs, Toronto Star, November 24, 2009.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

2009 UN Human Development Report Available Now

Human development is a concept "about putting people at the centre of development" and "about people realizing their potential, increasing their choices and enjoying the freedom to lead lives they value". The United Nations Development Program has issued its annual Human Development Reports since 1990 to explore the challenges of poverty, gender, democracy, human rights, cultural liberty, globalization, water scarcity, climate change, etc.

The 2009 Report is now available through the UNDP website. Of particular interest to this blog's readers will be country/region reports of China (ranked 92), Japan (ranked 10), the Republic of Korea (ranked 26) and Hong Kong (ranked 24).

Protecting Intellectual Property in China: A Selected Bibliography

Chinese intellectual property law is a topic that catches increasing attention of researchers and law practitioners.

An article published in the latest Law Library Journal (Vol. 101, Iss. 4), the quarterly publication of the American Association of Law Libraries, lists a number of books, book chapters, law journal articles and internet resources related to the topic.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Directory of Open Access Repositories

The East Asian Library wants to call your attention to the Directory of Open Access Repositories, or OpenDOAR, an authoritative online directory of academic open access repositories.

An institutional digital repository helps to capture, manage, preserve and disseminate the intellectual output created by community members of the host institution. The T-Space, for example, is the multidisciplinary digital repository of the University of Toronto, which "showcases and preserves the scholarly work of U of T faculty". In recent years, as universities and research institutions worldwide invest great efforts in pulling their scholarly works into digital repositories, insititutional/university repositories are quickly arising as an important new model of scholarly communication.

OpenDOAR is a portal of "an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories". It has browse and search functions that allow users to quickly identify specific repositories.

In addition, its 'Search Repository Contents' option makes available a federated search tool by which users can conduct keyword searches at the document level across different repositories.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Chinese Educational Mission Connections

Between 1872 and 1875, the Qing government sponsored the Chinese Educational Mission (CEM) which sent a total of 120 Chinese boys to America to receive western education and vocational trainings.

When many of them came back to China later, they became precursors in business fields such as mining and railway construction.

The CEM has been remembered as the first major government-sponsored program of China to send students overseas to acquire western knowledge and technologies.

A website, the CEM Connections, aims to bring this obscured history back to life. It gathers rich bibliographic information about CEM in its Resources page.

Friday, November 6, 2009

A Citation Approach Fairer to Academics Outside the Sciences?

An article from the Times Higher Education (THE) website reports about an ongoing European project which is aimed at building a new citation approach that will be fairer in measuring performance in the humaninties and social sciences.

The traditional citation measurement approach involves tallying the number of times an academic article (usually journal articles) has been cited by peers. This method is often critized to be tilted against academics in the fields of humanties and social sciences.

Monday, November 2, 2009

A Blog Post on How to Cite Twitter/Tweets, and How to Archive Tweets

The wildly popular Twitter has become an important tool for net surfers to share information. With its popularity, however, come new, important issues such as: a). how to cite 'tweets', and b). how to properly archive the tweets that are valuable to you and keep your ahead above the information 'deluge'.

If you have these or similar questions hanging in your head, you may find this post useful:

By the way, if you are twittering already, you may want to include the East Asian Library into your network :)

In addition, APA also has information on Tweets citations. Please visit the relevant web page.