Sunday, June 8, 2014

Daily Thoughts 06/08/2014

Illustration to an edition of Kipling's A song of the English (1909) New York : Doubleday, Page & Co., Robinson, W. Heath (William Heath), 1872-1944
Daily Thoughts 06/08/2014

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read a bit more of Are Libraries Obsolete?  Mark Y. Herring explains the concept of orphan works.  Some 20% of copyrighted works have no way to find or locate the author of the copyrighted material.  This creates a situation where this is a copyright, but no way to contact the copyright holder.   This phenomenon was realized as part of mass book scanning.

I read some more of Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty.  What is interesting about this book is the method being used.  Thomas Piketty and his fellow researchers are using historical income tax records from all over the world to track wealth across generations. There is a database which Thomas Piketty worked on called The Worlds Top Income Database

The book has a Keynesian left of center feel which makes conservative commentators hot around the collar.  Forbes magazine has quite a few articles online which attack the statistics and data in the book.

The book has extensive notes, tables and illustrations with descriptions like  Income Inequality in the United States 1910-2010 on P.24, an index, and a Contents in Detail Section from Pp.657-664.  It is the thorough research which is interesting.  The book creates new tools to look at wealth, income, labor, and capital.

Web Bits

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