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NASA satellite project maps rain and snow around the world

Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) is an international satellite mission to provide next-generation observations of rain and snow worldwide every three hours. NASA and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the GPM Core Observatory satellite on February 27th, 2014, carrying advanced instruments that will set a new standard for precipitation measurements from space. The data they provide will be used to unify precipitation measurements made by an international network of partner satellites to quantify when, where, and how much it rains or snows around the world. The GPM mission will help advance our understanding of Earth’s water and energy cycles, improve the forecasting of extreme events that cause natural disasters, and extend current capabilities of using satellite precipitation information to directly benefit society.”

A bibliometric mapping of open educational resources

A bibliometric mapping of open educational resources, Airton Zancanaro, José Leomar Todesco, Fernando Ramos, The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL) Vol. 16, No. 1 (2015) “Open educational resources (OER) is a topic that has aroused increasing interest by researchers as a powerful contribution to improve the educational system quality andContinue Reading

Estimating the Global Magnitude of Visits to Protected Areas

Balmford A, Green JMH, Anderson M, Beresford J, Huang C, et al. (2015) Walk on the Wild Side: Estimating the Global Magnitude of Visits to Protected Areas. PLoS Biol 13(2): e1002074. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1002074 – “How often do people visit the world’s protected areas (PAs)? Despite PAs covering one-eighth of the land and being a major focusContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Antipsychotic Drug Use, Defense Acquisitions, Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, Federal Research, Information Security, Medicaid Information Technology

Antipsychotic Drug Use: HHS Has Initiatives to Reduce Use among Older Adults in Nursing Homes, but Should Expand Efforts to Other Settings, GAO-15-211: Published: Jan 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 2015. Defense Acquisitions: Better Approach Needed to Account for Number, Cost, and Performance of Non-Major Programs, GAO-15-188: Published: Mar 2, 2015. Publicly Released: MarContinue Reading

That’s Write: Putting Aside the Keyboard and Using a Pen or Pencil Can be Good for Your Brain

Via LLRX.com – That’s Write: Putting Aside the Keyboard and Using a Pen or Pencil Can be Good for Your Brain – Alan Rothman, expert knowledge manager, content strategist and project manager, discusses valuable lessons learned throughout his education that he continues to practice today. Specifically, the importance of hand written notes and hand editingContinue Reading

Archiving Transparency and Accountability: Step 3 to Information Literacy

Via LLRX.com – Archiving Transparency and Accountability: Step 3 to Information Literacy – In Part 3 of Lorette Weldon’s series she discusses the virtual assistant she created to review with clients the search methods that were covered in face to face customer interactions. Weldon emphasizes that this methodology creates and maintains transparency, enhancing learning andContinue Reading

Report – Index of U.S. Military Strength

News release: “The U.S. military may be weaker than you think. All but one branch of America’s military and nuclear forces are currently operating at “marginal” strength levels. The exception is the Air Force, which is rated as “strong” in the “Index of U.S. Military Strength,” released today by The Heritage Foundation. A first-of-its-kind report,Continue Reading

CRS – Nonstrategic Nuclear Weapons

Nonstrategic Nuclear Weapons, Amy F. Woolf, Specialist in Nuclear Weapons Policy. February 23, 2015. “The FY2013 Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 4310, Section 1037) indicated that it is the sense of Congress that “the United States should pursue negotiations with the Russian Federation aimed at the reduction of Russian deployed and nondeployed nonstrategic nuclear forces.” TheContinue Reading

Legislation to Facilitate Cybersecurity Information Sharing: Economic Analysis

Legislation to Facilitate Cybersecurity Information Sharing: Economic Analysis. N. Eric Weiss, Specialist in Financial Economics. February 23, 2015. “Data breaches, such as those at Target, Home Depot, Neiman Marcus, JPMorgan Chase, and Anthem, have affected financial records of tens of millions of households and seem to occur regularly. Companies typically respond by trying to increaseContinue Reading

The Persistence of the OCR Problem in Digital Repository E-Books

Kichuk, Diana. Loose, Falling Characters and Sentences: The Persistence of the OCR Problem in Digital Repository E-Books. Portal: Libraries and the Academy 15, no. 1 (2015): 59–91. doi:10.1353/pla.2015.0005. “The electronic conversion of scanned image files to readable text using optical character recognition (OCR) software and the subsequent migration of raw OCR text to e-book textContinue Reading

International Student Mobility Trends 2015: An Economic Perspective

Ortiz, Alejandro and Chang, Li and Yuanyuan (Rebecca) Fang, International Student Mobility Trends 2015: An Economic Perspective (February 2, 2015). World Education News & Reviews, February 2015. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2571491 “International students contributed almost $27 billion dollars to the U.S. economy in 2014. The growth has been driven largely by students fromContinue Reading

Rights of Passage: On Doors, Technology, and the Fourth Amendment

Braverman, Irus, Rights of Passage: On Doors, Technology, and the Fourth Amendment (February 1, 2015). Law, Culture and the Humanities, 2015, DOI: 10.1177/1743872114520893 ; SUNY Buffalo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2015-017. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2571482 “The importance of the door for human civilization cannot be overstated. In various cultures, the door hasContinue Reading