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DARPA Funded Memex – Domain-Specific Search

Via Michael del Castillo – UpStart: “The federal government’s Defense Advanced Research Project Agency today made publicly available an open-source tool that could lead to an entire new ecosystem of search-engines. Seventeen organizations received early access to the project, called Memex. Of those, five stood out as technology that Google may want to look at twice. “Memex seeks to develop software that advances online search capabilities far beyond the current state of the art,” wrote Christopher White, DARPA program manager. “The goal is to invent better methods for interacting with and sharing information, so users can quickly and thoroughly organize and search subsets of information relevant to their individual interests.”

Impact of Global Pollution Shared Through Social Media

David C. Roberts – Quartz – “Every year, outdoor air pollution kills more people worldwide than malaria and HIV combined. People in China, particularly in its largest cities, are some of the most affected, since the country’s rapid economic growth has come at the cost of air quality. This issue remained largely unaddressed until the USContinue Reading

NOAA – Status of US Fishing Stocks 2014

Overfishing and Overfished Numbers Hit All-Time Lows – “As a result of the combined efforts of NOAA Fisheries, the regional fishery management councils, and all our partners, the number of stocks listed as subject to overfishing or overfished continues to decline and is at an all-time low. Status of Stocks 2014 Report Press release AdditionalContinue Reading

Project Management for Intergenerational Library Teams Creating Non-MARC Metadata

Kelly J. Thompson – “What If I Break It?”: Project Management for Intergenerational Library Teams Creating Non-MARC Metadata: code{4}lib Journal – Issue 28, 2015-04-15: “Libraries are constantly challenged to meet new user needs and to provide access to new types of materials. We are in the process of launching many new technology-rich initiatives and projectsContinue Reading

User Experience is a Social Justice Issue

Sumana Harihareswara – code{4}lib Journal – Issue 28, 2015-04-15 – “When we’re building services for people, we often have a lot more practice seeing from the computer’s point of view than seeing from another person’s point of view. The author asks the library technology community to consider several case studies in this problem, including theirContinue Reading

EU Antitrust Case Against Google Moves Forward

Follow up to previous posting – Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to Google on comparison shopping service” via Mark Bergen – ReCode: “Google’s antitrust standoff with the European Union, a tumultuous legal tug-of-war begun in February 2010, reached a climax this morning with the EU laying the foundation for a formal complaint against Google forContinue Reading

New official map of Canada published online by the government

“This map (MCR 102) is the latest publication in the Atlas of Canada Reference Map Series. It is an update to the 1:6 000 000 paper map of Canada published in 2006. International, provincial and territorial boundaries and the 200-mile offshore Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) are featured on the map. All the national parks andContinue Reading

World Bank – Global Findex 2014 – bonanza of data on financial inclusion

“Today we launch our report The Global Findex Database 2014: Measuring Financial Inclusion around the World and The 2014 Global Findex database, an updated edition of what is by far the world’s most comprehensive gauge of global progress on financial inclusion. You may also find the database on the Development Data Group’s Data Catalog.” Policy Research Working PaperContinue Reading

Annual Energy Outlook 2015

“Projections in the Annual Energy Outlook 2015 (AEO2015) focus on the factors expected to shape U.S. energy markets through 2040. The projections provide a basis for examination and discussion of energy market trends and serve as a starting point for analysis of potential changes in U.S. energy policies, rules, and regulations, as well as theContinue Reading

3 Key success factors for Major Programs that Leverage IT

3 Key success factors for Major Programs that Leverage IT — The “7 – S for Success” Framework “Any major program, project, or transformation involving information technology (IT) brings great potential for positive change and benefits, but also risks that the program will not produce the outcomes envisioned. Such risks can be introduced due toContinue Reading

State Government Tax Revenue Rises for Fourth Year in a Row

“State government tax revenue increased 2.2 percent, from $847.1 billion in fiscal year 2013 to $865.8 billion in 2014, the fourth consecutive increase, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2014 Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections. General sales and gross receipts taxes drove most of the revenue growth, increasing from $258.9 billion to $271.3Continue Reading

The Problem of Publication-Pollution Denialism

Mayo Clinic Proceedings – The Problem of Publication-Pollution Denialism, Arthur L. Caplan, PhD, Division of Medical Ethics, Langone Medical Center, New York University, New York, NY, Published Online: April 03, 2015 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mayocp.2015.02.017 “The world is facing a huge threat from pollution. The scientific community seems unable or unwilling to do anything about the problemContinue Reading