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Daily Archives: August 10, 2013

Global Innovation Index 2013 Edition

Global Innovation Index 2013 Edition. “Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO, a specialized agency of the United Nations) co-publish The Global Innovation Index (GII), now in its sixth edition. The GII recognizes the key role of innovation as a driver of economic growth and prosperity and acknowledges the need for a broad horizontal vision of innovation that is applicable to both developed and emerging economies, with the inclusion of indicators that go beyond the traditional measures of innovation (such as the level of research and development in a given country). The GII has evolved into a valuable benchmarking tool to facilitate public-private dialogue, whereby policymakers, business leaders and other stakeholders can evaluate progress on a continual basis.”

Report: Library Value in the Developing World

Report: Library Value in the Developing World, SAGE, August 2013. ‘Raising awareness of how the library supports teaching and research staff is key to demonstrating library value in developing countries, concludes a new report published today. The findings are the result of a six-month research study with twelve developing country institutions conducted by SAGE exploringContinue Reading

Measuring the UK’s Digital Economy With Big Data

“A new report by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, using new data from real-time business tracker Growth Intelligence, draws a map of jobs and growth across the whole of the UK. The detailed report, commissioned by Google, also reveals just how far traditional sectors, such as manufacturing, architecture and engineering, have embracedContinue Reading

Federal Bank of St. Louis posts digitized archival records from Federal Reserve’s records held at National Archives

Via Katrina Stierholz, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis: “…we have digitized archival records from the Federal Reserve’s records held at the National Archives.  The Federal Reserve’s records are known as Record Group 82, and we have digitized and posted materials from the Reserve Bank Organization Committee (http://bit.ly/18dCmTo ), which selected the Reserve Bank citiesContinue Reading

Cory Doctorow: privacy, oversharing and government surveillance

Cory Doctorow: “The European Parliament is currently involved in a wrangle over the new General Data Protection Regulation. At stake are the future rules for online privacy, data mining, big data, governmental spying (by proxy), to name a few. Hundreds of amendments and proposals are on the table, including some that speak of relaxing theContinue Reading

It is Not Just Confusion! Strategic Uncertainty in an Experimental Asset Market

Akiyama, Eizo, Hanaki, Nobuyuki and Ishikawa, Ryuichiro, It is Not Just Confusion! Strategic Uncertainty in an Experimental Asset Market (August 8, 2013). Available at SSRN. “To what extent is the observed mis-pricing in experimental asset markets caused by strategic uncertainty (SU) and by individual bounded rationality (IBR)? We address this question by comparing subjects’ initialContinue Reading

SST, Inc. Launches National Gunfire Index

“SST, Inc., today announced the launch of its National Gunfire Index which offers the most detailed record available of illegal gunfire activity, including non-homicide firearm violence, in major cities across the United States. This previously unattainable data on gunfire activity provides a more comprehensive data set than has ever been available on the true volume,Continue Reading

Commentary – Math Advances Raise the Prospect of an Internet Security Crisis

Academic advances suggest that the encryption systems that secure online communications could be undermined in just a few years, by Tom Simonite on August 2, 2013. Technology Review.”Cryptographic schemes protect vast quantities of financial and personal information. The encryption systems used to secure online bank accounts and keep critical communications private could be undone inContinue Reading