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Daily Archives: November 8, 2013

What’s Really At Stake in Better Interfaces to Government

Code for AmericaTim O’Reilly: “…While cynics may say that “government just doesn’t get it,” we know through our work with the Code for America city partners that things are already changing in profound ways. And the work of agencies like the UK Government Digital Service (whose Design Principles are a manifesto for the new kind of thinking that is sweeping government), the new US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and programs like the White House Presidential Innovation Fellows (loosely modeled on the Code for America Fellowship) demonstrate that the new approach to user-centered government services is taking hold at the national level as well. Rather than bemoaning the problems with healthcare.gov and seeking to find fault and political advantage, now is a great time to seize the moment and commit ourselves to create government services that give all citizens services that are simple, effective, and easy to use.”

Commentary – How Twitter Hijacked My Mind

That G-ddamned Blue Bird and Me: How Twitter Hijacked My Mind by Kathryn Schulz “Collectively, the people I follow on Twitter — book nerds, science nerds, journalists, the uncategorizably interesting — come pretty close to my dream community. They also function as by far the best news source I’ve ever used: more panoptic, more in-depth,Continue Reading

UNESCO/OECD/EUROSTAT (UOE) education database

“The UNESCO/OECD/EUROSTAT (UOE) database on education statistics is compiled on the basis of national administrative sources, reported by Ministries of Education or National Statistical offices according to international standards, definitions and classifications.  The collected annual data cover the outputs of educational institutions, the policy levers that shape educational outputs, the human and financial resources investedContinue Reading

Neurodegeneration: Exploring Commonalities Across Diseases

Neurodegeneration: Exploring Commonalities Across Diseases “is the summary of a workshop hosted by the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM’s) Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders in Spring 2012 to explore commonalities across neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Participants from academia; pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries;Continue Reading

October payroll employment increases; unemployment rate changes little

News release: “Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 204,000 in October, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 7.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment increased in leisure and hospitality, retail trade, professional and technical services, manufacturing, and health care. Household Survey Data Both the number of unemployed persons, atContinue Reading

The challenges in obtaining non public IG reports via FOIA

WaPo – Looking for needles in a federal haystack - By Al Kamen, Published: November 7 “And now, a journey into the sometimes surreal world of the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA. The law can be a powerful tool for the public and the news media to discover all manner of mal- , mis- and nonfeasanceContinue Reading

FDA takes step to further reduce trans fats in processed foods

News release: “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” for use in food. The FDA’s preliminary determination is based on available scientific evidence and the findings of expert scientific panels. Continue Reading