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Batea – The clinical browser data mining project

November 17, 2015 – “DocGraph publicly released Batea, a browser extension that tracks clinical reference URLs visited by medical students when they study. Batea was built by DocGraph with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Medical students across the country are encouraged to download the Batea extension for use on their personal computers. Browsing histories will be aggregated monthly and shared with WikiProject Medicine to help direct future improvements to Wikipedia medical articles. According to a 2014 study, Wikipedia is the single leading source of medical information for patients and healthcare professionals. Wikipedia’s 25,000 medical articles receive more than 200 million views per month and its 8,000 pharmacology articles receive more than 40 million views per month….DocGraph ( is an organization that works to create, maintain, and improve open healthcare datasets.  It aims to grow the open health data movement and build a community of data scientists, journalists, and clinical enterprises who use open data to understand and help evolve the healthcare system.”

The Economist identifies the state of financial literary using a simple test

Global financial literacy – The Economist – November 26, 2015 “Suppose you put $100 in a savings account that earns 10% interest each year. After five years how much will you have? That was a question posed in a multiple-choice quiz (completed by 150,000 people in 144 countries) by Standard & Poor’s, a rating agency.Continue Reading

UK Leadership for Libraries Taskforce

UK Gov – Department for Culture, Media and Sport – Corporate report Leadership for Libraries Taskforce: six month progress report April – September 2015. Published 26 November 2015. “The library can be the buzzing heart of a local community, or a peaceful space for quiet reflection; it’s a source of information, entertainment and inspiration; aContinue Reading

Climate Central – Rain Needed to Bust the Drought

“The ongoing California drought…is so entrenched that it’s now well into its fourth year. This drought has repercussions nationwide, particularly in the availability and cost of food. According to the USDA, in 2014 California accounted for 60 percent of the U.S. production for fresh-market vegetables, and 73 percent of processed vegetables.”

UK Bookseller Association and ‘Civilised Saturday’

Via Good – Forget Black Friday—Spend ‘Civilised Saturday’ in an Independent Bookstore Instead by Rafi Schwartz “There is a certain sense of specifically English pride involved in the event, a backlash to what’s perceived as the American vibe of Black Friday, a fairly new addition to the British calendar. “Black Friday appeared quite suddenly in the U.K., and sinceContinue Reading

Application of the Critical-Path Method to Evaluate Insider Risks

Via CIA – Application of the Critical-Path Method to Evaluate Insider Risks, Eric Shaw and Laura Sellers. Studies in Intelligence Vol 59, No. 2 (Extracts, June 2015). “Our purpose in this article is to draw on the most recent and comprehensive empirical studies of insider hostile acts—ranging from formal academic efforts to collections of in-depthContinue Reading

Founders did not predict ubiquity and dangers of current internet

A flaw in the design – The Internet’s founders saw its promise but didn’t foresee users attacking one another “..Decades later, after hundreds of billions of dollars spent on computer security, the threat posed by the Internet seems to grow worse each year. Where hackers once attacked only computers, the penchant for destruction has nowContinue Reading

New Technology, New Information Privacy: Social-Value-Oriented Information Privacy Theory

Chang, Chen-Hung, New Technology, New Information Privacy: Social-Value-Oriented Information Privacy Theory (September 30, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: “Today’s innovative technologies offer remarkable advantages in our daily lives, but they also give rise to concerns that these technological advancements will adversely impact individuals’ privacy. The traditional notions of information privacy were based onContinue Reading

What the Public Knows and Does Not Know About Science

A Look at What the Public Knows and Does Not Know About Science, September 10, 2015: “A new Pew Research Center survey finds that most Americans can answer basic questions about several scientific terms and concepts, such as the layers of the Earth and the elements needed to make nuclear energy. But other science-related termsContinue Reading

Smartphone, computer or tablet? 36% of Americans own all three

“A new Pew Research Center analysis finds that 66% of Americans own at least two digital devices – smartphone, desktop or laptop computer, or tablet – and 36% own all three. Fueled in part by the rapid adoption of smartphones and tablets, the share of American adults who own a smartphone, computer and a tabletContinue Reading

Brookings Project Paper – The ISIS Twitter Census

The Brookings Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World – An Analysis Paper | No. 20, March 2015. The ISIS Twitter Census – Defining and describing the population of ISIS supporters on Twitter. J.M. Berger and Jonathon Morgan. “The Islamic State, known as ISIS or ISIL, has exploited social media, most notoriously Twitter, toContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Electronic Monitoring, DHS Biosurveillance

Electronic Monitoring: Draft National Standard for Offender Tracking Systems Addresses Common Stakeholder Needs, GAO-16-10: Published: Oct 26, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 25, 2015: “OTS is an electronic monitoring technology consisting of hardware, such as an ankle bracelet, used for collecting Global Positioning System (GPS) signals to determine an individual’s location, and software for analyzing dataContinue Reading