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Chicago Citizens Police Data Project

“The information contained on this website comes primarily from three datasets provided by the Chicago Police Department (CPD), spanning approximately 2002 to 2008 and 2011 to 2015. The CPD has released these lists in response to litigation and to FOIA Requests. The City of Chicago’s release of this information was accompanied by a disclaimer that not all of the information contained in the City’s database may be completely accurate. No independent verification of the City’s records has taken place and this public database does not purport to be an accurate reflection of either the City’s internal database or of its truthfulness. Slight changes to the spelling of officer names and to the wording of abuse categories have been made to accommodate a consistent appearance. A glossary of our understanding of common CPD terms has been provided. No other editing of the City’s original datasets has taken place. This public database also contains other readily available data that has been linked to the City’s original datasets, including: CPD beat geographies, Chicago ward boundaries, Chicago neighborhood boundaries, et cetera. By entering this website, you acknowledge that the Citizens’ Police Database (CPDB) is not responsible for any derivative work performed by or published by users of this public database.”

Census Report – Wives’ Earnings Make Gains Relative to Husbands’

“Between 2000 and 2015, the share of married couples where the wife earned at least $30,000 more than the husband increased from 6 to 9 percent, according to statistics released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. Married couples where the husband earned at least $30,000 more than the wife decreased from 38 to 35 percent.Continue Reading

Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) RDF Linked Data (beta)

“The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is now offering a beta version of the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH®) data in RDF (Resource Description Framework). RDF is a well-known standard for representing structured data on the Web. Systems that use RDF are often called Linked Data because of RDF emphasis on well-described links between resources. DuringContinue Reading

GPO launches next generation of guide to US government

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) launched an updated and redesigned version of Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government. The educational website is named after one of our Nation’s most influential Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin.  The site is full of educational content on the workings of the U.S. Government and U.S. history. The updated siteContinue Reading

Opening the Black Box of Scholarly Communication Funding

Lawson, Stuart and Gray, Jonathan and Mauri, Michele, Opening the Black Box of Scholarly Communication Funding: A Public Data Infrastructure for Financial Flows in Academic Publishing (November 13, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: “”Public access to publicly funded research” has been one of the rallying calls of the global open access movement. GovernmentsContinue Reading

National Transit Database

“Today the transit industry consists of over 140,000 vehicles, traveling over 48 billion passenger miles, and collecting over $8.5 billion in passenger fares. In the past 10 years the transit industry has grown by over 20 percent – faster than either highway or air travel. As the industry continues to grow, every indication is thatContinue Reading

GAO Report on IRS Financial Audit

Financial Audit: IRS’s Fiscal Years 2015 and 2014 Financial Statements, GAO-16-146: Published: Nov 12, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 12, 2015. “In GAO’s opinion, the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) fiscal years 2015 and 2014 financial statements are fairly presented in all material respects. However, in GAO’s opinion, IRS did not maintain effective internal control over financialContinue Reading

NGOs Reject “Safe Harbor 2.0,” Urge EU and US to Protect Fundamental Rights

EPIC – NGOs Reject “Safe Harbor 2.0,” Urge EU and US to Protect Fundamental Rights – Leading human rights and consumer organizations have issued a letter to urge the US and the EU to protect the fundamental right to privacy. After the Schrems decision the parties are now renegotiating the invalidated Safe Harbor arrangement. TheContinue Reading

Researching Current Federal Legislation and Regulations

CRS – Researching Current Federal Legislation and Regulations: A Guide to Resources for Congressional Staff, Jerry W. Mansfield, Lead Information Services Coordinator. November 9, 2015. “This report is designed to introduce congressional staff to selected governmental and nongovernmental sources that are useful in tracking and obtaining information on federal legislation and regulations. It includes governmentalContinue Reading

VA launches a new incomplete site open for viewing as developed – “This site is a work in progress. We’re designing in the open. If you don’t find what you need, visit” See also 9 reasons why is the future of federal government websites

Pew – Apps Permissions in Google Play Store

“Analysis of over 1 million apps in Google’s Android operating system in 2014 shows apps can seek 235 different kinds of permissions from smartphone users. The average app asks for five permissions.” “The findings in this study pertain specifically to apps running on the Android operating system. Pew Research Center examined the Android platform becauseContinue Reading

Cell Phone Location Tracking Laws By State

ACLU: “Location records can reveal an enormous of information about a person, especially with the proliferation of smartphones that constantly track our whereabouts. Because privacy laws haven’t kept up with advances in technology, police have long claimed the authority to access this information from cell phone companies without warrants. That’s changing. While Congress and theContinue Reading