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National Archives searchable database of historical gifs

“Welcome to the official Giphy channel for the National Archives [currently there are 179 gifs]. For the official source of information about the National Archives, please visit To learn more about our social media policies, visit” Continue Reading

The State of the Union of Open Data 2016

“Data Transparency 2016, the fourth annual policy conference hosted by the Data Foundation in September 2016, was a significant step forward for the open data movement in the United States. Over 1,000 government, nonprofit, and industry leaders came together to learn about developments in the field, share best practices, and work toward a future in… Continue Reading

New interactive map uses gov data to show languages spoken in NYC

Languages of NYC – Most Frequently Spoken Language at Home, Excluding English and Spanish, by Census Tract. Data: 2014 American Community Survey 5-year estimates Continue Reading

Secrecy News reports portions of CIA Records Search Tool will be posted for public access

FAS – Secrecy News – Steven Aftergood: “The Central Intelligence Agency said this week that it will post its database of declassified CIA documents online, making them broadly accessible to all interested users. The database, known as CREST (for CIA Records Search Tool), contains more than 11 million pages of historical Agency records that have… Continue Reading

GPO honored for its design services for federal agencies

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) wins six 2016 American Graphic Design Awards from Graphic Design USA magazine. GPO’s Creative Services Department offers Federal Agencies a variety of design services: publication design, branding and identity, exhibit graphics, video, multimedia, photography, and security design.  For more than fifty years, Graphic Design USA has recognized the design… Continue Reading

What to Do When You Suspect a Data Breach: FTC Issues Video and Guide for Businesses

“If your business has experienced a data breach, you are probably wondering what to do next. The Federal Trade Commission’s new Data Breach Response: A Guide for Business, an accompanying video and business blog can help you figure out what steps to take and whom to contact. Among the key steps are securing physical areas,… Continue Reading

American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample Files Now Available

“The U.S. Census Bureau released the Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) files from the 2015 American Community Survey 1-year estimates. The PUMS files contain data on approximately 1 percent of the U.S. population and are now available for users to create their own tabulations. The files show population and housing characteristics down to Public Use… Continue Reading

New satellite image database maps the dynamics of human presence on Earth

EU Science Hub: “Built-up areas on the Earth have increased by 2.5 times since 1975. And yet, today 7.3 billion people live and work in only 7.6% of the global land mass. Nine out of the ten most populated urban centres are in Asia, while five out of the ten largest urban centres are in… Continue Reading

FTC Report Sheds New Light on How Patent Assertion Entities Operate

“A new Federal Trade Commission report spotlights the business practices of patent assertion entities (PAEs), firms that acquire patents from third parties and then try to make money by licensing or suing accused infringers.  The report includes several recommendations for patent litigation reforms. “This report is a big step forward in enhancing our understanding of… Continue Reading

‘Every Full Moon’ video series debuts with sea creatures that light up the night

NOAA – “Did you see the full moon this week? Keep an eye out because once a month, during every full moon, NOAA’s Emmy Award-winning Ocean Today team will release awe-inspiring videos featuring new discoveries, cutting-edge technology, weird animals and people around the world who are coming together to keep our ocean and our planet healthy. … Continue Reading

Practices to Engage Citizens and Effectively Implement Federal Initiatives

Open Innovation: Practices to Engage Citizens and Effectively Implement Federal Initiatives, GAO-17-14: Published: Oct 13, 2016. Publicly Released: Oct 13, 2016. “How can the federal government better engage citizens? Federal agencies are using “open innovation” tools to leverage the knowledge and skills of people outside government. Using dedicated websites and in-person outreach, agencies have worked… Continue Reading

National Geodetic Survey damage assessment imagery available online

“From October 7-10, 2016, the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) collected damage assessment imagery for more than 1,200 square miles in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. The aerial imagery was collected in specific areas identified by FEMA and the National Weather Service. Select the round icon with directional arrows using your mouse (or your finger) and… Continue Reading