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Making plant taxonomy freely accessible

theguardian – GrrlScientist Saturday 13 September 2014.

“…For more than a century, taxonomic information was locked away in a variety of dusty journals in vast libraries, where most people could not find or access it. Meanwhile, science marches onward at an ever-increasing rate of speed, which makes it important to rapidly access this information. To address this problem, Kew created a global online resource that catalogues the taxonomy of monocot plants. (Monocots comprise roughly one-fifth of all flowering plants.) This resource, eMonocot, unlocks biodiversity data for monocots for the first time so anyone — whether a senior-level researcher or a student writing a school report — can access the latest tools for identification and descriptions as well as up-to-date checklists, along with links to other resources. This video tells you more about this project..”

Global Disease Monitoring and Forecasting with Wikipedia

Global Disease Monitoring and Forecasting with Wikipedia by Nicholas Generous, Geoffrey Fairchild, Alina Deshpande, Sara Y. Del Valle, Reid Priedhorsky. Published: November 13, 2014. “Infectious disease is a leading threat to public health, economic stability, and other key social structures. Efforts to mitigate these impacts depend on accurate and timely monitoring to measure the risk and progress of disease.Continue Reading

Investigative Report – Why Mass Shootings Keep Happening

Are we helpless to stop mass shootings? Is anyone even trying to stop them? The good news is that the answers are No and Yes. The bad news: The person loading up hasn’t gotten the news. Tom Junod, Esquire, october 24, 2014. “SINCE SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, according to the START terrorism database, there have been twentyContinue Reading

The Tightening Web of Russian Internet Regulation

Tselikov, Andrey, The Tightening Web of Russian Internet Regulation (November 20, 2014). Berkman Center Research Publication No. 2014-15. Available for download at SSRN: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2527603 “Over the past two years, systematic Internet regulation has increased more in Russia than anywhere else in the world. A series of progressively more restrictive legislative developments between the summer of 2012Continue Reading

‘Text neck’ is becoming an ‘epidemic’ and could wreck your spine

Lindsey Bever, Washington Post: “The human head weighs about a dozen pounds. But as the neck bends forward and down, the weight on the cervical spine begins to increase. At a 15-degree angle, this weight is about 27 pounds, at 30 degrees it’s 40 pounds, at 45 degrees it’s 49 pounds, and at 60 degrees it’sContinue Reading

Lessons From Fair Lending Law For Fair Marketing and Big Data

Lessons From Fair Lending Law For Fair Marketing and Big Data. Peter Swire, Nancy J. & Lawrence P. Huang Professor of Law and Ethics, Georgia Institute of Technology. Senior Fellow, Future of Privacy Forum. September 11, 2014. “This White Paper is submitted in connection with Peter Swire’s participation at the Federal Trade Commission’s September 15, 2014 event onContinue Reading

Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names Released as Linked Open Data

The Getty Iris: “We’re delighted to announce that the Getty Research Institute has released the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN)® as Linked Open Data. This represents an important step in the Getty’s ongoing work to make our knowledge resources freely available to all. Following the release of the Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT)® in February,Continue Reading

Knowledge Sharing in the Networked World of the Internet of Things

“Many experts say the rise of embedded and wearable computing will bring the next revolution in digital technology. They say the upsides are enhanced health, convenience, productivity, safety, and more useful information for people/organizations. At KMWorld Confererence, Lee Rainie shared the latest findings from Pew Research about the internet and puts it into organizational contextContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Financial Audits of SEC, FHFA, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection

FINANCIAL AUDIT: Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection’s Fiscal Years 2014 and 2013 Financial Statements, GAO-15-146R: Published: Nov 17, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2014. FINANCIAL AUDIT: Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Fiscal Years 2014 and 2013 Financial Statements, GAO-15-147R: Published: Nov 17, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2014. FINANCIAL AUDIT: Securities and Exchange Commission’s Fiscal Years 2014 and 2013 Financial Statements, GAO-15-166R: Published: Nov 17,Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Guide To Privacy Resources 2015

Via LLRX.com – Guide To Privacy Resources 2015 – Marcus P. Zillman’s guide is a comprehensive listing of privacy resources currently available on the Internet that impact your email, smartphones, websites, hard drives, files and data. Sources include associations, indexes, search engines as well as individual websites and organizations that provide the latest technology and information to raise awarenessContinue Reading

DATA + DESIGN a simple introduction to preparing and visualizing information

“Information design is about understanding data. Whether you’re writing an article for your newspaper, showing the results of a campaign, introducing your academic research, illustrating your team’s performance metrics, or shedding light on civic issues, you need to know how to present your data so that other people can understand it. Regardless of what tools you useContinue Reading

Westlaw discloses breach of public records database

News release: “West Publishing Corporation, a unit of Thomson Reuters, has notified the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office of a breach involving their Westlaw subscription-only public records database. In a letter dated November 4th to those affected, Senior Vice President Andy Martens explained that on October 14, they detected unusual search activity. Investigation revealed that someContinue Reading