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World Bank Opens Online Archives Holdings

Elisa Liberatori Prati – World Bank – “In April 2015, as part of its commitment to transparency and openness, the World Bank Group launched its Archives Holdings website. This is a state-of-the-art platform, which maximizes the public’s online access to a vast amount of original primary source material in the custody of the Archives. Created using the Access to Memory open source software, the website facilitates a faster, more efficient, and personalized online service delivery model. The software serves as a catalog that provides basic information about the resources of the Archives, and it is equipped with user-friendly finding aids compliant with the International Standard for Archival Description. The website delivers an increasing quantity of digitized records from the early 1940s onward, making them available for the first time to public users who cannot come to the Archives reading room in Washington, D.C.”

Washington Post launched redesigned homepage

“The Washington Post begins rolling out an all-new homepage [August 26, 2015] that offers readers a cleaner, more dynamic reading experience, a bolder visual display and improved performance. The new homepage marks a key milestone in the site-wide reboot led by The Post’s engineering and news teams, one that has been driven by the in-houseContinue Reading

White Paper – Empowering librarians with fact-based analytics

Playing “Moneyball” in Librarianship:  The Winning Strategy of Gap Analysis By Tommy Doyle Senior Vice President, Elsevier “…Researchers and students need both journals and books to build their knowledge around a topic. Journal content provides results of the latest research, while book content provides an interdisciplinary view, along with fundamental and comprehensive knowledge. Book contentContinue Reading

Americans’ Views on Mobile Etiquette

August 26, 2015, Americans’ Views on Mobile Etiquette ‘Always on’ mobile connectivity poses new challenges for users about when to be present with those nearby or engaged with others on their screens. By Lee Rainie and Kathryn Zickuhr “Cellphones and smartphones have become a mainstay in the lives of many Americans, and this has introducedContinue Reading

EY, LANL make new cybersecurity tools available to private sector

News release: “Ernst & Young LLP and Los Alamos National Laboratory have formed a strategic alliance to deliver some of the most advanced behavioral cybersecurity tools available to the commercial market. “Cybersecurity attacks are ever more frequent and more sophisticated, and they destroy the trust needed to conduct business,” said Duncan McBranch, Chief Technology OfficerContinue Reading

The Internet of Things – 50 Billions Connected Devices and Objects by the Year 2020

OCLC – NextSpace 24 – Libraries and the Internet of Things: “A world divided by the prospect of a world connected . The simplest definition of the Internet of Things (IoT) might be: real-world objects connected to the Internet, sending and receiving data. But beyond that, there is little consensus on what the specific technicalContinue Reading

Practicing Law in the 21st Century Requires Affiliation

Via FindLaw: “Highlights What is required by clients is instant access to information and established relationships everywhere on earth. If law firms cannot quickly provide the information, other professions will. The traditional approach to developing a practice is individual networking with other lawyers or members of other professions. Attorneys make as many contacts as possible.Continue Reading

Demand Progress coalition calls for systematic public access to non-confidential CRS reports

Via Demand Progress – a national grassroots group – August 24, 2015: “Dear Chairman Blunt, Chairman Miller, Ranking Member Schumer, Ranking Member Brady,and Vice Chairman Harper: We write in support of expanded public access to Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports. Longstanding congressional policy allows Members and committees to use their websites to disseminate CRS productsContinue Reading

Mobile Messaging and Social Media 2015

Pew Report – Mobile Messaging and Social Media 2015 – August 19, 2015: “In today’s world, people — particularly young people — are continually finding and adapting new ways of communicating electronically to fit their needs. Case in point: 2015 marks the first time Pew Research Center has asked specifically about mobile messaging apps asContinue Reading

FCW obtained official timeline of OPM data breach

FCW.com: “An official timeline of the Office of Personnel Management breach obtained by FCW pinpoints the hackers’ calibrated extraction of data and the government’s step-by-step response. It illuminates a sequence of events that lawmakers have struggled to pin down in public hearings with Obama administration officials. The timeline makes clear that the heist of dataContinue Reading

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing: Federal Aggravated Identity Theft

CRS report vai FAS – Mandatory Minimum Sentencing: Federal Aggravated Identity Theft – Charles Doyle, Senior Specialist in American Public Law. August 20, 2015. “Aggravated identity theft is punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence of imprisonment for two years or by imprisonment for five years if it relates to a terrorism offense. At least thusContinue Reading

Intelligence Community and Its Use of Contractors: Congressional Oversight Issues

CRS via FAS – The Intelligence Community and Its Use of Contractors: Congressional Oversight Issue. L. Elaine Halchin, Specialist in American National Government. August 18, 2015. “Contractors have been and are an integral part of the intelligence community’s (IC’s) total workforce (which also includes federal employees and military personnel). Yet questions have been raised regardingContinue Reading