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The Statutes at Large Modernization Act

The Statutes at Large Modernization Act (H.R. 4006) Introduced by Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) and Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA). Endorsed by: Sunlight Foundation, R Street Institute, Demand Progress, Liberty Coalition, Data Transparency Coalition,, and Niskanen Center.

“What is the United States Statutes at Large? Compiled by the National Archives and Records Administration, one volume per session of Congress since 1789; Legal and permanent evidence of the laws enacted during a session of Congress, plus

Why does it need to be available online? The United States of America was established as “a government of laws, and not of men.” The rule of law requires that the laws be available to the people. The Internet is the dominant, ubiquitous communications platform of modern society.

Isn’t the U.S. Code enough? The U.S. Code is not a complete history of the laws of our Republic. It does not include, however, repealed laws, original statutes that have been amended, private laws, or statutes with limited duration like appropriations acts or infrastructure projects. In addition, only about half of the titles of the U.S. Code are codified as positive law. The other, uncodified titles are merely “evidence” of the law before the judicial branch, so attorneys must consult the United States Statutes at Large on questions of law related to uncodified titles.

Hasn’t the Law Library of Congress already digitized the Statutes at Large? The Law Library of Congress has published the Statutes at Large in a text-over-PDF format. It does not, however, include adequately defined and embedded data elements that enable advanced search functions, machine readability, and other useful options. It’s a good start, but it isn’t the modern, authoritative version we need.

How will the digitization process work? The National Archives and Records Administration will take the lead. It will also consult with public and private entities with expertise in developing formatting conventions for legislative materials. Including the results on will make it a more complete research resource.”

  • Update via Daniel Schuman, Demand Progress: “Also, want to point you to a useful non-official source for SAL data. A number of organizations/volunteers have built, which provides all statutes at large, public law cites, and US code cites from 1787 to present.  It also allows for the instantaneous comparison of any two roll call votes since ~1990.”

OCLC – Roy Tennant’s Data Designed for Discovery

Via OCLC: “In this presentation, Senior Program Officer Roy Tennant explores the reasons behind the adoption of linked data for libraries; library initiatives intended to demonstrate the benefits of linked data and; and the applicability of library focused standards for solving the issue of library resource visibility. He also identifies how this approach will enableContinue Reading

Social Media Tracker, Analyzer, & Collector Toolkit at Syracuse

“STACKS is an extensible social media research toolkit designed to collect, process, and store data from online social networks. The toolkit is an ongoing project via the Syracuse University iSchool, and currently supports the Twitter Streaming API. Collecting from Facebook public pages and Twitter search API are under development. The toolkit architecture is modular andContinue Reading

Gartner – Turn Voice of the Customer Into Competitive Advantage

IT can lead the charge to give the customer a full voice and the enterprise unprecedented insights into its customers.  November 17, 2015, Contributor: Scott Smith. “Too often, the voice of the customer (VoC) gets lost across multiple data collection points, mired in separate systems, and trapped in departmental silos. IT can lead the chargeContinue Reading

Ancient History Encyclopedia

“Ancient History Encyclopedia is the global leader in ancient history content online, boasting the highest number of monthly visitors of any dedicated website…Our team of ten volunteers is passionate about history: We want to inspire our readers with the stories of the past, making history engaging and exciting. Here you’ll find high-quality articles, videos, interactive maps,Continue Reading

Data enriched research, data enhanced impact: The importance of UK data infrastructure

Via London School of Economics: “The UK Data Service is trusted to manage the UK’s largest collection of UK and international social and economic research data, spanning major UK government-sponsored surveys, cross-national surveys, longitudinal studies, UK census data, international aggregate data banks, business microdata and qualitative and mixed methods data. The data in our collectionContinue Reading

IBM Watson Trend – the data science of shopping for the holidays?

“Outthink Holiday Stress.  Watson Trend helps shoppers understand what is trending and why through the cognitive power of Watson. To understand the science, read about Watson Trend – [as follows – weighted toward  purchases for Tech but includes Toys and Health]: Gift-guide experts voice opinions. Watson hears them all at once. Because IBM Watson understandsContinue Reading

Library Linked Data in the Cloud: OCLC’s Experiments with New Models of Resource Description

Carol Jean Godby, Shenghui Wang and Jeffrey K. Mixter – “This book describes OCLC’s efforts to help increase the visibility of library collections on the Web through the creation of library linked data—moving from a web of documents to a web of data. It focuses on the conceptual and technical challenges involved in publishing linked dataContinue Reading

Selected presentations available from Internet Librarian 2015

See which presentations are available for download (most are PDF or PPT).

Open Access Meets Discoverability: Citations to Articles Posted to

Josh Schwartzman, Max Shron – Open Access Meets Discoverability: Citations to Articles Posted to “Using matching and regression analyses, we measure the difference in citations between articles posted to and other articles from similar journals, controlling for field, impact factor, and other variables. Based on a sample size of 34,940 papers, we find thatContinue Reading

23andMe Transparency Report

Along with other companies that provide paid services to customers that comprise the collection and identification of sensitive PII specific to health and genealogy issues, such as, there is increasing focus on how this information can impact individuals at work, for security reasons, and when attempting to qualify for various types of insurance. 23andMeContinue Reading

PWC 2015 US CEO Survey

“For the first time in five years in PwC’s Annual Global CEO Survey, more business leaders rate the US as their most important market for overseas growth ahead of all others, including China’s. As the US recovery gains traction, it is gaining more adherents. Challenges remain, yet key measures of US economic health are improving.Continue Reading