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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

Google app now understands you a little better

Google Inside Search: “…the Google app is starting to truly understand the meaning of what you’re asking. We can now break down a query to understand the semantics of each piece….so we can get at the intent behind the entire question. That lets us traverse the Knowledge Graph much more reliably to find the rightContinue Reading

New on LLRX – The Support from Standardized Tests: High School Graduates Unprepared to be College Freshmen

Via – The Support from Standardized Tests: High School Graduates Unprepared to be College Freshmen – In Part 4 of a 5 Part series, Librarian and Educator Lorette Weldon focuses on a core issue related to STEM education – high school students are not guaranteed success in college when they have completed college-preparatory courses.Continue Reading

Searchable Suicide Attack Database

“The Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism (CPOST) maintains a searchable database on all suicide attacks from 1982 through June 2015. The database includes information about the location of attacks, the target type, the weapon used, and systematic information on the demographic and general biographical characteristics of suicide attackers. The database expands the breadth ofContinue 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

Google – An Empirical Analysis of Email Delivery Security

Neither Snow Nor Rain Nor MITM…An Empirical Analysis of Email Delivery Security “The SMTP protocol is responsible for carrying some of users’ most intimate communication, but like other Internet protocols, authentication and confidentiality were added only as an afterthought. In this work, we present the first report on global adoption rates of SMTP security extensions,Continue Reading

Essay recommends thirteen new signals for The Bluebook’s next edition

Roark, Marc Lane and Emerson, Warren, Signals (November 10, 2015). Available at SSRN: or ”Currently, The Bluebook recommends twelve signals that give direction to the author’s intended use of sources. Bluebook signals communicate how the author believes the work cited is relevant to the proposition. But Bluebook signals could communicate so much more.Continue 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

Emerging Cyber Threats Report 2016 – Impact of The Internet of Things

Georgia Institute of Technology Cybersecurity Summit 2015– “The intersection of the physical and digital world continued to deepen in 2015. The adoption of network- connected devices and sensors — the Internet of Things — accelerated and was expected to reach nearly 5 billion devices by the end of the year. The collection and analysis ofContinue Reading

Find Open Access Dissertations and Theses

“PQDT Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge. You can quickly and easily locate dissertations and theses relevant to your discipline, and view the complete text in PDF format. Open Access Publishing – The authors of these dissertations and theses have opted to publish as open access. OpenContinue Reading

Philadelphia Library Visits Down, but Digital Uses Rising

Pew Report – “One of the concerns facing those who operate, fund, and care about libraries is whether use of brick-and-mortar facilities will decline as people become more accustomed to reading e-books and accessing other services online. The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Philadelphia research initiative explored this topic by looking at the changing demands on theContinue Reading

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