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Potential for Predictive Analytics and Rapid-Cycle Evaluation to Improve Program Development and Outcomes

The Hamilton Project: “Public administrators have always been interested in identifying cost-effective strategies for managing their programs. As government agencies invest in data warehouses and business intelligence capabilities, it becomes feasible to employ analytic techniques used more-commonly in the private sector. Predictive analytics and rapid-cycle evaluation are analytical approaches that are used to do more than describe the current status of programs: in both the public and private sectors, these approaches provide decision makers with guidance on what to do next. Predictive analytics refers to a broad range of methods used to anticipate an outcome. For many types of government programs, predictive analytics can be used to anticipate how individuals will respond to interventions, including new services, targeted prompts to participants, and even automated actions by transactional systems. With information from predictive analytics, administrators can identify who is likely to benefit from an intervention and find ways to formulate better interventions. Predictive analytics can also be embedded in agency operational systems to guide real-time decision making. For instance, predictive analytics could be embedded in intake and eligibility determination systems, prompting frontline workers to review suspect client applications more-closely to determine whether income or assets may be understated or deductions underclaimed.”

So Little Paper to Chase in a Law Firm’s New Library – NYT

New York Times, David W. Dunlap: “The law firm Kaye Scholer left a lot behind when it moved this month from 425 Park Avenue, where it had been since 1957, into new quarters at 250 West 55th Street. It left behind offices that had served giants like Milton Handler, one of whose students, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,Continue Reading

Free Public Access to Federal Materials on Guide to Law Online

[Via Emily Carr, Senior Legal Research Specialist, Library of Congress] – this posting by Ann Hemmens, legal reference librarian at the Law Library of Congress: “Through an agreement with the Library of Congress, the publisher William S. Hein & Co., Inc. has generously allowed the Law Library of Congress to offer free online access to historical U.S. legal materialsContinue Reading

Security – a perpetual war: lessons from nature

Via Cornell University Library – Security – a perpetual war: lessons from nature, Wojciech Mazurczyk, Elżbieta Rzeszutko (Submitted on 17 Oct 2014) “For ages people have sought inspiration in nature. Biomimicry has been the  propelling power of such inventions, like Velcro tape or “cat’s eyes” – retroreflective road marking. At the same time, scientists have been developing biologicallyContinue Reading

Beyond Fairness: The Place of Moral Foundations Theory in Mediation and Negotiation

Hyman, Jonathan M., Beyond Fairness: The Place of Moral Foundations Theory in Mediation and Negotiation (October 9, 2014). Nevada Law Journal, Vol. 15, Forthcoming; Rutgers School of Law-Newark Research Paper No. 150. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2511414 “Intuitive moral judgments pervade mediation and negotiation but are not well understood or managed. People usually experienceContinue Reading

RAPPOR: Randomized Aggregatable Privacy-Preserving Ordinal Response

Via Cornell University Library Open Access e-prints: RAPPOR: Randomized Aggregatable Privacy-Preserving Ordinal Response. Úlfar Erlingsson, Vasyl Pihur, Aleksandra Korolova (Submitted on 25 Jul 2014 (v1), last revised 25 Aug 2014 (this version, v2)). “Randomized Aggregatable Privacy-Preserving Ordinal Response, or RAPPOR, is a technology for crowdsourcing statistics from end-user client software, anonymously, with strong privacy guarantees. In short, RAPPORsContinue Reading

The Economist Essay – The Future of the Book

From Papyrus to Pixels – The digital transformation of the way books are written, published and sold has only just begun: “Many are worried about what such technology means for books, with big bookshops closing, new devices spreading, novice authors flooding the market and an online behemoth known as Amazon growing ever more powerful. TheirContinue Reading

Pew – Killer Apps in the Gigabit Age

“The age of gigabit connectivity is dawning and will advance in coming years. The only question is how quickly it might become widespread.A gigabit connection can deliver 1,000 megabits of information per second (Mbps). Globally, cloud service provider Akamai reports that the average global connection speed in quarter one of 2014 was 3.9 Mbps, withContinue Reading

Rate of Mass Shootings Has Tripled Since 2011, Harvard Research Shows

Via Mother Jones – By Amy P. Cohen, Deborah Azrael, and Matthew Miller “Editor’s note: The authors are scholars from the Harvard School of Public Health and Northeastern University; this article details their independent research, which is based on the mass shootings data Mother Jones has collected and published since 2012. In June, following gun attacks inContinue Reading

Training Students to Extract Value from Big Data

“As the availability of high-throughput data-collection technologies, such as information-sensing mobile devices, remote sensing, internet log records, and wireless sensor networks has grown, science, engineering, and business have rapidly transitioned from striving to develop information from scant data to a situation in which the challenge is now that the amount of information exceeds a human’sContinue Reading

Search engine for the Internet of Things

“Thingful® is a search engine for the Internet of Things, providing a unique geographical index of connected objects around the world, including energy, radiation, weather, and air quality devices as well as seismographs, iBeacons, ships, aircraft and even animal trackers.Thingful’s powerful search capabilities enable people to find devices, datasets and realtime data sources by geolocationContinue Reading

Collection Directions: The Evolution of Library Collections and Collecting

“Written by Lorcan Dempsey, Constance Malpas, and Brian Lavoie, “Collection Directions: The Evolution of Library Collections and Collecting” takes a broad view of the evolution of collecting behaviors in a network environment and suggests some future directions based on various simple models. In this article, the authors look at the changing dynamics of print collections, atContinue Reading