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Federal Open Licensing Playbook

“Federal agencies are increasingly using open licensing to expand the impact and reach of their work, enable innovative use of federally-funded materials, and ensure that publicly funded resources are available to the public. We note shared practices and considerations, common to the federal open licensing efforts thus far. This Playbook provides a practitioner’s guide to using open licenses in the federal context, based on the shared experience. It is not intended to be prescriptive but rather to offer expertise and lessons-learned to federal grants managers interested in exploring or using openly licensed resources as a component of their programs. The Plays are sequential, addressing different stages of program formation. This Playbook ranges from Plays on standards and usability, to training and funding models, to monitoring and sustainability. Individual Plays and the entire Playbook itself are not universally applicable. It may not be appropriate to openly license certain resources funded by federal grants or contracts because of national security or personal security requirements. Traditional copyright restrictions may also be necessary insome cases. Yet an increasing number of federally funded resources can best serve the public interest by being openly licensed. The Playbook is designed to be a living document that is updated as new information becomes available. The first draft of this Playbook was developed by the Subcommittee on Global Education of the Advisory Committee to the Secretary of State’s Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society. It includes input from multiple federal agencies, as well as private sector and civil society organizations. If there are questions this Playbook doesn’t answer or would like to suggest additions, please let us know at [email protected] We welcome your feedback for future iterations of this resource at any time.”

Coastal Resilience mapping portal

“Coastal Resilience supports a community of practitioners around the world who are applying spatial planning innovations to coastal hazard risk, resilience and adaptation issues. This is a global network providing access to peer practitioners, tools, information and training focused on nature-based solutions. For more information see our Coastal Resilience website“ Continue Reading

First-Ever Online Data Tool Allows City Leaders to Examine Health of Their Urban Populations

Pilot City Health Dashboard Launched by NYU School of Medicine’s Department of Population Health, NYU Wagner, the National Resource Network & the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation “Over 80 percent of the United States population lives in urban areas. Yet city leaders seeking to make health improvements have lacked a standardized tool to understand and benchmark… Continue Reading

Free for All: NYPL Enhances Public Domain Collections For Sharing and Reuse

New York Public Library – “Today we are proud to announce that out-of-copyright materials in NYPL Digital Collections are now available as high-resolution downloads. No permission required, no hoops to jump through: just go forth and reuse!  The release of more than 180,000 digitized items represents both a simplification and an enhancement of digital access to a… Continue Reading

Impending extinction crisis of the world’s primates: Why primates matter

Impending extinction crisis of the world’s primates: Why primates matter. Science Advances 18 Jan 2017: Vol. 3, no. 1, e1600946 DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1600946. “Nonhuman primates, our closest biological relatives, play important roles in the livelihoods, cultures, and religions of many societies and offer unique insights into human evolution, biology, behavior, and the threat of emerging diseases.… Continue Reading

UK Report – Better Information for Better Government

Better Information for Better Government. 18 January 2017. Cabinet Office Digital Records and Information Management Team, working in collaboration with The National Archives and Government Digital Service. “Managing information is critical for good government. Internally, information is the foundation of effective analysis and policy making. It provides the evidence to support decision making and it… Continue Reading

Paper – Social Media and Fake News in the 2016 Election

Social Media and Fake News in the 2016 Election. Hunt Allcott, New York University and NBER, Matthew Gentzkow, Stanford University and NBER. January 2017. “We present new evidence on the role of false stories circulated on social media prior to the 2016 US presidential election. Drawing on audience data, archives of fact-checking websites, and results… Continue Reading

Pew – Trump, Clinton Voters Divided in Their Main Source for Election News

“In the coming days, Americans will follow a single event across a variety of media channels: the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States. If the public’s media habits during the campaign are any indicator, it is likely that Trump and Hillary Clinton voters will be learning about the inauguration… Continue Reading

Obama Administration Digital Transition – Continuing to Follow Officials on Social Media

“Over the past eight years, the President, the First Lady, and the Obama White House have used social media and technology to engage with people around the country and the world on the most important issues of our time. From the very beginning, our mission has been to reach people on the channels and platforms… Continue Reading

Welcome to the new CIA Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room

“The CIA’s declassified database is now online. Thanks to a MuckRock lawsuit and Mike Best’s diligence, you can now read over 13 million pages of Agency records – Back in December, we wrote about how the CIA would be placing its previously-inaccessible CREST database online. The move was a response to our lawsuit, handled pro… Continue Reading

Euopeana – And the quest for better metadata quality goes on

Snipped from the posting – read in its entirety for more knowledge sharing and links: “Supporting user needs with quality metadata – the need for high quality metadata in Europeana is motivated by its impact on search performance, on the overall Europeana user experience and on the re-use of the data. Rather than making it… Continue Reading

New York Times publishes 2020 report

The 2020 report: “This report, by a team of seven Times journalists, outlines the newsroom’s strategy and aspirations. For additional details, see this memo from Dean Baquet, The Times’s executive editor, and Joe Kahn, the managing editor. This is a vital moment in the life of The New York Times. Journalists across the organization are… Continue Reading