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THOMAS.gov to Retire July 5

News from the Library of Congress: “THOMAS.gov, the online legislative information system, will officially retire July 5, completing the multi-year transition to Congress.gov. “The Library is well-positioned for the future with Congress.gov,” said Acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao. “Free access to legislative information that anyone can search for and read is central to an informed democracy. I applaud the visionary leaders who launched THOMAS two decades ago, and I congratulate and thank the many talented individuals at the Library and throughout the legislative branch who have transitioned that resource into the 21st century with Congress.gov. Finally, I invite and encourage everyone to use this resource. It is here for you to learn about, to connect with, to better understand your representative government.” THOMAS, named for Thomas Jefferson, was a pioneering site when it was launched by the Library in 1995 as a bipartisan initiative of Congress. The system has been updated over the years, but its foundation can no longer support the capabilities that today’s Internet users have come to expect. The Congress.gov system, initially launched in beta form in September, 2012, applies modern design and infrastructure to the robust legislative data sets, with mobile-friendly access, faceted search and other features. uring the transition, the Library has maintained both sites to ensure a seamless transition and uninterrupted service for users; solicited and applied user feedback to further refine Congress.gov’s features and functionality; and added data sets to the new site. A collaborative effort among the Library of Congress, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives and the Government Publishing Office (GPO), Congress.gov now provides searchable access to bill status and summary, bill text, the Congressional Record, Congressional Record Index and committee reports, and executive actions such as nominations, treaties and communications, with historic access reaching back as far as 1973. Additionally, Congress.gov provides contextual information such as member profiles, legislative-process videos, a glossary of terms, committee profile pages, video of committee hearings and direct links from bills to cost estimates from the Congressional Budget Office. The site includes accessibility tools such as downloadable audio files and tracking tools such as customizable email alerts…”

GAO Reports – Defense Health Care, Indian Health Service, SEC InfoSec, Missile Defense, Public Transit, Veterans Justice, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

Defense Health Care: DOD Is Meeting Most Mental Health Care Access Standards, but It Needs a Standard for Follow-up Appointments, GAO-16-416: Published: Apr 28, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2016. Indian Health Service: Actions Needed to Improve Oversight of Patient Wait Times, GAO-16-333: Published: Mar 29, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2016. Information Security: OpportunitiesContinue Reading

New Health Data Available in Social Explorer Maps

Via Social Explorer: “County level health data from 2010 to 2015 are available on our site are now available as maps, in addition to reports. Start exploring a variety of health factors including obesity, smoking, excessive drinking, access to healthy foods and medical care. These data were compiled by the County Health Rankings and RoadmapsContinue Reading

Sydney Opera House on the Google Cultural Institute

Via Google Blog: “Experience 60 years of history and stories through 50 online exhibits, a new online archive of 1,000 rare and rarely seen materials, and 360° panoramic imagery. The story begins here: https://goo.gl/Oturtl. Download our Google Arts & Culture app to enjoy more Sydney Opera House from your mobile: Android (https://goo.gl/UoVxfe) / iOS (https://goo.gl/3GIXBa).”

Harvard Institute of Politics Poll Spring 2016

“A new national poll of America’s 18- to 29-year-olds by Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP), located at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, finds Hillary Clinton the clear front-runner over Donald Trump to win the White House in 2016. Among likely voters, Clinton has 61% of young voters and Trump 25%, with 14% ofContinue Reading

Paper – The Evolution of Wikipedia’s Norm Network

The Evolution of Wikipedia’s Norm Network – Bradi Heaberlin and Simon DeDeoFuture, Internet 2016, 8(2), 14; doi:10.3390/fi8020014 “Social norms have traditionally been difficult to quantify. In any particular society, their sheer number and complex interdependencies often limit a system-level analysis. One exception is that of the network of norms that sustain the online Wikipedia community.Continue Reading

ICIJ to Release Panama Papers Offshore Companies Data

“The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists will release on May 9, 2016 a searchable database with information on more than 200,000 offshore entities that are part of the Panama Papers investigation. The database will likely be the largest ever release of secret offshore companies and the people behind them. The data comes from the PanamanianContinue Reading

Commentary – Information Literacy Imperative in Higher Education

Todd J. Wiebe, Association of American Colleges and Libraries: “…When you “Google it,” you are engaged in an information snatch and grab—get in, get out, move on. Folks who work in web design and Internet marketing are well versed in search engine optimization and the critical importance of having a link appear on the firstContinue Reading

Report – The potential impact of Brexit on European capital markets

Via New Financial – “Capital markets across Europe would be significantly disrupted if the UK votes to leave the EU in the referendum on June 23rd. This would create uncertainty, complexity and increased cost for market participants and their customers in the UK and the rest of the EU – according to our in-depth qualitative survey ofContinue Reading

Google-Wide Association Studies

Princeton Election Consortium – A first draft of electoral history. Since 2004 – Sam Wong, April 26, 2016: “In human genetics there is a form of analysis called a genome-wide association study (“GWAS”). In this kind of analysis, the researcher looks for bits of DNA that show up more often in people with some traitContinue Reading

A Bear’s-Eye View of Yellowstone

Via National Geographic: What do bears eat? How far do they roam? Find out in this interactive journey through the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Shining a Light on Scientific Data: Building a Data Catalog to Foster Data Sharing and Reuse

Shining a Light on Scientific Data: Building a Data Catalog to Foster Data Sharing and Reuse, by Ian Lamb and Catherine Larson. Code{4}Lib Journal, Issue 32, 2016-04-25. “The scientific community’s growing eagerness to make research data available to the public provides libraries — with our expertise in metadata and discovery — an interesting new opportunity.Continue Reading