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Heleo – Keith Houston Investigates the Long, Strange History of Books

Most people who are involved in making books, or writing them, are acutely aware that there’s a very big shift happening.”

“…The thing that I hadn’t appreciated was that so much of the history of the book came from elsewhere, from China mostly. Just the invention of paper, which is absolutely vital, and then printing. I visited the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, which is a printing history museum. They have a type case full of Chinese movable type, and it’s gigantic. Western ones are about the same size as a writing desk. This Chinese type case, it wraps around you, like standing in a circular telephone booth entirely filled with type. To learn that that had come out of China was quite surprising, and it was quite nice to be able to take an excursion from the Gutenberg story, which is quite widely written about…”

The Memory of Mankind Project

“Memory of Mankind – the greatest timecapsule ever. We witness a rapid change, within a short time technologies of everyday life altered and with them our lifestyle. In worldwide communication we share our thoughts and ideas, we share our love and sorrows in realtime… The swift and continuous development however has a side effect: the… Continue Reading

NYPL implements unusual book collection storage system

Quartz: “Four million books are stored underneath New York City’s Bryant Park. Twenty-seven feet below the grassy patch in mid-town Manhattan are miles and miles of bookshelves at the New York Public Library’s (NYPL) newly expanded Milstein Research Stacks…To maximize space, the NYPL is now storing its collection based on a book’s physical dimensions instead… Continue Reading

New satellite image database maps the dynamics of human presence on Earth

EU Science Hub: “Built-up areas on the Earth have increased by 2.5 times since 1975. And yet, today 7.3 billion people live and work in only 7.6% of the global land mass. Nine out of the ten most populated urban centres are in Asia, while five out of the ten largest urban centres are in… Continue Reading

An experimental new podium on Google

Google Posts: “Every day millions of people search on Google, many of whom are looking for information about prominent individuals and organizations. Now we’re experimenting with a new way for users to hear directly from select entities they’re searching for on Google. Verified individuals and organizations can now communicate with text, images and videos directly… Continue Reading

Crowdpac – How liberal or conservative is your Twitter handle?

“Crowdpac’s mission is to give politics back to people – to make it easier for citizens to learn about politicians, run for office, and to find and support political candidates that match their priorities and beliefs. We want to help end the stranglehold of big money donors and special interests on the political system. Crowdpac… Continue Reading

Presidents, Prime Ministers, and Other National Press Club Luncheon Speakers, 1954-1989

Via Library of Congress: “Since 1932, the National Press Club has hosted luncheon gatherings that have allowed presidents, visiting world leaders, and other leading personages to address the press and answer questions about pressing current affairs. In 1969, the Press Club donated to the Library of Congress audiotapes of talks they had been recording since… Continue Reading

Practical Tips for Placing and Publishing Your First Law Review Article

Luther, Robert, Practical Tips for Placing and Publishing Your First Law Review Article (February 20, 2016). 50 University of Richmond Law Review Online 63 (2016). Available for download at SSRN: “Many law reviews are only open to the top 10% of the class or to students who excel in a writing competition. While a… Continue Reading

Interactive Feature on Trump’s Immigration Policy in NY Times with Social Explorer Analysis

Via Social Explorer: “A new interactive article by Jugal K. Patel in The New York Times features data and analysis compiled by Social Explorer’s Andrew Beveridge. Presidential candidate Donald Trump recently stated that he wants to “keep immigration levels within historical norms,” but did not define those ranges. The Times investigates two hundred years of the… Continue Reading

What Caused the Decline in Interstate Migration in the United States?

NY Fed Liberty Street Economics: “Geographic mobility is thought to be important both for economic mobility and for the efficiency of a labor market in allocating the right people to the right jobs. Accordingly, the willingness of the U.S. workforce to move is a factor behind the greater dynamism of the U.S. labor market compared… Continue Reading

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction – Corruption in Conflict

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction Corruption in Conflict – Lessons From the U.S. Experience in Afghanistan, September 2016 – “Corruption in Conflict—the first in a series of lessons learned reports by SIGAR—examines how the U.S. government understood the risks of corruption in Afghanistan, how the U.S. response to corruption evolved, and the effectiveness of… Continue Reading

Analyzing Hospice Care in the United States

Center for Data Innovation – “The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a data set called the Hospice Utilization and Payment Public Use File (Hospice PUF) detailing the services of 4,015 hospice providers to Medicare subscribers in 2014. The Hospice PUF includes deidentified data on over $15 billion in Medicare payments… Continue Reading