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Americans conflicted about sharing personal information with companies

Pew Fact Tank – “A significant minority of American adults have felt confused, discouraged or impatient when trying to make decisions about sharing their personal information with companies. When asked if they felt confident they understood what would be done with their personal information as they were deciding whether or not to share it, 50%Continue Reading

Report – Violations of Health Privacy Law Common Widespread and Unchecked

Research and reporting by ProPublica and NPR: “CVS is among hundreds of health providers nationwide that repeatedly violated the federal patient privacy law known as HIPAA between 2011 and 2014, a ProPublica analysis of federal data shows. Other well-known repeat offenders include the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Walgreens, Kaiser Permanente and Walmart. And yet,Continue Reading

NOAA Climate Data Online Search

“The demand for high-value environmental data and information has dramatically increased in recent years. To improve our ability to meet that demand, NOAA’s former three data centers—the National Climatic Data Center, the National Geophysical Data Center, and the National Oceanographic Data Center, which includes the National Coastal Data Development Center—have merged into the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI).Continue Reading

Two Drafts Published by the Data on the Web Best Practices WG

Via W3C – “The Data on the Web Best Practices Working Group has published two Working Drafts: Data on the Web Best Practices: Data Quality Vocabulary: This document provides a framework in which the quality of a dataset can be described, whether by the dataset publisher or by a broader community of users. It doesContinue Reading

Google provides digital walk through of British Museum exhibits

National Geographic – A New Site Lets You Walk the British Museum From Your Couch – The world’s oldest national public museum is now the world’s largest indoor Google Street View. “The British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history and culture. Over 6 million visitors every year experience the collection,Continue Reading

Comparing source coverage, citation counts and speed of indexing in Google Scholar and Scopus

Comparing source coverage, citation counts and speed of indexing in Google Scholar and Scopus, Henk F. Moed, Judit Bar-Ilan, Gali Halevi (Submitted on 17 Dec 2015) arXiv:1512.05741 [cs.DL] “An analysis of 1,200 target articles in 12 journals in 6 subject fields and of 7,000 citations to 36 top cited articles found in virology and chemistryContinue Reading

PubMed – New Filters for Creative Commons Articles

News release: “Creative Commons (CC) licenses are types of copyright licenses that allow free distribution of a work. PubMed Central (PMC), the NLM archive of full text journal articles, includes articles that have a Creative Commons license or are in the public domain. The latter covers those articles authored by staff of U.S. government agencies.Continue Reading

Apps Permissions in the 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. “Today, 68% of Americans own a smartphone of some kind and an increasing number of digital interactions occur within the context of mobileContinue Reading

New Material on FRASER

“Robert Hetzel Oral History collection – Robert Hetzel, economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, conducted interviews with economic and monetary policymakers from 1994 to 2003.  These interviews provide insight into the personalities and motivations of policymakers. Both audio and transcripts are available. Educational lessons using primary source material in FRASER.  Our economic educationContinue Reading

JSTOR Sustainability Beta

“JSTOR Sustainability is a digital library of academic research covering issues of environmental stress and its challenges for human society…We are currently testing the JSTOR Sustainability beta site with researchers and instructors in advance of launching it next year. We invite you to learn more about JSTOR Sustainability and participate in our beta testing toContinue Reading

NLM Releases New Health Literacy Tool Shed Website

“The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), in collaboration with Boston University School of Medicine is pleased to announce the launch of the Health Literacy Tool Shed: The Health Literacy Tool Shed is a free, user-friendly, unique, curated online database of more than 100 empirically validated health literacy instruments. The Tool Shed serves asContinue Reading

Search Engine Backed by Internet-Wide Scanning

“Censys is a search engine that enables researchers to ask questions about the hosts and networks that compose the Internet. Censys collects data on hosts and websites through daily ZMap and ZGrab scans of the IPv4 address space, in turn maintaining a database of how hosts and websites are configured. Researchers can interact with thisContinue Reading