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The Islamic State – Frequently Asked Questions: Threats, Global Implications, and U.S. Policy Responses

CRS – The Islamic State — Frequently Asked Questions: Threats, Global Implications, and U.S. Policy Responses,  John W. Rollins, Specialist in Terrorism and National Security. Heidi M. Peters, Information Research Specialist. November 19, 2015. “When addressing threats emanating from the Islamic State (IS), numerous strategy and operational considerations arise that might be of interest toContinue Reading

Changes in Medicare Spending per Beneficiary by Age: Working Paper 2015-08

Changes in Medicare Spending per Beneficiary by Age: Working Paper 2015-08 – By Xiaotong Niu (CBO), Melinda Buntin (Vanderbilt University), and Joyce Manchester (Vermont Legislative Joint Fiscal Office), November 2015. “The aging of the population exerts upward pressure on federal spending for health care, especially Medicare, as both the number and average age of elderlyContinue Reading

Census Report – Wives’ Earnings Make Gains Relative to Husbands’

“Between 2000 and 2015, the share of married couples where the wife earned at least $30,000 more than the husband increased from 6 to 9 percent, according to statistics released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. Married couples where the husband earned at least $30,000 more than the wife decreased from 38 to 35 percent.Continue Reading

FAA issues report on creating process to register drones

FAA – Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Registration Task Force (RTF), Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) Task Force Recommendations, Final Report, November 21, 2015. “The stated objective of the Task Force was to develop recommendations for the creation of a registration process, which ultimately would contribute to an enforceable rule imposed by the FAA. The FAA statedContinue Reading

Gartner – Turn Voice of the Customer Into Competitive Advantage

IT can lead the charge to give the customer a full voice and the enterprise unprecedented insights into its customers.  November 17, 2015, Contributor: Scott Smith. “Too often, the voice of the customer (VoC) gets lost across multiple data collection points, mired in separate systems, and trapped in departmental silos. IT can lead the chargeContinue Reading

How ocean pollution affects humans [Infographic]

Via DIVE.In – “Every year more than 8 million tonens of plastic is dumped into the ocean, but how does that affect humans and what can we do to stop this behavior?”

Ancient History Encyclopedia

“Ancient History Encyclopedia is the global leader in ancient history content online, boasting the highest number of monthly visitors of any dedicated website…Our team of ten volunteers is passionate about history: We want to inspire our readers with the stories of the past, making history engaging and exciting. Here you’ll find high-quality articles, videos, interactive maps,Continue Reading

Data enriched research, data enhanced impact: The importance of UK data infrastructure

Via London School of Economics: “The UK Data Service is trusted to manage the UK’s largest collection of UK and international social and economic research data, spanning major UK government-sponsored surveys, cross-national surveys, longitudinal studies, UK census data, international aggregate data banks, business microdata and qualitative and mixed methods data. The data in our collectionContinue Reading

IBM Watson Trend – the data science of shopping for the holidays?

“Outthink Holiday Stress.  Watson Trend helps shoppers understand what is trending and why through the cognitive power of Watson. To understand the science, read about Watson Trend – [as follows – weighted toward  purchases for Tech but includes Toys and Health]: Gift-guide experts voice opinions. Watson hears them all at once. Because IBM Watson understandsContinue Reading

Library Linked Data in the Cloud: OCLC’s Experiments with New Models of Resource Description

Carol Jean Godby, Shenghui Wang and Jeffrey K. Mixter – “This book describes OCLC’s efforts to help increase the visibility of library collections on the Web through the creation of library linked data—moving from a web of documents to a web of data. It focuses on the conceptual and technical challenges involved in publishing linked dataContinue Reading

Selected presentations available from Internet Librarian 2015

See which presentations are available for download (most are PDF or PPT).

WSJ shows impact of developed world’s working-age population declining next year, Greg Ip  (includes infographics) – “Ever since the global financial crisis, economists have groped for reasons to explain why growth in the U.S. and abroad has repeatedly disappointed, citing everything from fiscal austerity to the euro meltdown. They are now coming to realize that one of the stiffest headwinds is also one of theContinue Reading