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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Euro area unemployment rate at 12.2%

News release: “The euro area (EA17) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 12.2% in April 2013, up from 12.1% in March 4.  The EU27 unemployment rate was 11.0%, unchanged compared with the previous month. In both zones,rates have risen markedly compared with April 2012, when they were 11.2% and 10.3% respectively. These figures are published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. Eurostat estimates that 26.588 million men and women in the EU27, of whom 19.375 million were in the euro area, were unemployed in April 2013. Compared with March 2013, the number of persons unemployed increased by 104 000 in the EU27 and by 95 000 in the euro area. Compared with April 2012, unemployment rose by 1.673 million in the EU27 and by 1.644 million in the euro area.”

OCLC – Transformation of the Academic Library Presentation

“Kurt De Belder, University Librarian at Leiden University, and Director of University of Leiden Libraries and of Leiden University Press, spoke at OCLC headquarters in Dublin, Ohio on 10 May 2013 as part of the OCLC Research Distinguished Seminar Series. In this presentation, Kurt discusses the fundamental transformation of the academic (research/university) library and explores the… Continue Reading

FCW Reports on Bid Protest Over Amazon Cloud Contract for CIA

Frank Konkel: “The 10-year, $600 million cloud computing contract between Amazon Web Services and the Central Intelligence Agency first reported by FCW is under protest by one of the contract’s initial bidders…Amazon and the CIA both declined to comment on the protests — just as neither would officially confirm the contract itself in March when… Continue Reading

FTC Submits Comment on “Certified Sustainable Seafood” Label

News release: “The Federal Trade Commission, in response to a request for public comment from the Marine Stewardship Council, submitted a comment explaining factors the MSC should consider to ensure that its “Certified Sustainable Seafood” label complies with the FTC Act and the agency’s Environmental Marketing Guides, known as the “Green Guides.” As stated in… Continue Reading

New GAO Reports – Bureau of Prisons, Defense Infrastructure, Medicare Imaging Accreditation, VA Health Care

Bureau of Prisons, Improvements Needed in Bureau of Prisons’ Monitoring and Evaluation of Impact of Segregated Housing, GAO-13-429, May 1, 2013 Defense Infrastructure, DOD Should Improve Reporting and Communication on Its Corrosion Prevention and Control Activities, GAO-13-270, May 31, 2013 Medicare Imaging Accreditation, Establishing Minimum National Standards and an Oversight Framework Would Help Ensure Quality and… Continue Reading

Census – More Than 380,000 Nonemployer Businesses Added to the U.S. Economy

News release:  “The number of businesses without paid employees in the U.S. rose 1.7 percent to 22.5 million in 2011, according to a new report released today from the U.S. Census Bureau. This marked the second straight increase in nonemployer businesses, with all but two states (Louisiana and New Hampshire) posting gains from 2010 to… Continue Reading

Commuter-Adjusted Population Estimates: American Community Survey 2006-2010

Census: “Knowing how a community’s population changes during the day is crucial to emergency preparedness officials and other local planners. This report and series of tables show the population totals for places, minor civil divisions, counties and states, accounting for the flow of commuters on a typical workday. In addition, graphs are available that show… Continue Reading

A Global Guide to Investigative Journalism Organizations

The Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN): “Need to contact an investigative journalist abroad? Seeking a reporter in a remote part of the world? Here are nonprofit organizations worldwide that work in support of investigative journalism, listed by region. It’s a diverse group that includes nonprofit newsrooms, online publishers, professional associations, NGOs, training institutes, and academic centers in nearly… Continue Reading

IP Commission Report on Theft of American Intellectual Property

The independent Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property released a new report on May 22, 2013 – “Key Findings: The annual losses are likely to be comparable to the current annual level of U.S. exports to Asia—over $300 billion. The exact figure is unknowable, but private and governmental studies tend to understate the… Continue Reading