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Daily Archives: October 30, 2015

Enriching Europeana: new EuropeanaTech Task Force report

Antoine Isaac, Juliane Stiller – EuropeanaPro“Today we’re pleased to publish the report from the EuropeanaTech Task Force on Evaluation and Enrichment. Semantic metadata enrichments can be hugely beneficial for searching Europeana in different languages and adding context to resources accessible via Europeana. Add enrichments that are incorrect or ambiguous, however, and the benefits can be reversed, spreading errors across multiple languages and harming the retrieval performance. A report from a previous EuropeanaTech Task Force on Multilingual Enrichment in 2014 has already explored some of these problems…First, we drew a broad picture of automatic and manual semantic enrichment of metadata in Europeana. We refined what we mean by semantic enrichment, taking the different notions around it into account. We created an overview of the enrichment tools and services developed in the Europeana Network over recent years, reflecting the diversity of different processes which have been investigated and used. From here, we began to think more about how to select suitable datasets for enrichment. You can find our resulting selection criteria for target datasets and examples of their application in a separate companion document to the main report, making them easy for others to refer to in the future…”

A Survey of House and Senate Committee Rules on Subpoenas

CRS Report – A Survey of House and Senate Committee Rules on Subpoenas. Michael L. Koempel, Senior Specialist in American National Government, October 26, 2015. “House Rule XI, clause 2(m)(1) and (3) authorizes House committees and subcommittees to issue subpoenas for the attendance of witnesses and the production of documents. Senate Rule XXVI, paragraph 1… Continue Reading

Army Techniques Publication – Protection of Civilians

Protection of Civilians, Headquarters, Department of the Army, ATP 3-07.6 October 2015. “ATP 3-07.6 contains five chapters: Chapter 1 provides an overview of the protection of civilians, discusses its legal underpinnings, and addresses considerations including civilian risks. It discusses civilian protection during military operations and introduces the protection of civilians framework used in the document,… Continue Reading

Vehicle standards around the world aim to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions

“Nine countries and regions, which together account for 75% of global fuel consumption by light-duty vehicles, have adopted mandatory or voluntary standards for increasing fuel economy and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The intent and structure of these emissions policies vary widely around the world. Because fuel economy and GHG emissions policies have large effects… Continue Reading

IMF Policy Paper: Safeguards Assessments – Review of Experience

Safeguards Assessments – Review of Experience, September 23, 2015: “This paper reviews experience with the safeguards assessment policy since the last review in 2010. The policy is subject to periodic reviews by the Executive Board. The policy’s main objective is to mitigate risks of misuse of Fund resources and misreporting of monetary data under Fund… Continue Reading

Completion of 2012 Economic Census Subject Series: Construction

“The 2012 Economic Census construction release concludes with 10 summary series reports, which are part of the general summary. The general summary provides detailed statistics by sectors, subsectors, industries, the nation, regions and states including employment size and legal form of organization. The general summary also provides selected statistics for establishments by value of business… Continue Reading

GAO – Trends in U.S. and Chinese Economic Engagement in Indonesia and Vietnam

Southeast Asia: Trends in U.S. and Chinese Economic Engagement in Indonesia and Vietnam, GAO-16-186: Published: Oct 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 29, 2015. “Indonesia. In 2014, China’s imports from, and exports to, Indonesia exceeded the United States’ (see figure). The United States and China compete more often with other countries than with each other in… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Nuclear Nonproliferation, Disability Insurance, Medical Devices, Southeast Asia, Space Acquisitions

Nuclear Nonproliferation: NNSA’s Threat Assessment Process Could Be Improved, GAO-16-118: Published: Oct 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2015. 2013 Sequestration and Shutdown: Selected Agencies Generally Managed Unobligated Balances in Reviewed Accounts, but Balances Exceeded Target Levels in Two Accounts, GAO-16-26: Published: Oct 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2015. VA Health Care: Oversight Improvements… Continue Reading