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Daily Archives: December 8, 2015

State of the Commons Report Highlights Milestone of Over 1 Billion Creative Commons Works Shared Online

Ryan Merkley, December 8, 2015 – Annual State of the Commons Report highlights global cultural and policy impact of free and open content – “Creative Commons, the global nonprofit that makes it easier for creators to share their work under simple copyright terms, announced a major milestone in the release of its 2015 State of the Commons Report today: over 1 billion works have been licensed using Creative Commons since the organization was founded. This milestone was announced along with other significant data points in its State of the Commons report, which covers the growth of CC content on platforms, the globalization of CC tools, and cultural trends in the digitization of creative works. The State of the Commons report can be viewed at”

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 to… Continue Reading

Congressional Pictorial Directory 2015

“This handy guide provides a color photograph of each Member of the House of Representatives and the Senate of the 114th Congress and details each Member’s length of service, political party affiliation, and congressional district. The Pictorial Directory also contains pictures of the President, Vice President, and House and Senate officers and officials.” Continue Reading

Why States Save Using Evidence to Inform How Large Rainy Day Funds Should Grow

“To help leaders craft effective policies for their states’ rainy day funds, The Pew Charitable Trusts examined the statutory or constitutional language governing these funds and the trends in their balances. The research found that: Out of the 46 states with rainy day funds, more than half—27—do not clearly express in state law what they… Continue Reading

A New Approach to Procuring Government Technology in California

A New Approach to Procuring Government Technology in California. November 30, 2015 by Dan Hon – “I’ve spent the last few weeks working closely with an amazing team in Sacramento across numerous state government offices to do something new. What was going to be a business-as-usual procurement (a long, thousand-plus page contract for a complete solution,… Continue Reading

NPR’s Book Concierge – Guide To 2015’s Great Reads

NPR’s Book Concierge Our Guide To 2015’s Great Reads. “This year’s edition of the Concierge is dedicated to the memory of longtime NPR book critic Alan Cheuse. Produced by Nicole Cohen, Rose Friedman, Petra Mayer and Beth Novey Designed by Annette Elizabeth Allen, David Eads, Becky Lettenberger and Wes Lindamood – Published Dec. 8, 2015″ Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Aviation Finance, Climate Information, Medicaid Financing

Aviation Finance: Observations on the Effects of Budget Uncertainty on FAA, GAO-16-198R: Published: Nov 19, 2015. Publicly Released: Dec 8, 2015. Climate Information: A National System Could Help Federal, State, Local, and Private Sector Decision Makers Use Climate Information, GAO-16-37: Published: Nov 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Dec 8, 2015. Medicaid Financing: Questionnaire Data on States’… Continue Reading