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Daily Archives: December 16, 2015

UK Libraries shaping the future: good practice toolkit

“This toolkit, produced by the Libraries Taskforce is the first step in addressing a need identified by the Independent Library Report for England; “that more information needs to be available about the remarkable and vital value that a good library service can offer modern communities of every size and character”. It sets out how library services can support delivery of a wide range of local and national government priorities. It also describes a range of approaches to delivering cost-effective library services. This toolkit is currently in ‘beta’, that means this is the first version. During this beta phase, we will be continually testing and improving the toolkit. It may not work for everyone in its current state. If you think we’ve missed something out or you know of other case studies we should include please let us know using the feedback button at the bottom of the page (or any of the case study pages). Alternatively please email [email protected].”

GAO Reports – Air Travel and Communicable Diseases

Air Travel and Communicable Diseases: Comprehensive Federal Plan Needed for U.S. Aviation System’s Preparedness, GAO-16-127: Published: Dec 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 2015. Federal Judiciary: Improvements Needed for Collecting Judges’ Non-Case-Related Travel Information, GAO-16-70: Published: Dec 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 2015. Internet Protocol Transition: FCC Should Strengthen Its Data Collection Efforts to… Continue Reading

Verizon – 90% of industries have experienced a protected health info breach

“90% of industries have experienced a PHI breach…Welcome to the first Verizon Protected Health Information Data Breach Report (PHIDBR)…The purpose of this study is to shed light on the problem of medical data loss—how it is disclosed, who is causing it and what can be done to combat it. This is a far-reaching problem that… Continue Reading

Wikipedia Ranking of World Universities

Wikipedia Ranking of World Universities José Lages, Antoine Patt, Dima L. Shepelyansky (Submitted on 29 Nov 2015) “We use the directed networks between articles of 24 Wikipedia language editions for producing the Wikipedia Ranking of World Universities (WRWU) using PageRank, 2DRank and CheiRank algorithms. This approach allows to incorporate various cultural views on world universities… Continue Reading

Article – Political Entrenchment and Public Law

Political Entrenchment and Public Law. Daryl Levinson & Benjamin I. Sachs, 125 Yale Law Journal,  No2, November 2015, 326-559. “Courts and legal scholars have long been concerned with the problem of “entrenchment”—the ways that incumbents insulate themselves and their favored policies from the normal processes of democratic change. But this wide swath of case law… Continue Reading

EU General Data Protection Regulation

REGULATION (EU) No XXX/2016 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (General Data Protection Regulation) – December 2015. 204 pages – PDF – [snipped] “In order to ensure a consistent and high level… Continue Reading

Pew – Views of Government’s Handling of Terrorism Fall to Post-9/11 Low

“Following the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., the public’s concerns about terrorism have surged and positive ratings of the government’s handling of terrorism have plummeted. But other attitudes relating to terrorism and security, as well as perceptions of whether Islam is more likely than other religions to encourage violence, have shown far… Continue Reading

Federal Reserve issues FOMC statement

Decisions Regarding Monetary Policy Implementation – “The Federal Reserve has made the following decisions to implement the monetary policy stance announced by the Federal Open Market Committee in its statement on December 16, 2015: The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System voted unanimously to raise the interest rate paid on required and excess… Continue Reading