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Daily Archives: December 29, 2015

Two Drafts Published by the Data on the Web Best Practices WG

Via W3C – “The Data on the Web Best Practices Working Group has published two Working Drafts:

  • Data on the Web Best Practices: Data Quality Vocabulary: This document provides a framework in which the quality of a dataset can be described, whether by the dataset publisher or by a broader community of users. It does not provide a formal, complete definition of quality, rather, it sets out a consistent means by which information can be provided such that a potential user of a dataset can make his/her own judgment about its fitness for purpose.
  • Data on the Web Best Practices: This document provides best practices related to the publication and usage of data on the Web designed to help support a self-sustaining ecosystem. Data should be discoverable and understandable by humans and machines. Where data is used in some way, whether by the originator of the data or by an external party, such usage should also be discoverable and the efforts of the data publisher recognized. In short, following these best practices will facilitate interaction between publishers and consumers.”

Google provides digital walk through of British Museum exhibits

National Geographic – A New Site Lets You Walk the British Museum From Your Couch – The world’s oldest national public museum is now the world’s largest indoor Google Street View. “The British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history and culture. Over 6 million visitors every year experience the collection,… Continue Reading

Correctional Populations in the United States, 2014

Lauren Glaze, Danielle Kaeble, Todd Minton, Anastasios Tsoutis, BJS Statisticians. December 29, 2015. NCJ 249513. “Presents statistics on persons supervised by adult correctional systems in the United States at yearend 2014, including offenders supervised in the community on probation or parole and those incarcerated in state or federal prison or local jail. The report describes… Continue Reading

Maryland State Parks need old Christmas trees for bird habitat enrichment

“Want to recycle your Christmas tree? The Maryland Park Service will take Christmas trees to provide enrichment and habitat for birds! Please drop off your Christmas tree at your local aviary! Please remove all decorations. Birds that benefit are bald eagles; kestrels, barred and barn owls and even screech owls. Click on the links below… Continue Reading

Google hardware and software monitoring millions of students in classrooms

Washington Post: “In public classrooms across the country, the corporate name that is fast becoming as common as pencils and erasers is Google. More than half of K-12 laptops or tablets purchased by U.S. schools in the third quarter were Chromebooks, cheap laptops that run Google software. Beyond its famed Web search, the company freely… Continue Reading