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Monthly Archives: May 2017

The Global Law Search Engine

“Global-Regulation Inc. Vision: To make all of the world’s laws accessible to users in a way that’s as easy as a Google search. The Global Law Search Engine – Search 1,610,446 laws from 90 countries, in English. Find, compare and analyse more than 825,000 laws translated into English from 26 languages. If our database was a book it would be approximately 7.67 million pages (2,108,193,898 words).”

OCLC partners with publishers to make content discoverable through libraries

Dublin Ohio, 31 May 2017 – OCLC has signed agreements with distinguished publishers from around the world to add metadata for high quality books, e-books, journals, databases and other materials that will make their content discoverable through WorldCat Discovery. “OCLC continues to partner with international content providers on behalf of our members to ensure discovery… Continue Reading

Google – Searching for art just got better. Where will you start?

Google Blog: “While some are drawn to the strong brushstrokes of Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, others prefer gazing at the gilded glory of Klimt’s The Kiss, but one thing is certain: people love art. In fact, each month, there are more than 500 million art-related searches on Google. Now whether you’re a casual fan… Continue Reading

Paper – How Fast Can America Grow?

Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, How Fast Can America Grow? May 18, 2017: “Official projections show real economic growth will average less than 2 percent annually over the next decade. However, some policymakers have suggested economic growth could be restored to its historic average of above 3 percent per year or even increased to… Continue Reading

Secret Service Laboratory Evidence and Information Management System May 2017

“Secret Service created the Laboratory Evidence and Information Management System (LEIMS) to support agency forensic and laboratory personnel. The LEIMS will generate and manage a variety of operational and sample processing data, while meeting stringent requirements for traceability, chain of custody, evidence handling, and compliance with legal and regulatory statutes. While the primary objectives of… Continue Reading

Annual Internet Trends Presentation from Mary Meeker – 2017

Read the PDF – Internet Trends, Mary Meeker, May 31, 2017 [355 pages] “Here are a few initial takeaways via TechCrunch: Smartphone sales and Internet penetration growth are both slowing It’s not really a “shift to mobile” as much as “the addition of mobile”, since desktop usage hasn’t declined much while mobile usage has skyrocketed… Continue Reading

2016 Tree Report Card for DC

“We’re excited to announce the 2016 Tree Report Card is released! The Tree Report Card is where we analyze the state of D.C.’s urban forest and grade its progress towards our 40 percent tree canopy goal. And boy oh boy has it been a banner year for trees – we are extremely proud to announce… Continue Reading

EFF – Supreme Court Victory for Case in Right to Refill Printer Cartridge

EFF – “The Supreme Court struck a blow today [PDF] for your right to own the things you buy, reversing a lower court decision that had given patent owners the power to sue customers who paid in full for a patented item but then used it in a way the patent owner didn’t care for.… Continue Reading

Guardian – Accused of underpaying women, Google says it’s too expensive to get wage data

Follow up to US Labor Dept targeting Google for systemic gender pay discrepancies via the guardian – “Google argued that it was too financially burdensome and logistically challenging to compile and hand over salary records that the government has requested, sparking a strong rebuke from the US Department of Labor (DoL), which has accused the… Continue Reading

The State of the American Vacation – or the lack thereof

Project Time Off – The State of the American Vacation 2017: “By forfeiting 206 million vacation days, Americans gave up $66.4 billion in 2016 benefits alone…taking time off continues to be a challenge in America’s always-on work culture. American workers hold fast to the belief that the path to career success requires sacrificing vacation and… Continue Reading

Gov’t replacing Social Security numbers on Medicare cards to protect against identity theft

“What’s the Social Security Number Removal Initiative (SSNRI)? The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015, requires us to remove Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards by April 2019. A new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) will replace the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on the new Medicare cards for Medicare transactions… Continue Reading

How a Melting Arctic Changes Everything Part I: The Bare Arctic

Joshua New/Center for Data Innovation: “Bloomberg has created a series of data visualizations and maps illustrating the accelerating rate of ice melt in the Arctic as part of a series of articles examining the political implications of this change. The visualizations show that from 1985 to 2016, the amount of Arctic sea ice that was… Continue Reading