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Daily Archives: May 18, 2017

A brief visual history of MARC cataloging at the Library of Congress.

Ben Schmidt – Digital Humanities Now. May 18, 2017 – Infographic – A brief visual history of MARC cataloging at the Library of Congress. “The Library of Congress has released MARC records that I’ll be doing more with over the next several months to understand the books and their classifications. As a first stab, though, I wanted to simply look at the history of how the Library created digital card catalogs to begin with.”

The end of the Arctic as we know it?

“A new report released at the International Conference on Arctic Science in the United States this week shows that profound changes are under way in the Arctic. Driven by increasing levels of atmospheric greenhouse gases and a warming Arctic Ocean, these changes are so dramatic, and so rapid, that they are creating a new Arctic… Continue Reading

Wall St 24/7 – The Value of a Dollar in Each State

“The value of a dollar is not the same everywhere. Prices even of identical items vary dramatically depending on where they are sold. The Bureau of Economic Analysis calculates regional price parities — differences in the price levels of goods and services — in each state. Using this data from the BEA, 24/7 Wall St.… Continue Reading

GPO Prepared Statement before the Committee on House Administration, U.S. House of Representatives

DAVITA VANCE-COOKS, Director, U. S. Government Publishing Office. Prepared Statement before the Committee on House Administration, U.S. House of Representatives On Transforming GPO for the 21st Century and Beyond,Wednesday, May 17, 2017 1310 Longworth House Office Building, 11 A.M. “To meet the needs of the 21st century and beyond, the GPO has been successfully transforming… Continue Reading

Atlas of the Human Planet 2017 Global Exposure to Natural Hazards

European Commission (Free PDF) – “The Atlas of the Human Planet 2017. Global Exposure to Natural Hazards summarizes the global multi-temporal analysis of exposure to six major natural hazards: earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, floods, tropical cyclone winds, and sea level surge. The exposure focuses on human settlements assessed through two variables: the global built-up and the… Continue Reading

Another commentary on Google Books

How Google Book Search Got Lost – Google Books was the company’s first moonshot. But 15 years later, the project is stuck in low-Earth orbit. Scott Rosenberg, April 11, 2017. “…Two things happened to Google Books on the way from moonshot vision to mundane reality. Soon after launch, it quickly fell from the idealistic ether into… Continue Reading

Presidential Authority to Permit Access to National Security Information

SECRECY NEWS From the FAS Project on Government Secrecy: Presidential Authority to Permit Access to National Security Information, CRS Legal Sidebar, May 17, 2017. “Don’t Be So Quick to Call Those Disclosures ‘Legal‘ by Elizabeth Goitein, Just Security, May 17, 2017 “Why Trump’s Disclosure to Russia (and Urging Comey to Drop the Flynn Investigation, and… Continue Reading

Court of Appeals opinion – Google is not a generic name

Elliott v. Google, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, No. 15-15809 D.C. No. 2:12-cv-01072-SMM – OPINION, May 16, 2017. “The panel affirmed the district court’s summary judgment in favor of Google, Inc., in an action under the Lanham Act, seeking cancellation of the GOOGLE trademark on the ground that it is generic.… Continue Reading