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Daily Archives: June 18, 2017

Historical Marker Database

“This website, The Historical Marker Database, is an illustrated searchable online catalog of historical information viewed through the filter of roadside and other permanent outdoor markers, monuments, and plaques. It contains photographs, inscription transcriptions, marker locations, maps, additional information and commentary, and links to more information. Anyone can add new markers to the database and update existing marker pages with new photographs, links, information and commentary.”

Google has thousands of bird sounds visualized using AI

“Google has had thousands of bird sounds visualized using AI. Background. “Bird sounds vary widely. This experiment uses machine learning to organize thousands of bird sounds. The computer wasn’t given tags or the birds’ names – only the audio. Using a technique called t-SNE, the computer created this map, where similar sounds are placed closer… Continue Reading

Special Prosecutor Mueller continues to build subject matter expert legal team

AXIOS via AP – “Meet Bob Mueller’s team tackling the Russia probe – Special Counsel Robert Mueller is leading the Russia investigation and, most recently, the investigation into whether President Trump obstructed justice. Suffice to say, he’s taking the matter seriously, as evidenced by the team of lawyers he has quietly hired over the past… Continue Reading

Innovations in legal technology leverage search and discovery

Upsetting The Applecart Of Legal Research – Are we entering a golden age of legal research innovation? By Robert Ambrogi If you had to pick the most staid area of legal technology, you might choose legal research. After all, Westlaw and LexisNexis pretty much set the standard for online legal research long ago, and many… Continue Reading

Your weather app began in 1950s at Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland

Women scientists were key members of groundbreaking team using ENIAC computer developed during WWII. Via Smithsonian – “A weather app is a nifty tool that predicts your meteorological future, calculated with the strength of radar, algorithms and satellites around the world. Today, computerized weather prediction—like moving pictures or flying by plane—is so commonplace that smartphone-users… Continue Reading

Books Analyzes How America’s Top 20 Percent Perpetuates Inequality

Boston Review – This essay is excerpted with permission from Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do About It by Richard Reeves, Brookings Institution Press, 2017. “In January 2015, Barack Obama suffered an acute political embarrassment. A proposal from the… Continue Reading

Five Thirty Eight project visualizes 35 years of American deaths from various causes

Search data on 35 Years Of American Death Mortality rates for leading causes of death in every U.S. county from 1980 to 2014. “Researchers have long argued that where we live can help predict how we die. But how much our location affects our health is harder to say, because death certificates, the primary source… Continue Reading

President Donald Trump’s financial disclosure

Politico: “The U.S. Office of Government Ethics on [June 16, 2017] released President Donald Trump’s financial disclosure, a 98-page document that details his sprawling hotel and real estate empire. The White House said last month that Trump would voluntarily release his financial disclosure from the 2016 calendar year. The document shows Trump’s assets, debts and… Continue Reading

LIBER and OCLC Research Launch Collaborative Information Management Study

“LIBER, the Association of European Research Libraries, and OCLC Research are launching a collaborative project to explore the adoption and integration of persistent identifiers (PIDs) in European research information management (RIM) infrastructures. The project will complement and extend previous research institution-scale implementations of RIM in European institutions. It will provide university and research library leaders with useful… Continue Reading