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Daily Archives: September 19, 2017

Purdue makes disaster recovery management book freely available

“Hurricanes Harvey and Irma wreaked havoc in recent weeks, and Purdue University Press is making its book, “Disaster Recovery Project Management: Bringing Order from Chaos,” freely available as a resource for those involved in recovery efforts. Randy Rapp, the book’s author and a Purdue associate professor of building construction management, says he hopes his expertise can aid in rebuilding efforts….The title will be free in all digital editions and reduced to $20 in all print formats through Nov. 30. This pricing will be available directly from the Press website as well as all online vendors, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The Press will extend the offer, as needed, and offer special pricing on bulk orders and bundles. Additionally, Purdue Press will offer special pricing on other related resources.

The Press will offer special pricing on bulk orders and bundles of the following construction management titles:

–       Disaster Recovery Project Management: Bringing Order from Chaos

–       Demolition: Practices, Technology, and Management

–       Construction Site Planning and Logistical Operations: Site-Focused Management for Builders

Relief workers, contractors, and municipalities can contact the Press’ fulfilment center, Bookmasters, by phone at 1-800-537-6727 or email [email protected] to access discounts on bulk orders, bundles, and shipping.”

A visual introduction to machine learning

R2D3 is an experiment in expressing statistical thinking with interactive design: “In machine learning, computers apply statistical learning techniques to automatically identify patterns in data. These techniques can be used to make highly accurate predictions….Using a data set about homes, we will create a machine learning model to distinguish homes in New York from homes… Continue Reading A comprehensive archive of data visualisations

Via DataDrivenJournlsim: “DataVizProject is a project by ferdio – a Copenhagen based infographic agency transforming data and information into captivating visuals.” “We know. There’s already a lot of tools, libraries, books and posters out there about data visualisations. We really like them and we have no intention to compete with those. Most of them have… Continue Reading

CBO’s Projections of Federal Receipts and Expenditures in the National Income and Product Accounts

“The fiscal transactions of the federal government are recorded in two major sets of accounts that are conceptually quite different. One set is The Budget of the United States Government, prepared by the Office of Management and Budget. The budget is the framework generally used by executive branch agencies and the Congress and is the… Continue Reading

CBO – An Analysis of Corporate Inversions

An Analysis of Corporate Inversions, CBO, September 18, 2017 “U.S. multinational corporations—businesses incorporated and operating in the United States that also maintain operations in other countries—can use a variety of strategies to change how and where their income is taxed. One such strategy is a corporate inversion, which can result in a significant reduction in worldwide… Continue Reading

Twitter releases new transparency report

“With our 11th biannual Twitter Transparency Report, Twitter has expanded on work announced in our last #TTR to share more information about government Terms of Service requests we receive and how we handle such requests. In March of 2017, we introduced a new section covering government TOS reports, but it was limited to government requests… Continue Reading

CRS – Domestic Terrorism: An Overview

Domestic Terrorism: An Overview, Jerome P. Bjelopera, Specialist in Organized Crime and Terrorism. August 21, 2017. “The emphasis of counterterrorism policy in the United States since Al Qaeda’s attacks of September 11, 2001 (9/11) has been on jihadist terrorism. However, in the last decade, domestic terrorists—people who commit crimes within the homeland and draw inspiration… Continue Reading

Wharton – After Equifax, Can Our Data Ever Be Safe?

Follow up to previous posting – Equifax is one of many companies that collect information about you – via [email protected] – “In the annals of data breaches, the Equifax hacking stands alone due to its sheer scale: Digital thieves traipsed through the personal information of 143 million Americans for several months to do with it… Continue Reading

40 year study of teen behavior indicates decline in adult activities

The Washington Post – [A new study – The Decline in Adult Activities Among U.S. Adolescents, 1976–2016] published Tuesday [September 19, 2017] in the journal Child Development, found that the percentage of adolescents in the U.S. who have a driver’s license, who have tried alcohol, who date, and who work for pay has plummeted since… Continue Reading

Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in ARL

Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity: Members of the Association of Research Libraries – Employee Demographics and Director Perspectives. Roger C. Schonfeld, Liam Sweeney. DOI: “The library community considers diversity to be a core value. But, the academic library sector has struggled with addressing equity, diversity, and inclusion. One key shortcoming has been in its efforts to ensure… Continue Reading