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Daily Archives: October 9, 2017

NISO Publishes Standards Tag Suite (NISO STS) Standard

NISO news release: “The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the publication of a new American National Standard, STS: Standards Tag Suite, ANSI/NISO Z39.102-2017 <http://www.niso.org/standards/z39.102-2017>. The purpose of this “standard for standards,” which will be known as NISO STS, is to define a suite of XML elements and attributes that describes the full-text content and metadata of standards. NISO STS provides a common format that preserves intellectual content of standards independent of the form in which that content was originally delivered. This standard includes two implementations: the Interchange Tag Set and the Extended Tag Set. These tag sets, built from the elements and attributes defined in the Suite, provide models for standards publishing and interoperability. NISO STS builds upon the existing, widely used standard for journal publishers, ANSI/NISO Z39.96-2015, JATS: Journal Article Tag Suite <http://www.niso.org/workrooms/journalmarkup>, and a variant of JATS, ISOSTS, the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) version of STS <http://www.iso.org/schema/isosts/> created in 2011. NISO STS has benefited from this robust foundation and broad industry expertise…”

Visualizing the Threat of North Korean Missiles

Center for Data Innovation – Visualizing the Threat of North Korean Missiles – “Data scientist Akihiko Kusanagi has developed an interactive data visualization illustrating all of the missile test flights carried out by North Korea from 1984 to 2017. The visualization uses data from the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies’ North Korea Missile Test… Continue Reading

what3words – free online map service uses unique 3 word address

“Addressing the world – what3words is a really simple way to talk about location. We have divided the world into a grid of 3m x 3m squares and assigned each one a unique 3 word address. It means anyone can accurately find any location and share it more quickly, easily and with less ambiguity than… Continue Reading

Social Explorer Report – Puerto Ricans in the United States

“Building on Social Explorer’s examination of Puerto Rico demographics, we turn to Puerto Ricans living in the 50 states. In the aftermath of the hurricane’s destruction, many are predicting that more Puerto Ricans will leave the island and resettle in the US, probably near friends and relatives already living there. This large migration, potentially bigger than any other in… Continue Reading

Country Commercial Guides

“Market conditions, opportunities, regulations, and business customs for over 125 countries prepared by trade and industry experts at U.S. embassies worldwide….Prepared by our U.S. Embassies abroad. With its network of 108 offices across the United States and in more than 75 countries, the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce utilizes its global… Continue Reading

The Facts on Number of Federal Employees

POGO – Contractors and the True Size of Government, October 5, 2017 “Four out of every ten people who work for the U.S. government are private contractors. That’s according to a new report by New York University professor Paul Light. Light estimates the true size of the federal government (as of 2015) is 9.1 million government employees,… Continue Reading

Mass Shootings in the US, Gun Reform Law, Gun Control Facts

1. The Washington Post: The Math of Mass Shootings. 2. The Guardian: 1,516 mass shootings in 1,735 days: America’s gun crisis-in one chart. 3. USA Today: A Timeline of U.S. Mass Killings. 4. Shootingtracker – An ongoing online project chronicling every mass shooting on U.S. soil. 5. Mother Jones Investigation: U.S. Mass Shootings from 1982-2017. 6. Vox: Gun… Continue Reading

26 Facts about Libraries

Via John Green – MentalFloss – “A weekly show where knowledge junkies get their fix of trivia-tastic information. This week (episode 158), John tells you about one of his favorite things, libraries (on YouTube). Lots of interesting historical facts as well as current information on how libraries are engaging with and leveraging technology to provide… Continue Reading

CRS – Ethics Pledges and Other Executive Branch Appointee Restrictions Since 1993

CRS report via FAS – Ethics Pledges and Other Executive Branch Appointee Restrictions Since 1993: Historical Perspective, Current Practices, and Options for Change, Jacob R. Straus, Specialist on the Congress. September 29, 2017. “On January 28, 2017, President Donald Trump issued Executive Order (E.O.)13770 on ethics and lobbying. E.O. 13770 created an ethics pledge for… Continue Reading

CRS – Abortion: Judicial History and Legislative Response

CRS report via FAS – Abortion: Judicial History and Legislative Response, Jon O. Shimabukuro, Legislative Attorney. September 29, 2017. “In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded in Roe v. Wade that the U.S. Constitution protects a woman’s decision to terminate her pregnancy. In Doe v. Bolton, a companion decision, the Court found that a state… Continue Reading

NYT – How Computers Turned Gerrymandering Into a Science

New York Times Sunday Review – “About as many Democrats live in Wisconsin as Republicans do. But you wouldn’t know it from the Wisconsin State Assembly, where Republicans hold 65 percent of the seats, a bigger majority than Republican legislators enjoy in conservative states like Texas and Kentucky. The United States Supreme Court is trying… Continue Reading

Publishers seek removal of millions of papers from ResearchGate

Academic social network accused of infringing copyright on a massive scale: “Leading publishers are stepping up their fight against ResearchGate by ordering the academic social network to take down papers that they say infringe copyright. The move could see millions of articles removed from the site, as the publishers say up to 40 per cent… Continue Reading