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Monthly Archives: April 2018

New on LLRX – An Exploration of WikiLeaks: What has Taken Me So Long!

Via LLRX.comAn Exploration of WikiLeaks: What has Taken Me So Long! Sarah Gotschall explored WikiLeaks for a few hours and identified effective ways to search the site that include an efficient advanced search engine and search operators to target your research even further. She includes example of her searches and the results.

200,000 Volunteers Have Become the Fact Checkers of the Internet

NexrGov: The creation process of Wikipedia is largely transparent – “Founded in 2001, Wikipedia is on the verge of adulthood. It’s the world’s fifth-most popular website, with 46 million articles in 300 languages, while having less than 300 full-time employees. What makes it successful is the 200,000 volunteers who create it, said Katherine Maher, the… Continue Reading

New URL for Government Information Online (GIO) Service

Gwen Sinclair / GOVDOC-L: “I am pleased to announce that the Government Information Online virtual reference service has been relocated to a new site using GODORT’sLibAnswers and LibGuides subscription: https://godort.libguides.com/GIO. If you have linked to the previous site, http://govtinfo.org/, please update your link. A redirect will be placed on http://govtinfo.org/ to send traffic to https://godort.libguides.com/GIO… Continue Reading

Harvard’s Ash Center Launches New Repository of Government Data Visualizations and Maps

News release: “Data-Smart City Solutions, a program of Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, today launched a searchable public database comprising cutting-edge examples of public sector data use. The “Solutions Search” indexes interactive maps and visualizations, spanning civic issue areas such as transportation, public health, and housing, that are helping data… Continue Reading

25 Years Ago the Web Became Public Domain

Popular Mechanics: “Twenty-five years ago today, the World Wide Web announced that it was for everybody. On April 30, 1993, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) put the web into the public domain a decision that has fundamentally altered the past quarter-century. While the proto-internet dates back to the 1960s, the World Wide Web… Continue Reading

In Codice Ratio – research project delves into handwritten texts of Vatican Secret Archives

“In Codice Ratio is a research project that aims at developing novel methods and tools to support content analysis and knowledge discovery from large collections of historical documents. The goal is to provide humanities scholars with novel tools to conduct data-driven studies over large historical sources. The project concentrates on the collections of the Vatican… Continue Reading

Twitter Sold Data Access to Cambridge Analytica–Linked Researcher

Bloomberg: “Twitter Inc. sold data access to the Cambridge University academic who also obtained millions of Facebook Inc. users’ information that was later passed to a political consulting firm without the users’ consent. Aleksandr Kogan, who created a personality quiz on Facebook to harvest information later used by Cambridge Analytica, established his own commercial enterprise,… Continue Reading

Declining Majority of Online Adults Say the Internet Has Been Good for Society

Pew Report – At the same time, the contours of connectivity are shifting: One-in-five Americans are now ‘smartphone only’ internet users at home: “Americans tend to view the impact of the internet and other digital technologies on their own lives in largely positive ways, Pew Research Center surveys have shown over the years. A survey… Continue Reading

declutter – Sell CDs, DVDs, Games and Books

“Decluttr is the easy way to sell CDs, DVDs, Games, Blu-Rays and Books. Just enter the barcodes on your items (or scan them using our FREE app) for an instant value, pack them into a box, and ship them for FREE. Millions of CDs, DVDs, Games, Blu-Rays and Books are sold in America each year.… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Detainers, Detention and Deportation: From Presence to Personhood

Via LLRX.com – Detainers, Detention and Deportation: From Presence to Personhood – Ken Strutin’s latest guide on criminal law is an expansive, extensively documented, expert work that provides researchers, scholars, lawyers, judges, advocates for criminal justice, librarians, students, and Americans, a timely and essential guide to seminal issues that are currently the subject of widespread… Continue Reading

DOJ Deleted Language About Press Freedom And Racial Gerrymandering From Its Internal Manual

BuzzFeed: “Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein ordered a review of the US Attorneys’ Manual, which features high-level policy statements as well as practical guidance to prosecutors on how to do their jobs. Since the fall, the US Department of Justice has been overhauling its manual for federal prosecutors. In: Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ tough-on-crime policies.… Continue Reading

Americans and the Holocaust – through the news Americans did know of threat to Europe’s Jews

The United States Holocaust Museum – Americans and the Holocaust [this presentation includes text, video/audio and photographs] – “Holocaust history raises important questions about what Europeans could have done to stop the rise of Nazism in Germany and its assault on Europe’s Jews. Questions also must be asked of the international community, including the United… Continue Reading