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Daily Archives: August 16, 2018

Preserving Presidential History

Podcast – “The National Archives has been collecting records of the United States since 1934. It holds billions of documents, photographs, and objects that tell the story of our country and our Presidents. White House Historical Association President Stewart McLaurin talks to David Ferriero, the Archivist of the United States, about the importance of record-keeping, and how presidential libraries tell the story of a president’s time in the White House.”

3 Practical Tools To Help Regulators Develop Better Laws And Policies

Berkman Klein Center, Harvard University. 3 Practical Tools To Help Regulators Develop Better Laws And Policies a Policy Paper on Autonomous Vehicles, July 2018. “Regulators and policymakers are driving efforts to deliver the benefits of automated vehicles (AVs) to the public as soon as possible, while minimizing their potential challenges. However, there are still many… Continue Reading

14% of Americans have changed their mind about an issue because of something they saw on social media

“For most Americans, exposure to different content and ideas on social media has not caused them to change their opinions. But a small share of the public – 14% – say they have changed their views about a political or social issue in the past year because of something they saw on social media, according… Continue Reading

How the Holocaust-Swiss banks deal was brokered

Swissinfo: “It has been 20 years since Swiss banks agreed to compensate Holocaust victims for assets lost during the Second World War. A documentary takes a look at the dormant Swiss bank account scandal.  The conflict over Jewish assets in Swiss bank accounts culminated in the 1990s in what would become Switzerland’s largest foreign policy… Continue Reading

Paper and interview – Short-Run Pain, Long-Run Gain? Recessions and Technological Transformation

[email protected] – interview transcript and podcast: “During the financial crisis of 2008, employment fell dramatically, as was expected. But in the economic recovery that followed, only certain jobs bounced back. A research paper by Wharton finance professor Nikolai Roussanov looks at this phenomenon and correlates it with technological adoption by companies during a down economy. … Continue Reading

CNET – Best DNA Ancestry Testing Kits

CNET:  “Home DNA testing has gone from a curiosity to a competitive market in the past decade, with at least a dozen companies now competing with trailblazers such as Ancestry and 23andMe. But before we compare and contrast the available options, let’s take a look at exactly why you’d invest in a DNA testing service — including the… Continue Reading

National Archives Guides Federal Agencies on Managing Electronic Records

WASHINGTON, August 8, 2018 — “Earlier this week, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) held its first forum to discuss management of digital records [via YouTube] moving into the 21st century. As of December, 31, 2022, the agency will no longer accept records in analog or text form. So NARA is proactively providing guidance… Continue Reading

Symantec – Mobile Privacy: What Do Your Apps Know About You?

Just how much personal information are your apps gathering? “And do they really need so much? The average smartphone user these days has between 60 and 90 apps on their device. Most of these apps request some sort of information about you and the device you are using. They may want to know your name,… Continue Reading

Paper – Can Microsoft Academic help to assess the citation impact of academic books?

Can Microsoft Academic help to assess the citation impact of academic books? Kayvan Kousha, Mike Thelwall (Submitted on 4 Aug 2018) arXiv:1808.01474 [cs.DL] (or arXiv:1808.01474v1 [cs.DL] for this version) “Despite recent evidence that Microsoft Academic is an extensive source of citation counts for journal articles, it is not known if the same is true for… Continue Reading

Lessons on the Craft of Scholarly Reading

Chronicle of Higher Education: “Scholarly reading is a craft — one that academics are expected to figure out on our own. After all, it’s just reading. We all know how to do that, right? Yes and no. Scholarly reading remains an obscure, self-taught process of assembling, absorbing, and strategically deploying the writing of others. Digital… Continue Reading