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Daily Archives: August 21, 2022

GriddingMachine: A new database and software for sharing global datasets

Climate Modeling Alliance (CliMA): “Researchers are spending way too much time finding, reading, and processing public data. The ever increasing amount of data, various data formats, and different data layouts are increasing the time spent on handling data—before getting ready for scientific analysis. While the intention of sharing data is to facilitate their broad use and promote research, the increasing fragmentation makes it harder to find and access the data. Taking my personal experience as an example, I spent months to identify, download, and standardize the global datasets we use with the CliMA Land model, which came in a plethora of formats (e.g., NetCDF, GeoTIFF, CSV, and binary) that required different programming languages/packages to read them. Ordinarily, researchers would need to repeat this tedious work again and again…”

Tools for Improving Distribution, Discussion, and Downloads: An Informed Approach to Submitting Legal Scholarship to SSRN

Wherry, Jessica Lynn, Tools for Improving Distribution, Discussion, and Downloads: An Informed Approach to Submitting Legal Scholarship to SSRN (August 16, 2022). Forthcoming, University of Detroit Mercy Law Review, Vol. 100, 2022, Available at SSRN: or “Many legal scholars use online repositories for their pre-published drafts and published work. The Social Science Research… Continue Reading

The Propagandists’ Playbook How Conservative Elites Manipulate Search and Threaten Democracy

“The Propagandists’ Playbook by Francesca Bolla Tripodi, assistant professor at the School of Information and Library Science at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a research affiliate at the Data & Society Research Institute. “The Propagandists’ Playbook peels back the layers of the right-wing media manipulation machine to reveal why its strategies are so… Continue Reading

FDA Now Recommends Taking Up to 3 At-Home COVID Tests To Confirm Negative Result

Health: “To reduce the risk that an infection may be missed, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now recommending that individuals using coronavirus antigen tests take at least three tests, instead of the previously recommended two tests. The agency issued the updated recommendations as children across the country prepare to return to school… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, August 20, 2022

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, August 20, 2022 – Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex… Continue Reading

How Can Policymakers Encourage More Robo-Lawyers?

Webinar – A discussion about the potential for AI-enabled robo-lawyers to provide legal services: “Advances in digital automation could enable many individuals and businesses to access better and cheaper legal services. Robo-lawyers—tech-enabled legal services—could help clients review contracts, draft patent applications, write legal briefs, and more. Unfortunately, state laws and professional licensing requirements significantly limit… Continue Reading

Disability At Home

“This website documents the ingenuity and creativity that caregivers and disabled people, including those with chronic illnesses, use every day to make home accessible. These images were shared with me during research for my upcoming book about disability and care. I spoke with 44 couples in 22 states about their daily lives. But because research… Continue Reading

The Brooklyn Public Library Gives Every Teenager in the U.S. Free Access to Books Getting Censored by American Schools

Open Culture: “…In response to this concerning trend, the Brooklyn Public Library has made a bold move: For a limited time, the library will offer a free eCard to any person aged 13 to 21 across the United States, allowing them free access to 500,000 digital books, including many censored books. The Chief Librarian for… Continue Reading

COVID-19 Archive Prototype

Our COVID-19 Archive aims to aggregate digitized documents related to the the initial phases of the pandemic. To start, we have processed the emails of Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. They are now divided into individual emails, which can be searched and sorted with the original metadata… Continue Reading