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United Nations Digital Library Now Free to All Users

[Via Ramona Kohrs, External Relations Coordinator, UN Depository Libraries Programme]:”We are pleased to inform you that the United Nations Digital Library (UNDL) (URL: https://digitallibrary.un.org) is now available and can be accessed globally free of charge.  The new platform runs on innovative open source technology developed by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and is a result of the successful collaboration between the Dag Hammarskjöld Library at UN Headquarters and our sister library at the UN Office in Geneva. In very simple terms, phase 1 of the UNDL features the integration of the 3 UNBISnet databases into one; it incorporates digital content, mainly official UN documents and selected UN maps, with metadata from UNBISnet for UN-produced materials, as well as speech and voting records.   UNDL metadata records will link to open access UN content.   We plan to add and integrate additional collections of digital materials as they are created or are made available to us by UN departments, offices, and agencies.
Features of the new platform include:
• Content organized into collections (by UN body, agency, and type of document)
• Various search options (simple keyword, advanced, Boolean, search using field tags, include/exclude search in full text)
• Limiting search results by collection
• Links between related documents (draft resolutions, committee reports, meeting records, final resolutions, voting records, documents issued under a specific agenda item)
• Downloading metadata/bibliographic references in MARC, MARCXML, Dublin Core, and BibTex formats
• Interface in 6 official UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) – in progress
• Mobile-friendly user interface
Additional features for registered users:
• Save searches
• Search alerts
• Collaboration tools: creating baskets; adding items to baskets; moving items between baskets; sharing baskets within groups or to the public
Watch our promotional video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUuM44pkklU
We are developing more features and functionalities and are committed to implement enhancements on a continuous basis.  You can help us by sending us your comments and observations:
https://library.un.org/content/contact-us-0
The United Nations Digital Library – a single access point to UN information, current and historical. https://digitallibrary.un.org

Report – changing face of business and the part artificial intelligence has to play

Accenture via World Economic Fortune: “Artificial Intelligence (AI) may be the single most disruptive technology the world has seen since the Industrial Revolution. Granted, there is a lot of hype out there on AI, along with doomsday headlines and scary movies. But the reality is that it will positively and materially change how we engage… Continue Reading

NIST Periodic Table of the Elements

Periodic Table of the Elements – 2016 periodic table Version History | Database Disclaimer R.A. Dragoset, A. Musgrove, C.W. Clark, and W.C. Martin NIST, Physical Measurement Laboratory “A periodic table, containing NIST critically-evaluated data on atomic properties of the elements was designed as a NIST handout for use at exhibitions and trade shows. The publication… Continue Reading

TIME 100 – The Most Influential Images of All Time

TIME: “Though photography is a much younger medium than painting—the first photo is widely considered to date from 1826—the astonishing technological advances since then mean that there are now far more pictures taken every day than there are canvases in all the world’s galleries and museums. In 2016 alone, hundreds of billions of images were… Continue Reading

HBR – What Successful Movements Have in Common

“…The truth is that it’s no longer enough to capture the trappings of power, because movements made up of small groups are able to synchronize their actions through networks. So if you want to effect lasting change today, it’s no longer enough to merely command resources, you have to inspire opponents to join your cause.… Continue Reading

The Two Americas of the 2016 Presidential Election

Tim Wallace, New York Times: “For many Americans, it feels as if the 2016 election split the country in two. To visualize this, we took the election results and created two new imaginary nations by slicing the country along the sharp divide between Republican and Democratic Americas.” Continue Reading

Publications on the Australian Generations Collection

Australian Generations oral history theme issue of Australian Historical Studies “The latest theme issue of Australian Historical Studies (AHS), edited by Katie Holmes and Alistair Thomson, features seven articles by members of the Australian Generations team in which we use the project’s oral history interviews to illuminate a range of topics in Australian social history,… Continue Reading

Report – Advancing women’s equality in the United Kingdom

“Moving toward gender equality is not only a moral and social issue; it is also important to future economic growth in the United Kingdom. A new report from the McKinsey Global Institute,The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in the United Kingdom, explores the economic potential of narrowing gender gaps at the national level as well as across… Continue Reading

National Geo – How Mapmakers Make Mountains Rise Off the Pages

Greg Miller, National Geographic, September 16, 2016:  “The world’s most beautiful places are rarely flat. From the soaring peaks of the Himalaya to the vast chasm of the Grand Canyon, many of the most stunning sites on Earth extend in all three dimensions. This poses a problem for mapmakers, who typically only have two dimensions… Continue Reading

FAS – Photos of Expansion of Russian Foreign Intelligence Service

Via FAS – Expansion of Foreign Intelligence Service HQ (SVR; Former KGB First Main Directorate) Yasenevo, Moscow, Russia 55.584 N, 37.517 E Between 2007 and 2016 Version of 2016-07-13 – a photo essay. See also via meduza – This is what losing your newsroom looks like in Russia.The reporters at ‘RBC’ meet their new bosses… Continue Reading

Posttraumatic stress disorder – most often suffered by civilians

Jonathan Purtle, Katherine Lynn, Mashal Malik. ‘Calculating the Toll of Trauma’ in the Headlines: Portrayals of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in the New York Times (1980–2015).. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 2016; DOI: 10.1037/ort0000187 “Public awareness about traumatic stress is needed to address trauma as a public health issue. News media influence public awareness, but little is… Continue Reading

Louie Armstrong House Library posts rare footage

Here it is! Louis Armstrong “I Ain’t Got Nobody!” from Satchmo Plays King Oliver, 1959 – “Here’s a peek at Louis Armstrong and his Hot Fives in the recording studio in 1959 recording the great album, “Satchmo Plays King Oliver.” This acquisition is monumental for the museum. It’s the first footage we have of Louis… Continue Reading