December 14, 2017

Statistics/Data: New Report Offers Comparisons of U.S. Education System With Other G-20 Countries on 29 Indicators

From the National Center for Education Statistics: G-20 countries, which are among the most economically developed, represent 85 percent of the world’s economy and two-thirds of its population, and are some of the United States’ largest economic partners. Comparative Indicators of Education in the United States and Other G-20 Countries: 2015 provides data on population […]

Open Data: New York Police Department Launches Online Crime Data Resources

From The New York Daily News: In a significant step toward increasing transparency, the New York Police Department has created a website with detailed data about each major crime that takes place in the city. The database comes with an interactive map and allows searches by location, date, category of crime and 16 other variables. […]

British Library Digitizing Huge Royal Atlas, Part of George III Digitization Project

 From Art News: The British Library in London is a quarter of the way through a major project to re-catalogue, digitise and conserve a 50,000-strong map collection assembled by Britain’s famous collector-king, George III (1738-1820). Among the objects to be digitally photographed is the world’s second largest atlas, which measures a huge 1.8m [5.91 feet] […]

News Roundup

1. Toronto Public Library Will Begin Lending Wi-Fi Hotspots (via The Star) 2. E-Journals: Portico to Preserve F1000Research 3. Philadelphia:  City’s Open DataPortal Releases Trove of Real Estate Info (via Philadelphia Business Journal)

Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Posts 2015 “Impact Report” Infographic

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A detailed report about 2015 accomplishments at ARL is coming soon. PDF and PNG version of the infographic are available. A PDF version of he infographic is also available.

Privacy: What’s New With Tor, “State of the Onion” Presentation at 32nd Chaos Communication Congress (Video)

The 32nd Chaos Communication Congress concluded today in Hamburg, Germany. One of the many presentations had leaders of the Tor Project provide an update. Video Blurb Major changes are underway in the Tor Project, the Tor Network, and the Tor community. We want to tell you details and introduce the growing Tor community to the […]

California: “San Bernardino Libraries Get $50K Because of Tragedies”

From the San Bernardino Sun: California State Librarian Greg Lucas offered $15,000 to the city library system and $25,000 to county libraries because of the Dec. 2 terrorist attack, and another $10,000 to the county system because of July’s Lake Fire. The one-time funds come through the federal Library Services and Technology Act, wrote Lucas […]

FCC Releases Fifth “Measuring Broadband America” Report (New Report and Data)

The following report was published by the Federal Communications Commission today. From the News Release/Summary: The Federal Communications Commission today released the results of its ongoing nationwide performance study of consumers’ fixed broadband Internet access service in its fifth “Measuring Broadband America” report. [Clip] This year’s report shows that broadband speed offerings to the average […]

Fast Facts: U.S. Census Releases Estimated U.S. and World Populations on January 1, 2016

From the U.S. Census: … the U.S. Census Bureau today projected the United States population will be 322,762,018 on Jan. 1, 2016. This represents an increase of 2,472,745, or 0.77 percent, from New Year’s Day 2015. Since Census Day (April 1) 2010, the population has grown by 14,016,480, or 4.54 percent. In 2016, the United […]

U.S. Copyright Office Launches Study on Impact and Effectiveness of DMCA “Safe Harbor” Provisions

Note:  This is the SECOND study the U.S. Copyright Office has announced this week. Yesterday, the USCO formally published details of a DMCA “Operation” Study. —- From the U.S. Copyright Office: The U.S. Copyright Office is initiating a study to assess the impact and effectiveness of section 512 of Title 17. To aid this effort, the […]