July 20, 2017

New: Tour the International Space Station (ISS) Using Google Street View Imagery

Resources Introduction/Highlights by Thomas Pesquet, Astronaut at the European Space Agency (ESA)  (via The Keyword/Google Blog) Pesquest spent six-months aboard the ISS. Direct to Google Street View Imagery of the International Space Station

National Archives: Information Security Oversight Office Releases Annual Report to the President


From the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA): Today, the Information Security Oversight Office of the National Archives (ISOO) released online its Report to the President for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016.  This annual report includes information on government agencies’ security classification activities and costs, and provides an update on the implementation of the Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) program. […]

News Roundup

1. New Report: Features of Parliamentary Websites in Fifty Countries of the World (via e Global Legal Research Directorate of the Law Library of Congress)

Video Recording of Panel Discussion: “Mapping the Wilderness of Knowledge: The Card Catalog, Past, Present and Future” (Special Event at LC)

The “Mapping the Wilderness of Knowledge: The Card Catalog, Past, Present and Future” panel was recorded at the Library of Congress on  May 10, 2017. A video recording (embedded below) was shared on the LC website today. It runs 90 minutes. Event Description Panelists discussed the challenges of managing the “firehose of information” that is […]

U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities Issues Statement on Sustainable Publishing


From the U15 Website: Access to research and scholarly outputs is essential for scientific discovery, innovation, and education. To maximize knowledge transfer and impact, our researchers’ work must be made readily available around the globe. Research-intensive universities also require timely and continuing access to international research results and scholarship in order to advance and disseminate […]

University of California Academic Council Affirms Commitment to Open Access Efforts Like OA2020

From the UC Berkeley Library Blog: By letter to University of California President Janet Napolitano, the Academic Council has enthusiastically endorsed and affirmed university-wide commitments to make UC research and scholarship as freely and openly available as possible. The letter of the Academic Council, which advises the UC President on behalf of the Assembly, updates President Napolitano on various […]

Reference: Stanford Open Policing Project Data Now Available via Stanford Digital Repository

From Stanford Libraries: On June 19th 2017, the Stanford Open Policing Project launched its website to provide access to the data collected about police stops around the country and to provide information about research that this data is driving. Stanford Libraries is pleased to be a partner in the long-term preservation of this data, which has been deposited into the Stanford Digital […]

Upcoming Symposium: “Harvard’s Special Collections Library Marks its 75th Anniversary with the Question: ‘Who Cares?'”

From Fine Books Magazine:  Houghton Library, Harvard College’s primary rare books and manuscripts library, recently announced the capstone event of its 75th anniversary year, a symposium that asks bluntly, “Houghton Library: Who Cares?” The event, scheduled for this October 5th-6th, will examine the library’s legacy, mission, and path forward through the lens of that central question […]

Reference: Tool to Access Historical USGS Topo Maps Upgraded with New User Interface, Map Comparisons

topoView, philly Change gif - July 2017

From USGS: Earlier this month, the USGS launched “TopoView 2.1”, an enhancement to the current popular TopoView mapping service that lets users discover, interact, and download historical USGS topographic maps scans. TopoView 2.1 is a modern web application built on an open source mapping platform that is free of charge. The highly interactive service provides tools […]

Video Recording of “Cultural Heritage & Data” International Symposium Now Available Online

A video recording of the “Cultural Heritage & Data” symposium (Day One) held on December 5-6, 2016 at the Library of Congress is now available online and embedded below. If/when video from Day Two of the symposium becomes available we well add it to this post. The EU and the USA have highly productive and excellence-driven […]