December 15, 2018

Reference Resources Roundup (Curated Collection of Recently Published/Updated Data-Rich Reports Available on the Web)

This selection of curated full text documents and other reference materials is updated daily with new materials. Please bookmark and visit again. All of these items are free to access and download.

This roundup began on January 4, 2018.

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Two previously curated roundups featuring more than 200 reports, datasets, etc. can be accessed here and here. 

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February 6, 2018 Colleges and Universities Raised $43.60 Billion in 2017 (via Council For Aid to Education)
6 pages; PDF. Includes Top 20 Institutions that Raised the Most.

February 2, 2018 How Immigrants Contribute to Developing Countries’ Economies (via OECD/ILO)
194 pages; PDF.

February 1, 2018 Federal Criminal Environmental Prosecutions Continue to Fall (via TRAC/Syracuse University)

Workers Rank Health Care as the Most Critical Issue in the United States (via Employment Benefits Research Institute)
14 pages; PDF.

January 30, 2018 Higher Education: National Center for Education Releases New Student Loan Report/Data

January 30, 2018 Department of Homeland Security 2017 Freedom of Information Act Report
37 pages; PDF.

Jan 29, 2018 High Levels of Antibiotic Resistance Found Worldwide, New Data Shows (via World Health Organization)

Direct to Full Text Report (164 pages; PDF) ||| Report Website (Overview, Country Reports, Supplementary Materials News Release ||| Project Website ||| News Release

Access to Information

FOIA Lawsuits Surge in Trump Administration’s First Year (via The FOIA Project)

Agriculture

Briefing: What If All Our Meat Were Grown in a Lab? (via European Parliament Research Service)
2 pages; PDF.

Artificial Intelligence

Briefing: Understanding Artificial Intelligence (via European Parliamentary Research Service)
8 pages; PDF.

Automobiles

Staff Perspective Recaps Workshop Examining Privacy, Security Issues Related to Connected Cars (via FTC) ||| FTC Report on Connected Cars Lacks Privacy Recommendations (via EPIC)

Blockchain

Blockchain Technology Overview (via NIST; Draft)
59 pages; PDF.

Broadband

Highlights From 2018 Broadband Deployment Report (via FCC) ||| FCC Broadband Report: New Deployments Rise After Two-Year Drop (via Telecompetitor)

Business

Brand Finance Global 500 2018 (Annual Report on the World’s Most Valuable Brands)
Amazon.com Tops 2018 List. 17 pages; PDF)
Additional Reports

CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) Releases Report on the State of the Credit Card Market
Highlights ||| Direct to Full Text Report (352 pages; PDF)

Brexit

In-Depth Analysis: The (Ir-)revocability of the Withdrawal Notification Under Article 50 TEU (via European Parliament)
36 pages; PDF

Climate Change

Assessment of the Potential Health Impacts of Climate Change in Alaska (via Alaska Department of Health and Social Services)
77 pages; PDF.

Climate Science and Climate Risk: A Primer (via MIT)
Written by By Dr. Kerry A. Emanuel Professor of Atmospheric Science Massachusetts Institute of Technology; 17 pages; PDF.

Fact Sheet: Climate Change and the Environment (via European Parliament Research Service)
5 pages; PDF.

College Athletics

Optimization of the Senior Woman Administrator Designation (via NCAA)
35 pages; PDF.

Computer Security

A Report to the President on Enhancing the Resilience of the Internet and Communications Ecosystem Against Botnets and Other Automated, Distributed Threats (via U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security and U.S. Dept. of Commerce) ||| Request for Comment

Criminal Justice

After Action Report of the Connecticut State Police-Newtown Shooting Incident 12-14-2012 (via Connecticut State Police)
74 pages; PDF.

2017 Preliminary Semiannual Crime Statistics Release (via FBI)
Summary/Highlights

Statistics: Prisoners in 2016 (via Bureau of Justice Statistics)
36 pages; PDF. 

Cryptocurrency

A Short Introduction to the World of Cryptocurrencies (via Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis REVIEW)
16 pages; PDF.

Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity of Nuclear Weapons Systems Threats, Vulnerabilities and Consequences (via Chatham House)
26 pages; PDF.

Data Breach Trends – Year End 2017
(19 pages; PDF) & 2017 Vulnerability Trends (20 pages; PDF) (both reports via Risked Based Security)

Data

Natural Hazard Data: A Practical Guide (via Asian Development Bank)
43 pages; PDF.

Disasters

Weather, Climate & Catastrophe Insight, 2017 Annual Report (via AON Benfield)
56 pages; PDF.

Dept. of Homeland Security

DHS Implementation of Executive Order #13769 “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” (January 27, 2017) (via DHS OIG)
Redacted version. 112 pages; PDF. 

Doomsday Clock

Resources: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist Sets Doomsday Clock 30 Seconds Closer to Midnight (Now at 2 Minutes to Midnight)

Education/Higher Education

Colleges and Universities Raised $43.60 Billion in 2017 (via Council For Aid to Education)
6 pages; PDF. Includes List: “Top 20 Institutions that Raised the Most”

HIGHER EDUCATION: Expert Views of U.S. Accreditation (via U.S. GAO)
82 pages; PDF.

The U.S. accreditation system—which helps to ensure that schools provide students with a quality education—has some key strengths, according to many of the experts GAO convened in a roundtable on the issue, as well as what was reported in literature GAO reviewed and interviews it conducted. Specifically, experts said the structure of the accreditation system, which includes nongovernmental accrediting agencies recognized by the Department of Education (Education), allows for accreditor reviews that are tailored to various school types, from medical to cosmetology schools. Experts also said the use of peer review by academic faculty and administrators offers the relevant expertise to assess academic quality and provide schools with feedback for improvement.

High School Students’ Views on Who Influences Their Thinking about Education and Careers (Data Brief) (via NCES)

National Spending for Public Schools Increases for Second Consecutive Year in School Year 2014–15 (via NCES)
57 pages; PDF.

Postsecondary Institutions and Cost of Attendance in 2016-17; Degrees and Other Awards Conferred: 2015-16; and 12-Month Enrollment: 2015-16: First Look (Provisional Data (via NCES)
21 pages; PDF.

Emergency Services

2017 National 911 Progress Report
104 pages; PDF.

Employee Benefits

Issue Brief: Individual Retirement Account Balances, Contributions, Withdrawals, and Asset Allocation Longitudinal Results 2010–2015: The EBRI IRA Database (via Employee Benefit Research Institute)
32 pages; PDF.

Employment/Labor/Workplace

500 Workplace Homicides in the United States in 2016 (Chart; via BLS)

Union Membership in the U.S. 2017 (via BLS)
See Also: Interactive Map: New York Again Had Highest Union Membership Rate, South Carolina The Lowest, in 2017 (via BLS)

Online Job Ads Increased 229,700 in December (via The Conference Board)

Projected New Jobs By Major Industry Sector, 2016–26 (via BLS)

HISTORICAL: Women in the Workplace: A Statistical Guide
Published in 1953 (Women’s Bureau/U.S. Department of Labor via FRASER)

Workers Rank Health Care as the Most Critical Issue in the United States (via Employment Benefits Research Institute)
14 pages; PDF.

World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2018 (via International Labour Organization)
82 pages; PDF.
See Also: Interactive Data Finder
See Also: Summary (4 pages; PDF)

Energy

Annual Energy Outlook 2018: With Predictions to 2050 (AEO2018) (via EIA)
74 pages; PDF.
Also available: PPT ||| Data Files ||| Interactive Table Viewer

EIA Expects Total U.S. Fossil Fuel Production to Reach Record Levels in 2018 and 2019

U.S. Gasoline Prices Increased in 2017 (via EIA)

European Union

Gender Equality in the Media Sector (via EU Parliament)
77 pages; PDF.

Food

Food Purchase Decisions of Millennial Households Compared to Other Generations (via ERS/USDA)

Global Events

Key Global Events to Watch in January (via International Peace Institute)

Health

2018 State of Tobacco Control’ Report (via American Lung Association)
Key Findings ||| Full Text & State Grades ||| Full Text (PDF) ||| 2017 Report

Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Recommended Immunization Schedule for Children and Adolescents Aged 18 Years or Younger — United States, 2018 (via MMWR/CDC)

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Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Recommended Immunization Schedule for Adults Aged 19 Years or Older — United States, 2018 (via MMWR/CDC)

Asthma Mortality Among Persons Aged 15–64 Years, by Industry and Occupation — United States, 1999–2016 (via MMWR/CDC)
Cancer Facts & Figures 2018: Rate of Deaths From Cancer Continues Decline (via American Cancer Society)

Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults — United States, 2016 (via MMWR/CDC)

Declines in Adult Death Rates Lag in the U.S. South (via Population Reference Bureau)

Opioid Overdose Epidemic Hits Hardest for the Least Educated (via Population Reference Bureau)

Public Health Consequences of E-Cigarettes (via National Academies)
Summary ||| Direct to Full Text

QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Percentages of Current Smokers Among Adults Aged ≥18 Years, by Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin(via MMWR/CDC)

Tobacco Product Use Among Military Veterans — United States, 2010–2015 (via MMWR/CDC

Immigration/Immigrants

How Immigrants Contribute to Developing Countries’ Economies (via OECD/ILO)
194 pages; PDF.

Key Facts About Black Immigrants in the U.S. (via Pew Research)

U.S.: Immigration Court Backlog Tops 650,000 (via TRAC)

U.S.: Immigration Enforcement Actions: 2016 (via Office of Immigration Statistics/DHS)
11 pages; PDF.  ||| UPDATE January 26: LETTER About Report from Democratic Members of U.S. House of Representatives to Director of DHS and AG Sessions

Innovation

2017 Top 100 Global Innovators Report (via Clarivate Analytics) ||| Direct to List

Intelligence

New Intelligence Community Policy on Requests for Identities of U.S. Persons in Disseminated Intelligence Reports  (Office of the Director of  National Intelligence)
News Release ||| Full Text Policy Document (Redacted)

Iran

The Iran Nuclear Deal at Two: A Status Report (via International Crisis Group)

Legal

Federal Criminal Environmental Prosecutions Continue to Fall (via TRAC/Syracuse University)

Media

Top 20 Covered Stories on U.S. Network TV Evening Newscasts, 2017 (via Tyndall Report)
Also: Most Used Reporters, Reporters’ Use of Bureaus

Military

2018 Special Operations Command Fact Book (SOC)
60 pages; PDF.

2018 Outlook for Navy Shipbuilding (via Congressional Budget Office)

DOD Releases Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at Military Service Academies (via US DOD)

Special Operations (U.S. Army Doctrine Publication)
28 pages; PDF. (January 2018; No. 3-05)

Summary of the 2018 National Defense Strategy (via U.S. DOD)
14 pages; PDF.

Privacy

Privacy & Data Security Update: 2017 (via Federal Trade Commission)
22 pages; PDF.

Privacy Impact Assessment: Update for CBP Border Searches of Electronic Devices (via DHS/CBP)
22 pages; PDF.

Radicalization

Mobilization to Violence (Terrorism) Research – Key Findings (via Canadian Security Intelligence Service)  ||| PDF Version (6 pages)

Pre-Radicalization Criminal Activity of United States Extremists (via START)

Real Estate

NYC Foreclosures up 58% Y-o-Y in 2017, Reach Highest Level in 8 Years (via Property Shark)

Zumper National Rent Report: January 2018

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Reports For Specific Metros

Risks

The Global Risks Report 2018 (World Economic Forum)
Direct to All Resources ||| Direct to PDF Version

Russia

Sanctions Over Ukraine: Impact on Russia (via European Parliament Research Service)
12 pages; PDF.

Taxes

Summary of the Latest Federal Income Tax Data, 2017 Update (via Tax Foundation) ||| Data File (.xls) ||| Source Data (via IRS)

Tourism

2017 International Tourism Results: The Highest in Seven Years  (via World Tourism Organization)

Transportation

BTS Releases Updated National Transit Map  (Version 3)

The High Toll of Traffic Injuries : Unacceptable and Preventable (via The World Bank)
104 pages; PDF.  ||| See Also: Over 1.25 Million People are Killed on the Road Each Year (via World Bank Data Blog)

Port Performance Freight Statistics Annual Report to Congress 2017 (via BTS)
282 pages; PDF.

Statistics: Pocket Guide to Transportation 2018 Now Available From Bureau of Transportation Statistics)
69 pages; PDF. NOTE: New and improved app for iOS and Android also available. 

Transportation Economic Trends 2017 (via Bureau of Transportation Statistics)

United Nations

Improving Security of United Nations Peacekeepers: We Need to Change the Way We are Doing Business (via Secretary-General of the United Nations)
43 pages; PDF.

U.S. Department of Defense

Director, Operational Test and Evaluation FY 2017 Annual Report
394 pages; PDF.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Government

Federal Workforce Statistics Sources: OPM and OMB (via Congressional Research Services)

History, Evolution, and Practices of the President’s State of the Union Address: Frequently Asked Questions (via Congressional Research Service)

Voting

Voting Laws Roundup 2018 (via Brennan Center/NYU)

Weather

Last 50 Years Tropical Storms in Asia-Pacific: 1965 – 2017 (via UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs)

Wealth

Reward Work, Not Wealth (via Oxfam)
76 pages; PDF.

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Gary Price About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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