February 11, 2016

New Today: “Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community”

Formal Title: Statement For The Record: Worldwide Threat Assessment Of The US Intelligence Community Presented to: Senate Armed Services Committee by James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, February 9, 2016. The report (33 pages; PDF) is divided into the following sections: Global Threats Cyber and Technology Terrorism Weapons of Mass Destruction and Proliferation Space […]

Editorial in UC Berkeley Newspaper: “Reading Between the Lines of Expensive Textbooks”

From an Editorial Published Today in The Daily Californian (University of California Berkeley, Students Newspaper): Though requiring that all students have the same, most up-to-date book invariably saves time and is logistically easier for professors to assign work and readings, it also strips students of the ability to shop around and negotiate for the best […]

The U.S. Version of Politwoops is Back Live Online, Access Deleted Tweets by Elected Officials and Candidates

On January 5, 2016 we posted that Politwoops was back online in 25 countries. However, one country version that wasn’t available at that time was the United States version featuring deleted tweets by U.S. politicians. Today, the proprietor of the U.S. version of Politwoops, the wonderful Sunlight Foundation, announced that Politwoops U.S. is back live […]

President Obama’s FY 2017 Budget Request Includes $230 Million for Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

Background The $230 million asked for in the FY 2017 is the same amount (see chart embedded below) that IMLS received/enacted in FY 2016. The FY 2016 budget request was for $237,427,957. UPDATE ALA Disappointed at White House Budget Cut To State Grants To Libraries FY 2015 request was for $226,448,000. IMLS received $228 million, […]

University of South Carolina Plans to Preserve, Digitize U.S. Marine Corps Film Repository (16,000 Reels)

From the University of South Carolina: From the Iwo Jima beaches to the jungles of Vietnam to the training base at Parris Island, the U.S. Marine Corps history comes to life in films shot by Corps photographers from the late 1930s through the 1970s. That footage — 16,000 reels of film documenting the operational history […]

Report: “National Library of Scotland Fees ‘Hitting Small Publishers'”

From The Scotsman: A tiny specialist publication celebrating the work of illustrators such as renowned Scottish artist Jessie M.King has accused the National Library of Scotland of exploiting new EU regulations to generate cash for its coffers. Anthony Pincott spokesman for The Bookplate Journal, which has 275 subscribers and comes out twice a year, says […]

Roundup: New Research Databases From California, Maine, North Carolina, Nova Scotia, Tennessee, and Wyoming

California: New Open Source Search Tool to Track Independent Expenditures (Campaign Finance) Maine: Database of Legislators’ Sources of Income Launched (via Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting) North Carolina: OpenDataPolicingNC.com (via Southern Coalition for Social Justice) Nova Scotia Government Launches Open Data Portal (via CBC) Tennessee: New Interactive Map Provides Legislators [and Public] with School […]

New Paper / Research Tool: “Wikipedia Tools for Google Spreadsheets”

The following paper was made available online yesterday. Title Wikipedia Tools for Google Spreadsheets Authors Thomas Steiner Google Research Source via arXiv Abstract In this paper, we introduce the Wikipedia Tools for Google Spreadsheets. Google Spreadsheets is part of a free, Web-based software office suite offered by Google within its Google Docs service. It allows […]

Reference: Shark Attacks Hit All-Time High in 2015

From the University of Florida: It’s the kind of record no one wants to break: the most shark attacks in a single year. But 2015 did just that, with 98 unprovoked attacks worldwide, beating the previous record of 88 set in 2000, according to the International Shark Attack File housed at the University of Florida. […]

Caldecott Winning Graphic Novel Under Fire in Some Central Florida Schools

From the National Coalition Against Censorship: The Caldecott Award-winning graphic novel This One Summer, by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki, is under fire in Florida following the complaints of one parent of an elementary school student that triggered an “investigative report” by a local TV station. [Clip] The book was removed from three elementary schools […]