December 10, 2017

Reference: New Data: Voting Rate for the Non-Hispanic Black Population Dropped in the 2016 Presidential Election, More Millennials Vote”

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New data and materials from the U.S. Census. According to new U.S. Census Bureau data, voter turnout increased to 65.3 percent for non-Hispanic whites, but decreased to 59.6 percent for non-Hispanic blacks in the 2016 presidential election. This compared to 2012, when more non-Hispanic blacks (66.6 percent) voted than non-Hispanic whites (64.1 percent) for the […]

Earliest Recording of JFK Found in Harvard Archives

From Harvard: Harvard has just released what its archivists believe is the earliest voice recording of the future president, who, as it turns out, sounded a lot like a politician even as a young man. The restored recording is part of a new exhibit at the Harvard University Archives that explores Kennedy’s Harvard ties. It […]

17-Country Study Finds, “Majority of Internet Users Read Books Either Daily or at Least Once A Week”

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From GfK (Publishers of the Report): A 17-country report just released by global market analysts, GfK, shows that 30 percent of the international online population read books “every day or most days”. This is lead by China at 36 percent, closely followed by Spain and the UK at 32 percent each. However, if the segment […]

Freedom House Releases “Freedom of the Press 2017″ Report

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Note: Along with the Freedom House report discussed/linked below, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) released the “2017 World Press Freedom Index” two days ago. It might also be of interest.  “Freedom of the Press 2017″ was released by Freedom House on April 28, 2017. Several Resources are Available Including: Full Text Report (HTML) Includes drop-down box to access […]

New Reference Resource: “Open Science Monitor” Tracks Trends

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From the European Commission: The Open Science Monitor is a website with visualizations and other tools that track trends in areas that have consistent and reliable data, specifically: open access, open research data, open scholarly communication and citizen science. The Open Science Monitor provides a way to assess developments in open science. Users can track […]

Reference Roundup: A Selection of New Research and Data-Rich Reports Available on the Open Web

Ed. Note:This roundup is currently being curated. New items are added daily. The most recent completed roundup includes more than 100 items and can be accessed here. The Latest State of Antarctic Penguins Report 2017 (via Oceanites) 8 pages; PDF. New Research Report: The State of Internet Censorship in Indonesia (via Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI) […]

Research Assessment/Metrics: “The Leiden Manifesto Under Review: What Libraries Can Learn From It” (Journal Preprint)

The following preprint is being made available by LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries). The article has been accepted for publication and is scheduled for publication in Digital Library Perspectives. Title The Leiden Manifesto Under Review: What Libraries Can Learn From It (Preprint; 2017) Authors S. K. Coombs Saxion University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands I. […]

Reference: 2016 Statistics About U.S. Federal Courts Released (Cases Filed, Nature of Suit, etc)

From the Administrator of the U.S. Courts: The Annual Report of the Director highlights the agency’s efforts to increase efficiencies, contain costs, and adopt innovative approaches in its mission of serving the federal Judiciary and the dedicated people who work for the Third Branch of government. The second report, the 2016 Judicial Business of the […]

New Research Resource: Center for Responsive Politics Unveils “Foreign Lobby Watch” Database

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New From the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP): Today, in the spirit of Sunshine Week, the Center for Responsive Politics introduces Foreign Lobby Watch, allowing users of its OpenSecrets.org website to search filings required under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). [Clip] FARA – a 1938 law passed in reaction to Nazi propaganda efforts here […]

Social Sciences: Open Archives: “SocArXiv Kicks Off Fundraising Drive with New Support From Libraries at UCLA and MIT”

From a SocArXiv Blog Post: SocArXiv, open archive of the social sciences, has launched an initial round of fundraising to support outreach, development, and administration. To kick off this drive, we are delighted to announce that the libraries at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California, Los Angeles have each contributed $10,000 to […]