July 28, 2017

HathiTrust Federal Documents Program Digital Collection: Statistical Abstract of the United States (1872-2012, Full-Text)


The following digital collection was recently made available by the HathiTrust Federal Documents Program. A collection of Statistical Abstract volumes produced by the U.S. government from 1878-2012. Note: The Statistical Abstract was not published in 1884 or 1927. Missing volumes: 1878, 1879, 1880, 1890. All volumes accessible to all users. Those with partner access can download […]

Video: Chief FOIA Officers Council Meeting (Recorded July 27, 2017)

The Chief FOIA Officers Council Meeting took place earlier today in Washington, DC. A recording of the meeting is embedded below. The Chief FOIA Officers Council is composed of the Deputy Director for Management of the Office of Management and Budget, the Director of OGIS, the Director of the Office of Information Policy (OIP) at […]

New Data/Report: “Crime, Violence, Discipline, and Safety in U.S. Public Schools: Findings From the School Survey on Crime and Safety: 2015-16″


Crime, Violence, Discipline, and Safety in U.S. Public Schools: Findings From the School Survey on Crime and Safety: 2015-16 (First Look) was released today by the National Center for Education Statistics. From a Report Summary: During the 2015–16 school year, the rate of violent incidents was higher in middle schools (27 incidents per 1,000 students) […]

Purdue University: “Print Books Still Preferred in Technological Age”

From The Purdue Exponent: Nathan Everett, rising sophomore in engineering, said that he finds hard copy texts are easier to mark in for note taking purposes, which can be difficult as many courses only offer the additional readings in an online format on the course website page. Jaehong Jung, a rising junior in mechanical engineering, […]

News Roundup

1. Impactstory and the Public Knowledge Project Announce Strategic Relationship 2. Open Access: University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and University of Arizona (AU) Join U. of California Press Luminos Membership Program (via Luminos Newsletter) UCSB joins at Courier Level, UA at Garamond Level. 3. Elsevier: PlumX  Metrics Now on Scopus & What’s New on Scopus: PlumX Metrics, […]

U.S. Congress: “FASTR Legislation Would Ensure Permanency of Public Access to Scientific Research”

From SPARC:  SPARC, an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication, today [July 26] applauded the introduction of the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act, which would ensure that public access to research articles becomes the law of the land. FASTR calls […]

Research Article: “The Spread of Fake News by Social Bots” (Preprint)

The following article was recently posted on arXiv. Title The Spread of Fake News by Social Bots Authors Chengcheng Shao Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia Onur Varol Alessandro Flammini Filippo Menczer Affiliation: Indiana University (All Authors) Source via arXiv June 24, 2017 Abstract The massive spread of fake news has been identified as a major global risk […]

ASCAP & BMI Announce Creation of a New Comprehensive Musical Works Database

From Variety: In a groundbreaking show of unity, ASCAP and BMI, the nation’s two leading performing rights organizations, announced today that they will create a single, comprehensive database of musical works from their combined repertories that will deliver an authoritative view of ownership shares in the vast majority of music licensed in the United States. […]

New Blog Post: “Sustaining Open Research Resources – a Funder Perspective”

From the Wellcome Library Blog: This is the second in a series of three blog posts which set out the perspectives of researchers, funders and universities on support for open resources. The first was Open Resources, who should pay? In this post, David Carr from the Open Research team at the Wellcome Trust provides the view of a research […]

New: Environmental Working Group Tap Water Database Provides Info About Pollutants in Most U.S. Public Water System


From the Environmental Working Group: EWG’s new national Tap Water Database is the most complete source available on the quality of U.S. drinking water, aggregating and analyzing data from almost 50,000 public water systems in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. [Clip] EWG researchers spent the last two years collecting data from state agencies and […]