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Daily Archives: May 8, 2017

Center for Open Science Releases Another Branded Preprint Service With LawArXiv

“The Center for Open Science (COS) is pleased to announce that it has added another branded service to its open source preprints service, OSF Preprints. The new service, called LawArXiv,  provides free, open access, open source archives for legal research. LawArXiv is an open access legal repository supported and maintained by members of the scholarly legal community. The repository was developed by three non-profit membership organizations and an academic lead institution:

“LIPA, MALLCO, and NELLCO are excited to be collaborators on the LawArXiv project. Unfettered access to scholarship contributes to the greater pool of knowledge and promotes access to justice.” Margaret Maes, LIPA Executive Director. “Our partnership in the LawArxiv project is a reflection of Cornell Law School’s deep and enduring commitment to open access principles, and the availability of legal information to all.” Femi Cadmus, Edward Cornell Law Librarian. The Center for Open Science serves as the technology partner and hosts LawArXiv through the Open Science Framework. Administrative and leadership support is provided in partnership with the Cornell Law Library. LawArXiv is built on COS’s flagship platform, the Open Science Framework, which helps researchers design and manage their project workflow, data storage, DOIs, and collaboration. COS has leveraged that platform to help those researchers discover new research as it happens and to receive quick feedback on their own research prior to publication.”

Full transcript: Sally Yates and James Clapper testify on Russian election interference

Washington Post – “Former acting attorney general Sally Yates and James R. Clapper Jr., the former director of national intelligence, are testifying at a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. This is the transcript of the hearing.” Washington Post – Yates says she warned White House that Flynn could be… Continue Reading

Transforming Our Libraries from Analog to Digital: A 2020 Vision

Brewster Kahle, March 13, 2017 – Educase Review:”Today, people get their information online — often filtered through for-profit platforms. If a book isn’t online, it’s as if it doesn’t exist. Yet much of modern knowledge still exists only on the printed page, stored in libraries. Libraries haven’t met this digital demand, stymied by costs, e-book… Continue Reading

Science – Artificial intelligence prevails at predicting Supreme Court decisions

Matt Hudson – Science – May 2, 2017: “…A new study shows that computers can do a better job than legal scholars at predicting Supreme Court decisions, even with less information. Several other studies have guessed at justices’ behavior with algorithms. A 2011 project, for example, used the votes of any eight justices from 1953 to… Continue Reading

Creating more accessibility to legislative data focus of think tank Congressional testimony

“The Center for Data Innovation has submitted written testimony to the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Legislative Branch regarding ways to improve the accessibility of legislative data. The Center recommends that Congress begin publishing legislative data via application programming interface (API) in addition to publishing this data in bulk format. As the Library of Congress… Continue Reading

FOIA Backlog Skyrockets at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) – “The backlog of unprocessed FOIA requests to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) continues to climb. In just a two-year period, the backlog of unanswered FOIA requests has tripled, climbing from 17,998 at the end of December 2014 to 46,550 at the end of December 2016. This means… Continue Reading