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Monthly Archives: July 2017

Studying 2,000 Years of Climate Change Data

Center for Data Innovation: “PAGES2k Consortium, an international community of climate scientists, has published the most comprehensive set of “temperature reconstructions” ever assembled in a publicly accessible database. A temperature reconstruction is an estimate of historical surface temperatures based on measurements collected from proxies such as tree rings, corals, glacier ice, and sediments. The crowd-sourced database of 692 reconstructions compiles data from paleoclimate scientists covering 648 locations around the world and dating back 2,000 years. Climate scientists can use the data to understand historical patterns and trends in temperature changes over time in different regions and to create more accurate climate change models and projections.”

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Wiley Content Sharing Launches Across Wiley Online Library

“John Wiley and Sons, Inc., today announced the launch of Wiley Content Sharing across its research portfolio. The launch follows a successful trial that began in early 2017. Wiley Content Sharing facilitates collaboration by allowing authors and subscribers to share free-to-read full-text articles with non-subscribers. This new functionality will be available to all journals on… Continue Reading

New York Law Institute provides access to 160,000 ebooks

NYLI Announcement: “We are always trying to anticipate the needs of our NYLI members and acquire sought after electronic resources that meet today’s sophisticated legal research needs.  To that end, we have increased our eBook holdings from 100,000 eBook titles to 160,000, all available now and free of charge to our members.  Access our eBooks.“ Continue Reading

EPIC Files FTC Complaint to Stop Google from Tracking In-Store Purchases

“EPIC has filed a complaint with the FTC asking the Commission to investigate Google’s tracking of in-store purchases. According to EPIC, Google collects billions of credit and debit card transactions and then links that personal data to the activities of Internet users. Google claims that it protects online privacy but refuses to reveal details of… Continue Reading

Facebook rules as undisputed social media leader

Statista: “When people think of Facebook as a company, they mostly think of it synonymously with Facebook the social network. However, Facebook Inc. is much more than that, as today’s chart nicely illustrates. With WhatsApp, Instagram and of course the namesake Facebook and Messenger, the company owns four of the world’s largest social media / messaging… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – The Confusion Of Legal Education

Via LLRX – The Confusion Of Legal Education – If we are behind today, where will students be three years from now – Ken Grady identifies significant disruptive reasons why undergraduate students are veering away from choosing law school for other graduate education, and offers effective, innovative responses which should be put into action with alacrity. Continue Reading

New on LLRX – The Library of Congress opened its catalogs to the world. Here’s why it matters.

Via LLRX – The Library of Congress opened its catalogs to the world. Here’s why it matters. – Melissa Levine’s article articulates for us the historic significance and professional impact of the recent announcement by the Library of Congress that 25 million digital catalog records are now available to the public, at no cost. This… Continue Reading

EWG’s Searchable National Tap Water Database

EWG’s Tap Water Database – “Since 2010, water utilities’ testing has found pollutants in Americans’ tap water, according to an EWG drinking water quality analysis of 30 million state water records. Contaminants found in your state/city that are above health guidelines” [enter your zip code or your state to locate a complete guide…you will be… Continue Reading

Supreme Court launches redesigned website

SCOTUSblog: “Late Friday evening [July 28, 2017] the Supreme Court released a new version of its website ( The court’s Public Information Office boasts that the site update includes “a more consistent menu structure, a more interactive calendar, faster access through Quick Links, improved page load times, and reduced page scrolling.” For example, instead of… Continue Reading

State Department Telecommunications: Information on Vendors and Cyber-Threat Nations

State Department Telecommunications: Information on Vendors and Cyber-Threat Nations, GAO-17-688R: Published: Jul 27, 2017. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 2017. “Federal telecommunications systems can include a variety of equipment, products, and services which may be produced by foreign manufacturers—and may potentially be vulnerable to manipulation by a cyber-threat nation like China, Iran, North Korea, or Russia.… Continue Reading

Construction of Border Wall Threatens “Crown Jewel of Wildlife Refuge System”

If the levee wall is constructed, it will essentially destroy the refuge, a federal official told the [Texas] Observer: “For at least six months, private contractors and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have been quietly preparing to build the first piece of President Trump’s border wall through the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge in… Continue Reading