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Daily Archives: September 5, 2017

World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Annual Survey 2017

“Young people feel that they’re not being listened to by global decision makers. But with over half of the world’s population under the age of 30, it won’t be long before they will be making their voices heard. Almost 25,000 people aged between 18 and 35 from 186 countries and territories took part in the Global Shapers Annual Survey 2017. It showed that 55.9% of respondents believe their views are not being taken into account before important decisions are made. But young people’s influence will only get stronger as they occupy an increasing proportion of the global workforce, voter base and their consumer spending power grows. The results of the survey, compiled by the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community, offer an interesting insight into how young people view the world and its challenges. Governments, businesses and other institutions that ignore the current generation of young people do so at their peril. Here are five things we learned from the survey. You can explore the results in full here.”

DHS – Hurricane Harvey Response Site

Hurricane Harvey Response – Using the Power of Partnerships to Help Impacted Communities: Homeland Infrastructure Foundation-Level Data (HIFLD) – “This site provides geospatial data from authoritative sources where possible that can be useful to support community response and recovery to Hurricane Harvey. The data is available for download as CSV, KML, Shapefile, and accessible via… Continue Reading

Modified U.S. Copyright Office Provisional IT Modernization Plan

“The U.S. Copyright Office has prepared a Modified U.S. Copyright Office Provisional IT Modernization Plan at the direction of the House Committee on Appropriations. See 163 Cong. Rec. H4033 (daily ed. May 3, 2017). The Committee directed the Register to modify the Provisional Information Technology Modernization Plan and Cost Analysis (Provisional IT Plan) published by… Continue Reading

Five recent studies on fact checking

Alexios Mantzarlis – Poynter: “The fake news phenomenon led to an explosion in media coverage of fact-checking in the final months of 2016. Now academia, with its slower publication process, is catching up. Since November, studies have failed to replicate the backfire effect and tested the power of corrections on partisan voters in both the… Continue Reading

Report to the President on Federal IT Modernization

“Executive Order (EO) 13,800 tasks the Director of the American Technology Council (ATC) to coordinate a report to the President from the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA), in consultation with the Secretary of… Continue Reading

August/September 2017: Hurricane Harvey

National Geodetic Survey damage assessment imagery available online. “From August 27-September 4, the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) collected damage assessment imagery in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The aerial imagery was collected in specific areas identified by FEMA and the National Weather Service. You can access all of the images collected online. Select the round… Continue Reading

The State of the Web – A guide to impactful performance improvements

Karolina Szczur – via Medium: “The Internet is growing exponentially, and so is the Web platform we create. Often though we fail to reflect on the greater picture of connectivity and contexts the audience of our work might find themselves in. Even a short glance at the state of the World Wide Web shows that… Continue Reading

Shifting Gears: Gearing Up to Get into the Flow, Second Edition

OCLC – “In 2007, directors, administrators and curators of special collections in libraries, archives and museums came together for a forum—Digitization Matters: Breaking Through the Barriers—to discuss how to advance digitization of primary sources, in light of efforts at the time toward mass digitization of books. The report Shifting Gears: Gearing Up to Get into… Continue Reading

The Transformation of Academic Library Collecting: A Synthesis of the Harvard Library’s Hazen Memorial Symposium

“In October 2016, a group of eminent library leaders, research collections specialists and scholars gathered at Norton’s Woods Conference Center in Cambridge, MA, to commemorate the career of Dan Hazen (1947–2015) and reflect upon the transformation of academic library collections. Hazen was a towering figure in the world of research collections management and was personally… Continue Reading