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Daily Archives: November 7, 2017

Views of Job Situation Improve Sharply, but Many Still Say They’re Falling Behind Financially

Pew – Share saying there are ‘plenty of jobs available’ at 16-year high: “The public’s views of local job availability continue to improve. Currently, 50% of Americans say there are plenty of jobs available in their communities – the highest number saying that jobs are plentiful in Pew Research Center surveys dating to 2001. Since June 2016, the share saying plenty of jobs are available has increased seven percentage points, from 43% to 50%, with virtually all of the change coming among Republicans. Yet in both parties, perceptions of the local job situation are much more positive today than they were three or four years ago. However, the public’s brighter outlook on jobs has not been matched by comparable improvement in views of whether people’s incomes are keeping pace with the cost of living. Currently, 49% saying their family’s income is falling behind the cost of living, while 40% feel they’re staying about even and just 9% feel like they’re getting ahead. These views are little changed over the past two years, though the share saying they are falling behind financially is lower today than in 2014 or early 2015…”

Gallup – How Americans Perceive Government in 2017

How Americans Perceive Government in 2017 – by Jeffrey M. Jones, Frank Newport and Lydia Saad: “Gallup has recently published a series of articles detailing Americans’ views on the performance of government and how they would prefer it function. Here we have assembled the findings to provide a one-stop summary of public opinion on the… Continue Reading

A data journalist’s microguide to environmental data

Data Driven Journalism: “With the recent onslaught of hurricanes, such as Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and wildfires in Spain, Portugal and California, data journalists have been working hard to interpret scientific data, as well as getting creative to make it reader friendly. The COP23 (do I hear climate change?) also serves as a great opportunity… Continue Reading

Google partners with Aclima in mapping out air pollution levels on Google Earth

TNW: “Google has undertaken yet another initiative that aims to raise awareness of the importance of protecting the environment. The company has teamed up with envirotech firm Aclima to measure air pollution levels in California and map out the findings on its Earth platform. The effort will see the two companies release hyperlocal air quality… Continue Reading

EFF – Here’s How Congress Should Respond to the Equifax Breach

“There is very little doubt that Equifax’s negligent security practices were a major contributing factor in the massive breach of 145.5-million Americans’ most sensitive information. In the wake of the breach, EFF has spent a lot of time thinking through how to ensure that such a catastrophic breach doesn’t happen again and, just as importantly,… Continue Reading

Testimony by Cater Page to House Intel Committee

The Hill: “Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, testified behind closed doors before the House Intelligence Committee for nearly eight hours on Thursday [November 2, 2017], revealing previously undisclosed details in the ongoing probes into Russian election meddling. Read Page’s full testimony here:” Continue Reading

White Paper – The OA effect: How does open access affect the usage of scholarly books?

“Springer Nature published a white paper The OA effect: How does open access affect the usage of scholarly books? on 7 November 2017. This report presents the first major comparative analysis of usage data for OA and non-OA scholarly books, and provides an informed view of how a book benefits from OA publication. It also highlights… Continue Reading

Artificial intelligence and the library of the future, revisited

Artificial intelligence and the library of the future, revisited. Catherine Nicole Coleman Digital Research Architect Research Director, Humanities + Design, Stanford Libraries. November 3, 2017. “There are two breakthrough technologies catching fire on campus these days. One of them, CRISPR-Cas9, is changing our relationship to the physical world through gene editing. The other, Artificial Intelligence… Continue Reading

Access vs. Accessibility in Scholarship and Science

Rick Anderson, The Scholarly Kitchen, November 6, 2017: “One of the things we talk about a lot here in the Scholarly Kitchen, and in the various neighborhoods and niches of the scholarly-communication ecosystem generally, is public access to scholarly and scientific publications. We discuss the degree to which everyone ought to have access to those… Continue Reading

GPO and LC release digitized version of Congressional Record 1891-1911

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) partners with the Library of Congress to release the digital version of the bound Congressional Record from 1891-1911 on GPO’s govinfo (https://www.govinfo.gov/app/collection/crecb_gpo/_crecb). This release covers the debates and proceedings of the 52nd through the 61st Congresses. This era of Congress covers historical topics such as: The final two years… Continue Reading

After Sutherland Springs, Cornyn Announces Bill to Strengthen Background Check System

The New York Times – Air Force Error Allowed Texas Gunman to Buy Weapons – “The Air Force admitted that it didn’t enter Devin P. Kelley’s domestic violence court-martial into a database that could have prevented him from buying a gun.” News release: “‘As each new detail emerges from what is still an ongoing investigation,… Continue Reading

Twitter postings are now 240 characters for most users

Twitter blog posting, November 7, 2017: “In September, we launched a test that expanded the 140 character limit so every person around the world could express themselves easily in a Tweet. Our goal was to make this possible while ensuring we keep the speed and brevity that makes Twitter, Twitter. Looking at all the data,… Continue Reading