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Daily Archives: December 4, 2017

Urban Institute State Economic Monitor

The State and Local Finance Initiative’s State Economic Monitor tracks and analyzes economic and fiscal trends at the state level. Its interactive graphics highlight particular differences across all 50 states and the District of Columbia in employment, earnings, housing, and taxes.”

First-time internet users: Who they are and what they do when they get online

“Decades after internet access became widely available, Pew Research Center surveys show that about a tenth of American adults (12%) remain offline. But what happens when some of them take the plunge and connect? A new analysis provides a glimpse of the online behaviors of those who are new to the internet. The Center provided… Continue Reading

Law on the Market? Abnormal Stock Returns and Supreme Court Decision-Making

Law on the Market? Abnormal Stock Returns and Supreme Court Decision-Making. Daniel Martin Katz, Michael J. Bommarito II, Tyler Soellinger, James Ming Chen. Illinois Institute of Technology – Chicago Kent College of Law, CodeX – The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics. Michigan State University College of Law. May 16, 2017. “What happens when the Supreme… Continue Reading

Database of Trump administration officials’ personal finances grows

“The Center for Public Integrity today added more than 100 new Trump administration officials’ financial disclosures to a searchable, sortable database first launched in April. The database allows anyone to easily understand the wealth, assets and business interests of many of the people working for President Donald Trump. These include Senate-confirmed appointees, White House aides… Continue Reading

Diversity in the Technology Sector: Federal Agencies Could Improve Oversight of Equal Employment Opportunity Requirements

Diversity in the Technology Sector: Federal Agencies Could Improve Oversight of Equal Employment Opportunity Requirements, GAO-18-69: Published: Nov 16, 2017. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2017. “The estimated percentage of minority technology workers increased from 2005 to 2015, but GAO found that no growth occurred for female and Black workers, whereas Asian and Hispanic workers made… Continue Reading

Open source journal articles combined with topical search engines change paradigm of pay to read

Wired: “…But most science is still paywalled. More than three quarters of published journal articles—114 million on the World Wide Web alone, by one (lowball) estimate—are only available if you are affiliated with an institution that can afford pricey subscriptions or you can swing $40-per-article fees. In the last several years, though, scientists have made… Continue Reading

Analysis of the Long-Term Costs of the Administration’s Goals for the Military

CBO estimates that inflation-adjusted costs for the Department of Defense would climb from the $575 billion requested in 2018 to $688 billion in 2027 if DoD pursued goals that Administration officials have articulated for the military. “This report describes CBO’s analysis of the costs and budgetary consequences through 2027 of the current Administration’s goals for… Continue Reading

New Way to Browse the Federal Courts Web Archive

In Custodia Legis/Library of Congress/Robert Bremmer: “The Law Library and the Library of Congress Web Archiving team launched the Federal Courts Web Archive back in September. We are excited to bring you a new way to browse the archive. If you visit the new browse page, you will find the Federal courts arranged in a… Continue Reading

The Many Faces of Digital Visitors and Residents: Facets of Online Engagement

“This OCLC Research Report challenges the digital natives vs. digital immigrants paradigm; that is, the common assumption that younger people prefer to conduct research in a digital space while older people rely on physical sources for information. The report continues the work of the Digital Visitors and Residents project, which included the development of a… Continue Reading

Cybersecurity Research Report – Improving Science, Engineering, and Institutions

Additional Observations on Foundational Cybersecurity Research: Improving Science, Engineering, and Institutions: An Annex: Unclassified Abbreviated Version of a Classified Report: “At the request of the Special Cyber Operations Research and Engineering (SCORE) Interagency Working Group and sponsored with assistance from the National Science Foundation and from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the… Continue Reading

Mozilla releases Common Voice project datasets to expand new voice enabled applications

Mozilla Common Voice: “We are building an open and publicly available dataset of voices that everyone can use to train speech-enabled applications. We believe that large and publicly available voice datasets foster innovation and healthy commercial competition in machine-learning based speech technology. This is a global effort and we invite everyone to participate. Our aim… Continue Reading

New open data directory collects standards from around the world

statescoop – “A partnership between two civic data groups has led to the launch of a free directory of open data standards with the goal of making it easier for governments to find specifications that suit their open data needs. The Open Data Standards Directory has about 60 entries of open data standards governments could use to publish… Continue Reading