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Daily Archives: January 3, 2018

W3C study on Web data standardization

“The Web has had a huge impact on how we exchange and access information. The Web of data is growing rapidly, and interoperability depends upon the availability of open standards, whether intended for interchange within small communities, or for use on a global scale. W3C is pleased to release a W3C study on practices and tooling for Web data standardization, and gratefully acknowledges support from the Open Data Institute and Innovate UK. A lengthy questionnaire was used to solicit input from a wide range of stakeholders. The feedback will be used as a starting point for making W3C a more effective, more welcoming and sustainable venue for communities seeking to develop Web data standards and exploit them to create value added services.”

Tech giants responding to massive chip vulnerability alert

Just saying – don’t throw away all the paper and the books ok. Via Axios: “A nasty series of vulnerabilities affecting decades of chip processors from Intel and others is the root of the broadest security hole to date, affecting nearly all computers, smartphones and servers. Companies including Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Google are scrambling… Continue Reading

EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Portal

“The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years – we’re here to make sure you’re prepared​. This website is a resource to educate the public about the main elements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) After four years of preparation and debate the GDPR… Continue Reading

Guardian – American reams: why a ‘paperless world’ still hasn’t happened

We have been told the paperless office is coming – for decades. I have seen examples of individual offices in various work places whose occupants contend that, “no paper means I am doing my job efficiently.” Really! I have a 20 year old photo that I refer to, for both a chuckle and to illustrate… Continue Reading

NOAA Storm QuickLooks for the Nor’easter impacting Eastern coast of nation

NOAA Storm QuickLooks for the Nor’easter impacting Eastern coast of nation https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/quicklook/view.html?name=EARLY_JANUARY_2018 See also Vox – The bomb cyclone isn’t a winter hurricane — just a bad storm with good branding – A meteorologist explains the storm about to hit the East Coast. Continue Reading

Politico – How the federal government hides sexual harassment payouts

Executive branch agencies don’t uniformly track claims or report details of settlements paid out via a federal fund – “Requests for information about the broad scope and total cost of sexual harassment settlements from the Treasury Department, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and more than a dozen federal agencies yielded no clear answers. An administration… Continue Reading

Automated, live fact-checks during the State of the Union? Tech & Check Cooperative’s first beta test hopes to pull it off

NeimanLab: “Instead of watching the upcoming State of the Union address with snide fact-checks from users on Twitter or other social media in the background, viewers will be able to see instantaneous fact-checking appear on their device screen as soon as President Trump utters a claim — or at least that’s the dream for Bill… Continue Reading

Europeana Migration – collaborative project focused on cultural heritage of migration

“At a time when the word ‘migrant’ is often accompanied by the word ‘crisis’, we at Europeana are focusing our 2018 activities on gathering and enriching Europe’s cultural heritage relating to migration in cooperation with museums and the people of Europe. Making Europe richer – From folklore and traditions to visual arts, our cultural heritage… Continue Reading

NYT – The Case for the Subway – It built the city of New York. The city must rebuild it to survive.

The New York Times Magazine, Jonathan Mahler: “…As New York evolved over the decades, the subway was the one constant, the very thing that made it possible to repurpose 19th-century factories and warehouses as offices or condominiums, or to reimagine a two-mile spit of land between Manhattan and Queens that once housed a smallpox hospital… Continue Reading

GPO Completes Digitization of Historical Congressional Record 1873-1890

“In cooperation with the Library of Congress, the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) has completed the digitization of all historical issues of the Congressional Record dating to the first appearance of this publication on March 5, 1873.  The final release of this project, covering the period 1873-1890, is being made available to the public free… Continue Reading