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Daily Archives: February 4, 2018

European Commission launches the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum

1 February 2018: “The Commission launched today the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum with the support of the European Parliament, represented by Jakob von Weizsäcker responsible for the recent report on virtual currencies. The Blockchain Observatory and Forum will highlight key developments of the blockchain technology, promote European actors and reinforce European engagement with multiple stakeholders involved in blockchain activities. Blockchain technologies, which store blocks of information that are distributed across the network, are seen as a major breakthrough, as they bring about high levels of traceability and security in economic transactions online. They are expected to impact digital services and transform business models in a wide range of areas, such as healthcare, insurance, finance, energy, logistics, intellectual property rights management or government services…”

New database showcases collaborative journalism from around the world

Data Driven Journalism: “Over the past year, the Center for Cooperative Media, based at Montclair State University in New Jersey, been collecting information about dozens of collaborative reporting projects involving hundreds of newsrooms around the world. That information was used to identify six distinct models of collaborative journalism, which are based on how long newsroom… Continue Reading

Value of Farmers Almanacs prevails despite many weather apps and gadgets

As one who continues to rely on the Old Farmer’s Almanac – founded in 1792 – this article, The Surprising Success of America’s Oldest Living Magazine, in which the publication’s editor, Janice Stillman, states – “Farmer’s almanacs are essentially as old as dirt,” gave me some much needed hope about the resilience, value and constancy that… Continue Reading

Report – Less than half of recent law grads had ‘good jobs’ waiting after graduation

ABA Journal: “According to a report released Janaury 16, 2018 that focuses on the long-term outcomes of law degrees and includes a survey of college graduates, more than half of the individuals with JDs surveyed indicated that if they had it to do over, they’d still go to law school. However less than half of… Continue Reading

Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours: a Pre-Photographic Guide for Artists and Naturalists

Via Colassal: “First published in the pre-photographic age, Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours was the preeminent guide to color and its classification for artists, scientists, naturalists, and anthropologists in the 19th-century. Without an image for reference, the book provided immense handwritten detail describing where each specific shade could be found on an animal, plant, or mineral. Prussian Blue for… Continue Reading

Urban Bird Feeders Are Changing the Course of Evolution

The Atlantic – Urban Bird Feeders Are Changing the Course of Evolution – More than 50 million Americans are conducting an unwitting experiment on a vast scale. I joined them from my Manhattan high-rise. “According to experts, feeding birds is probably the most common way in which people interact with wild animals today [this statement… Continue Reading

Searchable Directory of Online, Open & Distance Learning Associations and Consortia Throughout the World

“teachonline.ca was launched in 2010 as a resource for post-secondary educators in Ontario to find the latest information on new technology and new developments in online learning, as well as practical tools and resources to help them integrate technology in their teaching in a way that improves the learning experience for their students. teachonline.ca offers faculty… Continue Reading

Pentagon Nuclear Posture Review

Nuclear Posture Review – US Department of Defense, February 2, 2018. “Executive Summary – Introduction. On January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump directed Secretary of Defense James Mattis to initiate a new Nuclear Posture Review (NPR). The President made clear that his first priority is to protect the United States, allies, and partners. He also… Continue Reading

Web Integrity Project tracks changes to federal websites

“The Sunlight Foundation launched a new Web Integrity Project to track changes to federal websites. The first focus is on health and healthcare websites, and first findings are to be released next week…” See also – In its first year, the Trump administration has reduced public information online. Continue Reading

Undocumented Gmail Trick – Search Emails by Date and Time

“Gmail supports a plethora of search operators to help you instantly find that elusive email message buried in your mailbox [this article provides a very useful taxonomy to assist you in creating your search]. You have size search – like larger_than:5mb – to find the big messages in your account. File search – like has:attachment filename:doc – will locate email messages… Continue Reading

Job seekers turning to “Google-Doc activism”

Quartz: Google Docs are the latest weapon in workplace activism. “Traditional sources for job and salary data like Glassdoor and LinkedIn are failing to deliver the information most critical to job seekers..But while Glassdoor contains nearly 38 million online reviews, critiquing more than 740,000 companies, the Google doc method offers other advantages. It grants a sense of… Continue Reading