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Daily Archives: July 12, 2021

Navigating the National Archives Catalog

“Did you know the National Archives Catalog contains over 140 million pages of digitized historical records and more than 27 million descriptions of the records in our holdings? And new pages and descriptions are being added to the Catalog each week! With so much information and material available to search, we are excited to share updated Catalog Help pages with new instructional videos to help you navigate the Catalog and make the most of your research online. Our updated Using the National Archives Catalog help pages can help you learn more about the Catalog, including topics such as: How to Search; Refining a Search; Searching Within a Record Group, Series or File Unit; Using the Advanced Search; and much more. We know that people learn in different ways, so in addition to written instructions, we’ve included several new how-to videos…Looking for a more visual way to browse the Catalog? Try our Record Group Explorer and Presidential Library Explorer! These next generation finding aids allow you to browse NARA’s holdings by Record Group, and by the holdings of NARA’s Presidential Libraries.  You can use it to get a sense of the scale and organization of records at the National Archives and to explore what is available online through the National Archives Catalog…”

    • Have a question? Find your answer on History Hub! Free and open to anyone, you can ask questions and get answers from multiple sources including National Archives staff, other archives, libraries, museums, and a community of genealogists, history enthusiasts, and citizen experts like you…”

New ransom tracker reveals how much bitcoin gangs have been paid

ZDNET: “A security expert has launched a site to keep a publicly trackable record of bitcoin payments to key ransomware gangs, such as REvil.  The site has been created by Jack Cable, a security researcher who works with the Krebs Stamos Group cyber consultancy and the US Defense Digital Service. The cyber insurance industry is… Continue Reading

Google knows where you are 24/7. Here’s how to make it stop

CNET:  “You turned off location history on your Google account, so now your Google apps can’t track you, right? Not exactly. While disabling that setting sounds like a one-and-done, some Google apps are still storing your location data. Merely opening the Google Maps app or using Google on any platform for a search logs your… Continue Reading

A knowledge-centered framework for exploration and retrieval of legal documents

Information Systems, Available online 7 July 2021, 101842. Silvana Castano, Mattia Falduti, Alfio Ferrara, Stefano Montanelli. “Automated legal knowledge extraction systems are strongly demanded, to support annotation of legal documents as well as knowledge extraction from them, to provide useful and relevant suggestions to legal actors (e.g., judges, lawyers) for managing incoming new cases. In… Continue Reading

A New Tool Shows How Google Results Vary Around the World

Wired: “Google’s claim to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful” has earned it an aura of objectivity. Its dominance in search, and the disappearance of most competitors, make its lists of links appear still more canonical. An experimental new interface for Google Search aims to remove that mantle of neutrality.… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, July 11, 2021

Via LLRX – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish… Continue Reading

How to delete books from Kindle

Mashable: “If you’re running out of storage on your Kindle or if your Kindle is becoming overrun with past reads, you might want to clean up your storage. Kindle is Amazon’s e-book service where you can access books you bought through Amazon, as well as e-books checked out from the library. Kindle is both a… Continue Reading