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The most popular course at Yale teaches how to be happy. We took it for you.

The Cut – Read This Story and Get Happier – The most popular course at Yale teaches how to be happy. We took it for you. By Adam Sternbergh Illustrations by Zohar Lazar “…College students aren’t happy, and neither is anyone else. According to a recent survey by the American College Health Association, 52 percent… Continue Reading

A simple yet powerful tool to support policy analysis and discovery for better decision-making

“The STIP Compass is an initiative of the European Commission and the OECD to collect together in one place quantitative and qualitative data on national trends in science, technology and innovation (STI) policy. The portal supports the continuous monitoring and analysis of countries’ STI policies and aims to become a central platform for policy research… Continue Reading

Bringing Wikipedia into the Library

American Libraries Magazine – Bringing Wikipedia into the Library – “Wikipedia might seem like a librarian’s nemesis, but the online encyclopedia, its community, and libraries are increasingly working together to provide free and open information to all.” “Wikipedia contributors and librarians share similar skills: an understanding of quality research materials, an interest in effective citation and… Continue Reading

Librarian’s Guide To Finding Diverse Books Before They’re Published

BookRiot – Here’s how to find diverse books before they’re published so you can read and nominate them with plenty of time for them to show up on the monthly LibraryReads list. “When you can find these books and read them, you can become a better advocate for these titles and ultimately, a better advocate… Continue Reading

3 new tools to study and counter online disinformation

Indiana University Bloomington: “Researchers at CNetS, IUNI, and the Indiana University Observatory on Social Media have launched upgrades to two tools playing a major role in countering the spread of misinformation online: Hoaxy and Botometer.  A third tool Fakey — an educational game designed to make people smarter news consumers — also launches with the upgrades. Hoaxy is a search engine that… Continue Reading

WaPo More than 210,000 students have experienced gun violence at school since Columbine

The wider more accurate statistics and graphics on how gun violence has impacted students in American schools since Columbine [1999]: “The Washington Post has spent the past year determining how many children have been exposed to gun violence during school hours since the Columbine High massacre in 1999. Beyond the dead and wounded, children who… Continue Reading

TV Academy launches new free searchable website of historic interviews

“The Television Academy Foundation has launched its new website for The Interviews: An Oral History of Television, (TelevisionAcademy.com/Interviews), featuring never-before-seen interviews with many of television’s most beloved stars, show creators and behind-the-scenes innovators.It is the world’s largest such collection available online. For more than 20 years the Foundation has been recording and preserving the first-person… Continue Reading

Stanford Law’s Center for Internet and Society Launches World Intermediary Liability Map 2.0

“The World Intermediary Liability Map (WILMap) is an online resource informing the public about evolving Internet regulation shaping Intermediary Liability and Internet users’ rights worldwide. The Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, along with an amazing team of contributors, built this organized, searchable compendium of laws and legal resources from countries around the… Continue Reading

Study – The academic papers researchers regard as significant are not those that are highly cited

London School of Economics Impact Blog (LSE) – ‘For many years, academia has relied on citation count as the main way to measure the impact or importance of research, informing metrics such as the Impact Factor and the h-index. But how well do these metrics actually align with researchers’ subjective evaluation of impact and significance? Rachel… Continue Reading

Ireland’s Open Data Portal

Ireland launches the third version of their national data portal DATA.GOV.IE – Promoting innovation and transparency through the publication of Irish Public Sector data in open, free and reusable formats. “A new and improved version of the national Open Data portal, data.gov.ie was recently launched. It is the third iteration of the portal now using… Continue Reading

Number of Foreign College Students Staying and Working in U.S. After Graduation Surges

Federal training program sees 400% increase in foreign students graduating and working in STEM fields from 2008 to 2016: “Between 2004 and 2016, nearly 1.5 million foreign graduates of U.S. colleges and universities obtained authorization to remain and work in the U.S. through the federal government’s Optional Practical Training program (OPT). More than half (53%)… Continue Reading

What are the ten most cited sources on Wikipedia? Let’s ask the data.

Wikimedia: “Citations are the foundation of Wikipedia’s reliability: they trace the connection between content added by our community of volunteer contributors and its sources. For readers, citations provide a mechanism to validate and check for themselves that what Wikipedia says is sound and trustworthy: they act as a gateway towards a broader ecosystem of reliable… Continue Reading