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Annual Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings 2017

“The annual Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® rankings are produced by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte. The 2017 rankings include the views of more than 498,000 civil servants from 200 federal organizations on a wide range of workplace topics. Since the first rankings were released in 2003, they… Continue Reading

Research – E-devices may interfere with science reading comprehension

Penn State News: “People who often read on electronic devices may have a difficult time understanding scientific concepts, according to a team of researchers. They suggest that this finding, among others in the study, could also offer insights on how reading a scientific text differs from casual reading. In a study, a group of adult… Continue Reading

Google Genomics – big data collection, genomic patient info and privacy

“Google Genomics helps the life science community organize the world’s genomic information and make it accessible and useful. Big genomic data is here today, with petabytes rapidly growing toward exabytes. Through our extensions to Google Cloud Platform, you can apply the same technologies that power Google Search and Maps to securely store, process, explore, and… Continue Reading

A New (Beta) Interface for the UK Web Archive

“The UK Web Archive has a new user interface! What’s new? For the first time you can search both the ‘Open UK Web Archive [The Open UK Web Archive was started in 2005 and comprises of approximately 15,000 websites that can be viewed anywhere] and the ‘Legal Deposit Web Archive’ [The Legal Deposit Web Archive… Continue Reading

BeSpacific – ABA Best 100 Law Blogs 2017 and Expert Witness Best Legal Tech Blog 2017

I am starting this post with a deeply appreciative and respectful Thank You to Robert Ambrogi who has logged 15 years and counting of blogging at his legendary Law Sites. Bob’s unflagging support has been a touchstone for me as I too completed 15 years of blogging here at my site, BeSpacific. In a welcome follow-up… Continue Reading

Use of Public Libraries continues to increase

Use of Public Libraries (Updated September 2016) [see this link for all the respective data included in this article]: “In addition to making a wide variety of reading, audio, video, reference, and archival materials available to children and adults, public libraries nationwide have been developing programs to reinforce their value to the community. As the… 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

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

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

Paper – Stewardship in the “Age of Algorithms”

Stewardship in the “Age of Algorithms [via First Monday] by Clifford Lynch – This paper explores pragmatic approaches that might be employed to document the behavior of large, complex socio-technical systems (“algorithms”) that involve some mixture of personalization, opaque rules, and machine learning components. Thinking rooted in traditional archival methodology — focusing on the preservation… Continue Reading

Report – Bias, Bullshit and Lies Audience Perspectives on Low Trust in the Media

“These findings should be a wake up call for journalists, platforms and regulators. Rebuilding trust will require all interested parties to work together. We need better incentives to create and showcase more accurate and more trusted content.” – Report Co-author Nic Newman. “Even in a world where people increasingly get news from social media, the… Continue Reading