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The Trail Ink Left Behind

Now I Know: “…Back in the 1960s, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) began what is now known as the International Ink Library. The idea was simple: collect samples of pen ink from around the world for use in criminal forensics. In the 1980s, the ATF transferred control of the library to the Secret Service (which makes sense given that the Service investigates financial fraud as well as threats against the lives of the President and Vice President). Today, Secret Service agents collect pen samples from around the world on a regular basis. Whenever a pen manufacturer comes up with a new formulation, they provide a sample to the Secret Service. And currently-used pens aren’t the only ones they’re after — agents have acquired samples from most commonly-used pens dating back to the 1920s. In total, the Library has more than 11,000 ink samples in its collection, each one of which has its own unique “fingerprint.”…

Rare first-edition copy of US Constitution could fetch $20 million

CNN: “An exceptionally rare first-edition printed copy of the US Constitution is going on sale in New York, with Sotheby’s auction house expecting bids up to $20 million. It is one of just 11 surviving copies — and the last in private hands — from the first printing of the document’s final text, produced for… Continue Reading

The Book Biz Tries to Avoid Supply Chain Disruptions

Publisher’s Weekly: “A BISG webinar held in early July sought to draw attention to the growing challenges in the book industry’s supply chain. Panelists pointed to shortages of truck drivers and trailers, congestion at the ports, and escalating transportation costs as factors that, in the words of David Hetherington, Book International’s v-p of global business… Continue Reading

LegalRuleML Core Specification Version 1.0

Oasis Open: “…Legal texts, e.g. legislation, regulations, contracts, and case law, are the source of norms, guidelines, and rules. As text, it is difficult to exchange specific information content contained in the texts between parties, to search for and extract structured the content from the texts, or to automatically process it further. Legislators, legal practitioners,… Continue Reading

Annotated Bibliography of COVID-19 Legal Literature

AustLII Communities – “The annotated bibliography below is arranged into A) Literature B) Organisations and C) Blogs, journals and websites. Part A includes scholarship and selected professional literature. It begins with books and then other literature, which is divided into broad topics – general legal literature followed by more specific topics. Where appropriate, we have… Continue Reading

Recent Steps Toward Improved Access to Federal Legislation

Information Today – Barbie E. Keiser – “During recent virtual meetings, representatives of several government entities showed how they had used the time during the pandemic to increase the public’s access to legislative information. The real takeaway from each online meeting is the degree to which these entities collaborate on projects. The Library of Congress… Continue Reading

Why Use a Dictionary in the Age of Internet Search?

The New York Times – “Dictionaries reward you for paying attention, both to the things you consume and to your own curiosity…With dictionaries, unknown words become solvable mysteries. Why leave them up to guesswork?…Perhaps because of Webster’s enthusiasm for rules, dictionaries have long had an unfair reputation as arbiters of language, as tools used to… Continue Reading