Monthly Archives: November 2019

GPO Produces U.S. Code with New Digital Publishing Technology

November 09, 2019

GPO Produces U.S. Code with New Digital Publishing Technology
https://www.govinfo.gov/features/uscode-2018

GPO has taken a major step forward in the modernization of its publishing systems by beginning to publish the 2018 main edition of the United States Code through XPub, the agency’s new digital technology for XML-based publishing. With the implementation of XPub, GPO will be able to simultaneously publish all legislative documents in a variety of print and digital formats in a more timely manner. The 2018 Main Edition of the U.S. Code is the first, large-scale production job that GPO has published using the new composition system. The XPub system will replace GPO’s more than 30-year-old MicroComp system. GPO plans to transition the production of all routine publications, including the Congressional Record, the Federal Register, Public Laws, Congressional Bills, Statutes at Large, and House and Senate Calendars, to the XPub system. XPub will allow customers to provide GPO with content in any format. The system will also be able to do the following: a) Accept content in any form, including XML sources, as well as digital file formats and hard copy manuscript pages; b) Simultaneously generate content in a variety of print and digital formats, including but not limited to mobile apps, websites, eBooks, print-ready PDFs, and print products; c) Produce PDF files and digital products that are Section 508-compliant, meaning they are accessible to people with disabilities; and d) Create templates so content can be easily repurposed and reproduced. The U.S. Code is a consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States, and is produced in a Main Edition every six years. The 2018 Main Edition is approximately 60,000 pages encompassing 54 volumes, and is prepared by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel. Through XPub, GPO plans to complete the publishing of the 2018 Main Edition in less than a year – a process that has historically taken 1.5 years.  The first seven titles of the 2018 U.S. Code are available now on govinfo with additional titles to be released continuously as they are available. This will be added to Business Intelligence Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™.

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Amazon Quantum Ledger Database (QLDB)

November 08, 2019

Amazon Quantum Ledger Database (QLDB)
https://aws.amazon.com/qldb/

Amazon QLDB is a fully managed ledger database that provides a transparent, immutable, and cryptographically verifiable transaction log ‎owned by a central trusted authority. Amazon QLDB tracks each and every application data change and maintains a complete and verifiable history of changes over time. Ledgers are typically used to record a history of economic and financial activity in an organization. Many organizations build applications with ledger-like functionality because they want to maintain an accurate history of their applications’ data, for example, tracking the history of credits and debits in banking transactions, verifying the data lineage of an insurance claim, or tracing movement of an item in a supply chain network. Ledger applications are often implemented using custom audit tables or audit trails created in relational databases. However, building audit functionality with relational databases is time-consuming and prone to human error. It requires custom development, and since relational databases are not inherently immutable, any unintended changes to the data are hard to track and verify. Alternatively, blockchain frameworks, such as Hyperledger Fabric and Ethereum, can also be used as a ledger. However, this adds complexity as you need to set-up an entire blockchain network with multiple nodes, manage its infrastructure, and require the nodes to validate each transaction before it can be added to the ledger. Amazon QLDB is a new class of database that eliminates the need to engage in the complex development effort of building your own ledger-like applications. With QLDB, your data’s change history is immutable – it cannot be altered or deleted – and using cryptography, you can easily verify that there have been no unintended modifications to your application’s data. QLDB uses an immutable transactional log, known as a journal, that tracks each application data change and maintains a complete and verifiable history of changes over time. QLDB is easy to use because it provides developers with a familiar SQL-like API, a flexible document data model, and full support for transactions. QLDB is also serverless, so it automatically scales to support the demands of your application. There are no servers to manage and no read or write limits to configure. With QLDB, you only pay for what you use. This will be added to Business Intelligence Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™.

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Articulate 360

November 07, 2019

Articulate 360
https://articulate.com/360

All the apps and resources you need, continuously updated with new features. It includes: a) Award‑Winning Authoring Apps including Storyline 360, Rise 360, and more; b) 4.5+ Million Course Assets including templates, characters, photos, videos, icons, and more; c) Project Review App; and d) Live Online Training. Articulate 360 gives you the right app for the job, always. Articulate 360 includes both Storyline 360 and Rise 360, plus a slew of other authoring apps. Use Storyline 360 to develop custom, interactive courses that work on every device—without any manual tweaking. It’s powerful enough for experts, but easy for beginners to create virtually any interaction imaginable. Choose Rise 360 when you want to build fully responsive courses in minutes. All you need is a web browser to quickly create beautiful courses optimized for every screen size. Get the course assets you need to get going quickly. Articulate 360 includes a library of 4.5+ million photos, templates, characters, videos, icons, and more. Speed project reviews by allowing stakeholders to view courses and provide feedback in a web browser—no app download required. This will be added to Education Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Business Intelligence Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™.

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2020 Resources from Statistics in Schools

November 06, 2019

2020 Resources from Statistics in Schools
https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/sis/2020census/2020-resources.html

New activities designed specifically for the 2019-2020 school year spotlight the 2020 Census and the importance of making sure everyone is counted, especially children. The decennial count impacts the federal funds that communities receive for special education, classroom technology, teacher training, after-school programs, school lunch assistance, and more. Use activities for pre-K through 12th grade today to help your students, school, and community. This will be added to Statistics Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to New Economy Resources 2020 Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Education Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Business Intelligence Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™.

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Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3)

November 05, 2019

Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3)
https://scoap3.org

Researchers, students, readers with an interest in particle physics, and librarians may appreciate the work of the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics, or SCOAP3 for short. Describing itself as “a one-of-its-kind partnership of over 3,000 libraries, key funding agencies and research centers in 44 countries and 3 intergovernmental organizations,” SCOAP3 works with leading publishers like Elsevier and Springer to convert academic journals in the field of high energy physics to an open access model with no publication fees for authors. Since its launch in January 2014, SCOAP3 has funded more than 30,000 articles, with more than 5,000 articles funded in 2019 as of this write-up. Currently, there are 11 journals participating in SCOAP3, including Nuclear Physics B, Physical Review Letters, and Progress of Theoretical and Experimental Physics. Those interested in reading open-access articles from these and other journals can find them in the SCOAP3 Repository, while those interested in learning more about how SCOAP3 works will find helpful explanations in the FAQ section as well as several recorded webinars in the Resources section. This will be added to Education Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Business Intelligence Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™. Copyright © 2017 Internet Scout Research Group – http://scout.wisc.edu

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Hoax-Slayer

November 04, 2019

Hoax-Slayer
https://www.hoax-slayer.net/

Hoax-Slayer is owned and operated by Brett Christensen. Hoax-Slayer debunks email and social media hoaxes, thwarts Internet scammers, combats spam, and educates web users about email, social media, and Internet security issues. This will be added to Business Intelligence Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Information Quality Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Internet Hoaxes Subject Tracer™.

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Lead Stories – Innovative Fact Checking and Debunking Website

November 02, 2019

Lead Stories – Innovative Fact Checking and Debunking Website
https://leadstories.com/

Lead Stories is an innovative fact checking and debunking website at the intersection of big data and journalism that launched in 2015. Their editorial team used the technology provided by Trendolizer™ (patent pending) to quickly find the most trending content on the internet to write about but their mantra has always been “Just Because It’s Trending Doesn’t Mean It’s True.” Originally started as a site about what was currently trending on the internet in general (and in some cases if it was actually true) they gradually shifted into full time fact checking and debunking mode ever since the primaries of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. Nowadays they specifically hunt for trending stories from known fake news, satire or prank websites in order to debunk them as quickly as possible. Often they are one or two days ahead of other fact checking websites because they actively monitor the fake news ecosystem and they don’t have to wait for reader tips or reports before getting started on a story. Since February 2019 they are actively part of Facebook’s partnership with third party fact checkers. Under the terms of this partnership they get access to listings of content that has been flagged as potentially false by Facebook’s systems or its users and they can decide independently if they want to fact check it or not. In addition to this we can enter our fact checks into a tool provided by Facebook and Facebook then uses their data to help slow down the spread of false information on its platform. Facebook pays them to perform this service for them but they have no say or influence over what they fact check or what their conclusions are, nor do they want to. This will be added to Business Intelligence Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Information Quality Resources Subject Tracer™.

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Truth or Fiction – Seeking Truth and Exposing Fiction Since 1999

November 01, 2019

Truth or Fiction – Seeking Truth and Exposing Fiction Since 1999
https://www.truthorfiction.com/

TruthOrFiction.com is a non-partisan website where Internet users can quickly and easily get information about eRumors, fake news, disinformation, warnings, offers, requests for help, myths, hoaxes, virus warnings, and humorous or inspirational stories that are circulated by email. TruthOrFiction.com is designed to be of value to the ordinary user of the Internet who wants to make sure that a email, post or story contains information, not misinformation. Our focus tends to be on stories that are the most widely-circulated via social media. Every story on TruthOrFiction.com has either been personally researched by the TruthOrFiction.com staff or, in some cases, is known to be a classic rumor or urban legend that has stood the test of time. As much as possible, the sources of our information are included in the stories. This will be added to Business Intelligence Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Information Quality Resources Subject Tracer™.

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Updated> Deep Web Research and Discovery Resources 2020

November 01, 2019

Updated> Deep Web Research and Discovery Resources 2020
http://www.DeepWeb.us/

I have just updated my white paper link dataset compilation and now titled Deep Web Research and Discovery Resources 2020 and it is now a 68 page 845KB PDF document freely available directly from the above URL. This update verified all links as well as reviewed all resources covered including adding additional links. Currently this has been downloaded over 7,000,000+ times!

November 1, 2019

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Open Educational Resources (OER) Sources 2020

November 01, 2019

Open Educational Resources (OER) Sources 2020
http://www.OERSources.com/

“Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed text, media, and other digital assets that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes.” [Wikipedia] Costs continue to rise for students who are pursing college and post graduate degree programs. By leveraging best practice sites, services and non-traditional options to expand knowledge, skills and abilities in many disciplines, students can choose from a wide range of options to complete their respective goals. This freely available guide, Open Educational Resources (OER) Sources 2020, is a comprehensive listing of useful open educational resources, sources and sites on the Internet that can assist you in optimizing your learning opportunities. This will be added to OERSearchEngine.com/. This will be added to Education and Academic Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Student Research Resources Subject Tracer™. Complete Update Including All Links Validated on November 1, 2019 [35 pages, 782KB PDF]

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