Monthly Archives: September 2014

CIA Releases Hundreds of Articles

The Washington Post recently reported that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has released hundreds of declassified articles from its in-house journal. The articles cover the 1970’s through the 2000’s. The topics cover a wide range of topics including Al-Qaeda’s secrecy tactics in Afghanistan to public relations management. The documents, available on the […]

Google’s Cartographer, Its Indoor Mapping Backpack

TechCrunch recently showed off one of Google’s latest developments, the Cartographer, a backpack designed for mapping indoor spaces. Google Maps uses a backpack called Trekker, which includes a complete Street View camera setup, for mapping anything in outdoor environments. For indoor mapping, the Cartographer uses a process called “simultaneous localization and mapping” (SLAM), […]

Google Spends a Lot of Money Keeping Sharks from Eating Its Underwater Cables

Google spends a lot of money deploying and maintaining a massive network of undersea fiber cables to help handle the enormous amounts of Internet traffic it generates every day. However, there is a slight problem. Network World reports that sharks are apparently fond of eating through undersea cables. The sharks appear to […]

Using Twitter to Track Misinformation and Hate Speech

Researchers at Indiana University Bloomington have created the “Truthy” database, which is designed to track political smears, misinformation, and other “social pollution” on Twitter. The focus of the research project is understanding how information propagates through complex socio-technical information networks. The project is especially interested in identifying and containing misinformation that comes from political […]

FBI Digitizes Thousands of Files

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been working to digitize thousands of its records. The digital conversion of more than 30 million records including as many as 83 million fingerprint cards is part of the FBI’s plan to fully activate its Next Generation Identification (NGI) system, a state-of-the-art digital platform of biometric and […]

NYLI LLMC-Digital Webinar

September 24 @ 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

The Library of the New York Law Institute offers web-based training sessions to help you discover new resources and enhance your research with LLMC-Digital, an extensive archive of historical primary and specialized legal materials covering the U.S. federal and state governments, the British Commonwealth, other foreign countries, […]

Will Libraries Soon Have Laser Cutters and 3-D Printers?

Wired recently posted an article about the Chattanooga Public Library, which installed a “makerspace”—complete with a laser cutter, a zine lab for making paper publications, and a 3-D printer. The space has proven to be enormously popular with patrons. A similar space opened in Cleveland. These spaces give patrons access to new […]

The Internet Archive Joins Flickr

The Internet Archive is best known for its historical library of the web, preserving more than 400 billion web pages dating back to 1996. This considerable volume, i.e., 19 petabytes, includes more than 600 million pages of digitized texts dating back more than 500 years. The Internet Archive has processed more than 2 […]

The PACER Problem: A Round-Up

On August 10, 2014, PACER, the database for federal court documents, announced the removal of access to certain case files including entire categories of documents coming from five courts, including the Second Circuit. (Generally, all documents prior to 2010 were removed.) According to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the change was made […]

NYLI eBooks Webinar

September 17 @ 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

The New York Law Institute now offers members direct free access to a collection of over 75,000 eBooks from major legal, academic, business and general-interest publishers such as Cambridge University Press, Economist Books, John Wiley & Sons, Kluwer Academic Publishing, Routledge, Springer, and many more.

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