Archive | September 2015

Census Bureau Launches Instagram Account

http://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2015/cb15-tps25.html

“[T]he U.S. Census Bureau [has] created an official Instagram account. The account will provide an outlet for the public to view the story behind the numbers, starting with the 2015 Census Test in the Savannah, Ga., area. Follow the Census Bureau on Instagram at@uscensusbureau.”–From the website.

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BEA’s New Data Tool Provides Fast Access to Trade and Investment Stats for Countries

“https://www.commerce.gov/news/blog/2015/05/beas-new-data-tool-provides-fast-access-trade-and-investment-stats-countries

“A new data tool–International Trade and Investment Country Facts Application–on the Bureau of Economic Analysis website gives users a snapshot of statistics on trade and investment between the United States and another country by simply clicking on a world map.”–From the website.

One Million Audio Cover Images for Research

https://archive.org/details/audio-covers

“Culled from various sources, this collection includes over one million JPG, PNG and GIF album covers. The resolution ranges from “thumbnail” through to very large sizes. Filenames are variant in usefulness, although a good number indicate at least the name of the original album.”–From the website.

Family History Research Goes Beyond Borders with International Content in HeritageQuest Online

http://www.proquest.com/about/news/2015/Family-History-Research-Goes-Beyond-Borders-with-International-Content-in-HeritageQuest-Online.html

“[F]amily history enthusiasts and genealogical experts around the world will have access to more than two billion new records in HeritageQuest® Online. This popular and authoritative resource—powered by Ancestry and distributed by ProQuest—is one of the largest genealogical databases available to libraries and will include records from more than 60 countries. … Appealing to libraries and researchers worldwide, the new content includes:

More than one billion birth, baptism, marriage, death and census records from the US, Canada, Europe, Africa, and Asia

  • 915 million US public records, including the Social Security Death Index
  • 133 million cemetery indexes from the US, Canada, Europe and Australia
  • More than 7 million names identified in a new map collection
  • 600,000 images from the Library of Congress Photo Collection, 1840-2000″–From the website.

Introducing the new Twitter Safety Center

https://blog.twitter.com/2015/introducing-the-new-twitter-safety-center

The Safety Center is a resource for anyone to learn about online safety, on Twitter and beyond. This resource is a result of our work with online safety experts who continuously help us to promote good digital citizenship. We’re excited to make this knowledge easily accessible to you via this new site. The Safety Center is organized around Twitter’s tools and policies to address your safety, with sections created especially for teens, parents and educators.”–From the website.

AP makes one million minutes of historical footage available on YouTube

http://www.ap.org/Content/Press-Release/2015/AP-makes-one-million-minutes-of-history-available-on-YouTube

The Associated Press and British Movietone, one of the world’s most comprehensive newsreel archives, are together bringing more than 1 million minutes of digitized film footage to YouTube. Showcasing the moments, people and events that shape the world, it will be the largest upload of historical news content on the video-sharing platform to date … The two channels will act as a view-on-demand visual encyclopedia, offering a unique perspective on the most significant moments of modern history. Available for all to explore, the channels will also be powerful educational tools and a source of inspiration for history enthusiasts and documentary filmmakers.” — From the website.

 

Smithsonian Announces Public Access Plan for Research

http://newsdesk.si.edu/releases/smithsonian-launches-public-access-plan-research

“The Smithsonian has released its Plan for Increased Public Access to Results of Federally Funded Research, based on the principles outlined by the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Through the new plan, all applicable publications and supporting data resulting from federally funded research will be available through the Smithsonian Research Online (SRO) website or CHORUS, a nonprofit membership organization that helps federal entities increase public access to research. The plan will take effect Oct. 1 and apply to articles submitted to publishers on or after that date … The public will be able to access qualifying manuscripts through either SRO or CHORUS after a designated waiting period. SRO will archive accepted manuscripts collected under the plan. It will also archive PDF copies of final publications when permitted by publishers. — From the website

Congress.gov

https://www.congress.gov/

“Congress.gov is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. The site provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public. It is presented by the Library of Congress (LOC) using data from the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Office of the Secretary of the Senate, the Government Publishing Office, Congressional Budget Office, and the LOC’s Congressional Research Service.”–From the website.