Federal Courts Web Sites, Kentucky African-Americans, DDC, More: Saturday Buzz, September 30, 2017


Library of Congress: Federal Courts Web Archive Launched. “The Federal Courts Web Archive, recently launched by the Library of Congress Web Archiving Team and the Law Library of Congress, provides retrospective archival coverage of the websites of the federal judiciary. The websites in this archive include those of the Supreme Court of the United States, as well as federal appellate courts, trial courts, and other tribunals. These sites contain a wide variety of resources prepared by federal courts, such as: slip opinions, transcripts, dockets, court rules, calendars, announcements, judicial biographies, statistics, educational resources, and reference materials. The materials available on the federal court websites were created to support a diverse array of users and needs, including attorneys and their clients, pro se litigants seeking to represent themselves, jurors, visitors to the court, and community outreach programs.”


University of Kentucky: Notable Kentucky African Americans Database Undergoes Upgrade. “In celebration of 14 years of service via the Notable Kentucky African Americans (NKAA) Database, University of Kentucky Libraries has launched an upgraded version of the database’s online platform this month. NKAA, a grassroots, homegrown product of UK Libraries, was introduced in 2003 by UK librarians Rob Aken and Reinette Jones. The project web pages, which focus on African Americans in and from Kentucky from the 1700s to the present, were developed to bring together names, places, events and sources where additional information would be found.”

NCompass Blog: OCLC Discontinues Publishing Print Editions of Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC). “According to information posted to the OCLC Dewey Services website, OCLC has decided to stop publishing English-language print editions of the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC).”


Hongkiat: Change Fonts on Any Websites with This Chrome Extension. “Ever wanted to see how a different font might look on a website? Using the Font Swap extension, this task is a breeze. It’s a free plugin for Chrome that lets you change out fonts based on certain filters. You can find whatever font a website is using, then target that font and replace it with anything else you like.”


The Atlantic: The Man Who Live-Tweets World War II. “In one corner of the internet, World War II is just getting started. The battle is unfolding at @RealTimeWWII, a Twitter account that ‘live-tweets’ the events of each day of the war, hour by hour, as they happened more than 70 years ago. Here, the conflict that ensnared most of the world’s nations and claimed the lives of millions is broken down into 140-character dispatches. Right now, it’s September 1939, and German bombs are shattering Warsaw. ”

Congresswoman Robin Kelly: Black Lawmaker Pressures Facebook Over Racially Divisive Russian Ads. “Members of the Congressional Black Caucus pressured Facebook this week to seriously examine how the site allowed Russian operatives to use advertising to target Black Lives Matter and sow racial divisions ahead of last year’s election. In a letter Tuesday to the company’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, Representative Robin Kelly, Democrat of Illinois, wrote that Russian-backed Facebook pages promoted ‘incendiary anti-immigrant rallies, targeted the Black Lives Matter movement and focused attentions on critical election swing states like Wisconsin and Michigan.'”


Reuters: Spanish court orders Google to delete app used for Catalan independence vote. “Catalonia’s High Court on Friday ordered Google (GOOG.O) to delete an application that it said Catalan separatists were using to spread information about a disputed independence vote this Sunday.”

India Times: Google saves student from murder rap. “A college student arrested last year for the alleged murder of an 11-year-old boy has managed to prove his innocence and get acquitted with the help of Google. Jai Pratap Singh, alias Mohit, was let off on Thursday by additional district and sessions judge Rajat Singh Jain, who also observed that the role of police in the case was suspicious.”


Search Engine Land: The trouble with ‘Fred’ . “Right now, the Google spokespeople who primarily communicate with SEOs/webmasters are Gary Illyes and John Mueller. This is not a critique of them, as they communicate in the way Google has asked them to communicate. Indeed, they have been very helpful over the past few years. Mueller holds Webmaster Central Office Hours Hangouts to help answer questions in long form. Illyes answers similar questions in short form on Twitter and attends conferences, where he participates in various AMA (Ask Me Anything) sessions with interviewers. All this is helpful and appreciated… but unfortunately, it is not the same.” Spot. On.

Wired: Feds Monitoring Social Media Does More Harm Than Good . “FOR PRIVACY WONKS and casual observers alike, border screening and surveillance has become an increasing area of critical concern over the last year. Around the world, invasive governments have particularly threatened people’s digital privacy. That extends to the US, where Customs and Border Protection has expanded its demands and searches as well. And a fraught situation for travelers is even more so for US immigrants who are having more and more of their digital and social media footprint monitored by the Department of Homeland Security.”

MIT: Targeted, crowdsourced aid for Mexican earthquake victims. “On Sept. 19, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Mexico City and the surrounding region, demolishing buildings, killing hundreds, and trapping and injuring many more. More than 3,000 structures were damaged in Mexico City alone, according to news reports. The disaster galvanized Mexican students in the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) to construct a crowdsourcing platform designed to link those in need of help with volunteers best positioned to assist with specific needs.”

MedicalXPress: Social media feedback can identify high risk hospitals. “Online patient feedback, including Twitter and Facebook posts, can provide accurate near real-time representations of the quality of care in NHS hospitals – thereby identifying high risk hospitals in need of inspection. These are the findings of a new study by researchers from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) published today (29 September) in the BMJ Quality & Safety.” Good morning, Internet…

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