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Utah now has an online registry for white-collar criminals

“Every US state has a registry for sex offenders. Utah is taking that concept to a new level. The state has unveiled a first of its kind database for white-collar criminals that lawmakers say is intended to increase public safety.”This registry has been a goal of mine for years and will further equip citizens to protect themselves from financial fraud by making information much more accessible in this digital age,” Utah Attorney general Sean D. Reyes said. “A simple search cold curtail a fraudulent investment and save an entire nest egg.” (via Ars Technica)

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National Library of Medicine Announces MedPix®, Free Online Medical Image Database

“The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce the launch of MedPix®, a free online medical image database originally developed by the Departments of Radiology and Biomedical Informatics at the Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, Maryland, USA. The URL is https://medpix.nlm.nih.gov/. The foundation for MedPix was a radiology study tool that was originally developed by Dr. J.G. Smirniotopoulos in 1984.” (via National Library of Medicine)

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State Agency Social Media Library Announced

“The South Carolina State Library is pleased to present the South Carolina State Agency Social Media Library (scsocialmedialibrary.org), which provides public access to social media activity from partner South Carolina state agencies. The South Carolina State Library is collaborating with ArchiveSocial, a social media archiving company based in Durham, NC to create this searchable library. Social media streams currently include Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube content created or received by seven state government agencies, including the Department of Consumer Affairs and the Department of Commerce.” (via South Carolina State Library)

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Tout Voltaire now available

“The Voltaire Foundation, in collaboration with the ARTFL Project, has announced the public release of the TOUT VOLTAIRE online resource. Tout Voltaire  brings you in fully searchable form all of Voltaire’s works apart from his correspondence. This plain-text version (without critical apparatus or notes) is the most reliable version available anywhere on the web.” (via UGA Libraries)

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NIH launches Dietary Supplement Label Database

“Researchers, as well as health care providers and consumers, can now see the ingredients listed on the labels of about 17,000 dietary supplements by looking them up on a website. The Dietary Supplement Label Database, free of charge and hosted by the National Institutes of Health, is available at www.dsld.nlm.nih.gov. The Dietary Supplement Label Database provides product information in one place that can be searched and organized as desired. “This database will be of great value to many diverse groups of people, including nutrition researchers, healthcare providers, consumers, and others,” said Paul M. Coates, Ph.D., director of the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS). “For example, research scientists might use the Dietary Supplement Label Database to determine total nutrient intakes from food and supplements in populations they study.” (via NIH)

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Crowdsourced hate speech database could spot early signs of genocide

“The use of hate speech to dehumanize people is widely recognized as one of the first steps towards genocide. From Rwanda, where Hutu radio stations blared out propaganda referring to Tutsis as “cockroaches,” to Nazi Germany, where Jews were likened to a disease that needed to be cleansed from society, hate speech has been a clear warning sign of terrible things to come. Hatebase, a new crowdsourced database of multilingual hate speech from The Sentinel Project, is an attempt to create a repository of words and phrases that researchers can use to detect the early stages of genocide.” (via Ars Technica)

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau releases largest collection of federal consumer financial complaint data

“Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) goes live with the nation’s largest public database of federal consumer financial complaints, opening up to consumers across the country information on more than 90,000 individual complaints on financial products and services. “By sharing these complaints with the public, we are creating greater transparency in consumer financial products and services,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray at a field hearing in Des Moines, Iowa, where he announced the expansion of the CFPB Consumer Complaint Database. “The database is good for consumers and it is also good for honest businesses. We believe the marketplace of ideas can do great things with this data.” (via Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)

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ARL Position Description Bank Launches

“The ARL Position Description Bank aggregates position descriptions from participating academic and research libraries, making the PDs browsable and searchable. The ARL PD Bank provides a source for current PDs and also tracks the evolution of positions—and library functions and services—and the varied ways in which institutions organize and define functions. The ARL PD Bank also provides participating institutions with a functional digital archive of their own position descriptions. In addition to standard data fields available to all participants, individual libraries may elect to use custom data fields that would not be viewable by other institutions, such as employee and supervisor names, classification, date last reviewed/modified, and other data identified by the institution as useful for internal purposes.”

via Association of Research Libraries

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LexisNexis Signs with TVEyes for TV and Radio Search

“LexisNexis® Business Information Solutions a leading global provider of content and technology solutions, and TVEyes, the search engine for TV and radio, today announced a multi-year agreement for TVEyes to provide a consolidated feed of indexed television and radio content. “We are dedicated to providing a comprehensive collection of news and business sources for our customers from leading suppliers around the globe,” said Paul Al-Nakaash , Head of Content for LexisNexis Business Information Solutions.  “Partnering with TVEyes enables us to offer access to a selection of broadcast licensed TV and radio news content.”

via PRNewswire.

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FDA, UC Davis, Agilent Technologies and CDC to create publicly available food pathogen genome database

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the University of California, Davis,Agilent Technologies Inc., and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today a collaboration to create a public database of 100,000 foodborne pathogen genomes to help speed identification of bacteria responsible for foodborne outbreaks. The database will provide a roadmap for development of tests to identify pathogens and provide information about the origin of the pathogen. The tests have the potential to significantly reduce the typical public health response time in outbreaks of foodborne illness to days instead of weeks. Open access to the database will allow researchers to develop tests that can identify the type of bacteria present in a sample within a matter of days or hours, significantly faster than the approximately one week it now takes between diagnosis and genetic analysis. Conceived by UC Davis, Agilent, and FDA and called “The 100K Genome Project,” the collaboration will be a five-year effort to sequence the genetic code of approximately 100,000 important foodborne pathogens and make this information available in a free, public database. The sequencing will include the genomes of important foodborne pathogens such as Salmonella, Listeria, and E. coli.”

via FDA Press Release

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