E Pluribus Unum: US CIO says White House OMB will continue to explore selling public data

E Pluribus Unum: US CIO says White House OMB will continue to explore selling public data. “When I asked whether when or if it is acceptable for the United States government to charge companies, journalists and the public for government data, citing the example of paywalled immigration data, the chief information officer of the United States told me that ‘it’s part of the commercial equation’ and that it was ‘actually a discussion point for the strategy’ in her office in the White House Office of Management and Budget.”

National Library of Medicine: Visualize NLM’s Household Products Database!

National Library of Medicine: Visualize NLM’s Household Products Database!. “The National Library of Medicine Household Products Database (HPD) provides access to manufacturer developed Safety Data Sheets/SDS (formerly called Material Safety Data Sheets/MSDS) which describe the chemical properties of each product, physical data, health effects, first aid, reactivity, storage, handling, disposal, personal protection, and spill/leak procedures. As required by OSHA, information within each SDS is targeted to help those exposed to chemicals at work. Consumers may also find information that can help them safely use a product. Now you can visually explore the number and types of products in HPD. ”

New Zealand Herald: Metlink upset over Google Maps price hike of $29,000 a month

Municipalities and local governments, don’t get too comfy about using Google products. Case in point from the New Zealand Herald: Metlink upset over Google Maps price hike of $29,000 a month . “Wellington’s Metlink says a $29,000-a-month price increase for its use of Google Maps is unfair and it was not given enough notice of the change. The public transport provider was told yesterday that its monthly bill will increase from $1000 to $30,000, coming into effect in mid-July.”

Zee Business: Google to help govt in flood management across the country

Zee Business: Google to help govt in flood management across the country. “The government will team up with the global technology major Google for effective flood management in India. Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari said that collaboration with Google will help in better flood management in the country. Central Water Commission (CWC), India’s apex technical organisation in the field of Water Resources, has entered into a collaboration agreement with Google. CWC would use state-of-the-art advances made by Google in the in the field of Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and geo-spatial mapping for effective management of water resources particularly in the field of flood forecast and dissemination of flood-related information to the masses, a Water Resources ministry statement said.”

ECNS: China’s nationwide property database comes into effect

ECNS: China’s nationwide property database comes into effect . “China’s long-expected national property database has started to connect information stations across the country, according to Ministry of Natural Resources. There have been 3,001 property registration stations in 335 cities and 2,853 counties serving more than 300,000 enterprises and individuals averagely each day, according to latest statistics.”

Techdirt: Norwegian Court Orders Website Of Public Domain Court Decisions Shut Down With No Due Process

Techdirt: Norwegian Court Orders Website Of Public Domain Court Decisions Shut Down With No Due Process. “Enter Hakon Wium Lie. You might know him as basically the father of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Or the former CTO of the Opera browser. Or maybe even as the founder of the Pirate Party in Norway. Either way, he’s been around a while in this space, and knows what he’s talking about. Via Boing Boing we learn that: (1) Wium Lie has been sued for a completely absurd reason of (2) helping a site publish public domain court rulings that (3) are not even protected by a database right and (4) the judge ruled in favor of the plaintiff (5) in 24 hours (6) before Lie could respond and (7) ordered him to pay the legal fees of the other side.”

Hurriyet Daily News: ‘Anti-cybercrime department’ monitors 45 million social media users in Turkey

Hurriyet Daily News: ‘Anti-cybercrime department’ monitors 45 million social media users in Turkey. “The Turkish National Police’s ‘anti-cybercrimes department’ is surveilling the around 45 million social media users in the country to monitor possible criminal activity committed through the internet. The department authorities told daily Hürriyet that online prostitution, drugs and illegal betting are the most committed crimes through social media platforms, followed by ‘insulting state authorities.’ The department has established a special desk dedicated to the latter, amid a flurry of cases opened in recent years in relation to ‘insulting’ President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.”