Nonprofit Explorer Update: Full Text of 1.9 Million Records (ProPublica)

ProPublica: Nonprofit Explorer Update: Full Text of 1.9 Million Records. “We have updated our Nonprofit Explorer news application, adding raw data from more than 1.9 million electronically filed Form 990 documents dating back to 2010. This new trove includes the full text of more than 132,000 forms for which we did not previously have complete data. In addition to making the machine-readable XML files available to download, we are publishing the full text of many of these documents as human-readable web pages. These appear similar to the PDFs that have appeared on Nonprofit Explorer in the past, but their text can be copy-and-pasted, and they are easier to browse and analyze.”

Billboard: Inside the Music Publishing World’s Epic Struggle to Build a Single Song Database

Billboard: Inside the Music Publishing World’s Epic Struggle to Build a Single Song Database. “When ASCAP and BMI announced July 26 that they had been working together for almost two years on a joint database for the more than 20 million songs they represent combined, they thought that all sectors of the music industry would welcome the news.”

Lifehacker: Manage And Unsubscribe From All Your Online Accounts With This App

Lifehacker: Manage And Unsubscribe From All Your Online Accounts With This App . “Signing up for an online account is something we do so often that we lose track of all the websites we’re subscribed to…. But there are many online tools that can help you clean up your footprint online. A new tool I recently came across is Deseat.Me, a web app that scans your email accounts for services you’ve signed up for, and then puts them on a list for you to delete or keep.”

Google spent the most it ever has trying to influence Washington: $6 million (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Google spent the most it ever has trying to influence Washington: $6 million. “Google Inc., according to the disclosure forms, spent $5.93 million between April 1 and June 30, more than any other corporation in the second quarter. That’s about 40 percent more than it had spent during the same period last year. The only three entities that doled out more money were large business organizations: the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ($11.68 million), the National Association of Realtors ($10.92 million), and Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America ($6 million).”

Chronicle of Higher Education: After Professors’ Criticism, Group Updates List of Google-Funded Scholars

Chronicle of Higher Education: After Professors’ Criticism, Group Updates List of Google-Funded Scholars. “A group that created a list of scholars who’d received money from Google has updated the database in response to critics, including professors who said they didn’t belong on the list. In some cases the Campaign for Accountability, the creator of the dataset, defended putting professors on its list; in others, it clarified why scholars had been included; and in others, it removed academics from the list altogether.”

Public Now: State Encourages Victims to Check New Online Database for Unclaimed Restitution (Georgia)

Public Now: State Encourages Victims to Check New Online Database for Unclaimed Restitution. “The Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) is seeking individuals and businesses that have been victim(s) of a crime who may be owed restitution from an offender. CJCC encourages all victims to check a new, online database created for the Victims Unclaimed Restitution Program to see if they are owed restitution.”

Bank Underground: A CAMEL ride: Retracing the history of UK banking through a new historical database

Bank Underground: A CAMEL ride: Retracing the history of UK banking through a new historical database. “Navigational aids are helpful when visibility is poor or when landmarks are unfamiliar, especially when journeying to new destinations. In a recent working paper, we introduce a new regulatory dataset, the ‘Historical Banking Regulatory Database’ (HBRD), that provides a clearer view of the UK banking sector and helps navigate issues difficult to explore with other datasets. This post describes the HBRD, its benefits for research and policy analyses, and what can be learned from it.”