National Library of Scotland: Library’s gift to the world to mark Britannica’s 250th anniversary. “The National Library of Scotland has published online a rare first edition of ‘Encyclopaedia Britannica’ to mark its 250th anniversary. ‘Britannica’ was conceived, compiled, printed and published entirely in Edinburgh, and on 10 December 1768, the first pages were published.”
Quartz: The US plans to stop releasing its most detailed census data. “As a data-focused journalist who writes about economic and demographic trends, I use census data a lot. Specifically, I rely on the individual-level microdata that is released by the bureau and turned into an easily usable format by the Minnesota Population Center. I am among tens of of thousands (pdf) of data analysts who rely on this data to study American poverty, health, and population patterns. The US Census announced this week that, because of privacy concerns, this microdata will no longer be made widely available.”
Juneau Empire: Alaska community data available on new interactive online portal. “Ever wondered what the Alaska Native names for all the communities in Alaska were? Or how many people lived in each community? Searching for such data just became way easier in an interactive portal. The Division of Community and Regional Affairs unveiled a new website this week, with the goal of making demographic information about communities across Alaska more easily accessible to the average person.”
Cities Today: New database released to better assess African cities. “The most complete data set on African urban agglomerations has been launched during the 8th Africities Conference in Marrakesh. Africapolis includes data on more than 7,500 urban agglomerations in 50 countries and aims to become a tool for governments, policy makers, researchers and urban planners.”
Diane Romm sent me a heads-up about a new site of hers: Jewish Digital Collections at http://www.jewishdigitalcollections.com/ . She described it in her email as “an annotated list of more than 350 sites that house digitized collections of Jewish material divided into 22 subject areas.” There’s a Google custom search engine for the site and I suggest you use it; searching the CSE for Torah found five results, while searching the full Google search engine for Torah site:jewishdigitalcollections.com found only three.
Econometrics Beat: A New Canadian Macroeconomic Database. “Thanks to Olivier Fortin-Gagnon, Maxime Leroux, Dalibor Stevanovic, &and Stéphane Suprenant we now have an impressive addition to the available long-term Canadian time-series data. Their 2018 working paper, ‘A Large Canadian Database for Macroeconomic Analysis’, discusses their new database and illustrates its usefulness in a variety of ways.”
New York Times: From Encyclopedic Collector to ‘Wikipedian-at-Large’. “In the grand library of the Auckland War Memorial Museum on a Saturday morning in August, a small group of new and slightly nervous Wikipedia editors gathered for a day of training that would arm them to tackle New Zealand’s lackluster representation on the crowdsourced online encyclopedia. Leading the so-called Wikiblitz was New Zealand’s official Wikipedian-at-Large, Mike Dickison, 49, who has in some senses been preparing his entire life for this post. “