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The Butt-Millet Memorial Fountain


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Butt-MilletMemorialFountain01 The Butt-Millet Memorial Fountain

On this lunchtime bike ride I rode over to President’s Park, which encompasses the White House, a visitor center, Lafayette Square, and The Ellipse. There are a number of monuments and memorials located throughout the park, and on this ride I specifically went there to see the Butt-Millet Memorial Fountain, which is located just south and within sight of the White House, and about thirty yards northwest of The Zero Milestone, near the western junction of E street and Ellipse Road (MAP).

The fountain is a memorial to Archibald Willingham DeGraffenreid Clarendon Butt and Francis Davis Millet, believed to be the only officials of the United States government who perished, along with more than 1,500 others, when the “unsinkable” RMS Titanic hit an iceberg during its maiden voyage and sunk on the night of April 14th through to the morning of April 15th in…

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Flickr Shapefiles Public Dataset 2.0


An embarrassingly long time ago we released the first public version of the Flickr Shapefiles. What does this have to do with Captain America and a cat? Nothing, really.

Anyway, we haven’t completely forgotten about shapefiles and have finally gotten around to generating a new batch (read about Alpha Shapes to find out how it’s done). When Aaron did the first run we had somewhere around ninety million (90M) geotagged photos. Today we have over one hundred and ninety million (190M) and that number is growing rapidly. Of course lots of those will fall within the boundaries of the existing shapes and won’t give us any new information, but some of them will improve the boundaries of old shapes, and others will help create new shapes where there weren’t any before. Version 1 of the dataset had shapes for around one hundred and eighty thousand (180K) WOE IDs, and…

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CSS Hacks to Detect or Rule Out Firefox (Any Version)


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CSS Hacks to Detect or Rule Out Firefox (Any Version)


Jeff Clayton IT Director / Senior Software Engineer / Film & Photography

These are my legal CSS Hacks for fixing web browser quirks or outright bugs. Please enjoy, I have been working on them for years. May it help you if you need them. Please read here first: [What are these CSS Hacks Anyway?] Then check my [Live CSS Hacks Test Page] and also [] where I sent new hacks and test submissions for the site.

GENERAL DISCLAIMER – In case you haven’t read my other blogs, CSS hacks are just quickfixes to solve web browser problems for developers. It is always better to use good cross-browser CSS first, and use these as a last resort.

I worked with hundreds of different permutations and these are the best I have found for this purpose yet.

/* Firefox (All Versions) */

_:-moz-tree-row(hover), .selector { property:value; }

Another one I made…

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We Have a Real Shot to Fix Our Information Environment



I spent some time over the past few weeks looking into Search Engine Optimization. Why? Because we’re trying to motivate students to do their best work for our fact-checking project, and one of the big motivations is knowing that you have a page that people are actually using to get answers to questions. So if we want to make our student’s work meaningful, we should also try to make it findable.

As always, the biggest piece of SEO is getting people to link to you. We don’t have that yet on Digipo. But a lot of SEO these days is making the page load really fast, be legible on mobile, and having a descriptive page names and URLs. And so we made a couple changes to the site — went to quick, static page generation, phrased titles as questions (which is how more an more people are using…

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What is a data portal?


Designing CSV files

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What is a data portal?


Lost Boy

This post is part of my ongoing series of basic questions about data, this time prompted by a tweet by Andy Dickinson asking the same question.

There are lots of open data portals. OpenDataMonitor lists 161 in the EU alone. The numbers have grown rapidly over the last few years. Encouraged by exemplars such as they’re usually the first item on the roadmap for any open data initiative.

But what is a data portal and what role does it play?

A Basic Definition

I’d suggest that the most basic definition of an open data portal is:

A list of datasets with pointers to how those datasets can be accessed.

A web page on an existing website meets this criteria. It’s the minimum viable open data portal. And, quite rightly, this is still where many projects begin.

Once you have more than a handful of datasets then you’re likely…

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Mendeley Data adopts Google Science Datasets standards


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Mendeley Data adopts Google Science Datasets standards


Mendeley Blog

Mendeley Data is pleased to announce that we’ve adopted the new Google Science Datasets markup standard for datasets.

For the non-computer science buffs amongst us, this means we describe our datasets in a structured way recognised by Google – which helps Google to index our datasets, and makes them more readily available in their search results.

This also means Google could eventually show datasets in a special way within search results, perhaps by presenting a “rich snippet” for a dataset like the example for a research article below. This makes them more visible and easier to scan by readers.

An example of a “rich snippet” search result, in this case for a research article

This applies to all datasets posted so far, as well as any new datasets.

This is all part of our efforts to make the data you share as discoverable as possible by researchers, so that it…

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Senators Introduce Bill Requiring FCC to Collect “Consistent” Coverage Data


DC Circuit Upholds FCC\’s Incentive Auction Rules

Source: Senators Introduce Bill Requiring FCC to Collect “Consistent” Coverage Data