Digitizing Native American petitions

first_img Colonists’ 1767 petition uncovered in a Harvard library foreshadows the split with Britain Related The Council on Library and Information Resources, through its Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives awards program, has awarded a grant of $275,795 to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, in collaboration with the Yale Indian Papers Project, to create the Digital Archive of Native American Petitions in Massachusetts.With support from the Mellon Foundation, the project will digitize more than 4,500 petitions on Native American affairs that were sent to the Massachusetts legislature from 1640 to 1870. The petitions are housed at the Massachusetts Archives, which has collaborated with Harvard in digitizing them since 2012.More than a third of these petitions were sent from Native Americans themselves, including dozens of Native American nations, communities, and individuals. The project was planned in consultation with and with the support of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, the Wampanoag tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), and the Mohegan tribe, including consultation with representatives and governments of other Northeastern tribes and native communities. Revolutionary discovery Along with the Harvard University Native American Program, led by faculty director Dennis Norman and executive director Shelly Lowe, Radcliffe’s work on this digital archive represents an important moment of collaboration between Harvard and the Native American tribes in the Northeast.Because Massachusetts was an important trading and diplomatic space, the petitions come from the Great Lakes, contemporary Canada, Maine, and the Connecticut and Hudson River valleys. The petitions, already processed, will be cataloged with metadata information, and then digitized and rehoused.The digital repository will be created at Harvard’s Dataverse and replicated at Yale. This free, publicly accessible resource will enrich Native American studies, American history, anthropology, and other humanistic pursuits.The project is led by principal investigator Daniel Carpenter, Harvard’s Allie S. Freed Professor of Government and director of the social sciences program Academic Ventures at the Radcliffe Institute, with co-principal investigator Paul Grant-Costa, executive director of the Yale Indian Papers Project.The archive will build on the success of Harvard’s Digital Archive of Anti-Slavery and Anti-Segregation Petitions, a first-of-its-kind effort linking petition images (including signatory lists) to structural and contextual data, including an interactive map, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.last_img read more

Digital Crystal Ball Reveals Tomorrow’s Economic Gains

first_imgOver the previous generation, successive waves of new information technology – from the introduction of personal computers to the Internet to wireless broadband and diverse mobile devices – have enabled dramatic gains in workplace productivity. Today, in a period of widespread economic uncertainty and diminished expectations of the future, skeptics wonder if the tech-driven productivity gains of recent decades have run their course.Far from it. The explosive growth of digital data foretells the dawn of a new technological era that will be marked by utilizing both the data we have accumulated and the huge volumes of new data being created from sensors to personalize information experiences. The use of this massive and expanding data set will shift from historical understanding to predictive data analytics that deliver insights in real time to create new value that help shape our forward looking interactions. This idea of using information systems to shape future outcomes is unlocking a fountain of economic opportunity.According to the latest “census” of the digital universe conducted by the research firm IDC, the amount of new information in the world is doubling every two years, growing at a rate of more than 7.6 billion gigabytes per day.IDC claims that nearly one-quarter of this data holds potential economic value once it becomes tagged and analyzed. Yet, less than one percent of it is being analyzed today.Innovative companies and entrepreneurs have already seized this opportunity. Firms that integrate advanced data analytics into their operations are now realizing productivity gains of five to six percent higher than their peers, say Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson of the Center for Digital Business at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.For example, GE now embeds its jet engines with sensors to communicate terabytes of in-flight telemetry data per day, so mechanics on the ground can predict costly problems and perform less costly preventive maintenance. As CEO Jeff Immelt has said, the smarter use of data to achieve just one percent more of improvement in jet engine fuel efficiency can mean $2 billion in additional profits.In a similar vein, electric utilities are equipping customers with “smart meters” that transmit nearly 3,000 times more data per month about electricity usage patterns on their grids. The ability of these so-called “smart grids” to identify and predict transmission problems enables utilities to prevent more power outages before they occur.These early adopters in the innovative use of data are the exception rather than the rule, however. Fewer than 10 percent of the large companies we see actively use real-time, predictive data analytics to build a competitive edge. Over time, gains in productivity will be felt more broadly as these techniques become more widely adopted and routine.For years, organizations have used data mining to extract business intelligence from their internal databases. The next generation of smarter decision making will incorporate insights drawn from less structured data formats derived from social networking and collaborative applications, and location data generated by sensors inside mobile devices or digital tags attached to cargo goods as they move through supply chains.By 2020, seven billion people on the planet will be joined on the Internet by an estimated 200 billion “things” (cameras, gauges, sensors, meters, appliances, transaction systems, etc.) generating data through machine-to-machine communication. IDC estimates this machine-generated “Internet of Things” will account for fully 40 percent of information in the digital universe by the end of this decade. Much of this data will be gathered in tracking and reporting models, where it can be analyzed and transmitted to self-learning applications and then fed back to decision-makers – all in real time.Innovators in healthcare are already analyzing these external, informal data streams to identify and track epidemics of infectious diseases in real time, faster than traditional reporting methods followed by public health bureaucracies at the United Nations or global non-governmental organizations.The web site healthmap.org, developed by scientists affiliated with Boston Children’s Hospital, monitors emerging public health threats around the world using crowd sourcing and analysis of informal online data sources. Co-founder John Brownstein says Healthmap’s smart-phone app, “Outbreaks Near Me” took $10,000 to build and was two weeks ahead of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in tracking and reporting the spread of the virus H1N1.A new book, The Human Face of Big Data, by photojournalist Rick Smolan, documents the many ways people are recording and analyzing their biometric data, their eating patterns, sleeping patterns and exercise habits, to generate new information that can help them predict how their bodies are aging, so they can improve their health before medical emergencies occur.The promise of tomorrow’s better living standards turns on predictive analytics that informs and even anticipates our needs. This new data paradigm will change almost every form of human endeavor, helping us to make healthcare and transportation more efficient, enabling citizens and law enforcement to work together to reduce crime, even allowing people to choose their mates with better hopes of finding the right match.As Smolan notes, “the real-time data streaming in from satellites, and from billions of sensors, RFID tags, and GPS-enabled cameras and smart phones, is enabling humanity to sense, measure, understand and affect aspects of our existence in ways” that would have amazed our grandparents.In this new era, information technology will leap beyond the acquisition and sharing of data on past activities and embark on a revolutionary course defined by real-time insights, smarter decision-making and predictive analytics that foretell a new generation of technology-driven economic gains.The technology to drive such gains exists. What’s needed most are people who know how to ask the right questions and know where to look for answers, who can recognize patterns that others do not see, and who can collaborate smoothly with colleagues in an organization to turn insights into smarter decisions—and tomorrow’s economic growth.last_img read more

Pompeo: International Pressure on Maduro Must Continue

first_imgBy Voice of America (VOA) Edited by Diálogo August 21, 2020 U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on July 15 that international pressure on the Nicolás Maduro regime “must continue until the Venezuelan people can reclaim their democracy.”Pompeo made this statement during a press conference at the U.S. Department of State.“Regarding Venezuela, the U.N. has found yet more harrowing evidence of gross human rights violations by the illegitimate Maduro regime, citing more than 1,300 extrajudicial executions for political reasons in 2020 alone. International pressure on Maduro must continue until the Venezuelan people can reclaim their democracy,” Pompeo said.Pompeo’s statements came on the same day that the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, led by Michelle Bachelet, reported that criminal organizations that exploit, beat, and even murder workers are controlling most gold, diamond, and bauxite mines in the Orinoco Mining Arc region of Venezuela.Bachelet’s office said that the military and security forces of Venezuela’s disputed government are not preventing these crimes and have participated in acts of violence against miners. It also urged Maduro to “take immediate action” to stop labor and sexual exploitation, child labor, and human trafficking crimes described in the report published on July 15.last_img read more

Organizations Awarded Grants From Rising Sun Foundation

first_imgThe Rising Sun Regional Foundation (RSRF) recently awarded a total of $175,669 in 11 new grants. These grants included:• $45,501 to the Milan Community School Corporation toward the purchase of three laptop computer carts for its elementary, middle, and high-school grade levels;• $40,000 to St. Mary’s School in Aurora toward its overall computer renewal project;• $14,950 to the Ripley County Commissioners toward the purchase of a special large document scanner primarily for the Recorder’s Office but also to be shared by other county offices as well as the Ripley County Historical Society;• $1,100 to the Rural Alliance for the Arts in Batesville toward the purchase of red carpets to display outside of its multiple event venues to increase public awareness of its programs;• $25,000 to the Batevile Police Department toward a complete update of the communications system for the Batesville Dispatch Center;• $3,250 to the Versailles Volunteer Fire Department as a challenge grant toward the installation of wiring and switches for an emergency back-up electric generator; and• $12,000 to the Napoleon Community Recreation & Restoration Corporation toward the continued historic restoration program of its 175-year-old Central House.• $20,000 to the Rising Sun Redevelopment Commission toward the next stages of its overall implementation plan for the development of upscale senior housing within the urban corps of Rising Sun;• $1,116 to the City of Rising Sun toward the purchase of serving equipment for the city’s 2013 Navy Bean Festival;• $10,000 to the Rising Sun-Ohio County Community School Corporation towards upgrades to its current software programs to the new web-based Renaissance Learning Enterprise system to improve student learning skills;• $2,752 to the Rising Sun-Ohio County Community School Corporation toward the purchase of an interactive projection system for disabled students;In announcing the awarding of these new grants, foundation President Marianne Wiggers stated, “RSRF has continued its highly competitive grants program, especially in the area of education technology for this grants cycle, in the whole of its grantmaking region.”“The Foundation also continues its grants program challenged by a reduced grants budget for 2013 due to a lessening income stream from the Rising Star Casino, which is faced with both increased regional gaming competition and a continuing difficult general economy,” Wiggers added.The Rising Sun Regional Foundation was created in 1994 by the City of Rising Sun in conjunction with the development of the Grand Victoria Casino and Resort. The foundation began its grantmaking program in early 1997, which it has continued to implement. It is now funded by the Rising Star Casino Resort, which makes monthly contributions to the foundation based on a percentage of its adjusted gross revenue.last_img read more

Liverpool too strong for Tottenham

first_imgLiverpool’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah (C) raises the trophy after winning the UEFA Champions League final football match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid on June 1, 2019.  AFP PHOTOMadrid, Spain | AFP | Mohamed Salah scored one of the fastest ever goals in a Champions League final and Divock Origi struck late as Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in Madrid on Saturday and won the trophy for the sixth time.Less than two minutes had been played when Salah smashed in his spot-kick after Moussa Sissoko had been penalised for handball in the area.A disappointing final never truly got going after that, but Liverpool will not care, as they saw Alisson Becker make several confident saves in the latter stages before substitute Origi drilled in the killer second in the 87th minute.That led to an explosion of joy from their supporters inside the Metropolitano Stadium as Jurgen Klopp’s side made up for their defeat in last year’s final against Real Madrid and the deflation of missing out on the Premier League title to Manchester City.Salah has his redemption after injury ruined his night against Real in Kiev, and the revered Klopp has his first trophy as Liverpool manager, three and a half years on from his arrival at the club. The German ends a run of six straight defeats in finals.More importantly, Liverpool have their sixth European Cup, further cementing their status as one of football’s most storied clubs.They now have more than Barcelona or Bayern Munich, and twice as many as their great rivals Manchester United.Perhaps the occasion was just too much for Tottenham in their first ever appearance in the Champions League final. Beating Liverpool was always going to be a big ask, and they have now lost all three meetings with these opponents this season, winning just one of their last 15 encounters.Mauricio Pochettino’s decision to start Harry Kane after nearly two months out did not pay off, and he is still looking for his first trophy after five years in charge.Nevertheless, if they can keep him, and with the impetus from the move to their new stadium, maybe they will be back on such a stage before long.That they were here at all was remarkable, Lucas Moura’s sensational hat-trick that dumped out Ajax in the semi-finals capping a memorable Champions League season all round.The stage was set for this match, only the second all-English final, but after all the hype and the stories of fans paying thousands for tickets for a game they simply could not miss, this was a strangely subdued affair between the two goals. – Kane gamble backfires –Perhaps the stakes were simply too high, or perhaps the three-week break since the end of the Premier League season was to blame.Most likely the suffocating Madrid heat impacted on the players and prevented this from being like a typical Premier League clash.However, it might also have been a result of the opening goal coming so early, badly affecting Tottenham’s confidence.Pochettino had opted to start Kane after an ankle injury, meaning Lucas was on the bench. Kane hardly touched the ball.Eight members of Liverpool’s team also started last season’s final, when Salah went off injured and in tears in the first half.This time Liverpool were the ones celebrating after a whirlwind start, Slovenian referee Damir Skomina pointing to the spot inside 25 seconds when Sissoko blocked Sadio Mane’s cross with his arm.Salah confidently blasted home the penalty for the second-fastest goal ever scored in the final of the modern Champions League.The only faster effort was Paolo Maldini’s effort for AC Milan against Liverpool in Istanbul in 2005, when the Anfield side famously won on penalties.Spurs just did not get going, and there was none of the frenzied pressing and attacking associated with Klopp’s side, although Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson both came close in the first half.Pochettino’s team did improve after the break, but Virgil van Dijk was immense for Liverpool and there was no way past Alisson, with the Brazilian saving well from Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen late on.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Brookdale Graduates More Than 2,000

first_imgBrookdale Community College’s 43rd commencement was held on May 16 with two ceremonies. More than 2,000 Brookdale students celebrated the successful completion of their academic programs this year. College President Dr. Maureen Murphy presents the Outstanding Student Award to graduates Natalia Wybraniec (left) from the English and Reading Division, and Zachary Eisenberg, from the Social Science & Education Division.last_img

RBR Will Offer Afternoon Pre-School Program Fall 2016

first_imgLITTLE SILVER – Red Bank Regional (RBR) has announced it will double the pre-school capacity in its Little Bucs Preschool program by adding an afternoon session next fall. The program is free of charge to residents in the RBR sending-school towns of Little Silver, Red Bank and Shrewsbury, as well as surrounding towns, in conjunction with the high school’s Early Childhood Development Program. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2016-2017 school year. The tentative start date is Oct. 5, and runs through the first week of June 2017. If interested, contact preschool director Susan Eads at: [email protected] or call 732-842-8000 ext. 331. Please provide your name, your child’s name and age, your email, phone number and address.The ratio of student teachers to pre-schoolers will be one-to-one. There is a one-time activities fee of $125 to fund holiday events, photos, and school outings. The morning session runs from 8:45 to 10:20 a.m. The afternoon session runs from 11:50 a.m. to 1:25 p.m.Eads, an RBR Family and Consumer Science teacher states, “The program provides a mutual benefit for both ends of the age spectrum. The high school students get an incredible hands-on teaching opportunity while the preschoolers receive a wonderful early-learning and socialization experience. A strong bond develops between the children and the high school students and I am always impressed by the leadership and creativity of my students in their role as teachers. And, of course, it is a joy working with the children!”last_img read more

Nelson Reps grab four gold medals at Terry Walgren Tourney; U15s upset U16s

first_imgNelson Youth Soccer teams captured half of the gold medals as the 2013 Terry Walgren Rep Tournament concluded under sunny skies Sunday afternoon at the Lakeside Pitch.Nelsonites won two golds on the girl’s side of the tourney and a pair of top prizes on the boy’s side.The Nelson U15 Girls were the proudest of the lot after knocking off their older U16 cousins in the U16 Girl’s final.Darian Voisard scored twice as the younger squad edged the older U16s for the second time on the weekend. Friday, Allie Zondervan scored the lone goal as the U15s upset the U16s 1-0. The U15s finished the tournament with a 3-0-1 record.In the U18 division, Nelson edged Kelowna United for the gold medal.Kootenay South won both the U14 and U15 Girls divisions with Nelson placing second in the U14 division.On the boy’s side, Nelson Selects took home the top prize in the U14 Boys Division while Nelson U17s won the U18 Boys title.Kootenay South edged Nelson Selects in the final of the U13 Boys while Kootenay South claimed the U15 Boy’s Division.A total of 29 teams from throughout the Kootenay region competed in the three-day tournament.Sunday also marked the debut of the B.C. Soccer U12 Festival Jamboree. Fourteen teams entered the tournament that kept no scores and no results.last_img read more

eleven-x marches its low-power IoT network across Canada

first_imgHow IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Canada is getting a new nationwide wireless network, and this one is specially suited for the Internet of Things (IoT). eleven-x, a member of the LoRa Alliance, is rolling out a cross-Canada expansion of its Low Power Wide Area Network [LPWAN] to include densely populated areas across Canada.Cities that will be covered by the expanded network include: Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, and Toronto. In fact, the Greater Toronto area cities, including Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville and Burlington are also set to be covered in order to make way for the Smart City programs in the region.What it means to Canada’s IoT infrastructureReliable connectivity is essential to for IoT devices that governments, corporations, and individuals depend on. Where many consumer-grade IoT devices exist just fine in the home on the owner’s Wi-Fi signal, having a constant connection outside of the home, or indeed throughout a region, is another story.Existing wireless carrier signals make a lot of bandwidth available, but also require a lot of energy to maintain a connection to. IoT devices don’t need a lot of bandwidth. They just need enough to send data and receive commands.eleven-x‘s LPWAN offers a low-powered solution that, while having far less bandwidth than a conventional carrier signal, can be constantly connected to by battery-powered sensors with minimal energy overhead.This makes it a compelling choice for IoT developers working on smart city projects where sensors are spread throughout a city, many of them operating on battery power. LPWAN makes it possible for these IoT devices to extend their battery life as much as 20 years over those operating on conventional carrier signals.Expanding on existing footprintThis won’t be eleven-x’s first presence in Canada. The company’s LPWAN network currently exists in 22 markets representing over 60% of the country’s population. Initial deployments were launched in December 2016, with a central focus on the Southern Ontario region.This expansion makes way for more smart city programs and less-expensive carrier-grade connectivity throughout the coverage area. eleven-x’s network is already being used to host several Smart City initiatives and enterprise IoT pilot programs. These include projects like smart parking, water monitoring, health and assisted living, and smart metering for utilities like electricity.Canada’s first smart metering program for water was a combined effort between the region of Waterloo and eleven-x.“The timing of this expansion couldn’t be better, enabling the rapidly growing Canadian IoT market.” said Nigel Wallis, Vice President of IoT and Industry Research at IDC.The LoRa Alliance is a global organization that is bringing forward what it hopes will be a consistent, open standard for secure, carrier-grade low-power IoT connectivity. It is comprised of 400 companies globally.Along with this project to expand its LPWAN network, eleven-x has upgraded its membership with the LoRa Alliance to the Contributor level. This upgrade gives eleven-x the ability to initiate, chair, and vote in work groups. These work groups enable members to come up with new draft specifications and other ways to take the technology further.This upgraded role allows eleven-x to take a more active role in the open standard the LoRa Alliance is creating. Ryan Matthew Pierson Related Posts Tags:#Canada#eleven-x#Internet of Things#IoT#LoRa Alliance#LPWAN center_img How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more

IPL 2011: Bangalore have task cut out against Mumbai

first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore will not just have to address Sachin Tendulkar’s hunger for runs and Kieron Pollard’s blistering power, but will also have to be wary of Lasith Malinga’s yorkers when they take on Mumbai Indians in an IPL match in Bangalore on Tuesday.Mumbai have a destructive bowler in Malinga who decimated Delhi Daredevil’s batting on Sunday at the Ferozeshah Kotla.The Lankan pace-bowling spearhead returned with inspiring figures of 5 for 13, which was instrumental in bowling out Virender Sehwag’s outfit for 95.Malinga’s fiery, toe-crushing yorkers would be something that the Royal Challengers (RCB) think-tank would have discussed in detail.RCB would look to score their second successive win in the fourth edition of the tournament at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.They had defeated Kochi Tuskers Kerala by six wickets last weekend in their opening match of the fourth edition of the IPL.And it is expected to be a keen battle between Sachin Tendulkar and pacer Zaheer Khan.It will interesting to see how Zaheer, who has the uncanny ability to produce wickets when his team desperately needs a breakthrough, braces up against Tendulkar’s batting prowess.Compared to Mumbai Indians, RCB have a balanced side with Zaheer, skipper Daniel Vettori and Dirk Nannes providing teeth and experience to the bowling.AB de Villiers, who has been in sublime form since the World Cup, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Virat Kohli, Saurabh Tiwary and young Mayank Agarwal lend depth to RCB’s batting.Tendulkar’s wicket is one which RCB would want to get early in the innings. If the batting maestro drops anchor, they could well expect a late innings blitz from Kieron Pollard.advertisementlast_img read more