Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Slavery Archive To Go Digital

"California State University, Sacramento is building a new one-of-a-kind archive that will draw visitors from around the world. But those visitors will never step foot on campus. Instead they’ll click their way through digital holdings—letters, journals, photographs, documents, newspapers, ephemera and more—that tell the story of African American slave experiences in California and the state’s little-known involvement in the Underground Railroad. The digital archive will hold high-quality images of original source material carefully cataloged for use by scholars and the curious public."

Overabundance of Info

Peter Lyman and Hal Varian, professors at UC Berkeley's School of Information Management and Systems found that "their first project to quantify the world's information in 2000 attracted so much interest that they decided to count it all over again this year. They found twice as much new information had been created in 2002 as in 1999, the last year they studied."

Cell Phone Manners

"California, Oregon and Washington residents were more likely to disable their phone’s ringer while in libraries, movie theaters, restaurants and schools."

Lockyer's Free Speech Guidelines Vary from FBI's

" California law enforcement officers should not spy on
citizens exercising their constitutional rights of
speech, religion and association unless they have
reason to think a crime has been or will be
committed -- no matter what John Ashcroft says.

That's the gist of one of a series of legal guidelines
that state Attorney General Bill Lockyer sent to every
police chief and sheriff in the state this week in the
form of a book titled, 'Criminal Intelligence Systems:
A California Perspective.'"

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