Several librarians across the United States have been petitioning ISO and ANSI to release or open up access to several critical standards in the response efforts to the COVID-19 pandemic. ANSI has announced a portal that contains several of these important standards, including standards for the fabrication of ventilators and standards for incident management response, released to the public. At this time, 31 of these ISO standards have been released, and you can access them by visiting the following links.
Blog topic: Government information
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Technical reports are a form of the “grey literature” which is extremely important for researchers in a variety of fields. While most technical reports aren’t strictly “academic work”, they often contain valuable information for researchers. Finding technical reports can be tricky, and there are no real standards for how they can be accessed. Nonetheless, we have a few suggestions for you!
The US government produces a LOT of statistics in the course of its daily work. There are 13 official "federal statistical agencies" that provide essential statistical information for use by governments, businesses, researchers, and the public:
UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter, the founding document of the Organization. Signed in San Francisco by 51 Member States, the Charter lays out the main goals of the United Nations to maintain international peace and security, to protect human rights, to promote sustainable development, to deliver humanitarian aid, and to uphold international law.
Databases of the week: highlighting the data providers at Gear Up For Social Science Data Extravaganza
This week's "databases of the week" is a "twofer." We'd like to highlight the databases from the data providers who will be attending our 2019 Gear Up For Social Science Data Extravaganza on friday October 25, 2019 from 10am - 5pm. The Social Science Data Extravaganza will include a DATA EXPO with one-on-one consultations with representatives from the data providers listed below and more!; DATA TALKS by invited Stanford affiliated researchers; and DATA DEMOS by Stanford Library an