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Weekly News Digest

January 22, 2019 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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The U.S. Government Shutdown's Effect on Data Science

Eric Hinsdale writes on FireOak Strategies’ website, “The long-term effects of the [government] shutdown on data science are hard to predict.” In particular, “the loss of access to public data is proving disruptive for those who rely on access to open data to do their jobs.” He continues:, the federal government’s central catalog for open data sets, went offline sometime during the morning of January 9th. A General Services Administration spokesperson was quoted by FedScoop, explaining: ‘As is not a static site, it requires staff monitoring and maintenance to be online. Because personnel that monitor and maintain the site are currently furloughed, redirects to The decision to take offline is consistent with previous funding lapse practices.’ …

The status of other data repositories besides is also inconsistent. PubMed Central is still operational, as is NASA’s Data Portal. But others such as the USAID Development Data Library (DDL) are offline.

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