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The Evolving Role of News on Twitter and Facebook

July 27, 2015 18:15

Source: Pew Research Center

From Press Release:

The share of Americans for whom Twitter and Facebook serve as a source of news is continuing to rise. This rise comes primarily from more current users encountering news there rather than large increases in the user base overall, according to findings from a new survey. The report also finds that users turn to each of these prominent social networks to fulfill different types of ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Industries - International - Internet - Media and entertainment - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications - North America

Source: Pew Research Center


UK: Taking Part 2014/15 - Annual Child Report

July 27, 2015 18:11

Source: Department for Culture, Media and Sport (UK)

Cultural Engagement - Key Findings:

The latest results show that almost all children aged 5-15 had engaged with the arts in the last year (98%). This was a similar proportion to 2008/09 and to 2012/13, but a significant decrease on the 2013/14 figure of 99%.

Results showed that children aged 5-15 were engaging with the arts regularly, with 89 per cent ... <snip>

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Posted in: Arts and humanities - Children and families - Consumer issues - Education - Europe - K-12 - Social and cultural issues - Sports, recreation and leisure - United Kingdom

Source: Department for Culture, Media and Sport (UK)


UK: Downward Mobility, Opportunity Hoarding and the ‘Glass Floor’

July 27, 2015 18:08

Source: Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission (UK) via GOV.UK

From Executive Summary:

There has tended to be a focus on upward social mobility and this is perhaps understandable as it is more politically palatable to make the case for policies that help to increase the chance of the least advantaged improving their social or economic position without apparent damage to the interests of the more advantaged. Concerns about ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Children and families - Documents in the news - Education - Europe - Labor - Poverty - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom

Source: Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission (UK)


UK: National Literacy Trust Hubs: Understanding the Role of Literacy in Public Health

July 25, 2015 18:30

Source: National Literacy Trust (UK)

From What is the relationship between health and literacy?:

Evidence demonstrates a clear link between low literacy and poor health. In 2008 the National Literacy Trust published a paper highlighting the association between low literacy and poor health outcomes. In 2014, we explored the direct nature of this relationship, demonstrating that those with low literacy were up to ... <snip>

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Posted in: Consumer issues - Diseases and conditions - Education - Europe - Health and healthcare - Public safety - Safety - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom

Source: National Literacy Trust (UK)


UK: The Behavioural Insights Team: Update Report 2013-2015

July 25, 2015 18:25

Source: Behavioural Insights Team (UK)

From Executive Summary:

This report is the latest in a series of update reports from the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), detailing the work of the team and recent findings. It covers the last two years of BIT’s work.

This period has been an exciting one, both for BIT and for the growing field of practitioners around the world applying insights from the behavioural sciences to ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Documents in the news - Europe - Government and politics - Health and healthcare - Mental health and substance abuse - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom

Source: Behavioural Insights Team (UK)


ARSC Guide to Audio Preservation

July 23, 2015 10:39

Source: Council on Library and Information Resources

From About this guide:

The guide aims to help public and private institutions, as well as individual collectors, that have sound recordings in their collections but lack the professional expertise in one or more areas to preserve them. The chapters that follow cover audio conservation and preservation, recorded sound formats and their associated risks, ... <snip>

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Posted in: Arts and humanities - Education - Industries - Intellectual property - International - Media and entertainment - Technology - North America - Regulation and compliance

Source: Council on Library and Information Resources


Job Tenure in Turbulent Times

July 23, 2015 10:36

Source: Eurofound

From Executive Summary:

Changes in the economic environment over past decades have led to growing concern about decreasing job stability and the disappearance of the ‘job for life’. There is a fear that globalisation and technological progress have led to changes in the labour market, which may in turn have reduced job tenure (defined as the length of time a worker has been continuously employed by ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Europe - Globalization - Industries - International - Labor - Social and cultural issues - Technology

Source: Eurofound


Major Changes in European Public Opinion with Regard to the European Union

July 21, 2015 13:13

Source: European Parliament

From Main Findings:

The impact of the economic context on opinions about the European Union follows a complex mechanism.

The onset of economic crises does not systematically result in a fall in opinions about the European Union (at least not initially): we see this in the case of the oil crisis of the 70s, the slowing down of the economy in the early 2000s associated with the bursting of the ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Europe - Government and politics - Immigration - International - International Relations - Labor - Social and cultural issues - Emerging Economies

Source: European Parliament


Achieving World-class Cancer Outcomes: A Strategy for England 2015-2020

July 21, 2015 13:11

Source: Cancer Research UK

From Press Release:

Six strategic priorities have...been recommended by the Independent Cancer Taskforce to help the NHS achieve world-class cancer outcomes.

The cancer report outlines how an additional 30,000 patients every year could survive cancer for 10 years or more by 2020. Of these, around 11,000 would be through earlier diagnosis.

The plan, which aims to make substantial ... <snip>

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Posted in: Age and Aging - Diseases and conditions - Documents in the news - Europe - Health and healthcare - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom

Source: Cancer Research UK


BRICS Trade Strategy: Time for a Rethink

July 21, 2015 13:05

Source: Centre for Economic Policy Research

From Executive Summary:

At a time when each of the BRICS’ exports are falling and when only India is expected to see faster economic growth in 2015 and 2016, this report argues that the trade strategy of the BRICS should be rethought. Greater attention should be placed on the unilateral actions taken by governments that limit imports and that artificially inflate exports. The ... <snip>

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Posted in: Asia - Business and economics - China - Globalization - India - International - International Relations - Latin America and the Caribbean - Russia - South America - Emerging Economies

Source: Centre for Economic Policy Research


UK: Power Failure: Five Fundamental Faults of Our Energy System

July 17, 2015 17:32

Source: New Economics Foundation (UK)

From the Introduction:

Energy is the essential ingredient of our economy and society. It empowers, connects, and sustains us. And since all energy derives from our environment, it is one of the key intermediaries between our natural and social worlds. Consequently, the manner in which we choose to create and distribute energy in different ways and for different uses – what will be ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Energy - Environment - Europe - Industries - Science - United Kingdom

Source: New Economics Foundation (UK)


UK: General Practice Extraction Service – Investigation

July 17, 2015 17:29

Source: National Audit Office (UK)

From Press Release:

The National Audit Office has today published the findings from its investigation into the General Practice Extraction Service (GPES), an IT system designed to allow NHS organizations to extract data from all GP practice computer systems in England. This data would be used to monitor quality, plan and pay for health services and help medical research.

The key findings ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Europe - Government and politics - Health and healthcare - Internet - Investments - Security - Taxation - Technology - Telecommunications - United Kingdom

Source: National Audit Office (UK)


Creative Industries Copyright Licensing: Opportunities and Risks

July 17, 2015 17:24

Source: Creative Barcode (UK)

From Press Release:

Creative work worth over £500 billion is at risk.

The absence of embedded identifiers in creative work placed on the internet will significantly increase the risk of becoming an ‘Orphan Work’.

Visual imagery is the largest segment of creative works at risk including illustrations, designs, photography, animations, cartoons and so forth.

 ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Europe - Industries - Intellectual property - International - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - Media and entertainment - Nonprofits - Security - Small business and entrepreneurship - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications - United Kingdom

Source: Creative Barcode (UK)


Living Standards, Poverty and Inequality in the UK: 2015

July 17, 2015 17:22

Source: Institute for Fiscal Studies (UK)

From Executive Summary:

How have household incomes evolved since the onset of the financial crisis? How has the gap between rich and poor changed? How have living standards changed over time for different parts of the population? How many people are in poverty and which groups are most likely to face poverty?

Each year, the government produces statistics about the distribution of ... <snip>

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Posted in: Age and Aging - Business and economics - Children and families - Consumer issues - Europe - Labor - Poverty - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom

Source: Institute for Fiscal Studies (UK)


A National Policy Agenda for Libraries

July 14, 2015 14:58

Source: American Library Association

From Introduction to the Agenda and Initiative:

Libraries are in a digital revolution, fueled by rapid advances in technology. This digital revolution brings compelling opportunities to build upon what libraries already do well: empower and engage communities and contribute to the missions of our national institutions.

But the digital revolution also brings with it ... <snip>

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Posted in: Arts and humanities - Business and economics - Consumer issues - Education - Government and politics - Internet - Science - Social and cultural issues - Sports, recreation and leisure - Technology - North America

Source: American Library Association


Devolving Responsibilities to Cities in England: Wave 1 City Deals

July 14, 2015 14:56

Source: National Audit Office (UK)

From Press Release:

The government’s Wave 1 City Deals were an important catalyst for cities to develop their capacity to manage devolved funding and increased responsibility for economic growth, according to the National Audit Office. However, it is too early to tell whether the deals will have any overall impact on growth.

Measuring the deals’ impact on economic growth will ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Europe - Government and politics - Investments - Labor - Small business and entrepreneurship - Taxation - United Kingdom

Source: National Audit Office (UK)


UK: Principles for Offset Agreements

July 14, 2015 14:53

Source: JISC

As open-access (OA) publishing funded by article-processing charges (APCs) becomes more widely accepted, UK academic institutions face an increase in the ‘total cost of publication’, comprising subscription costs plus APCs and additional administration costs. Most APC payments are made to large ‘traditional’ commercial publishers who also received considerable subscription income. Jisc Collections is ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Education - Europe - Industries - Intellectual property - Internet - Media and entertainment - Postsecondary - Security - Technology - Telecommunications - United Kingdom

Source: JISC


How AIDS Changed Everything

July 14, 2015 14:47

Source: UNAIDS

From the Preface:

Fifteen years ago, AIDS was shattering families, communities and entire nations.  But the AIDS epidemic also united the world behind efforts to stop and reverse the toll, and to ensure that people everywhere have access to life-saving medicines. Millennium Development Goal 6 played a central role in this massive global mobilization to scale up action against one of the most complex and ... <snip>

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Posted in: Children and families - Diseases and conditions - Documents in the news - Gender and sexuality - Government and politics - Health and healthcare - International - Poverty - Public safety - Safety - Social and cultural issues

Source: UNAIDS


Syria: 3RP Regional Progress Report

July 10, 2015 16:58

Source: 3RP

From Regional Overview:

The 3RP was planned on the assumption that conflict and insecurity will continue in Syria, causing ongoing displacement of civilians and families. Many of these vulnerable people would seek international protection, with more than 4.2 million Syrian refugees expected to be hosted in neighbouring countries by the end of 2015. By May 2015, these planning assumptions have been validated. More than 3.9 million ... <snip>

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Posted in: Africa - Children and families - Europe - Government and politics - Human rights - International - Middle East - National security - Poverty - Social and cultural issues

Source: 3RP


UK: IFS Post-Budget Briefing, Summer 2015

July 10, 2015 16:56

Source: Institute for Fiscal Studies (UK)

From Opening remarks:

In the March Budget, and indeed in the Conservative manifesto, we were promised budget balance by 2018-19. That magic moment has now been shifted back to 2019- 20. In part that reflects a gentler than planned path for spending cuts, including welfare spending cuts. The gentler path does not however represent a let up in the overall scale of cuts – other than ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Documents in the news - Europe - Government and politics - Labor - Privacy - Social and cultural issues - Taxation - United Kingdom

Source: Institute for Fiscal Studies (UK)



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