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We are not ashamed to say that we are big fans of science fiction, that we have been reading it for more than fifty years. In fact, the first books we ever bought when we were ten years old were the first volumes of Horatio Hornblower and a handful of Robert Heinlein‘s novels. So while we did not go to ComicCon (we sent our son as our avatar), we do want to point you to this website that contains full-length author interviews and panel discussions. Enjoy!
Communication Breakdown: Unraveling the Islamic State’s media Efforts (Combating Terrorism Center, West Point) is a data-rich, graphic-laden report. As the executive summary points out: “Given the focus that the Islamic State places on its media activities, it is important for those fighting the group to have a level of familiarity with the breadth, content, and nature of these activities. The goal of this report is twofold. First, it attempts to examine declassified documents captured from the group’s predecessors to provide a baseline understanding of its present-day media structure and operations. Second, through an examination of over 9,000 Islamic State official media products, this report offers detailed insight into what the group is saying and what a study of its propaganda can tell us about its strengths, weaknesses, and struggles.”(7) A good summary of this report is available from The New York Times. The Brookings Institution has also examined this topic; its reports are here. And let us not forget this RAND report –Examining ISIS Support and Opposition Networks on Twitter.
State and Provincial Papers of New Hampshire is a forty-volume series that delves into the early years of the state from 1623 to 1846. Published between 1867 and at least 1943, these books are divided into separate series: State and Provincial Papers(material from the state House of Representatives, General Assembly, State Council, etc); Town Papers; Revolutionary Rolls; Town Charters; Probate Records; and Court Records.
“The Archaeology Data Service supports research, learning and teaching with freely available, high quality and dependable digital resources. It does this by preserving digital data in the long term, and by promoting and disseminating a broad range of data in archaeology.” To support this goal, the ADS allows access to hundreds of thousands of documents, ranging from archaeological journals to books/monographs to unpublished field reports. Its Archsearch feature aggregates material from a wide variety of sources such as the Historic England National Inventory, various archaeological trusts, and the Council for British Archaeology. A great site!
The HBC is a unique enterprise, spanning the centuries until the present day. At times, it was an entity unto itself, almost a sovereign country. Being a business, detailed records were kept, among them biographies of its employees. Where possible, these records include parish of birth, birth date, death date, appointments, positions and postings, date of entering service, names of wife/wives and child(ren), and annotations if available. Additional information (including by-laws, correspondence, and other primary source material) on the company can be found here; maps of its numerous posts can also be consulted online. The Dictionary of Canadian Biography presents fuller life stories on some of these HBC worthies.
Horizon 2016 K-12 Report and Digital Toolkit; State of Broadband Report 2016 (UN); Global Education Monitoring Report 2016 (UNESCO; brief yet informative report starting on p.311 on ICT in education); Lifelong Learning and Technology (Pew); and 2016 E-Rate Trends Report (Funds for Learning).