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September Link Roundup

U.S. Government Information: Weekly Roundup Editors of this particular LibGuide anticipate weekly updates on the activities of the U.S. federal government, particularly reports and activities. There will be “. . . links to important, news-worthy, or interesting material published during the previous week.”  
The Constitution Annotated Is Now Easier to Search and Browse The latest version of The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation (AKA the Constitution Annotated) is available as of September 17, 2019. Created by the Congressional Research Service for the U.S. Senate, the document makes the Constitution “. . . available to all Americans, regardless of their background in law.”  
The Law Prof Twittersphere 2019 In an artful infographic developed by Ryan Whalen for his eponymous website, the connections between law professors’ Twitter accounts is now available in visual format. Whalen identified several data sets, including: law profs by total followers, number of other law profs following, and schools based on the number of law prof follower sums.  
Research Tools: World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Officially Launches New IP Portal Taken from a WIPO press release: “WIPO has launched its new IP Portal, a one-stop shop to the Organization’s full range of online intellectual property (IP) services. For users of WIPO’s IP services for patents, trademarks and industrial designs, the IP Portal will provide greater consistency in how they interact with WIPO, while maintaining the underlying business processes.”  
GPO Produces US Code with new XML based publishing technology The U.S. Government Publishing Office will publish the 2018 edition of the U.S. Code through XPub, “. . . the agency’s new digital technology for XML-based publishing.” XPub allows for new functionality, including the ability to “[a]ccept content in any form, including XML sources, as well as digital file formats and hard copy manuscript pages” and “[p]roduce PDF files and digital products that are Section 508-compliant, meaning they are accessible to people with disabilities.”  
How an Impeachment Process Inquiry Works beSpacific provided links with historical, political, policy, and legal information on impeachment process inquiries.  


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August Link Roundup

Millions of Books Are Secretly in the Public Domain. You Can Download Them Free For the book-loving members of WPLLA (LOL! That’s all of us!) – a beSpacific link to a Vice article lauding the efforts of the New York Public Library, which has made hundreds, if not thousands of public domain books available for download.  
Demystifying Blockchain: Katherine Lowry Invites You to Build a Blockchain at ILTA The International Legal Technology Association’s Annual Conference (or ILTACON) will be in Orlando from 08/18-08/22. By concentrating on a single theme (blockchain), the conference aims to educate knowledge professionals about the tech as it’s used now and how it could advance in the near future.  
NYU DC presents “In Conversation: Dr. Carla Hayden and Ray Suarez.”   A YouTube video about public access to some of the most storied works at the Library of Congress.