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In this series, members of the RDS team share links to research data-related stories, resources, and news that caught their eye each month. Feel free to share your favorite stories with us on Twitter @UWMadRschSvcs!


Cameron Cook

The Programming Historian has a tutorial on using web APIs to make your data more accessible.

On January 1, 2019, works from 1923 finally began to enter the public domain. MIT digitized 100 newly public domain works to be read and used by anyone.

Clare Michaud

The JSTOR Understanding Series is a free and open tool that allows users to link primary texts with scholarship, such as journal articles and book chapters, available through JSTOR.

This article from The Cap Times gives updates about how the City of Madison has improved its data management practices in the last two years, in how it manages data internally and shares data with Madison citizens. Since 2016, the City has updated its open data portal, created new visualization and mapping tools, and created a toolkit to help people use the City’s open data to improve grant applications to the City.

Cartographer John Czaplewski wrote a piece on Medium about initiatives to incentivize and decentralize the creation of quality spatial data.