The Deep Web

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An interesting article (link below) that discusses the deep web which is not generally accessible by standard search engines.

“By its very nature, the size of the Deep Web is difficult to calculate. But top university researchers say the Web you know — Facebook (FB, Fortune 500), Wikipedia, news — makes up less than 1% of the entire World Wide Web.” (Pagliery)

This article seems to have some relevance to the Berners-Lee, Tim, et al. “The World-Wide Web.” reading in The New Media Reader.

http://money.cnn.com/2014/03/10/technology/deep-web/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

Pagliery, JoseMarch. “The Deep Web You Don’t Know About”. March 10, 2014. CNN Money. Web.

Social Media: A New Governing Platform

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One of the most widely used new media platforms is the social media site Facebook. With over One Billion Members worldwide (one seventh of the earths population), it is not surprising that face book could become a sort of new media / new world government by its instantaneous nature of social information transfer.  Below are some links to articles regarding Facebook’s role in the Arab spring uprisings that occurred in the middle east in 2011. These uprisings have radically changed governments in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, and more. Currently in Syria there is a bloody civil war that blossomed out of the Arab spring

http://www.wired.com/magazine/2013/04/arabspring

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/09/so-was-facebook-responsible-for-the-arab-spring-after-all

http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/what-the-arab-spring-tells-us-about-the-future-of-social-media-in-revolutionary-movements

Updating Average Annual Rainfall for Sarasota Bay

Keeping track of annual average rainfall is important for watershed management. The following video tutorial shows a quick process for updating a graphical representation of average annual rainfall using a bar-graph that compares average annual rainfall to the historic rainfall. Average annual rainfall for Sarasota bay is calculated by combining the daily values from approximately 17 different automated rainfall collection sites. The combined values are totaled yielding a monthly value in inches. These monthly averages are then tabulated on a separate sheet in excel. The monthly averages are then presented graphically using a bar graph with the historical annual average behind the current year average. The following video is an example of how to update the bar graphs with the current years data in a quick manner. These graphs are a quick visual representation to let management know what how the current years data compares to the long term average on a month-to-month basis.