Arizona Aerospace, Algal Blooms, California State Archives, More: Monday Afternoon Buzz, June 26, 2016


The Arizona Commerce Authority has launched a database of aerospace providers in Arizona. “The database will serve as a go-to resource for Arizona’s aerospace and defense companies and the state’s growing supply chain. It contains detailed profiles of more than 1,250 companies with a presence in Arizona, and allows users to search by industry, size, certifications and products and services offered.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have launched a new site to track algal blooms. “The One Health Harmful Algal Bloom System (OHHABS) will collect data on harmful algal blooms and associated human and animal illness. CDC encourages state and territorial public health agencies to use this voluntary system to report harmful algal blooms and associated illness. The new website provides information on how to recognize these blooms and what people can do to protect themselves, their families, and their pets.” Note that it’s a voluntary system, and until it becomes more widely used won’t be anywhere near complete.

I don’t have any more details than this because the announcement is tomorrow – but it looks like The California State Archives and Google are teaming up and it’s on the Google Cultural Institute end: “Secretary of State Alex Padilla will be joined by State Archivist Nancy Lenoil and the Google Cultural Institute to announce a new partnership on Tuesday, June 28.”

In development: an online free speech resource center. “The McLellan Free Expression Online Library will provide answers to legal questions and links to hundreds of sources on topics such as student censorship, invasion of privacy, social media speech, libel and copyright issues. Students across the country will be able to connect with [Michigan State University] Law’s resources to protect their rights to free speech.”


Yahoo has made some updates to its mail app.


TechCrunch has a writeup on a nifty site that’s designed to make math and calculating easier. “[Mateusz] Mucha’s product lets you create your own custom calculators and currently supports a number of helpful formulas, including BMI calculations, unit conversions and mortgage calculations. The current version is fairly limited, but he is building a customization system that will let anyone solve problems on-the-fly. For example, he made a wire-transfer calculator in a few minutes by taking a few common variables and connecting them using a drag-and-drop interface.”


A film archivist at the Library of Congress had a stack of 13 photos that needed identifying. So they went to Reddit. At this writing Reddit got ten of ’em. This is a huge thread, as you might imagine.


The Cyberspace Administration of China has created new rules for search engines following the death of Wei Zexi. Some of it: “The regulation stipulate that search providers must clearly label all paid-for search results and they must also enhance oversight on the advertisers.”

The New Mexico Supreme Court is cautioning judges about using social media. “The chief justice said judges should not post anything personal on election social media profiles. Instead, they should let their campaign committees handle them. Daniels also urged prohibiting comments from the public on those accounts, limiting any dialogue. In addition, judges should implement privacy settings and carefully consider accepting ‘friend’ requests. Daniels cited a case in Florida where a lawyer argued he could not get a fair trial after not responding to the presiding judge’s friend request on Facebook.”


From Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jr, writing at Punch: Making African-focused research accessible online. “Africa remains a continent of valuable resource to the world; hence the growing demand for African focused research. In the last few decades, the overwhelming call for the accessibility of African research has stretched traditional archiving methods. Prior to this time, debates about civilisation or science have always eluded Africa because traditional African societies did not value the act of writing ideas and archiving them. History was moonlight tales, and then folklores and then myths and legends. The result is that the history of great wars, advancements in herbal and traditional medicine, intriguing architecture, development of African arts, music and sound were all lost. Fast forward to today, the need for archiving and digitising African-focused research is not an ambitious task but a response to the call to make African research accessible on a global scale.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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