World War I Soldiers, Yosemite Bears, Deep Sea Trash, More: Wednesday Buzz, April 5, 2017


Nashville Public Radio: On 100th Anniversary Of World War I, Tennessee Shares Digitized Mementos Of Its Fallen Soldiers. “Starting now, this Tennessee Gold Star collection is digitized and searchable online by soldier’s name, county, or branch of service. And the state is bringing special attention to the records for the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. All told, more than 1,100 Tennessee soldiers are documented —about a third of those who perished.”

A new Web site lets you track bears in Yosemite. “Rangers at Yosemite National Park on Monday unveiled a unique tool aimed at reducing interactions between its population of black bears and people: a website where fans of the animals can follow their every step – from a distance. That’s possible because select bears are fitted with GPS collars showing where the animals are heading.”

Japan has created a database of trash in the deep ocean. “The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology on Monday opened online its new Deep-Sea Debris Database, which features videos and images of trash taken in deep waters, including by its Shinkai 6500 manned research submarine. The agency posts on its websites images of the deep sea taken by manned or unmanned research submarines since it launched the operations of its Shinkai 2000 manned research submarine in 1982.”

Pointed out by Steve D on Twitter, thanks man! The National Library of Scotland has put a 1923 set of transport road maps online. “This set of Ministry of Transport Road Maps, issued by the Ordnance Survey in 1923, were the first to accurately show the initial numbered roads in Scotland. The roads depicted on this set of maps are the Class I (red) roads showing important routes connecting large population centres or through roads, and the less important Class II (green) roads.”

From BusinessWire: New York Philharmonic Opens the Toscanini Archives, Providing Digital Access for Maestro’s 150th Birthday (PRESS RELEASE). “-Open-source pioneer Alfresco Software announced today that the New York Philharmonic, in conjunction with Alfresco partner Technology Services Group (TSG), has now digitized materials from former Music Director Arturo Toscanini’s era, and made them publicly available, thanks to Alfresco Content Services — just in time for celebrations marking the legendary musician’s 150th birthday. The materials being released cover the Toscanini era (1925–1945) and encompass 1,300 folders of documents totaling approximately 70,000 pages of remarkable history, plus a dozen marked scores, and 200 related parts.”


UNESCO: Agreement on software preservation signed at UNESCO. “UNESCO and the National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (INRIA) today signed an agreement at the Organization’s headquarters to contribute to the preservation of the technological and scientific knowledge contained in software. This includes promoting universal access to software source code. The agreement was signed in the presence of the President of the French Republic, François Hollande, UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, and INRIA’s Chief Executive Officer, Antoine Petit.”


PLOS: Important, Widely Used and Well-Reported Datasets. “In conjunction with PLOS ONE’s 10th anniversary celebration, the journal is launching a Datasets Collection to highlight articles with datasets that are noteworthy because of their impact and usefulness. The collection was assembled by PLOS ONE Senior Editor Meghan Byrne in collaboration with members of the PLOS ONE Editorial Staff, the PLOS ONE Editorial Board and the PLOS-wide Data Advisory Board.”


From Northwestern: Museum Maps: Using Google Maps to Create Field Assignment Resources in Museum 370. “One carefully considered, critical assignment in the course is the weekly Field Assignment. Each week, of the course discusses the origins and ethical issues related to a different type of museum (Natural History, Science, Local History, or Art, for example). The assignment is for students to locate such a museum near them to visit: an unusually rich, multi-layered learning experience away from the computer. This not only sends students out to see museums in their own area that they may not typically visit. It also creates an awareness for the whole class of museums that for the most part they have never heard of, with engaged conversations between the students reminiscing about visiting the same place years before or comparing the visit with the museum they just visited.”

Phnom Penh Post (Cambodia): Leaks take aim at Huns: FB page posts photos of PM’s family, gov’t documents. “More than 12 months after the opposition was hit with repeated leaked audio recordings, a new Facebook page dubbed ‘Thleay’ seems to have trained its sights on Prime Minister Hun Sen and his family, releasing purported text messages, personal pictures and government documents over the last month. The month-old Facebook page, which translates to ‘leaks’ in Khmer, has been posting official government documents and intimate pictures of the Hun family, especially daughters Hun Maly and Hun Mana, as well as the premier’s nephew, Hun To.”

Techdirt: Newly Leaked Documents Expose Stunning Waste And Incompetence At The Copyright Office. “Previously unreleased documents acquired by Techdirt show, fairly conclusively, that Congress will be making a huge and dangerous mistake if it moves forward with changing how the head of the Copyright Office is appointed. And despite the fact that the RIAA & MPAA are eagerly supporting this change, the people it will hurt the most are content creators. Because the Copyright Office is basically incompetent when it comes to modernizing its technology. That’s what was found by a thorough (but not publicly released) Inspector General’s report, detailing how the Copyright Office not only threw away $11.6 million on a new computer system that it said would cost $1.1 million, but also lied to both Congress and the Library of Congress about it, pretending everything was going great.”


Engadget: Reddit law enforcement requests have tripled in two years. “Reddit has just released its 2016 Transparency Report showing how many times US and foreign governments or law enforcement demanded private user information. Given its size (274 million users) the site is a pretty decent ‘canary in the coalmine’ for privacy and government overreach. If so, governments are getting more nosy: Reddit said it fielded 170 requests for account information, over triple the 55 it received in 2014, the year of its first transparency report.”

The Local Switzerland: Man faces court for ‘liking’ Facebook posts. “A 45-year-old man from Zurich is due in court charged with defamation for ‘liking’ Facebook posts that accused another man of anti-Semitism. The case, the first of its kind in Switzerland, derives from an online spat within the animal rights community, reported the Tages Anzeiger on Monday.” Good morning, Internet…

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