World War I Veterans, Nazis in Chile, Natural Disasters, More: Monday Buzz, July 3, 2017


Library of Congress: Veterans History Project Launches Part Two of Web Series on World War I Veterans. “The Veterans History Project (VHP) today launched, ‘Over There’ the second in a three-part, online ‘Experiencing War’ website series dedicated to United States veterans of the First World War. ‘Over There’ highlights 10 digitized World War I collections found in the Veterans History Project archive.”

Alt Gov 2: Newly Released Photos of Nazi Spies and Enclaves in Chile During WWII. “On June 22, 2017, the government of Chile released 1,500+ pages of documents about the Nazi enclaves in the country during World War II. In the remote southern regions of Chile and Argentina (in other words, the southern tip of South America), Nazis had set up shop to engage in paramilitary training, intercept Allied radio communications, and plan acts of sabotage, including blowing up the Panama Canal.”

The Conversation: New Data Set Explores 90 Years of Natural Disasters in the U.S.. “Our research team wanted to know how disasters affect people’s decisions to move in or out of particular areas. We created a new database that covers disasters in the United States from 1920 to 2010 at the county level, combining data from the American Red Cross as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its predecessors.”

Indian Express: Government to launch national database on undertrials. “The National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) in collaboration with the National Informatics Centre (NIC) is working on a national digital database of undertrials. “The data will be uploaded from the district centres. When operational, the database will make available at the push of a key information on undertrials languishing in jails across the country.” An “undertrial” is someone who is in custody and awaiting trial for a crime.

University of Waterloo: Multidisciplinary project will help historians unlock billions of archived web pages. “The University of Waterloo and York University have been awarded a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to make petabytes of historical internet content accessible to scholars and others interested in researching the recent past. The grant, valued at $610,625, supports Archives Unleashed, a project that will develop web archive search and data analysis tools to enable scholars and librarians to access, share, and investigate recent history since the early days of the World Wide Web. It is additionally supported by generous in-kind and financial contributions from Start Smart Labs, Compute Canada, York University Libraries and the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Arts.”


Search Engine Journal: Bing Introduces Personalized Image and Video Feeds . “Bing has introduced the ability to personalize your image and video feeds based on interests and favorites. When you visit the Bing homepage, and navigate to the images or video sections before conducting a search, you will see the ‘Feed’ tab.”

Digital Trends: Twitter To Serve Up Live-stream Tennis Goodies For Wimbledon Fans. “As Wimbledon prepares to serve up its first on-court action of the year — as well as multiple helpings of the traditional strawberries and cream — Twitter, too, will be joining in the fun by offering tennis fans lots of live-streamed goodies from the event.”

The Register: Photobucket says photo-f**k-it, starts off-site image shakedown. “Photobucket is cracking down on people embedding on third-party websites images it hosts, until now, for free. The photo-slinging internet elder now says that anyone who wants to use its service to display photos it hosts on other pages – such as signature banners in forum posts – will now need to open up their wallets and plop down $399.99 a year for a subscription plan.”


Task & Purpose: This Massive Veteran Health Project Just Became The Largest DNA Database In The World. Now Its Future Is Uncertain. “The Million Veteran Program was designated the largest genomic database in the world when it reached 500,000 participants last August. Project leaders plan to use the information to research conditions such as diabetes, cancer, Gulf War illness, heart disease, kidney disease, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. But the project could face an uncertain future based on President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 VA budget, veterans with the American Legion said.”

BBC World Service: The 85-year-old woman who wants to collect every recipe in the world. “Harvard Food Historian Barbara Ketcham-Wheaton is trying to collect every cookbook ever published in Europe and the U.S. in order to compile an online digital database of recipes she’s calling The Sifter. Her ultimate goal is to gather recipes from all over the world in the hope it will reveal the global patterns in cooking over time. She talks to the BBC’s Emily Thomas.” This is audio-only, to which I do not usually link, but it’s glorious, so I’m breaking my own rule.

Reuters: Pakistani journalist arrested under cyber crime law . “Pakistan authorities have arrested a journalist under a new electronic crime law aimed at combating terrorism and preventing blasphemy but which critics say is used to suppress political dissent.”


We’re out past the bleeding edge on this one, but I thought it was interesting. From NewsWise: Study Finds Hackers Could Use Brainwaves to Steal Passwords. “Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham suggest that brainwave-sensing headsets, also known as EEG or electroencephalograph headsets, need better security after a study reveals hackers could guess a user’s passwords by monitoring their brainwaves.” Good morning, Internet…

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  1. >>>“Harvard Food Historian Barbara Ketcham-Wheaton is trying to collect every cookbook ever published in Europe and the U.S. in order to compile an online digital database of recipes she’s calling The Sifter” <<<

    I asked if I could submit my cookbook: (more than) 77 Michizona Recipes: A Family Cookbook — fingers crossed!

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