Antibiotics, Minneapolis Police, Indigenous Rights, More: Thursday Afternoon Buzz, August 10, 2017


CIDRAP: New data-sharing platform aims to boost antibiotic discovery. “The publicly available database and interactive data-sharing tool, called the Shared Platform for Antibiotic Research and Knowledge (SPARK), will include curated antibiotic discovery data from accessible sources, along with unpublished data, related content, and expert analysis. The hope is that SPARK will allow scientists from around the world who are working on antibiotic discovery to share data, gain new insights, collaborate, and ultimately advance research on molecules that can penetrate and stay inside gram-negative bacteria—the toughest and most pressingly important bacterial pathogens.”

CBS Minnesota: MPD Releases New Online Tool For Police Stop Information. “Minneapolis police are unveiling a new online tool that reveals race and demographic information for all police stops in the city. The data is online for anyone to access and can be broken down by police precinct, neighborhood and even time of day. The department started tracking this information in November of 2016.”

Intercontinental Cry: ‘Indigenous Navigator’ Offers New Way To Monitor Indigenous Rights Worldwide. “Monitoring Indigenous Peoples’ rights around the world may have just gotten a bit easier, thanks to a new tool called the Indigenous Navigator. The Navigator is an interactive watchdog that allows users to keep track of the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), outcomes from the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, and key elements of the Sustainable Development Goals — more than one-third of which are related to UNDRIP.”

Quietus: Protest Sound Archive Launches . “‘No sound defines the age we’re living in better than the sounds of protest’ says Cities and Memory creator Stuart Fowkes. Thus, Fowkes and his project cities and Memory will launch Protest and Politics, an interactive production of international protest sounds, this Monday.”


Untapped Cities: Over 500 Old Pictures of NYC Added to GVSHP’s Historic Image Archive. “The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) has provided the public with wonderful archives full of old pictures of New York City to help preserve the architectural heritage and culture of Greenwich Village, East Village, and NoHo. The GVSHP has assembled several archives over the years, all of which were donated to the preservation. And now, the archives have just gotten even bigger, with Carole Teller generously donating over 500 images that she captured of New York City from the early 1960s to the early 1990s.”

Mozilla Blog: The Mozilla Information Trust Initiative: Building a movement to fight misinformation online. “Today, we are announcing the Mozilla Information Trust Initiative (MITI)—a comprehensive effort to keep the Internet credible and healthy. Mozilla is developing products, research, and communities to battle information pollution and so-called ‘fake news’ online. And we’re seeking partners and allies to help us do so.”

Facebook: Introducing Watch, a new platform for shows on Facebook. “We’re introducing Watch, a new platform for shows on Facebook. Watch will be available on mobile, on desktop and laptop, and in our TV apps. Shows are made up of episodes — live or recorded — and follow a theme or storyline. To help you keep up with the shows you follow, Watch has a Watchlist so you never miss out on the latest episodes.”


National Library of Australia: Embracing Digital Change: Electronic Deposit 18 Months On. “In February 2016, near the end of a bright, hot summer, the National Library of Australia welcomed long-anticipated changes to the Copyright Act with genuine excitement. For the first time in its history, the Library could at last collect electronic publications under the legal deposit provisions of the Act. Now, some 18 months later in the midst of a foggy Canberra winter, that excitement has not abated. If anything, it has intensified as our electronic collections expand exponentially, building a rich and diverse resource for Australians now and into the future.”


MENAFN: Google’s Belgian unit in tax probe: report . “Google’s Belgian unit faces a tax probe, a report said Wednesday, after the US internet giant had to cough up hundreds of millions of euros in back taxes in Britain and Italy.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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