Latin America Catholicism, USDA, DLME, More: Wednesday Buzz, August 23, 2017


Notre Dame: Theology professors archive the rise of the contemporary Latin American Catholic Church. “Starting in the 1950s, political upheaval began to intensify in various countries across Latin America, which sparked significant changes in the contemporary Latin American Catholic Church. Although these events have been recorded, the materials are spread throughout Latin America, which limits the capability of scholars to study these important moments. To preserve and share this history, Notre Dame researchers are collecting a variety of audio recordings, handwritten documents, and texts to develop a digital library of critical events that took place throughout Latin America over more than 60 years and ultimately changed the Catholic Church.”


USDA: USDA Rolls Out New APHIS Compliance Database and Search Tool . “The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is pleased to announce the rollout of the refined public search tool that provides access to Animal Welfare Act compliance records. The public search tool is a component of the Animal Care Information System (ACIS) and will allow APHIS to make animal welfare information publicly available and ensure compliance with all applicable laws*.” I’ve seen two different reactions asserting the tool doesn’t do what it says it does.

Albawaba: Qatar National Library Contributes to the Digital Library of the Middle East. “Qatar National Library (QNL) and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that aims to develop, enhance, and make available digitized cultural heritage content through the Digital Library of the Middle East (DLME). The DLME is a collaborative effort that aspires to create a sustainable digital environment for the cultural heritage of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, while providing an array of applications, tools, and descriptions that enrich the content, facilitate sophisticated inquiry, and engage with the widest possible community of practice.”

PRNewswire: Newly Completed Titles Available from Accessible Archives (PRESS RELEASE). “Accessible Archives, Inc.®, an electronic publisher of full-text primary source historical databases, has announced the completion of additional titles in its African American Newspapers and Women’s Suffrage collections. The five newspapers are now fully imaged, with the XML TEI Lite DTD utilized to re-key each article at the highest accuracy level, resulting in optimum search results and clean text. MARC records also are included.”

TechCrunch: Google launches Chrome Enterprise subscription service for Chrome OS. “Google is launching a new enterprise service for large businesses that want to adopt Chrome OS devices. The new Chrome Enterprise subscription, which will cost $50 per device and year, is essentially a rebrand of Chromebooks for Work, but with a number of additional capabilities. Even though the name would make you think this is about the Chrome browser, this program is actually all about Chrome OS.”

Wired: Google Is About To Make Your Browser More Paranoid. “YOUR BROWSER IS about to become a lot more paranoid. You might not notice. But if you do, don’t freak out. At least not yet.”


The Guardian: Oreo: Google announces release of the next version of Android 8. “The main focus of Android Oreo is on battery life, speed and security, with greater control of apps the primary feature. Following on from the changes made by first Android 6 Marshmallow and Android 7 Nougat, Google is slowly moving Android in the direction of its rival Apple’s iOS with greater restrictions on what an app can and cannot do in the background.”

Bloomberg: Google Goes From White House to Doghouse in Trump-Era Tech Snub. “Google once had Barack Obama’s ear, served as a revolving door for White House staff and saw its political agenda advance. In Donald Trump’s Washington, some conservatives say it’s gotten so powerful it should be regulated like a public utility.”


SC Magazine: Locky makes a strong comeback, propelled by botnet-fuel spam campaign. “Reports have been pouring in this month about the sudden return of Locky ransomware, which had been largely dormant in 2017. In short order, researchers have discovered two new major versions of Locky being distributed via voluminous malspam campaigns.”

Hindustan Times: Delhi cops google HT story, catch ‘super’ thief who targeted rich in Vasant Kunj. “A thief who travelled to ‘work’ in a Chevrolet Cruze car and only targeted houses in the affluent south Delhi neighbourhoods, such as Vasant Kunj, was arrested on Monday after police used Google search to identify him.”

RESEARCH & OPINION Social media culture can encourage risky and inappropriate posting behaviour, new study suggests. “The use of social media is pervasive among young adults, but not all posted content is necessarily appropriate. Now a new study by the University of Plymouth investigates why young adults might post content on social media that contains sexual or offensive material.” Good morning, Internet…

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