Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Architectural Training, LinkedIn, More: Tuesday Buzz, March 13, 2018


A RB user who wishes to remain anonymous tipped me to several new sources at FRASER. FRASER stands for Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research and it was started at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. FRASER has an FAQ here. The first link is to a list of changes/additions to the system; notable resources which you might interesting include “Merchants’ Magazine, a monthly commerce magazine that was published from 1839-1870, discussing ‘every subject that can be interesting or useful to the merchant.'”, “Additional issues of the Annual Reports of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis”, and “Additional circulars of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, spanning 1940-1972”.

Dezeen: Architecture Schools Database launched to help students find the right course. “The Architecture Foundation has launched a free schools database to help students discover architecture schools and their research projects. The Architecture Schools Database is a free-to-access platform that provides a fully searchable collated list of every educational facility in the UK that teaches architecture.”


Fast Company: LinkedIn is cracking down on hate speech and abuse. “You’d think a social network for professionals would be a professional place, yet LinkedIn can be no different from Facebook or Twitter at times when some bad actors choose to abuse and insult other LinkedIn users. With that in mind, LinkedIn appears to be cracking down on abuse and hate speech on its platform. The company has announced its new Professional Community Policies in a blog post and says it will begin cracking down on users that break those policies.”

BuzzFeed: Twitter Just Suspended A Ton Of Accounts Known For Stealing Tweets. “@Dory, @GirlPosts, @SoDamnTrue, Girl Code/@reiatabie, Common White Girl/@commonwhitegiri, @teenagernotes, @finah, @holyfag, and @memeprovider were among the accounts that got swept up in the purge. Many of these accounts were hugely popular, with hundreds of thousands or even millions of followers.”


Larry Ferlazzo: “Iris.ia” Seems Like A Very Useful Research Tool. “I just learned about Iris.ia from Nik Peachey, who is always an excellent source of resources. Iris.ia lets you paste the url address of any academic paper or TED Talk and then, in return, it provides you with a free interactive mosaic of related research papers.”


Global Newswire: NHF Receives Grant from Legal & General America to Foster Healthy Communities through Development of a Find a Grief/Bereavement Provider Tool (PRESS RELEASE). “Legal & General America has awarded a $25,000 grant to the National Hospice Foundation for the creation of an online resource to help the public find information and community support services addressing grief and bereavement. LGA will work with NHF affiliate the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization to create an online searchable database that will offer resources such as individual counseling, group support and workshop activities designed to help individuals struggling with grief and loss.”

Al-Monitor: Palestinian Museum’s digital archive project to preserve heritage. “The Palestinian Museum has started a $2 million project that will create a digital archive of historical documents, photos and films that reflect the history of Palestine. The three-year project will collect records of daily life such as personal photos and official documents from both Palestinian individuals and institutions.”

VietnamNet: National land database to be completed in 2020. “The moving of land records from paper to digital format is part of the Viet Nam’s e-Government programme, signifying the Vietnamese Government’s latest attempt to catch up with the digital age and the advent of the fourth industrial revolution. The land database is not just an archive of information, it will also serve as a crucial tool for State management and satisfy the demands to access land information as well as land policies of all organisations, businesses and the public in a transparent, objective and convenient manner.”


Bleeping Computer: Chinese Intelligence Agencies Are Doctoring the Country’s Vulnerability Database. “Chinese intelligence agencies are doctoring the Chinese National Vulnerabilities Database (CNNVD) to hide security flaws that government hackers might have an interest in, according to a report released on Friday by US threat intelligence firm Recorded Future. The US company says it noticed in recent months mass edits to the CNNVD website. Recorded Future says CNNVD operators have been backdating the publication dates for hundreds of vulnerabilities.”


Google Open Source Blog: Open Sourcing the Hunt for Exoplanets. “Recently, we discovered two exoplanets by training a neural network to analyze data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope and accurately identify the most promising planet signals. And while this was only an initial analysis of ~700 stars, we consider this a successful proof-of-concept for using machine learning to discover exoplanets, and more generally another example of using machine learning to make meaningful gains in a variety of scientific disciplines (e.g. healthcare, quantum chemistry, and fusion research). Today, we’re excited to release our code for processing the Kepler data, training our neural network model, and making predictions about new candidate signals.”

The Next Web: Try this AI experiment that converts 2D images to 3D. “In January we wrote about an AI called Volume that ripped characters out of videos. The developers of that AI, Or Fleisher and Shirin Anlen, recently updated their website with an interactive AI experiment that converts any flat image to 3D.”

Wired: AI Has A Hallucination Problem That’s Proving Tough To Fix. “TECH COMPANIES ARE rushing to infuse everything with artificial intelligence, driven by big leaps in the power of machine learning software. But the deep-neural-network software fueling the excitement has a troubling weakness: Making subtle changes to images, text, or audio can fool these systems into perceiving things that aren’t there.” Good morning, Internet…

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