Croatian Glagoljica, Wind Turbines, Abraham Lincoln, More: Saturday Buzz, April 21, 2018


IBNA: A Croatian ‘letter’ story: Glagoljica goes digital . “‘The Glagolitic script (ⰃⰾⰰⰳⱁⰾⰹⱌⰰGlagolitsa)is the oldest known Slavic alphabet’…Henceforth, the Croatian Glagolitic tradition will have a digital home; its own digital home that is nothing other than a portal…created by the National and University Library of Zagreb, in co-operation with Croatian researchers and heritage institutions.”

North American Windpower: Public, Private Partners Roll Out New U.S. Wind Turbine Database. “The new United States Wind Turbine Database (USWTDB), funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office and developed with the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), will be regularly updated more often than existing publicly available wind turbine datasets, says Berkeley Lab, which was supported by the DOE’s Wind Energy Technologies Office.”

State Journal-Register: Presidential library publishes digital archive of papers from Lincoln’s first 33 years. “The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library announced today that it is publishing ‘the most complete documentary collection ever produced’ of the sixteenth president’s first 33 years. The digital collection covers much of Lincoln’s early years in Springfield, including the establishment of his law office and his four terms in the Illinois General Assembly.”


CTV News: ‘Nature at its finest’: Google Street View maps Canadian national parks. “In anticipation of Earth Day on Sunday, Google Street View added seven new parks to its catalogue of digitally mapped parks on Thursday to bring the total number to 167, or approximately 75 per cent of Parks Canada spaces. The latest additions include Nááts’ihch’oh National Park Reserve, Terra Nova National Park, the Lake Louise area in Banff National Park, Glacier National Park, Mount Revelstoke National Park, West Coast Trail in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, and Nahanni National Park Reserve.”


Chicago Tribune: For elected officials in Northwest Indiana, social media serves as a help line and a sounding board. “When I contacted Porter County Auditor Vicki Urbanik at 9:49 p.m. on a Tuesday, she was responding to a taxpayer via Facebook. The taxpayer sent Urbanik a message about a tax bill through the auditor’s Facebook page earlier that day. ‘Though I can’t access her tax information right now, I believe the issue deals with her assessed value, so I am explaining the appeal process,’ Urbanik told me.”

CBN News: Strange Bedfellows? Why Facebook Is Teaming Up with Churches to Build Community. “On a recent April Sunday morning, crowds streamed into the grand lobby of Mt. Zion Baptist Church as they faithfully do every weekend. What was unusual about this particular service was who was there to greet them. Smiling faces offered bright, warm ‘hellos,’ inviting them to visit laptop stations designed to teach people how to better engage with other members through the church’s social media. But the friendly greeters weren’t church staff or volunteers. They were a professional team sent by Facebook.”

Weekend fun from ABC News Australia: Museum Dance-Off sees curators cut loose with moves unlikely to gain much street cred. “Librarians, archivists, curators and sound technicians are not normally associated with busting a move, but staff from two national institutions in Canberra are in the midst of battling it out in the fifth international Museum Dance-Off. While unlikely to gain any street cred for their dance moves, about 165 staff at the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) have embraced the limelight to produce a music video and go toe-to-toe with the National Portrait Gallery.”

The Cut: One Woman Studied a Million Photos at the Library of Congress . “Renowned museum curator Anne Wilkes Tucker is an inspiration for anyone who dreads a full inbox: She went through one million photographs* housed in the Library of Congress in just a few years, and now she’s selected 440 of them for a sweeping new exhibition in Los Angeles. The show features rarely seen images of iconic moments in American history. ‘I depended on the library staff to bring me boxes,’ she explained in an interview. One morning they brought the NAACP photo archive, and the next: a box filled with Charlie Chaplin.”


ZDNet: LinkedIn bug allowed data to be stolen from user profiles. “A bug in how LinkedIn autofills data on other websites could have allowed an attacker to silently steal user profile data. The flaw was found in LinkedIn’s widely used AutoFill plugin, which allows approved third-party websites to let LinkedIn members automatically fill in basic information from their profile — such as their name, email address, location, and where they work — as a quick way to sign up to the site or to receive email newsletters.”

Inquirer: Traffic violators in China pay ‘fine’ with social media confessions. “What if you could pay a fine for a traffic offense with a post online? In southwestern China, traffic violators get off the hook over a minor offense if they admit to their blunder on social media—and earn at least 20 likes, reports Beijing News.”


New Scientist: Global cancer scheme lets people share data across the world. “People with cancer will soon be able to donate their medical information to a global database aimed at discovering new treatments…. When the database becomes fully functional later this year, any individual with cancer will have access to a document – the ‘Universal Patient Consent Form’ – that will allow them to make their medical and genetic data freely accessible to all cancer researchers.”

IFLScience: How Twitter Helped Find, And Possibly Save, An Endangered Plant. “There’s nothing Internet users like better than correcting an expert they think is wrong. So when botanist Professor Chris Martine of Bucknell University put the wrong name on a plant he’d photographed, it got a swift response. In the end, it led to the discovery of an unexpected population of one of America’s rarest plants, and a chance to protect something that otherwise might have been lost.” Good morning, Internet…

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