Smoky Mountain News: WCU unveils new economic tool. “A new tool that compiles a mind-boggling array of economic and demographic data and presents it in a simple map-based interface will give economic developers, public servants and private citizens the tools to make more informed policy decisions across the region and the state. “Say you’ve got an RFP (request for proposals) through a particular lead source, like the Economic Development Partnership or Duke Energy,” said Rich Price, Jackson County’s economic development director. “A lot of those proposals are requests for information that really drill down into specific demographic or land-based data. If you’re a one man show as an economic developer, you don’t always have that information readily available.” For Price and other economic development professionals, those days may be drawing to a close with the introduction of Western Carolina University’s North Carolina Data Dashboard. ”
VentureBeat: Oracle’s Internet Intelligence Map presents a real-time view of online threats. “Distributed denial of service attacks. Malware. State-imposed internet blackouts. It’s hard to keep abreast of every bad actor and natural disaster impacting the internet, but Oracle is making it a bit easier with the launch of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure’s Internet Intelligence Map, a real-time graphical representation of service interruptions and emerging threats.”
CNW: American Foundation for the Blind Launches the First Fully Accessible Digital Archive of the Helen Keller Collection (PRESS RELEASE). “The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced the launch of the Helen Keller Archive, the world’s first fully accessible digital archive collection, comprising more than 160,000 artifacts, dedicated to the fascinating life of Helen Keller.”
Spacing Toronto: Why I revived the Bureau of Municipal Research. “Ten years ago, as a grad student researching the history of Toronto’s waterfront, I came across a study, published in 1977, that could very well have been written today: ‘Should the Island be an Airport?’ The report, I came to learn, was produced by a long-lived, but largely forgotten, citizens group known as the Bureau of Municipal Research. The Bureau was established in 1914, as the Toronto Daily Star reported at the time, as a centre of “general municipal intelligence.” Its mission and motto was to produce “better government through research,” and for seventy years that’s what it did, publishing over 800 research bulletins and reports on more than a hundred different topics, before closing its doors in 1983.”
ExpertClick: Mathematical Constants and Symbols Displayed Instantly on New Website (PRESS RELEASE). “MathematicalConstants.com is a brand-new website that instantly displays mathematical constants and symbols. It’s useful for students and anyone else who works with mathematical or physical constants and needs to know their symbol and numerical value.” This is yet another site from Kevin Savetz; he manages a ton of them: “Other math resources include: AsAFraction.com for fractions, AsAPercent.com for percentages and SimplifyFractions.com for simplifying. WhatIsThepH.com lets users see the pH of various acids, bases and common substances.”
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
California State University, Dominguez Hills: Japanese American Digitization Project Receives $238,520. “California State University, Dominguez Hills’ (CSUDH) Donald R. Beverly J. Gerth Archives and Special Collections has received a two-year $238,520 archival grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to continue its work on the CSU Japanese American Digitization Project (CSUJAD). The NHPRC grant will support a project that makes accessible online 10,400 archival records from 19 collections featuring 20th century Japanese American history held at eight institutions throughout California.”
Search Engine Journal: New Twitter Updates Aim to Make Content Easier to Find. “Twitter announced a series of new features on the way, which are all designed around making content easier to find. The company wants to change how people discover information around breaking news, live events, and other topics they care about.”
MakeUseOf: The 10 Best Free Search Tools for Windows 10 . “While there have always been some neat Windows Search tips and tricks, it has never been on par with the search features of Mac or Linux. And while Windows 10 did lessen the gap in a lot of ways, it’s still slow and imperfect. If you find yourself constantly searching for files and folders throughout your system, you may be better off switching to one of these third-party tools instead. Windows Search is only good for basic and casual use.”
Lifehacker: How Internet Ads Follow You Around. “Internet ads are so invasive that we can’t blame you for thinking that Facebook is listening to you talk. It’s probably not, but it is helping ad networks track you across the internet and across your apps. Tech public policy expert Chris Yiu recently tweeted 14 different ways that ads follow you around the internet, even when you’re logged out, in incognito, using a different browser, or on a new device.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
Xinhuanet: 40 arrested for spreading rumors on social media in NE India. “Indian police have arrested some 40 people in northeastern state of Assam for spreading rumors about child lifters and hate messages on social media.”
The Guardian: Yahoo fined £250,000 for hack that impacted 515,000 UK accounts. “Yahoo has been fined £250,000 over a hack from 2014 that affected more than 515,000 UK email accounts co-branded with Sky, the Information Commissioner’s Office has announced.” Oh yeah, THAT’LL learn ’em.
RESEARCH & OPINION
Harvey Mudd College: Intelligent Shipwreck Search in Malta. “For the third and final year of a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project, Harvey Mudd College students Makoto Nara, Russell Bingham, Samantha Ting and Nandeeka Nara have traveled to Malta with engineering professor Christopher Clark and literature professor Ambereen Dadabhoy. This work, a collaboration with research teams led by Professor Zoe Wood from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and Professor Timmy Gambin from University of Malta, aims to develop new technology for finding undiscovered shipwrecks, mapping them and visualizing them with 3-D reconstructions. Much of the work stems from researching new machine learning algorithms to identify wrecks from sonar data collected by an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), as well AUV path planning algorithms for capturing the best camera images for generating 3-D digital reconstructions.” Good morning, Internet…
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