Hurricane Harvey, Alzheimer’s Disease, Catholic Newspapers, More: Tuesday Afternoon Buzz, July 24, 2018


Rice University: Rice U.’s new Harvey Memories Project preserves digital artifacts of the ‘first social media storm’. I mentioned this last April but it looks like now it’s up and running. “The Harvey Memories Project is one of several projects awarded funding by the Rice Houston Engagement and Recovery Effort last year. The goal of the project is to build an open-access digital repository to collect, preserve and publish community-contributed memories of the storm in multiple formats, including photos of storm preparations and cleanup, audio and video recordings of the storm in progress, survivors’ narratives and even art.”

EurekAlert: Largest genetic database on Alzheimer’s disease now re-open for business . “The National Institute on Aging Genetics of Alzheimer’s Disease Data Storage Site (NIAGADS) will begin making large-scale DNA sequence data available to investigators. The goal is to make Alzheimer’s disease-relevant genetic data available to as many investigators as possible to accelerate research. The data will be processed by the Genomic Center for Alzheimer’s Disease (GCAD) at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and all sequence and phenotype data will be integrated from different sources, in a process called harmonization, so that investigators can immediately begin analyses.”

Seton Hall University: Digitized Catholic Advocate Provides a Window to Newark’s Past During Vatican II . “A notable era of local Catholic history has been preserved through a cooperative effort between Seton Hall University’s Special Collections and the Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA). Archival issues of the Catholic Advocate, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Newark, were recently digitized from their original format and made available online for public access. The selected issues are specific to the Second Vatican Council, commonly known as Vatican II (1958-1964), and not only provide insight to its impact on the Newark Catholic community, but the general everyday lived experience of that time as well.”


The Verge: Alphabet’s experimental investments in the future continue to cost it a fortune. “Google parent company Alphabet posted second quarter earnings for 2018 today, beating Wall Street estimates on revenue and income. Despite the historic $5 billion fine levied against it by the European Union last week, which impacted Google’s operating income, Alphabet stock is actually up around 3.5 percent in after-hours trading. That bolsters the likelihood that the EU fine may be nothing more than a pricey slap on the wrist in the long-run — so long as the fine, which Google is appealing, doesn’t have a substantial impact on Google’s advertising machine.”

CBR: “Workplace by Facebook” Rolls Out Raft of New Features. “Workplace by Facebook has had an upgrade, with a range of new features including the ability to find co-workers faster via a more sophisticated search function, greater control for workplace system admins, and enhanced personal fields. The new features, announced late last week, come as the company continues to promote the business collaboration app, which it launched in 2016 as a rival to established enterprise software from companies like Microsoft, and newer collaboration-based platforms like Slack.”

CNET: Firefox users finally get option to block autoplay video, audio. “Firefox users are finally getting the option to block the video and audio that frequently begins playing automatically when you visit websites, something already offered on Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome browsers. The option was added over the weekend to Firefox Nightly, the latest test version of Mozilla’s popular web browser, asking users by default whether they want to allow a website to autoplay video with sound. Users also have the option to go into their preferences and block all sites’ autoplay ability if they don’t want to deal with it for each site they visit.”


Lifehacker: Where to Find the Best Reddit Chat Rooms. “Reddit chat rooms are here. As if you didn’t spend enough of your 9-to-5 workday browsing /r/aww, /r/explainlikeimfive, /r/bestof, or /r/SubredditDrama, you can now share your thoughts about posts (and life) with real Redditors in real time! Mashing the F5 key to refresh a static comments page is so last year.”


CBC: Gwich’in language centre’s move to Inuvik includes new digital archive centre. “The Gwich’in Tribal Council is digitizing all of its archived material collected over the past 30 years. The digital archive centre — based out of the Gwich’in language centre — will digitize photos, language resources, oral histories and books, then put it all into a catalogued database. The council recognized there was a need to make Gwich’in more accessible to everyone, according to chief operating officer Carolyn Lennie.”

Gayta Science: Dragnet Episode 1. “Rupaul’s Drag Race is my favorite show of all time and as a data analyst it’s always been my dream to use data about the show and queens to make observations about the shows contestants and predictions on their performance and castings. I knew that this had to start with the data, making it clean and accessible is the first step to enabling this super fan obsession. This project has been stewing for a long time, and has seen many private iterations and prototypes. My perfectionism though has prevented me from showing anything at all. I’ve realized the best way to start is just to start even if it isn’t perfect. So here I am, starting a database of drag queens. The focus for now is contestants of RuPaul’s Drag Race, but ultimately I would like to make it a global repository for data on all drag queens, hence the name…” I don’t know if I like this more because of the deep dive done on scraping and analyzing data, or because I finally have excuse to add RuPaul as a ResearchBuzz tag.


The Next Web: One year after massive takedowns, dark web marketplaces are thriving. “The past year has been one of the most tumultuous for the dark web, as massive law enforcement efforts have untangled and disbanded several large criminal operations — but did these operations actually make a difference?” Good afternoon, Internet…

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