Circus Workers, Avant Garde Music, New Orleans, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, January 9, 2019


Library of Congress: New Online: Circus Workers Folklife Project. “The American Folklife Center (AFC) is delighted to announce the online presentation of an important new oral history collection documenting the lives and careers of multigenerational circus workers in Hugo, Oklahoma. ‘The “Big Top” Show Goes On: An Oral History of Occupations Inside and Outside the Canvas Tent’ was created by librarians Tanya D. Finchum and Juliana Nykolaiszyn.”

New-to-me, from The Present Continuous: The Avant Garde Project: An Online Archive of Experimental Classical and Electroacoustic music. “The Avant Garde Project seeks to preserve musical works that have either never seen general release or are out of print. The recordings have been meticulously digitised and are available to download as high quality 16bit/44000 Htz Flac files.”

4WWL: New website offers a peek at the French Quarter’s past. “It’s only 13 blocks long and six blocks deep, but the French Quarter has countless stories. And now many of them are available with the click of a mouse. The non-profit Vieux Carre Commission Foundation has launched the Vieux Carré Virtual Library… a new website that catalogs tens of thousands of images and documents for the nearly 4,000 structures in the city’s oldest and most famous neighborhood.”

National Catholic Register: New Project Lets the Church Fathers Speak to the World. “The other day in class, one of my theology students at Bishop McNamara High School (Forestville, Maryland) had a question about how the Catholic Church can help determine the meaning of a particular passage of Scripture. I was able to pull up a new website… and share with the student what some Fathers of the Church had to say about exegesis/scriptural interpretation in light of Sacred Tradition within the Deposit of Faith (comprising Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition).”


CNET: Google at CES 2019: Everything just announced. “CES, the world’s largest technology conference, is more important to Google than ever as it pushes devices to consumers that compete against the likes of Amazon, Apple and Samsung. At the center of Google’s strategy is the Assistant, an AI-powered digital helper that’s akin to Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri. It’s available in Android phones, Google Home smart speakers, other smart home devices, and as an app on iPhones.”

United Nations University: Version 4 of World Income Inequality Database Now Available. “The UNU-WIDER World Income Inequality Database (WIID) presents information on income inequality for developed, developing, and transition countries. It represents the most comprehensive set of income inequality statistics available. The fourth major edition of this database — WIID4 — was released in December 2018.”

Google Blog: Stay organized in 2019 with new features in Classroom. “A new calendar year brings an opportunity for a fresh start. One resolution we often hear instructors make is that they hope to keep their classrooms (both physical and virtual!) organized and clean. While we can’t help with those lockers and backpacks, we can help teachers online. So to start the year off on the right foot, we’re introducing updates to help you stay organized and revealing a fresh new look for the Classroom you know and love.”


Nature: Here’s what scientists searched for in 2018: AI is up, stress is down. “Ever wondered what your colleagues are searching for online? ‘Cancer’, ‘blockchain’ and ‘big data’ were among the top search terms in a major science database in 2018.”

Bloomberg: Samsung Phone Users Perturbed to Find They Can’t Delete Facebook. “Nick Winke, a photographer in the Pacific northwest, was perusing internet forums when he came across a complaint that alarmed him: On certain Samsung Electronics Co. smartphones, users aren’t allowed to delete the Facebook app.”


The Register: FYI: Twitter’s API still spews enough metadata to reveal exactly where you lived, worked. “Researchers have demonstrated yet again that location metadata from Twitter posts can be used to infer private information like users’ home addresses, workplaces, and sensitive locations they’ve visited.”


EurekAlert: Saving sight: Using AI to diagnose diabetic eye disease . “Researchers have used artificial intelligence to support the instant diagnosis of one of the top causes of blindness, diabetes-related eye disease, in its earliest stages.”

Forbes: Moving Beyond Social Media Towards News As “Big Data” In The Cloud Era. “Social media datasets have become one of the dominant ‘big data’ sources in the social sciences due to their widespread availability and machine-friendly distribution. Simple streaming JSON APIs offer realtime monitoring right out of the box and the vast and continually growing ecosystem of tools and workflows make it easy for researchers to get started. On the other hand, accessible social data is extraordinarily biased and reflects only a small portion of human society. The most widely used social data, Twitter, captures just a minute fraction of the world’s voices.” Good morning, Internet…

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