Atomic Bombs, SETI Searches, National Library of Cuba, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 11, 2019


NHK World: Atomic bomb publications database released online. “The project was organized by LinguaHiroshima, a group of researchers based in the city of Kure in Hiroshima Prefecture. The group’s website offers a list of about 3,500 writings published in a total of 75 languages. The database includes the works’ title, author and date of publication.”

Space: Is Anyone Out There? New SETI Tool Keeps Track of Alien Searches. “Jill Tarter, a co-founder of the institute who inspired the fictional character Ellie Arroway in the Carl Sagan novel ‘Contact’ (which later became a 1997 movie), led the development of a newly announced web tool called Technosearch. This database includes all published SETI searches between 1960 and the present day.” I didn’t have a good understanding of a what a “SETI search” entailed – Sky and Telescope helped me out..


OCLC: National Library of Cuba collection registered in WorldCat to benefit researchers worldwide. “The University of Florida is working with the Biblioteca Nacional de Cuba José Martí (BNCJM), the National Library of Cuba, to register Cuban materials in WorldCat, the most comprehensive global database of library collections, making these resources available to researchers around the world. Through a unique partnership between the BNCJM, the University of Florida and OCLC, 133,000 Cuban titles have been registered in WorldCat. More than 97,000 of these are unique records in WorldCat, and valuable additions to the worldwide library community.”


The Times: Holocaust victims’ remains found in Imperial War Museum archives. “More than 70 years after they were murdered at Auschwitz, six unknown Holocaust victims will be laid to rest after it was revealed that their remains have lain for decades in the Imperial War Museum archives. Unbeknown to Jewish leaders, the ashes and bone fragments, believed to belong to five adults and a child, have been in storage for more than 20 years since they were bequeathed in the late 1990s by a Holocaust survivor who took them during a visit to the Nazi death camp.” Sometimes I have to stop, take out my handkerchief, and cry for a few minutes.

New York Times: Twitter Users in China Face Detention and Threats in New Beijing Crackdown. ” One man spent 15 days in a detention center. The police threatened another’s family. A third was chained to a chair for eight hours of interrogation. Their offense: posting on Twitter.”

University of Florida: The University of Florida, University of Puerto Rico Libraries and the Digital Library of the Caribbean Receive Grant Award to Digitize Threatened Newspaper Microfilm of the Caribbean. “This three year project totaling $434,124, Film on a Boat: Digitizing Historical Newspapers of the Caribbean, was one of 16 from a pool of 100 applicants and received the second highest awarded amount from the Council of Library and Information Resources, Digitizing Hidden Collection Program, with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant award will support a continuing partnership between the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida and the University of Puerto Rico (UPR)-Rio Piedras Campus Libraries to digitize each institution’s unique, hidden holdings of Caribbean newspapers on master microfilm. The team, partners of the Digital Library of the Caribbean, will digitize and make freely available 800,000 pages of pre-1923 Caribbean newspapers.”


Bloomberg Quint: Google Clash Over Global Right to Be Forgotten Returns to Court. “Google’s battle against French proponents of a worldwide ‘right to be forgotten’ enters a decisive phase at the European Union’s top court on Thursday, in a case that highlights the growing tensions between privacy, freedom of speech and state censorship. Ahead of a ruling later this year, an adviser at the EU Court of Justice will on Jan. 10 deliver an opinion on whether the world’s most-used search engine can limit the geographical scope of the privacy right to EU-based searches.”

Ubergizmo: Hyatt Hotels Launches Its Own Bug Bounty Program. “It’s common for tech companies to have a bug bounty program. That allows them to tap into the incredible talents of whitehat hackers who disclose vulnerabilities in their systems in exchange for a reward. Hyatt Hotels isn’t a tech company, it’s a major hospitality chain. However, in light of the recent card-skimming attacks against its properties, the hotel chain has launched its own bug bounty program.” Considering how many hotels and hospitality businesses get hacked, I think this is a great idea.


Virginia Memory: The Elephant In The Room: Artificial Intelligence Used To Process Governor Tim Kaine’s E-Mails. “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. For the past seven years, that’s how we’ve been tackling the task of processing the 1.5 million e-mails transferred to the Library of Virginia in 2010 as part of the electronic records of outgoing Governor Tim Kaine. When Kaine announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in 2011, the Library challenged itself to make the Kaine administration’s e-mail records available for research in time for the 2012 election. What did that entail? Basically, we had to figure out how to separate whatever portion of those 1.5 million e-mails shouldn’t be included in our online collection—either because they aren’t records of enduring value (think e-mails announcing doughnuts in the break room) or because they contain sensitive materials such as attorney-client privileged communications, privacy-protected information, or operational security details.”

EurekAlert: Excessive social media use is comparable to drug addiction . “Bad decision-making is a trait oftentimes associated with drug addicts and pathological gamblers, but what about people who excessively use social media? New research from Michigan State University shows a connection between social media use and impaired risky decision-making, which is commonly deficient in substance addiction.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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