WWII Veterans, Ireland Oral Histories, Spanish Cuisine, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, March 26, 2019


Forces Network: Voice Of WWII Veterans Recorded For Online Archive. “The voices of Second World War veterans and their relatives are being recorded to mark the 75th anniversary of some of the conflict’s most momentous battles. Their stories will be captured for an online sound archive created by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC).”

IrishCentral: 3,000 hours of oral Irish history available online. “Founded in 1990 by Tralee-based oral historians Maurice and Jane O’Keeffe for the purpose of preserving oral history across Ireland, Irish Life and Lore has compiled, cataloged and archived over 3,000 hours of audio material, arranged into Oral History Collections.” This site is definitely not free.

Google Blog: Get a taste of Spanish culinary history on Google Arts & Culture. “A dish tastes better when you know its history. In that spirit, Google Arts & Culture has worked with the Royal Academy of Gastronomy in Spain to present ‘Spain: an Open Kitchen.’ It’s the most comprehensive online exhibition on Spanish cuisine to date and the first time Google Arts & Culture has focused on a standalone retrospect about a country’s culinary culture.”


The Quint: Google Maps Now Lets You Add Events For Users to See: How it Works. “Google Maps is a resourceful platform and it’s getting even more helpful with this new feature spotted on the Android app. The navigation part of Maps has been used by millions of users on a daily basis and soon, they will be able to add events in a location with photos and even mark the website connected to the event.”


BuzzFeed News: Being An Instagram Influencer Is Hard Work, So This Guy Made A Bot To Do It For Him. “Behold the latest chapter in the dark art of social media influencing, which despite being widely plagued with bots and fake engagement, continues to attract real interest from marketers and businesses. [Chris] Buetti’s account has (at least some) real followers, but the influencing itself is being handled by some code rather than an eager personality. It’s a lifestyle brand generated by something that’s not alive.”

Manilia Bulletin: Cubans use new found social media heft to challenge leaders. “Cubans are using newfound social media muscle to challenge their leaders in ways hitherto unseen on the communist-run island. Using Twitter to snipe at once-untouchable ministers over government failures is catching on in a country whose leadership once demanded, and got total unity.”

BusinessTech: The South African government wants to create a ‘racism database’. “The Department of Justice has released its National Action Plan (NAP) to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance in South Africa.


CNET: Australia threatens social media laws that could jail tech executives. “Following the livestreamed New Zealand mosque shooting that left 50 dead in Christchurch, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is looking to crack down on extremist content on social media.”

BBC: The web burglars trying to break in every second. “Businesses are under siege every second of every day, bombarded by a ‘grey noise’ of potentially harmful web traffic seeking access to their networks. But IT staff often can’t tell the malicious traffic from the benign. Why?”


Center for Cooperative Media: Local News Ecosystem Mapping: Using Databases To Build A Comprehensive List Of Local News Producers. “This is the second post in a series about a research project Jesse Holcomb and I are undertaking to map the local news ecosystems of New Jersey. This project aims to be the most comprehensive, but scalable, local news ecosystem mapping project to-date, one that can be replicated across the United States. It builds explicitly on the methodology and execution of Napoli’s News Measures Research Project, but with some important tweaks.”

Quartz: The average Pinterest user (spoiler, it’s a mom). “Pinterest revealed a trove of data about its more than 250 million monthly active users in an IPO filing on Friday (March 22). While Pablo, 32, from Buenos Aires; Priyanka, 25, from Mumbai; and Kaye, 70, from Louisville—all featured in the filing—are surely worthy of their own portraits, the filing also paints a picture of the typical Pinterest user, or ‘pinner.’ Here’s what we learned about her.”

IDEALS @ Illinois: How comprehensive is the PubMed Central Open Access full-text database? (this link goes to a PDF.) “The comprehensiveness of database is a prerequisite for the quality of scientific works established on this increasingly significant infrastructure. This is especially so for large-scale text-mining analyses of scientific publications facilitated by open-access full-text scientific databases. Given the lack of research concerning the comprehensiveness of this type of academic resource, we conducted a project to analyze the coverage of materials in the PubMed Central Open Access Subset (PMCOAS), a popular source for open-access scientific publications, in terms of the PubMed database. The preliminary results show that the PMCOAS coverage is in a rapid increase in recent years, despite the vast difference by MeSH descriptor.” Good morning, Internet…

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