TranscribeNC, Washington Buildings, 3D Sydney, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, March 27, 2019


State Archives of North Carolina: TranscribeNC is Now Live!. “TranscribeNC, a transcription project hosted by the State Archives featuring 5 collections, is now live! We are recruiting volunteers to spend a little time helping to transcribe its first project — county draft board records of men who were drafted or enlisted during World War I.”

Washington: Database shows buildings that could pose safety risk during earthquakes. “A new interactive database launched in March takes us one step closer to knowing how safe our buildings are during an earthquake. The database — while not comprehensive — presents a list and map of potentially unreinforced masonry buildings, or URMs, throughout the state.”


Google Blog: Down under, over and all around: Sydney in 3D on Google Earth. “Google Earth is one of the world’s most comprehensive 3D maps available. In addition to global satellite and terrain coverage, over the past several years we’ve been adding highly detailed 3D imagery of entire cities and towns, from the iconic architecture of cities like New York and Paris to views of landmarks like the Grand Canyon. And now, we’re sharing 3D imagery of central Sydney, Australia!”

Ars Technica: HTML email reborn, as Google brings AMP to your inbox. “Google is bringing AMP, its cut-down version of HTML, to email. Starting today, Gmail on the Web will be able to support embedded AMP content, with support rolling out to mobile clients later. Gmail will also be joined by, Yahoo Mail, and Mail.Ru, with their respective developers promising to add support soon.” I have security concerns.

Mashable: Facebook bans thousands of pages, accounts, and groups linked to Russia and Iran for ‘inauthentic behavior’. “Facebook just took down multiple misinformation campaigns linked to Russia and Iran. On Tuesday, the social network announced it had removed 2,632 Facebook Pages, Groups and accounts that ‘engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior’ on both Facebook and Instagram.”


Search Engine Journal: 41 Places to Find Free Images Online That You Will Actually Want to Use. “Are you tired of the same stock photos? Fortunately, free photo websites have been popping up, giving you many options to find that perfect image. Even better news: you don’t have to spend hours searching the web yourself to find these websites. I have compiled a large list of free online image sources that have photos you will actually want to use.” Decent annotation for such a long list.


Vogue India: The new wave of Instagram poets taking verse viral. “As poetry enjoys a renaissance, Vogue meets six poets cutting through the social media noise with their witty, wry and accessible work, to talk about the power of language and why one of the most traditional literary forms is finding new resonance in the digital age.”

Euronews: French authorities grapple with social-media fuelled violence against Roma. “French authorities have been issuing fake news warnings this week after the Roma community was targeted by violent attacks because of a story circulating on social media accusing them of trying to abduct children.”


Ubergizmo: ISPs Told To Reveal Information They Collect On Users. “The Federal Trade Commission has sent out an order to several big internet service providers in the United States, telling them to detail the data that they collect on their customers and the purpose for which it’s collected. This may signal new regulatory action from the FTC as the information may reveal patterns of abuse or otherwise concerning use of data against which states or the FTC may want to take action.”

BetaNews: Check to see if your computer was targeted by the ASUS ShadowHammer malware. “Yesterday we reported about a warning from Kaspersky that the ASUS Live Update Utility had been hacked to deliver ShadowHammer backdoor malware. ASUS has now released a patch to secure systems, and Kaspersky has released a tool that you can use to check whether you have been affected by the malware.”


FedTech: Marines Embrace 3D Printing for Versatility and Speed. “The U.S. Marine Corps has a reputation as an agile fighting force. It’s getting even more responsive thanks to 3D printing technology. The service branch has recently embraced 3D printing for a variety of missions and use cases. Marines can now print parts and equipment on demand via a new unit and have even demonstrated printing a footbridge to show how the technology can be used in the field.”

Reuters: Google glass helps kids with autism read facial expressions. “Children with autism may have an easier time reading facial expressions and navigating social interactions when they use Google Glass paired with a smartphone app, a small experiment suggests.” Good morning, Internet…

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