African-American Genealogy, Congressional Hearings, Community Scanning, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, April 8, 2019

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International African American Museum: Announcing the Restore the Ancestors 2019 Project: Help Us Index Records for African American Genealogy. “The Center for Family History at the International African American Museum, FamilySearch and BlackProGen Live have announced the launch of Restore the Ancestors 2019, a volunteer community effort to index FamilySearch records of interest for African American genealogy, with a special focus on records for the former slaveholding states.”


CNET: Facebook, Google to face Congress over spread of white nationalism online. “Facebook and Google are once again headed to Capitol Hill, this time for a grilling from the House Judiciary Committee over the spread of white nationalism on their platforms.”


Digital Library of Georgia: Free webinar: How to Host a Community Scanning Day, April 25, 2019 at 2 pm. “As members of the cultural heritage community, we want our collections and activities to reflect all people in our communities. Hosting a community scanning day is an interactive, participatory way to collect–and digitize–memories from our communities and to document our own history. However, there are logistics to consider, including equipment selection, access and delivery systems for scanned content, and determining rights to view and disseminate information online. Join Becky Geller of the Northeast Document Conservation Center and three panelists (Poke, DeNiro, and Shull) who recently held successful community digitization events as they provide an overview of each of these tasks and to help you organize your next event.”

MakeUseOf: The 3 Best Self-Hosted Dropbox Alternatives, Tested and Compared. “For years, Dropbox has been the mostly undisputed king of cloud storage. Unless you’re heavily invested in another ecosystem, Dropbox’s free storage offers more than enough for most people. Slowly but surely, however, the company’s free offering is becoming less attractive. In March of 2019, Dropbox quietly introduced a limit on how many devices you can use with a free account. Whereas before there was no limit, now you only use three devices on a free account. For many people, this may not matter, but for others, it’s a sign that it’s time to look at other services.”


The Real Deal: This beach club owner is taking a stand against influencers. “Gianluca Casaccia, the manager and co-owner of the White Banana Beach Club, posted on a message on Facebook dissuading influencers from reaching out to him: ‘We are receiving many messages regarding collaborations with influencers, Instagram influencers. We kindly would like to announce that White Banana is not interested to “collaborate” with self-proclaimed “influencers.” And we would like to suggest to try another way to eat, drink, or sleep for free. Or try to actually work.'”

Chemical Watch: ICCA calls for global substance information database. “The International Council of Chemical Associations is calling for the development of a global database containing publicly available information on chemicals. The database, which it calls an ‘international navigator’, could be based on information in existing databases such as the EU Iuclid and EUCLEF (the EU Chemicals Legislation Finder), those from the US, Canada and Japan, or the OECD eChemPortal.”

Mashable: Facebook reveals how it plans to safeguard the Australian election . “There isn’t an official date just yet, but Australian voters are set to head to the polls soon. Facebook has announced its plan to combat misinformation around the Australian federal election in 2019, rolling out similar measures to those it has implemented in the UK, EU and the U.S.”


TechCrunch: Researchers find 540 million Facebook user records on exposed servers. “Security researchers have found hundreds of millions of Facebook user records sitting on an inadvertently public storage server. The two batches of user records were collected and exposed from two third-party companies, according to researchers at security firm UpGuard, who found the data.”

ZDNet: Chinese companies have leaked over 590 million resumes via open databases. “Chinese companies have leaked a whopping 590 million resumes in the first three months of the year, ZDNet has learned from multiple security researchers.”


EurekAlert: Springer Nature publishes its first machine-generated book . “Springer Nature published its first machine-generated book in chemistry. The book prototype provides an overview of the latest research in the rapidly growing field of lithium-ion batteries. The content is a cross-corpus auto-summarization of a large number of current research articles in this discipline. Serving as a structured excerpt from a huge set of papers, the innovative pipeline architecture aims at helping researchers to manage the information overload in this discipline efficiently.”

University of Missouri: The whisper room: Moderates on Twitter are losing their voice. “With the growing popularity of social media, Twitter has become a prominent place to voice opinions on both ends of the political spectrum. With the ability to follow those who only argue one side, voices of people who are in the middle, disinterested in politics or use social media solely for entertainment purposes might be getting drowned out amidst the political noise.”

Harvard Gazette: Tapping the collective mind. “If done right, artificial intelligence could drastically reduce both systemic glitches and errors in the decision-making of individual clinicians, according to commentary written by scientists at Harvard Medical School and Google. The article, published April 4 in The New England Journal of Medicine, offers a blueprint for integrating machine learning into the practice of medicine and outlines the promises and pitfalls of a technological advance that has captivated the imaginations of bioinformaticians, clinicians, and nonscientists alike.” Good morning, Internet…

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