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Zooarchaeology, Florida Foster Children, Cold Libraries, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, May 14, 2019

Good afternoon y’all! The latest issue of Inside Google & Alphabet is available at https://inside.com/campaigns/inside-google-alphabet-2019-05-14-14211 .

NEW RESOURCES

Florida Museum: New Data Platform Illuminates History Of Humans’ Environmental Impact. “The human environmental footprint is not only deep, but old. Ancient traces of this footprint can be found in animal bones, shells, scales and antlers at archaeological sites. Together, these specimens tell the millennia-long story of how humans have hunted, domesticated and transported animals, altered landscapes and responded to environmental changes such as shifting temperatures and sea levels. Now, that story is available digitally through a new open-access data platform known as ZooArchNet, which links records of animals across biological and archaeological databases.”

University of Miami: Placement of Florida foster children mapped. “Robert Latham did something no one else has done. The associate director of the Children & Youth Law Clinic built an interactive website mapping the placements of every single child who passed through Florida’s Department of Children and Families since 2002. When the former senior program attorney for the Guardian ad Litem program requested the information from DCF in 2017, he was not quite prepared for the deluge of information. The spreadsheet contained almost 300,000 records, 77.8 million data points, and included children in foster care going back into the 1980s.”

USEFUL STUFF

Inside Higher Ed: How Cold Is That Library? There’s a Google Doc for That. “What a difference preparation makes when it comes to doing research in Arctic-level air-conditioned academic libraries (or ones that are otherwise freezing — or not air-conditioned at all). Luckily, Megan L. Cook, assistant professor of English at Colby College, published a crowdsourced document called ‘How Cold Is that Library?'”

Lifehacker: Teach Your Kids How to Respond to Hate Speech Online. “The main thing that’s keeping me from allowing my eight-year-old son to join all his friends on popular online multiplayer games isn’t a fear that he’s going to give personal information away to creeps. It’s that I don’t want him exposed to the hate speech that is so prevalent online.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Verge: NASA would like you to record memories of the first Moon landing. “If you remember where you were when astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped onto the Moon’s surface for the first time — or you know someone whose memory stretches back to the summer of ‘69 — NASA needs your help.”

Phys .org: Podcasters find niche in the Arab world . “Rana Nawas left the corporate world nearly two years ago to produce and host a podcast—one that is now considered the most popular in the Arab world. The English-language series, ‘When Women Win’, tells the stories of successful women from all over the world and, according to Apple, has become the most listened to podcast in the Middle East.”

Japan Times: Reiwa calligraphy to be stored at National Archives, made available for commercial use. “The government plans to preserve the original calligraphic work Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga displayed when announcing the new era name of Reiwa at the National Archives of Japan, according to government sources. The archived material will be made public from the spring of 2021. The National Archives will scan and digitize the work for display in its online archives.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Washington Post: The Cybersecurity 202: Federal agencies are spending millions to hack into locked phones . “A $1.2 million tab for iPhone hacking technology at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement underscores how pervasively law enforcement is cracking into passcodes and other security features Americans use to keep their information private.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Penn State: Helping 911 call takers identify actionable information on Twitter. “During a 911 call, critical information is gathered that help answer the six Ws: Where, What, Weapons, When, Who and Why. The answers to these questions help to equip first responders with necessary details to approach an emergency scene. But how can that same critical information be collected from online requests for help?”

Ars Technica: Mapping Notre Dame’s unique sound will be a boon to reconstruction efforts. “The acoustics of the cathedral—how it sounds—are also part of its cultural heritage, and given the ephemeral nature of sound, acoustical characteristics can be far trickier to preserve or reproduce. Fortunately, a group of French acousticians made detailed measurements of Notre Dame’s ‘soundscape’ over the last few years, along with two other cathedrals. That data will now be instrumental in helping architects factor acoustics into their reconstruction plans.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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