Arctic Biodiversity, Jewish Cemeteries, Isla Vista, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, May 24, 2019


Phys .org: Arctic lakes and rivers can lose the diversity of freshwater species. “Climate change and its impacts threaten the health of Arctic freshwater ecosystems, with continued warming pushing cold-water species unique to the Arctic—such as the Arctic char—to the brink of regional loss…. For the first time, experts have compiled a circumpolar database on freshwater biodiversity to keep knowledge easily updated and available.”

Jewish Heritage Europe: New web site provides open access database to ESJF surveys of 1500 Jewish cemeteries, in project co-funded by the EU. “The European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative (ESJF) has inaugurated a new web site dedicated to its ongoing, EU co-funded survey and mapping project of 1,500 Jewish cemeteries in five countries: Greece, Lithuania, Moldova, Slovakia, and Ukraine. The site includes an open access data base including all the cemetery sites being surveyed by ESJF teams in 2019-2020.”

Pacific Standard: Archiving Grief Five Years After The Isla Vista Attacks. “Five years ago, a man’s trajectory into misogynistic beliefs and extremist Web forums culminated with him killing six people and wounding 13 others in a murderous rampage near the University of California–Santa Barbara. In the hours after uploading a despairing and hateful YouTube video announcing his attack, he stabbed three of his roommates to death, unsuccessfully attempted to gain entry to a sorority house, and shot numerous bystanders as he drove around Isla Vista, California, before taking his own life.”


TechCrunch: GitHub launches Sponsors, lets you pay your favorite open source contributors. “GitHub today launched Sponsors, a new tool that lets you give financial support through recurring monthly payments to open source developers. Developers will be able to opt into having a ‘Sponsor me’ button on their GitHub repositories and open source projects will also be able to highlight their funding models, no matter whether that’s individual contributions to developers or using Patreon, Tidelift, Ko-fi or Open Collective.”

FamilySearch: See Historical Events Your Ancestors Lived Through and More—FamilySearch Update. “I recently read my grandfather’s account of visiting his first air show in 1912. He described seeing his first ‘airship’ and the excitement he felt watching a prominent aviator perform an aerial stunt. Reading about his experience reminded me of his enthusiasm when he watched men land on the moon 57 years later. Do you know what historical events your relatives lived through? FamilySearch can help you find out!”


MakeUseOf: 9 Ways to Sync Firefox and Chrome: Bookmarks, Passwords, and More . “Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome? We say both! These top two browsers come with awesome features, extensions, and hacks. It’s easy to switch between them seamlessly if you keep your data in sync across them. Let’s explore nine ways to do that and make Chrome and Firefox work in harmony.”


Library of Congress: Integrating Wikidata at the Library of Congress. “While we have added many external links to in the past the addition of Wikidata is very different. Previously these types of mappings have been fairly static and provided by the contributing institution. With Wikidata the contributing institution is an active open community of editors. This means anyone can contribute to the process. When a Library of Congress identifier is added to a Wikidata page it will appear on once the data is refreshed. Anyone can help us build connections between these two knowledge systems by adding Library of Congress identifiers to Wikidata.”

New Straits Times: Indonesia curbs social media, blaming hoaxes for inflaming unrest. “Indonesia has introduced curbs on social media in a bid to prevent the spread of hoaxes, some calling for violent post-election attacks, and quell two days of protests in the capital.”

Virginia Mercury: ‘We all want to do this faster:’ Library of Virginia needs money to speed production of governors’ records. “The Library of Virginia has slowly processed electronic gubernatorial records with reduced state money for eight years. The library is primarily funded by the state, but the agency has lost more than 60 positions in the last decade because of decreases in funding, Librarian of Virginia Sandra Treadway said. The Library of Virginia currently gets $6.4 million a year from the state and operates a foundation to collect and manage donations Lawmakers have put pressure on the library to work faster, but have shied away from giving the library funding it would need to do so. ”


Congressman Mark DeSaulnier: Congressman DeSaulnier Introduces Legislation to Study the Impact of Social Media Bots on Elections and Public Discourse. “Today, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) announced the introduction of the Bots Research Act (H.R. 2860), a bill to establish a task force of experts at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to determine the impact of automated social media accounts, commonly known as ‘bots,’ on elections and public discourse.”


Hacker Noon: The Instagram of Trust: How to Redesign the Architecture of Trust in Products. “More technology requires us to give up our privacy for the cost of better personalization. But how to fix the issue of ever growing lack of trust in our society? More and more brands are asking people for trust based on their promises and by being transparent about its policies. But the psychology of trust works quite differently. There have been many attempts and debates happening around the black box of algorithms and being transparent about how the algorithms work. But I would like to ask: Is transparency enough? Is it an effective way to build a long-lasting relationship with a customer? Is it going to build trust in a brand and in a product?”

BioSpace: New Tool Allows View of Cell Division in 3D Models. “The Integrated Mitotic Stem Cell merges images of 15 separate cellular components, creating a 3-dimensional map of what a human cell looks like during different steps in cell division. The idea is that it can assist researchers in better understanding how the separate stages and different components of the cell work together—it’s also visually beautiful and entertaining, which makes it a valuable educational tool.” Good morning, Internet…

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