Libraries Worldwide, Marine Heatwaves, Women’s Rights in China, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, June 5, 2019

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New-to-me, from The Conversation: Friday essay: the library – humanist ideal, social glue and now, tourism hotspot. “Last year two Danish librarians – Christian Lauersen and Marie Eiriksson – founded Library Planet: a worldwide, crowdsourced, online library travel guide. According to them, Library Planet is meant to inspire travellers ‘to open the awesome book that is our world of libraries, cities and countries’.”

Phys .org: New website for tracking marine heatwaves. “In order to better understand the impacts to the ocean, Dr. [Eric] Oliver co-organizes an international working group to observe marine heatwaves through an interactive website. The website allows users to click on any location in the global ocean and see the history of marine heatwaves from current day back to 1982.”

Columbia University Libraries: Just Launched: #MeToo and the Women’s Rights Movement in China Web Archive. “I am pleased to announce the launch of the #MeToo and the Women’s Rights Movement in China Web Archive, comprised of captured website content from women’s organizations and individuals in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Curated by Chengzhi Wang, Chinese Studies Librarian at Columbia University, and Xiao-He Ma, Librarian for the Chinese Collection at Harvard University, the archive aims to systematically archive and preserve web content related to the #MeToo movement and women’s rights activities in the Greater China Region, so that scholars and students will be able to continuously be able to access these important, and potentially ephemeral, materials.”


New York Times: Antitrust Troubles Snowball for Tech Giants as Lawmakers Join In. “The federal government is stepping up its scrutiny of the world’s biggest tech companies, leaving them vulnerable to new rules and federal lawsuits. Regulators are divvying up antitrust oversight of the Silicon Valley giants and lawmakers are investigating whether they have stifled competition and hurt consumers.”

Search Engine Land: Apple Maps refresh: Better data, more detail and a new ‘street view’. “Several of the updates in iOS 13, announced yesterday, are playing catch-up to Google. Among them, Apple is adding a Street-View-like feature to Apple Maps.”


Medium: The thrill of being lied to, the power of the audience, and more great advice from our new video lecture series. “Each one- to two-hour class is an intimate conversation between the journalist and the viewer, broken down into bite-size chapters that offer a mix of practical reporting techniques, case studies, career advice, and inspiration. The series has a special focus on what we at the Newmark J-School call ‘social journalism.’ It’s the basis for a unique master’s degree we offer that emphasizes listening, community building, and producing tangible impact for the public.” The series is free.


Canberra Times: National Archives and ASIO defend long waits for access to documents. “The National Archives of Australia and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation have defended the long delays faced by people requesting access to historical documents.”


CNET: FBI, TSA use of facial recognition tech needs cleaning up, say lawmakers. “At a Tuesday hearing on facial recognition by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, lawmakers questioned how government agencies like the FBI and the Transportation Security Administration have been using the technology. The FBI faced heavy criticism for failing to meet the Government Accountability Office’s recommendations on accuracy, transparency and privacy issues.”

Search Engine Journal: Web Host Vulnerability Discovered at iPage, FatCow, PowWeb, and NetFirm. “WordFence announced that they had discovered a vulnerability at four hosting companies. WordFence warns that while the vulnerability was patched, it’s possible sites were hacked prior to the fix.”


Becker’s Hospital Review: Why university medical researchers, physicians are jumping ship to big tech. “Palo Alto, Calif.-based Stanford University has been competing with Silicon Valley technology companies to keep medical researchers, according to STAT. Like many other universities, Stanford has partnerships with various tech giants, including Google and Apple. However, these partnerships have resulted in some researchers and physicians leaving their university positions to work for the technology companies.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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