Australia Graves, Landslide Deaths, 9/11 Photos, More: Unintentionally Grim Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, June 18, 2019


The West Australian: Grave markers’ work available on website. “A not-for-profit group working to put names and stories to unmarked or ‘lonely’ graves in the Goldfields have launched a new website dubbed a ‘brilliant research tool’. The Outback Grave Markers have spent the past four years travelling across remote WA preserving the region’s history, placing plaques at more than 500 graves, including 100 in Leonora.”

The Landslide Blog: The Global Fatal Landslide Database: full dataset now online. “Thanks to the hard work of Dr Melanie Froude, my colleague here at the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield, we have now posted the full Global Fatal Landslide Database online. This is the dataset that underpins our paper of last year (Froude and Petley 2018) that explored the human cost of landslides from 2004 to 2016 inclusive. However, this new version adds a further year of data, covering 2004 to 2017 inclusive.”

The Verge: Newly recovered Ground Zero photos show why you should back up your CD-Rs now. “When comedian and activist Jon Stewart gave an impassioned speech before Congress to seek ongoing aid for 9/11 first responders, it inspired Internet Archive software curator and digital preservationist Jason Scott to share something timely with the world as well: a newly discovered cache of photos from one of the workers who toiled away at Ground Zero, and who’d saved thousands of those photos on CD-R.”


BBC: Facebook reveals digital currency details. “Social media giant Facebook has unveiled plans to launch a new digital currency, called Libra, next year. It said people would be able to make payments with the currency via its own apps, as well as on messaging service WhatsApp.”

UC Santa Cruz: UC Santa Cruz joins the international effort to make research accessible to all . “In June, the University of California Santa Cruz joined its sister UC campuses in taking an important step towards the goal of making all scholarly journal literature freely available to the world by endorsing the international open access (OA) initiative, OA2020. Led by the Max Planck Digital Library, OA2020 is a global alliance committed to new models of scholarly publishing that ensure outputs are open and re-usable and that the costs behind their dissemination are transparent and economically sustainable.”


Lifehacker: Find Out an Item You’re Shopping For is Available at Goodwill With This Extension. “Sometimes you want to own a new item rather than a used one. However, there are a number of things out there where the used version is just as good as buying a new one. Goodwill Shopping is a Chrome extension that helps you find them.”


The Next Web: ‘YouTube recommendations are toxic,’ says dev who worked on the algorithm. “…as YouTube has become the place for videos on the web, it’s led to a raft of new problems. Content moderation is a constant struggle and YouTube can do better, but there will likely always be some amount of offensive videos that people can seek out. However, the real issue is the videos we don’t seek out: YouTube’s recommendations.”

Globe Newswire: Find a Grief/Bereavement Provider Tool Available Online from NHPCO and LGA (PRESS RELEASE). “Legal & General America awarded a $25,000 grant to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization to create an online searchable database that will help the public find information and community support services addressing grief and bereavement.” The NHPCO (National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization) already has a database for bereavement services that I guess is its membership, and it’s linked in the first paragraph. I’m putting this in “new resources” because that’s new-to-me. Not sure how much the database will expand because of the grant.


CNET: Adobe AI can spot facial manipulations in Photoshop. “In a world filled with manipulated photos, deepfakes and even totally fake human faces, Adobe says it’s working on an artificial intelligence tool to spot fake images. Citing ‘the ethical implications’ of Photoshop, Adobe partnered with researchers from the University of California at Berkeley to work on the issue.”

UnDark: No, You’re Not Addicted to Social Media. “It has become commonplace for media outlets to talk about this dark side of technology using the language of addiction. In a Washington Post op-ed earlier this year, for instance, psychologist Doreen Dodgen-Magee called on mental health professionals to recognize the bleak reality of ‘tech addiction.’ In his New York Times column, Kevin Roose wrote about his ‘phone problem,’ and how it had broken his brain. Parents and teens often signal their unhappiness with the amount of time spent online by framing the issue as smartphone addiction. But to me, the confession from the girl in the Philadelphia coffee shop did not sound like that of a social media addict.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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