Oak Ridge Oral Histories, The American Legion, Pakistan History, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, July 16, 2019

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Oak Ridge Today: McDaniel completes Oak Ridge oral history project. “Filmmaker Keith McDaniel has completed a nine-year project to document the oral histories of about 400 current and former Oak Ridge residents, including those connected to the Manhattan Project during World War II. The life stories were used to build a digital collection for the Oak Ridge Public Library’s Center for Oak Ridge Oral History, or COROH.”

The American Legion: Explore a century of enduring policies and programs of The American Legion. “The current policies and programs of The American Legion are based on resolutions passed by the Legion’s national conventions and the National Executive Committee over the last 100 years. After a multi-year effort, the Library and Museum has made available through the Digital Archive all the currently active resolutions from 1919 to present. This amounts to close to 2,000 resolutions that establish and guide the priorities and programs of the Legion.”

Technology Times Pakistan: Punjab archives digitized historical web portal launched. “The digitized data covers the pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial era in South Asia holding more than Seven Million files of unique documents and rare books. Secretary Punjab Archives & Libraries Tahir Yousaf and Chairman PITB Azfar Manzoor inaugurated the portal.” Unfortunately I got an error when I tried to access the link in the story.


The Guardian: Newly opened WestConnex tunnel missing from Google Maps, causing confusion in Sydney. “Google Maps is working to resolve an issue where Sydney’s newly opened WestConnex M4 East motorway – part of Australia’s largest transport infrastructure project – does not display on its map.”

Fast Company: A brief history of not being able to edit your tweets. “Don’t hold me to this, but Twitter user @livia—one of the first few dozen people to join the service back in the spring of 2006—may be the first member ever to have wished she could edit a tweet, at least among those who have expressed the desire on Twitter itself. She did so two months into the service’s history, when it was still called ‘twttr’ and the term ‘tweet’ had not yet been coined.”

Willamette University: PNAA Digitization Project. “Collections of artists’ papers from the Pacific Northwest Artists Archive (PNAA) are currently being processed thanks to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) grant Willamette University received to increase accessibility to this amazing and unique archive.

SF Gate: Why some houses on Google Street View are blurred out. “Have you ever cruised through a neighborhood on Google Street View and noticed a blurred house? It’s not a tactic just reserved for rich or celebrity homeowners: It turns out the technology company allow users to submit a request to have a home, a car or even themselves obscured.”


The Verge: WhatsApp and Telegram media files aren’t so secure after they reach your phone. “While they’re known for strongly encrypting messages in transit, apps like WhatsApp and Telegram may not always be able to keep files safe after they’re on your phone. Today, researchers from Symantec explain how hackers could use a malicious app to subtly alter media files sent through the services.”

Heavy: Bianca Devins: Photos of Utica Teen’s Body Posted on Instagram After Murder. “Bianca Devins was a 17-year-old girl from Utica, New York, who was murdered on July 14. Photos of Bianca’s body were posted on social media after her death by the suspected killer, a 21-year-old New York man identified by his family as Brandon Clark, who also goes by Brandon Kuwaliski. Heavy is not publishing the gruesome photos posted to Instagram or linking to them. The photos remained on Clark’s Instagram page for several hours before they were removed.”


EurekAlert: New journal to explore the impact of data science on engineering. “A new open access journal from Cambridge University Press will explore the transformative effect of data science on engineering. Launched this week with support from global charity Lloyd’s Register Foundation, Data-Centric Engineering will look at how the revolution in sensing, measurement, and data capture is driving the discovery of new materials, and new methods of manufacture, operation, control and construction.”

MIT News: MIT Press and Harvard Data Science Initiative launch the Harvard Data Science Review. “The MIT Press and the Harvard Data Science Initiative (HDSI) have announced the launch of the Harvard Data Science Review (HDSR). The open-access journal, published by MIT Press and hosted online via the multimedia platform PubPub, an initiative of the MIT Knowledge Futures group, will feature leading global thinkers in the burgeoning field of data science, making research, educational resources, and commentary accessible to academics, professionals, and the interested public. ” Good afternoon, Internet…

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