Ireland History, River Shapes, Cuba Information, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, September 24, 2019


Irish Times: Vast archive of early Irish history digitised and put online. “They include copies of manuscripts painstakingly transcribed by Brother Ó Cléirigh for his project which would become the Annals of the Four Masters and based on books which were destroyed during the violent upheavals in Ireland during the 17th century. There are also several books on martyrology and the lives of the saints from the medieval period. Twelve of the books are in old Irish and the 13th is in Latin. There are plans to translate them all into English.”

Daily Excelsior: ‘How climate affects shape of rivers decoded’. “The study, published in the journal Nature, looked at changes in the path one makes when walking from a river’s source to its mouth as the stream descends in elevation — a measure called the ‘river long profile.’ … For the first time, the researchers have produced a new database of global river long profiles (GLoPro) which includes 333,502 rivers across the globe within one climate category.”

New-to-me, from Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: Cuban journalist uses creativity to dig for information and maintain database for other media. “For a year, Cuban journalist Barbara Maseda has been running Proyecto Inventario, whose mission is to publish any and all available data about Cuba. It is intended to serve as a database for consultation and use by other independent journalists writing about the island.”


The Verge, and I freely admit I’m posting this mostly for the snark: Yahoo redesigns its logo to remind you that Yahoo exists. “Yahoo isn’t exactly a popular company these days. But while it’s been down for a long time, it’s not out of the game yet, and today the company is here to remind everyone of that with a new logo that practically screams out (in a newly selected hue of purple): ‘We still exist and have somehow not imploded like a decayed, hollowed-out husk of a dying oak tree!'”


Reddit: How to digitize and archive your entire family photo collection. “Four years ago I decided that I should try and digitally archive my family’s photo collection dating from mid-nineteenth century up to today. It was a painstaking process but I learnt a lot doing it which may be useful for anyone else looking to attempt something similar. I used an iMac for this process and IMO it is the best tool for the job, but I am sure something similar could be done on another system.” This Reddit article suffers a lack of screenshots and links, but the descriptions of workflow and problem-solving were terrific. Genealogists struggling with tons of photos, please read this one.

Mashable: 4 climate change apps every tech-savvy advocate needs to download . “Your smartphone isn’t only your connection to the world — it can also be your connection to the conversation around climate change. With these four apps, awareness and action are at your fingertips.”


California State University, Dominguez Hills: CSUDH Receives Grant to Continue Japanese American Digitization Project. “California State University, Dominguez Hills’ (CSUDH) Donald R. and Beverly J. Gerth Archives and Special Collections has received $282,102 from the National Parks Service’s (NPS) World War II Japanese American Confinement Sites (JACS) grant program to continue its work on the California State University Japanese American Digitization Project (CSUJAD).”

US News & World Report: WVU Center Lands Another Grant to Digitize Newspaper Archive. “The West Virginia University Libraries’ West Virginia & Regional History Center received a nearly $202,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to keep digitizing newspapers published in the state from 1790 to 1923.”


Animal Legal Defense Fund: Exposing Animal Abusers: Update on the Animal Welfare Blackout. “In early 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) purged tens of thousands of important documents related to animal welfare from the agency’s website…. On February 22, 2017 the Animal Legal Defense Fund, leading a coalition of organizations including Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!, Companion Animal Protection Society, and Animal Folks, sued the USDA.”


Phys .org: Introducing VPLanet: A virtual planet simulator for modeling distant worlds across time. “University of Washington astrobiologist Rory Barnes has created software that simulates multiple aspects of planetary evolution across billions of years, with an eye toward finding and studying potentially habitable worlds.”

Forests News: The Papua Atlas: New tool tracks development on remote island, as-it-happens. “The Papua Atlas is an open-access, interactive online map that tracks data such as forest loss; plantation and mine development; and road construction. It uses satellite data collected yearly from 2001-2018, and collected weekly for 2019, as well as government information on land ownership, to create extremely detailed and engaging time-lapse animations that show how land use has changed over time.”

CNET: Google reportedly attains ‘quantum supremacy’ . “Google has reportedly built a quantum computer more powerful than the world’s top supercomputers. A Google research paper was temporarily posted online this week, the Financial Times reported Friday, and said the quantum computer’s processor allowed a calculation to be performed in just over 3 minutes. That calculation would take 10,000 years on IBM’s Summit, the world’s most powerful commercial computer, Google reportedly said.” Good morning, Internet…

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