Residential School Letters, NYC Buildings, Vietnam Maps, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, October 7, 2019


SooToday: Digitized letters explore life at residential school. “The Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre (SRSC) is preserving documentation of daily life in the Shingwauk and Wawanosh residential schools through its Healing and Education Through Digital Access project. A total of 10 letter books spanning a period from 1876 to 1904 were digitized, which include letters from residential school principals Edward F. Wilson and George L. King, which were intended for government officials, church representatives and students, among others.”

Washington Square News: NYU, Mayor’s Office Develop Interactive Efficiency-Tracking Map of City Buildings. “An NYU team and the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability consolidated six years of data to make an interactive map that color codes buildings based on energy efficiency. NYU’s Marron Institute of Urban Management and the NYU Urban Intelligence Lab — led by a professor at the institute with the goal of using data to address city problems — helped create the tool. When they go on the site, a user is allowed to enter any address within the city and see a 3D model of the building and area, each building color-coded based on how energy efficient it is.”

Tuoi Tre News: Vietnam launches homemade digital map to rival Google Maps . “Vmap, a Google Maps-like platform developed by the national postal service Vietnam Post Corporation, has gone online as part of an ambitious government-supported project to build a ‘digital Vietnamese knowledge system.'” The site translates into English okay, but it’s a little confusing to use.


TechCrunch: NASA shares 3D Moon data for CG artists and creators. “If you want to set your movie or game on the Moon, it’s not hard to find imagery of our photogenic satellite. But NASA has just released a useful and beautiful new set of data just for creators that includes not just imagery but depth data, making it simple to build an incredibly detailed 3D map of the Moon.”

Search Engine Journal: An Official Creative Commons WordPress Plugin Makes Content Attribution Easier . “The plugin, simply called ‘Creative Commons’, is an upgraded version of the organization’s old plugin called WPLicense. Given that the old plugin wasn’t compatible with versions of WordPress beyond 3.8.1, it’s fair to say a new and/or updated plugin was overdue.”


CNET: 10 of the best language learning apps that will actually make you fluent. “General introductory courses can spark an interest in a language that leads to more advanced courses, studying abroad, masters programs and more. But those of you who don’t want to go back to school still have options for learning a new language to travel, enrich yourself or better connect with your heritage. Here are the 10 best apps that make it easy for you to learn a language at your own pace.”


Bloomberg Quint: Amazon, Google Face Tax Test as Indonesia Reins In E-Commerce. “Indonesia is drafting a tax bill that will force local e-commerce startups and digital giants such as Google, Amazon and Netflix to collect and pay value-added tax. The bill, expected to be passed into law next year, will also set a legal basis for the government to impose income tax based on a company’s economic presence in Indonesia.”

Daily Nexus: A Chicano Center Wants Its Archives Back, but UCSB Won’t Return Them. “When a San Diego-based Chicano art and cultural center — home to swaths of archives and fragments of Chicano history — asked last spring to reclaim donations it made nearly 20 years ago to the UC Santa Barbara Special Research Collections, members of the center learned they wouldn’t be getting them back.”


Bleeping Computer: HildaCrypt Ransomware Developer Releases Decryption Keys. “The developer behind the HildaCrypt Ransomware has decided to release the ransomware’s private decryption keys. With these keys a decryptor can be made that would allow any potential victims to recover their files for free.”

Sydney Morning Herald: ‘People are frustrated’: Turf war brewing over how to regulate tech titans . “The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman and Australian Communications and Media Authority are all vying for key roles in a new regulatory regime designed to curb the tech titans’ dominance.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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