Gourmet Popcorn, Digital Collections Management Compendium, Minecraft Earth, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz (for real this time), October 13, 2019


Digital Journal: Gourmet Popcorn Finder Launches World’s First Online Popcorn Directory – The Ultimate Resource for the Upcoming Holiday Season (PRESS RELEASE). “Gourmet Popcorn Finder provides visitors to the site with a comprehensive online directory that enables them to search an extensive database of over 500 gourmet popcorn flavors. Users are able to filter their search by flavor, by company name, by city, by state, and even by country.”

Library of Congress, The Signal: Launching the Digital Collections Management Compendium. ”
Over the past two years, my colleagues and I in the Digital Content Management section have been working with experts from across many divisions of the Library of Congress to collate and assemble guidance and policy that guide or reflect the practices that the Library uses to manage digital collections. I am excited to share that today the results of that work have launched as the Digital Collections Management Compendium (DCMC).”


Neowin: Latest Minecraft Earth beta rolls out crafting, smelting, and ruby mechanics. “Having been originally announced back in May as part of tenth-anniversary celebrations for the release of Minecraft, it was announced late last month that Minecraft Earth would enter its early access phase for Android and iOS during the month of October. While we caught a glimpse of the IOS version of the title earlier this year, we now have our first look at the crafting and smelting implementations in beta version 0.4.2 of the game.”

TechCrunch: Kik says it’s ‘here to stay,’ following shutdown reports. “It’s been a rough run for Kik of late. The once mighty messaging service announced in late September that it would be shutting down its app. CEO Ted Livingston noted in a blog post that the startup would be trimming its headcount from over 100 people to ‘an elite 19 person team,’ following a protracted 18 month battle with the SEC.”

The Next Web: Pinterest says AI reduced self-harm content on its platform by 88%. “Yesterday, on international World Mental Health Day, Pinterest announced in a blogpost that for the past year, it’s been using machine learning techniques to identify and automatically hide content that displays, rationalizes, or encourages self-injury. Using this technology, the social networking company says it has achieved an 88 percent reduction in reports of self-harm content by users, and it’s now able to remove harmful content three times faster than ever before.”


CatholicPhilly: Benedictine estimates 70 million-plus pages of manuscripts digitized. “Benedictine Father Columba Stewart never imagined there would be 50 million pages of sacred manuscripts housed in the archives at the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library at St. John’s College in Collegeville, Minnesota, where he has been since entering religious life in 1980. He almost never had to.”

CNBC: Superstar German DJ ‘permanently banned’ from China for liking a ‘South Park’ tweet. “Zedd, a high-profile DJ and music producer, has been permanently banned from China for liking a tweet from ‘South Park’s’ official account. On Friday, Zedd tweeted about the ban, and CNBC verified the claim with his publicist on Saturday.”

CBC: Archivist delighted to comb through mountain of late UFO researcher’s records. “In the months leading up to his death, nuclear physicist and ufologist Stanton Friedman started donating his vast collection of records to the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick. And he had a lot of records. Archivist Joanna Aiton-Kerr said they’ve received about 300 boxes so far — that’s about 60 metres if you line them up single file, she said — and she expects several more cargo vans to come.”


ZDNet: Brazilian government to create single citizen database. “The Brazilian government will create a single citizen database that will contain a wide range of personal information about the country’s population of over 200 million people, to be fully shared across departments.”

Ars Technica: Activists’ phones targeted by one of the world’s most advanced spyware apps. “Mobile phones of two prominent human rights activists were repeatedly targeted with Pegasus, the highly advanced spyware made by Israel-based NSO, researchers from Amnesty International reported this week.”


The Conversation: Science needs myths to thrive. “What helped me develop as a researcher was reading stories about those who came before me. For scientific research to be successful in the long term, I think researchers need a strong set of values, including an unwavering commitment to the truth, and a drive to test any idea to destruction. Though they may seem opposed to the ideals of the rigorous scientific method, the best way of instilling these values is, as ever, through the stories and myths that we tell ourselves.”

Techdirt: It’s Time For The Academic World To See The Positive Side Of Negative Results. “Techdirt has written many times about the need to move from traditional academic publishing to open access. There are many benefits, including increasing the reach and impact of research, and allowing members of the public to read work that they have often funded, without needing to pay again. But open access is not a panacea; it does not solve all the problems of today’s approach to spreading knowledge. In particular, it suffers from the same serious flaw that afflicts traditional titles: a tendency to focus on success, and to draw a veil of silence over failure.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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