Flickr, Library of Congress, GANimals, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, October 29, 2019


Flickr Blog: A new home for your events. “Today, we’re are excited to announce the release of our new Events page, a place where Flickr members can learn about photography meet-ups, photo walks, classes, workshops, exhibitions, and all kinds of offline and online events around the world that are hosted by members of the Flickr community.”

Library of Congress: Celebrating a year with By the People. “We launched the program on October 24, 2018 with the goal of engaging volunteers to explore and connect to Library of Congress collections while enhancing searchability, readability, and research use of digitized collections. Since then, over 11,000 volunteers have registered and even more have contributed anonymously. Together they’ve completed transcription of over 31,000 digital collection pages and another 55,000 await peer review.”


For a given value of useful, from Mashable: Wonder what your dog would look like as a cat? There’s a new AI tool for you. . “NVIDIA has leveraged big gains in AI technology to develop a fun tool called the GANimal App, which allows users to upload a photo of their pet and generate pictures of what it would look like as either different breeds of the same animal — or a different animal altogether.” I tried this with a cat and a dog and wasn’t super impressed.


Al Monitor: Can Egypt’s newest search engine root out extremism?. “Dar al-Ifta, Egypt’s Islamic authority with the power to issue fatwas (religious edicts), recently launched a search engine to track fatwas from terrorist groups and extremists and to help Al-Azhar scholars tackle Islamophobia. The data collected will enable clerics to develop indicators to help decision-makers better understand terrorist networks and guide policymakers in formulating effective counterterrorism strategies.”

The Guardian: Vatican’s Secret Archives no longer officially secret after renaming. “The Vatican said on Monday the new name would be the Vatican Apostolic Archives. This removes any potentially ‘negative nuances’ from the Latin word ‘secretum’, which the pope said in a decree was closer to ‘private’ or ‘reserved’ than ‘secret’ when the archives were first named in about 1610.”


Techdirt: Indian Court Orders Global Takedown Of ‘Defamatory’ Video From YouTube, Twitter, Facebook. “I’ve mentioned in the past that, from Techdirt’s earliest posts, one key topic is how you handle ‘jurisdiction’ on the internet, since the internet is global, and laws don’t always work that way. Indeed, allowing for global jurisdiction for any particular government’s laws would inevitably mean that the most draconian and the most limiting laws rule around the globe — and that should worry everyone.”

Committee to Protect Journalists: India uses opaque legal process to suppress Kashmiri journalism, commentary on Twitter. “On August 10, 2018, the Indian government informed Twitter that an account belonging to Kashmir Narrator, a magazine based in Jammu and Kashmir, was breaking Indian law. The magazine had recently published a cover story on a Kashmiri militant who fought against Indian rule. By the end of the month, Indian police had arrested the journalist who wrote it, Aasif Sultan, and Twitter had withheld the magazine’s account in India, blocking local access to more than 5,000 tweets. ”


Business News Australia: Melbourne startup unveils ocean floor ‘Street View’ submarine. “Emerging Melbourne tech startup UAM Tec (Underwater Autonomous Mapping Technology) has revealed its first product, dubbed Google Maps Street View for the ocean floor…. The submarine will generate publicly accessible maps of the ocean floor which UAM Tec hope can be used for research purposes.”

University at Buffalo: Innovative tool analyzes all 22,000 tweets from 2016 Republican presidential candidates. “Among the other major Republican hopefuls, only John Kasich, the last of the originally crowded GOP field still standing before Trump headed to the convention as the party’s presumptive nominee, emphasized strategy over issues, according to a new study by researchers from the University at Buffalo and Georgia State University. The researchers used a new tool they’ve recently developed to analyze all (yes, all) of the more than 22,000 tweets sent by Republican presidential hopefuls during the 2016 primaries.”

Behold, the GROSSEST THING I HAVE EVER PUT IN RESEARCHBUZZ, from CNN: How your poop can help train AI. “The next time you go to the bathroom, a couple startups are hoping you’ll snap a photo before you flush. For scientific reasons, of course. No, really. Two companies — Auggi, a gut-health startup that’s building an app for people to track gastrointestinal issues, and Seed Health, which works on applying microbes to human health and sells probiotics — are soliciting poop photos from anyone who wants to send them.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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