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WWII Newsletters, Ethnomusicology Field Collections, India Languages, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 25, 2019

I don’t know if y’all saw yesterday’s RB article on junk sites in Google News, but I think I ran down another bunch of them today. I’ve updated the article at https://researchbuzz.me/2019/11/24/look-out-for-junk-sources-in-google-news/ .

NEW RESOURCES

State Archives of North Carolina: World War II Military Base Newsletters Online. “The State Archives of North Carolina’s Military Collection is excited to announce the publication online of the first half of its original wartime holdings of North Carolina military installation camp newsletters and newspapers from World War II.”

UCLA: Ethnomusicology Archive publishes 58 historical field collections online. “Five years of planning and development across international waters have culminated in the online publication of 58 historical field collections held by the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive. The project, Ethnomusicology: Global Field Recordings, was a collaboration between the World Music Center at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, home of the archive, and Adam Matthew Digital, an academic publisher based in the United Kingdom.”

Creative Commons: Indian State of Odisha Releases 21 Dictionaries Under CC BY. “Recently, CC India’s Global Network Representative (GNC) Subhashish Panigrahi brought to our attention that the Indian state of Odisha licensed 21 dictionaries—in all 21 Indigenous languages that are spoken in the province—under CC BY 4.0. This opens them up for adaptation, distribution, and remixing by anyone.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

CNN: Some Google Stadia customers say their Chromecasts are overheating. “Google’s new Stadia gaming service is hot — in more ways than one. Some gamers accessing the new cloud gaming platform through a Google (GOOG) Chromecast Ultra dongle are reporting that their devices are crashing and overheating after just a few hours of use.”

Fold3: Four New States Added to the WWII Draft Registration Card Collection. “Fold3 has added four more states to our collection of U.S. WWII Draft Registration Cards! The collection now includes cards from New York, New Jersey, North Dakota, and Vermont. We now have Draft Registration Cards from 45 states or regions! The cards in this collection are registration cards and do not necessarily indicate that the individual served in the military.”

USEFUL STUFF

Distilled: Free web-based robots.txt parser based on Google’s open source C++ parser. “The punchline: I’ve been playing around with a toy project recently and have deployed it as a free web-based tool for checking how Google will parse your robots.txt files, given that their own online tool does not replicate actual Googlebot behaviour.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Mainline Media News: Villanova University’s Falvey Memorial Library Partners with Radnor Historical Society. “Villanova University’s Falvey Memorial Library has partnered with the Radnor Historical Society to digitize historical newspapers from the Wayne Weekly Signal, as well as other early Main Line publications. This digitization partnership will preserve and make public these historical newspapers.”

Department of Energy: Department of Energy Announces $15 Million for Development of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Tools. “Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced $15 million in funding for 23 projects to accelerate the incorporation of machine learning and artificial intelligence into the energy technology and product design processes as part of the Design Intelligence Fostering Formidable Energy Reduction (and) Enabling Novel Totally Impactful Advanced Technology Enhancements (DIFFERENTIATE) program.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Ars Technica: Scammers try a new way to steal online shoppers’ payment-card data. “Thieves have devised a new way to steal payment-card data from online shoppers—or at least it’s new to the researcher who found it. Rather than infecting a merchant’s checkout page with malware that skims the information, the thieves trick users into thinking they’ve been redirected to an authorized third-party payment processor.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment: Quantifying the contribution of citizen science to broad‐scale ecological databases. “Ecological research increasingly relies on broad‐scale databases containing information collected by personnel from a variety of sources, including government agencies, universities, and citizen‐science programs. However, the contribution of citizen‐science programs to these databases is not well known. We analyzed one such database to quantify the contribution of citizen science to lake water‐quality data from seven US states.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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