Luxembourg City, Cultural Heritage Preservation, Early American Judaica, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, December 03, 2019


RTL Today: Luxatlas. lu offers a digital look back at Luxembourg City through the ages. “The…website showcases 200 years of the city’s development in a click, highlighting different iterations of the capital such as the fortress back in 1867, the UNESCO boundaries, and more. The tool allows anyone to explore the mapping history of the capital, showing both aerial impressions and land registry maps to compare the development.”

Museums+Heritage: V&A launches ‘world’s largest and most accessible’ cultural heritage preservation database. “Launched as part of the V&A’s ongoing Culture in Crisis programme, the Museum’s new free-to-access Culture in Crisis Portal is claimed to be the world’s largest and most accessible database of cultural heritage preservation projects.”

Penn State: Gifts to Penn Libraries enrich Judaic scholarship and digital humanities. “The most recent gifts coincide with the release of a new website, The Arnold and Deanne Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica, offering free access to nearly 7,000 digital copies of items from the collection for viewing and downloading. Digital copies of recent acquisitions will be made available in the coming year, and all future items will be made available as well.”


CNN: YouTube confirms it has removed some Trump campaign ads. “YouTube has prevented President Donald Trump from running a number of ads on its platform this election season, its CEO acknowledged on Sunday. But the exact reasons for the decisions are unclear, once again raising questions about the policies of YouTube and its parent company Google.”


How-To Geek: The Complete Guide to Giving Better Family Tech Support. “…we’re going to run through a crash course—with copious links to tutorials we’ve written in the past—that will help you whip your family’s tech life into shape, so their networks are secure, their computers are backed up, and everything is connected so you can easily help them in the future. The guide is divided into sections that, based on years of experience as the family tech support team, are the areas that are the most common (and pressing).”


Island Free Press: Paper Nautical Charts Will Disappear as Waterway Maps Become Digitized. “Paper nautical charts will soon be sinking into the horizon, as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) this month announced its plan to sunset over five years the hard copy maps of the nation’s waterways. Although NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey has for years offered several digital formats for raster charts – that is, the electronic version of the paper chart – to print or download, the paper charts have also been provided by request. The electronic charts have been available since 1993.”

Middle East Monitor: Egypt plans social media tax . “Egypt plans to impose a tax system on online advertising and social media websites, the New Arab reported the deputy finance minister saying. Riyad Abdel Sattar said that Facebook and Twitter users should pay a monthly registration fee which will enable the state to monitor online activity.”

Balkan Transitional Justice: BIRN Awards Grants to Explore War Crimes Archives. “The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network has selected 20 journalists, historians, artists and activists to receive grants to create small projects based on the archives of the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague and domestic courts in former Yugoslav countries. The recipients of the grants will conduct research, collect documents and dig deeper into the courts’ archives.”


Reuters: Britain’s competition watchdog reviewing Google’s Looker buyout deal. “Britain’s competition watchdog on Monday said it was probing Google’s $2.6 billion (2 billion pounds) buyout of privately held big-data analytics firm Looker Data Sciences.”

CNET: FBI calls FaceApp a ‘potential counterintelligence threat’ from Russia. “In a Nov. 25 letter to Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, FBI assistant director Jill Tyson said that the agency is investigating FaceApp over its ties to Russia. The app, which takes photos and adds effects that can make people look older or add a smile to their pictures, is based in Russia.”

USA Today: ‘Hundreds of millions of people’ may have had their text messages exposed online, researchers say. “A database housing millions of private SMS text messages was left open online for an extended period of time, a team of researchers at the online privacy company vpnMentor said Sunday. The Texas-based text messaging firm TrueDialog is thought to be responsible for the leak, the cybersecurity experts said.”


Ars Technica: How neural networks work—and why they’ve become a big business. “Computer scientists have been experimenting with neural networks since the 1950s. But two big breakthroughs—one in 1986, the other in 2012—laid the foundation for today’s vast deep learning industry. The 2012 breakthrough—the deep learning revolution—was the discovery that we can get dramatically better performance out of neural networks with not just a few layers but with many. That discovery was made possible thanks to the growing amount of both data and computing power that had become available by 2012. This feature offers a primer on neural networks. We’ll explain what neural networks are, how they work, and where they came from. And we’ll explore why—despite many decades of previous research—neural networks have only really come into their own since 2012.” Good morning, Internet…

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