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Kennedy/Eisenhower Foreign Relations, Candidate Fact-Checking, Cookie Recipes, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, December 06, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

US Department of State: Office of the Historian, Foreign Service Institute Release of Foreign Relations of the United States, 1961–1963, Volumes VII, VIII, IX, Arms Control; National Security Policy; Foreign Economic Policy Microfiche Supplement . “From 1993 to 1998, the Foreign Relations series published 13 microfiche supplements that included images of additional documents expanding upon issues addressed in corresponding print volumes in the Eisenhower and Kennedy subseries, which could not be printed due to space limitations. As an addition to the Office of the Historian’s digital archive of the entire Foreign Relations back catalog, the Office is digitizing the text from the microfiche images of these supplements and enriching it to create a full text searchable digital edition and ebooks.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Poynter: U.S. fact-checkers gear up for 2020 campaign with 50 active platforms. “With the U.S. election now less than a year away, at least four dozen American fact-checking projects plan to keep tabs on claims by candidates and their supporters – and a majority of those fact-checkers won’t be focused on the presidential campaign. The 50 active U.S. fact-checking projects are included in the latest Duke Reporters’ Lab tally of global fact-checking, which found 226 sites in 73 countries as of Nov. 25.”

StarTribune: Nearly 90 foolproof holiday cookie recipes just got easier to find. “In conjunction with our 17th annual Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest, we’ve reorganized and drastically improved our online recipe archive. Now when you go to [the Web site], you’ll find a complete digital source for all things cookies, including nearly 90 foolproof recipes, culled from the past 17 years of competition.”

USEFUL STUFF

Towards Data Science: Using Google Trends data to leverage your predictive model. “Using Google Trends data in predictive models has some pitfalls. This article describes a way of making Google Trends data usable for a model to deliver breakthrough results by the hands-on example of predicting the success of movies by using Google Search volume.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Mashable: Influencers urge young people to vote in UK election to ‘cancel the haters’ . “The ‘snowflakes’ of the United Kingdom have something to say: get out and vote. High-profile influencers have teamed up to create a video urging young people to exercise their democratic right in the General Election on Dec. 12.”

Journalism .co .uk: LA Times posts historic images on a new Instagram account to engage younger news audience. “The US publisher is the largest and one of the oldest local newspapers in the country. To attract the audiences of tomorrow, it set up a new @latimesarchives Instagram account in October 2019, which posts archived black-and-white photos through the ages of the organisation.”

The Guardian: The cultural pioneers bringing oral storytelling to the next generation. “For millennia, Indigenous Australian communities have been passing down histories, knowledge, language and customs, largely through oral storytelling. But in a world of digital addiction, where even the most remote parts of the country are being infiltrated by smartphones, telling stories via screens is the new necessary: a way to both preserve tradition and reach out to the young.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Biometric Update: DHS plans mandatory airport facial biometric scans for U.S. travelers. “U.S. Department of Homeland Security wants to broaden the use of biometric facial recognition technology to check all visitors entering and departing U.S. airports, including U.S. citizens and green card holders who were initially excluded from mandatory scans, writes TechCrunch.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Group on Earth Observations (GEO): The Manual of Digital Earth: An open access publication to advance the creation of a Digital Earth. “‘Digital Earth’ is a global initiative to create a comprehensive virtual representation of our planet. As digital technologies advance, this vision is quickly becoming a reality. The International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) has just published a new open source book to help advance the creation of Digital Earth.”

New York Times: Fake ‘Likes’ Remain Just a Few Dollars Away, Researchers Say. “Companies like Facebook and Twitter are poorly policing automated bots and other methods for manipulating social media platforms, according to a report released on Friday by researchers from the NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence. With a small amount of money, the researchers found, virtually anyone can hire a company to get more likes, comments and clicks.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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