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Queensland Law Enforcement, Cholamandal Artists Village, Pinterest Trends More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, December 11, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

National Tribune: Queenslands lost hi 1800s Indigenous police database launched at museum. Not sure what’s going on with the headline. “The archive – the Frontier Conflict and the Native Mounted Police in Queensland Database – is the result of a four-year project funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and undertaken by University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Flinders University, The University of Notre Dame, James Cook University and Northern Archaeology Consultancies. It was launched at Queensland Museum yesterday (December 9) and includes more than 11,000 documents about 200 Native Mounted Police camps, 12,000 artefacts, 400 officers, 850 troopers and 1800 frontier conflict events across Queensland through the 19th century.”

The Hindu: ‘Madras Movement’ art goes online on Google. “Around 80 images of art works by artists, who were part of the movement from 1940 to 1985, have been made available online. Making Batik designs on cloth, saris and scarves and selling them as unique products helped this group of artists begin the Cholamandal Artists Village way back in 1965-66.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Vogue Business: Pinterest opens up its trove of consumer trends data. “The visual search engine is introducing Pinterest Trends, a new tool that gives public information on top US search terms within the past 12 months and information on when top terms peak. It also shows trending search terms for various topics, just like how Google will suggest specific search keywords. Currently in beta, the tool will roll out in coming weeks and is available to all users year-round.”

Google Blog: Updates to Incognito mode and your Timeline in Maps. “Your Data in Maps lets you quickly access your Location History and other privacy controls with just a few taps. And on Android, Incognito mode on Google Maps stops searches or places you navigate to within Maps from being saved to your Google Account. Today, we have two updates: Incognito mode is rolling out on Google Maps for iOS today, and bulk delete in Timeline will arrive on Android next month.”

USEFUL STUFF

Taneya’s Genealogy Blog: My Digital Photo Organization: Principle 4 – Create Your Structure. “I consider my photos & genealogy files analogous to my personal archive, so I established a folder structure that reflects categories & format types. Within each format type, I have 3 possible sub-divisions – materials related to my family, materials related to my husband’s family, and materials related to the family union we created upon our marriage (us and our 5 kids).”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Computer Weekly: Online fact-checkers warn of misinformation on unprecedented scale in 2019 election. “The UK’s watchdog for democracy, the Electoral Commission, has repeatedly asked for electoral laws to be updated for the online world. It first called for reform from a Labour government in 2003, before Facebook was even built. Labour failed to act, as have successive governments.”

Washington Post: Critics say Facebook’s powerful ad tools may imperil democracy. But politicians love them.. “As Facebook sought to recover from its disastrous 2016 election season, company officials debated ways to curb distortions and disinformation on the platform. One of the most potentially powerful — limiting advertisers’ ability to target narrow slices of voters with political messages — struggled to find support and was abandoned, say people familiar with those discussions. But today, as disinformation begins to spread ahead of the 2020 presidential vote, Facebook again is discussing ‘microtargeting’ and weighing whether to restrict a set of advertising tools so powerful that, critics say, it may threaten democracy itself.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

TechCrunch: Over 750,000 applications for US birth certificate copies exposed online. “Each application process differed by state, but performed the same task: allowing customers to apply to their state’s record-keeping authority — usually a state’s department of health — to obtain a copy of their historical records. The applications we reviewed contained the applicant’s name, date-of-birth, current home address, email address, phone number and historical personal information, including past addresses, names of family members and the reason for the application — such as applying for a passport or researching family history.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Book Riot: The Art And Therapeutic Act Of Weeding Your Digital Shelves . “A few years ago, the urge to weed out my books hit me hard. I had a fierce desire to cleanse my two bedroom apartment of all unnecessary stuff. This was before Marie Kondo and was utterly a ‘We have too much crap’ type of thing. After going through my physical bookshelves and weeding out a good chunk of those to turn in at my favorite local bookstore, I realized, as my eyes fell on my Kindle, that there were other books that could be weeded out.”

Phys .org: Laser scanning leads to 3-D rendering of Robber’s Cave . “As bits of Robber’s Cave history fade to folklore, the thousands of engravings that crowd its Dakota sandstone walls like graffiti are likewise disintegrating, imperceptibly but inevitably, into miniature dunes at the base of the walls…. A first-of-its-kind project funded by History Nebraska and coordinated by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Richard Wood is preserving those voices by digitally mapping every millimeter of the cave’s 5,000-plus square feet, engravings and all.” There are apparently many Robber’s Cave places. This is the one in Nebraska. Good afternoon, Internet…

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