Kentucky Photojournalism, Medical Images, Google BERT, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, December 13, 2019


Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis: Introducing the new Becker Archives Database . “Becker Medical Library has released an enhanced database to help users explore and discover our archival collections. The new Becker Archives Database includes over 18,000 digital images from our visual collections.”

University of Kentucky: UK Libraries Makes 13,000+ Lexington Herald-Leader Images Available Online. “This fall, the University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center launched a custom digital library for the John C. Wyatt Lexington Herald-Leader (LHL) photographs collection. The site provides access to more than 13,000 digitized images with advanced search features, location mapping, an integrated collection guide viewer and more.”


SEO Roundtable: Google News Submission Not Required, Powered By BERT & New Top Stories Features. “Google announced some new features around Google News and Top Stories. First, now Google is using BERT and other machine learning techniques to examine the related articles and determine where one story ends and another begins. Second, Google no longer requires you to submit your site for inclusion into Google News to be shown in News or Top Stories. And Top Stories got some new features.”

KRCR: How is your child’s school performing? New tool allows parents to check online. “On December 12, 2019, the California Department of Education (CDE) and the State Board of Education (SBE) launched the 2019 California School Dashboard in an effort to provide information about school performance online. The Dashboard consists of all the latest data available on graduation rates, suspension rates, test scores, English learner progress, college/career readiness and chronic absenteeism for the 2018-2019 school year.”


CNET: Wunderlist is dead. These 3 to-do list apps make great alternatives. “Wunderlist is still available to users until May 6, but is no longer accepting new signups. If you had been hoping Microsoft would give the popular Wunderlist task manager a reprieve, now’s the time to look for another list-making and organizational app to use. Here are three task-management app alternatives that allow you to directly import your Wunderlist lists.”


New York Times: Nobel Peace Laureate Says Social Media Sows Hate in Ethiopia. “Ethiopia’s prime minister Abiy Ahmed warned in his speech accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on Tuesday that social media is now being used to sow ‘hate and division’ and undermine Ethiopia’s delicate political transition.”

CNN: Facebook promised transparency on political ads. Its system crashed days before the UK election. “Tens of thousands of political ads went missing from Facebook’s archive this week, according to researchers, just days before voters go to the polls in the most important UK election for decades. A spokesperson for Facebook (FB) confirmed its library went down but could not say how many political ads disappeared. The problem affected several countries, and Facebook prioritized fixing the UK database because of the imminent election.”


The Guardian: Court tells Facebook to reactivate Italian neo-fascist party’s account. “A civil court in Rome has ruled that Facebook must immediately reactivate the account of the Italian neo-fascist party CasaPound and pay the group €800 (£675) for each day the account has been closed, according to local media.”


Salon: A new Instagram meme is actually good for your body image, study says. “A new study from Australian researchers published in the journal New Media & Society tested the theory that clearly marking edited photos as fake might mitigate the negative thoughts that emerge from the comparison process. In the study, 305 U.S. women between the ages of 18 to 30 were randomly assigned to view one of three sets of Instagram images: ‘Instagram vs reality’ images, the ‘ideal[ized]’ photo alone, or the ‘real’ photo alone.”

Biomass Magazine: New app helps design buildings that use biomass for heat. “The Biomass Ready tool helps builders, architects, engineers, planners and others in the building trade to design new buildings that can incorporate biomass as a heating source. Biomass is woody plant material, derived from the trunks and branches of trees.” Like firewood? Yeah, like firewood. Good afternoon, Internet…

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