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The Carolinian, Copyright-Free Maps, Google Docs, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, January 20, 2020

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

DigitalNC: New Additions of The Carolinian Added to DigitalNC. “Issues of The Carolinian, from 1962 to 1964, have now been added to DigitalNC thanks to our partner, Olivia Raney Local History Library. The Carolinian is an active newspaper still published out of Raleigh, N.C., covering local, regional, and national stories that impact and interest the African American community at large.”

Library of Congress: Free to Use and Reuse: Maps of Discovery and Exploration. “Exploration into the unknown — when much of the world’s surface was not accurately mapped — is the theme of this month’s edition of the Library’s Free to Use and Reuse sets of copyright-free material. The collection is an eye-opening reminder that much of the globe was not recorded until late in the 19th century.”

USEFUL STUFF

Amit Agarwal: Count the Number of Words and Characters in a Google Document. “If you were to count the nubmer of words and characters in a Google Document, open the document, go to the Tools menu and choose Word Count. That’s a good option for counting words in a single document manually but what if you have a folder of files in Google Drive, say student assignments, and wish to know the words or characters per document. That’s where Google Apps Script can help.”

Hongkiat: 5 Best Apps to Monitor Mobile Data Usage. “It’s always a good idea to keep track of your mobile data usage so you can avoid exceeding your data usage quota. Among the two main mobile operating systems, Android natively provides you an interface to keep track and monitor mobile data usage; iOS on the other hand, doesn’t offer much information. So in this post, I am going to discuss some useful apps (both iOS and Android) that you can download to keep track of mobile data usage, starting with the one I’m current using.”

Innovative Education in VT: How to use Google Keep for video note-taking. “Watch youtube videos and practice cognitive listening by taking notes while viewing with Google Keep. Students install the Google Keep Chrome Extension. Here’s how.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

NiemanLab: Instagram is busy fact-checking memes and rainbow hills while leaving political lies alone. “It’s a tough line for Instagram to walk as it tries to filter out misinformation and bad-faith faked images while leaving art — you know, art-art, the good kind — alone. Instagram users also called out the platform this month for fact-checking a Warren Buffett meme while leaving alone politicians’ lies and political ads.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Register: To catch a thief, go to Google with a geofence warrant – and it will give you all the details . “At 1030 on April 27, 2019, four unidentified individuals attempted to rob a Brinks armored truck parked outside of Michaels, an art supply and home decor store at the Point Loomis Shopping Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. To find out who they are, local authorities plan to ask Google.”

Route Fifty: FBI to Alert States About Local Election System Hacks. “The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced Thursday it will begin informing state election officials when local election systems are hacked, a policy change intended to improve cybersecurity coordination and address concerns state leaders have raised about transparency.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

PLOS Blogs: PLOS Joins Other Publishers and Societies in Support of the Proposed White House Policy Regarding Federally Funded Research. “A peer-reviewed article, whether published via an AAP signatory, or a signatory of this letter, is ultimately authored and peer-reviewed by the same research community. There is nothing, therefore, contained in your proposed policy that jeopardizes the quality and integrity of American research. This research will continue to be performed and peer-reviewed by the same people, to the same high standards as before — it will simply be disseminated for the benefit of the American people and the entire research community more cost-effectively, immediately, and openly.”

Newswise: $25 Million Project Will Advance DNA-Based Archival Data Storage. “The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity’s (IARPA) Molecular Information Storage (MIST) program has awarded a multi-phase contract worth up to $25 million to develop scalable DNA-based molecular storage techniques. The goal of the project, which will be led by the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), is to use DNA as the basis for deployable storage technologies that can eventually scale into the exabyte regime and beyond with reduced physical footprint, power and cost requirements relative to conventional storage technologies.” Good evening, Internet…

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