Tracking Wuhan Coronavirus, Sustainable Buildings, Women’s Studies, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 24, 2020


Johns Hopkins Hub: Map Tracks Coronavirus Outbreak In Near Real Time. “The Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering has built and is regularly updating an online dashboard for tracking the worldwide spread of the coronavirus outbreak that began in the Chinese city of Wuhan.”

Canadian Architect: World Green Building Council Launches Digital Library of Sustainable Buildings. “The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has released a new digital case study library showcasing examples of cutting-edge sustainable buildings. Each case study demonstrates enhanced performance in relation to health benefits or net zero operational carbon achievements. According to the WorldGBC, the studies are verified by established certification schemes, rating tools or other third-party verification.”

PR Newswire: Gale Launches Second Installment of Women’s Studies Archive Series (PRESS RELEASE). “Gale, a Cengage company, has released the second installment of its world-renowned Women’s Studies Archive series. Women’s Studies Archive: Voice and Vision, looks beyond women’s suffrage and explores the evolution of feminism throughout the 19th and 20th centuries (1780-2000).”


TechCrunch: TikTok inks licensing deal with Merlin to use music from independent labels in videos and new Resso streaming service. “TikTok, the fast-growing user-generated video app from China’s ByteDance, has been building a new music streaming service to compete against the likes of Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music. And today it’s announcing a deal that helps pave the way for a global launch of it. It has inked a licensing deal with Merlin, the global agency that represents tens of thousands of independent music labels and hundreds of thousands of artists, for music from those labels to be used legally on the TikTok platform anywhere that the app is available.”


Terry White’s Tech Blog: My Live Streaming Studio Setup – 2020. “I have been tweeking my dedicated live streaming studio since 2016. Being a photographer I’ve setup a few photography studios and no matter how you equip your studio you can always find more gear that you want and ways to improve it. I’ve been building out this live streaming studio since May 2016. I have everything I ‘need’ to do my streams, but I’m always looking out for ways to improve upon what I have or make it easier to do my streams.” Very detailed.


Ars Technica: CenturyLink, Frontier took FCC cash, failed to deploy all required broadband. “CenturyLink and Frontier Communications have apparently failed to meet broadband-deployment requirements in numerous states where they are receiving government funding to expand their networks in rural areas. CenturyLink notified the Federal Communications Commission that it ‘may not have reached the deployment milestone’ in 23 states and that it hit the latest deadline in only 10 states.” Note this fail did not stop CenturyLink from winning a $1.6 billion federal contract this month.

State Library of Massachusetts: The Legislative Paper Processing Project at State Library. “For each collection, [the] work includes biographical research on the legislator; an initial survey of the unprocessed papers; writing a processing plan, including deciding on series and arrangement; sorting the papers; re-housing materials when necessary; writing a finding aid; creating a record for our online catalog; and depositing the finding aid in our digital repository, DSpace. They will also write a blog post for each completed collection.”


The Register: No big deal, Rogers, your internal source code and keys are only on the open web. Don’t hurry to take it down. “Source code, internal user names and passwords, and private keys, for the website and online account systems of Canadian telecoms giant Rogers have been found sitting on the open internet.”


Phys .org: Unveiling the biggest and most detailed map of the fly brain yet. “Janelia and Google scientists have constructed the most complete map of the fly brain ever created, pinpointing millions of connections between 25,000 neurons. Now, a wiring diagram of the entire brain is within reach.”

University of California: University of California and JMIR Publications launch pilot to advance open access to UC research. “The University of California and JMIR Publications today announced a two-year partnership that will make it easier and more affordable for researchers from all 10 UC campuses to publish in one of JMIR’s 30+ open access journals. The pilot, which provides subsidies for faculty who publish with JMIR, is UC’s first such agreement with a native open access publisher.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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