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School Notebooks, Flickr Photography, Internet Explorer, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, January 27, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

New-to-me, from Larry Ferlazzo: This Is Pretty Interesting: An Online Historical Archive Of Notebooks Used By Schoolchildren Around The World. “The Exercise Book Archive is an online archive of children’s notebooks from around the world. Some are actual ‘exercise’ notebooks, with pre-printed exercises designed to help children learn, and containing their completed notes and doodles.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Flickr Blog: Announcing the winners of our 2019 Your Best Shot Contest. “We want to send a big thank you to everyone who participated in our Your Best Shot 2019 contest and helped make it a success! This year, over 17,000 photos were submitted and participation more than doubled.”

USEFUL STUFF

Lifehacker: Block Internet Explorer’s Latest Vulnerability With This Workaround. “Microsoft disclosed a troublesome vulnerability in Internet Explorer last week, affecting various permutations of Internet Explorer 9, 10, and 11 across Windows 7, 8.1, and Windows 10 (as well as various editions of Windows Server). The bad news is that Microsoft won’t likely patch this problem until February—when the next major batch of security updates hits. Thankfully, there are a few workarounds you can use right now to keep yourself safe from this new remote code execution vulnerability.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Slate: Grieving With Google Street View. “One Twitter user recently posted that her family never got to say goodbye to her grandpa when he died a few years ago, but when she visited her grandpa’s farm through Street View, there he was, sitting at the end of the road. Thousands of people responded, many with their own stories of finding old Street View shots of their dearly departed grandmas reclining in their front yards or their grandpas getting into their trucks.”

Oklahoman: Art Works: Four Oklahoma institutions receive NEA funding for creative projects. “The University of Oklahoma is receiving a $20,000 NEA grant to support the creation of an interactive online architectural history database about the American School of Architecture, which was developed there in the 1950s and ’60s.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

New York Times: New Jersey Bars Police From Using Clearview Facial Recognition App. “New Jersey police officers are now barred from using a facial recognition app made by a start-up that has licensed its groundbreaking technology to hundreds of law enforcement agencies around the country.”

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Proposal would give Virginia teachers an alternative to Pinterest to find online classroom materials. “With more teachers using social media, most notably Pinterest, to find curriculum, the Virginia Department of Education wants to create a new statewide system where teachers can find vetted classroom materials. The idea is part of Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed budget, which includes $1.2 billion in new education spending, that is in the hands of the General Assembly. Teachers from across the state are rallying Monday to ask for more.”

Reuters: Where U.S. presidential candidates stand on breaking up Big Tech. “Social media platforms are under particular scrutiny over their efforts to curb dissemination of misinformation and false claims, years after U.S. intelligence agencies said Russia used them to wage an influence operation aimed at interfering with the 2016 election. Moscow has denied the claim. Here are the leading presidential candidates’ positions on Big Tech.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Creative Commons: Introducing the Linked Commons. “In order to draw conclusions and insights from this dataset, we created the Linked Commons: a visualization that shows how the Commons is digitally connected. In the Linked Commons, nodes (units in a data structure) represent websites of an organization, person, academic institution, etc. A link between nodes exists if one website hosts CC-licensed content that belongs to or is hosted by another website (as indicated by a URL link). A community represents a group of websites that are closely related to each other because they produce and/or share CC-licensed content between them.”

WKBN: Kent State University to use augmented reality to commemorate deadly shooting. “Coinciding with the 50th commemoration of the events of May 4, 1970, Kent State University faculty members have received a grant for $175,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant will help them launch an on-site augmented reality experience of that day when Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on Kent State students protesting the U.S. invasion of Cambodia during the Vietnam War, killing four and wounding nine.” Good evening, Internet…

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