St. Catherine Monastery Icons, Woody Plant Pests, Company Org Charts, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, February 25, 2020


Aleteia: Sinai monastery’s icons now available online. “In the late 1950s, the Greek Orthodox monks at St. Catherine began to clean and restore their collection of icons, and a team of professors from Princeton University, the University of Michigan and the University of Alexandria began to make excursions to the desert outpost to photograph the images. Now that collection is online and easily accessible to everyone on the internet.”

Commonwealth Journal: New Tool For Identifying Pests of Woody Plants. “The University of Kentucky Department of Entomology has created a new, interactive website to help concerned tree owners identify their insect problems. The ‘Guide to Insect Pests of Woody Plants’ will hopefully be of use to you if you have the pest in hand or if you just have the damage they left behind.”

TechCrunch: The Org nabs $8.5M led by Founders Fund to build a global database of company org charts. “Now, a startup called The Org is hoping to take on LinkedIn.. with an ambitious idea: to build a database (currently free to use) of organizational charts for every leading company, and potentially any company in the world, and then add features after that, such as job advertising — for example organizations looking to hire people where there are obvious gaps in their org charts.”


Thanks to Esther S. for sending me this one. Apollo Magazine: Open access image libraries – a handy list. “Apollo supports open access to images of artworks that are out of copyright. Below is a list of museums and other archives that provide unrestricted downloads of high-resolution images.” Not a huge list, but decent annotation at at least a few I hadn’t heard of.

Search Engine Journal: The Top 15 Tools for Managing Social Media Accounts. “Without using tools to help manage social media, there truly aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything that needs to be done, from researching new content ideas to keeping an eye on your competitors‘ Facebook ads. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled a list of some of the top and most practical social media management tools. All of these tools will help you work smarter, not harder.”


AJC: TSA halts employees from using TikTok for social media posts. “The Transportation Security Administration said Sunday it has stopped allowing employees to use the China-owned video app TikTok to create social media posts for the agency after the Senate’s top Democrat raised concerns about potential national security issues.”

New York Times: National Archives’ Emails Show Little Debate Over Altering Photo of Women’s March. “Historians and archivists said the agency had violated the public’s trust. March organizers called it an attempt to silence women. And on social media, some questioned whether Mr. Trump himself had ordered the alterations, recalling his fury over a photo of his inauguration crowds. But in dozens of emails released by the National Archives about the image, officials appeared more concerned about the costs of licensing the photo than the ethics of changing it.”


Ars Technica: Anatomy of a dumb spear-phish: Hitting librarians up for Zelle, CashApp cash. “Here’s a clue for would-be Internet financial scammers: do not target librarians. They will catch on fast, and you will have wasted your time. Yesterday, the outgoing chair of the Young Adult Library Services Association’s Alex Awards Committee (and my wife) Paula Gallagher got a very odd email that purported to be from a colleague within her library system who is a member of YALSA’s board. The email asked, ‘Are you available to complete an assignment on behalf of the Board, And get reimbursed? Kindly advise.'”

TorrentFreak: Facebook Sued Over Failure to Respond to DMCA Takedown Notices. “Seattle-based photographer Christopher Boffoli is suing Facebook for copyright infringement. According to the complaint, the social media platform failed to remove a series of links to copyrighted photos. The takedown notices in question were sent around the same time a TorrentFreak-linked Boffoli-meme was taken down by Facebook.”

Times of Israel: Likud campaign exposes Israeli voters’ identities, again. “For the second time in two weeks, Likud’s online voter-tracking efforts have resulted in the exposure of the entire database of Israeli voters, including names, home addresses and other details, to the wider internet.”

San Diego Union-Tribune: New Mexico sues Google over collection of children’s data. “New Mexico’s attorney general sued Google Thursday over allegations the tech company is illegally collecting personal data generated by children in violation of federal and state laws. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque claims Google is using its education services package that is marketed to school districts, teachers and parents as a way to spy on children and their families.”


Brookings Institution: Playbrary: A new vision of the neighborhood library. “As researchers who spearheaded the Playful Learning Landscapes initiative, we are committed to infusing public spaces with playful learning opportunities that naturally enhance children’s cognitive and social development, better equipping them with the skills needed to succeed in a changing world…. The results of this ambitious Play-and-Learn Spaces project—just published in the journal Library & Information Science Research—involved a novel collaboration between designers, community organizations, and researchers who hoped to push the envelope on how the children’s area in library spaces might be more responsive to the needs of families.” Good morning, Internet…

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