Congressional Pictorial Dictionary, Public Opinion Datasets, Chauvet Cave, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, February 28, 2020


Government Publishing Office: Congressional Pictorial Directory Available on GPO’s Govinfo. “The Congressional Pictorial Directory, which was designed and produced by GPO, includes a color photograph of each Member of the House of Representatives and Senate. It also details information on each Member, including their length of service, political party affiliation, and congressional district. The Congressional Pictorial Directory features pictures of the President, Vice President, and House and Senate officers and officials. The publication is free for members of the public to access and download via govinfo, and the print edition is available for purchase on GPO’s online bookstore.”

BusinessWire: Democracy Fund, UCLA Release First Dataset From Largest 2020 Public Opinion Study (PRESS RELEASE). “The Democracy Fund Voter Study Group and UCLA today released the first dataset from its massive study of the American electorate. The project completes roughly 6,250 interviews each week – totaling 500,000 interviews in advance of the 2020 election. This data release promotes a better understanding of Americans’ views in this vitally important election year.”

Engadget: Google’s latest VR app lets you gaze at prehistoric paintings. “Chauvet: Meet the Ancestors contains 54 curated exhibits with over 350 digitized assets. These include 3D models of the iconic The Horses Fresco painting and a bear skull that was left behind by some of the cave’s inhabitants. In addition, Google has created a 10-minute VR experience called Chauvet: The Dawn of Art for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets. The free app has 12 explorable ‘stations’ that cover the surroundings of the cave and some of the site’s most famous paintings.”


Seattle Times: Ferguson threatens to sue if feds don’t reverse ‘illegal’ decision to close National Archives at Seattle. “Calling ‘illegal’ the decision to close and sell the National Archives at Seattle, State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has told federal officials that his office is prepared to sue if the move is not ‘reconsidered and reversed.'”

CNET: For International Women’s Day, Yelp now lets you search for women-owned businesses. “Yelp added a new feature in honor of International Women’s Day, which falls on March 8. The directory is adding the option to search specifically for businesses owned by women. In a release Thursday, Yelp reported an increased desire for the feature among its users.”

Neowin: Gmail bug makes it harder to empty Trash and Spam folders, fix in the works. “With the advent of digital marketing and online services, email notifications and constant updates through email have gone up drastically. Users generally tend to delete such communication, moving it to the Trash. Other annoyances such as constant spam emails are filtered by modern email clients. A frustrating new bug (spotted by AndroidPolice) in Gmail for Android prevents users from clearing the contents in the Trash or Spam folders completely.”


Bustle: How To Make Spark AR Effects On Instagram, Even With No Experience. “If you’ve ever used a filter in your Instagram Story to predict what your 2020 will look like or what Starbucks drink you are, then you’re familiar with the app’s popular AR effects. What you might not have realized, however, is that you have the ability to create your very own quirky effects to share with the world. Bustle chatted with two creators about how to make Spark AR effects on Instagram and no, you don’t need years of experience.”


Privacy International: No, Facebook’s is not telling you everything. “Privacy International recently tested the feature to download all ‘Ads and Business’ related information (You can accessed it by Clicking on Settings > Your Facebook Information > Download Your Information). This is meant to tell users which advertisers have been targeting them with ads and under which circumstances. We found that information provided is less than accurate. To put it simply, this tool is not what Facebook claims. The list of advertisers is incomplete and changes over time.”

Lifehacker: Update the ‘Duplicator’ WordPress Plugin to Block a Zero-Day Attack. “The WordPress plugin Duplicator—a great tool for migrating your WordPress site to another host or backing up all of your content, themes, and plugins—has more than one million active installations. It also has one glaring vulnerability that you’re going to want to patch right now. Otherwise, a savvy attacker could use the plugin to download critical files from a WordPress site, like your ever-important wp-config.php file.”

Financial Times, and for some reason it’s not paywalled: Art Loss Register: the world’s largest database of stolen and missing art. “Continually updated and currently numbering some 700,000 items, from vintage earrings to Greek statues and Impressionist paintings, it aims to provide a global picture of works that aren’t where they ought to be, or whose ownership is under investigation. Thefts can be logged, and items with questionable provenance or uncertain legal title cross-checked.”


The Atlantic: Mapping Wikipedia. “Every time anyone edits Wikipedia, the software records the text added or removed, the time of the edit, and the username of the editor. (This edit history is part of Wikipedia’s ethos of radical transparency: Everyone is anonymous, and you can see what everyone is doing.) When an editor isn’t logged in with a username, the software records that user’s IP address. I parsed all of the 884 million edits to English Wikipedia to collect and geolocate the 43 million IP addresses that have edited English Wikipedia. I also counted 8.6 million username editors who have made at least one edit to an article. The result is a set of maps that offer, for the first time, insight into where the millions of volunteer editors who build and maintain English Wikipedia’s 5 million pages are—and, maybe more important, where they aren’t.”

The Next Web: Purdue offers online students a VR graduation ceremony. “Purdue University is offering some of its online students the chance to walk the stage at this week’s commencement ceremonies with the help of virtual reality. They’ll get the full experience, down to a Purdue-branded VR headset.” Good morning, Internet…

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