Sustainable Finance, Australia Quality of Life, Underrepresented Composers, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, March 2, 2020


The Fifth Estate: New digital library helps financiers dig deeper into sustainability. “There has been plenty of talk recently about a sea change in attitudes regarding climate-related financial risks but making the business case for sustainable finance isn’t always easy. Responsible investment expert Pablo Berrutti is hoping to change that with a not-for-profit digital library and resource centre that will help people understand the role finance must play in addressing sustainability challenges.”

UNSW Sydney: New index ranks Australian states and territories on social performance. “A new index to measure the quality of life for people across Australia was launched today by leading research organisation the Centre for Social Impact (CSI), which is based at UNSW Business School. The Australian Social Progress Index (SPI) ranks states and territories on their social progress, providing the first-ever holistic measure of Australia’s social performance that is independent of economic factors.”

University of Missouri-Kansas City: UMKC Libraries “Shining a Light” on underrepresented composers. “With UMKC Libraries’ new online exhibit, ‘Shining a Light,’ you can now discover many 21st century composers from historically underrepresented groups…. ‘Shining a Light’ allows people to listen to a variety of scores and learn more about the composers who come from marginalized communities.” There are over 70 composers here (with the possibility of more coming) with extensive bios and in many cases links to compositions.


How-To Geek: How to Play Microsoft Edge’s Secret Surfing Game. “Remember SkiFree? Microsoft is one-upping Google Chrome’s hidden dinosaur game. The new version of Microsoft Edge has a secret surfing game that works offline. It’s SkiFree with a fresh new coat of paint, swapping out yetis for the Kraken.”

National and University Library in Zagreb: Croatian Web Archive launches new website. “On 20 February 2020, the Croatian Web Archive (Hrvatski arhiv weba, HAW), a system of the National and University Library in Zagreb for cataloguing, archiving and enabling long-term preservation of and access to Croatian web resources, launched its new website. The Archive’s website’s new, third interface follows the latest developments in the advance of the World Wide Web, and the related technologies and services, as well as the changing requirements of its users, and makes available new features aimed at enhancing user experience.”


Hypergrid Business: Best Places To Learn AR and VR Development Online in 2020. “There are quite a handful of platforms that allow you to develop virtual reality and augmented reality apps and content, but it is not easy to find an offline virtual reality school or academy with which to train for those interested in developing AR and VR apps. Udemy may be the popular place to learn VR and AR, but there are other free or cheaper subscription options.” I liked this one a lot. Extensive, lots of annotation.

MakeUseOf: 7 HQ Trivia Alternatives for Fans of Quizzes . “HQ Trivia was a live quiz app that gave out real money to people for answering a series of questions correctly. Unfortunately, HQ Trivia is no more thanks to a diminishing audience and lack of funds. So, in this article, we list the best HQ Trivia alternatives for former fans.”


The Next Web: A massive cache of stolen OnlyFans videos have been dumped online. “Someone has leaked terabytes of content stolen from OnlyFans, a subscription site popular among influencers, sex workers, and pornographic actors. Photos and videos of specific users and performers is now out from behind the site’s paywall, meaning content creators are no longer able to profit from their work. And it doesn’t seem like there’s anything they can do.” As the article indicates, it’s not clear at all what happened or even how much material was released.

TorrentFreak: Reddit’s Copyright Infringement Removals Increased by 500% Last Year. “Reddit has published new data which shows that 124,247 pieces of content were removed following copyright takedown notices last year. This is a fivefold increase compared to the year before. For the first time, the site also reported details on its repeat infringer policy which resulted in 283 users and 137 subreddits being banned.”


Eye on the Arctic: Archeologists create digital blueprints of historic sites on Canadian Arctic island. “The impacts of climate change can be hard to notice on an incremental basis, but when archeologist Peter Dawson stepped off a Twin Otter aircraft onto Yukon’s Herschel Island after a decades-long absence, there was nothing subtle about what he saw.”

ESRI ArcGIS Blog: Mapping coronavirus, responsibly. “Technology allows, and actively supports rapid, democratized mapping. Data, compiled and published in near real-time (if not actual real-time) encourages people to get their hands dirty to see what they can make. Media outlets all rush to provide their audience with fast, visible content. Social media drives sharing of these maps at a breathtaking pace. When you throw in a developing human health story the ingredients are ripe for maps to take centre stage, as they have become with the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Let’s take a look at how maps can help shape the narrative and, as concern (fear?) grows, how to map the data responsibly.”


Outside my wheelhouse, sharing anyway. Michigan State University: New resource helps food pantry staff serve clients with diabetes. “On average, 33% of all households that use food pantries have at least one family member with diabetes. Unfortunately, these factors can often lead to a cycle of poor health outcomes — food insecurity is more common among households with a person living with diabetes, yet food insecurity is a risk factor for developing diabetes. To help fight this problem, MSU Extension has created a free online learning module called Navigating the Food Pantry with Diabetes. This course helps food pantry staff better serve clients who are managing diabetes.” Good morning, Internet…

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