Illuminated Manuscript, 2003 Chicago Murders, Olympics Statistics, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, May 31, 2020


Cambridge Independent: St John’s College digitises 13th-century Robert de Lindsay manuscript. “A 13th-century illuminated manuscript that has been in St John’s College for nearly 400 years has been digitised to reach a new audience. The 377-page manuscript is a psalter – the most common medieval religious text known as devotionals – that belonged to Robert de Lindsay, the Abbot of Peterborough from 1214 to 1222.”

Northwestern University: Legal scholar’s new website offers a picture of the criminal justice system. “Leigh Bienen, a senior lecturer at Northwestern Law, recently launched ‘2003 Chicago Murders,’ a compendium of numbers, system identifiers, dates and other information about 140 death-eligible murders in Cook County, all cases where an indictment for murder was returned during the period of Jan. 1, 2003, to June 30, 2003. The cases are divided into three subgroups based on the length of the sentence imposed. All of the data on the website, which comes from public records, includes names of the defendants and victims, defendants’ zip code and age at offense, method of killing and many more details. The data can be downloaded and analyzed by the user.”

Team USA: Olympic Encyclopedia Up And Running Thanks To Partnership With International Olympic Committee. “Anything you’ve ever wanted to know about the athletes and events in the Olympic Games – as well as things you had no idea to even ask – are now at your fingertips…. While baseball has long been considered the gold standard as far as comprehensive statistics, Olympians outnumber major league baseball players nearly 4 to 1.”

CNET: Turn Grandma’s memories into a podcast with the Saga app. “The new Saga audio app is a way for families to record and save the life stories of loved ones. The app, released generally Tuesday, sends weekly prompts to the people you choose, asking a question like ‘How did you meet grandpa?’ or ‘What was your journey to America like?’ From there, the family member records answers by dialing a special phone number. The stories are automatically shared with you and your family on the app, regardless of location. The best part? No smartphone needed.”


Search Engine Land: New Google ‘Rising Retail Categories’ tool exposes fast-growing product searches. “In the current crisis, product search is an area that is dynamic and rapidly evolving, according to Google. So the company is introducing what it’s calling Rising Retail Categories, within the ThinkWithGoogle domain.”

CNET: Facebook’s Zuckerberg will leave up ‘inflammatory’ Trump post about Minnesota protests. “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke out Friday evening after pressure from inside and outside his company to respond to a post by President Donald Trump that seemed to threaten that the National Guard would shoot what he called ‘thugs’ protesting the death of George Floyd, who died while in police custody.”

Texas State Library and Archives Commission: Texas Digital Archive Makes More Than Five Million Records Accessible Online. “In January 2015, TSLAC received approximately 7 terabytes of electronic records, along with 4,000 cubic feet of paper records, from the administration of outgoing Governor Rick Perry (2000-2015). Many thousands of state government records have been added in the past five years. At the same time, TSLAC has had a robust digitization program for the last decade, generating more than 150,000 digital files, including historical photographs, audio recordings, reformatted film from Texas agencies, along with the thousands of paper documents now accessible online.”


Digital Inspiration: How to Use Formulas with Google Form Responses in Sheets. “When people submit your Google Form, a new row is inserted in the Google Sheet that is storing the form responses. This spreadsheet row contains a Timestamp column, the actual date when the form was submitted, and the other columns in the sheet contain all the user’s answers, one per column. You can extend the Google Forms sheet to also include formula fields and the cell values are automatically calculated whenever a new row is added to the sheet by the Google Form.”


BusinessWire: SPIE Digital Library to Reduce Institutional Subscription Prices by 10% for 2021 (PRESS RELEASE). “SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, today announced a 10% price reduction for 2021 SPIE Digital Library and SPIE Journal institutional subscriptions….The SPIE Digital Library, the world’s largest collection of optics and photonics applied research, comprises more than 525,000 publications. SPIE is committed to enabling the broadest possible dissemination of information to researchers, engineers, and academics worldwide.”


Taiwan News: Taiwan government database leaked on dark web. “It was reported on Friday (May 29) that a government database of more than 20 million Taiwanese citizens was leaked on the dark web. According to researchers at Cyble Inc., Toogod, a ‘known and reputable actor’ was found to have released the data titled, ‘Taiwan Whole Country Home Registry DB,’ onto the dark web. It is unusual for an entire nation’s database to be leaked, Cyble reported. The data is from the Ministry of the Interior’s Department of Household Registration.”

BetaNews: Massive amounts of corporate data now stored on employee USB devices. “There has been a 123 percent increase in the volume of data downloaded to USB devices by employees since working from home has become widespread due to coronavirus. What’s more, according to a report from SaaS data protection company Digital Guardian, 74 percent of that data is subject to organisation data governance policies.”

The Register: Twitter, Reddit and pals super unhappy US visa hopefuls have to declare their online handles to Uncle Sam. “Twitter, Reddit, and the Internet Association on Thursday filed a legal brief in support of a challenge to the US State Department’s policy of requiring visa applicants to disclose their social media handles and profiles.”


EurekAlert: Does posting edited self photos on social media increase risk of eating disorders?. “New research revealed a consistent and direct link between posting edited photos on Instagram and risk factors for eating disorders. Specifically, digitally editing pictures to improve personal appearance before posting photos to Instagram increased weight and shape concerns in college students.” Good morning, Internet…

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