Zealandia, Google Keen, ISOC, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, June 25, 2020


New Atlas: Ancient sunken continent of Zealandia laid bare in new interactive maps. “Newly released maps of Zealandia, a massive sunken landmass many have argued should be classified as Earth’s eighth continent, are revealing the topography of this underwater land in unprecedented detail. The new trove of data comes from New Zealand research institute GNS Science, which has released two new maps alongside an interactive website designed to give people novel ways to explore the complex geoscience data.”


Google Blog: Want to share your passion with the world? Get Keen. “On Keen, which is a web and Android app, you say what you want to spend more time on, and then curate content from the web and people you trust to help make that happen. You make a ‘keen,’ which can be about any topic, whether it’s baking delicious bread at home, getting into birding or researching typography. Keen lets you curate the content you love, share your collection with others and find new content based on what you have saved.” Sounds great, but I’m worried I’ll get into it, really like it, and then Google will kill it.

The Register: Internet Society, remember your embarrassing .org flub? The actual internet society would like to talk about it. “The non-profit organizations that fought to halt the sale of the .org registry to a newly created private equity firm are demanding an independent review into the fiasco, which pitted charities against domain registrars over the billion-dollar aborted deal.”


MakeUseOf: How to Use Google Forms to Get Updates From Your Remote Team. “Google Forms is a terrific and intuitive tool for gathering information from clients, customers, and employees. You can easily create and customize a form, share it in a few different ways, and then analyze the answers. If you’re in a work situation where you have a remote team, Google Forms can be an effective method for obtaining updates. You can use it for a specific project or simple work updates that you request daily or weekly.”

Security Boulevard: OSINT Tip: How to Analyze Exif Data. “Intelligence analysts, law enforcement, legal investigators, and investigative journalists all analyze metadata stored with digital images to gather insights about people, events, and locations worldwide. How does it work?”


ABC News Australia: Online racism is everywhere. How to fight it without spreading it. “It’s impossible to know how much racist content there is on social media platforms, or just how much racist content an Australian will see online each day. There’s no government agency that records acts of online racism. A 2019 report published by Australia’s internet regulator the eSafety Commissioner found one in seven adult Australians had online hate speech directed at them last year.”

UNC University Libraries: Half-Million Dollar Grant Will Extend Operations of North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. “The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center (NCDHC) at the University Libraries has received a $525,573 grant to extend its operations. The award is from the State Library of North Carolina with funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services…. The grant will allow the center to continue to support its existing partners and to reach out to new partners to share their collections online.”


New York Times: Barr’s Interest in Google Antitrust Case Keeps It Moving Swiftly. “The day-to-day digging of a federal antitrust investigation rarely rises to the level of the attorney general or the deputy attorney general. But under Mr. Barr, the agency has made top priority of looking into the country’s biggest tech companies. He receives regular updates on the Google case from an aide, according to several people close to the investigations, while an official in the office of his deputy, Jeffrey Rosen, oversees the investigations into tech companies.”


Phys .org: 3-D reconstructions of boats from the ancient port of Rome. “Today, Fiumicino in Italy is a busy airport, but 2,000 years ago this area was filled with boats—it was a large artificial harbor only a stone’s throw from the ancient port of Rome (Ostia). To tie in with the opening of the site’s newly refurbished museum, Giulia Boetto, a CNRS researcher at the Camille Jullian Centre (CNRS/Aix-Marseille Université), has coordinated 3-D reconstructions of three of the wooden boats found at Fiumicino. These boats, in use between the 2nd and early 5th centuries AD, were abandoned in the port, at which time, they became waterlogged and covered with a layer of sediment. These oxygen-free conditions enabled the boats to survive until they were excavated, almost 60 years ago.”

PubMed: GlassAllergy: A Google Glass-based Solution to Empower Patients With Skin Allergies. “A variety of substances contained in cosmetic products can lead to allergic reactions for certain individuals. The names of such substances are predominantly printed onto a product in small-sized expert language. For this reason, consumers often have difficulties to assess whether some of the ingredients might be harmful for them. Consequently, patients are exposed to a risk of buying a cosmetic product that might cause a minor to severe allergic reaction. A Google Glass-based software solution for consumers suffering from skin allergies is presented. It enables users to check cosmetic products in a mobile context and empowers patients to make informed buying decisions.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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