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Alcatraz Occupation, Japanese Art, Roland Synthesizers, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, October 14, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

Autry Museum of the American West: The Alcatraz Logbook: Signs of Red Power . “On November 20, 1969, a group of Native Americans landed and occupied Alcatraz Island for 19 months. The initial group of over eighty occupiers referred to themselves as ‘Indians of All Tribes’ reflecting the diversity of Native Americans in the Bay Area during this time period…Much of the history of the occupation and its key players have been recorded elsewhere, but one key element of the story has been missing. A logbook of those who visited the island exists and is presented here to the public for the first time.”

TimeOut Tokyo: This free virtual gallery lets you curate your own online exhibition of Japanese art . “Cultural Japan uses the International Image Interoperability Framework, a database with over 500,000 digital versions of Japanese artworks from 550 institutions around the world such as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Stanford University Museum in California. There are famous ukiyo-e prints like Hokusai’s ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’, as well as ancient artefacts dating all the way back to the Jomon period (14,000-300 BC).”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Geeky Gadgets: Roland TR-808 and TB-303 synthesizers now available in your browser. “A new website… has been created by Yuri Suzuki, in collaboration with Roland, offering a digital musical instrument emulating the sound of the original TR-808 drum machine and TB-303 bass synthesizer, allowing you to play around with the iconic instruments directly from your browser.”

CNET: Facebook bans ads that discourage people from getting vaccinated. “Facebook said Tuesday it will bar ads that discourage people from getting vaccinated, a move that shows the company is cracking down on health misinformation amid the coronavirus pandemic.”

USEFUL STUFF

ZDNet: Vote safely: How to find a trustworthy election ballot drop-off location. “President Donald Trump claims mail carriers in West Virginia are ‘selling the ballots’ and that the postal service ‘s losing 30 and 40 percent [of mailed-in ballots].’ These are lies. It’s all part of an attempt to cast fear, uncertainty, and doubt around the election. Meanwhile, the California GOP has installed unofficial ballot drop-off boxes that state officials say are illegal. Think your vote will be counted if you were to drop your ballot off in one of these? I doubt it.”

Digital Inspiration: How to Embed Barcode and QR Code In Google Forms Notifications. “The Google Form Notifications add-on lets you automatically send Google Form responses in an email message to one or more recipients. The email notifications are dispatched the moment your form receives a new submission. The more recent version of the Google Form addon includes support for QR Code and Barcode symbols that you can embed in the email messages. The images can be generated from static text or you can create dynamic images based on answers submitted by the user.”

Borodutch: Build your own perpetual autonomous database backup machine from a Raspberry Pi for $10 and never pay for backups again. “Hello everybody! So I wrote a post on how to setup free backups for MongoDB. But then I thought that it was a bit too much equipment: you needed a USB thumb drive and an old laptop. And it hit me: I could do the same thing on a $10 Raspberry Pi Zero W if I just upload my backups to Google Drive directly!”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

CNN: Pakistan’s TikTok ban is about censorship, not China. “The ban is notable because, unlike countries such as India and the United States that have already gone after TikTok, Pakistan doesn’t have a tense political relationship with China. The two share close economic, diplomatic and military ties, and Pakistan is an integral part of China’s ambitious Belt and Road infrastructure initiative.”

Europeana Pro: GIF IT UP – inspiring students to engage with digital cultural heritage. “With this year’s GIF IT UP competition currently taking place, Cristina Roiu talks to teenager Anamaria Şune about her experience of making GIFs and how the competition inspires educational engagement with digital cultural heritage.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

KHOU: Will you pass? This quiz website helps bank users outsmart scammers. “Next time you get onto your bank’s website or check their phone app, look for a little button that says, ‘would your bank really ask that?’ It will take you to a quiz, and some of those questions just might stump you.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Phys .org: American Statistical Association releases 2020 Census Quality Indicators, urges prompt action. “The American Statistical Association Board of Directors has endorsed the recommendations of the 2020 Census Quality Indicators report, written by a task force of census experts to shed light on the quality, accuracy, and coverage of the 2020 Census counts. The task force, co-chaired by former US Chief Statistician Nancy Potok and ASA President-elect Robert Santos, was formed in early September in response to concerns about 2020 Census data quality, including the lack of transparency and measures of quality traditionally provided by the US Census Bureau.”

The Conversation: Do social media algorithms erode our ability to make decisions freely? The jury is out . “Social media algorithms, artificial intelligence, and our own genetics are among the factors influencing us beyond our awareness. This raises an ancient question: do we have control over our own lives? This article is part of The Conversation’s series on the science of free will.” Good morning, Internet…

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