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ICEYE Satellites, England Photography, Irma Stern, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, October 17, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

ICEYE: ICEYE Shares Nearly 18,000 Satellite Image Catalog Under Creative Commons License. “Finnish New Space leader ICEYE today announced access to ICEYE’s Public Archive, containing nearly 18,000 images from ICEYE satellites. The ICEYE Public Archive includes radar imagery in various imaging modes taken with ICEYE’s SAR satellite constellation between mid-2019 and now. The ICEYE Public Archive consists of preview images from around the world, which are released under CC BY-NC 4.0 license, allowing for non-commercial use.”

BBC: Bradford Christopher Pratt photos show ‘side of life that disappeared’. “A Bradford boy’s pictures depicting ‘a side of life that has disappeared’ from the city have gone online. The exhibition, called Lad Wi’ Camera, shows the early photographs of Christopher Pratt, who was born in the city in 1888. He started to take pictures in about 1900 when he would have been aged 12.” Surprisingly good photography, especially for a early 20th century kid.

University of Cape Town: Visit the Irma Stern Museum on its new website. “Surrounded by a beautiful park-like garden, the UCT Irma Stern Museum is in the former home of South African artist Irma Stern (1894–1966). The museum showcases Stern’s works, as well as an impressive collection of historical art, cultural artefacts and furniture that she collected throughout her life – from ancient Roman to Mesoamerican, from Gothic to Renaissance and, most notably, art from the African continent.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

RiverBender: New Look For Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Website. “The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has launched a new website that makes information easier to find, gives a better sense of what visiting is like and offers a blog and a searchable collection of Lincoln quotes.”

Bing Blogs: Site explorer: SEO-explore your site. “Site Explorer provides a unique SEO view of how Microsoft Bing sees your site. It reflects most URLs we have seen on the web, including redirects, broken links, or those blocked by robots.txt, organized in a file explorer-like fashion. Thus, giving you the flexibility to navigate each folder and the URLs contained inside them to understand, debug and modify your site structure as required.”

Insider: Etsy will remove all QAnon-related merchandise from the platform as tech companies fight the conspiracy theory’s growth. “Etsy’s QAnon content, which appears to already be absent from or unsearchable on the website [October 7], included shirts, bumper stickers, and jewelry.”

USEFUL STUFF

Analytics India: Complete Tutorial On Txtai: An AI-Powered Search Engine. “Searching is the most basic functionality that is seen in almost all applications. But it can be challenging when you have a large amount of data or documents and you need faster results. This is where natural language processing can be useful to us. With the development of new models in NLP, quicker computation and more accurate results are possible. One such development is a library called txtai. This enables a smarter way to apply natural language processing on search bars. In this article, we will see the different applications of the txtai and implement them in Python.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

CBS News: Black scholars band together to fight “cultural disinformation” on social media. “The National Black Cultural Information Trust seeks to counter trolls on Twitter and other social media platforms that attempt to discourage Black voters from participating in elections or seek to turn Black voters against other communities of color, such as Hispanics or Asian Americans. Teach-ins, webinars, workshops and town hall discussions will be hosted by the NBCIT to strengthen public awareness, according to the release.”

Toronto Sun: Online petition calls for Blockbuster museum in Ontario. “Is it time to rewind and turn an abandoned Blockbuster store into a museum? Scoff all you want, but an online petition that began this summer is asking for it to actually happen in Ontario for the former video rental business.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Spinoff: University of Auckland secretly tracked students’ social media activity for months. “Documents released under the Official Information Act show that the University of Auckland has been tracking students on social media for several months. The university appears to have used this information to gain an insight into how students were reacting to online learning, and how students would react to new information from the university. The documents also suggest a university employee may have anonymously posted on student media sites more than once to stimulate discussion and provide information.”

Techdirt: We Interrupt This Hellscape With A Bit Of Good News On The Copyright Front. “We’ve written about this case – or rather, these cases – a few times before: Carl Malamud published the entire Code of Federal Regulations at Public.Resource.org, including all the standards that the CFR incorporated and thus gave the force of law. Several organizations that had originally promulgated these various standards then sued Public Resource – in two separate but substantially similar cases later combined – for copyright infringement stemming from his having included them.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Penn State: Building a landslide prediction tool with Google and AI. “Worldwide, landslides cause thousands of deaths and injuries and cost billions of dollars each year, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The most frequent of these are induced by rainfall, often transforming into fast-moving debris flows like the Montecito, California mudslides in 2018.” Good morning, Internet…

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