Jennifer Vyvyan, Midwest Grazing, Zoom, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, November 5, 2020


Gramophone: Soprano Jennifer Vyvyan celebrated in new website. “A new website has been launched devoted to the life and legacy of soprano Jennifer Vyvyan (1925-74), setting her career within the musical, cultural and political context of the time, and as such painting a compelling portrait not just of the English singer, but of the era she inhabited.”

Practical Farmers of Iowa: New Midwest Grazing Exchange website aims to connect livestock farmers with landowners in six states across the region. “The Midwest Grazing Exchange… is a free matchmaking service that aims to connect graziers and landowners in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin. Graziers can search for forage to graze and landowners can search for livestock to graze their land.”


Silicon Republic: Live video captioning now available on Zoom through new tool. “ uses AI to produce transcriptions in real time that combine audio transcription, speaker identification, inline photos and key phrases. Now, this ability has been added to Zoom, with real-time captioning now available on video calls and webinars for Otter for Business and Zoom Pro subscribers or higher.”


Tom’s Guide: How to build a website for free. “Traditionally, building a new website has been quite an expensive endeavor. At the least, you would have had to pay for hosting, domain registration, and, unless you designed and developed it yourself, professional assistance. However, things have changed in the past few years, and it’s now more than possible to build a website without spending a cent.”


Art in America: Experimental Art Unlimited. “In 1996, several years before the appearance of either Discogs (launched November 2000) or Wikipedia (launched January 2001), New York artist-turned-writer Kenneth Goldsmith created UbuWeb, an online archive of avant-garde art and literature, historic and contemporary, largely focusing on time-based mediums such as film, video, and audio (the last term encompassing lectures and poetry readings as well as music and sound art). Although far smaller than Discogs or Wikipedia, UbuWeb has had an enormous impact on the contemporary art world by making available to artists, scholars, and teachers around the world thousands of works that would otherwise be difficult if not impossible to access.”

ReliefWeb: Better data, better schools, better education. “Together with the Congolese government, Cordaid is building an open-source database of more than 60.000 schools in the Democratic Republic of Congo. ‘This data-driven innovation allows to improve the country’s educational system more efficiently’, says Cordaid’s data management advisor Julie Oliene. Girls are probably the first to benefit.”


ZDNet: 23,600 hacked databases have leaked from a defunct ‘data breach index’ site. “More than 23,000 hacked databases have been made available for download on several hacking forums and Telegram channels in what threat intel analysts are calling the biggest leak of its kind. The database collection is said to have originated from, a private service advertised on hacking forums to other cybercriminals.”

Reuters: Turkey fines social media platforms for flouting new law . “Turkey has fined global companies including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube 10 million lira ($1.18 million) for not complying with a new social media law, Deputy Transport and Infrastructure Minister Omer Fatih Sayan said on Wednesday.”

University of Arkansas: Researchers Developing Tool to Protect Electric Utilities From Cyber Attacks. “A University of Arkansas-led research team has been awarded $2.7 million from the Department of Energy to use artificial intelligence to protect energy companies from cyberattacks.”


Asahi Shimbun: Multi-database search system for old kanji a 1st for researchers. “Archaic forms of kanji that are difficult to decipher in the modern age are being compiled into an online image retrieval system so scholars and others can gain a better grasp of what people were writing about in bygone times. Six research institutes were involved in developing the Multi-Database Search System for Historical Chinese Characters, the first of its kind that collates old kanji from various regions and periods in history.”

BusinessWire: Esri, UN, and GEO Blue Planet Release Water Health Tool (PRESS RELEASE). “This project empowers countries, especially developing nations, with the information they need to understand potential impacts on coastal water quality, address those impacts, and have routinely updated data to understand and report their progress to the United Nations as part of the SDG initiative. While governments and organizations around the world are already able to conduct these analyses, this project transforms the raw global data into actionable information to make it easier for them to make better-informed decisions.”


Mashable: Tinder’s Ghosting Graveyard helps you craft a text to the person you ghosted . “Sometimes people come into our lives at the wrong times and we realise too late that they were actually pretty great. So, how do you rekindle an old flame without being a complete and utter pandemic cliché? Tricky. Tinder has rustled up a tool called Ghosting Graveyard that might provide some assistance in sliding into the DMs of someone you once ghosted.” Good morning, Internet…

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  1. Thanks for the reminder about Zoom captioning. Our families (mixed Windows, ChromeOS/Android, Linux, iOS) ) have been opting for Duo and Facetime since early summer, maybe — I keep forgetting Zoom, except that it’s the one everyone else mentions. Heh.

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