BuddhaNexus, Arctic Wildlife, Los Alamos National Laboratory, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, November 10, 2020


New-to-me, from The Digital Orientalist: Text-Matching at the Canonical Crossroads: An Introduction to BuddhaNexus (Part I). “BuddhaNexus is a text-matching database with visualization capabilities that draws its data from Buddhist literary corpora in Pāli, Sanskrit, Tibetan, and Chinese. It allows users to conduct intralingual searches (e.g. searching among texts in Chinese only) of individual volumes for textual matches across the collection in question. Additionally, users are also able to produce Sankey visualizations of connections within different collections in the same language, which offers an intertextual view across collections, sections within collections, and within single texts.”

Earth Institute, Columbia University: A New Global Archive Helps Researchers Chart Changes in Arctic Animals’ Behavior. “Researchers from more than 100 universities, government agencies and conservation groups across 17 countries are involved in the archive, which is hosted by the Max Planck Institute. It currently contains over 200 projects with the movement data of more than 8,000 marine and terrestrial animals from 1991 to the present. ‘Our goal is to use the archive to build a global community across institutions and political boundaries,’ said Martin Wikelski, director at the Max Planck Institute.”

KOB4: LANL launches educational website to help students, teachers and parents. “Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) launched a new website that provides resources for students who are learning from home….The website features resources including lesson plans, virtual field trips and many other educational activities.”


Quartz: Join our mission to make business better as Quartz becomes an independent media company. “Quartz is becoming an independent media company again. For the past two years, we have been owned by Uzabase, a publicly traded company based in Tokyo. That was helpful as we navigated a period of enormous change in digital media, but we are better off right now as a startup, freer to chart our own path. I have reached an agreement to acquire Quartz myself and take us private. I’m joined in this management buyout by Quartz’s editor in chief, Katherine Bell, and the rest of our staff, who will share equity in our new company.”

Irish News: BFI’s most rewatchable British films hidden on Google Maps to watch for free. “Google is encouraging people to rediscover and download films including Skyfall and Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit, in collaboration with the British Film Institute (BFI). Around 40 of the 50 top rewatchable films from the last 50 years, as chosen by the BFI, will be hidden in UK locations relating to where they were set, discoverable on Google Maps.”


Washington Post: Facebook takes down a large network of pages tied to former Trump chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon for misinformation. “Facebook took down a large network of pages tied to former Trump chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon for pushing misinformation about voter fraud and delegitimizing election results. Bannon’s page also incurred penalties, including not being allowed to post content, but was not removed from Facebook.”

Vox Recode: The former CEO of Google has applied to become a citizen of Cyprus. “The former CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, is finalizing a plan to become a citizen of the island of Cyprus, Recode has learned, becoming one of the highest-profile Americans to take advantage of one of the world’s most controversial ‘passport-for-sale’ programs.”

I’m not sure I’m spelling this right so let me apologize in advance. Neos Kosmos: Greek-Australian artists called to register for first online directory. “The Greek Australian Cultural League (GACL) is inviting artists to register for the first Greek-Australian Artists’ Directory (GAAD) that will be available online for the wider community.”


TechCrunch: India opens antitrust case against Google over its payments app. “India’s antitrust watchdog has opened an investigation into Google for allegedly abusing the dominant position of its app store to promote its payments service in the world’s second largest internet market.”

Columbia University: New Tool Detects Unsafe Security Practices in Android Apps. “Computer scientists at Columbia Engineering have shown for the first time that it is possible to analyze how thousands of Android apps use cryptography without needing to have the apps’ actual codes. The team’s new tool, CRYLOGGER, can tell when an Android app uses cryptography incorrectly—it detects the so-called ‘cryptographic misuses’ in Android apps. When given a list of rules that should be followed for secure cryptography—guidelines developed by expert cryptographers and organizations such as NIST and IETF that define security standards to protect sensitive data—CRYLOGGER detects violations of these rules.”

FTC: Settlement requires Zoom to better secure your personal information. “When we rely on technology in these new ways, we share a lot of sensitive personal information. We may not think about it, but companies know they have an obligation to protect that information. The FTC just announced a case against videoconferencing service Zoom about the security of consumers’ information and videoconferences, also known as ‘Meetings.'”


National Endowment for the Arts: Taking Note: New Arts Research Summit Report—and Data on Arts Field Trips. “The National Endowment for the Arts has posted a report summarizing results from a two-day research meeting in June 2019—a decent-sized gathering in a time that was, blissfully, COVID-naïve. Titled Arts and Research Partnerships in Practice, the report explores mechanisms and challenges for academic researchers and arts professionals seeking to partner on long-term studies of the arts’ impacts.” Good morning, Internet…

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