Duke Chapel Sermons, LGBTQ2 Film Talent, XML Legislative Data, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, December 8, 2020

Hi. I will be working 72-hour shifts at my Granny’s for the foreseeable future, trading back and forth with my mother. Granny’s doing good but she needs some extra help and really wants to stay at home. I do too considering COVID.

Things are obviously going to be disrupted. If you’re a Patreon patron and you feel like you’re not getting enough content for your support, please let me know and I’ll refund you. I never want you to feel like you’ve been underserved or taken advantage of.

The last six days have left me especially tender-hearted. Let me once again say I love you a lot.



Duke Today: A Look Into a Living Tradition of Preaching at Duke Chapel. “Launched on Dec. 2, the Living Tradition webpages serve as an introduction to, and a pedagogical tool for, the Duke Chapel Recordings digital archive, hosted on the Duke Libraries website, which contains more than 3,000 videos, audio recordings and manuscripts of sermons given at Duke Chapel from 1946 to 2002.”

Deadline: Inside Out, OUTtv Launch ‘Out On Set’ Database Of LGBTQ2 Film Talent. “Inside Out has teamed with OUTtv to launch “Out On Set”, an online database of LGBTQ2 (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Two Spirit) film crew and creative talent within North America. Industry professionals in North America will be able search, post opportunities and message talent within the database.”

Library of Congress: GPO and Library of Congress Release Ten Years of Legislative Data on Govinfo. “The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) in partnership with the Library of Congress, U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate has released 10 additional years of bill status XML bulk data on govinfo. Bill status information, created by the Library of Congress and Congress, describes the activities and status steps for each legislative measure. The original project started at the direction of the House Committee on Appropriations and supports the Legislative Branch Bulk Data Task Force.”

BusinessWire: State of Vermont, NIC Vermont Launch New Outdoor Recreation Mobile App (PRESS RELEASE). “Built in partnership with the state’s digital government services partner, NIC Vermont, the mobile app provides a wide offering of features, including interactive maps, and enables users to easily access policy information and guidelines for activities, such as hunting, trapping, fishing, boating and hiking in Vermont.”

Cleveland .com: Ohio state government unveils new data website. “A new state website makes available data sets ranging from unemployment claims to COVID-19 rates in sewage, as part of a new transparency initiative announced on Monday.”


CNET: Here’s what the internet would look like if all code by women vanished. “With a new campaign out in time for Computer Science Education Week, Girls Who Code is painting a picture of what the internet would like if every line of code written by women disappeared. The campaign, Missing Code, features a short video showing familiar internet destinations — Instagram, Pinterest, Netflix, Teen Vogue — glitch out in an artful yet chaotic way.”

Publishers Weekly: Amazon Publishing in Talks to Offer E-books to Public Libraries. “In what came as a surprise to many librarians and industry observers, a report in The Hill this week revealed that the nonprofit Digital Public Library of America has been in discussions with Amazon Publishing on a potential a deal to make Amazon’s e-book content available in public libraries. And in a call with PW, DPLA officials confirmed that a deal could be done soon.”

Reuters: Google removes some IAC browser extensions for ‘policy violations’. “Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Sunday it has removed a number of browser extensions of online conglomerate IAC/InterActive Corp for ‘policy violations’ and is reviewing ‘enforcement options.'” IAC owns a number of Internet brands, including Ask (formerly Ask Jeeves), Angie’s List, and Vimeo. Get a full list here.


BBC: US cybersecurity firm FireEye hit by ‘state-sponsored’ attack. “US cybersecurity firm FireEye says it has recently been attacked by a ‘highly sophisticated threat actor’, believing the hacking was state-sponsored. In a blog, FireEye CEO Kevin Mandia said company tools used for testing customers’ security had been stolen.”

CityBeat: Court Hands Journalists a Big Freedom of Information Act Win: Gun Data Access. “Reveal, the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), originally sued for records in November 2017. The Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) never responded. ATF’s gun tracing database lists 6.8 million firearms linked to criminal activity. Reveal sought records for any gun traced back to law enforcement ownership. When Congress passed the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in 1966, modern databases did not exist. ATF argued that a search query exporting the results amounted to a ‘new’ record, which agencies aren’t required to disclose under the FOIA statute. The court disagreed.”


Northwell Health: Researchers use Facebook activity to predict psychiatric diagnoses . “Researchers at The Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research developed novel machine learning (ML) algorithms from a user’s Facebook activity capable of accurately predicting those who go on to develop schizophrenia spectrum disorders (SSD) and mood disorders (MD) more than a year prior to the patient’s first hospitalization and official diagnosis. This milestone accomplishment — made in collaboration with computer scientists at IBM Research and published today in Nature Partner Journals (npj) Schizophrenia — further supports the integration of digital activity and social media into early intervention and psychiatric care.” Good evening, Internet…

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  1. Tara: You add so much content to your regular posts, in addition to the over-the-top COVID work you’ve been doing for months, I cannot imagine a “refund” due. Take all the time you need. Stay well, and many, many best wishes for your grandmother.

  2. Tara, we’ve been “communicating” for years. You have helped me stay in touch with the world, and you’ve led me on new “journeys.” But family is #1, and what you are doing for Granny is admirable. Even though we’ve never actually met, I feel like you are a friend. I wish you and yours the Best!

  3. Tara: Best wishes to you and your family, especially Granny! For all the time I lurked before contributing, I wouldn’t dream of asking for a refund, but it’s just like you to offer one. Thanks for all you do.

  4. “If you’re a Patreon patron and you feel like you’re not getting enough content for your support…”: actually, I appreciate the “not enough” even more than usual, given the circumstances under which you’re producing it. Odds are good that when you keel over, I’ll rescind the Patreon support — but until then…

    Hey to Granny.

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