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Bev Purdue, LinkAce, Industrial Irradiation, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, December 16, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

State Archives of North Carolina: NCDC Additions: Governor Bev Perdue Speeches. “In support of the She Changed the World initiative, the State Archives of North Carolina is pleased to announce a new addition to the Governors Papers, Modern digital collection: Governor Bev Perdue’s Speeches.”

Found via Reddit: LinkAce. From the front page: “LinkAce is a self hosted archive to store and organize links of your favorite websites. Search through them with the help of tags and lists. The content stays available with the help of automated backups and monitoring.” Note that it is a self-hosted Web app, so you’ll need access to a server and some tech chops to use LinkAce. It’s free and open source.

International Atomic Energy Agency: Where Can You Find Industrial Irradiation Facilities? Visit a New Online Database. “The IAEA has recently published its updated Database on Industrial Irradiation Facilities (DIIF), featuring an interactive map with information on nearly 300 gamma irradiators and electron accelerators from around the world. DIIF is a tool to help organizations and companies find the facility most suitable for the irradiation of their products. Research groups and experts can also use the database to find training and collaboration opportunities in the field.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

ZDNet: Partial Gmail outage resolved: Users reported a variety of problems Tuesday. “Well, that didn’t take long. Google fixed multiple problems with its services this week but less than a day later network administrators and users started seeing another rash of Gmail problems.” Including me. If you tried to reach me yesterday and the email bounced, please try again.

Texas State Library and Archives: Texas Digital Archive is 5 years old. “The Texas Digital Archive was born with a special appropriation by the Texas Legislature in the 2015 session. Aside from an acute need (TSLAC staff had requested the project the two previous sessions), the impetus to act was the transfer to the Archives of the Governor Perry records. That records transfer in January 2015 included more than seven terabytes of data in electronic format. The project also launched with about 18 terabytes of digital audio files of recordings from Senate meetings. From that initial 25 terabytes of data, the Texas Digital Archive has grown to include 69 terabytes, representing over 5.4 million unique files.”

USEFUL STUFF

The Economist: Lessons from the year of online events. “In many respects, organisers of online events have to do the same things as ever, such as attracting a great speaker line-up and advertising the event to the right people. But when the audience has gathered and the mics go live, many things are very different. So what lessons have been learned in 2020 that can be applied to virtual events in future? We asked dozens of organisers and attendees for their input on what works, what doesn’t and what has made them go ‘wow’. Here’s what they told us.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

MENAFN: UAE- Emirates Literature Foundation partners with Google to put global focus on Arab authors. “The Emirates Literature Foundation, together with Google, has launched ‘Kateb Maktub’, an initiative that will vastly increase the presence and visibility of Arab authors online, ahead of World Arabic Language Day. The initiative is designed to boost the number of Arab author pages on Wikipedia, one of the world’s most visited websites with more than 1 billion visitors per month.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Everybody’s Libraries: Counting down to 1925 in the public domain. “We’re rapidly approaching another Public Domain Day, the day at the start of the year when a year’s worth of creative work joins the public domain. This will be the third year in a row that the US will have a full crop of new public domain works (after a prior 20-year drought), and once again, I’m noting and celebrating works that will be entering the public domain shortly.”

BBC: EU reveals plan to regulate Big Tech. “Big tech firms face yearly checks on how they are tackling illegal and harmful content under new rules unveiled by the European Commission. Fresh restrictions are also planned to govern their use of customers’ data, and to prevent the firms ranking their own services above competitors’ in search results and app stores.”

The Hacker News: New Evidence Suggests SolarWinds’ Codebase Was Hacked to Inject Backdoor. “A new report published by ReversingLabs today and shared in advance with The Hacker News has revealed that the operators behind the espionage campaign likely managed to compromise the software build and code signing infrastructure of SolarWinds Orion platform as early as October 2019 to deliver the malicious backdoor through its software release process.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Aerotime Hub: EASA to collect aircraft noise level data in single database. “On December 15, 2020, the EASA launched the Aircraft Noise Certificate or Equivalent Noise Documentation (ANC) database, where the aircraft operators will provide the necessary information about the noise levels. The collected data will be available to airports, air navigation service providers, and other European authorities for operational purposes.”

WWF: Google’s AI technology to identify animals impacted by bushfires. “Artificial intelligence and an army of new sensor cameras will be used to track the recovery of animals impacted by bushfires in one of the most extensive post-fire surveillanceprograms ever undertaken in Australia. WWF-Australia and Conservation International, supported with a USD 1 million grant from Google’s philanthropic arm Google.org, have launched An Eye on Recovery, a large-scale collaborative camera sensor project.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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