Secret Service, Kansas Data Tool, ARIJ Aleph Archive, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, December 18, 2020


American Military News: Pics: Secret Service launches new website and you can see it here. “The United States Secret Service launched a recently redesigned public website Thursday, including access for public and law enforcement partners who work to support the agency’s missions and modernized agency communication. The new website includes a Newsroom that provides users with the option to receive automated Secret Service agency updates. It also features the agency’s social media feeds.”

KWCH: ACLU of Kansas launches data tool to encourage citizen participation in local government.
“After compiling data from hundreds of open records requests, the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas unveiled a database that breaks down and examines voter registration, racial justice and policing in the state.”

OCCRP: New Tool Helps Journalists in Arab World Follow the Money . “The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) are excited to announce the launch of the ARIJ Aleph Archive. This new tool contains documents and data from across the Middle East and North Africa that ARIJ has collected over the last decade, a unique trove of material that will help investigative reporters follow the money. The ARIJ Aleph Archive is part of OCCRP Aleph, the investigative data platform that allows journalists to search and cross-reference more than one billion records to trace connections and patterns and collaborate across borders.”


American Songwriter: Spotify’s Songwriters Hub Launches as a New Tool for the Music Industry. “Today, Spotify is officially launching the entirety of their Songwriters Hub, and Jules Parker explained it all in an exclusive interview with American Songwriter…. The features of the Hub include Written By playlists (collections of a songwriter’s songs) and podcasts about songwriting (to understand the nuts and bolts of the process).”

CNET: Baby Yoda is the latest Google AR object you can add to your home. “If topping a Christmas tree with Baby Yoda isn’t your jam, Google has just served up a new way to bring the galaxy’s most-wanted baby into your home this holiday season. The search giant has added The Mandalorian’s breakout star to its growing repertoire of 3D search results ahead of the show’s season two finale on Friday.”


Lonely Planet: Iceland can help you quit your ‘doomscrolling’ habit in 2021. “The site is called Joyscroll and it has been launched by the Icelandic tourism board after it conducted an in-depth study to find just how much people were doomscrolling on their phones in 2020. It then decided to create an interactive website that would allow people to counter their instinctive habit of chasing negativity by scrolling through joy-inspiring Icelandic sights and sounds instead.”


ABC 13: ABC13 exclusively debuts Texas’ new job search website during virtual job fair. “ABC13 hosted a virtual job fair featuring more than 400 jobs, and gave southeast Texans an exclusive look at the state’s new jobs website. The state will roll out the new site, where Texans can search for, match and apply for jobs in 2021. However, Workforce Solutions partnered with ABC13 to exclusively debut the new website during our virtual job fair Thursday.”

DigitalNC: DigitalNC from Home: Oral History Transcription. “Transcriptions are the written text of audio files, which are, in our case, recordings of oral histories. The oral histories on DigitalNC vary in length, ranging from two minutes, to two hours, and beyond. Typing out transcriptions from scratch takes time- a lot of time. To help us out, we use the transcription software, Sonix. Once an audio file has been uploaded to Sonix, the software ‘listens’ to and creates text of what it heard.”

CoinWeek: National Endowment for Humanities Funds ANS-Oxford University OXUS-INDUS Project. “The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce that the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded the Society a $150,000 USD grant for the two-year joint ANS-Oxford University OXUS-INDUS project. The award comes through the New Directions in Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions program that partners the NEH with the United Kingdom’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) intended to fund trans-Atlantic co-operative projects.”


MIT Technology Review: Congress wants answers from Google about Timnit Gebru’s firing. “Nine members of the US Congress have sent a letter to Google asking it to clarify the circumstances around its former ethical AI co-lead Timnit Gebru’s forced departure. Led by Representative Yvette Clarke and Senator Ron Wyden, and co-signed by Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker, the letter sends an important signal about how Congress is scrutinizing tech giants and thinking about forthcoming regulation.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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