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University of Stirling, Editor & Publisher, Shanghai Laws, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 21, 2021

NEW RESOURCES

Brig Newspaper: University of Stirling Archives launches Brig Newspaper’s digital archive. “The digital archive was launched on this January 14 and aims to provide a ‘student-focused’ record of the university’s history. The archive currently contains the first 125 issues of Brig Newspaper and covers the years 1969 to 1987. Access to the archive is available through the university’s archived collections website in chronological order.”

Internet Archive: More than 100 years of Editor & Publisher Now Fully Accessible Online on the Internet Archive. “When Mike Blinder acquired Editor & Publisher magazine in October 2019, he inherited boxes of back issues that he put in a climate-controlled storage unit near his home in Tampa, Florida…. When Blinder called Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive and found out we had the microfilm for his back issues, he was very excited to find the microfilm was not only safe, but that the Internet Archive would digitize all of the issues at no cost to him. Blinder enthusiastically gave permission for the full 100-year history to be read and downloaded by anyone, anywhere – along with E&P’s International Yearbook and Market Guide.”

Shine: Bilingual search engine for city’s rules. “A bilingual search engine for current rules and regulations in the city was launched by the city’s comprehensive law-based governance commission on Wednesday. It is the first platform of its kind in China, the commission said. The public can access over 500 documents on the platform, called ‘A Collection of Regulations and Rules of Shanghai City,’ in Chinese and English.”

USEFUL STUFF

CNET: How to start bullet journaling for an organized 2021. “Although it seems the productivity craze of the 2010s has calmed down (thank goodness, because we all need to stop glamorizing hustle culture), some ‘life hacks’ really can help. Bullet journaling, for example, can turn even the most frenzied person into a productivity deity. This planning method involves organizing notes, events, tasks and plans into neat collections and logs — and it might be exactly what you need in 2021 after a turbulent year that squashed everyone’s plans and goals.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

New York Times: The Lasting Lessons of John Conway’s Game of Life. “In March of 1970, Martin Gardner opened a letter jammed with ideas for his Mathematical Games column in Scientific American. Sent by John Horton Conway, then a mathematician at the University of Cambridge, the letter ran 12 pages, typed hunt-and-peck style. Page 9 began with the heading ‘The game of life.’ It described an elegant mathematical model of computation — a cellular automaton, a little machine, of sorts, with groups of cells that evolve from iteration to iteration, as a clock advances from one second to the next.”

Poynter: What to expect from fact-checking in 2021. “2020 has likely been the most chaotic year in the 21st century and certainly an overwhelming one for fact-checkers. The coronavirus pandemic not only shook the world in an unprecedented way, but it also redesigned how fact-checkers work, how we learn from one another and, most importantly, how we collaborate not only locally but globally.”

The Register: India’s top techies form digital foundation to fight Apple and Google. “The new Atmanirbhar Digital India Foundation (ADIF) has been founded by a group of execs whose Indian start-ups got big, fast, making them bywords for success and famous for having shown the nation can create big internet companies. The group’s name references the Atmanirbhar Bharat self-reliance program.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Bleeping Computer: Hacker leaks full database of 77 million Nitro PDF user records. “A stolen database containing the email addresses, names, and passwords of more than 77 million records of Nitro PDF service users was leaked today for free. The 14GB leaked database contains 77,159,696 records with users’ email addresses, full names, bcrypt hashed passwords, titles, company names, IP addresses, and other system-related information.”

CNN: ‘123456’ tops list of worst passwords. “Perhaps you chuckled at the irony of making your password ‘password.’ Or you thought it was the right place to express affection for your favorite primate by choosing ‘monkey.’ More likely, you were lazy and wanted something easy to remember, like ‘123456.’ If you’re using any of these passwords, change them.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Smithsonian Magazine: Twenty-Four Ways to Turn Outdoor Passions Into Citizen Science. “The idea of crowdsourcing data from citizen scientists is far from new. But as more digital tools like drones and smartphones have entered the hands of ordinary people, projects looking to involve the outdoor-recreating public to collect data are getting more ambitious and diverse. Whether it’s collecting water samples, measuring snowpack or tracking wildlife, plenty of choices are available for people of every background and taste for adventure. As we consider our New Year’s resolutions, here is a roundup of suggestions for how to venture outdoors with a purpose.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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