Building Transparency, Open Source Vulnerabilities, University of Colorado Boulder, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, February 14, 2021


Business Wire: Introducing Building Transparency, An Open-Access Resource for Evaluating and Managing Embodied Carbon Across the Building Industry (PRESS RELEASE). “Building Transparency announces today its suite of open access data and tools that support broad and swift action across the building industry in addressing embodied carbon’s role in climate change. Through its free and easy-to-use resources, Building Transparency aims to help reduce embodied carbon emissions in the fight against global warming and foster a better building future.”

ZDNet: Google: Our new tool makes open-source security bugs easier to spot. “Google has launched the Open Source Vulnerabilities (OSV) website, offering up a vulnerability database to help triage bugs in open-source projects and help maintainers and consumers of open source.”


Colorado Virtual Libraries: Touring Colorado’s Collections: University of Colorado Boulder University Libraries Joins the DPLA. “The University of Colorado Boulder University Libraries recently joined the Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC), the Colorado-Wyoming Service Hub of the Digital Public Library of American (DPLA). The CUB Libraries shared over 43,600 historic collection items with the DPLA. While this is only a portion of their vast online collection there are numerous noteworthy collections that will be of great interest to researchers of historic collections.”

NME: FKA Twigs and Getty Images launch new initiative for Black storytellers. “The project, which launches later this year, will see Getty donate content from its Hulton Archive and its Editorial Collections. They will be available for non-commercial use for non-profit organisations and creators of colour to support artistic and educational projects about Black history. As well as access to the Hulton Archive, the largest commercial archive in the world, Getty will also offer research support for educational, research, and mentoring initiatives focused on Black history.”

NBC News: Facebook will stop recommending political groups permanently. “This comes after the company temporarily decided to stop recommending these groups to U.S. users in October in the lead up to the 2020 U.S. elections. Additionally, Zuckerberg said that the company is now considering steps to reduce the amount of political content that users see in their News Feed.”

BetaNews: Microsoft releases off-schedule KB5001028 update for Windows 10 to fix WPA3 flaw. “Just days after the regular update release date of Patch Tuesday, Microsoft has released an out-of-band patch to address a problem with WPA3 connections in Windows 10. The KB5001028 update is for Windows 10 version 1909, and it fixes a problem that caused blue screens and stop error 0x7E in nwifi.sys when using a WPA3 connection.”


TechCrunch: UCLA is building a digital archive of mass incarceration with a new $3.6M grant. “UCLA researchers have been awarded a $3.65 million grant to collect, contextualize, and digitally preserve a huge archive of materials relating to policing and mass incarceration. It should help historians and anthropologists, but more fundamentally it will thoroughly document a period that many would rather forget.”

Complex: How Rap Misinformation Spreads on Social Media. “The rise in popularity of social media has lowered the barrier for entry in just about every field. Independent journalism is an essential means of unbiased reporting, but the internet has paved a path for hip-hop news accounts to be run by anyone with the free time to scour court sites and social media.”


Oregon Live: Proposal to create police use of force database goes before Oregon lawmakers. “The state Criminal Justice Commission would create a new public database that captures reports on the use or threatened use of force by each police or corrections officer, under a bill heard by an Oregon House subcommittee [January 27].”

Tennessean: Police: Man shot, killed in Hermitage after ‘prank robbery’ for YouTube video went wrong. “A man was shot and killed Friday night in the parking lot of a Hermitage business after a robbery ‘prank’ for a YouTube channel went wrong, according to Metro Nashville police. The homicide unit is investigating a claim of self-defense in the shooting, MNPD stated in a Saturday news release.”

Seattle Times: Judge blocks sale and closure of National Archives in Seattle; notes ‘public relations disaster’ by feds. “U.S. District Court Judge John Coughenour granted a preliminary injunction Friday morning to stop the sale of the National Archives property in Seattle. He pointedly asked Brian Kipnis, an assistant U.S. attorney in Seattle, if anybody on the five-person Public Buildings Reform Board was from the Pacific Northwest.”


Nerdist: Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night Is the Newest LEGO Set. “LEGO Ideas has announced its newest batch of fan submissions that will be produced and sold. The small group includes a set designed by Truman Cheng. It pays tribute to both Vincent van Gogh and one of his most famous pieces by turning ‘The Starry Night’ painting into a three-dimensional work unto itself.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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