Tech Industry Salaries, Spotify Podcasts, AR Monuments, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, February 23, 2021


National Gallery of Art: National Gallery of Art Announces Launch of Kress Collection Digital Archive. “The National Gallery of Art today announces the launch of the Kress Collection Digital Archive, an online resource documenting the history and development of an important collection of nearly 3,500 works of art. The Kress Collection was divided and donated years ago to almost 100 institutions throughout the United States, including the National Gallery of Art.”

Council of Europe: New website / web-platform on addressing radicalisation and violent extremism in prisons, launched. “The website is open to all visitors and offers a wide array of useful information including an overview of the main tools and documents on radicalisation in prisons and disengagement from violence, produced by the action, as well as reference to relevant legal instruments, CoE publications and links to other institutions and organisations.”

USA Today: Flood-prone homeowners could see major rate hikes in FEMA flood insurance changes, new study finds. “The First Street Foundation calculated ZIP code-level averages of the financial toll of flood damage by collecting home values and structural information for every single-family and small multi-unit dwelling in the nation and applying it to its previously published flood model with damage formulas. First Street calculated its figures for about 26,000 ZIP codes in the lower 48 states and D.C. ZIP codes without data are not included.”

The Calvert Journal: Lost and found: the photo project reuniting Moldovan villagers with their younger selves. “In 2016, film school student Victor Galușca found the negatives for thousands of photographs in an abandoned home in the northern Moldovan village of Roșietici….The incredible archive was made into a photo book, showcased at exhibitions in Chișinău and Bucharest, and is now available to view online. But the publicity also meant that people who recognised themselves in [Zaharia] Cușnir’s photographs got in touch with Galușca. The young photographer decided to embark on a new project: taking pictures of Cușnir’s former subjects with the black-and-white portraits of their younger selves.”


State of Oregon Newsroom: The Oregon Blue Book is Now Updated Online . “The Oregon Blue Book is the state’s official almanac and fact book, containing listings and descriptions of government agencies and educational institutions, maps, facts about Oregon history and elections, as well as information on the arts, media, and other cultural institutions in Oregon.” It’s updated every two years.

Reuters: Alphabet in talks with Spanish publishers to bring Google News back, sources say. “Alphabet’s Google is negotiating individual licensing deals with a divided Spanish news industry that could allow the U.S. tech giant’s news service to resume in the country, three sources close to the matter told Reuters.”


GovInsider Asia: France builds tool to track changes in terms of service. “Digital services are governed by pages and pages of terms and clauses, but users don’t always know what they’re agreeing to, or what rights they have when using those services. France plans to change that with a new tool called the Open Terms Archive. It is meant to ‘provide transparency’ to help citizens, authorities and regulators understand tech’s terms of service, says French Ambassador for Digital Affairs Henri Verdier.”

NavyTimes: Navy says ‘liking’ or sharing extremists’ posts on social media can get you in trouble. “Sailors engaging with an offensive post regarding white supremacism on social media could themselves be viewed as contributing to extremism in the service, according to Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. John Nowell Jr. ‘Just by posting, retweeting, or liking an offensive post on social media — you could be participating in extremism,’ Nowell said in a new video shared on Facebook.”

Fast Company: I’m an ethical hacker. Here’s how I could use social media to scam you. “Cybercriminals exploit the personal details we share online to try and trick or impersonate us—piecing together every photo we post, location we check into, person we tag, or pet photo we upload to build an understanding of their targets… This is not meant to scare you. Actually, it’s very possible to enjoy social media without putting yourself at risk. I’m going to show you how the hackers do it and how you can recognize when you’re oversharing, to help you outsmart the bad guys.”


TechCentral: AI tool predicts energy generation at wind farms. “Researchers from CeADAR, Ireland’s national centre for Applied Data Analytics & AI, have developed a system which uses artificial intelligence to accurately predict the amount of renewable energy that will be produced at wind farms.”

Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!): How Americans Navigated the News in 2020: A Tumultuous Year in Review. “From November 2019 through December 2020, the Pathways project explored how Americans’ news habits and attitudes related to what they heard, perceived and knew about the 2020 presidential election and COVID-19…. Over the course of the year, as part of the project, the Center published more than 50 individual analyses and made data from more than 580 survey questions available to the public in an interactive data tool. We now have the opportunity to look back at the findings over the full course of the year and gather together the key takeaways that emerged.”


WJLA: Smithsonian hints at reopening of Arts and Industries Building after 15-year closure. “It seems as if new life is finally being breathed into the Smithsonian’s second-oldest building, which has been closed since 2006. On the National Mall, the Arts and Industries Building is nestled between the Smithsonian Castle and the Hirshhorn Museum. A new Twitter account was launched Monday morning.” Good morning, Internet…

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  1. That Pew study (especially Chapter 5, re: the public’s diverse response to COVID-19 coverage) was terrific. Thank you!

    P.S. I love the way the name of the Pew Foundation triggers your inner schoolchild. Heh.

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