OpenUNC, Frick Collection, Windows 10 Patches, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, March 22, 2021


WITN: New website launches to increase access to research and educational resources. “The University of North Carolina System is launching a new website, OpenUNC, to make it easier to access research and other educational resources… It also provides easy access to all open access journals published at UNC System institutions, as well as open access monographs published by the UNC Press.”

The Frick Collection: 175,000 New Photoarchive Records Available Digitally. “Now available to researchers are all of the ‘Classified’ or fully cataloged materials. These photographs are mounted on 9 x 12 inch gray cardboard and are assigned a unique call number based on subject matter. These mounts contain detailed provenance and attribution histories for each work of art they document. In addition to high resolution images for each work of art, all accompanying documentation has been digitized, giving researchers full access that was previously only available onsite at the library.”


BetaNews: Windows 10 update farce continues as Microsoft pulls the plug on problematic printing patch. “Over the last week or so, we have reported about printing problems that followed the release of March’s updates, and the subsequent string of patches that not only failed to fix things but, in many cases, actually made things worse. Now the fubar’d fix has been deemed so problematic that Microsoft has taken the decision to pull it.”

(the next morning) BetaNews: Windows 10 update saga continues as Microsoft re-releases KB5001649 printing patch. “Over the weekend we reported that Microsoft had paused the rollout of the out-of-band patch for the ongoing printing problems in Windows 10. The cessation came after reports of installation problems associated with the fix. Now it appears that the company has re-released the KB5001649 update, but it remains to be seen whether this finally brings to an end the lengthy and embarrassing saga for Microsoft.”


Mashable: PBS makes ‘Asian Americans’ doc free to stream after Atlanta shootings. “In light of the Atlanta shootings of March 16 and general spike in violence against Asian Americans, PBS has made the docuseries Asian Americans temporarily free to stream. The series looks at the past 150 years of U.S. history through the lens of this country’s Asian American and Pacific Islander immigrants — a group that faced violence and prejudice long before 2021.”


Mississippi Department of Archives & History: MDAH Completes Largest Repatriation of Native American Ancestors in State History. “The Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) has transferred the remains of 403 Native Americans and eighty-three lots of burial objects to the Chickasaw Nation. This is the largest return of human remains in Mississippi history, and the first for MDAH.”

TechCrunch: Sidekick Browser wants to be a productivity-honed ‘work OS’ on Chromium. “Fire up a web browser and it’s hard to deny it’s the best of times for knowledge work. Yet working across multiple browser tabs and windows can feel like the friction-filled, frustrating worst. This is the problem Sidekick Browser is taking aim at by adding a productivity-focused layer atop Chromium that it bills as a ‘work OS’.”


Techdirt: Imminent Win For The Public Domain: Court Likely To Compel Musée Rodin To Release Its 3D Scans Of Sculptor’s Works For Free. “Back in 2019, Techdirt wrote about a fascinating case involving a bogus CC license on a 3D scan of a 3000-year-old bust of Nefertiti. The person at the heart of the saga was the artist and open access activist Cosmo Wenman…. Following his success in liberating the 3D scan of Nefertiti, Wenman is now trying to do the same with 3D scans of the works of the great French sculptor Auguste Rodin.”

Brookings: How African states can improve their cybersecurity. “African states and regional bodies have taken initial steps toward implementing a continent-wide strategy to improving cyber-resiliency, but the vulnerabilities exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic requires these efforts to be accelerated by building the institutional and coordinating mechanisms to better mitigate cybersecurity threats.”

Reuters: U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs Facebook appeal in user tracking lawsuit. “The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away Facebook Inc’s bid to pare back a $15 billion class action lawsuit accusing the company of illegally tracking the activities of internet users even when they are logged out of the social media platform.”


The Register: Being asked to rate fake news may help stop social media users sharing it, study finds . “Research including a Twitter field experiment has found social media organisations might have a 3rd option that doesn’t involve the banhammer or a laissez faire attitude to tackling the fake news plague infecting platforms.”

News 12: Your social media posts about seals at the Jersey Shore may be hurting the animals. “Wildlife experts say that the fastest-growing threats to these seals are humans looking for social media likes. Center workers say that they are seeing a disturbing increase in the number of people getting closer than the 150-foot minimum distance allowed by federal law – mostly to take pictures for Instagram and Facebook.” Good morning (just barely), Internet…

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