First Nations Elders, North Carolina Newspapers, Ballet Dancer Careers, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, April 30, 2021


CBC: Online project aims to preserve voices, knowledge of First Nations elders. “An elder based in Treaty 3 Territory in northwestern Ontario says he hopes a new website will help to preserve traditional Anishinaabe language and culture for generations to come. The recently launched [site] features podcasts, videos and songs recorded by elders eager to share their knowledge.”

DigitalNC: The Jones County Journal, 1949-1961, Added to DigitalNC. “We’re pleased to have added to DigitalNC over 600 issues of the Jones County Journal, dating from the first issue in 1949 through 1961. This paper has been digitized on behalf of the Neuse Regional Library System which serves Greene, Lenoir, and Jones Counties. Due to the quality of the microfilm from which these scans were completed, most of the photographs in the newspaper are of poor quality or completely dark, however the text has rendered clear.”

Penn State Collegian: Penn State student-made database Éclaireur seeks to help ballet dancers further their careers. “Dancers on the website who are looking for programs can search using factors like dates they are available, the location and their tuition budget… Some of the other search factors include in-person or online programs, as well as housing options.” I couldn’t find the actual URL for the database anywhere in the article! It’s . The site is not finished yet and I couldn’t get some of the searches to work. But there’s already plenty here to browse.


Neowin: Vivaldi 3.8 banishes annoying cookie messages on desktop and mobile. “The web browser maker, Vivaldi, has announced the release of Vivaldi 3.8 on desktop and on mobile. Both come with unique features specific to their environments but they both share a new feature that banishes those annoying cookie pop-ups from appearing.”

Funding updates: both Indigipedia and Scout were fully funded and will proceed. Scout is a new search engine project and Indigipedia is an digital encyclopedia of indigenous knowledge.


CNN: Germany to return looted Benin Bronzes to Nigeria. “In a joint declaration published Thursday, Germany’s Ministry of Culture, state ministers and museum directors committed to ‘substantive returns’ of Benin bronzes — artworks made of bronze, brass and ivory that were taken by the British army in a raid on the Kingdom of Benin, in present-day Nigeria, in 1897.”

New Zealand Herald: Instagram deletes accounts of Kiwi small business owners without a reason. “Hannah Koumakis is one of hundreds of New Zealanders using Instagram to grow her small business, which sells handmade and vintage womenswear. Her account had several thousand followers and she recently quit her day job to focus on the store, which ran exclusively from her Instagram account. But a few weeks ago, the account vanished without explanation.”


WUSA: MPD officer files obtained in server cyberattack, Chief Contee says. “Police files containing personal information on some MPD officers were compromised following a cyberattack on one of the DC Police Department’s internal servers, according to acting Chief Robert Contee. Hackers had previously claimed they’d posted confidential officer dossiers online. In an email sent to DC Police, Contee said files containing personal information had been obtained during a Babuk ransomware attack.”

BBC: Apple charged over ‘anti-competitive’ app policies. “Apple has been charged with breaking EU competition rules over the way it runs its App Store. European Commission anti-trust regulator Margrethe Vestager tweeted that ‘consumers are losing out’. It relates to charges brought two years ago by music streaming app Spotify which claimed that Apple was stifling innovation in that industry.”


News .com .au: Twitter reveals half of all extremist posts on platform advocate for violence against civilians. “Twitter has revealed almost half of all extremists who post on its platform have advocated for violence against civilians. Speaking before Parliament’s intelligence and security committee, Twitter head of public policy Kathleen Reen shared the shocking statistic but said completely wiping out ideological discussion from the platform would only add further tension.”

Johns Hopkins University: Next-generation database will democratize access to massive amounts of turbulence data. “Led by Johns Hopkins University, a team of 10 researchers from three institutions is using a new $4 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation to create a next-generation turbulence database that will enable groundbreaking research in engineering and the atmospheric and ocean sciences. This powerful tool will let researchers from all over the world access data from some of the largest world-class numerical simulations of turbulent flows. Such simulations are very costly and their outputs are traditionally very difficult to share among researchers due to the data sets’ massive size.”

South China Morning Post: China makes ‘world’s largest satellite image database’ to train AI better. “A satellite imaging database containing detailed information of more than a million locations has been launched in China to help reduce artificial intelligence’s errors when identifying objects from space, the Chinese Academy of Sciences said on Wednesday. The fine-grained object recognition in high-resolution remote sensing imagery (FAIR1M) database was tens or even hundreds of times larger than similar data sets used in other countries, it said.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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