Northwest Digital Heritage, Aboriginal Library Collection, Google Maps, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, May 26, 2021


KTVZ: Oregon, Washington partner on tool to access, share cultural heritage digital archives. “The Oregon Heritage Commission, State Library of Oregon and Washington State Library have partnered to launch Northwest Digital Heritage, an online platform for Oregon- and Washington-based libraries, museums and cultural heritage organizations to digitize and make accessible cultural heritage materials.”

Save the Children: Our Yarning – An Aboriginal Library Collection Bringing Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Stories To All Australians. “Library For All’s digital library is available for free via an app through Google Play. The app contains a unique, curated collection of high-quality children’s books developed by authors and illustrators across the globe. The books are age appropriate, culturally relevant and engaging for kids. The Our Yarning collection of Aboriginal books will also be available to all on the Library For All app. [Dr. Julie Owen] is optimistic about Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children having access to the collection through the app.


ZDNet: New Google Maps tools make navigating Sydney’s stations easier. “Google and Transport for New South Wales have teamed up to launch new features on Google Maps to make navigating through Sydney’s 130 train and dozen metro stations easier. One of the new features is indoor Street View imagery that will allow commuters to virtually navigate interactive, panoramic imagery inside Sydney stations.”

Australian Aviation: Google Drones To Fly Coffee To Offices In Queensland. “Google’s drone delivery service, Wing, will soon be delivering coffee to offices in Logan, Queensland. The development is possible because the business will soon extend its service beyond residential homes to include commercial business locations in a dozen suburbs – up from just three currently. Wing first launched in Canberra last year and currently allows for the delivery of packages that weigh less than 1.5 kilograms from a variety of retailers who sell household goods.”

9to5 Google: Chrome 91 rolling out: Freeze Tab Groups, launch PWAs at startup, Android tablets load desktop site. “Following version 90’s release on Android, Mac, Windows, and Linux, the next release of Google’s browser is rolling out. Chrome 91 is here with a handful of features for Android including updated form controls and desktop sites on tablets.”


Heavy Consequence: Robert Plant Instructs His Kids to Unleash His Unreleased Archive of Music for Free When He Dies. “On the latest episode of his Digging Deep podcast, the iconic singer told co-host Matt Everitt that he spent a good portion of the pandemic archiving his unreleased material from over the years. The music dates from his pre-Zeppelin days in 1966 through the present day…. He added, ‘I’ve told the kids when I kick the bucket, open it to the public free of charge — just to see how many silly things there were down the line from 1966 to now. It’s a journey.'”

KNBA: Museums, Native heritage organizations look to future of digital collection, repatriation. “The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act certainly has its flaws. But museums and Native cultural organizations look to the future of digital collections and repatriation. The Alutiiq Museum, which is based in Kodiak, will begin to digitize its collection with the eventual goal of expanding and digitizing collections from other museums.”

Portland Tribune: Spruce Goose archives could take flight with state grant. “If you think Howard Hughes’ plane the Spruce Goose is big (It is. It really is), then try this on for size: more than 1 million pieces of paper — documents, blueprints, original drawings and thousands of photographs. That’s what the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in Yamhill County holds in a stack of shelves, file cabinets and cardboard tubes related to construction of the giant flying boat.”


Engadget: European Commission may soon open an antitrust investigation into Facebook. “Facebook is facing yet another antitrust battle in Europe in the midst of an ongoing investigation in Germany and a looming case in the UK. The European Commission is gearing up to probe the social network’s alleged abuse of power in classified advertising, according to the Financial Times. An investigation could be launched in a matter of days as officials seek greater clarity on Facebook’s promotion of its Marketplace service.”


Chemistry World: Publishers grapple with an invisible foe as huge organised fraud hits scientific journals. “While plagiarism and fraud isn’t new – individual researchers have been caught photoshopping electron microscopy images or inventing elemental analysis data – paper mills serve up professional fakery for their customers on an industrial scale. Buyers can apparently purchase a paper, or authorship of one, on any topic based on phony results to submit to a journal. This makes them not only harder to detect and crack down on, but also exponentially increases the damage they could do.”

The Verge: Microsoft has built an AI-powered autocomplete for code using GPT-3. “In September 2020, Microsoft purchased an exclusive license to the underlying technology behind GPT-3, an AI language tool built by OpenAI. Now, the Redmond, Washington-based tech giant has announced its first commercial use case for the program: an assistive feature in the company’s PowerApps software that turns natural language into readymade code.”

Automotive World: Jaguar Land Rover and Google measure Dublin air quality with all-electric I-PACE. “Jaguar Land Rover has partnered with Google to integrate the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE with air quality measuring sensors and Street View mapping technology. The I-PACE is the first all-electric Google Street View vehicle and will be used to measure street-by-street air quality in Dublin including nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and fine particles (PM2.5). It will also help update Google Maps.” Good morning, Internet…

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