Climate Impact Science, Industrial and Labor Relations, United States Broadband, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, June 17, 2021


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research: Making climate impact science more accessible to the public: ISIpedia launch. “The name ISIpedia is a short form for Inter-Sectoral Impacts Encyclopedia. It is based on research carried out under the Inter-sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project (ISIMIP) which is working with roughly 100 research groups worldwide. By systematically comparing the different computer simulations of climate impacts, the project is working towards consistent robust projections of climate change impacts across different sectors and scales. The ISIpedia portal is free, open-access and professional users can download the processed data used in the analyses as well as the raw data.”

Cornell Chronicle: Online [Industrial and Labor] publications open up wealth of workplace wisdom. “Scholars studying the shifting landscape of work can now dig deep into more than a half-century’s worth of knowledge from the ILR School’s digitized publications available on HathiTrust Digital Library, a vast collection of digitized content from libraries around the world.”

Axios: Exclusive: White House debuts new maps showing broadband vacuum. “The Biden administration Thursday unveiled a new mapping tool that shows much greater gaps in use of high-speed internet service across the U.S. than the government’s previous maps reported.”

Indianapolis Public Library: Indianapolis Public Library reveals digital archive of Indy Parks history. “The new Indy Parks collection includes photographs of 86 parks and golf courses, videos of historic events such as the U. S. Women’s Olympic Swimming Trials at Broad Ripple Park, and board meeting minutes ranging from 1908-2017. Community events, performances, and groundbreaking ceremonies make up the bulk of the collection, offering a unique visual record of Indianapolis’s past.”


Europeana Pro: Digital capacity building in the cultural heritage sector: the Portuguese Presidency Europeana conference. “On 3-4 June, Europeana and the National Library of Portugal hosted an online conference in partnership with Portugal’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union on building capacity for the digital transformation of the cultural heritage sector. In this post, we tell you all about the event.”


University of Texas at Austin: Briscoe Center Acquires Archive of Renowned Photographer Robert Polidori. “Thanks to the generosity of a Chicago-area family, renowned photographer Robert Polidori’s photographic print archive has been donated to the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin. Consisting of more than 85,000 archive prints, the collection is valued at more than $30 million.”


The Columbian: Google to pay Washington $400,000 to settle campaign finance lawsuit. “Google has agreed to pay $400,000 to settle charges that it has not complied with Washington’s strict campaign finance laws, which require businesses to retain records of political ads they sell in the state. It’s the second time in three years that the tech giant has settled a campaign finance lawsuit in Washington. In 2018, Google paid $200,000, plus attorneys’ fees, to settle a similar lawsuit, but admitted no wrongdoing. This time, the company agreed it did not comply with state law, but still disputes whether the law applies the company.”

BBC: Why cyber gangs won’t worry about US-Russia talks. “What evidence is there that many ransomware gangs are based in Russia? The anonymous nature of the cyber world means it is often hard to know exactly who is doing the attacking and from where. However, over the last few years an undeniable pattern has been observed by experts that points in one distinct direction.”

WICZ: Wegmans Notifies Customers Of Database Security Breach. “Wegmans says they were notified of the issue by a third-party security researcher in mid-April. The company says the database contains customer phone numbers, addresses, email addresses, Shopper’s Club Card numbers, and passwords to However, Wegmans says all passwords were encrypted, so the actual characters for the passwords were not involved.”


VentureBeat: Facebook’s AI can copy the style of text in photos from a single word. “Facebook today introduced TextStyleBrush, an AI research project that can copy the style of text in a photo from just a single word. The company claims that TextStyleBrush, which can edit and replace arbitrary text in images, is the first ‘unsupervised’ system of its kind that can recognize both typefaces and handwriting.”

It’s Nice That: Climate activism has a branding problem and this logo generator is here to help. “Austrian design studio Process has created the AI project Tokens for Climate Care, which creates original (and free-to-use) graphic symbols based on an organisation’s core mission.”

Harvard Business Review: How to Practice Responsible AI. “From predictive policing to automated credit scoring, algorithms applied on a massive scale, gone unchecked, represent a serious threat to our society. Dr. Rumman Chowdhury, director of Machine Learning Ethics, Transparency and Accountability at Twitter, joins Azeem Azhar to explore how businesses can practice responsible AI to minimize unintended bias and the risk of harm.” A podcast episode of just under 50 minutes. Unfortunately I did not see any reference to a transcript. I tweeted Harvard Business Review and I’ll update this if I hear anything back. UPDATE: Transcripts are available for paying subscribers only. Good afternoon, Internet…

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