Early Modern Food And Agriculture, North Carolina Newspaper, Open Government Projects, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, August 2, 2021


Folger Shakespeare Library: New Website Showcases Before ‘Farm to Table’ Project Discoveries. “The website includes early modern recipes; interactive features examining how food made it from farm to table in an increasingly global marketplace; and recorded panel discussions, essays, and blog posts showing the project’s wide-ranging scholarly research and intersecting interests with food professionals, farmers, bioarcheologists, and a public fascinated by food and its production.”

DigitalNC: 1941 to 1975 Transylvania Times Issues Now Available. “This batch includes issues from the years 1941 to 1975, adding over 1,000 issues. Published weekly, the paper focuses on education updates (such as at Brevard College and high school), music camps and performances, local and national news, and community events. Featured articles and topics from this batch include the end of World War II and the fight against polio.”

State of Rhode Island: Attorney General launches new open government database ahead of 23rd Annual Open Government Summit. “Attorney General Peter Neronha will host the 23rd Annual Open Government Summit, in partnership with the Roger Williams University School of Law Alumni Association, this Friday, July 30th…. Ahead of this year’s summit, the Office unveiled its new online database for open government findings. Developed by Clerkbase, a company that specializes in online transparency solutions for government agencies, the Attorney General’s new database allows users to browse all open government decisions and seek out specific decisions using advanced search options.” The summit was a livestreamed virtual event. A video is available on YouTube.


Hawke’s Bay Today: Quake confusion: Hawke’s Bay residents thrown by Google cellphone alert issued after 5.1 magnitude earthquake. “It wasn’t just the 5.1 magnitude earthquake which woke many residents across the east coast of the North Island. Many bleary-eyed Android users were left confused by the shake just after 1am after receiving a Google mobile phone alert which described it as a 6.0 magnitude quake off the coast.”

Indiana University Bloomington: Papers of seminal African filmmaker Paulin Vieyra acquired by IU Black Film Center/Archive. “The Indiana University Black Film Center/Archive has acquired the papers of Paulin Vieyra, the first French-speaking sub-Saharan African to direct a film, 1955’s ‘Afrique-sur-Seine.’ Vieyra served as a pioneering critic, historian and producer during the decolonization era of the 1960s, and he was a mentor to Ousmane Sembène, who has been referred to as the father of African cinema.”

British Library: How to Digitise Scrolls: A Step-by-Step Guide from the Lotus Sutra Project. “These scrolls were procured by the British-Hungarian archaeologist Sir Marc Aurel Stein (1862-1943), when he travelled to Dunhuang. He was followed by several other foreign explorers who also took away a large number of manuscripts and other items. By digitising this corpus of texts, we can facilitate access to these historic items and bring them together digitally, after they were scattered around the globe.”


Politico: Jihadists flood pro-Trump social network with propaganda. “Just weeks after its launch, the pro-Trump social network GETTR is inundated with terrorist propaganda spread by supporters of Islamic State, according to a POLITICO review of online activity on the fledgling platform.”

Thanks to Tish W. for the heads-up! Axios: The push for a “PBS for the internet”. “The concept of a new media ecosystem that’s non-profit, publicly funded and tech-infused is drawing interest in policy circles as a way to shift the power dynamics in today’s information wars.”

AP: Turn it off, then turn it back on: Simple step can thwart top phone hackers. “Regularly rebooting phones won’t stop the army of cybercriminals or spy-for-hire firms that have sowed chaos and doubt about the ability to keep any information safe and private in our digital lives. But it can make even the most sophisticated hackers work harder to maintain access and steal data from a phone.”


Search Engine Journal: WordPress Dominates Market Share Of Top 10,000 Websites . “It was expected that the majority of top sites would use a private custom content management system, and the research confirmed that, with 7,612 (76.12%) of top sites using a CMS that was not publicly available. However, of the top sites with a publicly available content management system, WordPress was the platform of choice for 1,057 (10.57%).” Respect to the sites out there still using Blogger.

EurekAlert: Misplaced trust: When trust in science fosters pseudoscience. “A new study finds that people who trust science are more likely to believe and disseminate false claims containing scientific references than people who do not trust science. Reminding people of the value of critical evaluation reduces belief in false claims, but reminding them of the value of trusting science does not.”

University of Texas at San Antonio: Three professors use data science to tackle educational inequities for minority students. “Three UTSA professors across disciplines are working together on a project to increase data-based research capacity among higher education institutions that serve a large share of Black and Latinx students.” Good morning, Internet…

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