Freedmen’s Bureau Records, Japan Cultural Expo, Australia Paralympians, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 25, 2021


BusinessWire: Ancestry® Adds New Freedmen’s Bureau Collection that Enables Family History Discoveries for Descendants of Formerly Enslaved People (PRESS RELEASE). “Today, Ancestry® spotlights an important, yet often overlooked, part of American history by unveiling the world’s largest digitized and searchable collection of Freedmen’s Bureau and Freedman’s Bank records. This addition of more than 3.5 million records can help descendants of previously enslaved people in the U.S. learn more about their families. The collection can enable meaningful family history breakthroughs because it is likely the first time newly freed African Americans would appear in records after Emancipation, as many enslaved people were previously excluded from standard census and federal documents.” The collection is free to access.

New-to-me, from TimeOut Tokyo: 3 exhibits to check out for free at the new Japan Cultural Expo online museum. “With a theme of ‘Humanity and Nature’, the Japan Cultural Expo kicked off in 2019 in the lead-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games to promote Japanese culture through events across the country. Many of the events had an online component as well, so existing footage from the multi-year festival has been combined with some brand new content, and made available for free on the Japan Cultural Expo Virtual Platform.”

Canberra CityNews: Artsday / Collection celebrates paralympians. “WITH the Paralympic Games on screens this week, the National Film and Sound Archive has released a new curated collection celebrating the stories behind some of Australia’s finest athletes allowing viewers to relive or discover the victories of Australian paralympians, from 1994 to now.”


ZDNet: Trello adds new free features, introduces new tier for small businesses. “Trello, the Atlassian-owned project management and collaboration tool, announced on Tuesday that it’s offering more capabilities for free and introducing a new tier for small businesses. The expansion comes as Trello marches towards its goal of reaching 100 million users and serving as the ‘command center’ for all of your productivity tools.”

UNC University Libraries: University Libraries releases 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge syllabus. “Libraries and library workers interested in examining racism, bias and inequity have a new tool to do so. The University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has released the syllabus of its recent 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge focused on libraries and archives. The syllabus is the work of the University Libraries’ IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility) Council.” The syllabus is available as a Creative Commons licensed PDF. A lot of the resources in it are freely available, though some are specific to UNC libraries.


The Register: WEB@30: The Register pokes around historical hardware of the WWW . “Double-u, double-u, double-u. ‘The World Wide Web is the only thing I know of whose shortened form takes three times longer to say than what it’s short for,’ as the great Douglas Adams once said. But for those who fancy eyeballing exhibits from acoustic couplers and coffee-cams to dot-matrix printers and cartoon badgers in the venerable author’s home town, WEB@30 Cambridge is well worth a look.”


Wired: 38M Records Were Exposed Online—Including Contact-Tracing Info. “MORE THAN A thousand web apps mistakenly exposed 38 million records on the open internet, including data from a number of Covid-19 contact tracing platforms, vaccination sign-ups, job application portals, and employee databases. The data included a range of sensitive information, from people’s phone numbers and home addresses to social security numbers and Covid-19 vaccination status.”

Herald-Tribune: Lawsuit claims Florida failed to craft criminal database. ” A lawsuit filed Tuesday claims Florida officials failed to comply with a new law requiring creation of a public database tracking how justice is delivered across the state – which advocates say is key toward exposing racial disparities in criminal sentencing. The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida sued in Broward County Circuit Court, naming as defendants the county’s clerk of court and sheriff, along with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Corrections Department.”

AP: Biden to tackle cybersecurity with tech, finance leaders. “President Joe Biden is meeting Wednesday with top executives from some of the country’s leading technology companies and financial institutions as the White House works to enlist the private sector’s help in firming up cybersecurity defenses against increasingly sophisticated attacks.”


CNET: Waymo launches Trusted Tester shuttle program in San Francisco. “Waymo recently took the opportunity to show off a little by publishing some images of what its fifth-generation Driver AI sees while navigating a public road. It turns out that those images were just a prelude to Tuesday’s announcement that Waymo will be offering its shuttle service in San Francisco, but not everyone can use it.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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