Honouliuli, Tennessee History, Google Sheets, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, August 30, 2021


Ka Puna O Kaloʻi: Explore Honouliuli’s history in new online exhibit . “Discover the history of the Honouliuli ahupuaʻa — one of many of Hawaiʻi’s land and water divisions, and where the University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu is located — in a recently launched online exhibit created in part by UH West Oʻahu students. The multi-media exhibit, Honouliuli ‘Āina Ho’ohuli, was the major deliverable of a research project funded by the National Park Service in which UH West Oʻahu’s Dr. Christy Mello, associate professor of Applied Cultural Anthropology, worked with her students, local cultural practitioners, and other experts to create.”


Tennessee Secretary of State: Tennessee State Library & Archives Launching a Lunchtime Speaker Series Commemorating Tennessee’s 225 Years of History. “The first Lunchtime Speaker Series event, a look back at Tennessee’s Centennial Celebration led by Historian David E. Ewing, will be Friday, Sept. 10, from Noon to 1 p.m. The other speaker series events will take place on Nov. 5, Feb. 11 and May 6. Topics for these events include Native American life and culture in early Tennessee, how Tennessee earned the Volunteer State nickname through service in military conflicts and how Tennessee’s topography and geology impacted where pioneers settled.” The events will be livestreamed on both Facebook and YouTube.


Google Workspace Updates: New intelligent suggestions for formulas and functions in Google Sheets. “Formula suggestions will make it easier to write new formulas accurately and help make data analysis quicker and easier. Simply begin inserting a formula in Sheets—suggestions will be automatically displayed and as you continue to type. You can view additional incremental suggestions in the drop-down menu.”

Engadget: Microsoft releases an improved Windows 11 PC health check app. “When Microsoft released the Windows 11 Insider preview earlier this summer, it did so with some confusion around minimum system requirements. It quickly reversed course, saying that more people could install the software update than its requirements originally stated so the company could gather more performance on how the OS performed. After a few months of users testing and providing feedback, Microsoft says that, for the most part, its system requirements from June will stand — but there are a few notable changes.”

Library and Archives Canada: LAC launches new series of short podcasts: Treasures Revealed. “Each episode in this new series is 10 to 20 minutes long and features a special object from Library and Archives Canada’s (LAC) collection. Whether for their rarity, historical significance or special interest, these items are Canadian treasures, and LAC experts will share why with you. They will also recount fascinating stories about the creation, discovery, preservation or significance of these items.”


Fast Company: How to take screenshots and record your screen on any device. “While screenshots and screen recording might seem like geeky features, they have all sorts of practical applications. You can use them to share article excerpts on social media, demonstrate how to do something on your device, troubleshoot your own technology problems, capture information that’s at risk of being deleted, or write an old-fashioned Notes app apology letter, among other things. That may explain why Apple, Google, and Microsoft have all built convenient screenshot and screen recording tools right into their respective operating systems.”


CrimeReads: Tony Parker: Meet The Man Who Turned Oral Histories Into An Art Form . “The name may not ring a bell to those who aren’t criminologists, but Tony Parker greatly contributed to the literature and representation of criminals. In 22 books, this unassuming British gentleman chronicled all sorts of criminals—murderers, sex offenders, con men, and more—as well as underdogs and outsiders, from single mothers (In No Man’s Land) to miners (Red Hill), to people living in housing estates (The People of Providence) and small towns (A Place Called Bird). His method: to step aside and let people speak for themselves.” What an interesting read!

Today’s Wills & Probate: Archaeologists to digitise burial records following HS2 excavation. “Archaeologists working on the HS2 rail link are looking for volunteers to help digitise the burial records of 57,639 Londoners who lived in the city in the 18th and 19th century. The information relates to St James’s Burial Ground near Euston station, where more than 31,000 burials were excavated as part of HS2’s archaeology work between 2018 and 2019.”

Japan News: Japanese firms help falsify Google reviews to boost medical clinic ratings . “When you look for a store or facility on Google’s search engine, a review section is displayed along with a map. Reviews on the internet not only influence people’s choice of products, but also where they go. The existence of several specialized companies that erase all the low ratings posted and replace them with high ratings has been uncovered by The Yomiuri Shimbun. These companies are said to target local medical clinics, where such ratings can make a big difference, to use their services.”


CNET: Committee investigating Jan. 6 Capitol Hill riot seeks records from social networks. “A congressional committee investigating the deadly Capitol Hill riot that took place Jan. 6 is seeking records from a number of tech companies, including Facebook, Twitter and Google.”


The Conversation: Excel autocorrect errors still plague genetic research, raising concerns over scientific rigour. “Autocorrection, or predictive text, is a common feature of many modern tech tools, from internet searches to messaging apps and word processors. Autocorrection can be a blessing, but when the algorithm makes mistakes it can change the message in dramatic and sometimes hilarious ways. Our research shows autocorrect errors, particularly in Excel spreadsheets, can also make a mess of gene names in genetic research.”

The Verge: The Most Popular Posts On Facebook Are Plagiarized. “…while it’s true that it tells us little about hot-button issues like the spread of COVID-19 misinformation or the rise of vaccine hesitancy, the report arguably reveals something just as damning: almost all of the most-viewed posts on Facebook over the past quarter were effectively plagiarized from elsewhere. And some of the same audience-building tactics that allowed Russian interference to flourish on the platform in 2016 continue to be effective. Today, I want to look at two aspects of the data.” Good morning, Internet…

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