Northern Ireland Peace, James Branch Cabell, Mexico Food Culture, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, September 16, 2021


The Irish News: New online archive launched of 22,500 EU peace-funded projects. “The searchable `PEACE Programmes Learning Platform’ holds thousands of different research reports, evaluations, testimonies and case studies of over 22,500 peace and reconciliation projects in Northern Ireland and the Republic’s border counties. Designed to support academics, researchers and those involved in peacebuilding, it is also publicly available.”

Virginia Commonwealth University: New digital project explores the life and legacy of James Branch Cabell, namesake of VCU’s library. “VCU Libraries has launched a digital hub focused on the literary work, impact and life of Richmond writer James Branch Cabell (1879-1958), who was the author of 52 works of fiction and nonfiction and is the namesake of Virginia Commonwealth University’s library on the Monroe Park Campus.”

Google Blog: Taste Mexico: Sampling centuries of Mexican heritage. “The connection between food and cultural heritage couldn’t be stronger. And according to Mexican chef Martha Ortiz, Mexican food is identity…. Martha is one of the chefs who participated in Google Arts & Culture’s latest program, Taste Mexico. It showcases the deep connection between food, culture, legacy and art represented in Mexican food with more than 220 stories, 6000 images and 200 videos from 31 partner institutions.”

Brookings Institution: The external wealth of nations database. “For the past several years, Gian Maria Milesi-Ferretti, now a senior fellow in the Hutchins Center at Brookings, and Philip Lane, now chief economist of the European Central Bank, have been curating a database on external financial assets and liabilities for more than 200 countries that stretches back to 1970—the External Wealth of Nations. The Hutchins Center is now making the entire dataset [Excel download] widely available online and will update it regularly.”


Getty: Getty’s Google Arts & Culture Online Exhibits Now Viewable in Spanish. “Five of Getty’s most popular online exhibits on Google Arts & Culture are now available in Spanish and English, making the Los Angeles museum’s expansive art collection more accessible than ever. The new translations underscore Getty’s goal of making its online and gallery text available in languages other than English. The project also coincides with National Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated from September 15 to October 15, 2021. Additional translations of Getty’s Google exhibits will be published in the coming months.”


Current: New nonprofit will expand digital health and education offerings through datacasting. “The Information Equity Initiative, announced Wednesday, builds on the work CEO Erik Langner began in his former role as president of the Signal Infrastructure Group. In partnership with three Pennsylvania PBS stations, led by WITF in the Harrisburg market, SIG announced what was then called the Public Media Educational Platform earlier this year. That platform provides the backbone for a system to transmit interactive programming and text to students in households that lack sufficient broadband access — a number Langner estimates may be as high as one in four students nationwide.”

SunStar Manila: Fire causes P800,000 damage at National Archives. “FIRE broke out at the National Archives of the Philippines (NAP) office in Binondo, Manila before dawn Sunday, September 5, 2021, damaging around P800,000 worth of property. No one was hurt during the incident. No important documents were damaged, officials said.”

University of Edinburgh: Digital archive captures health websites. “The project will preserve 10,000 official and unofficial websites relating to health to create available to researchers and the public. The initiative called ‘The Archive of Tomorrow: Health Information and Misinformation in the UK Web Archive’ has been launched by the National Library of Scotland and is funded by the Wellcome Trust…. The initiative will examine how websites and other online information about health is archived.”


Senator Richard Blumethal: Blumenthal & Blackburn Announce Probe Into Facebook Coverup of its Platforms’ Negative Impact on Teens & Children. “‘When given the opportunity to come clean to us about their knowledge of Instagram’s impact on young users, Facebook provided evasive answers that were misleading and covered up clear evidence of significant harm. We are in touch with a Facebook whistleblower and will use every resource at our disposal to investigate what Facebook knew and when they knew it – including seeking further documents and pursuing witness testimony. The Wall Street Journal’s blockbuster reporting may only be the tip of the iceberg.'”

Gizmodo: Anonymous Claims to Have Stolen Huge Trove of Data From Epik, the Right-Wing’s Favorite Web Host. “Members of the hacktivist collective Anonymous claim to have hacked web registration company Epik, allegedly stealing ‘a decade’s worth of data,’ including reams of information about its clients and their domains. Epik is controversial, having been known to host a variety of rightwing clients, including ones that other web hosting providers, like GoDaddy, have dropped for various reasons.”


US Department of Energy: DOE invests $13.7 million for research in data reduction for science. “Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $13.7 million in funding for nine research projects that will advance the state of the art in computer science and applied mathematics. The projects – led by five universities and five DOE National Laboratories across eight states – will address the challenges of moving, storing, and processing the massive data sets produced by scientific observatories, experimental facilities, and supercomputers, accelerating the pace of scientific discoveries.”

University of Hawaii News: Project to develop Hawaiian Home Lands Trust database. “A new project to develop a Hawaiian Home Lands Trust-Land Information System that will provide public access to historical documents over the last century springs from a collaboration between the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Library and the UH Community Design Center (UHCDC).” Good afternoon, Internet…

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