Federal Judicial Financial Disclosures, Banking-Crisis Interventions, Research Indiana Indexes, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, September 29, 2021


Free Law Project: Free Law Project Creates the First Online Database of Federal Judicial Financial Disclosures. “At Free Law Project, our mission is to make legal information free and open to all, and especially to journalists, researchers, and academics. That is why we are excited to announce the creation of a new, first-of-its-kind database of federal judicial financial records.”

National Bureau of Economic Research: Banking-Crisis Interventions, 1257-2019. “We present a new database of banking-crisis interventions since the 13th century. The database includes 1886 interventions in 20 categories across 138 countries, covering interventions during all of the crises identified in the main banking-crisis chronologies, while also cataloguing a large number of interventions outside of those crises. The data show a gradual shift over the past centuries from the traditional interventions of a lender-of-last-resort, suspensions of convertibility, and bank holidays, towards a much more prominent role for capital injections and sweeping guarantees of bank liabilities.” There’s a prominent link to download a PDF of the paper, but you’ll need to scroll down a little further and look for “Associated Links” to download the dataset.

WJTS: The Indiana State Archives Launches the Research Indiana Indexes. “The expanded Indiana Digital Archives has a new home! Now called the Research Indiana Indexes, the site includes over 1.36 million names and entries … The site allows users to search the names of Hoosiers indexed in the Indiana State Archives’ historic collection, spanning more than two hundred years.”

PR Newswire: USAFacts Launches a New Interactive Climate Tool as Weather Anomalies Increase Nationwide (PRESS RELEASE). “The USAFacts monthly climate data offers a broad look at climate patterns nationwide with comparisons to local-level data. Readers can track if temperature, precipitation, or a combination of both is within or outside of historical monthly averages dating back to 1895 and explore how their weather has shifted over time. They can also effortlessly access the data to learn about and analyze climate trends to see which states, counties, and demographics are most affected.”


The Next Web: Dropbox, uh, drops new screen and video capture tool. “Dropbox‘s new screen and video capture tool is simply called Capture, and it’s launching today in beta. It lets you record your screen, and even provide video commentary with it, so you can easily explain concepts and ideas to your teammates. The new tool lets you also capture GIFs, audio recordings, and just you on the camera.”

Liam O’Dell: YouTube’s Community Captions replacement still isn’t ready – a year after they were axed. “YouTube deprecated its community contributions feature, which allowed viewers to submit captions and translations for videos on a creator’s channel, on 28 September 2020. YouTube’s replacement for its community captions feature is yet to be introduced, Liam O’Dell can reveal, despite the tool being axed exactly a year ago due to spam and low usage.”


Wall Street Journal: Facebook’s Effort to Attract Preteens Goes Beyond Instagram Kids, Documents Show. “Inside the company, teams of employees have for years been laying plans to attract preteens that go beyond what is publicly known, spurred by fear that Facebook could lose a new generation of users critical to its future. Internal Facebook documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal show the company formed a team to study preteens, set a three-year goal to create more products for them and commissioned strategy papers about the long-term business opportunities presented by these potential users. In one presentation, it contemplated whether there might be a way to engage children during play dates.”

CNET: Facebook to release internal research on Instagram’s impact on teens. “Facebook plans to release internal research on Instagram to Congress and the public after a Wall Street Journal report earlier this month raised serious concerns about the photo-sharing app’s impact on the mental health of teens. The social network will share the research in the ‘next few days,’ said Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, during an online event hosted by the Atlantic on Monday.”

CNN: Here’s everything Amazon announced at its big product event — including a $999 robot. “Amazon is continuing its quest to cover our homes and bodies with Amazon devices. At a livestreamed media event on Tuesday, the company showed off a handful of new Amazon-branded products, including an Echo device that hangs on the wall and acts as a digital whiteboard for the home, an interactive video chat portal for kids, and a Ring security service that monitors activity on your property. And then there’s a new robot equipped with cameras named Astro that navigates your home while you’re away.”


National Archives: PIDB Submits Letter to President Biden Supporting Transparency in Public Release of JFK Assassination Records. “On September 27, 2021, the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) submitted a letter to President Biden unanimously encouraging the maximum public release of records under the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act (JFK Act). Passed in 1992, the JFK Act required all federal agencies and offices to identify, organize, and transfer copies of all records regarding the JFK assassination to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).”

Reuters: Google’s browser cookies plan anti-competitive, advertisers tell EU. “Google’s GOOGL.O plan to block a popular web tracking tool called ‘cookies’ is anti-competitive, a group of advertisers, publishers and tech companies said in a complaint to EU antitrust regulators. The grievance could boost the European Commission’s investigation opened in June into Alphabet unit Google’s Privacy Sandbox which the company said could allow businesses to target clusters of consumers without identifying individuals.”


Cornell Chronicle: eBird data can help track bee health. “A two-year, $500,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation will allow a team of data scientists and ecologists to use eBird data to explore a new way to track pollinator health and biodiversity. The project allows the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability to devise a new method of tracking the health of the all-important arthropod populations that are a part of pollinating one out of every three bites of food people eat – and it all starts with birds.” Good morning, Internet…

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