Vermont Professionals of Color Network, MassMapper, Scholars of African Archaeology, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, November 1, 2021


Vermont Business Magazine: Vermont Professionals of Color Network debuts new website. “Vermont Professionals of Color Network (VT PoC) announced the launch of their redesigned website with the goal of increasing visibility of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) statewide, and increasing access to statewide resources to the BIPOC community.”

WWLP: State unveils new online interactive mapping tool. “MassMapper, a new online interactive mapping tool that provides multiple types of geological information in Massachusetts, is now available. Developed by the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security’s (EOTSS) Bureau of Geographic Information Systems (MassGIS), the website will allow anyone looking for information, especially those in the land survey, engineering, and real estate industries, to better interact with the state. MassMapper will offer uses like site design, land inventory, and public policy planning.”

Washington University in St. Louis: New database highlights underrepresented scholars of African archaeology. “Helina Woldekiros, assistant professor of archaeology in the Department of Anthropology in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, and her collaborators recently launched the Bibliographic Database of African Scholarship on African Archaeology (BibDAA). The new open-access database collects and shares publications on African archaeology, broadly defined, by African and Afrodescendant scholars.”


Bleeping Computer: Emergency Google Chrome update fixes zero-days used in attacks. “Google has released Chrome 95.0.4638.69 for Windows, Mac, and Linux to fix two zero-day vulnerabilities that attackers have actively exploited.”

CNBC: Google is giving all U.S. community colleges free access to their 4 career certificates. “Some of the biggest technology companies in the world, Google and Microsoft, are reinforcing their relationships with U.S. community colleges. ‘Today, we’re so excited to announce that all of our Google career certificates will be available for free, to every community college in the United States and to every career and technical high school in the United States,’ Lisa Gevelber, founder of Grow with Google, tells CNBC Make It.”

The Verge: Developers can now try on Google’s Jacquard smart fabric tech. “Google’s Project Jacquard touch-sensitive fabric technology, first revealed at Google I/O in 2015, now has a way for interested third-party developers to integrate the tech with their own software via the new Jacquard SDK. Previously only a handful of companies signed up for Jacquard, including Levi’s, Samsonite, and Yves Saint Laurent. Now developers can use the SDK to integrate the Jacquard tag, connecting its sensors with their apps to communicate touch and motion data.”


Refinery29: Social Media Is Eating Itself — Just Look At The Meta Selfie . “Instagram fatigue is real. And so the lawless, unattainable ideal has taken a 180, and taking its place is content packaged up to be relatable, spur-of-the-moment, and candid — think blurry outfit photos, close-up crying photos, and referential memes. To put it frankly: traditionally ‘bad’ photos are in. The lower the quality, the better; the blurrier, the better.”

The City Life: The City Life: The Warhol Film Archive To Come To MOMA From The Whitney Museum Of American Art. “The Museum of Modern Art announces the transfer of the Warhol Film Archive from the Whitney Museum of American Art. The Warhol Film Archive, established by the Whitney Museum of American Art, will be added to the MoMA Archives to serve as an ongoing resource for scholars. Established by the Whitney as the record of many years of research into the films created by Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987), the Warhol Film Archive is a collection of books, files, and media assembled in the course of producing The Films of Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné.”


Ars Technica: Australia also wants Google to unbundle search from Android. “The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is the latest government regulatory body to take issue with how Google does business. As Reuters reports, the ACCC wants Google to show a ‘choice screen’ to Android users, allowing them to pick a default search engine other than Google Search.”


The Justice: Open-access journal will join JSTOR Archive after fall issue. “CASTE: A Global Journal on Social Exclusion (J-CASTE), an open-access journal developed by Laurence Simon, Professor of International Development and Director of the Center for Global Development (Heller), will join the JSTOR Archive following the publication of its upcoming fall issue…. Since CASTE’s early days of development, the journal has stayed loyal to its original message, Simon said. The journal mainly examines social policies aimed towards countering exclusion and intolerance in multiple spheres, and authors featured in the journal include scholars of philosophy and ethics, theology and culture, sociology and anthropology, economics, law, health, literature and art among others.”

Ancient Origins: Huge Study Tracks The Global Evolution of Ancient Military Technology. “An international team of researchers has published a paper that sheds new light on how ancient military technology and the weapons industry changed through time. Their ancient military technology study covers almost 10,000 years of world history, ranging from the late Neolithic period (7,000 BC to 5,000 BC) to modern times. Using a large centralized digital library known as ‘Seshat: Global History Databank,’ they were able to analyze data obtained from historical and archaeological studies that have taken place all over the globe.”

Natural History Museum: Digitising all of the Natural History Museum’s collections could create immense global societal benefit – with economic value of more than £2bn. “The societal benefits of digitising natural history collections extends to global advancements in food security, biodiversity conservation, medicine discovery, minerals exploration, and beyond. Brand new, rigorous economic report predicts investing in digitising natural history museum collections could also result in a tenfold return.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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