Lake Powell, Global PV Systems, Twitter Spaces, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 3, 2021

Many apologies for misspelling Rotterdam. I am so tired.


Arizona Secretary of State: Float along the early days of Lake Powell on the Arizona Memory Project. “A new partnership between the State of Arizona Research Library and the Glen Canyon Conservancy- John Wesley Powell Museum has resulted in the Stan Jones’ Glen Canyon Log Books collection. From 1966 to 1986, as Lake Powell filled behind the newly completed Glen Canyon Dam, Stan Jones explored the changing shorelines in his motorboat, writing down his notes and observations as the waters rose. Though the collection only contains two journals, their handwritten findings fill nearly 400 pages of material that Jones would later use in his books about Lake Powell.”

PV Magazine: Global online inventory of PV systems exceeding 10 kW in size. “Through the inventory, an international group of researchers was able to identify 68,661 PV facilities, totaling 423 GW across 31 countries. According to the scientists, the online database provides insight into global trends for PV siting decisions, as well as into the gap between facility-level final investment decisions, construction start dates, construction completion dates and facility operations.”


The Verge: Twitter Spaces hosts can now record conversations and share them in tweets. “Twitter is now allowing hosts of Twitter Spaces chats to record and share their broadcasts. The feature is starting to roll out to a limited number of Twitter Spaces hosts on iOS and should be available to all hosts ‘within a few weeks.’ The feature lets hosts record a Twitter Spaces conversation and share the recording in a tweet.”


MakeUseOf: ExplainShell: A Web-Based Alternative to the Traditional Linux Man Pages. “No matter how experienced you’re with the Linux command line, there will always be times when you’ll encounter unfamiliar commands. In such situations, while the natural instinct is to either refer to man pages or google the command to figure out what it does, what if we tell you there’s a better (read immersive) way to do it. Well, as it turns out, there’s a tool called ExplainShell that does exactly that: tells you what each part of a shell command does in an easy-to-comprehend manner.”


Vice: This Artist Is Trying To Preserve Ancient Tattoo Traditions That Are Dying Out. “From permanent jewellery for people who couldn’t afford it to markers of social status, the India Ink Archive is documenting the country’s rich history of indigenous tattoo traditions.”

Denver Public Library: Why Everything In The Archives Isn’t Digitized (Yet) . “In the spirit of American Archives Month, this October we’ve compiled a three-blog series about what archivists do and how we make collections accessible. While our first blog post delved into acquisitions and the second examined processing and cataloging, this post will focus on digitization and access.”


New York Times: Clearview AI finally takes part in a federal accuracy test. . “Clearview AI scraped more than 10 billion photos from the public internet to build a facial-recognition tool that it marketed to law enforcement agencies for identifying unknown people. Critics have said the company’s product is illegal, unethical and untested. Now, more than two years after law enforcement officers first started using the company’s app, Clearview’s algorithm — what allows it to match faces to photos — has been put to a third-party test for the first time. It performed surprisingly well.”


U Today: Scientific articles still not always free of charge. “Last year, three in ten articles by Dutch researchers ended up behind a paywall and cannot be accessed free of charge by outsiders. The Netherlands leads the world, but the objective has not been achieved.”

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: An online pandemic: disinformation targeted at Black communities. “Black communities are repeatedly targeted for online disinformation and used as a tool to stir discord related to America’s longstanding racial divides. The targeting is likely to continue unless the US government acts on its apparent resolve to do something about the manipulation of US citizens. Moreover, time is running out; the 2022 and 2024 elections are right around the corner.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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