Rotterdam Street Names, Chicken Checker, Arizona Government History, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, November 3, 2021


Dutch News: No good and bad names: Rotterdam sets up street history database. “Rotterdam city council is to make sure all streets within its boundaries link to a database explaining where the name came from, to boost awareness of the city’s colonial and slavery heritage. But rather than divide the city into ‘good’ and ‘bad’ streets, the council has voted give all 6,402 roads a detailed explanation instead.”

New from ProPublica: Chicken Checker. “Find the P-number on a package of raw chicken or turkey. We’ll show you how often the USDA found salmonella at the plant that processed it.”

Arizona Secretary of State: Two new Arizona Memory Project collections will help speed up legal history research. “Legal history research is a little easier now that two law collections have been digitized and added to the Arizona Memory Project. The Arizona Administrative Code and the Legislative Bill Files, 1991-1996 collections make researching the legislative process, amended laws, and administrative codes a lot faster with online access from anywhere.”

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services: New Data Dashboard Tracks Trends in Violent Deaths in North Carolina to Aid Safety and Prevention Efforts. “The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released the North Carolina Violent Death Reporting System (NC-VDRS) Data Dashboard, an interactive online dashboard that provides aggregate information on violent deaths for all 100 counties in North Carolina. The NC-VDRS dashboard, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was created to make data more accessible to public health partners to inform the development, implementation and evaluation of prevention efforts around violence and safety.”

Inquirer (Philippines): Internet archive of ‘subversive’ publications launched. “An ‘alliance,’ as they call themselves, of teachers, researchers, and other professionals in the education sector has launched a website archiving progressive publications and documents deemed ‘subversive’ by the military as it conducts an ongoing purge in various school libraries nationwide.”


State Archives of North Carolina: More County Records Added to Discover Online Catalog (DOC). “Up until recently the only county records that were searchable in our online database were the original county records in our holdings. However, we have many more county records on microfilm that are available in our search room and through correspondence. For the first time, a full listing of these records will be added to our online database.”

Language Magazine: Portuguese Museum Arises Like a Phoenix. “Six years after it went up in flames, Brazil’s Museum of the Portuguese Language has reopened at the Estação da Luz station in the heart of São Paulo. The museum originally opened in 2006 but was destroyed in December 2015, in a fire that claimed the life of a firefighter.”


Task & Purpose: The Pentagon quietly removed more than 130,000 Afghanistan War photos and videos from public view. “The Pentagon has quietly removed a massive collection of Afghanistan War footage totaling more than 120,000 photos and 17,000 videos from its official visual record. The images and videos, which date back more than a decade, were previously published to the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service, or DVIDS, a vast repository of public domain material that’s available for use by the public and the press.”

MakeUseOf: Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W: Good Upgrade, but Needs More RAM . “First released as a low cost, low spec single-board computer (SBC) in 2015, the compact Raspberry Pi Zero has had a couple of minor iterations in the intervening years. But the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W marks its first major revision, giving it a specification not dissimilar to the Raspberry Pi 3. But with the Raspberry Pi 4 pushing the boundaries of power while retaining its credit card size, what can the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W bring to the world of hobbyist computing?”


Cornell Chronicle: Words used in text-mining research carry bias, study finds. “The word lists packaged and shared amongst researchers to measure for bias in online texts often carry words, or ‘seeds,’ with baked-in biases and stereotypes, which could skew their findings, new Cornell research finds. For instance, the presence of the seed term ‘mom’ in a text analysis exploring gender in domestic work would skew results female.”

NiemanLab: Adobe and news orgs are working on a new tool that could identify a photo’s origin — and combat misinformation. “Adobe’s Content Authenticity Initiative is developing tools and standards that allow people to capture, store, and verify key details about a photo — its digital provenance — with an eye toward creating standards that can be used across the internet.”

Mashable: Meet the ‘Toxic Ten’: The fringe outlets behind most climate change denial on the internet. “According to a study published Tuesday by the Center for Countering Digital Hate, a non-profit organization that tracks and analyzes online hate and misinformation, just 10 publishers account for the vast majority of climate denial content on the most popular social media platforms. These publishers include the far-right outlet Breitbart, cable news channel Newsmax, and conservative personality Ben Shapiro’s The Daily Wire.” Good morning, Internet…

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