Tracking Gun Violence, Factory-Farmed Food, Young Music Label, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, November 7, 2021


ABC News: Methodology behind ABC News’ Gun Violence Tracker. “ABC News has launched an interactive tool to track reported gun-related incidents in the United States as part of its initiative ‘Rethinking Gun Violence.'”

PR Newswire: ASPCA Introduces New Grocery List Tool to Help Consumers Avoid Factory-Farmed Food in Honor of the Fifth Anniversary of its Shop With Your Heart Program (PRESS RELEASE). “To coincide with the fifth anniversary of its Shop With Your Heart® Program, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced the launch of a new tool called the Shop With Your Heart Grocery List, a searchable directory of welfare-certified animal products and plant-based alternatives.”

NME: The xx help launch online archive by releasing new documentary. “A new documentary from The xx has been released to coincide with the launch an online archive from independent label Young. ‘Young then’ is a new platform that compiles a collection of new and unreleased material from artists in the label’s roster including The xx, Sampha, Jamie xx, Koreless and more.”


DC Public Library: Washington Blade Describe-A-Thon. “Celebrate LGBTQ+ history by helping The People’s Archive add more issues of the Washington Blade to our digital collection Dig DC. Learn to create descriptions, called metadata, at this hands-on virtual event. No prior knowledge of metadata or the Washington Blade is required to participate. All skills levels are welcome. This event will be completely virtual.”


DigitalNC: New Additions of the Green Line Newspaper Now Available!. “Digital NC is happy to announce the new additions of the Green Line Newspaper, 1987 – 1994. The Green Line newspaper was a local newsletter in Asheville, North Carolina, part of the North Carolina Green Party for the Western NC Green Movement. While many of their initiatives surrounded environmental causes within the community and the state and aligned with the NC Green Party, the newsletter was editorially independent.”


MakeUseOf: How to Record and Edit Slo-Mo Videos on Your iPhone. “If you’re a social media user, chances are you’ve seen someone share a slo-mo video. Once upon a time, creating this type of video required skill, high-quality recording equipment, and editing software. Nowadays, it’s something that can easily be done with an iPhone, without the need for third-party apps or software.”

Armenian Weekly: Armenian Immigration to North America through the 1930s: A Compilation of Primary Sources. “Researching Armenian genealogy presents unique challenges, in large part due to the scarcity of records in the Armenian homeland and the scattering of families who survived the Armenian Genocide. Many Armenians immigrated to North America in the latter part of the 1800s and in the early 1900s. Fortunately, for those of Armenian descent living in the US and Canada, a tremendous amount of information can be found in primary source records of these countries to help them to learn about their Armenian families.” If you’re new to or interested in genealogy, please give this article a read. It’s a deep dive into how someone gathered genealogical information, organized it and presented it. It shows not only how he’s thinking about his data, but also what data he considers important enough to include in his calculations. Extensive and interesting even for me, a very Irish, not-at-all-Armenian potato.


Macquarie University: The treasures of Elam, a civilisation gone but not forgotten. “Broadly encompassing the area in southwest Iran where today are found the provinces of Khuzestan and Fars, Elam and neighbouring Mesopotamia laid down the institutional and ideological foundations we came to associate with civilisation. Yet Elam (c. 4200-525 BC) remains one of the least well-known societies of the ancient Near East. Javier Álvarez-Mon, Professor in Near Eastern Archaeology and Art in Macquarie University’s Department of History and Archaeology, is working to change that.” This Philly artist is using tech to develop her Museum of Black Joy. “Black Public Media and Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced last month that they’d picked West Philly native Andrea Walls as a recipient of the MIT & Black Public Media Visiting Artists Program. The program is hosted by MIT Open Documentary Lab (OpenDocLab) and sponsored by MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST). Walls will develop her Museum of Black Joy, launched in January 2020 to celebrate Black life via street photography, video collages and digital components like its website.”

Global Times: Digital archiving used to preserve Tibetan manuscripts . “Preservation of ancient palm-leaf manuscripts collected in Lhasa’s Potala Palace in Southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region has entered the digital archiving phase, the cultural relics research office of the Potala Palace announced on Sunday. With a total of 29,380 leaves, the Potala Palace has the largest collection of palm-leaf manuscripts in China. A plan to take inventory of and protect the manuscripts was kicked off in May 2020, China News reported on Sunday.”


Bar & Bench: Use of trademark as keyword: Delhi High Court directs Google to probe into web traffic diversion. “The Delhi High Court recently directed Google to investigate into a complaint alleging that the use of a trademark and its variations as keywords on the search engine had resulted in the diversion of traffic from the owner’s website to that of the advertiser [M/s DRS Logistics & Anr v. Google India Pvt Ltd & Ors]. Justice V Kameswar Rao observed that when the use of a trademark as a keyword online constitutes infringement or passing off amounting to violations of rights of the trademark owner under the Trade Marks Act, 1999, Google ought to investigate such advertisements.”

Business Insider: A former Google employee activist who helped organize a huge walkout is joining the FTC. “Meredith Whittaker, a former Google AI researcher and activist employee who left the company in 2019, announced she is taking a job with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Whittaker said in a tweet Wednesday she will be joining the FTC as a senior adviser on AI.” Good morning, Internet…

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