Irish Travellers, Kodava Culture, Covid-19 Recovery Plans, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, November 13, 2021


RTÉ: Website launched to help preserve and collect aspects of Traveller culture. “A new website has been launched to help preserve and collect aspects of Traveller culture including art, photographs and other documents. The website… was launched at the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin. The project arose out of an exhibition at the gallery in 2018, organised by artist Séamus Nolan in conjunction with organisations including Pavee Point and Roma Centre.”

The Hindu: Website on preserving Kodava culture launched. “A new website featuring the unique culture of Kodavas, documenting the customs and traditions of the community, has been launched. The website… has been put together by journalist and author B.T. Bopanna.”

Homeland Security Today: National Association of Counties Launches New Database of COVID-19 Recovery Plans. “With the historic investments from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the nation’s counties are leading efforts to save lives and restore livelihoods. The National Association of Counties (NACo) today launched a new database of county recovery plans that demonstrate how counties are deploying resources from ARPA’s Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund.”

The Register: In the spirit of open government, France dumps 9,067 repos online to show off its FOSS credentials. “Le Gouvernement de la République française – the government of France for Anglophones – has published a website containing 9,067 repositories of FOSS software created by 1,022 organisations and groups in the French public sector. After two years of work, the site hit version 1.0 on Wednesday.”


KnowTechie: Spotify is getting into the audiobook game. “If you’re a Spotify user, you can expect audiobooks to be added to the service, as the company announced the purchase of Findaway, a ‘leading audiobook platform.’ That’s a savvy move by the audio streaming service, which has been losing market share to the huge influx of competing services.”


MakeUseOf: How to Learn Microsoft Access: 7 Free Online Resources. “Long story short, Excel is for data analysis while Access is for data management. It’s a subtle but crucial distinction that means Excel is more useful when you need to crunch numbers, while Access is better when you have to manage a lot of data that’s either non-numeric or relational in some way. While there are tons of resources for learning Excel, the Microsoft Access side is far sparser. That’s why we’ve rounded up a free courses and tutorial series that will introduce you to Microsoft Access, why it’s useful, and how to make use of it.”


From Heise Online and machine-translated from German: Endangered EU monuments should be digitized quickly. “The EU Commission is pushing for a ‘common European data space for cultural heritage’ to be set up. Endangered monuments and archaeological sites are to be digitized in 3D by 2030. By then, the member states should have converted half of their ‘most physically visited’ cultural facilities into a digital format.”


SecurityWeek: Researcher Shows Windows Flaw More Serious After Microsoft Releases Incomplete Patch. “Tracked as CVE-2021-34484, the bug is described by Microsoft as a Windows User Profile Service elevation of privilege, and requires local, authenticated access for exploitation. All versions of Windows, including Windows Server, are affected. The security error resides in the User Profile Service, affecting code designed for creating a temporary user profile folder when the original profile folder is damaged.”

Bleeping Computer: Microsoft warns of surge in HTML smuggling phishing attacks. “Microsoft has seen a surge in malware campaigns using HTML smuggling to distribute banking malware and remote access trojans (RAT). While HTML smuggling is not a new technique, Microsoft is seeing it increasingly used by threat actors to evade detection, including the Nobelium hacking group behind the SolarWinds attacks.”


ArtsHub: How virtual events and museums can be better. “Virtual exhibitions don’t need to replace gallery-going, and likely won’t. Seeing an object in an image doesn’t give us an accurate sense of its dimensions, or its texture. Without an understanding of embodiment in the virtual, these exhibitions fail to keep the sense of curiosity and discovery that drives the real-world desire to wander, examine details, read labels and ask questions. That governs exploration of digital spaces, like in video games.”

StateTech: Virginia to Offer a Suite of AI Services to State Agencies. “Artificial intelligence is starting to grow up in Virginia. The commonwealth is planning to offer AI delivered as a service to a variety of state agencies, starting next year. In 2022, the Virginia Information Technology Agency (VITA) plans to offer AI and machine learning software to other state agencies as well.”


Mashable: In viral TikTok, mom uses data to visualize the workload of a new parent . “Shared on her husband’s TikTok account, the video is a recording of a Zoom meeting Kristen Cuneo presenting to her coworkers after returning from parental leave. The TikTok jumps into the middle of the presentation, as she launches a huge data visualization behind her in the Zoom meeting. The data points, representing every key task she took on to care for her child, spin around and change shape until they’re a huge set of numbers (and time) taking up the screen. The video is only 45 seconds long, but is a succinct display of how much work it takes to be a new parent.” Good morning, Internet…

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