Virtual Museum of the UB, Indigenous Americas Hub, MeerKAT Galaxy Cluster Legacy Survey, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, November 18, 2021


University of Barcelona: A Virtual Museum for the 21st century. “The new Virtual Museum of the UB (MVUB), which incorporates new software improving the previous one, opened this Monday, November 15. Four new collections have been added to the seventeen that it had until now, in a new, more modern interface that improves its usability. New features have also been added: virtual exhibitions by theme, and access to the virtual tour of the Historic Building in Catalan, Spanish and English.”

Google Blog: The new Indigenous Americas hub on Google Arts & Culture. “On the occasion of Native American Heritage Month in the United States, we are proud to be collaborating with Google Arts & Culture and over 40 other cultural institutions to bring online 90+ stories to the new Indigenous Americas hub: a collection of Indigenous art and culture that spans beyond the U.S. and across the Americas to make these stories available to anyone, anywhere in the world.”

University of Minnesota: Large MeerKAT telescope data release reveals beautiful new cosmic puzzles. “An international team, including lead researchers from the University of Minnesota and the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO), have released highly detailed images of radio emissions from 115 clusters of galaxies that give new clues to the formation and evolution of galaxies throughout the Universe. The overview paper for the MeerKAT Galaxy Cluster Legacy Survey (MGCLS) is scheduled for publication in Astronomy & Astrophysics, an international peer-reviewed journal. The findings are accompanied by the public release of a huge trove of curated data now available for astronomers worldwide.”

NJ Advance Media: N.J. police forces are far whiter than the rest of the state. See the town-by-town data.. “From Hollywood to Wall Street, from the corporate boardroom to the classroom, society is reckoning with the importance of diversity and inclusion. Many companies, including news organizations such as NJ Advance Media, are not adequately diverse or inclusive. It’s a problem not unique to policing. But for the police, it’s uniquely problematic.”


BBC: TikTok takes extra steps to curb dangerous challenges. “TikTok is trying to strengthen the detection and enforcement of rules against dangerous online challenges and hoaxes. Just over one in five teenagers has participated in an online challenge, a survey commissioned by TikTok suggests. But only one in 50 has taken part in a ‘risky and dangerous’ – and fewer than one in 300 a ‘really dangerous’ – one.”

Mashable: Snapchat turned Snap Map into a custom visual adventure. “Snapchat’s solution for making Snap Map more fun, useful, and ripe for partnership opportunities — without making it too cluttered — has finally gone live. First announced in May, Snapchat’s new ‘Layers’ feature launches Wednesday. Layers are pretty much what they sound like: Enabling a layer superimposes all sorts of content or information about locations on the map, giving the user an at-a-glance view of specific categories of things, that they can turn on or off, instead of just dots.” Snapchat looks like it’s making an interesting pivot to visual search/reference service.


How-To Geek: LibreOffice vs. Microsoft Office: How Does It Measure Up?. “LibreOffice is the premier open-source office suite, and it’s the default office package on most Linux distributions. But can a free product go toe-to-toe with one of Microsoft’s flagship applications?”


University of North Carolina: $500,000 grant will advance preservation of the South’s audiovisual history at University Libraries. “Since 2014, support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has enabled archivists and digitization specialists at UNC-Chapel Hill’s University Libraries to investigate new methods for preserving audio and video records of the American South at a large scale. Now a capstone grant of $500,000 from the foundation will help them develop a long-range model for continuing this critical work.The newest grant, which focuses on sustainability, began October 1 and will end September 30, 2023.”

The Verge: Discord is quietly building an app empire of bots. “Discord has been quietly building its own app platform based on bots over the past few years. More than 30 percent of Discord servers now use bots, and 430,000 of them are used every week across Discord by its 150 million monthly active users. Now that bots are an important part of Discord, the company is embracing them even further with the ability to search and browse for bots on Discord.”


CNN: Apple will let iPhone users repair their own devices. “Apple plans to give customers the ability to repair their own devices amid growing pressure from regulators and consumers around the world for manufacturers to ease restrictions on fixing products. The company on Wednesday announced a new program that will make spare parts for Apple products available to purchase starting early next year. The program, known as Self Service Repair, will let users fix broken devices using repair manuals that Apple will post on its website.”


Associated Press: Report: ‘Whole of society’ effort must fight misinformation. “Misinformation is jeopardizing efforts to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges, be it climate change, COVID-19 or political polarization, according to a new report from the Aspen Institute that’s backed by prominent voices in media and cybersecurity.”

Healio: Alzheimer’s Association announces national data registry for quick, transparent data sharing. “The Alzheimer’s Association and collaborators announced the formation of a national database, the National Treatment and Diagnostic Alzheimer’s Registry, at the Clinical Trials on Alzheimer’s Disease conference.” Good morning, Internet…

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