Contemporary Art, Missing Native Americans, Near-Earth Objects, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, December 11, 2021


New-to-me, from Art in America: Forrest Nash On The Importance Of Documentation And Accessibility In Digital Archiving. “Our nonprofit organization has been publishing Contemporary Art Daily online since 2008. Over the last few years, we often heard that people were using the search function on the website as a research tool, but it was never intended for that kind of use. We created Contemporary Art Library to address this need. Anyone looking to learn more about artists can search Contemporary Art Library and find thorough documentation of their projects that isn’t mediated by the market or promoting a critical agenda. As far as we know, we are the first major archive of this kind and the largest public database of documentation of contemporary art.”

Bureau of Indian Affairs: Indian Affairs Announces New Tool to Bring Attention to Missing and Murdered Cases. “The Bureau of Indian Affairs announced today the launch of its new website dedicated to solving missing and murdered cases in Indian Country. The tool draws attention to unresolved cases involving indigenous persons that the BIA, Office of Justice Services, Missing and Murdered Unit (MMU) is working on and invites the public to help law enforcement solve those cases.”

California Institute of Technology: NASA’s ‘Eyes on Asteroids’ Reveals Our Near-Earth Object Neighborhood. “Through a new 3D real-time visualization tool, you can now explore the asteroids and comets that approach Earth’s orbital neighborhood – and the spacecraft that visit these objects – with a click or a swipe. NASA’s Eyes on Asteroids brings this data to any smartphone, tablet, or computer with an internet connection – no download required.”

Phayul: 1,809 known Tibetan political prisoners in Chinese prisons: TCHRD. “The Dharamshala-based Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) launched a new online database with information on 5,518 Tibetan political prisoners compiled since 1990. The initiative is in collaboration with Geneva-based HURIDOCS’ (Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems) application Uwazi. Researcher Tenzin Dawa, said 3,067 prisoners have been released whereas 1,809 people are still currently detained in Chinese prisons.”


Bloomberg: Getty Images to Go Public in Deal With CC Neuberger SPAC. “The deal values the Seattle-based licensing provider of stock and news photos at $4.8 billion including debt, according to a statement Friday. The agreement with CC Neuberger Principal Holdings II involves a total equity investment of $1.2 billion. That includes funds raised by the special purpose acquisition company and a $150 million private investment in public equity, or Pipe.”

WWD: Ralph Lauren’s Latest Collection Is an All-Digital Roblox Exclusive. “Ralph Lauren is now dressing Roblox avatars. Along with the Ralph Lauren Winter Escape, a new virtual destination to celebrate the holidays, the American brand introduced a brand new, all-digital collection on Wednesday, available exclusively in Roblox.”


BBC: Google issues warning to location-sharing apps. “Google has warned app developers that they need to be clear with users about the information they share with Huq, a British firm that sells location data. Google has said apps which fail to comply with their data policy face being banned from its Play store.”

New York Times: Michael Steinhardt, Billionaire, Surrenders $70 Million in Stolen Relics. “Michael H. Steinhardt, the billionaire hedge fund pioneer and one of New York’s most prolific antiquities collectors, has surrendered 180 stolen objects valued at $70 million and been barred for life from acquiring any other relics, the Manhattan district attorney’s office said in a statement Monday.”

Washington Post: FBI may shut down police use-of-force database due to lack of police participation. “In an attempt to create a definitive database on how often police officers use force on citizens, the FBI launched the National Use-of-Force Data Collection program in 2019, imploring police departments to submit details on every incident, not just fatal shootings. But the failure of police and federal agencies to send their data to the FBI puts the program in jeopardy of being shut down next year without ever releasing a single statistic, a new report by the Government Accountability Office says.”


PetaPixel: Microsoft Can Make Pictures from Space Look As Good as Drone Photos. “Microsoft Azure is being used to prepare images and make them appear higher fidelity through Microsoft’s Project Turing. Project Turing enhances images using semantic super-resolution to allow satellite imagery to be increased in resolution and comparable to in-atmosphere aerial photos. Microsoft says this will greatly aid human perception of overhead imagery, and the technology is already running on Azure to enhance Bing Maps around the world and currently already covers over 50% of all user requests.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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