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Montana 1972 Constitutional Convention, Kentucky Legal Assistance, Planning Participatory Archiving Events, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 25, 2022

NEW RESOURCES

Montana State University: Montanan’s 1972 Constitutional Convention retrospective interviews now archived at MSU Library. “Montana State University Library’s Archives and Special Collection has created a searchable online repository of video interviews and transcripts of surviving delegates and staffers from the Montana Constitutional Convention of 1972.”

WEHT: KY launches new website for free legal information. “According to Kentucky Legal Aid, Kentucky’s four civil legal aid programs and the Kentucky Access to Justice Commission have come together to create a new website that gives answers to common legal questions, self-help forms, guides, and provides other tools to resolve legal issues people may come across.”

UMass Boston News: UMass Boston Launches Online Roadmap for Planning Participatory Archiving Events. “UMass Boston’s Joseph P. Healey Library has launched RoPA, the Roadmap for Participatory Archiving… Supported in part by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), RoPA is an online resource designed to guide libraries and cultural organizations through the process of collaborating with community members to plan engaging and inclusive participatory archiving events and to create digital collections.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!): Use our updated Global Indicators Database to explore survey findings from around the world. “Pew Research Center’s Global Indicators Database holds roughly 20 years and more than 600,000 interviews worth of data on public opinion and attitudes from more than 60 publics around the world. The database contains information ranging from views of global powers like the United States and China, the world economy, ratings of world leaders and more. Results can be filtered and explored in several ways: by topic, survey year, region or country. The database is updated each year with the latest data and additional indicators.”

CNET: Zoom’s New Avatars Let You Show Up to Meetings as an Animated Bunny. “You can now show up to your Zoom meetings as an avatar of an animated animal. Zoom introduced its new Avatars feature in a blog post Tuesday, saying the feature is a way to inject fun and lighten the mood in your meetings and webinars.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: 5 Best Tools to Annotate and Highlight Web Pages for Research and Study. “All the apps in the article have a highlight marker (often with different colors) and a way to write sticky notes or comments anywhere on the page. Both features are excellent when you want to add notes for research and study, whether for your personal needs or friends. Beyond that, a few small features make each tool better for different needs.”

AROUND THE INTERNET WORLD

The Guardian: Google excludes several independent candidates from Australian political ad tracker. “Google has admitted it overlooked several independent candidates and failed to include their elections ads in its public data on paid political material, raising doubts about the tech giant’s ability to track advertising during the looming federal campaign.”

NiemanLab: After 25 years, Brewster Kahle and the Internet Archive are still working to democratize knowledge . “In 1996, Kahle founded the Internet Archive, which stands alongside Wikipedia as one of the great not-for-profit knowledge-enhancing creations of modern digital technology. You may know it best for the Wayback Machine, its now quarter-century-old tool for deriving some sort of permanent record from the inherently transient medium of the web. (It’s collected 668 billion web pages so far.) But its ambitions extend far beyond that, creating a free-to-all library of 38 million books and documents, 14 million audio recordings, 7 million videos, and more.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

New York Times: This Database Stores the DNA of 31,000 New Yorkers. Is It Illegal?. “In New York, Mayor Eric Adams has called for expanding the use of facial recognition and software to identify gun carriers, which he argues could aid in crime fighting. But civil liberties advocates and privacy groups have contended that the advancements come at the expense of communities of color, infringe on the rights of people who have not been convicted of crimes and place them at risk of wrongful conviction if errors are made.”

CNN: Okta investigating reports of possible digital breach. “Okta, an identity authentication service with more than 15,000 customers, said Tuesday that an attacker had access to a support engineer’s laptop for five days in January. But the service itself was not breached, according to the company.” This is one to keep an eye on. Good afternoon, Internet…

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