KinderMiner Web, Underrepresented Histories, Google Docs, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, March 30, 2022


Morgridge Institute for Research: New search app gleans ‘collective consciousness’ from a massive research database. “The PubMed database contains more than 33 million papers that represent the ‘collective consciousness’ of what humans know about biomedicine. It is impossible for researchers to keep up with this vast literature where more than 1,000 new papers get added daily. A new web application, KinderMiner Web, developed by Ron Stewart’s Bioinformatics Group at the Morgridge Institute for Research, gives researchers a fighting chance.”

PR Newswire: Gale Primary Sources Release New Archives Dedicated to Underrepresented Histories (PRESS RELEASE). “Gale, part of Cengage Group, is supporting academic initiatives in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) with the release of six new archives on the Gale Primary Sources (GPS) platform. These archives explore the stories of LGBTQ+ communities worldwide, women, Native Americans and other underrepresented communities.”


The Verge: # Google Docs is getting more Markdown support. “Google is adding Markdown support to Google Docs on the web, letting you format your document using text shortcuts rather than keyboard ones. In a blog post announcing the feature, Google says it’s doing this through its autocorrect feature, so it will automatically format the text for you after you type it in Markdown format. For example, if you type ‘# Google Docs is getting more Markdown support’ it’ll automatically get converted to a level one heading.”

Engadget: TikTok users will soon have an easier way to add popular GIFs. “TikTok users will soon have even more ways to make their videos stand out from the crowd. The service has announced the TikTok Library, which will grant creators access to more entertainment-based content. You’ll be able to find GIFs, clips from your favorite TV shows, memes and other content, which you can slot into your TikToks.”


Genealogy’s Star: New Videos Every Week on the BYU Family History Library YouTube Channel. “With over 600 videos, the Brigham Young University Family History Library YouTube Channel keeps growing with 4 or 5 new videos every week. I am sure you can find videos with subjects that will help you with your genealogical research. My latest video is Beginning African American Research, and it should uploaded shortly. The last video I did that is already on the Channel is Beginning Native American Research.”

How-To Geek: How to Download Wikipedia for Offline, At-Your-Fingertips Reading. “Have you ever wished you could download Wikipedia in its entirety, and have a copy of it for yourself? There are a handful of ways to do just that — all you need is a third-party program and about 150 gigabytes of storage.”


Chicago Tribune: At 40, Gerber/Hart, the Midwest’s independent LGBTQ library and archive, is on the move — again. “Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, an independent library and archive of LGBTQ materials incorporated here in 1981, hasn’t always operated in the most becoming environs. But it sure beats the alternative. Many of the materials Gerber/Hart collects, mostly from the 20th century American Midwest, narrowly escaped the furnace, where generations of queer people consigned their letters and diaries to avoid discovery.”


CNN: Hackers tried to breach email accounts of election officials in 9 states, FBI says. “Unidentified hackers tried to breach the email accounts of election officials in nine states last October in an apparent ‘coordinated effort’ to target election officials, the FBI said Tuesday while asking election officials to be on guard for hacking attempts as the midterms approach.”

Reuters: Russia draws up cases against Google for not removing banned info. “Russia’s communications regulator on Tuesday said it had drawn up two administrative cases against Alphabet Inc’s Google for failing to remove banned information from its YouTube video-sharing platform, accusing it of blatantly promoting false content.”


University of Wisconsin La Crosse: Exploring Egypt: UWL professor, alums creating 3D database of ancient statues. “UWL’s David Anderson is bringing people as close to that experience as possible through photogrammetry — the science of using photographs to produce 3D immersive models. Anderson and two of his former students spent January 2022 working on a new project at the Mut Temple in Luxor, Egypt, photographing nearly 300 statues of the lioness-headed goddess Sekhmet. The photos will be stitched together into moveable, 3D models that can be viewed by anyone anywhere with a phone or computer.”

University of Georgia: Creating databases to help cure diseases worldwide. “Jessica Kissinger never set out to make databases. From the time she was a little girl, she wanted to be a biologist. Today, the University of Georgia professor not only studies deadly pathogens like malaria and Cryptosporidium (a waterborne parasite), but also is a driving force behind worldwide, groundbreaking collaborations on novel databases. During her time at UGA, she has received nearly $40 million in federal and private grants and contracts.”

Keys News: Bill shifts public notices away from newspapers. “The Florida Legislature has been roundly condemned this year for focusing on ‘culture war’ issues and ignoring real issues that affect constituents every day — things like property insurance, affordable housing and building safety issues. We agree. There’s another issue, though, that legislators should have ignored but didn’t: If HB 7049 is signed by Gov. DeSantis, it will allow local governments to place public notices somewhere on their own websites instead of in the local newspaper.” Good morning, Internet…

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