India Art, Geochemistry Datasets, Worldwide Cultural Heritage, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, April 19, 2022


This is from last month but the resource is launching this week. New York Times: India’s Art History United in a Single Source. “The history of art in India, going back 10,000 years to the Bhimbetka cave drawings, has long been told through a Western lens or written by Indian scholars in a dense, academic style that felt inaccessible to many. But that will soon change, when the MAP Academy Encyclopedia of Indian Art arrives online on April 21. With over 2,000 initial entries, peer-reviewed by some of the world’s leading art historians and experts on South Asia, it is a project whose scope has not been tried before.”

University of Göttingen: Press release: Big data in geochemistry for international research. ” Large data sets are playing an increasingly important role in solving scientific questions in geochemistry. Now the University of Göttingen has inherited GEOROC, the largest geochemical database for rocks and minerals from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (Mainz). The database has been revised and modernised in its structure and made available to its global users in a new form. The ‘GEOROC’ database, the largest global data collection of rock and mineral compositions, currently contains analyses from over 20,000 individual publications (the oldest dating back to 1883) from 614,000 samples. Together, these data represent almost 32 million individual analytical values.”

US Department of State: State Department Launches New Partnership with Google Arts & Culture to Preserve Cultural Heritage. “Have you ever wanted to explore a cultural heritage site in another country, but didn’t know where to start? Now, there’s a platform for that! On World Heritage Day, we invite you to join the U.S. Department of State’s Cultural Heritage Center for a virtual exploration of our heritage preservation projects at sites around the world…. Launching for the first time on Google Arts & Culture, the Cultural Heritage Center is sharing examples from over 1,100 Ambassadors Fund projects in 130+ countries.”

PR Newswire: Vaseline® Launches See My Skin – The only database designed to search for conditions on skin of color and connect patients with Dermatologists who understand their skin care needs (PRESS RELEASE). “Research published by the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that less than 6% of image-based search results show conditions on skin of color.1 In an effort to close that gap, Vaseline® is introducing See My Skin, alongside partners at HUED, a digital health company focused on improving quality of care for Black, Latinx and Indigenous populations through education, access and data, and VisualDx, medical informatics company that is dedicated to reducing healthcare bias by improving clinical decisions through visualization. In joining forces, See My Skin was created as the only online database designed to search conditions on skin of color and connect people with the proper care they deserve.”


TorrentFreak: DuckDuckGo ‘Removes’ Pirate Sites and YouTube-DL from Its Search Results (Updated). “Privacy-centered search engine DuckDuckGo has completely removed the search results for many popular pirates sites including The Pirate Bay, 1337x, and Fmovies. Several YouTube ripping services have disappeared, too and even the homepage of the open-source software youtube-mp3 is unfindable.”


Digital Inspiration: How to Insert Images in Google Sheet Cells. “Learn about the different approaches that will help insert images in Google Sheets and understand the reason why you may prefer one approach over the other.”


Herald (Scotland): Concerns Declaration of Arbroath and other Scots records ‘at risk’. “THE National Records of Scotland has denied that the Declaration of Arbroath and other priceless artefacts are in danger, despite concerns from their own staff who say they have been locked out of the archives by management.”

The Kashmir Monitor: How social media is influencing Ramzan transmissions in Kashmir. “Gone are the days when people used to glue to the radio sets to listen to Ramzan transmission. Now YouTubers and Vloggers are giving it a new twist. From Ramadan cuisines to busy nightlife and from Iftaar gatherings to street foods, social media influencers are showcasing Kashmir in a new avatar.”

Ohio University News: Ohio University Libraries’ Mahn Center receives National Endowment for the Humanities Grant. “Ohio University Libraries is pleased to announce that Miriam Nelson, director of the Mahn Center, Preservation and Digital Initiatives, has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The $50,000 grant will be used for a preservation assessment to create a roadmap for the digitization of more than 2,000 audiovisual materials from the Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis Dance Collection.”


The New Yorker: How Democracies Spy on Their Citizens. “Commercial spyware has grown into an industry estimated to be worth twelve billion dollars. It is largely unregulated and increasingly controversial. In recent years, investigations by the Citizen Lab and Amnesty International have revealed the presence of Pegasus on the phones of politicians, activists, and dissidents under repressive regimes. An analysis by Forensic Architecture, a research group at the University of London, has linked Pegasus to three hundred acts of physical violence.”

CyberScoop: Court reaffirms that data scraping isn’t hacking in LinkedIn appeal. “The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday reaffirmed a 2019 ruling that LinkedIn could not ban competitor hiQ Labs from scraping publicly available data on its platform by citing federal hacking laws.”


The Art Newspaper: Censorship on social media not only limits artists’ online reach—it can prevent future opportunities, too . “A logical question plagues artists experiencing censorship on social media: If my art is targeted for censorship, will it prevent support and recognition in the art world? Unfortunately, this worry is becoming a reality for many artists who are censored on Instagram, and the implications could compromise the whole industry as we know it.” Good morning, Internet…

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