NYC Climate Dashboard, US-Estonia Relations, Georgia Newspapers, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, April 20, 2022

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New York Comptroller: Comptroller Lander Unveils NYC Climate Dashboard to Hold City Accountable to Climate Goals. “To kick-off Earth Week, New York City Comptroller Brad Lander and the Comptroller’s Chief Climate Officer Louise Yeung unveiled the NYC Climate Dashboard to shine a spotlight on the City’s incremental progress and path forward to meet its goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050. The dashboard tracks key metrics on NYC’s energy transition, emissions, pension fund investments, and resiliency infrastructure.”

ERR: US Embassy launches 100-day program marking century of US-Estonia relations. “The U.S. Embassy in Tallinn on Tuesday launched its ‘100 Days to 100 Years’ campaign celebrating the 100th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and Estonia. The embassy has also launched a new website featuring 100 moments from the past century, including contributions of the Estonian-American diaspora.”

Digital Library of Georgia: R.J. Taylor, Jr. Foundation-Funded Magruder Newspapers Now Available. “The newly-released collection includes rare nineteenth-century titles from north Georgia and previously unavailable titles from larger cities across the state. The project creates full-text searchable versions of the newspapers. It presents them online for free in its Georgia Historic Newspapers database.”

New-to-me, from Center for Research Libraries: Global Press Archive CRL Alliance adds Southeast Asian Newspapers as digital open access collection. “The Center for Research Libraries and East View Information Services have launched Southeast Asian Newspapers(link is external), the fifth open access collection of titles digitized under the Global Press Archive CRL Alliance…. The Southeast Asian Newspapers collection encompasses over 265,000 digitized pages from 65 publications, including: Gia định báo (the first Vietnamese newspaper, published in Saigon from 1865–1910), Nagara vatta (the first Cambodian-language newspaper), and Bramartani (a weekly newspaper from Surakarka, Indonesia), among others.”

NOAA: NOAA showcases new mapping tool for marine species. “NOAA Fisheries is launching a new tool to better track the location and movement of marine fish in U.S. waters. The Distribution Mapping and Analysis Portal reveals that the ranges of many marine species are shifting, expanding and contracting in response to changing ocean conditions. The interactive website will improve data sharing and collaboration, facilitate decision-making about fishery management and science and increase overall knowledge of species distribution for stock assessments.”

Austin Peay State University: Austin Peay unveils online database to give public more access to university’s vast art collection. “For more than a year, the director of Austin Peay State University’s art collection has worked with several students to make the school’s vast collection more accessible to the public. This week, those efforts have culminated with a newly unveiled online database that allows people to search for and see the university’s collected artwork.” The database is still in progress and will have more information added over time.


Daily Beast: Twitter Founder Jack Dorsey Unleashes Ahead of Board Exit. “He’s added a new Twitter bio—’romantic moron, 1/8th hippie’—trolled fellow billionaire Marc Benioff, and assailed the media for trying ‘to create conflict.’ As he readies to leave the company’s board next month, Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey is getting loose and ditching the filtered corporate-speak.”


MakeUseOf: The 10 Best Free Music Download Sites to Legally Download Music for Free. “Music streaming services are not without their problems. The biggest turnoff being the lack of ownership; if you use Spotify, you don’t own any music—you’ve merely been granted a license to listen to it. But not to worry. If you’re wondering how to download music, look no further. There are still ways you can get hold of free music. They are entirely legal, and the music will be yours to keep forever. Here are the best MP3 download sites for free music.”


Utah State University: USU Libraries Selected for U.S. Government Publishing Office Pilot Project. “Utah State University Libraries has been chosen as the first participant in the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO)’s Library Services & Content Management (LSCM) Pilot Projects Initiative. The project is designed to help Federal Depository Libraries make government information more discoverable for the American public…. In the first Pilot Projects Initiative, GPO will catalog and digitize 200-300 documents, pamphlets and other materials from the U.S. Department of War from World War II (1941-1945).”

OU Daily (University of Oklahoma): Sam Noble Museum receives federal grant to create online database for Native American Languages Collection. “The Sam Noble Museum of Natural History received a $345,494 federal grant to add and improve online access to the Native American Languages Collection. The grant is to be used over three years to create an online collection of 9,000 pieces with over 1,300 Indigenous languages included for public use.”

Portugal Resident: Lagos to boost nautical tourism with shipwreck maps. “Exploration expeditions due to begin next year will identify the location of shipwrecks, canons and other artefacts, which will be mapped to create a database with a special focus on the Portuguese Age of Discoveries.”


Carnegie Mellon University: Your Eyes Control Your Smartphone With CMU’s New Gaze-Tracking Tool . “The problem with unwieldy phones is they frequently require a second hand or voice commands to operate — which can be cumbersome and inconvenient. In response, researchers in the Future Interfaces Group at Carnegie Mellon University’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) are developing a tool called EyeMU, which allows users to execute operations on a smartphone by combining gaze control and simple hand gestures.” Good morning, Internet…

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