Hawaii Land Stewardship, Oklahoma Gardening, Fiction Book Settings, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, April 30, 2022


Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources: New Dashboard Puts Environmental Stewardship Projects On The Map. “STEW-MAP identifies and maps the diverse range of stewardship groups working across the landscape. An interactive map and dashboards display who stewards the area, primary methods of stewardship, site and group types, and services provided by the groups. Interactive network diagrams are also available, displaying how stewardship groups are connected to one another in a larger network of care.”

Oklahoma State University: OSU Extension websites provide valuable toolkits for all things gardening . “For more than a century, Oklahoma State University Extension has provided research-based information on a wide variety of topics to Oklahoma residents and beyond. Today’s technology allows quick access to this valuable information in a digital format. With gardening season preparation underway, three new websites have been developed that pertain to home landscapes and gardening, home lawn care and pond management. In addition, the Oklahoma Proven and Oklahoma Gardening websites have been completely updated, featuring beautiful color photos and the most up-to-date, research-based information.”

The Edwardsville Intelligencer: New tool lets you to search for books set in your hometown. “Creators at Crossword Solver have made a database linked with that will allow searchers to find the top books in the categories of historical, mystery, romance, thriller, sci-fi and fantasy in the setting of their choice. Information also shows which cities and states are the top in each respective category and how many books are based in those locations.”

University of Wisconsin-Madison: A New Tool To Help Track Invasive Insects in Wisconsin. “The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) declared April to be Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month. To support this effort, the University of Wisconsin Insect Diagnostic Lab recently launched a new Wisconsin invasive insect mapping page to help track invasive insects in the state.”


Intermountain Jewish News: 42 more years of the IJN digitized; free access. “The Intermountain Jewish News has completed another major step in its multi-pronged project of preserving intermountain Jewish history: the second phase of the digitization of the IJN. Back issues of the IJN, Jan. 6, 1927-Dec. 26, 1969 are now live on the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection website.”

Engadget: Snapchat is getting a suite of new editing tools called ‘director mode’. “In a blog post, Snap said that director mode is meant to help people create more “polished” content than what is currently possible with Snapchat’s in-app camera. The new tools include a TikTok-like green screen feature that relies on Snapchat’s vast library of augmented reality lenses.”

Search Engine Land: LinkedIn is rolling out a new website link feature. “LinkedIn is adding links on profiles that have enabled creator mode. The goal is to increase visibility for a creator’s business, personal website, online store, event or another type of resource, according to LinkedIn.” The feature is apparently still being rolled out.


New York Times: An Artist Shines Light on the Black Aristocracy. “Glory Samjolly turned to social media to document the real life Black gentry gaining attention through pop culture sensations such as ‘Bridgerton.'”

University of Toronto: Researchers collect personal stories from coast to coast to illuminate the history of Muslims in Canada. “As an archivist on the Muslims in Canada Archives (MiCA) project, Moska Rokay doesn’t just preserve the past – she unearths it. Rokay, a graduate of the University of Toronto’s master of information program in the Faculty of Information, speaks to Canadians across the country to collect stories, documents and images that bring the rich history of Muslims in Canada to life.”


WINK: Court scrutinizes Florida crackdown on social media. “Lawyers for Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration tried to persuade a federal appeals court Thursday to undo a preliminary injunction that blocked a controversial law seeking to prevent social media behemoths such as Twitter and Facebook from stripping politicians and other users from online platforms.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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