Climate Justice Resources, Argentina Genealogy, PopSign, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, May 26, 2022


Museums Association: Julie’s Bicycle launches climate justice hub. “A free online library of climate justice resources has been launched to support organisations such as museums that want to understand the systemic causes of the climate crisis and how it intersects with issues of social, economic and environmental injustice. The Creative Climate Justice Hub, which has been created by the climate action non-profit Julie’s Bicycle, will also examine how arts and culture are responding creatively to the environmental emergency.”

Buenos Aires Times: New ancestry archive allows Argentines to track ancestors’ arrival. “CEMLA has now made the historical records of immigrant arrival in Argentina available online…. Those wishing to search need the full name of the person being investigated, and the database (with information from 1800 to 1960) will reveal the ship on which their relatives sailed to Argentina, or the person’s line of work. This database comprises over 4.4 million people in total, featuring information on 200 countries of origin, over 75 years of records up to 1960, and over 3,500 vessels where they travelled to settle in this country.”

RIT / National Technical Institute for the Deaf: Parents of deaf children can more easily learn sign language thanks to powerful tech collaboration. “The Center on Access Technology at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, in partnership with Google and Georgia Institute of Technology, is creating PopSign, which provides an extensive, interactive learning experience that parents can use anytime, anyplace.”


Search Engine Journal: WordPress 6.0 ‘Arturo’ Is Here With Nearly 1,000 Changes. “WordPress 6.0, named ‘Arturo,’ is launched and ready to go. This update introduces nearly 1,000 updates and enhancements that make WordPress more intuitive to use for both developers and end users.”

Protocol: Clearview expands sales of its facial recognition tools. “Barely more than two weeks after it agreed to stop selling its existing collection of face prints to private entities, facial recognition firm Clearview AI has a brand new plan to sell its software to private companies instead.”

PC World: OneNote is evolving into the near-perfect app for students. ” For years, Microsoft OneNote has allowed you to record the audio of a meeting, then take notes, syncing the audio to your inked or typed notes for later review. Now Microsoft is doing that feature one better by adding transcription, too. Microsoft also unveiled sweeping aesthetic and functional changes that are coming to OneNote, part of a plan to unify the OneNote apps in Windows.”


Mashable: From lake science to bones to snails, these TikTok accounts are STEM treasure troves. “Since its inception, TikTok has quickly become an arbiter of culture, memes, and even political organizing, all while curating eerily specific For Your Pages for its users full of dancing videos, funny filters, and viral songs. But one of its most promising uses is connecting more people to fun, educational accounts, spanning the range of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).”

MakeUseOf: The 4 Best Online Tools to Write Musical Notation. “If you’re tired of writing out musical notation and writing scores by hand, then you’ve no doubt looked to the internet to try and find a better solution. Most solutions, however, require you to download programs in order to work with them, which can be a problem if you work from multiple PCs running multiple operating systems. Luckily, there are plenty of online writing tools available that you can use entirely for free. Here are some of the best.”


New York Times: 6 Podcasts About the Dark Side of the Internet. “Despite the connectedness and convenience it allows, the internet’s tightening grip on every aspect of life isn’t without costs, like when a young man turned to YouTube for direction and found himself pulled into the far-right, as shown in The Times’s narrative audio series Rabbit Hole. These six shows tap into some of those dangers, exploring cybercrime, cryptocurrency and the many flavors of horror that lurk on the dark web.”

WIRED: Proton Is Trying to Become Google—Without Your Data . “SINCE ITS FOUNDING in 2014, ProtonMail has become synonymous with user-friendly encrypted email. Now the company is trying to be synonymous with a whole lot more. On Wednesday morning, it announced that it’s changing its name to, simply, Proton—a nod at its broader ambitions within the universe of online privacy. The company will now offer an ‘ecosystem’ of linked products, all accessed via one paid subscription.”


University of Alberta: App uses artificial intelligence to track healing wounds in real time. “Three U of A engineering students have developed a mobile app that tracks the progress of a healing wound. The app calculates whether treatments are working as they should based on descriptions of size, depth and shape along with more subjective impressions of pain and irritation, says programmer Connor Povoledo. Accurate tracking can predict infection and other complications and allow patients, particularly in remote areas, to decide whether urgent care is needed.”

University of North Carolina: South Carolina and Virginia to join University Libraries’ On the Books project. “The University Libraries has selected the University of South Carolina and the University of Virginia to be partners for On the Books: Jim Crow and Algorithms of Resistance, funded by the Mellon Foundation. On the Books uses text mining and machine learning to identify racist language in North Carolina legal documents during the Jim Crow era (1866-1967). Libraries at the partner institutions will work with the project team at UNC-Chapel Hill to compile machine-readable versions of their states’ laws and identify Jim Crow language in them.” Good morning, Internet…

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