Music Library Association, Global Solar Power Tracker, Chrome, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, May 28, 2022


Internet Archive Blog: Music Library Association Opens Publications at Internet Archive. “The new collection of backlist titles includes information on careers in music librarianship and history of the field. It also covers planning and building music library collections, which can be complicated and involve individual creators and small publishers, said Kathleen DeLaurenti, who helped lead the partnership with the Internet Archive in her role as MLA’s first open access editor. There are also valuable materials on music library approaches to technical services—everything from how to preserve music materials to how to bind and catalog them.”

PV Magazine: Global online database for solar parks above 20 MW. “Global Energy Monitor (GEM) has unveiled a new online tool to map solar power plants throughout the world with capacities above 20 MW. The Global Solar Power Tracker (GSPT) can map projects of any status, including operational arrays or announced plants, as well as solar facilities that are under development or under construction. Every solar park is linked to a wiki page on the GEM wiki platform.”


How-To Geek: What’s New in Chrome 102, Available Now. “Right on schedule, a new Chrome release is ready to greet the world. Chrome 102 includes more enhancements for web apps, new keyboard shortcuts for tabs, and useful information about new online stores. Google released it on May 24, 2022.”

Tom’s Guide: Google Drive just got the copy and paste upgrade that will make your life easier. “Ctrl C, Ctrl V is the comfort food equivalent for keyboard shortcuts — so the fact that Google Drive did not have this shortcut all along is just weird. Well, better late than never, Google is finally rolling out an update for Google Drive that will let you cut, copy or paste files into the Drive and manage them easily.”

BusinessWire: American Girl Launches New Family-Friendly Podcast Network (PRESS RELEASE). “The new podcast network, with ad-free shows spanning diverse formats and themes, will amplify the brand’s digital and creative storytelling—sparking imaginations and a love of reading. The American Girl Podcast Network will launch with three original shows—one scripted and adapted from the brand’s slate of fan-favorite published content for young readers that debuts today, followed by two nonfiction podcasts with a mix of guest interviews, real-life advice, and behind-the-scenes exclusives that launch this summer.”


Route Fifty: Cities That Hyped Crypto Are Now Contending With the Crash. “Back-to-back losses totaling more than $1 trillion in the cryptocurrency market have bolstered scrutiny around the efforts of Miami, New York, Austin and other cities to incorporate the digital currency into municipal operations.”

The Guardian: Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones and Kate Bush: the multimillion-pound deal that could turn them into 3D works of art. “British photographer Gered Mankowitz has an archive that spans 60 years, capturing an extraordinary array of stars that include Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, Slade, Elton John and Kate Bush. Now, he hopes that vast treasure trove will be given a new lease of life after selling the lot to a company that plans to use digital technology to turn the images, among other things, into three-dimensional works of art.”


Reuters: U.S. Bill Would Bar Google, Apple From Hosting Apps That Accept China’s Digital Yuan. “Republican senators want to bar U.S. app stores including Apple and Google from hosting apps that allow payments to be made with China’s digital currency, amid fears the payment system could allow Beijing to spy on Americans.”

Flinders University: Food cyber attacks forecast. “Wide-ranging use of smart technologies is raising global agricultural production but international researchers warn this digital-age phenomenon could reap a crop of another kind – cybersecurity attacks. Complex IT and math modelling at King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia, Aix-Marseille University, France and Flinders University in South Australia, has highlighted the risks in a new article in the open access journal Sensors.”


UC San Diego: A quarter of world’s Internet users rely on infrastructure at high risk of attack. “About a quarter of the world’s Internet users live in countries that are more susceptible than previously thought to targeted attacks on their Internet infrastructure. Many of the at-risk countries are located in the Global South. That’s the conclusion of a sweeping, large-scale study conducted by computer scientists at the University of California San Diego. The researchers surveyed 75 countries.”

BuzzFeed News: How The Internet Tricked Me Into Reading A New Book Every Single Day. “When I tell people that I’m on track to read 365 books this year, they ask for my secrets. I wish there were one, like some kind of Limitless-style pill that I could sell to internet-brained adults that would fund a coastal grandmother early retirement somewhere along the New England coast. In truth, I fell in love with reading again (after 18 months of isolation-induced scrolling on social media) by tricking myself into thinking it was a fun little internet thing.”

Newswise: University of Minnesota Student Uses Tiktok Dance Videos to Solve Problems in Computer Vision and Machine Learning. “TikTok dances have taken the world by storm, emerging as a fun way to pass the time during the COVID-19 pandemic. But for the last year, University of Minnesota Twin Cities Ph.D. student Yasamin Jafarian has been using dance videos from the viral social media platform for a different purpose—as food for a computer algorithm that uses the frame-by-frame data to construct lifelike 3D avatars of real people.” Good morning, Internet…

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