Hartford Music, Google Scholar, Gardening Apps, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, June 13, 2022


Hartford Courant: Hartford Library wants you to check out The Beat, its new local music archive. “Hartford Public Library has created The Beat, a new archive of local music, curated by professionals, that can be played online by anyone with an internet connection. People with Hartford library cards can download the albums. The collection is being built gradually.” This site will grow relatively slowly, but I like the interesting mix of its first additions.


MakeUseOf: How to Create a Library in Google Scholar. “You’re probably aware of Google Scholar and its effectiveness in helping you discover academic material. But did you know that you could enhance your experience even further? One of the ways to do that is by creating a library in Google Scholar that includes articles you want to read later on. In this article, we’ll show you exactly how to make one.”

Mashable: 7 best gardening apps, so you can stop killing all of your plants. “Whether you are starting a windowsill herb garden, buying some indoor plants, or planting a garden in your yard, these apps will help you figure out how to care for your plants and remind you to care for them.”


East Coast Radio: Did this woman’s reliance on Google Translate ruin her daughter’s reputation at school?. “We are not saying that Google Translate isn’t reputable, but we do believe it to be an online resource that is meant to provide an overall understanding. Perhaps not the precise meaning of words… This mother bravely took to TikTok sharing her experience with the service when it came to helping her 11-year-old with her Afrikaans homework.” Laughed myself silly.

Chronicle (Zimbabwe): Citizens urged to archive information. “ARCHIVISTS have challenged the nation to participate in archiving information as records act as a nation’s memory, culture and collective identity to influence national development.”


How-To Geek: How Zelle Scams Work, and How to Protect Your Money. “Zelle is one of the most popular financial platforms of its kind, so it’s no surprise that the platform has been made a target for scammers. Here’s what to look out for and how to avoid a nasty surprise.”

MIT News: Keeping web-browsing data safe from hackers. “MIT researchers analyzed a powerful cyberattack, known as a website-fingerprinting attack, and then developed strategies that dramatically reduce the attacker’s chances of success.”

Daily Maverick: SA’s new copyright law, backed by Google, is slated by the creative industry . “The strangest alliance has been formed between copyright and intellectual property (IP) academics, US tech giant Google and the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, which have collaborated to make South Africa’s copyright law weaker. Opposing this are South Africa’s artists, musicians, authors, filmmakers and others within the creative industry who believe this week’s adoption of the Copyright Amendment Bill and the Performers’ Protection Amendment Bill by the Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Trade, Industry and Competition has, in effect, thrown them to the wolves.”


The Conversation: Why are so many big tech whistleblowers women? Here is what the research shows. “There is data showing that women, more so than men, are associated with lower levels of corruption in government and business. For example, studies show that the higher the share of female elected officials in governments around the world, the lower the corruption. While this trend in part reflects the tendency of less corrupt governments to more often elect women, additional studies show a direct causal effect of electing female leaders and, in turn, reducing corruption.”

WIRED: The Internet Needs You-Are-Here Maps . “Research we conducted with colleagues suggests that reflective data visualizations designed to show people which social network communities they are embedded in might make them more aware of fragmentation in their online networks—and in some cases prompt them to follow a more diverse set of accounts.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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  1. Love the Gardening Apps heads-up! Thanks for providing this stunning and evocative daily rabbit hole… um, resource. I don’t thank you often enough for the joy I get from it.

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