British Library Endangered Archives, Maternal Health Resources, Google Docs, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, June 25, 2022


British Library Endangered Archives Blog: New online – June 2022. “We have another 4 new projects online to bring to your attention. This time from Indonesia, Iran, India, and West Africa.”

National Library of Medicine: Birthing a Capstone: A Prenatal and Postpartum Health Toolkit for Public Librarians. “Using PubMed and MedlinePlus as well as curating more online resources, this new toolkit gives librarians a ready-made, customizable bank of resources so that they can distribute pre-prepared resources or customize our resources templates to suit their specific library’s needs and ensures that librarians have access to high-quality, evidence-based information about prenatal, expecting, and postpartum needs to distribute to patrons, with the option to tailor it to suit their patrons’ needs.”


WIRED: How to Use Markdown in Google Docs . “Google Docs can convert markdown to its native formatting in real time, but only a small subset of what’s called Markdown is supported. Still, it’s the fastest way to bold and italicize text, and add links, in Google Docs. If you don’t know what Markdown is, you’re not going to be interested in this feature, but if you (like me) find yourself using it reflexively, you will want to enable it. Here’s how it works.”

Reuters: Google News re-opens in Spain after eight-year shutdown. “Alphabet… reopened Google News in Spain on Wednesday, eight years after it shut down the service because of a Spanish rule forcing the company and other news aggregators to pay publishers for using snippets of their news.”


Computerworld: The business user’s guide to Google Voice. “Google Voice is one of Google’s most complex, confusing, and poorly promoted services. But it’s also one of its most powerful — if you take the time to figure out exactly what it does and how it can work for you.”


Book Riot: How To Start A BookTok. “TikTok is here to stay, and, as in most corners of the internet, the bookish world has carved out its own niche there. Authors, bookstores, and bookfluencers all have accounts, and the publishing industry is increasingly taking notice and tapping into the power of the platform to sell books and spread enthusiasm about reading. So how do you get started on BookTok?”

I feel like it’s a shade too early for this sort of thing, but just to give you a peek at the horizon, from Search Engine Land: Virtual environment optimization (VEO) is coming. Ready for it?. “VEO is the task of working within a virtual environment and utilizing the resources available to best position the clients’ products and services within an alternative reality.”


CNET: Cybercriminals Steal $100 Million in Cryptocurrency. “Cybercriminals made off with $100 million in cryptocurrency after hacking Horizon, a so-called blockchain bridge, the company said. Harmony, the blockchain startup behind Horizon, tweeted late Thursday that that it had discovered the theft and was working with forensic specialists and law enforcement in hopes of tracking down those responsible.”

City of Chicago: City of Chicago Launches Data Dashboard to Support Crisis Assistance Response and Engagement Program. “Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), the Office of Emergency Communication and Management (OEMC), the Chicago Fire Department (CFD), and the Chicago Police Department (CPD) launched the Data Dashboard. The new resource will provide information on the City’s Crisis Assistance Response and Engagement (CARE) Program. The primary goal of the CARE program is to improve outcomes for individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis requiring an emergency response.”


Reuters: Chinese authority launches probe into Chinese academic database CNKI. “China’s internet security authority has launched an investigation into the China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), about a month after the market regulator targeted the online academic database with an antitrust probe.”

Heriot Watt University: AI algorithm to help tackle ‘epidemic’ of gender-based online abuse. “Researchers at the National Robotarium, hosted by Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh, are developing advanced ‘machine learning’ algorithms that will significantly improve the detection, intervention and prevention of online gender-based abuse.”

University of Manchester: Digital psychosis monitoring system trial launches. “A groundbreaking smartphone app for remote digital data collection which aims to predict if an individual will relapse into psychosis is to be trialled across the UK in a £12.5 million study. Led by University of Manchester researchers, the system will be tested across six Higher Education Institutions and their partnering NHS Trusts in England, Wales and Scotland. The work is also being conducted in partnership with The McPin Foundation.” Good morning, Internet…

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