Indigenous Tuberculosis History, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Google One Premium, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, July 14, 2022


Local Journalism Initiative: Online project explores Indigenous tuberculosis history. “The website, which launched on June 21 — National Indigenous Peoples Day — features the histories of tuberculosis sanatoriums and Indian hospitals in Manitoba, a searchable database of photos of Indigenous patients and staff and digitized and searchable historical publications from the Sanatorium Board of Manitoba.”


USGS: Hawaiian Volcano Observatory archived Special Reports made available in digital format. “Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Special Reports published in 1912, 1917, 1938, 1949, and 1950 have been added to the USGS Publications Warehouse and made available in digital format.”

How-To Geek: Google’s All-in-One Subscription Can Now Replace Zoom, Too. “Google revealed this week that subscribers for Google One Premium, which costs $9.99 per month (or $99.99 per year), can now use a few account features that used to only be accessible to paid Google Workspace accounts.”

TechCrunch: A Twitter test will remind you to add alt text to images. “In the midst of absolutely no internal chaos whatsoever, Twitter’s accessibility team launched a much-requested feature test. Ten percent of users, who make up the test group, will be served reminders to add image descriptions to their photo uploads.”


New York Times: For Blind Internet Users, the Fix Can Be Worse Than the Flaws. “[Patrick] Perdue is one of hundreds of people with disabilities who have complained about issues with automated accessibility web services, whose popularity has risen sharply in recent years because of advances in A.I. and new legal pressures on companies to make their websites accessible.”


Krebs on Security: Microsoft Patch Tuesday, July 2022 Edition. “Microsoft today released updates to fix at least 86 security vulnerabilities in its Windows operating systems and other software, including a weakness in all supported versions of Windows that Microsoft warns is actively being exploited.”

CNN: Here’s how North Korean operatives are trying to infiltrate US crypto firms. “North Korean government-backed hackers have stolen the equivalent of billions of dollars in recent years by raiding cryptocurrency exchanges, according to the United Nations…. Now, US federal investigators are publicly warning about a key pillar of the North Korean strategy, in which the regime places operatives in tech jobs throughout the information technology industry.”


University of Vienna: Online art viewing can improve well-being. “Viewing art while visiting galleries and museums can have powerful effects on an individual’s mood, stress and well-being. But does the same hold true for viewing art in digital space? A new study by psychologists led by MacKenzie Trupp, and Matthew Pelowski investigated whether engaging with art online also has this effect. Their conclusion: a short three-minute visit to an online art or cultural exhibition also shows significant positive effects on subjective well-being.”

Europe PMC: Keeping it under lock and keywords: exploring new ways to open up the web archives with notebooks.. “…the scale of the [UK Government Web Archive] exposes the limits of the current search interface, and there is no facility to understand the archive in aggregate. This article seeks to go beyond the simple keyword search by exploring the data sources available, from APIs to web crawling, for computational analysis of the UKGWA. The article is accompanied by two Python Notebooks which present examples of analysis using each data source. Notebooks lower the technical barriers for the reader to explore and interpret the UKGWA as data, while surfacing the challenges around making web material computationally accessible.”


Abduzeedo: Introducing Hearing Birdsong, beautifully transforming hearing health. “We were all ears when we heard about Hearing Birdsong, a beautiful and immersive new design initiative digitalizing the approach to hearing screening with an end goal of de-stigmatizing hearing loss.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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